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Q. Can I receive stations on FM or via Internet?

A. No. Valid frequency range is from 150 kHz to 30 MHz i.e. you should listen in the long, medium and shortwave bands.

Q. Please tell me more about scripts used in various languages (Cyrillic, Latin, and others). I have to know the details so as not to make mistakes in subparts 1b and 1c.

A. Various handbooks (both printed and electronic ones) can help you in determination of script used by a particular language. Some hints follow below.

Cyrillic. The most known language that uses Cyrillic script is Russian. Many other (but not all!) Slavic languages use it as well. Significant number of non-Slavic languages of Russia and former USSR are also written in Cyrillic, but be careful: some of CIS states recently adopted legislative acts on transition to Latin alphabet. Greek script is not accepted as Cyrillic, despite some similarities.

Latin. English and most European/American languages (German, French, Spanish, etc.). Is found on other continents as well even in Indochina one of the languages uses Latin characters.

Others. Good examples are hieroglyphic scripting (Chinese etc.), Arabic type (also used by some other Asian languages), and a couple of peculiar alphabets in southern ex-USSR states.

Q. You say that, if the particular broadcast was in Russian language then its points are multiplied by 1.2. But how can I gain this multiplier in subpart 1c you know, Russian is written in Cyrillic.

A. Indeed, you can't. The multiplier is only valid for subparts 1a and 1b.

Q. Rules say that each station must be logged for at least 15 minutes. And what if a regional Russian station only comes to the air for 10 minutes (say, with regional news), while before and after this transmission Radio Rossii is relayed?

A. Well, then completely report this regional news and (continuously) no less than 5 minutes of federal program relay, coming from the same regional transmitter.

Q. Sometimes segments in Russian language are too short, less than 15 minutes. This is common in national republics of Russia and in former USSR states, for instance. Will you multiply my points by 1.2 in such a case?

A. If Russian segment lasts at least 7...8 minutes and it has been completely received, then the multiplier will surely be applied.

Q. What shall I write in the Details column, if I don't understand the broadcast language?

A. Try to capture names of countries/cities (Iraq, London, etc.), person's names (such as George Bush), etc. In other words, give the maximum of descriptive information. Time marks will be useful for approval of your log as well (for instance: 1807 music on stringed instruments and drums, 1810 male talk with mention of Iraq and Basrah).

Q. Are unofficial stations, such as Radyo Sagalee Oromiya or Dejen Radio, valid for the contest?

A. Yes, if station's location is clearly indicated in public databases (such as ILGRadio) or international DX bulletins. Therefore, if transmitter is located in Russia, you may listen to it in Part 2, etc.

Q. I feel some of the quiz questions have more than one correct answer.

A. Right! And that means you can gain more than 20 points in the quiz. But be careful if you select two variants and one of them is incorrect, you'll get no points for this particular question at all.

Q. What is ITU zone?

A. The surface of Earth is divided into 75 numbered zones, according to International Telecommunications Union documents.

Graphic map of zones is here. Please note that zone borders are a bit rough on this map. Lists of zones and corresponding countries can be found on DXers' hobby sites.

Q. How will you count ITU zones that only touch in their corners? Such as zones 50 and 51, 55 and 60, 13 and 14 etc. Will you consider them as adjacent ones?

A. I have no exact answer everything depends on signal path. I'll draw the shortest path between transmitter and receiver and then look how many zones does it span. If a zone is only slightly covered (say, less than 100 km or so), it will be ignored.

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