Castles Cup 2022
Saturday August 6th 2022 from 00:00 to Sunday August 14th 2022 at 23:59.
The Castles Cup is a very friendly event to promote the activation of England’s historic sites and the hunting/activating of ECA/WCA references in the form of an activity period to include 2 full weekends and 5 week days.
It is not a contest in any way, just a group of like minded individuals enjoying their time on the radio, either activating or hunting, maybe even both, ECA/WCA castle references. There will be lots of activity during this period with the added benefit of additional awards to supplement our regular awards program. All Castles Cup activations are also valid for WCA and ECA awards. Don’t forget each ECA reference has a Worked All Britain Square and could also be a POTA reference and/or a Flora Fauna, a great help to those that participate in those programs too!
Castles Cup Rules
There are 3 categories of participation.
- ECA Activator
- ECA Hunter England
- ECA Hunter rest of the world
(1st, 2nd, 3rd award certificates for each category will be issued, participation certificates are also available for everyone in digital format.)
The rules are simple.
Activate or work as many ECA Castle references to gain points.
1 point per Qso.
No band or mode restrictions.
Hunters do not need to send logs, your points are calculated from qualified activator logs!
You can work the same activator for extra points more than once, for example same band but different modes and of course on different bands.
2E0NAQ works M0MJA/p at reference G-00123 on 40m SSB for 1 point. He then goes on to work M0MJA/p from the same reference on the same day on 40m FT8 and 40m CW for another 2 points. After this he works M0MJA/p again at the same reference, same day on 80m SSB for another point and lastly on 20m CW and SSB for 2 points. Making 6 points from just one activator.
Later in the week, he works M0MJA/p from G-00321 this time he manages 40m and 20m SSB for a further 2 points then he works M0RBG/p from G-00815 on 40m SSB and CW, another 2 points!
This gives 2E0NAQ a total of 10 Castles Cup points by the end of the week.
In the event of a points tie for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, the hunter with the most band slots takes that position. If there is still no clear outcome the position will be shared.
Hunter awards will be issued in digital format only. There are special awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in both hunter categories and a participation certificate is also available for those who would like them that didn’t finish in the top 3.
Apply for your participation certificate after the event has finished via email to email@example.com with your name and callsign in the subject line of your message. Your certificate will be emailed to you in good time.
List Of Active ECA Castle Cup References Week Commencing August 6th To August 14th (*Updated 14th August 2022)
1 point per Qso.
No band or mode restrictions.
Rules for activators are much the same as those above for hunters ie. 1 point per Qso however, there are some important differences.
Identification: CQ ECA Castles Cup – Your Callsign – Your Reference Number.
Firstly all activators logs must be qualified containing at least 50 Qso’s. Activators also gain additional points per reference activated. Unqualified logs means no point for the activator or the hunter!
M0DXT/p submits 10 qualified logs over the activity period containing 1000 Qso’s. Therefore he scores 1000 points for his Qso’s plus 10 points for references activated, a total of 1010 points.
Normal WCA rules regarding the “1km” rule apply however, no multiple activations are permitted. ECA activators cannot activate more than 1 ECA reference at a time as they would normally be able to under WCA rules. Activators can operate from references they have activated before but are also encouraged to activate some new references.
In the event of a tie for 1st, 2nd or 3rd positions, the operator with the most activated references wins. If there is still no clear outcome the position will be shared.
Activator awards will be issued in digital format only. There are special awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and a participation certificate is also available for those who would like them that didn’t finish in the top 3.
Apply for your participation certificate once the event has finished via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and callsign in the subject line of your message. Your certificate will be emailed to you in good time.
Activator Commemorative Patch
As an additional thank you to celebrate and reward those activators taking part in the very 1st ECA Castles Cup Event courtesy of Simon Hodder 2E0CRV a commemorative patch will be sent out to all activators activating one or more references in the 2022 event.
All activator logs must be submitted within 3 days of the activation taking place, preferably sooner. Logs must be sent to Melanie in .adi format, see the details on our logs page. Please make sure you follow the simple instructions given, but remember to add the words CASTLES CUP to the subject line of your email message.
Logs will be analysed, results published and certificates issued approximately 4 weeks from the end of the event on this page and in the ECA Facebook Group.
Have fun and good luck to everyone.
(If you enjoyed the ECA Castles Cup why not take a look at our ELA Lighthouse Challenge)
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