The ‘Celtic Knot’ VHF-UHF Competition

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The GMDX Group is sponsoring a new annual competition to promote VHF-UHF DX and contesting activity in the North and West of the geographical British Isles – the red areas in the map above – and to give stations everywhere else a better opportunity to work those areas.

The Celtic Knot VHF-UHF Competition is based on the GMDX Celtic Knot Award, which is for working stations in GM, GD, GI, EI, GW, Cornwall, Brittany, NW Spain and Nova Scotia.

The Celtic Knot VHF-UHF Competition takes advantage of the activity created by the existing RSGB VHF-UHF UK Activity Contests on 50MHz, 70MHz, 144MHz, 432MHz and 1296MHz. Like the UKACs, our competition will extend over the full calendar year.

There are two separate categories, each with its own monthly results ladder:

  • Celtic Knot Stations, for stations within those ‘Celtic areas’; and
  • Celtic Knot Supporters, to encourage everyone else to look for and work stations within the ‘Celtic areas’.

Scoring will be based on the published UKAC results and Open Logs data but GMDX will set its own rules, publish its own monthly progress ladders and award its own trophies and certificates.

Scoring

  • Scoring for the Celtic Knot Stations category will be taken directly from the published UKAC scores of stations within the ‘Celtic areas’, normalised across each of the five bands.
  • Scoring for the Celtic Knot Supporters category will be the points/km earned by working Celtic Knot Stations.

To score well in either category you will need to make some significant DX contacts as well as working the ‘locals’.

Entries and Results

No separate entry is required for the Celtic Knot VHF-UHF Competition. Simply enter a log (or checklog) for each UKAC session in the usual way, and we will do the rest.

Monthly results ladders will be published on this site, in the Results Blog.

More information can be found on the Rules/FAQ page.

Acknowledgements and Thanks

  • To the RSGB VHF Contest Committee and the Contest Support Committee,  for organising the UKACs
  • To every UKAC entrant – no matter who, or where – for taking part and activating our VHF-UHF bands
  • To the GMDX Group for sponsorship and constant encouragement.

Original idea: GM3YTS (Chairman, GMDX Group).
Published results and Open Logs: RSGB VHF Contest Committee and Contest Support Committee.
Data processing: G3UBX. Spreadsheets: GM4UYZ. Website: GM3SEK.

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