2018 VERMONT QSO PARTY RESULTS


Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2018 Vermont QSO Party a huge success!



LOG ANALYSIS

This year, 22 Vermont stations submitted logs adding up to 7418 QSOs. This is the second highest number of stations and QSO totals ever! We expected poor conditions and a low number of QSO's, but were pleased with great short skip conditions on 20 and 40 meters which certainly bolstered the totals. The logs indicate that 837 QSO's were made with Vermont stations, across all 14 Vermont counties. Some counties, such as ADD, CAL, ESS and ORL were extremely rare, but they were on. Another 21 Vermont stations did not submit logs, but were logged by other stations, adding up to a total of 43 unique Vermont stations on the air.

Logs From VT

Year Stations QSOs
2018 22 7418
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 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 2018 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 stations outside Vermont and stations outside Vermont working 10 or more QSOs.

VERMONT COMPETITION

At the Host Station W1NVT, conditions were interesting. Friday night provided a lot of QSO's on 80 and 40 meter phone - more than usual. When the pileups subsided, we dabbled a bit on FT8, where there always seems to be crowd to work. On Saturday morning, conditions to Eurpore were mediocre, but we were able to establish good runs. Most of the stations were quite weak and challenging to get a good copy on. Eventually 53 countries were worked on phone, so the stations were out there. In the afternoon, 20 meters settled into controlled pileups where a lot of stations were worked. Normally in slack condtions, 20 meters runs out of gas late in the afternoon. However, the band was taken over by a proliferation of short skip of 300-400 miles, resulting in many QSO's from the dense population areas of MD, VA and PA. At 2330, we switched to 40 meters and continued the pileups. By 0300, when the pileups died down, QSO's were made on CW, RTTY and FT8. Excellent conditions continued throughout Sunday, eventually resulting in a raw total of 2456 QSO's - second most in many years.

Joe K1VMT repeated his first place finish with 236k, running high power. He mostly ran phone, but used CW and RTTY to fill in multipliers on those modes.

Zach W1JXN repeated his second place finish with 161k, running low power. He split time between phone and cw/digital and showed up virtually on all bands - even 10 meters, which opened for about 20 minutes in Vermont. He also ran up the highest digital score.

Bob KB1FRW jumped back into competition this year for a 3rd place finish of 77k, all on low power phone.

Paul AA1SU ran high power for a 4th place finish of 72k and was very close to taking third place. He had big phone totals and did just enough CW to run up his multiplier totals.

Steve W1SFR rounds out the top five with a low power, CW-only score of 40K, which was also the highest CW-only score of all the stations.

It was a battle royale for 6th and 7th place with Bob W4YFJ just edging out Arnie W2HDI 19k to 17k.

The group at W1KOO were the lone multiop entry as they ran up 15k on Saturday afternoon, running both phone and FT8.

