The Lighthouse Challenge

Coming Soon…

The Lighthouse Challenge is a very friendly competition to promote the activation of England’s wonderful lighthouses and the hunting/activating of ELA 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, ELA references. There will be lots of activity during this period with the added benefit of additional awards to supplement our regular awards program. All ELA Lighthouse Challenge activations are also valid for English Lighthouse Awards.

Lighthouse Challenge Rules

There are 3 categories of participation.

  1. ELA Activator
  2. Hunter England
  3. Hunter rest of the world

The rules are simple.

Activate or work as many ELA references to gain points.

Hunters

1 point per Qso.

No band or mode restrictions.

Hunters do not need to send logs, your points are calculated from the 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.

Example:

2E0NAQ works M0MJA/p at reference ENG 007 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 ENG 134 this time he manages 40m and 20m SSB for a further 2 points, then he works 2E0HPI/p from ENG 235 on 40m SSB and CW, another 2 points!

This gives 2E0NAQ a total of 10 Lighthouse Challenge 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.

CLAIM YOUR CERTIFICATE BELOW

Apply for your participation certificate after the event has finished via email to challenge@englishlighthouseawards.uk with your name and callsign in the subject line of your message. Your certificate will be emailed to you in good time.

Activators

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.

Firstly all activators logs must be qualified containing at least 25 Qso’s. Activators also gain additional points per reference activated.

Example:

M0DXT/p submits 7 qualified logs over the activity period containing 700 Qso’s. Therefore he scores 700 points for his Qso’s plus 7 points for references activated, a total of 707 points.

Normal ELA rules regarding the “1km” rule apply however, no multiple activations are permitted. ELA activators cannot activate more than 1 ELA reference at a time as they would normally be able to under ELA 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 challenge@englishlighthouseawards.uk with your name and callsign in the subject line of your message. Your certificate will be emailed to you in good time.

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 LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE to the subject line of your email message.

Results

Logs will be analysed, results published and certificates issued approximately 4 weeks from the end of the event on this page and in the ELA Facebook Group.

Have fun and good luck to everyone.

(If you enjoyed the ELA Lighthouse Challenge why not take a look at our ECA Castles Cup)


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