PRO CW CONTEST (PCC) 2021                                                                          
        
                                                          20th edition                                      
                                                RULES SUMMARY

                                  start : December 4,  12:00 UTC 

                                     end: December 5,  11:59 UTC
                                bands: 80/40/20/15/10m
                               modes: CW
                         categories: SO-HP, SO-LP, SO-QRP
                                             SO10, SO15, SO20, SO40, SO80
                                             MO
                                             M
                                             CL
                                             SWL
                      reports nonmembers: RST + QSO number (E.g. 599 001)
                      report members: RST + QSO number/M (members of any CW-club) (E.g. 599 001/M)                         
                              scoring: 1p for QSO with own DXCC
                                             2p for QSO with another DXCC
                                             2p bonus for a non-member in the case of a QSO with a member CW club
                                                6p bonus for QSO between two members  CW club                                             
                         multipliers: different prefix on each band, except all prefix from own DXCC
      Logs deadline: Sunday, December 12 at 23:59 UTC at cw@procontestclub.ro
                                       preliminary scores:  Monday, December 13 up to 10:00 UTC
                            Contestations are accepted only Monday, December 13 until 23:59 UTC
                                              official results: Tuesday, December 14 and is final.
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                                     Since-2002
                                             Organized by PRO-CW-CLUB, Romania
 1. Object
    
Contact and exchange QSO information with as many stations as possible.
     Any station may work any other station once per band.

    To give the possibility to obtain the awards of PRO-CW-Club.

  2. Contest Period
    
First full weekend in December, Starts Saturday 12:00 UTC, ends Sunday 11:59 UTC. (24 hours)

  3. Mode
     
Only CW                      


4. Benzi
     10, 15, 20, 40 si 80m
( 28,010-28,060; 21,010-21,060; 14,010-14,060; 7,010-7,040; 3,510-3,560).
                                      
- it is allowed to transmit only one signal at any given time;

  5. Contest call
    "TEST PCC" or "CQ PCC"
   
  6. Entry Categories

   SO-HPSingle Operator, All bands, Single TX, High Power, ( exceeding 100 W ).
    
Competitors who have made at least 50 valid QSOs, can also opt for two categories, the second being SOSB provided that in each between
    the two categories to make at least 10 valid QSOs.
    If, following the arbitration, it is found that these two conditions have not been met, the respective competitor will be included in the first
    category indicated by him in the subject of the email
or in the head of the Cabrillo log. E.g. YO0XXX (SO-HP & SO40) category will be SO-HP.
                 
   SO-LP Single Operator, All bands, Single TX, Low Power, ( up to 100 W ).
   
Competitors who have made at least 50 valid QSOs, can also opt for two categories, the second being SOSB provided that in each between
    the two categories to make at least 10 valid QSOs.
    If, following the arbitration, it is found that these two conditions have not been met, the respective competitor will be included in the first
    category indicated by him in the subject of the email
or in the head of the Cabrillo log. E.g. YO0XXX (SO-LP & SO40) category will be SO-LP.

   SO-QRP = Single Operator, All bands, Single TX, QRP, ( max. 5W out power and transmit Callsign/QRP ).
    
Competitors in this category cannot compete in the second category.

   SOSB    = Single Operator Single Band : SO10, SO15, SO20, SO40, SO80 any authorized power.
    
Competitors who have made at least 50 valid QSOs, can also opt for two categories, provided that in each betwen the two categories to make
    at least 10 valid QSOs.
If, following the arbitration, it is found that these two conditions have not been met, the respective competitor will be included
    in the first category indicated by him in the subject of the email
or in the head of the Cabrillo log. E.g. YO0XXX (SO20 & SO40) category will be SO20.
 
   MO  = All club stations,  regardless of the number of operators and teams, only multiband, a single TX, All band only, any authorized power.
    Clubs  may participate only in the MO category. With a club callsign you can not participate in SO categories.
  
