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I. Objective

Activation of the semi-automatic keys (Bugs). All radio amateurs are invited to revive the 80m band with the distinctive sound of their bugs.

II. Dates

Annually on the  third Wednesday in February and October

from 1900 to 2030 UTC.

Next Date: 17.10.2018

III. Bands

80 m (3510-3560kHz). The IARU Region 1 band plan must be adhered to!

IV. Operation

Only CW (A1A). Only semi-automatic keys (Bugs) are allowed.

  1. CALL: CQ BUG
  2. Both call signs have to be sent at the start of a QSO.
    Example: DL1ABC de DL9XYZ.
  3. EXCHANGE: RST report plus a progressive 3-digit serial number starting at 001/the year in which the OP mastered the first time a semi-automatic key. Example: 579001/61

V. Scoring

  1. QSO POINTS:
    Each complete QSO is worth 1 point. Each station may only appear once in the log.
  2. TOTAL SCORE: Sum of all QSO points.

VI. Awards

Each participant receives a personal  certificate which he can download and print as PDF. The link for downloading will be announced in the result list.

VII. LOG-Submission

  1. LOG INFORMATION: UTC, call, exchange sent/received, points, additional indication of the bug type (serial number and year of manufacture if available)
  2. ELECTRONIC LOG: We accept common log formats as TXT files and Cabrillo
  3. MANAGER: Volker Enderlein, DJ9BM, Gottfried Keller Str. 7a, D53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany
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  4. DEADLINE: Arrived at the manager until 04 November.