QSO Party is held during the 3rd full weekend in March.
The 2021 Virginia QSO Party
was held during the weekend of 20-21 March 2021.
Saturday, 20 March, 1400 UTC - Sunday, 21 March, 0400 UTC
Sunday, 21 March, 1200 UTC - 2400 UTC.
Plaques and Certificates Mailed: Plaques and
certificates were mailed on 28 and 29 June 2021 with two
certificates for the Fauquier Amateur Radio Association
were delivered to their meeting on Thursday, 8 July.
The certificates for
the Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club will be presented at
the next in-person meeting.
VQP Results Review: An on-line conference was held
to review the results of the 2021 Virginia QSO Party on
Saturday, 5 June, at 10 AM Virginia time (1400
UTC). We reviewed the 2021 VQP Results Presentation and
the List of Plaque Awardees.
Next Year: Things are looking up for next
year. Buck, K4IA, and
EasyWayHamBooks.com has already signed up to sponsor a
Plaque Awardees and Sponsors: The VQP
sponsors are pleased to announce the awardees of the
plaques for the 2021 Virginia QSO Party. The
plaque awardees are commended for their achievement.
And the plaque sponsors are thanked for their support of
the Virginia QSO Party.
Log MetaData has been complied and is available for
review. This contains call signs, summary data
about the stations, and scores. This is a draft
(as of 6 May) and may be changed as mistakes are
corrected. Please email any errors, omissions, or
comments to [email protected].
Post-Party Tidbits and Soapbox: Comments are welcome.
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
Remember to put your email address in the header
information in the log. You logging program may do
this for you, but please check.
The preferred way to submit your log is
through our on-line portal. https://www.employees.org/~mschulma/SPARC/VQP/
An alternate way to submit your log is to email it to:
[email protected]. We will manually process your
log. 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
Periodically, we post the logs submitted at: 2021_VQP_Logs_Submitted.html
* John, KX4O, provides a dxcluster
devoted to VQP contacts. http://www.qsoparty.com
* Andy, K1RA, provides a mobile
* Mike, N4CF, provides a 2021 Virginia
QSO Party Call History File for N1MM Logger+ http://n4cf.mdodd.com/vaqp-ch.html
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]. A list of
"Most Wanted" counties and independent cities for
fixed station operation is in the VQP Briefing.
Pre-Party Tidbits: Some significant or interesting
comments emailed to us before the Virginia QSO Party
Plaque Sponsors: We
thank the sponsors for the 27 plaques (Updated on 22 February 2021)
to be awarded for outstanding achievement during the
Virginia QSO Party. Our
new plaque is "Get-On-The-Air" plaque for unlicensed
participants. See VQP briefing for further
Certificate: The 2021 Virginia QSO Party
certificate, will be available to those who
participate in the Party who submit a log. The
Loudoun Amateur Radio Group (LARG), a long time supporter
of the Virginia QSO Party, is highlighted in the
* We will mail a certificate to
all Virginia stations. In addition we will mail a
certificate to all Non-Virginian stations who put the tag
"CERTIFICATE: YES" in their log.
VQP Briefing: A
presentation suitable for club meetings on the
Virginia QSO Party. Includes rules, Party statistics,
descriptions of certificates. Updated: 13 March
Contest Rules. The rules are posted on 6
January 2021 and are available in three formats (PDF,
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 2019. 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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