To be included in MO category, teams of at least 2 members must perform at least 50 valid QSOs, otherwise will be inclded in one of the SO categories
   and in ranking of this category will appear the first callsign from the list of operators in the team.
    MO station must remain the same band at least 10 minutes when they make the contact on that band (RUNNING station).

    M   =
members of any CW club, All bands only, Single TX, any authorized power (including members using QRP).
   They can participate in each category but if they participate in category M in the Cabrillo log will specify the name of the CW Club
   of which they belong and will transmit the control /M (E.g 599 001/M).
If you transmit the control in this form, only participate in the category M.
   
Members of CW clubs are not required to participate in the M category, but in this case they will no longer submit the
   abbreviation /M and will  comply with the rules imposed on the category for which they opted.

   SWL         = Short Wave Listeners, All bands
  
Complete logging of one station only the callsign of the second station count 1 point.
  Complete logging of both sides of  a QSO - 3 points.
  The same callsign may be logged once on each band.
          
 
 7. Contest Exchange
   Non members should send RST report + serial number, starting with 001 for the first contact. E.g. 599 001
   Members of any CW club, send RST + serial number/M      E.g 599 001/M .
   In the Cabrillo log please use following syntax : 599 001/M. (
no space betwen control and abbreviation /M)
  
  8. Scoring   
  QSO Points: 
  For QSO with own DXCC country: 1 point;
  For QSO with another DXCC country: 2 points;
  For QSO with CW-club members (M category), non-members receive : 2 points extra-bonus;
  For QSO between two CW-Club members (M category), they receive: 6 points extra-bonus.

  SWL category is awarded three points for a valid full QSO and 1 point for a QSO incomplete.

    Multiplier:
   Each different prefix worked will count one (1) multiplier on each band,  except all prefixes from own DXCC
   country who do not count as a multiplier.
 
   The final score is the result of the total QSO points on all bands multiplied with the sum of multipliers on all bands.

   For SWL category there multiplier.

    There is no need for you to calculate the score.This will done by the referee software.   
 
  9. Prizes
   
(For prizes, CLAIM and UBN file, please indicate in the Cabrillo log your complete MAIL and EMAIL address.)   
    All certificates will be put on the PCC contest web site (Results) as PDF files for downloading and printing (Soon).

    Click here for information about all PRO CONTEST CLUB awards

10. Logs Instructions
 
  Only electronic logs, Cabrillo format. Times must be in UTC.
 
    Regardless of the number of categories of participation, please send only one Cabrillo log. 
   
All sent and received exchanges are to be logged. PCC will be made with total computerized control followed by each
QSO
    computerized analysis.
All SO category entrants must clearly indicate the category power in the Cabrillo log.  If no power category
    is mentioned in the log
and there are QSO's in several bands, the competitors will be automatically moved to SO-HP category.
     EMAIL: The subject line of your e-mail entry must include your callsign and category or categories.

    e.g. Subject: YP0ZZZ (M)  or YO0WWW (SO-HP & SO40).

    The file name of the attached log will only be in the form : YR0XXX.cbr or YO0YYY.log  
    The participants for two categories will send only one log . In the e-mail of your log, please send the file(s) as attachement.
   The log must be sent only as an attachment, not as text or other content within the e-mail message.
    In the header part of the electronic log submission you MUST specify a category of entrance and the EMAIL address and
   the full mail address in order to receive PCC results, trophies, awards and certificates.
    Check logs are very much  appreciated, they are used for cross checking of all entries.Remarks: Contact is valid,
    if a time difference in both logs does not exceed 3 minutes. Please don't forget to set your computer's clock before the Contest!
    Awards, prizes and trophies will be sent to the home address indicated in the Cabrillo log. If the Cabrillo log header
    does not cantain the EMAIL address, the competitor will not receive the CLAIM and UBN files.
    LOG SUBMISSION Logs must be submitted in Cabrillo format by e-mail to: cw@procontestclub.ro
     Logs must received not later than 7 (seven) days, first Sunday, after the contest end until 23:59 UTC .
     A confirmation will be sent to each entrant. Please follow the RECEIVED LOGS page.
     Backup email: cw-contest@yo2rr.ro (use backup e-mail only in case you don't get a reply message in more than 48 hours)
 
11.Dupes       
      Dupes are contacts made with the same station on the same band. If the first contact between stations is valid, dupes
     have zero points value. If the first contact is not valid, second  (dupe) contact is accepted. Dupe contacts are not penalized,
     so DUPES should not be marked or deleted.

