2023 Linc Cundall Memorial AM and CW DX Contest Announcement

By Steve Fetter – WA8UEG LC Event Coordinator

This contest is designed to favor those using low power equipment designed or constructed before 1950.  As time went by, a number of adjustments have been made to the scoring.  The age of the equipment that qualifies for a multiplier was raised to gear made prior to 1950. This brings out lots of  WWII equipment to the event. Recently, we streamlined the scoring and added AM operation to this event.  Newer Ham’s who did not have to learn CW will now be able to join in the fun with their vintage gear.  All radio amateurs may participate by submitting their log and everyone sending in a log will be scored.  The winner will receive a nice plaque.  If you’re not an AWA member we would like you to join the AWA, but membership is not required to operate in any of our “On Air” events.  Please send in shack photos showing your vintage station.  High resolution .JPEG files sent via E-mail are accepted.  There is still plenty of time before the event to get that pre 1950 gear operational.

Dates: Wednesday January 25, 2023 @ 2300 GMT to Thursday January 26, 2023 @ 2300 GMT and Saturday January 28, 2022 @ 2300 GMT to Sunday January 29, 2022 @ 2300 GMT.  As of now, these dates should keep QRM to a minimum.

Bands:  160, 80, 40 and 20 meters.

Objective: Contact the greatest number of AWA members or participating stations using your pre 1950 gear.  AM and CW modes are welcomed.  Suggested CW Frequencies are: 1800-1820, 3550–3570, 7100-7125 kHz and 14060-14070 +/- QRM.  Suggest AM frequencies are: 1885, 3.835, 3870 thru 3.890, 7.290 and 14.330 +/- QRM.  Concentrate on 160-meter contacts on the hour.  Yes, the 80 and 40M CW frequencies are in the novice band and has worked well over the years.  When calling use “AWA AWA de W1GIG” for example.

Note: Due to another major CW event on 160M for January 28th & 29th, only AM operation will be possible on those dates.  CW & AM operation on 160M is encouraged on January 25th & 26th.

Equipment:  WW II surplus receivers and transmitters are popular during this event.  Commercial equipment with an original prefix model number that was introduced prior to January 01, 1950 (Suffix not considered.) Updates to transmitters and receivers also qualify, even if they were recently completed. 

Pre-1950 is determined by the original date the original model was introduced. We go by the prefix of the model number not a change to the suffix added by the manufacturer for improvements or changes made. For example, a Harvey Wells TBS-50D will qualify with the original date the TBS-50 was introduced. The Collins 32V series will qualify due to the date the 32V1 was introduced, etc.

Owner constructed, or other “Home Brew” equipment designed from QST, 73, or any other period publication or source of the period ending by December 1949.  Construction of this equipment should follow the design as closely as possible and use parts from the period, if possible.  Note, 1929 transmitters and regenerative receivers from the BK event qualify. Remember your power multiplier is based on input power, plate current times plate voltage and not output power.

Scoring:  Since the other stations information will not affect your score, simply exchange the other persons callsign, their RST, your Name and State.  High scorers should send in full details on equipment and station photos for publication. Your transmitter multiplier times your power multiplier determine the points for that particular contact exchange. 

Equipment Multipliers:

MOD (1950 and after) TX and RX, 1 point,

OT TX  (Pre 1950 ) and Modern RX (1950 and after ) 2 points,

OT TX and RX, (Both PRE 1950) 3 points.

Power Multiplier:

0–50 Watts Input 4 points

51-150 Watts Input 3 points

151 Watts and higher 2 points.

EXAMPLE: OT TX & OT RX running 40 watts = 12 points (3X4=12 points)

                      OT TX & Modern RX running 100 watts = 3 points (2X3=6 points)

                      Modern TX & RX RX running 50 watts = 4 points (1X4=4points)

Note: Scoring for AM and CW contacts are the same.  You may work the same station on CW and AM on a given band and log that as two separate QSO’s.

Logs: Please submit a log even if you only have a handful of contacts.  If you are working a non-member, please be courteous and help them with the scoring if they show interest.  We need more participants, and the best way is by being helpful.  Log sheets are available on the website or from yours truly if you don’t have email.  We need them by February 12, 2023, in order to meet the deadline for the Journal.

Please E-Mail me at smfetter [at] verizon.net with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Please Send your downloaded completed log sheet to the following address no later than February 12, 2023.

Steve Fetter WA8UEG

263 Mckay Road

Henryville, PA 18332