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.
Awards Ceremony: We held an on-line Awards
Ceremony on Saturday, 13 June, at 0900 local (1300
We had 18 participants. Some pictures were captured from the
computer screen and others when their plaques were
delivered. We also held a follow-on event in
Warrenton, VA on 8 August 2020 for members of the Fauquier
Amateur Radio club to pick up plaques and
certificates. Pictures from this event were added to
the awards ceremony web page.
The plaques and certificates have been mailed except for
those to members of the Fauquier Amateur Radio
Association. We are trying to arrange a personal
delivery for those.
Youth Plaque Awarded: K4AMG announces the award of
Virginia QSO Youth Plaque to Audrey, KN4CHI.
Post Party Tidbits: Comments
about the Virginia QSO Party.
Log Meta-Data: The log
metadata file (Updated 30 July
15 May 13
May 4 May 27 April, posted 24 Apr) contains
summary information about each log submitted to the
Virginia QSO Party. This is a draft and is subject
to change as we continue to process and error check the
logs. This version has data from all submitted
logs. Comments may be emailed to [email protected]
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
Remember to put your email address in the header
information in the log. You logging program may do
this for you, but please check.
Preferred way to submit your log is through our on-line
portal at: https://www.employees.org/~mschulma/SPARC/VQP/
This only accepts cabrillo formatted logs. This is a
multi-step process. This is new this year. If your
log does not make it completely through the process (you
will get an email saying your log has been submitted),
then email your log to us.
Alternate way to submit your log is to email it to:
[email protected] We will manually
process your log but this may take a while.
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
[email protected],net or to [email protected]
John, KX4O, operates a QSO Party
DX Cluster. See http://www.qsoparty.com/.
Andy, K1RA, is sponsoring the VaQP APRS Mobile
Tracker. See https://k1ra.us/2020/02/05/vaqp-2020-aprs-mobile-tracker/
Mobile and expedition stations should email Andy their
information, so he can enter them into the real-time
Mike, N4CF, developed a history
file for use with some logging programs. See
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: 16 February 2020
13 January 2020
10 January 2020 1 January 2020 20 Dec 2019 18 Dec 2019.
We have completed soliciting
sponsors for the plaques for the 2020 Virginia QSO
We have one new sponsor this
year. Harv, K2PI, from Warrenton, VA, has
volunteered to sponsor the Dxpedition plaque. He
is taking over from the group in North Carolina (Dwayne
Ayers, N4MIO; Steve Wedge, W1ES; Doug Fleming, KF4VTT;
and Garner Fleming, KK4CLY) who originally started the
plaque and who have won it many times.
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: 16 February 2020
6 February 2020 5
February 2020 19 January 2020 3 January 2020 1 January
Contest Rules. ( html format,
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.
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
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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