Sponsored by the Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club, Call Box 599,
Sterling VA, 20167.
To promote amateur radio activity in the 95 Virginia Counties and 39
Virginia Independent Cities.
Saturday, 17 March 1400 UTC - Sunday, 18 March 0200 UTC and Sunday, 18 March 1200 UTC - 2400 UTC.
(For Virginians this is Saturday 10 AM - 10 PM and Sunday 8 AM - 8 PM
Virginia local time.)
Single Operator - One person performs all operating and only one
transmitter may be on the air at a time
Multi Operator / Single Transmitter - Two or more operators with one
transmitter on the air at one time.
Multi Operator / Multi Transmitter - Two or more operators with two or
more transmitters on the air at one time.
Mobile - Single or Multiple individuals operating Mobile under a single
call sign with only one transmitter on the air at a time. A mobile
station is self-contained and capable of legal motion (land, water or
air) while operating. Motion is optional, and discouraged, during
Expedition - One or more operators of a station that
moves between two or more Virginia locations during the course of the
contest. All equipment, power supplies and antennas must be transported
to each operating site.
High (greater than 150 watts), Low (150 watts or less) and QRP (5 watts
Multi-Band or Single Band
Phone, CW, Digital, and Mixed.
Club - Minimum of three valid contest entries each indicating club
Virginia stations work all stations. Out-of-State stations work
Virginia stations only. Work fixed stations once per band/mode.
Virginia Expeditions and Mobiles in each Virginia County or Independent
City from which
they operate. Stations on County or Independent City
lines count as one QSO and one County/Independent City
Mobile and Expedition stations must use appropriate sufffix in callsign.
Satellite contacts allowed. No cross-mode or repeater QSO's. Spotting
nets, DX clusters, etc., may
be used to locate other stations - no self-spotting permitted.
Exchange QSO number and QTH (Virginia County or Independent City for VA
stations; State, Province or "DX" for others).
Mobile and Expedition Stations log QSO's by Virginia Independent City
County of operation.
Identify all QSO's with band/mode, sequential QSO number sent/received
and date/time of contact in UTC.
Please follow standard contest
practices by making and responding to "CQ Virginia QSO Party" calls.
Multiple Transmitter stations may maintain sequential QSO numbers
independently for each transmitter.
QSO's count 1 point per Phone, 2 points per CW, 2 points per digital
mode (RTTY, PSK31,etc.), and 3 points per contact made with a Virginia
Mobile (Phone or CW or Digital).
Multipliers are only counted once, i.e., contacting the same
County, Independent City, State, Province or Country using a different
band or mode counts only as a new QSO, not as a new multiplier.
Virginia Mobile, Expedition, and Fixed Stations multipliers are the
number of Virginia counties, Virginia Independent cities, U. S. States
(except Virginia), Canadian Provinces, and DX entities. No extra
DX multiplier for U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Virginia, and
Canada. Mobile and Expedition
stations that contact 10
(ten) or more different
stations while operating from a county or independent city may claim it
as a multiplier, if not otherwise worked.
Outside of Virginia station multipliers are the total number
of Virginia Counties (95) and Independent Cities (39) worked.
Virginia Mobile and Expedition stations
receive a bonus of 100 additional points for each
Virginia County/Independent City from which they log a valid QSO.
All stations add 500 bonus points for a contact with K4NVA the club
station of the Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club.
Final score is the number of QSO Points multiplied by the number
of Multipliers plus Bonus Points
160 meters and up, except no WARC band QSO's permitted. Suggested
CW -- 1805 KHz and 50 KHz up from band edge on
PHONE --1845, 3860, 7260, 14270, 21370 and 28370
Novice/Tech Plus -- 10 KHz up from the edge of the
CW band and 28370 KHz on PHONE.
VHF -- 50.130, 144.200 (CW & SSB), 146.580 and
UHF -- 446.00 MHz.
Digital contacts should use normally accepted
subbands for these modes.
For award purposes, Fixed, Expedition,
and Mobile operation will be considered
separately. Please submit separate logs for Fixed, Expedition, and
Multiple operator stations should indicate all operators by call sign.
Electronic (preferred) or paper logs, summary and dupe sheets (200 or
more QSO's) are required for all entries. The summary and 'dupe sheet'
is waived if recognized contesting software is used. Summary sheets are
available at the contest web site.
For Club Competition purposes, be sure to indicate club name on summary
sheet and log.
Submit log entries by April 15, 2012 by mail to the VA QSO Party, Call
599, Sterling, VA 20167 or by email to email@example.com. If you
have problems, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A $1.00 donation to help defray the costs of printing and mailing is
All participants submitting a log will receive a certificate.
The Plaques to be awarded are identified on the contest web site.
Additional information may be obtained by mail at VA QSO Party, Call
Box 599, Sterling, VA 20167, from the SPARC website
www.qsl.net/sterling, or by contacting Gordon, NQ4K, at email@example.com.