2017 VERMONT QSO PARTY RESULTS


Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2017 Vermont QSO Party a huge success!



LOG ANALYSIS

This year, 18 Vermont stations submitted logs adding up to 6330 QSOs. We lost a few ops from last year including, N1BCL (sk), AB1NJ (rig down) and W4YFJ (working) who collectively accounted for over 1500 QSOs. While the number of phone and digital QSOs were down, the number of CW QSOs were significantly higher almost hitting 1000 QSOs. This was likely the result of lackluster conditions. Another 38 Vermont stations did not submit logs, but were logged by other stations, adding up to a total of 56 unique Vermont stations on the air.

Logs From VT

Year Stations QSOs
2017 18 6330
2016 21 7262
2015 17 7834
2014 24 7100
2013 17 5958
2012 18 4360

Awards

Vermont Single Op: Certificate to Top 5 Scorers
Vermont Multi Op: Certificate to Top Scorer
Certificate to each Vermont station making 100 QSO's

Outside Vermont Single Op: Maple Syrup to Top 3 SO Scorers
Outside Vermont Single Op: Certficate to Top 5 SO Scorers
Certificate to each station outside Vermont making 10 QSO's
 

AWARDS

In the Vermont competition, certificates will go out to the top 5 single op finishers and top multi op finisher. In addition, all Vermont stations making over 100 QSOs will also get a certificate.

In the Outside Vermont competition, the grand prize for the 2016 Vermont QSO Party is a souvenir 3.4 oz jug of genuine Vermont Maple Syrup which goes to the top 3 Outside Vermont Single Op finishers who are within the U.S. You guys worked hard for those contacts and we recognize you with a product which is uniquely Vermont. If youve never had Maple Syrup before, it is very sweet and very concentrated, so a little goes a long way! Here in Vermont it is the breakfast topping of choice on pancakes, waffles or jacked deer steak (!?). Enjoy!

Certificates will also go out to the top 5 Single Op stations outside Vermont and stations outside Vermont working 10 or more QSOs.

VERMONT COMPETITION

At the Host Station W1NVT, located in Essex, conditions were tough. Friday night required a lot of quick band changes and a lot of CW. Conditions to Europe were poor. For example, OM2VL was quite weak on phone while he was very loud last year. It was a good deal of work, but the QSOs were able to be made. Saturday morning was slow, requiring mixed phone and CW stints on 20 and 40 meters. The Black Sea Competition had many Europeans on the air looking for contacts, so there were stations out there. Finally at 1500Z, we were able to call CQ and hold a frequency and had a wild ride of 2 hours with rates running over 150 per hour, mostly DX. In the afternoon, we settled on working stateside stations on 20 meters phone. Bob took over the Host station from his location in Richmond 10 miles further SE, but the lack of a competitive 80 meter antenna curtailed nighttime QSOs. Sunday, the rates climbed back up, but with a noticeable absence of DX stations. In summary, QSOs could be made, but you had to be wise about your band changes and have a decent station. The days of sitting all day on 20 meters are gone!

Joe K1VMT easily outdistanced the competition to grab first place with 255K while running high power. He was a triple threat on all three modes with considerable QSOs and multipliers on each.

Zach W1JXN grabbed second place with 145K, while running low power, even though he was off the air for considerable time both afternoons due to other conflicts some even ham radio related.

Tom N2TOM is from the Glens Falls area of New York, but he wanted to participate as a Vermont station. So, both days, he travelled 100 miles to a rest area on I-89 in Bethel, Vermont, in rare Orange County. From a portable setup in the parking area he banged out 510 QSOs and 52K points, good for 3rd place.

Steve W1SFR moved up to forth place from last years 6th place finish with 48K. His 226 QSOs were all on CW..

Paul AA1SU rounds out the top 5 with 47K. He was supposed to help us at W1NVT, but instead put out more QSOs from his own station. The standings for places 3-5 were a real squeaker only 5k points separate the three!

There are two BIG WINNERS of this years Vermont QSO Party. First is the first place multiop mobile team of N1GVT, consisting of Scott W1ZU and Cesar K1TNT who not only put all 14 Vermont counties on the air to the tune of 127k, but made the 2017 QSO Party an exciting event for all of us. Several participants noted that they hung around looking for N1GVT to show up from the next county. You can read about the N1GVT operation at www.hamclass.net/ranv/news/ranv1703.pdf.

The second BIG WINNER is Bob KB1FRW. He took over the W1NVT Host Station operation when I had to go out of town on family business Saturday afternoon. We were able to keep the Host station and special multiplier on the air without interruption while also training new operators on Saturday.

LOGGING ACCURACY

Starting this year, we had access to software to check the accuracy of logs. Thanks to Ron AD0DX, we were able to see who was really who in the submitted logs. We found a suprising number of errors! Errors included busted call signs, busted reports (i.e. MN in place of MD) and the dreaded NIL (not in log). Sadly, if you lost a QSO it might also mean you lose a multiplier as well. In several cases, the wrong band or mode was logged by someone. That was allowed to pass but just for this year. Make sure you log the right band and mode! The software report was carefully rechecked by a human before any reduction was applied. Along the same discussion, some of the logging software used by participants was wretched. I had to return a record number of logs due to missing or conflicting information. If you were one of those who had a bad log, please consider using a different program next time.


