1. There is no limit
on the number of
callsigns that can be used with a single transmitter from a single
physical location, fixed or mobile;
2. Use of packet spotting (except self
spotting) is encouraged and does not affect the entry catagory.
19 Oct 08: The draft
2009 Virginia QSO Party are posted for review and comment.
The changes from the 2008 rules are:
1. A high power category was added. The
power categories are now High, Low, and QRP.
2. The SWL catrgory was deleted. There
were not entries last year and only 1 entry for the past 5 years.
3. The VQP will start on Saturday at
2:00 PM local time and end on Sunday at 9:00 PM local time in Virginia.
The following items were considered but not changed:
1. Change the data exchange from serial
number to name.
2. Change suggested frequency to 35KHz
from bottom of band, esp on 40m.
3. Eliminate or reduce the multipliers
8 Feb 09: The 13 Canadian provinces/terrorities are Alberta (AB),
British Columbia (BC), Manitoba (MB), New Brunswick (NB),
Newfoundland-Labrador (NL), Nova Scotia (NS),
Nunavut (NU), NW Territories (NT), Ontario (ON), Prince Edward Island
(PE), Quebec (QC), Saskatchewan (SK), and Yukon Territories (YT).
: 19 Oct 08: 23 plaques
will be awarded
for the 2009 VQP. changes were made to the list of plaques based upon
comments from Virginia operators and participation in last year's
Party. The changes are:
1. Three high power plaques were added (VA
SO High Power, VA SO Phone High Power, SO CW High Power).
2. Two plaques were combined (VA SO
Digital and Outside VA SO Digital became SO Digital, SO Novice/Tech and
SO Rookie became SO Novice/Tech/Rookie).
3. One plaque was deleted (SWL).
If you are interested in sponsoring a plaque, please email Gordon, NQ4K
Pre-Virginia QSO Party Briefing
Jan 09: Attached is a short
on 2009 VQP rules, the 2000 VQP plaques, and the
results from the 2008 VQP, including Virginia county and independent
city coverage data. This is suitable for a briefing to your club. Also
available in MS Powerpoint by email to email@example.com.
Contest Logging Programs.
24 Jan 09: 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.
VQP Summary Sheets:
24 Jan 09:
The Summary Sheets (MSWord
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