Rules for the OCAN are simple and easy to follow ….

 

Eligible Participants

The purpose of the Oceanic Activity Nights (or OCAN for short) is to promote activity on the VHF-SHF bands across Oceania, encouraging participation of rare OC entities on VHF and creating a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy as a fun activity evening with a bit of light hearted contesting thrown in for those who want to participate.

Stations maybe fixed or portable, individuals, groups or club stations. Choose to operate on a single band, or multiple bands, choose to operate when you want during the evening or run the whole period. The idea is to have fun, try something new, bust out a new band, maybe go portable on a summers evening. The idea is to have fun in the way you’d like to

You must operate inside the terms of your licence and by submitting a log for inclusion in the logs, you are providing declaration you have done so.

All of the stations equipment (transmitters, receivers, antennas) must be located inside a radius of 500 metres.

 

Contest Sections/Classes/Days

Activity evenings are held on the following bands and weekdays:

Band/Section                       Days of the Month

50 MHz                                  First Monday of each month

144 MHz                                Second Monday of each month

432 MHz                                Second Monday of each month

925 MHz                                Third Monday of each month

1.2 GHz                                  Third Monday of each month

2.4 GHz                                  Fourth Monday of each Month

3.4 GHz                                  Fourth Monday of each Month

5.7 GHz                                  Fourth Monday of each Month

10 GHz                                   Fourth Monday of each Month

24 GHz                                   Fourth Monday of each Month

 

Our online calendar will be updated with the activity night dates. Facebook reminders will also be sent before the events.

 

The following sections are split into two classes:

50MHz, 144 MHz / 432 MHz

Class S (Standard class – Single Yagi max 100W transmit power)

Class E (Extra Class – multiple antennas >100W transmit power)

Class C (Club Class – Club stations any config)

 

Time Periods

All activity nights take place between 1900 – 2300 local time. Each hour is classed as a new period i.e. 4 periods per evening.

 

Contacts

Each station may be worked 1 time per period. QSO’s through active repeaters, satellites or via EME are not permissible.

 

Modes

QSO’s may be made via SSB/CW or MGM (digital modes) not exceeding 2.7 KHz bandwidth.

 

Reports and Exchanges

Activity night exchanges are:  RS(T) and Maidenhead locator to 6 digits are to be exchanged (e.g 599 RE66BJ) – no serial numbers are required.

 

Scoring 

Individual Band section scoring is as follows:

50 MHz            1 point per KM, plus 500 points for every new main square (e.g RE66, RE67, RF76)

144 MHz          1 point per KM, plus 500 points for every new main square (e.g RE66, RE67, RF76)

432 MHz          1 point per KM, plus 500 points for every new main square (e.g RE66, RE67, RF76)

925 MHz          2 point per KM, plus 500 points for every new main square (e.g RE66, RE67, RF76)

1.2 GHz            3 point per KM, plus 500 points for every new main square (e.g RE66, RE67, RF76)

2.4 GHz            4 point per KM, plus 500 points for every new main square (e.g RE66, RE67, RF76)

3.4 GHz            5 point per KM, plus 500 points for every new main square (e.g RE66, RE67, RF76)

5.7 GHz            6 point per KM, plus 500 points for every new main square (e.g RE66, RE67, RF76)

10 GHz             7 point per KM, plus 500 points for every new main square (e.g RE66, RE67, RF76)

24 GHz             8 point per KM, plus 500 points for every new main square (e.g RE66, RE67, RF76)

 

Maidenhead Squares Shootout

The squares shootout will count the maidenhead squares worked at 4 digits (e.g RE66, RE67, RE77, RF79 etc) and maintain a constant tally from 1 June to 31 May the following year.

The squares shootout will run on the 50, 144 and 432 MHz bands. Squares may only be worked once once on any band and a new running total per band, per activity night can be submitted with each log submission.

The leader boards will show the leader for each band and current scores.

Band scores reset at 01 June each year and the chase starts again!

 

Log Submissions

Due to the fast pace of the activity nights and the drive to use PC based logging to ease the scoring process, only electronically submitted logs will be accepted.

Logs should be submitted using the sample EDI format shown on the log submission page.  Log submissions will be accepted by email.

All logs will need to be submitted no later than 1o days after the activity night date.

All participants are encouraged to submit logs.

Suitable logging software and sample contest formats will be shown elsewhere on the OCAN pages.

 

The aim of OCAN is to encourage activity not focus on logging errors  but these will be handled fairly to ensure a level playing field is maintained.

If there are obvious errors in callsigns or locators QSO points will be reduced as follows:

1 error 25% reduction in claimed points

2 errors 50% reduction in claimed points

3 or more errors 100% reduction in claimed points

Logs containing repetitive obvious errors may be partly or fully revoked.

 

Any complaint or protest must be initiated within one month following the publishing of the official results.

Complaints are to be sent to the OCAN team, with attached documentation. The organisers decision is final 😉

 

Results

Activity night results will be published within 1 month after log submission deadlines close.

Results will be published on the OCAN support website and on the OCAN Facebook page.

At the end of the year (31 May) Section / Class winners are those who obtain the most points during the year.

The winner of the Maidenhead Squares Shootout is the station with most worked squares across all 3 bands.

The best 9 scores submitted count in each stations total scores.

The Top 3 in 925 MHz/1296 MHz section and 2.4 GHz & up will receive a diploma.

For 50 MHz, 144 MHz and 432 MHz a diploma will be awarded to the three best participants from each class.

The overall winner with the top scores across all bands, will receive a winners engraved plaque.