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SOCWA

Scandinavian Open CW Activity

Rules
Winner 2016

The "Winner" for SOCWA 2016 was SM3AVQ, "Lasse i Bönan". Congratulations!
Click [here] for complete result list!

Motto!
Never ever send faster than the station at the other end!

SOCWA is a project aimed to consolidate Morse code skills among amateur radio operators and to increase CW activity on the ham radio bands.

Encourage other ham radio operators to go CW in their own speed. Help them to increase their CW skills and experiences. Send at a moderate speed that does not discourage others from participating.

Toplist
Pos  Call  QSO   
1    OH1FJ 1176   
2    OH3GQE 1013   
3    SM3AVQ 1002   
4    OH3KRB 850   
5    OH3LS 793   
6    SM4NSS 782   
7    OH6EFH 720   
8    SM5CBV 698   
9    DJ6UX 651   
-    SM6AZZ 651   
11    OH3MY 623   
12    SM7OVA 621   
13    OH3HHO 582   
14    SM6FAM 534   
15    SM5TA 532   
16    SM4SEF 467   
17    SM5COP 419   
18    OH6VI 376   
19    SM5BTS 366   
20    OH8FIU 319   

Scandinavian Open CW Award, SOCWA

Object
The object of The SOCWA is to inspire amateur radio operators in Scandinavia and elsewhere to increase CW activity on the HF ham radio bands. The intent of the award is to encourage and reward amateurs to carry on sustained CW conversations rather than short-duration CW signal reports.

Organizer
The Promoter and responsible entity for the award is the Öland Island Radio Amateur Society, SK7RN. This activity is sponsored under the auspices and in close cooperation with The Scandinavian CW Activity Group, SCAG.

Participants
SOCWA encourages CW communication by and between with licensed amateur radio stations in the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The prefixes OY, JX, JW, OH0 and OJ0 also count as Scandinavian countries.
Amateur radio operators from non-Scandinavian countries who register on the award website are welcome to participate and qualify for the award. In this regard qualified QSOs must involve a station in the aforementioned Scandinavian countries.
Members of SCAG, Scandinavian CW activity Group (no matter of Country) participate in SOCWA with a special Lottery drawing.

The activity
This award will be available to successful participants during Calendar Year 2015, starting on January 1st 2015. The SOCWA encourages unlimited CW activity between participating stations. The award will be available to those stations and/operators who register and report confirmed contacts as described below.
How to register
SOCWA participants register on line at www.socwa.se

Frequency Bands
According to the IARU’s HF band plan.
Recommended frequencies (khz): 1835-1840, 3535-3540, 7035-7040, 10125-10130, 14035-14040, 18085-18090, 21035-21040, 24905-24910, 28035-28040

Call
A response to the call CQ SAX will initiate contact with a station within the SOCWA sphere.

Logging
QSOs should be logged at the SOCWA home page. To qualify for the award, QSOs must be at a minimum of ten of minutes. Both stations have to log the QSO on the website. The time stamps (GMT) of each station’s logged on the website must match each other.

All-embracing rule
Repeated QSOs between two stations are permitted so long as there are no more than one (1) QSO every 24 hours but on different hf bands. Band variation is desired and encouraged. Always consider the CW speed of your opposite. If your counter party is sending at a lower speed, please reduce your speed to reduce errors and to eliminate the risk of confusion.

Non-Scandinavian Radio Amateurs:
After fifty-two (52) or more confirmed and approved QSOs, Non-Scandinavian Radio Amateurs can print, free of charge, the SOCWA Award directly from the home page. There are also Awards for 100, 250, 500, 1000, 1500, 2000 samt 2500 qso's.

Project Managing Group
The SOCWA activity is managed by Mats Gunnarsson SM7BUA, Rune Wande SM5COP, Rikard Wärff SM1CQA, Roland Johansson SM6EAT and Erik Nyberg SM7DZV. The chair is SM7BUA Mats Gunnarsson with SM7DZV Erik Nyberg as alternate.
The Project Managing Group shall make all relevant decisions and such decisions shall be final.