2021 Virginia QSO Party

Updated 12 July 2021

The Virginia 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 and
          Sunday, 21 March, 1200 UTC - 2400 UTC.

Plaques and Certificates Mailed:  Plaques and certificates were mailed on 28 and 29 June 2021 with two exceptions. 
        Plaques and 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.

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:  The 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. 

Log Submittal:

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  NQ4K-E.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 VQP@verizon,net.

Periodically, we post the logs submitted at:   2021_VQP_Logs_Submitted.html

Operating Aids:
    * John, KX4O, provides a dxcluster devoted to VQP contacts.  http://www.qsoparty.com
  * Andy, K1RA, provides a mobile tracker.  https://k1ra.us/2021/02/07/vaqp-2021-aprs-mobile-tracker/

    * Mike, N4CF, provides a 2021 Virginia QSO Party Call History File for N1MM Logger+  http://n4cf.mdodd.com/vaqp-ch.html

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].   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 started.
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 details.

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 certificate. 

     * 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 2021.

VQP Contest Rules.  The rules are posted on 6 January 2021 and are available in three formats (PDFHTML, and DOC).

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. 

SkookumLogger 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 .doc) 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

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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