QSO Party is held during the 3rd full weekend in March.
The 2017 Virginia QSO Party
was held during the weekend of 18-19 March 2017.
Certificates and plaques not picked
up at the Awards Ceremony were mailed on 12 June
2017. Any issues with the certificates or
plaques should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ceremony was be held at 0900 on Sunday, 4 June
2017 at the Manassas Hamfest.
The pictures from the ceremony and the
(containing the statistics, etc) are available.
Certificate: The certificate
for the 2017 Virginia QSO Party features the ham
shack of the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club.
The shack was built in 1954 with the help of two members
who remain active in the club and who are known to many
(John, N4MM, and Sam, W4WSE).
Logs Data. Current count of received logs is
398 397 396
as of 30 May 2017. This is the final
log metadata (callsigns, draft scores, names, etc.)
and the list of multi-op
Post-Party Comments and Soapbox: We will post
comments and soapbox slowly. A few significant
comments will be posted first, followed by all
soapbox in a few weeks.
topics and emails pertaining to the VQP. This
includes things such as hints in filling out logs and
VQP Briefing: (PDF format ~10 MB ) A
presentation suitable for club meetings on the Virginia
QSO Party. Includes rules, Party statistics, descriptions
of certificates. This will be updated aperiodically
to reflect new or changed information. Last updated on 29
12 November 2016.
Plaques and Sponsors: We
anticipate having 27 plaques this year, unchanged from
last year. We have sponsors for all plaques again
this year; thanks to all the supporters of the
VQP. Updated on 3 February 2017 30 January
17 29 January 2017.
Andy Zwirko K1RA, volunteered to
sponsor the plaque (High Virginia Multiple Operator Single
Transmitter Station) that became available this
year. If you see Andy, please thank him.
Certificate: We have an idea.
are soliciting ideas for the theme of the 2017
certificate. For the past few years we have been
highlighting radio in Virginia. We do this through two
pictures and a few words positioned on the left and
right boarders just below the certificate title.
For example see the certificate
from 2016. If you have
an idea, please send an email to email@example.com.
VQP Contest Rules: ( html format,
PDF format )
Two rule changes were adopted for the 2017 Virginia QSO
1. There will be no bonus stations for
2017. Last year we had several bonus stations.
We were unsure if there was any impact on the
participation in the party. This year we will try
zero bonus stations.
2. We implemented a new rule stating "Logs
with a significant number of QSOs with the same station
will be categorized as check logs." See Tidbits for
additional explanation of this rule.
In addition, we ask that if you are operating as a remote
ham radio, you so indicate in the remarks section of your
Cabrillo Files Format:
Electronic submissions in the attached Cabrillo file
format are requested. Cabrillo files from any
logging program are accepted. (PDF or HTML)
Contest Logging Programs.
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. We re-score all logs submitted,
so it is important to ensure your log contains all the
* N1MM Logger http://www.n1mm.com.
* Scott & Kimberly, N3FJP &
KA3SEQ Amateur Contact Log http://www.n3fjp.com/.
* WriteLog http://www.writelog.com/.
Virginia Counties and Independent
Cities: 95 counties and 38 independent cities (html
format or MS Document
or PDF format).
Paper Log Summary Sheets: (.pdf or .doc)
Updated for 2017. Used to record header information for
paper logs. This form is not required for cabrillo
formatted electronic logs.
All Virginia Award: The "Worked All
Virginia" award is offered by the Rappahannock
Valley Amateur Radio Club. See their web site
for additional information.
Offer and Schedule: SPARC will give a presentation
on the Virginia QSO Party to any group in Virginia.
Planning Calendar: The
calendar is available for review.
Comments, questions, and recommendations should be emailed
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