2022 Virginia QSO Party

Updated 5 July 2022

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

The 2022 Virginia QSO Party was held during the weekend of 19-20 March 2022.
          Saturday, 19 March, 1400 UTC - Sunday, 20 March, 0400 UTC and
          Sunday, 20 March, 1200 UTC - 2400 UTC.

Mailing of Plaques and Certificates: 
     All certificates were mailed on Thursday, 30 June 2022.  Multiple operator station certificates were mailed together to a single member of the station.  Some certificates going to members of the same club were mailed to a member of the club.  Members of the Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club may pick their certificates up at a club meeting.

     All plaques, except the ones going overseas, were mailed on Thursday, 30 June 2022.  Plaques going overseas were mailed on 5 July 2022.

Awards Ceremony:  The Awards Ceremony for the 2022 Virginia QSO Party was held at the Manassas Hamfest on Saturday, 4 June, at 1100.  We provided a short presentation and presented the plaques. Certificates were available for pickup. 

     Some pictures of the awards ceremony.       2022_VQP_AC_Web/2022_VQP_Awards_Ceremony.htm

     The full 2022 Virginia QSO Party Awards Ceremony presentation is available with all the statistics, etc. (with minor update on 20 June 2022) 

Log Meta-Data.  (Updated on 26 May 2022 17 May 2022 5 May 2022 1555 on 28 April 1600 on 24 April) The log metadata (2022_VQP_MetaData.pdf) and the list of operators at the Multi-Operator stations (2022_VQP_MultiOps.pdf) is posted. We consider this a final version and we have started the process of selecting the plaque awardees. Comments or questions may be email to [email protected].
Post-Party Tidbit, Soapbox, and Stories.  Will be added as they become available.   2022_VQP_Post-Party_Tidbits.html   and  SOAPBOX from the logs.
These will be added as they become available.

Log Submittal:

     Name your log with your call sign.   If a mobile or expedition log add an "-M" or "-E" to you call sign.  Examples:  NQ4K.log  NQ4K-M.log  NQ4K-E.log.

On-Line Submittal: The preferred way to submit your log is through our on-line portal.  https://www.employees.org/~mschulma/SPARC/VQP

    Email Log: An alternate way to submit your log is to email it to: [email protected]. We will manually process your log.  This may take a while.

    Mail Log: Alternatively, if you cannot submit your log electronically, please mail your log to:  VA QSO Party, Call Box 599, Sterling, VA 20167. 

    Questions, comments, or problems may be emailed to VQP@verizon,net.

    Periodically, we post the logs submitted at:   2022_VQP_Logs_Submitted.html

Operating Aids:
    * John, KX4O, provides a dxcluster devoted to VQP contacts.  http://www.qsoparty.com
  * Andy, K1RA, provides a mobile tracker.  Information:  https://k1ra.us/vaqp/
    Map with Tracking:  https://www.k1ra.us/vaqp-aprs/
    * Mike, N4CF, provides a 2021 Virginia QSO Party Call History File for N1MM Logger+  http://n4cf.mdodd.com/vaqp-ch.html

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 to [email protected].   A list of "Most Wanted" counties and independent cities for fixed station operation is in the VQP Briefing.

Pre-Party Tidbits:  Some significant or interesting comments emailed to us before the Virginia QSO Party started.

Plaques:  We anticipate having 27 plaques this year, one more than in previous years. (Updated 16 February)

    The NEW PLAQUE is Virginia Mobile Multiple Operator Multiple Transmitter.  This new category allows multiple transmitters on the air at any given time. i.e., two stations operating concurrently. Alternatively for the really enthusiastic, a station could use a bus or mobile home and have as many radios on the air.  This differs from our current rules which state "Mobile - Single or Multiple individuals operating Mobile under a single call sign with only one transmitter on the air at a time."  Thanks to Justin, NB3A, for proposing this new category.  Our rules will be updated to reflect this new category.

Certificate:  The USS Wisconsin Radio Club (N4WIS) designed the certificate for the 2022 Virginia QSO Party.  The certificate will be mailed to all Virginia stations who submit a log and all Non-Virginian stations who include "CERTIFICATE: YES" in their submitted log.

VQP Pre-Party Briefing:  The pre-party briefing (Updated 2 March 2022) contains the rules and well as information from the 2021 and prior Parties.  It is in .PDF format.

VQP Contest Rules.  The rules are posted on 14 November 2021 and are available in three formats (PDFHTML, and DOC).

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 e-mails a Cabrillo file to [email protected], with a copy to the submitter's e-mail address. 

SkookumLogger for the Mac  https://www.k1gq.com/SkookumLogger/

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 2019.  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 [email protected].

Previous Virginia QSO Parties

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