2019 Virginia QSO Party

Updated 18 January 2019

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

The 2019 Virginia QSO Party will be held during the weekend of 16-17 March 2019.

If you have suggestions to improve the Virginia QSO Party, please email them to [email protected]

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 [email protected]   

Certificate:  The certificate for the 2019 Virginia QSO Party will be designed by the Vienna Wireless Society (VWS).  This club is one of the active supporters of the VQP and is very active in the local area. 

Plaques and Sponsors:  We anticipate having  26 plaques this year, one less than last year.  Updated  28 Dec 18 20 Dec 18 16 Dec 18 15 Dec 18 6 Dec 18 27 Nov 18 with partial list of sponsors.

We have decided to drop the plaque for young adult.  There was no entry last year and entries have been few in previous years.

For more information on the number of competitors for each plaque, see page 21 in the VQP Briefing.

We have started identifying sponsors for the plaques.  If you would like to volunteer to be a plaque sponsor, please send an email to [email protected]  

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 1 January 2019 14 November 2018.
VQP Contest Rules
( html format,   MSWord format,   PDF format )  There are no rule changes for the 2019 Virginia QSO Party.  The rules remain unchanged from last year.

The VQP rules identify the information that must be exchanged to be considered a valid contact (QSO).  This includes call sign, serial number and QTH (3 character abbreviation for Virginia counties and independent cities, state and province / territory abbreviations, or DX for others.  This information must also be exchanged by operators using FT8 to make contacts. 

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. 

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 [email protected]

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