County Challenge Award – Top List Rules and Operation

 

Version 13-May-19 (original by W6RK on 9-Aug-06)

DESCRIPTION: The CCA Top Lists are a changing ranking of county hunters in different emission categories that is based solely on the total number of county slots that are worked on the 10 non-channelized amateur HF bands (160m through 6m). There are 5 ranked mode groups: Mixed Modes (which count CW -or- Phone -or- Digital band slots in each county)
, CW Mode, Phone Modes, Digital Modes and Combo Modes (which count CW -and- Phone -and- Digital band slots in each county). The total number of county slots it is possible to work on each band in each of the Mixed, CW, Phone and Digital mode groups is the total number of counties in the U.S. which is currently equal to 3077. Although this number has been the same since the inception of the CCA Top Lists in 2006, it will be changed on the fly as the total number of counties in the U.S. changes over time.

 

OBJECTIVE: To make valid contacts with other stations in as many counties as possible, on as many bands and in as many mode groups as possible, up to the point where all counties have been worked on each band in all mode groups. The following 10 non-channelized bands are eligible for participation in the Top Lists: 160m, 80-75m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, and 6m  (no 60m or higher than 6m). In each ranked modes group, the total number of county slots worked on all bands is determined by the combined total number of county slots worked on each band. For example, if you have 500 county slots worked on 80m, 1500 on 40m, 2000 on 30m and 3000 on 20m in a given mode group, your Traditional Top List total is 7000 and you will have achieved CCA Level II within that mode group.  Then once you work 2231 more band slots in that mode group you will have achieved CCA Level III. The Top Lists encourage county hunters to work and activate counties on as many bands and in as many mode groups as possible as well as to work fixed stations on bands and in mode groups that are not often or usually activated by mobiles. It also offers an opportunity to have one score per mode group to measure your progress in county hunting with a possibility to always improving it and reaching the next challenge level which is a goal that -you- set for yourself.

 

START DATE: All QSOs are counted. There is no start date for participating in the Top Lists.

 

CCA TOP LIST LEVELS: Each 3077 band slots worked in each mode group is one Level in a Traditional Top List.

 

CCA Level I:         3077 band/mode slots worked
CCA Level II:        6154 band/mode slots worked
CCA Level III:       9231 band/mode slots worked
CCA Level IV:     12308 band/mode slots worked
CCA Level V:      15385 band/mode slots worked
CCA Level VI:     18462 band/mode slots worked
CCA Level VII:    21539 band/mode slots worked
CCA Level VIII:   24616 band/mode slots worked
CCA Level IX:     27693 band/mode slots worked  (highest Level in Phone Modes since there is no 30m Phone mode permitted)
CCA Level  X:     30770 band/mode slots worked  (highest Level in Mixed, CW and Digital Modes)

 

CCA WBOW:      30770 band/mode slots worked  (27693 band/mode slots worked if Phone Modes only)

 

CCA TOP LIST COMBO BAND SLOTS: In addition to individual CCA Mixed, CW, Phone and Digital mode groups, a special CCA Combo score is derived from the combined totals of each participating band and mode group. The Combo score is determined by summing the total number of county slots worked on each band in the CW + Phone + Digital mode groups. Levels of the CCA Combo score are every 9231 (3077 x 3 mode groups) band slots, e.g. CCA Combo Level I: 9231 band/mode slots worked, CCA Combo Level II: 18462 band/mode slots worked, CCA Combo Level III: 27693 band/mode slots worked… to CCA Combo Level X: 89233 total maximum (92310 minus 3077 for no 30m Phone mode permitted).

 

SINGLE MODE GROUP SUBMISSIONS: It is perfectly acceptable to submit band slot totals for only a single, specific mode group. In this special case, Mixed mode group band slot totals may also be extrapolated as being identical to the those which are provided in the specific, single mode group submission. This means that if a participant submits band slot totals for only a single mode group in the CW, Phone or Digital mode group lists, then that participant will also automatically have an entry and rank in the Mixed mode group list even if Mixed mode group band slot totals have not necessarily been submitted. If this participant then adds another specific mode group to the submission that contains a non-zero band slot total, the Mixed mode group band slot totals may no longer be extrapolated from operation in only a specific, single mode group and this will necessitate being removed from the Mixed mode group list unless and until Mixed mode group band slot totals are submitted as well.

 

LIST POSITIONING FOR MODE GROUP BAND SLOT TOTAL TIES: In the event of mode group band slot total ties in a Traditional Top List between two or more participants, list positioning is determined by “callbook” lookup order (i.e. call sign numerals + suffix + prefix).

 

HIGHEST BAND SLOTS LISTS (BY HIGHEST RANK): This is a separate short listing immediately following the Traditional Top List in each mode group which tracks the participants who have the highest 3 band slot totals on each of 10 bands (only 9 bands in the Phone mode group). In the event of Highest Band Slots ties between two or more participants, the one with the highest rank and positioning in the Traditional Top List for that mode group is selected first (see above for how Traditional Top List positioning is determined for mode group band slot total ties). The complete mode group band slot totals and levels for each selected participant in a Highest Band Slots List are derived from the Traditional Top List in each mode group. There is a very interesting statistic about these Highest Band Slots Lists: A participant who has one of the highest 3 band slot totals on any band in any mode group also occupies one of the highest 3 ranks for that mode group in a Traditional Top List only 25-45% of the time. Conversely, this also means that a participant who does not occupy one of the highest 3 ranks for any given mode group in a Traditional Top List can very easily have one of the highest 3 band slot totals on any band in that mode group.

