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 38 Virginia Independent Cities.
Saturday, 19 March 1400 UTC - Sunday, 20 March 0200 UTC and
Sunday, 20 March 1200 UTC - 2400 UTC.
(For Virginians this is Saturday 10 AM - 10 PM and Sunday 8 AM -
8 PM Virginia local time.)
ENTRY CATEGORIES Operator
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 operation.
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 or less)
Multi-Band or Single Band
Phone, CW, Digital, and Mixed.
Club - Minimum of three valid contest entries each indicating
Virginia stations work all stations. Out-of-State stations work
Virginia stations only. Work fixed stations once per band/mode.
Work 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 multiplier. 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
Exchange QSO number and QTH (Virginia County or Independent City
for VA stations; State, Province or "DX" for others).
Virginia Mobile and Expedition Stations log QSO's by Virginia
Independent City or 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.
SCORING QSO Points:
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 Virginia 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 total 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
Outside of Virginia station multipliers are the total number of
Virginia Counties (95) and Independent Cities (38) 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 100 points for the first contact with each of the
15 bonus stations. See website for complete list of bonus stations.
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.
CW -- 1805 KHz and 50 KHz up from band edge
PHONE --1845, 3860, 7260, 14270, 21370 and
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 223.50 MHz.
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 Mobile operation.
Multiple operator stations should indicate all operators by call
Electronic (preferred) or paper logs, summary and dupe sheets
(200 or more QSO's) are required for all entries. The summary
and 'dupe sheet' requirement is waived if recognized contesting
software is used. Summary sheets are available at the contest
For Club Competition purposes, be sure to indicate club name on
summary sheet and log.
Submit log entries by 15 April 2016 by mail to the VA QSO Party,
Call Box 599, Sterling, VA 20167 or by email to
[email protected] If you have problems, please send an
email to [email protected]
A $1.00 donation to help defray the costs of printing and
mailing is encouraged.
All participants submitting a log will receive a certificate.
The Plaques to be awarded are identified on the contest web
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
Plaques available only
to Virginia Stations
SO High Power
SO Low Power
SO Phone High Power
SO Phone Low Power
SO Phone/ Mixed QRP
Virginia SO CW QRP
Mobile Multiple Operator
Mobile Single Operator
Club Combined Score
Club - Virginia
Operator Single Transmitter Station
Operator Multiple Transmitter Station
SO CW High Power
SO CW Low Power
Plaques available to
any Single Operator Station
SO Youth (18 or
younger) (Enter age in soapbox or on summary
SO Young Adult (19-24)
(Enter age in soapbox or on summary sheet)
SO VA QSOs Only
Plaques available to
Single Operator stations Outside of Virginia
Virginia Phone/ Mixed QRP
Virginia Single Operator CW QRP
Plaque available only
to a Single Operator DX station (outside US