QSO Party was held during the 3rd full weekend in March.
The 2019 Virginia QSO Party
was held during the weekend of 16-17 March 2019.
Saturday, 16 March 2019 1400 UTC - Sunday, 17 March 0400
Sunday, 17 March 1200 UTC - 2400 UTC.
Comments we received during and after the Party.
Will include soapbox comments later.
Logs Received: A list of logs
received. Electronic logs in cabrillo
format should be emailed to [email protected] Paper
logs should be mailed to VA QSO Party, Call Box 599,
Sterling, VA 20167.
Network: John, KX4O is providing the VQP
spotting network once again this year. http://www.qsoparty.com/
History file: Mike, N4CF, generated a call
history file from the largest logs submitted last
year. Here is the URL of the website that has a
link to it, and instructions for using it: <http://n4cf.mdodd.com/vaqp-ch.html>
VaQP APRS Mobile County Tracker:
Andy, K1RA, encourages VQP mobile stations to
run APRS w/ GPS on 2m (144.390 MHz) or via smartphone apps
such as APRSDroid. Stations wishing to
participate to allow visual tracking of their
real-time location during the contest should email
Andy at [email protected] with the call sign and
SSID. This tool will help fixed
stations find and track those valuable 3 pt mobile
stations once they enter new counties or independent
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]
We received fixed station logs from 70 of the 133
counties and independent cities in Virginia last
year. We try to improve this by contacting hams in
QTHs that had no logs submitted and low QSO
counts. If you are interested in helping us
improve coverage, please send us an email
([email protected],net) and we will send you a list of
counties to focus on.
Certificate: The certificate
for the 2019 Virginia QSO Party was designed by the
Vienna Wireless Society (VWS). This club is one of
the active supporters of the VQP and is very active in the
Plaques and Sponsors:
We anticipate having 26
plaques this year, one less than last year.
Updated 14 February 2019
2 February 2019
30 January 2019 28 Dec 18 20 Dec 18 16 Dec 18 15
Dec 18 6 Dec 18 27 Nov 18 with full list of
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.
The YOUTH plaque is a relatively
recent plaque for those hams age 18 and below. Here is more
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 8 March 2019
29 January 2019 1
January 2019 14 November 2018.
VQP Contest Rules. ( html format,
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
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/.
* 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
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.
Offer and Schedule: SPARC will give a presentation
on the Virginia QSO Party to any group in Virginia.
The calendar is available for review.
Comments, questions, and
recommendations should be emailed to
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