Event Details for John Rollins Memorial DX Contest

The John Rollins Memorial CW/AM DX Contest For 2020

The 2020 John Rollins event will have a few changes this year, so please read carefully. For the first time, AM contacts are permitted. Operating bands now include 80/75M.  Scoring is simplified, with the various multipliers based on modes, while using gear manufactured or designed before 1970. These changes came from feedback that was received from participants of past events with the goal of increasing participation levels and making the event more fun.

Gear manufactured prior to 1970 allows rigs from the 1960’s to be used in the event, such as Heathkits, KnightKits, Hallicrafters, Drake, EICO, WRL, etc. A lot of those rigs had CW and AM capabilities making them a good choice for this event. You can still use those older rigs from the 1920’s and 1930’s if you choose. Any homebrew gear using tubes available prior to 1970 also qualifies.

​The bands used in the event include 80, 40, and 20 meters. Suggested frequencies for CW are 3550-3570, 7030-7060, 7100-7125, and 14030-14050. Suggested frequencies for AM are 3705, 3837, 3885, 7285-7295, 14286 and 14330. These are suggested frequencies, you can make a contact anywhere on the band where that mode is permitted.

Output power levels are limited to 100W for CW and 100W carrier level for AM. There is no power multiplier in scoring this year.

In order to simplify scoring, only the transmitter needs to be pre-1970 vintage. It is encouraged that the receiver also be pre-1970 vintage but not required. Scoring has been simplified as follows:

5 points – CW contact between two pre-1970 stations
3 points – AM contact between two pre-1970 stations
1 point  –  Any contact with MOD station(s)

There is a limit of one contact per station per band per mode.

Typical pairs of equipment, used in previous contests, include Hallicrafters HT-37 / SX-111, Drake 2B / Johnson Navigator, Eico 720 / Hammarlund HQ-129, Homebrew 6L6 / RME 69, and ARC-5 XMTR / BC348. This year there should be some DX-60’s, HT-40’s, and T-60’s transmitters operating in the event.

Dates: Wednesday March 11th, 2020 @ 2300 GMT thru Mar 12th, 2020 @ 2300 GMT
           Saturday March 14th, 2020 @ 2300 GMT to Sunday March 15th, 2020 @ 2300 GMT

Bands: 80/75, 40 and 20 Meters ​

Objective: Contact the greatest number participating stations using pre-1970 design gear.  When calling use “AWA AWA de N2BE” for example. On contact, exchange signal reports, the year of your equipment (TX61 for a 1961 transmitter and RX59 for a 1959 receiver). Finally, send your output power, your name and QTH. 

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.  We need them by April 10 in order to meet the deadline for the Journal.  Send your logs, jpeg station pictures and Soapbox comments to me at W1ZB [at] comcast.net or mail them to Jerry Reine, 5 Tobey Lane, Andover, MA 01810.

73 and have fun in the event.

Jerry W1ZB