LOGGING ACCURACY

This year we continued to use 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 still find a suprising number of errors! One log had a number of 30 meter QSO's, which do not count for contest credit. Another log was missing QTH information for several QSO's and these were not counted. Other errors included busted call signs, bad or missing exchanges (i.e. wrong county), wrong band and the dreaded NIL (not in log). Sadly, if you lost a QSO, it might also mean you lose a multiplier as well. The software report was carefully rechecked by a human before any reduction was applied. While most of the logs were in proper Cabrillo format, there were some logs which rivaled the Dead Sea Scrolls and were not readible and were not able to be corrected. If you had bad log information, please consider updating your logging software with the most current version of N1MM or N3FJP for 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   2274 131 43 2448 2622   48 9 53 8 2 35 4 9 2 1 9   2     182   1.0 477204
SINGLE OP
K1VMT LAM SO HIGH   1072 198 29 1299 1526   47 7 28 3 1 39 5 6 3 1 7 0 7 0 1 155   1.0 236530 1st
W1JXN CHI SO LOW   314 174 46 534 754   41 5 6 5 2 37 2 10 2 1 21 0 11 0   143   1.5 161733 2nd
KB1FRW CHI SO LOW   770     770 770   46 8 9 3 1                     67   1.5 77385 3rd
AA1SU CHI SO HIGH   564 62   626 688   41 3 22 4 1 23 0 4 5 2           105   1.0 72240 4th
W1SFR RUT SO LOW     238   238 476             40 3 10 4 0           57   1.5 40698 5th
W4YFJ CHI SO HIGH   321     321 321   44 4 6 4 2                     60   1.0 19260 100Q
W2HDI LAM SO HIGH   227 8 9 244 261   41 4 6 1 1 4   2     6 0 1     66   1.0 17226 100Q
KB1WXM CHI SO HIGH   193   12 205 217   36 4 7 2 1           0         50   1.0 10850 100Q
K1MZM WAS SO LOW   2 76   78 154   1 1 0 1 1 28   1 1             34   1.5 7854
N1XSS WNS SO LOW   89     89 89   22 3 1 5 1                     32   1.5 4272  
N5WVR WAS SO HIGH   119   2 121 123   27 2 2 1 0                     32   1.0 3936 100Q
KC1APK CHI SO LOW   2 35   37 72   1     1   19 2 0 0 0           23   1.5 2484  
N1GB ESS SO LOW       30 30 60                       19     0   19   1.5 1710  
W1ECH RUT SO LOW     30   30 60             17 1 0 0 0           18   1.5 1620
KA1HQR LAM SO HIGH   41 1   42 43   16 1 2 4 1 1     1 1           27   1.0 1161  
K1IB WNS SO LOW     35   35 70             10 1 0 0 0           11   1.5 1155
N1WGU WNH SO LOW   35     35 35   17 1 0 2 1                     21   1.5 1103  
W1FP CHI SO LOW   5 5   10 15   2 1 0 2 1 3   0 2 1           12   1.5 270
K1ARR WAS SO LOW   11 3   14 17   1 2 1 2   2 0 1               9   1.5 230  
AB1ZQ RUT SO LOW       1 1 2                       1     0   1   1.5 3  
MULTI OP
W1KOO CHI MO LOW   174   37 211 248   36 3   1 2                     42 1.5 15624 1st
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
6213 996 209 7418





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

  
AC1EB  ORL    N1FMP  WAS
K1LJL  CHI    N1JEZ  BEN
K1SNO  LAM    N1NRA  ADD
K3MFB  BEN    N1RCX  CHI
KA1ZQX WNH    NK2U   BEN
KB1MDC GRA    W1AD   RUT
KB1PJL CAL    W1EAT  CHI
KB1WOD WAS    W1VE   BEN
KC1EKV ORA    WA1JL  FRA
KE1AZ  CHI    WB2WFJ RUT
N1ARN  FRA
  










Vermont QSO Party Results Continue: Outside Vermont Scores



SOAPBOX

Thanks for another great VTQP! The bands were not particularly lively, but we had some good runs, including a bit of activity on 10m. Heard from one chaser: "Vermont QSO Party? Are all three of you on the air this weekend?" It was fun to hand out VT QSOs to people who were looking for us. It was very difficult to work VT counties outside of CHI. Too bad the FOC people only talk to their own - I heard lots of FOC activity on CW. (W1JXN).
Great conditions! I had over 80 QSO's in one hour on a dipole! (W4YFJ).
Didnt get much on air time this year but still had a blast. Thanks to all involved. (N1WGU).
Bust weekend, but squeezed in a few QSOs. (W1FP).
Battling a bad tooth ache and still got near 100,000 score! (KB1FRW).
The green color background on the ranv site is nothing short of nasty. It really wreaks havoc on my eyes. Could you please just change it to white? (W1SFR).
Contest Manager Replies: "It is Green, like in Green Mountains. If it were White, it would be White Mountains and that's New Hampshire! I'll get right on this after I get more Vermont stations on the air and fix the propagation for next year!"


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