 

SINGLE BAND 3077 LISTS (IN ORDER BY RANK): These are another set of listings immediately following the Highest Band Slots (by highest Rank) Lists for each mode group which tracks participants who have completed working all 3077 counties on Single Bands (9231 counties for Single Bands in the Combo modes group except 6154 counties on 30m because there is no Phone mode permitted on that band). The complete mode group band slot totals and levels for each selected participant in a Single Band 3077 List are derived from the Traditional Top List in each mode group. There is also a separate rank that is assigned in a Single Band 3077 List which tracks in an identical fashion with the ranks of these participants in the Traditional Top List for each mode group.

 

FORMATTING AND HIGHLIGHTING: Each mode group category in the Top Lists has a specific bordering color which identifies it and conditional formatting is utilized each month to highlight entries that are designed to draw attention to those participants who reach milestones on the Top Lists.

 

Bordering

The Mixed (CW -or- Phone -or- Digital) Modes Top Lists bordering is highlighted in this color.

The CW Mode Top Lists bordering is highlighted in this color.

The Phone Modes Top Lists bordering is highlighted in this color.

The Digital Modes Top Lists bordering is highlighted in this color.

The Combo (CW -and- Phone -and- Digital) Modes Top Lists bordering is highlighted in this color.

 

Entries

Silent Keys are highlighted in this color and the call sign / last submission date have an italic font.

Those who last submitted band slot totals prior to the previous 366 days have a light font.

Those who last submitted band slot totals in the previous 366 days but prior to the previous month have no special formatting.

Those who last submitted band slot totals in the previous month have a bold black font.

Those who are brand new entries in the Traditional Top Lists or Single Band 3077 (in order by Rank) Lists are highlighted in this color.

Those who achieve a new CCA or MARAC Level or a new #1 position in the Traditional Top Lists, Highest Band Slots (by Highest Rank) Lists or Single Band 3077 (in order by Rank) Lists are highlighted in this color.

 

Band Slots

Band slot totals last submitted prior to the previous 366 days that are >3073 (or >9227 in the Combo Top Lists) have a bold italic light font.

#1 band slot totals last submitted prior to the previous 366 days that are >3073 (or >9227 in the Combo Top Lists) have a bold underlined italic light font.

All other #1 band slot totals last submitted prior to the previous 366 days have a bold underlined light font.

Band slot totals last submitted in the previous 366 days that are >3073 (or >9227 in the Combo Top Lists) have a bold italic brown font.

#1 band slot totals last submitted in the previous 366 days that are >3073 (or >9227 in the Combo Top Lists) have a bold underlined italic brown font.

All other #1 band slot totals last submitted in the previous 366 days have a bold underlined black font.

 

CCA TOP LISTS ONLINE: The Traditional Top Lists and the Highest Band Slots (by highest Rank) / Single Band 3077 (in order by Rank) Lists for each mode group are maintained and published online at countyhunter.com under the [Toplist] dropdown, a new copy of which is usually released by the Top Lists custodian within a few days after the first of each month. The Top Lists contain the total county slots worked on each band per mode group for each participant as well as the Combo scores if separate CW, Phone or Digital mode groups are included. Here is a direct link to the CCA Top Lists.

 

PARTICIPATION AND FEES: There is no fee for participating in the Top Lists. The intent is never to remove anyone from the Top Lists for simply not submitting band slot totals on a regular schedule. It is implied and understood that when you submit band slot totals to the Top Lists, even if only a single time, your last submission will be recorded on these Lists in perpetuity. If you want to be removed from the Top Lists you must send a specific request to the Top Lists custodian. At that time, you will be recorded on the Top Lists page as having been a former participant and removed by request.

 

Four templates are available online to accommodate different software requirements for use to submit band slot totals:

 

CCAtemplate.xls for Microsoft Excel 97-2003 (and higher) users

CCAtemplate.ods for Open Office or Star Office users

CCAtemplate (Excel 95).xls for Microsoft Excel 5.0-95 users

CCAtemplate (Works).xlr for Microsoft Works users

 

The XLS (Microsoft Excel) templates are “locked” so that you can enter data into or modify only the cells which are highlighted in this color to indicate that they available for your use. The ODS (Open Document Spreadsheet) and XLR (Microsoft Works) templates are not locked so it is very easy to enter data into or modify any cell of the template. BE VERY CAREFUL to leave all formulas in the other highlighted cells of these templates unchanged.

 

Please download the template of your choice and use it or the View Book Summary page [Export for Top List] function in the MARAC (Mobile Amateur Radio Awards Club) Logger program to submit your latest band slot totals only (no logs are required), usually once per month and prior to the first of each month. Attach your XLS (Excel), ODS (Open Office) or XLR (Works) template, or CSV (Comma Separated Values) Logger export file to an email addressed to toplist@countyhunter.com.

 

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MARAC County Challenge Award

 

The Mobile Amateur Radio Awards Club also has a County Challenge Award. The text below is taken from page 15 in the MARAC Award Rules document.

 

IN MEMORIAM: The County Challenge Award is dedicated to Bill Inkrote (K2NJ-SK). In addition to his years of service to MARAC and leadership as MARAC President, Bill was an active DXCC Honor Roll member, contester, DXpeditioner, and a dedicated county hunter who led the way in working counties on all bands and modes.

 

OBJECTIVE: To encourage county hunters to work and activate counties on as many bands as possible and to work as many counties as possible on the following bands: 160m, 75-80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, and 6m.

 

SPECIAL RULES: The number of counties worked for the award is the combined total of counties worked on each band. For example, if 500 counties are worked on 80m, 1500 on 40m, 2000 on 30m, and 3000 on 20m, the County Challenge total is 7000.

 

AWARD LEVELS: Each one thousand (1000) counties worked is one level of the award. For example, a CC total of 7,000 counties would be eligible for CC Level #7.

 

APPLICATION AND FEES: Standard application, logs, and fees.

 

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