League Table Notes

Following operation of the League Table again throughout 2019, opinions from the regular participants have been sought. As a result, a small number of changes are being made for 2020. The full rules are shown below, but in summary separate sections for hearing stations and contacting working stations will replace the existing single section. Other options considered, such as (a) a separate section for FT4/8 and (b) points differential for different modes, will not be implemented this year.

2020 RULES

The key characteristics of the League Table are as follows:
⦁ it runs over a 12-month period coincident with the calendar year
⦁ entry is restricted to members of SRCC and is entirely voluntary
⦁ there are two sections – “Heard” and “Contacted”
⦁ points are earned on a monthly basis based on hearing (Heard section), or having contacts with (Contacted section), one or more of the following:
⦁ different DXCC entities (“countries”) on HF
⦁ Maidenhead Locator “big squares” (eg. IO91) on VHF
⦁ SRCC members (including the Club call G3SRC/GX3SRC).
⦁ a tabulation of monthly and yearly cumulative scores per section, plus commentary, is published monthly in the SRCC Newsletter and on the SRCC website
⦁ the SRCC Club Cup is awarded annually to the SRCC member with the highest total number of points for that year
⦁ in order to minimise the effort involved by both entrants in submitting entries and those running the scheme in processing and publishing the results:
⦁ each DXCC entity, Maidenhead square or SRCC member counts only once per month irrespective of band or mode
⦁ entries are accepted on a trust basis and entrants will not normally be expected to submit logs to provide proof of claimed hearings / contacts (although the SRCC Committee reserves the right to request visibility of logs).

Points are earned on the following basis:

⦁ Both sections
⦁ two points for each separate DXCC entity (“country”) contacted/heard on HF during the calendar month (irrespective of band, mode or power level)
⦁ two points for each separate Maidenhead Locator “big square” (eg. IO91) contacted/heard on VHF during the calendar month (irrespective of band, mode or power level)
⦁ two points for each SRCC member contacted/heard (on either HF or VHF) during the calendar month (irrespective of band, mode or power level).
⦁ Contacted section only
⦁ an additional 1 bonus point may be claimed when qualifying stations are contacted during contests. Thus a contact made with a station in JO01 square during a 144MHz RSGB UK Activity Contest would earn (2 +1) = 3 points.

Entries for a given month, listing each DXCC entity (HF), Maidenhead square (VHF) or SRCC member claimed and the associated points, should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to the SRCC Contest Co-ordinator (Quin Collier G3WRR, ) by the 15th of the following month and results will be published in the subsequent Newsletter. Thus entries for (say) May would be submitted by 15th June and the results published in the Newsletter issued at the beginning of July.

Submission format

A suggested submission format is shown below, although adherence to this format is not mandatory provided the information shown is present. If there is demand for it, a web based entry system may be introduced in due course.

Comments on conditions, bands / modes used, interesting stations / prefixes, etc. for inclusion in the monthly write-up are welcome but are not mandatory.
Published format
Two monthly tabulations are produced:
⦁ a detailed listing per section for the most recent month showing, for each entrant, the number of DXCC entities / locator squares / SRCC members heard or contacted and the resultant monthly points. An example is shown below:

A brief commentary covering band conditions, details of any particularly interesting stations heard / etc. is also provided.
⦁ an annual cumulative listing per section showing monthly and cumulative points for each entrant. An example is shown below:

A few points of detail for clarification:
⦁ for the purpose of the league table, “HF” means any amateur band below 30MHz, and “VHF” any amateur band above 30MHz
⦁ “contests” means any contest listed in the Sport Radio column in Radcom for the month in question
⦁ the same DXCC entity (HF) or Maidenhead “big square” (VHF) may be claimed each month for points, but in a given month can only be claimed once even if contacted on multiple bands/modes
⦁ contacts made via terrestrial relay based systems (eg. repeaters or echolink) or during multi-operator events will not count for points
⦁ the list of DXCC entities and prefixes to be used for HF contacts is published by ARRL and at the time of writing the latest version is at the following URL: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/DXCC/2018%20DXCC%20Current.pdf
⦁ The Heard section is not restricted to members without transmitting licences: however once entrants have opted for a section, they must remain in it for the entire year. The only exception that will be made is if a non-licensed member obtains an Amateur Radio Licence during the year, they may opt to change to the Contacted Section and their points from both sections will be added together to produce their cumulative score
⦁ Where the same station heard / contacted falls into more than one of the categories of DXCC entity / Maidenhead square / SRCC member, it can be claimed for each of the categories that apply. Thus G3WRR in JO01 on 4m could be claimed as both SRCC member and Maidenhead square (provided that square has not be claimed already that month)
⦁ it is the callsign of the station worked, rather than that of the operator, that applies. Thus contacts made by operators G9DEF and G9XYZ using the call G9ABC would not count separately
⦁ where an entrant operates from more than one location during a particular month, the same DXCC entity or Maidenhead square may be claimed only once, for the base callsign of the entrant. Thus G9ABC could only claim a contact with 5X1 once, against the call G9ABC, even if he had contacted it separately from G9ABC, GW9ABC and VE3/G9ABC.
Queries will almost inevitably arise. Please do raise them with Quin G3WRR at – he does not bite.