2018 Virginia QSO Party

Updated 13 January 2018

The Virginia QSO Party is held during the 3rd full weekend in March.

The 2018 Virginia QSO Party will be held during the weekend of 17-18 March 2018.

If you have suggestions to improve the Virginia QSO Party, please email them to vqp@verizon.net.

Announced Operations:  This is a list of announced operations in Virginia.  We hope to get coverage of all the counties and independent cities identified early.  If you are planning on operating a station in Virginia, please send an email with the details and a picture to vqp@verizon.net. 

Plaques and Sponsors:  We anticipate having 27 plaques this year, unchanged from last year.  We are currently soliciting sponsors for the plaques, with the sponsors from last year being asked first.   If you are interested in sponsoring a, please send an email to vqp@verizon.net.  We always have one or two sponsors change from year to year.

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 11 October 2017.
VQP Contest Rules
( html format,   MSWord format,   PDF format )  There is one rule change for the 2018 Virginia QSO Party.  The ending time on Saturday has been extended by two (2) hours from 18 March 0200 to 18 March 0400 UTC (i.e., 1000 PM to 1200 PM local time in Virginia).  This was in response to the most requested change, i.e., longer duration on Saturday to allow stations more opportunity to contact the west coast of the US on 40/80M.

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 required information.
    * N1MM Logger http://www.n1mm.com.
    * Scott & Kimberly, N3FJP & KA3SEQ Amateur Contact Log  http://www.n3fjp.com/.
    * WriteLog http://www.writelog.com/. 

    * WA7BNM Web2Cabrillo http://www.b4h.net/cabforms/   A manual entry cabrillo file generator.  Easy to use for those with QSOs not already in a cabrillo file.  Go to the web site.  Select Virginia QSO Party.  Fill in the forms.  In the last step, the program will email a cabrillo file to you.  Forward the email to vqp@verizon.net.
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) Remains unchanged from last year. Used to record header information for paper logs. This form is not required for cabrillo formatted electronic logs.

Worked All Virginia Award:  The "Worked All Virginia" award is offered by the Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club

Presentation 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 to vqp@verizon.net.

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