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2001 Official Rules


I. DATE AND TIME
The first full weekend in May. From 1800Z on Saturday May 5 to 0400Z Sunday May 6, and from 1100Z to 2100Z Sunday May 6 (20 hours total).

II. RULES
   1.Stations in Massachusetts may work any station.  Stations outside Massachusetts may work only Massachusetts’s stations.
   2.The fourteen Massachusetts counties are as follows: Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester.
   3.Fixed stations may be worked once per band per mode. Mobile or portable stations may be worked once per Massachusetts county/state.
   4.Operation will be on any frequency authorized for amateur use, except the 30, 17 and 12 meter bands.
   5.Permitted modes are Phone and Non Phone (CW, RTTY, ASCII, AMTOR, GTOR, PACTOR, CLOVER, SSTV/ATV and Packet)
   6.Digipeater, node, land based ATV repeater and amateur satellite transponder operation is permitted.
   7.Land based repeater contacts are not permitted.

III. CATEGORIES OF ENTRY
   1.Non-Massachusetts Stations
   2.Massachusetts Single Operator Unassisted - single operator performs all transmitting, receiving and logging.
   3.Massachusetts Multi Operator (single or multi transmitter) - all transmitters located within a 300 meter diameter circle
   4.Massachusetts Mobile/Portable
   5.Massachusetts Club (total of all scores indicated to be from same club)

IV. QSO EXCHANGE
   1.Massachusetts stations send signal report and county
   2.Non-Massachusetts stations send signal report and US State, Canadian Province or DXCC country

V. QSO PARTY FREQUENCIES (examples)
CW
1.810, 3.550, 7.050, 14.050, 21.050, 28.050, 144.070, and 432.090 MHz

SSB
1.850, 3.890, 7.290, 14.270, 21.390, 28.390, 50.2 (SSB), 52.525 (FMM), 144.220 (SSB), 146.550 (FM), 432.150 (SSB), and 446.000 (FM) MHz

NOVICES:
3705, 7130, 21130, 28130
30KHz up from band edge

VI. POINTS
One point per Phone QSO, two points per non-phone QSO.

VII. MULTIPLIERS

Massachusetts Stations

Non-Massachusetts Stations


Washington DC contacts shall be counted as a Maryland QSO.

VIII. SCORE
Total QSO points multiplied by the sum total of all multipliers worked.

IX. LOGS
Electronic and printed entries are permitted.
   1.Electronic entries should be in either ASCII format (example ARRL format), or CT bin file. Entries should be sent to ma_qso_party@fara.org no later than 30 days after the end of the contest.
   2.Printed entries must be postmarked no later than 30 days after the end of the contest and should be sent to :
     Massachusetts QSO Party
     c/o Framingham Amateur Radio Association
     PO Box 3005
     Framingham, MA 01701

   1.All logs should indicate the QSO mode and exchange. Claimed multipliers and duplicate contacts should be clearly marked.
   2.A summary sheet and a declaration that the station was operated in accordance with the contest rules should be attached. The summary sheet should indicate the location/s from which the operation took part and the category for which the entry is intended. Entries which form part of a team, should clearly indicate the name of that team.
   3.Dupe sheets are required for stations submitting more than 100 QSOs.
   4.Entries containing more than 5% unmarked dupes will be accepted only as check logs.

X. AWARDS
Certificates will be awarded for :
   1.Highest score in each of the five entry categories.
   2.Highest score in each US State, Canadian Province/Territory and DXCC country.
   3.Highest scoring Massachusetts Club entry.
   4.Highest scoring Novice/Technician entry in each category from the state of Massachusetts.
   5.Highest scoring Single Operator entry from each Massachusetts county.
   6.Certificates will be awarded to entrants working all 14 Massachusetts counties.
   7.Additional certificates may be awarded at the discretion of the organizers.


Last Update: 21 March 2001