Ernst Krenkel Memorial
Radio amateurs from around the world are invited to participate
in the 40th Jubilee contest. The RAEM contest is organised by "Soyuz
Radioljubitelej Rossii" (Union of Radioamateurs of Russia)
in memory of Ernst Krenkel (1903-1971) – famous polar investigator
and radio communications operator (callsign RAEM), Hero of the Soviet
Union, chairman of the USSR Radiosport Federation (1959-1971), and
the first chairman of Central Radio Club of the USSR. Beginning
in 1924, Krenkel was a pioneering member and main radio operator
of many Russian Arctic winter research expeditions, as well as a
veteran of the Russian Arctic polar station "North Pole-1"
and numerous other Arctic marine expeditions.
1. Date. Bands. Mode
RAEM contest is held every year on the Sunday of the fourth full
weekend of December.
In 2011 the contest commences 25th December at 00.00 UTC and ends
25th December at 11.59 UTC. Period of operation – 12 hours.
Bands: Only the 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m bands may be used.
Mode: CW only.
2. Entry categories
Select only one of the following:
MULTI-ONE: Multiple operator, Single transmitter, all bands
SINGLE-OP ALL HIGH: Single operator, All bands, High power
SINGLE-OP ALL LOW: Single operator, All bands, Low power (total
output power must not exceed 100 W)
SINGLE-OP 80M: Single operator, 80m band
SINGLE-OP 40M: Single operator, 40m band
SINGLE-OP 20M: Single operator, 20m band
SINGLE-OP 15M: Single operator, 15m band
SINGLE-OP 10M: Single operator, 10m band
During the contest, the Ernst Krenkel memorial amateur
radio station will be on the air with the callsign RAEM. The honour
of operating RAEM is given to the previous year's high scoring Russian
MULTI-ONE team. The RAEM memorial radio station does not compete
with other participants and has no limitations on the number of
The exchange is formed from the following parts:
– progressive contact serial number starting with 001 for the first
– your geographic latitude rounded to one degree precision;
– one-letter designator of hemisphere: "N" for North and
"S" for South;
– your geographic longitude rounded to one degree precision;
– one-letter designator of hemisphere: "О" for East (from
German Ost) and "W" for West.
RW9HZZ sends "001 57n85o": 001 is QSO number, 57n and
85o are coordinates;
RX0LWC sends "001 44n133o": 001 is QSO number, 44n and
133o are coordinates.
4. Terms of operation
1. A station may be worked once on each band for QSO point credit.
2. A maximum of ten band changes may be made in any clock hour (00
through 59 minutes). Otherwise, all QSOs made after the eleventh
band change and until the end of that clock hour give no points.
3. Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any one time for
all categories. When two or more transmitters are present, either
a software or hardware interlock must be used to prevent more than
one signal at any time.
4. Use of any assistance or information provided by any outside
person or device is not allowed. The exception is that publicly
accessible (open) information networks (e. g. DX clusters) are allowed
in every category.
5. Single-band entries are permitted to operate on other bands.
Only QSOs on the claimed category-band give points.
6. The number of duplicated sent or skipped QSO numbers must not
exceed 2% of claimed QSOs.
7. By submitting an entry in the RAEM International DX Contest you
agree that you have read and understood the rules of the contest
and agree to be bound by them.
1. Every valid QSO gives 50 points.
2. Every one degree in geographic coordinates' difference in latitude
(your and received coordinates in exchange) gives one point in addition;
the same for longitude.
3. Every QSO with a polar amateur radio station (defined as a station
located within the Earth's Polar Circles and sending a latitude
of 66 degrees or greater) gives 100 points in addition.
4. Every QSO with the RAEM memorial amateur radio station gives
300 points in addition.
6. Final score
The final score is the sum of QSO points, geographic coordinates'
points, polar contacts' points, and RAEM station points. Example:
(300 QSOs) х 50 + 11000 points for coordinates + (17 QSOs with polar
stations) х 100 + (RAEM QSOs on each of five bands) х 300 = 29200
For participants located within the Polar Circles, the score above
is multiplied by factor 1.1.
The calculation of claimed score is provided by Contest Committee:
it is not required for participants themselves to calculate the
7. Rules for SWL category
SWLs have to copy callsigns of both sides of a QSO and the complete
exchange sent by one of the stations.
No more than three QSOs may be claimed where the same station is
one of the sides. Every one station gives points only once on each
Scoring is the same as for other categories. SWLs own geographic
coordinates are used for geographic coordinates' points calculation.
Plaques will be awarded to the world's 1st, 2nd and 3rd scores in
every category with five or more participants.
Certificates will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd scores in MULTI-ONE,
SINGLE-OP ALL HIGH and SINGLE-OP ALL LOW categories in every continent
and among polar stations.
Special achievement certificate will be awarded to every participant
with 100 or more confirmed QSOs.
All certificates will be arranged on the RAEM contest web
as JPEG files for downloading and printing.
Sponsors are welcome (contact Organizing Committee).
Additional awards are assigned in the Jubilee 40th RAEM contest
in 2011. Memorial medals will be awarded to the 4th, 5th and 6th
scores in every category (eight or more entries are required in
a category; if a station is awarded with a sponsored prize, then
the medal goes to the next highest score).
1. Electronic log submission is required for all logs which may
come in 1st to 10th position in each section.
2. Please send logs in Cabrillo format, and be sure to include the
full exchange. A single file must be attached to one email. Name
the file "CALL.CBR" where "CALL" is your callsign
in the contest. Put your callsign and category in the "Subject"
line of the Email. Arrange QSOs in chronological order. SWLs may
send any suitable file format: Excel tables are preferred.
3. All entries must be emailed or postmarked no later than 30 days
after the contest (January 24, 2012).
4. Logs sent after the deadline or received more than 45 days after
the contest may be used as checklogs only.
5. An additional time period for log submission can be requested
by any participant: if this is required, send a request to the Contest
Postal address: Alex S. Pashkov, P.O. Box 177, Novosibirsk, 630032,
Contest home page on the Internet: raem.srr.ru