1800 UTC on Saturday, March 15,
2008 through 0200 UTC on Monday,
March 17, 2008.
To promote amateur radio activity in Virginia's 95 Counties
and 39 Independent Cities.
2008 Virginia QSO Party
Rules: Plaques and Certificates
Mailed: 24 Jun
08: All plaques and certificates have been mailed to those who did not
pick them up at the awards ceremony. Please email if you do not receive
your plaque or certificate in the near future..
Ceremony Held: 23 Jun
08: The Awards Ceremony was held at the Manassas Hamfest. Good event.
SPARC had fun putting it on.
Plaque Recipients: 31 May 08: Updated list with with
corrections based upon revised scoring. 25 May
08: The tentative list of plaque recipients has been
posted for review and comment. It may change as we continue evaluating
Ceremony: 25 May 08: The
Virginia QSO Party Awards Ceremony will be held at the Manassas Hamfest (http://www.w4ovh.net/hamfest.htm) starting at 10:00 AM on Sunday, 8
June 2007. Please come and join us.
Log MetaData: 31 May 08: Updated
metadata with several minor corrections. 19 May 08: A few
minor updates. 12 May 08:
Numerous minor updates. 335 logs received. 4 May 08: Minor
updates. 29 Apr 08: All
paper logs received have been checked and data entered into MetaData
file. Please report any errors in the data to firstname.lastname@example.org. 23 Apr 08:
updates. 332 logs received. 20 Apr 08: Minor
updates. 327 logs received (found some duplicate entries). 17 Apr 08:
summary data. Still imcomplete. Paper log scores still have to be
checked and misc other data filled in. 328
logs received. 15 Apr 08: 315
logs received. Still expecting more in the mail over the next 2 weeks.
12 Apr 08: 304
logs received. 6 Apr 08: 292 Logs
received. 3 Apr 08: 285 logs
received. 1 Apr 08: 275 logs
received. 26 Mar 08: Initial
MetaData is available. The logs are coming in fast. We
have 233 so
Over: 16 Mar
Virginia QSO Party is over. It sounded like everyone had a great time.
Please remember to submit your logs in cabrillo format to
email@example.com. We had a
very successful party. Special thanks go to the operators of the
Sterling Park ARC club station, K4NVA. They were: Don, K7CS; Jim,
KF4PQL; Dick, W2YE; John, N3QT; Bud, W4KSN; Chuck, KI4IEO; Gordon,
NQ4K; Henry, K2BFY; and Bill, WF1l.
9 Dec 07: The rules have
been finalized for the 2008 VQP. Minor changes are:
1) Added Short Wave Listener (SWL) as a category to
determine if there is any interest.
2) Our power categories are Hi/Lo
and QRP. However, we are asking for operators to
indicate whether they are high, low or QRP in their log for data
collection purposes only.
3) We considered eliminating or reducing the number
of DX multipliers allowed, but decided not change the DX multiplier
rule for the 2008 QSO Party.
4) We reviewed the VQP rules against rules
from other state QSP parties and determined we are a typical party.
11 Nov 07: The draft
are posted for review and comment. There are no significant changes
from last year. Short Wave Listener (SWL) was added as a category.
and Plaque Sponsors: 9 Feb 08: Jerry, KJ4IT,
volunteered to sponsor a plaque for Short Wave Listeners (SWL). The VQP
now awards 23
plaques. 18 Nov 07: A tentative list of plaques
for the 2008 VQP is
available and we have begun soliciting sponsors for the plaques. The
organizations sponsoring plaques last year will be given the first
opportunity to sponsor the same plaque as last year.
Virginia QSP Party Certificate: 23 Jan 08: The Certificate is
available for your viewing. This year the certificate features two
icons unique to Virginia. The Chincoteague Pony and the Smithfield Ham.
We recommend you download the certificate to your computer before
opening the file.
Logging Programs. 18 Feb 08: : Logging programs designed for the
Virginia QSO Party always help. We accept any logs, but logs submitted
electronically and compliant with any cabrillo format are preferred.
The following logging programs have been used in the past and they have
been modified to support the Virginia QSO Party.
* Scott & Kimberly, N3FJP &
KA3SEQ, Amateur Contact Log is available at http://www.n3fjp.com/.
* Andy Arnold WV8AA, VA QSO Party Logger is
available at http://www.lastnamesoftware.net.
He can be contacted at WV8AA@ARRL.NET or VAQSOP@lastnamesoftware.net. 6
Mar 06: Andy emailed that the software ready for the 2007 Virginia QSO
Party and he requests reports on any problems.
* Ron, K5DJ, WriteLog is available at the WriteLog
web site at http://www.writelog.com/.
Emailing address is WriteLog@contesting.com.
* N1MM Logger is available at http://www.n1mm.com.
In the past, we have had trouble with call signs being accepted by some
programs. Specifically expedition call signs may be not accepted
because the logging programs believe it is a duplicate call when a
second contact is made from a different county/independent city.
Mobiles use "/M". Expeditions may use "/P1" or "P2" for a
multiple expedition locations, or "/XXX" character abbreviation like
"NQ4K/CLA" or "NQ4K/FFX". Please accept dupes in software logging
programs as this will be corrected when we rescore the logs after they
are received by the VQP Committee.
and Independent City Coverage Data: 7 Dec 07: Data is presented
QTH of received logs and QSOs in Virginia from the 2005 - 2007 QSO
Parties. These can provide insights into the most sought after counties
and independent cities. (MS Powerpoint (842K) or PDF (342K)).
Summary Sheets: 13 Jan 08: The Summary Sheets (MSWord format
and PDF format)
are used when submitting logs which are not prepared by a standard
contesting program which supports the VA QSO Party. They provide a
mechanism for capturing the information needed to identify the
station's operators and operating conditions as well as providing a
format for calculating the entry score.
Cities: 17 Nov 07: The number and names of the Virginia
Counties and Independent Cities used as multipliers remains unchanged
from last year. (html
format or MS
Cabrillo Format: for submitting
Logs: 11 Nov 07: Cabrillo
format for submitting electronic logs. We will accept logs in this
format or in the format generated by any of the programs above.
Worked All Virginia
Award: 17 Nov 07: The "Worked All Virginia"
award is offered by the Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club at http://www.qsl.net/rvarc/rvarcwava.html.
Offer and Schedule: 23
Sep 07: SPARC will
present a briefing to
groups in Virginia
on the Virginia
a review of the rules, the results of the 2007 VQP, and some thoughts
for competing in this year's events. Please contact Gordon at
if you are interested.
Calendar: 23 Sep 07: The calendar
is available for review.