From 12:00 UTC, Saturday, February 2, to 11:59 UTC on Sunday, February 3, the Black Sea Contest will be taking place on CW/SSB, organized by the Ukrainian Black Sea Contest Club. It’s a worldwide contest where all stations may contact one another. However, QSOs with stations from countries containing a river whose waters eventually end up in the Black sea will be rewarded with ten points, i.e., stations of Central and Eastern Europe.
The full list of countries consists of:
Austria, OE – Albania, ZA – Belarus, EU – Bulgaria, LZ – Bosnia and Herzegovina, E7 – Hungary, HA – Germany, DL – Georgia, 4L – Italy, I – Macedonia, Z3 – Moldova, ER – Poland, SP – Russia (European part), RA – Romania, YO – Slovakia, OM – Slovenia, S5 – Turkey, TA – Ukraine, UR – Croatia, 9A – Montenegro, 4O – Czech Republic, OK – Switzerland, HB – Serbia, YU.
QSOs with stations on other continents will be worth five points; those within the same continent, but in a different ITU zone will be worth three points and will be assigned one point per QSO within the same ITU zone. For complete rules refer to the official website: www.bscc.in/index/rules_black_sea_cup_international_eng/0-21.
In addition, a new contest from Greece has been launched this year: Kostas, SV1DPI, Triathlon DX Contest’s Manager, is inviting everyone to participate in the “1st Triathlon DX Contest”. This year it will be taking place on Saturday, February 2nd. Kostas states,”We are trying to simulate the original Triathlon athletic event. So we involved three major ham radio modes, RTTY, SSB and CW. It will be a 24 hour non-stop event divided in three sections, each one devoted to a different mode. We start at 0000z with RTTY until 0759z. After that we continue from 0800z with SSB until 1559z, and finally there is the CW part starting at 1600z until 2359z. The exchange is simple: just 59(9) and serial number. Multipliers are the DXCC entities in every mode and band plus the number of different Greek stations you will work during the entire contest. There are simple mode categories and mixed mode as well. Also you can make your own teams and participate in team contesting also. The best of all is that the winner will get a wonderful prize: ten days all paid for two persons in Zakynthos Island (EU-052) in Greece, offered by Xenos Hotels Group. You can find more info as well as the complete rules in several languages at: www.triathlon-dx-contest.gr. We are looking for your participation,73 de Triathlon-DX-Contest team <firstname.lastname@example.org>”
(This article has been written by Alex, IK8YFU)