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Rules for the competition SMFF, Swedish Flora Fauna (2016-11-13, 2017-09-23 Rev 1.1)

SMFF-diploma
Publisher of the diploma is SK6EI, Skovde Amateur Radio Club (SARK). The club is responsible for the administration and issuance of diploma and website. The diploma can be downloaded and printed at your own suitable printer, free of charge. The diploma is then signed with an electronic signature. Questions and suggestions regarding SMFF set to webmaster(at)sk6ei.se.

Participant
The diploma is issued to radio amateurs after that according to the rules complied with the number of QSOs with the Swedish national parks, nature reserves and natural sites that are stipulated. The diploma issued by a number of different diploma. Our aim is to publish at least two diplomas simultaneously. The first diploma, a basic diploma, will be for the foreseeable future, the second diploma, årsdiplomet, will be replaced each year.

Registration and fees
Participants in SMFF shall register at the website smff.sk6ei.se where also all the QSO are to be logged. The annual fee for the competition is currently 50kr (SEK)/ year regardless of the time for registration. Payment have to be made the same year and the fee is never paid back.For accounts go to the register site. After registration, you have 30 days to pay, then ends the possibility of logging.

Exceptions from the fees
Members of SARK and the co-organizers will pay no fee, this will also apply for foreigner hams (from. 2018).

Prices
Four prizes will be awarded as follows: The winner of the points race in the categories ALL, SSB and CW. In addition, a prize will be awarded to the winner of the most worked areas. There will be a maximum of one prize per participant and in the case of "double win" the second standing in line to get the prize. Earnings are distributed in a form of gift cards at a value of 500kr. Profit Plan is subject to change.

CQ SMFF - Competition
The contest runs in a calendar year 1/1 - 31/12 and the contest is open to all hams. This contest is then annualized and starts on the 1/1 each subsequent year. During the "year of the competition" it is important to collect as many SMFF points as possible. The top ten attend free of charge the following year.

Logging of QSO
Completed QSOs shall be logged on the SMFF website within 14 days and note that ALL QSO have to be logged within current year. This means that QSO worked 31/12 has to be logged the same day.
The other station's QSO's log cannot differ in time no more than 60 minutes. It is not possible to delete confirmed QSO's as they are locked by the program. Should you have accidentally sent the wrong area code, it is very important that it is announced on the Blog to avoid suspicions of cheating.

Rules for diploma
In order to obtain the diploma you must implement two-way communication with national parks, nature reserves in Sweden (so-called SMFF-area). At least one of the stations shall be located within a SMFF area. Diplomas will be awarded as follows:
Basic Diploma 44 points. Next diploma obtained at 500 points and then every 500 points. For diploma QSOs are counted from 1/1 - 31/12. SK6EI reserves for future rule changes, even during the ongoing activity program.

The call, activation of the area and the exchange of traffic
It is suitable to use the international way of indicating that you are in a nature reserve or national park, 44 (Forty Four ~ Flora Fauna). The call when you are in a SMFF area = CQ 44 (CQ Forty Four). In the digital modes it may be appropriate to tell which SMFF you are in. For example, "CQ 44 DE SK6EI SMFF 0520". The QTC included shall contain CALL + SMFF-AREA for both stations if applicable. RS (T) is not required for SMFF, but shall be included in the QSO. If you are in a SMFF area you have to announce that.
Remember that there are many stations chasing those who are in SMFF area, it may be appropriate to adjust the length of QSOs according to this.

Area boundaries
On the map the center of the area is mostly marked. Exact boundaries may be found at LST and NVV. Look in the "Help".
To encourage activation several areas can be run simultaneously, if one sits at the intersection of the areas. The boundaries are primarily shown by signs in place, secondly Environmental Protection Agency's maps, the County Administrative maps and Natura 2000. Links to these tools are found under the "Help" on the website. Approved operation site is within a limit of 20m from the area. OpenStreetMap and Google Maps available on the website is not complete, but provides guidance. If you are a resident, have a summer cottage or the like at a area and you are using stationary equipment you should NOT state the area-ID and then only be given one point. Documenting therefore is welcome of all your activations with digital camera, phone etc.

Activity frequencies
Call Frequencies (kHz)
SSB CW
7080 7024
3740 3544

Frequencies used primarily in connection with the WFF. Main Frequency = 14244 kHz (Forty Four ~ Flora Fauna)
Other band: SSB - 3744, 7144, 14244, 18144, 21244, 24944, 28444, 50144 kHz
CW - 3544, 7024, 10124, 14044, 18084, 21044, 24894, 28044, 50044 kHz

Frequencies are of course not exclusive to the WFF, but will serve only as a recommendation.

Scoring
1 point will be awarded for each single unique contact where one station is located at an SMFF. [STN1 + SMFF] in QSO with [STN2] = 1 point each.
If both stations are at a SMFF, each station receive 2 points. [STN1 + SMFF] in QSO with [STN2 + SMFF] = 2 points each.
The reason is to encourage activation areas. Points are given to booth CW and SSB! Note that if another station activates the same SMFF this will give points!

Activity Blog
In the activity blog, activation and reports from activations may be submitted, information regarding unconfirmed QSO may be taken up directly with the current amateur radio via his e-mail or other means. Please feel free to send pictures of the different diplomas to us. The images may well be from activations in the nature reserve or national park. The size should be approximately 2400 x 2000 pixels. Photographers Signal and name will appear below the image. The images may be sent to webmaster(at)sk6ei.se

Support
If you can't login or need a new password you can contact the support. We do not change logs and missing confirmations. Suggestions for new features are welcome to webmaster(at)sk6ei.se

Steering committee
The activity is led by a steering committee of SARK consisting of SM6TOB, Bengt.
Area database maintained by SM7FSK, Peter.

Rule changes
The organizers may need to change the rules in which case will beannounced on the blog.

Foul
As values apply Transmitting the amateur Code of honor link to the PDF document (see below) and common sense. To e.g. consciously and deliberately give another transmitting location than that of which is reported, is completely unacceptable. Zero tolerance applies to derogatory comments in writing and transmitting to other participants. It is the responsibility of all participants to contact the person or people, they believe are acting improperly. Only in exceptional cases, the competition management will step in and expel a participant.

A radio amateur have to:
- Promote good traffic culture and never to use radio, internet or otherwise to spoil the fun.
- Use language that a child can hear.
- Show respect, be polite and help out over the transmissions and in contact with others.
- Follow the national and international regulations and agreements.
- To the best of your ability have an effective radio station and use it with good judgment.
- Be prepared to use your radio station to aid society.


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