QSO Party is held during the 3rd full weekend in March.
The 2020 Virginia QSO Party
was held during the weekend of 21-22 March 2020.
Saturday, 21 March 2020 1400 UTC - Sunday, 22 March 0400
Sunday, 22 March 1200 UTC - 2400 UTC.
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] We also have identified
those counties and independent cities
with low coverage in the past.
Updated: 13 January 2020
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January 2020 20 Dec 2019 18 Dec 2019. We
have started to solicit
sponsors for the plaques for the 2020 Virginia QSO
Party. We are asking the sponsors from last
year if they want to sponsor a plaque for this year.
If they do not, then we will make that plaque available
for another person to sponsor. If you are
interested, please email [email protected]
We will award one additional
plaque this year. It will be awarded to the
individual or group who provides an outstanding service
to the Virginia QSO Party. We especially want to
recognize those hams who foster additional participation
in the Party, especially from those counties and
independent cities with low QSO rates. See the
briefing for information on county and independent city
Certificate: The 2020
Virginia QSO Party certificate will be awarded to
all participants in the Party who submit a log. The
certificate for 2020 was designed by the Alexandria Radio
Club (ARC) and highlights their many activities. The
Alexandria Radio Club has been a long time sponsor of two
plaques and many of their members actively participate in
the event. Thanks to Don, KI4D, from the ARC, who
coordinated the design effort. For more information about
ARC, see http://www.W4HFH.org.
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.
Updated: 19 January 2020
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Contest Rules. ( html format,
PDF format )
There are no rule changes for the 2019 Virginia
QSO Party. The rules remain unchanged from
We are making a few changes
1) We will award one additional
plaque. Tentatively named the President's
Plaque, it will be awarded to the individual, or
group, who provides an outstanding service to the
Virginia QSO Party. We especially want to
recognize those hams who foster additional
participation in the Party, especially from those
counties and independent cities with low QSO rates.
2) We are trying to further automate the
log submission and format checking process. This
will offer the option of submitting the log through a
web page in addition to emailing the log.
3) We will distribute certificates after
the VQP awards ceremony by mailing the certificates to
the highest scoring person at the log submitter's
club. We hope to rely on that person to
distribute the certificates at a club meeting or other
gathering. For those logs with no club
specified, we will mail the certificate directly to
the station operator.
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
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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