Ten-Meter RTTY Contest Rules

1. Object: Amateurs worldwide contact and exchange QSO information with other amateurs using Baudot RTTY on the 10 meter band. Any station may work any other station.  The recommended baud rate is 45.45 baud with 170 Hz shift.

2. Date and Contest Period: Sunday of the first full weekend of December 0000-2400 UTC. (December 4, 2016).

3. Entry Categories:  All entry categories are subject to these conditions:

  • 100 watts output maximum, measured at the output of the transmitter.  Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time.
  • May operate the entire 24 hours.
  • Spotting assistance is allowed, including Packetcluster and RTTY Skimmer.  Self spotting is not allowed.
  • The “Station Location” is where all transmitters, receivers and antennas are located.  All transmitters and receivers must be within a single 500-meter diameter circle.  Antennas must be physically connected by RF transmission lines to the transmitters and receivers.
  • Remote operation is permitted if the physical location of all transmitters, receivers and antennas are at the “Station Location”.  A remotely operated station must obey all station, license and category limitations at the “Station Location”.

3.1. Single Operator – All operating and logging functions are performed by one person (the operator).

3.2. Multioperator, Single Transmitter – Any number of people can share the operating activity.

4. Exchange:

4.1. United States: RST + State.

4.2. Canada: RST + Province.

4.3. DX: RST + Consecutive serial number, starting with 001.

5. Scoring:

5.1. QSO Points: Count one point for each completed QSO.

5.2. Multipliers: Each US state (except KH6 and KL7) plus the District of Columbia (DC), Canadian provinces/territories: NB (VE1, 9), NS (VE1), QC (VE2), ON (VE3), MB (VE4), SK (VE5), AB (VE6), BC (VE7), NT (VE8), NF (VO1), LB (VO2), NU (VY0), YT (VY1), PE (VY2) and each DXCC country. KH6 and KL7 count only as separate DXCC entities.

5.2.1. The US and Canada do not count as DXCC entities.

6. Reporting:

6.1. All entries must be emailed by 2359 UTC , December 12, 2016.

6.2. Entries must be submitted by email to

6.3. All logs must be submitted in Cabrillo file format.  The CONTEST tag in the Cabrillo header for this contest is TEN-RTTY. However, submitted Cabrillo file logs may use ARRL-RTTY as the contest tag and the log submittal robot will change it to TEN-RTTY.  This means you should select ARRL RTTY Roundup in your contest program.  Optionally, you may use a text editor to change the CONTEST: TEN-RTTY line or let the robot do it.  The correct, and only, power category is LOW (CATEGORY-POWER:  LOW).  HIGH power entries will be classified as CHECKLOGs.  The Cabrillo file must meet the Cabrillo 2 or Cabrillo 3 ARRL RTTY Roundup template specification.

7.  Awards:

7.1 Certificates will be awarded to the top Single Operator and Multioperator scorer in each multiplier area (State/District of Columbia, Canadian Province/Territory and each DXCC entity) provided the entrant’s log contains 100 or more valid QSOs and there are at least 3 or more entries from that area.

7.2 Plaque sponsorship is available for any category the donor chooses.  If you are interested in sponsoring a plaque, contact Don Hill, AA5AU (aa5au @ or Ed Muns, W0YK (ed @

7.3 Special Awards sponsored by Muns Vineyard:  Each overall top ten single operator will receive a bottle of Muns Vineyard premium California wine delivered to a US location, if they so choose.