The Shortest Version
When operating in the UKACs, follow all the RSGB rules in the normal way.
The GMDX Celtic Knot Competition does not conflict in any way with the RSGB UKACs.
We are only asking stations in England to think more often about beaming North and West – and to remember that most of your QSOs with Celtic-area stations are likely to be very high scoring.
The Short Version
- Enter the UKACs in the normal way.
- When the RSGB results appear and the Open Logs are published, we will process the data.
- Give us a few days to do this at the end of the month, and then visit this site to view the Celtic Knot Results Blog.
- Depending on your location, your score will automatically be listed in either the Celtic Knot Stations table or the Celtic Knot Supporters table.
- Tables will be updated every month.
- … and that’s about it for the Short Version.
The Full-FAQ Version
- Why are you doing this?
To give an extra boost to VHF-UHF DX and contesting activity in the North and West of the geographical British Isles. The ‘Celtic Knot’ concept covers all of these regions and a few more beyond.
- Why two different categories?
The Celtic Knot Stations category is to encourage activity within the ‘Celtic areas’ (defined for these purposes as GM, GD, GI, EI, GW, Cornwall, Brittany, NW Spain and Nova Scotia – see our Home page).
The Celtic Knot Supporters category is to encourage everyone else, outside of those areas, to work stations in the North and West of the British Isles.
- How are the two different categories scored?
The Celtic Knot Stations category is for stations operating from within the defined ‘Celtic areas’. Scoring is simply based on RSGB’s published ‘Overall UKAC’ tables which also act as a progress ladder throughout the year. Scores are normalized according to the positions in the results tables for individual bands. The RSGB tables are updated as soon as the adjudicated results appear, and we will update the Celtic Knot results a little later (we have additional work to do).
The Celtic Knot Supporters category is for all other stations. Only QSOs made with ‘Celtic areas’ stations will count for points, and scoring is by simple points/km. (See below for further discussion of points/km scoring.)
- Which bands?
6m, 4m, 2m, 70cm and 23cm.
- How do I enter?
Enter the RSGB UKACs in the normal way, and we will do the rest.
Celtic-area stations will need to enter the RSGB UKACs in order to be listed in the Celtic Stations category (there is no practical way around this).
Entering the UKACs from Brittany? Please use the Contact form to make sure we know that you’re a Celtic-area station.
For stations outside the Celtic areas, we analyse the published Open Logs to find the QSOs that have been made with ‘Celtic area’ stations. If you have entered the UKACs and made some qualifying QSOs, you will be listed in the Supporters table – with our thanks.
- Won’t the same ‘big guns’ win every time?
Different answers for the two categories…
Celtic Knot Stations: the highest scoring stations will receive the usual certificates, but the GMDX Trophy will only be awarded to the leading entrant who has not already won that Trophy in the past 5 years. (This is a well-proven way to encourage competition and turnover among the leading stations. Previous winners will always be welcome to compete for certificates, and to compete for the trophy again after 5 years.)
Celtic Knot Supporters: this category is different – it will always have a large pool of potential winners. The points/km scoring system means that the GMDX Trophy for this category could be won from several different areas of England – or indeed beyond. However, this category is very unlikely to be won by working only the stronger and easier Celtic-area stations. The deciding factor will be how much someone decides to focus on working more distant Celtic-area stations as well, for a higher points score.
- Open Logs are only claimed QSOs – how do you validate them?
We are fortunate in having access to a database that has been independently validated, following the same rules as the RSGB CC.
- I operate some bands /P from within the Celtic areas, but other bands from home in England. Can I enter?
We don’t have the resources to track occasional (holiday-style) operations at present. But if you operate to a consistent pattern throughout the year, then please let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
- “Northwest Spain, Nova Scotia”? You must be joking!
Quite the opposite – many VHF-UHF DXers have worked EA1 and VE1.
- I have a suggestion / But what about / Haven’t you forgotten…?
Please let us know your thoughts and suggestions using the Contact Form… but also bear in mind that we’re in our first year. Our main priority right now is to get the competition running reliably throughout 2018, and then we can evaluate the results and see what changes to make.