Vermont QSO Party Results: Outside Vermont Scores



VERMONT SCORES

MULTIPLIERS
          QSO   PH CW DIG          
CALL LOC CLASS PWR   PH CW DIG TOT PTS   ST PR DX CO CL ST PR DX CO CL ST PR DX CO CL TOT   MULT SCORE AWARD
HOST CLUB
W1NVT CHI HOST HIGH   1594 113   1707 1820   49 5 44 7 2 28 1 15 4 1           156   1.0 283920
SINGLE OP
K1VMT LAM SO HIGH   662 147 197 1006 1350   47 6 11 9 2 31 0 14 8 3 32 0 24 1 1 189   1.0 255150 1st
W1JXN CHI SO LOW   208 155 52 415 622   31 4 15 8 2 32 3 21 4 1 25 0 9 0   155   1.5 144615 2nd
N2TOM ORA SO LOW   510     510 510   45 2 9 10 2                     68   1.5 52020 3rd
W1SFR RUT SO LOW     226   226 452             38 4 24 3 2           71   1.5 48138 4th
AA1SU CHI SO HIGH   360 60   420 480   37 2 14 7 2 27 1 2 4 2           98   1.0 47040 5th
N5WVR WAS SO HIGH   499 3   502 505   43 2 1 8 2 3     1 1           61   1.0 30805 100Q
KB1FRW CHI SO LOW   294     294 294   37 2 9 4 3                     55   1.5 24255 100Q
KB1WXM CHI SO HIGH   155   12 167 179   32 4 7 4 1           10         58   1.5 15573 100Q
K1GMM RUT SO HIGH   112   15 127 142   26 1 10 2 0           8 1 2     50   1.0 7100 100Q
N1XSS WNS SO HIGH   108     108 108   29 2 1 7 2                     41   1.0 4428 100Q
KC1APK CHI SO LOW   5 42   47 89   2     1   23   0 4 1           31   1.5 4139  
KE1AZ CHI SO HIGH   111     111 111   30   3 2 2                     37   1.0 4107 100Q
K1ARR WAS SO LOW   10 10   20 30   4     1   7 1 1               14   1.5 630  
W1FP CHI SO LOW   12 7   19 26   2   0 3 3 3   1 2 1           15   1.5 585  
N1GB ESS SO LOW       7 7 14                       5     1   6   1.5 126  
MULTI OP
N1GVT ALL MO LOW   344 217   561 778   40 5 8 4 2 34 1 11 4 2           111   1.5 129537 1st
W1KOO CHI MO LOW   83     83 83   24 2   1                       27 1.5 3362  
CALL LOC CLASS PWR   PH CW DIG TOT PTS   ST PR DX CO CL ST PR DX CO CL ST PR DX CO CL TOT   MULT SCORE AWARD
5067 980 283 6330





How To Read The Score Table

  • CALL - Callsign Used in the Contest
  • LOC - Location (Vermont County)
  • CLASS - Classification:
    • SO - Single Op
    • MO - Multi op
    • HOST - Host Club
  • PWR - QRP: Under 5w; LOW: 5-150w; HIGH: Over 150w
  • QSOs
    • PH - Number of Phone QSOs
    • CW - Number of CW QSOs
    • DIG - Number of Digital (PSK, PKT, RTTY) QSOs
    • TOT - Number number QSOs
    • PTS - Point Total of QSOs (Phone-1; CW/Digital-2
  • Multipliers
    • ST - Number of State Multipliers (VT Only); Total:50
    • PR - Number of Canadian Multipliers (VT Only); Total:13
    • DX - Number of DX Multipliers (VT Only)
    • CO - Number of VT County Multipliers; Total:14
    • CL - Number of VT Club Mulipliers; (W1NVT, W1JXN, N1GVT, W1KOO)
    • TOT - Total Number of Multipliers
  • PWR - Power Multiplier: QRP-2.0; LOW-1.5; HIGH-1.0
  • SCORE
  • AWARD - Awards Qualified For




 


Other Vermont Stations Heard

 
AB1DD  CHI   KZ1J   ADD
K1KJW  CHI   N1FS   ADD
K1KJW  CHI   N1GBB  WAS
K1MZM  WAS   N1JEZ  CHI
K1NKT  FRA   N1LNJ  LAM
K1WEY  CHI   N1NDN  ORA
K1ZQX  WNH   N1NRA  ADD
KA1T   WNS   N1RNJ  ORA
KB1MDC GRA   N1WDS  FRA
KB1WOD WAS   N1WWW  ADD
KA5VVA WNS   W1AIM  WAS
KB1ODO RUT   W1ECH  RUT
KB5VP  WNS   W1FNB  WNS
KC1CZA CHI   W1LTD  WNS
KC1DGT CHI   W1MAD  GRA
KC1EKV ORA   W1SJ   CHI
KC1SS  WNS   W1UHA  CAL
KR6FH  BEN   W4YFJ  CHI
KT1J   ADD   WB1ABQ CAL
  










Vermont QSO Party Results Continue: Outside Vermont Scores



SOAPBOX

I had a great time and would certainly consider doing it again. It will be interesting to see if we had any impact on scores for individuals inside and outside of the state and I'm looking forward to the results. (N1GVT). Geez....the bands were dead (Super Bowl Day) except for the FOC, MN, MI contests. Maybe I'll pick up my mic next year..if I can find it. No QRP this year due to band conditions. (W1SFR). It was a real bummer that I had to go out of town on family business. But I felt a lot better when after arriving at the hotel, I fired up the laptop, looked at the cluster and Vermont stations were being spotted all over the place. (W1SJ).


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