 
     Sample of Cabrillo imaginary log for CW-Club members (M category)


    START-OF-LOG: 2.0
    ARRL-SECTION: DX
    CALLSIGN: YP0CW
    CLUB: PRO-CW
    CONTEST: PCC
    CATEGORY: M
    CLAIMED-SCORE:
    OPERATORS: YO6EX
   
NAME:  First & Last Name
    ADDRESS:  Street and number
    ADDRESS:  City / Town
    ADDRESS:  Zip-code
    ADDRESS:  Country
    EMAIL:

    CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger V14.9.0

    QSO:   7031 CW 2021-12-05 1605 YP0CW         599  001/M       DL0ZZZ                   599  002/M       
    QSO: 28023 CW 2021-12-05 1616 YP0CW         599  002/M       PA0XXX/QRP         599  008
    END-OF-LOG

   Sample of Cabrillo imaginary log for Non-members category:    

    START-OF-LOG: 2.0
    ARRL-SECTION: DX
    CALLSIGN: LZ0YYY/QRP
    CLUB: 
    CONTEST: PCC
    CATEGORY: SO-QRP
    CLAIMED-SCORE:
    OPERATORS:
    NAME:
  First & Last Name
    ADDRESS:  Street and number
    ADDRESS:  City / Town
    ADDRESS:  Zip-code
    ADDRESS:  Country
    EMAIL:
    CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.4372.0

    QSO:   3512 CW 2021-12-05 1623 LZ0YYY/QRP         599  001          UY0WWW        599  023/M   
    QSO: 14024 CW 2021-12-05 1625 LZ0YYY/QRP         599  002          HG0ZZZ            599  021
    END-OF-LOG   

    Free Contest software that the PRO CW Contest supports: 
    N1MM Loger+ (USER DEFINED CONTESTS) 
   

   TR4W  and DXLog                                                                   
       

    You can use any contest program for CW mode, but do not forget to enter in the Cabrillo file, the name of the contest (PCC) and the
    abbreviations /M when it's the case, otherwise you lose points.(Just like in the example logs above without free space between the
    number of the QSO and the particle /M).  It is not necessary to declare the score.

 
  
  12. Arbitration
    
If a competitor opts for a category to which the rules do not allow, the referee has the right to change the category according
     to the regulation.
       QSOs are not counted and excluded from the report in case of:
   - if the referee does not receive a Log report from a correspondent; (NoLog)
   - if QSO is not confirmed by the Log report of the correspondent
or the difference between the times in the logs exceeds 3 minutes (NotInLog)
   - if there are miscounts in exchange numbers and callsigns, QSO is removed,
     (Bad callsign, receive error );
   - if QSO bands or modes in entrant's log and other station's log are different
the QSO is removed (except systematic computer errors).
   - if the category is
MO the operator did not respect the 10 minutes on a band rule.

  13. Disqualification
   For cheating, imaginary loging and clear repetitive and intentional violation of the contest rules,
   or for the use of an inproper power to QRP category.

 
  14.Results
       The Provisional results appears on the site http://www.procontestclub.ro ,
on the morning of Monday, the 8th day after the contest.
       Appeals regarding the provisional ranking are accepted only on Monday, on the day of its posting on the site until 23:59 UTC.
      Every competitor who send the electronic log and entered their own EMAIL address will receive personal UBN-list, containing the mistakes
      of the competitors
and the list of stations from which we have not received log.
     The final results will be published on the site, on the second Tuesday after the contest and decisions of the referee are final.
          All awards will be send out in two to three monts after the contest at the addresses specified in the Cabrillo log.
  15. Contest manager, referee and sponsor is YO2RR..     

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