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The SSB and RTTY Club of COMO and the A.R.I. (Associazione Radioamatori Italiani) are
pleased to announce the details of the 55th “Alessandro VOLTA RTTY DX CONTEST”.
This contest is organized to increase interest in RTTY mode as used by radio amateurs
and to honor the Italian discoverer of electricity, ALESSANDRO VOLTA.
TEST PERIOD: from 12:00 GMT Saturday May 8, 2021 until 12:00 GMT Sunday May 9,

  1. In the future this event will take place on the second full week-end in May.
    BANDS: 3,5 – 7 – 14 -21 – 28 MHz Amateur bands.
    “SINGLE-OP ALL” – Single Operator, All Bands.
    “SINGLE-OP xxM” – Single Operator, Single Band (where xx=10, 15, 20, 40,
    80) Single band entrants who also operate on other bands are
    encouraged to submit their logs to aid in the log-checking
    process. QSOs on other bands are counted: 0 points, 0
    multipliers, 0 QSOs and inserted as checklog. Mark clearly
    in the CABRILLO log’s header which band is to be counted
    as the single-band entry)
    “SINGLE-OP 6H” -Single Operator, All bands 6 hours one person (the
    operator) performs all operating and logging functions. May
    operate up to max 6 hours. Off-times must be greater than
    60 minutes. SOAB6 contestant must enter a Log of their
    first six hours of operation. Any contacts made after these
    periods must be included in the contest LOG but they will be
    treated as a CHECKLOG.
    “MULTI-OP” – Multi Operator Single or Multi Transmitter.
    “CHECKLOG” – logs for QSO checking
    ALL CATEGORIES: Single Band or All Band, Single Operator or Multi Operators, only one
    transmitting signal is allowed at any one time; the operator may change bands at any
    time. No power subcategories. Use of DX spotting nets is allowed (self-spotting not
    SCORING: All two-way RTTY contacts will score points in accordance with the exchange
    POINTS TABLE. Contacts between stations within the same DXCC Country or same call
    area (for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and USA) will not be valid (count: 0
    point, no multiplier, nor as callarea). (e.g.: a JA2 station can work JA1, JA3, JA4 etc, but
    not JA2). Hams whose callarea is different from that of the number in their callsign
    are invited to add to their callsign the suffix /x (/1, /2 … /9, /0) to allow others
    the exact identification of their callareas.
    Contacts made outside one’s own continent on 3.5 or 28 MHz are worth double points.
    CONTACTS: Station can be worked only once for each band. Additional contacts may be
    made with the same station only if a different band is used. A contact with a station which
    would count as QSO points will only be valid if that station appears at least in 3 other logs,
    or if a contest log is received from that station.
    COUNTRIES: ARRL DXCC Country list plus each call-area in Australia, Canada, Japan, New
    Zealand and the USA will be counted as a separate country. In those cases, the “main”
    Country multiplier (JA-VE-VK-W-ZL) DOES NOT COUNT and ONLY each worked callarea (JA1..0, VE1…0, VK1..8, W1…0, ZL1…ZL4) can be considered.
    MULTIPLIERS: A multiplier of 1 (one) is given for each different DXCC Country and for
    each different CALL AREA worked. Same Country/CallArea may be claimed again if a
    different band is used. An additional multiplier is given for each INTERCONTINENTAL
    COUNTRY (DX) worked on at least in 4 bands. A contact with a station which would count
    as multiplier will only be valid if that station appears at least in 3 other logs, or if a contest
    log is received from that station.
    POINTS: Total exchange points multiplied by the total number of multiplier multiplied by
    the total number of QSOs. [Points x Multipliers x QSOs = Final score].
    MESSAGE: Must consist of: RST – QSO progressive number starting from 001 – Your CQ
    Zone number. (es.: 599-001-15)
    SWL: no longer expected due to low participation.
    AWARD: The SOAB and MO categories will be divided by Continent. A special Plaque
    will be awarded to the top stations in each category. Top Italian Ham in each category will
    receive a plaque. In addition, all contestants will be allowed to download a new electronic
    certificate (.jpg file) from our site.
    LOGS: ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: you can use one of the following options (wait
    please at least 6 hours before re-sending/re-uploading the LOG):
     E-MAIL: send log (VOLTA CABRILLO file format) via e-mail to In the “Subject:” line of your e-mail message please
    include your callsign and the category you entered (e.g., I2DMI SINGLE-OP 20M,
    I2DMI MULTI-OP, etc). Logs must be sent as an e-mail attachment, not as the
    text of the email.
     UPLOAD: use link in main page of our site and follow instructions.
    The filename for the log should be yourcall.log (e.g., I2DMI.LOG, I2DMI.txt or
    I2DMI.CBR). Rename it before sending.
    LOGS will be checked by a Robot that will send a feedback message automatically. If any
    error will be found by the ROBOT, you’ll receive an e-mail containing a diagnostic errors
    message. You can then correct your log and submit it again. Please check if your call is
    listed in the “received LOGs” link in our site. If doesn’t or you have file structure errors
    (FSA), send the log to I2DMI (e-mail:, asking to convert it.



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