2012 VERMONT QSO PARTY OFFICIAL RESULTS


Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2012 Vermont QSO Party a rousing success!

Participation was significantly higher than in previous years. In Vermont, 18 stations submitted logs with a total of 4360 QSOs, a big increase over 11 logs with 3507 QSOs last year. In addition, some 20 other Vermont stations who did not submit logs were seen in the logs we received. A total of 12 out of 14 Vermont counties were logged, with only Windham and Franklin missing. This year, we made a large effort to get more Vermont stations on the air, and to stay on the air longer. For most of the afternoon on both days, at least 2-3 Vermont stations were engaged in significant runs on both 15 and 20 meters. Were still a rare state, but Vermont was there, if you went looking!

Outside Vermont, a total of 38 logs from 24 states, with a total of 175 QSOs were submitted, an increase over the 34 logs with 159 QSOs last year. It is our hope that with more Vermont activity, the activity of stations outside Vermont will also pick up.


VERMONT COMPETITION

Vermont stations fell into 3 categories: Host Club, Single Op and Multi-Op. The Host Club, W1NVT was not in competition and was there to make Vermont easily available for most of the QSO Party. The station was active 1300-0400 UTC, primarily on 20, 40 and 15 meters, with a little bit 10 and 80 meters tossed in as well. We were very pleased to see tremendous results on 40 meters in the evenings, a time when contacts are hard to come by. After the first night, there were almost 1300 QSOs in the log and we were looking to break 2000. However, it was not to be. Conditions on Sunday, particularly for DX, was poor, and coupled with antenna problems, this led to a lackluster second day. But with W1NVT in virtually every submitted log, we knew that the mission of putting Vermont out there was accomplished.

The single operator competition was intense and exciting probably the most exciting finish ever in the Vermont QSO Party! When it was all over, Bob KB1FRW emerged as the clear winner by running up a big QSO total entirely on 20 meters. Positions 2 and 3 both were claimed by stations in Essex County in the extreme reaches of Vermonts Northeast Kingdom. How rare is that? Essex County has only 16 licensed hams, 6 of whom have HF licenses. And one other Essex County station was worked, meaning that 50% of the HF hams were on the air. Way to go! Second place goes to David K4TT who used a mix of Phone and CW and high multiplier totals and essentially only operated one day. George N1GB grabbed third place by concentrating primarily on PSK-31 and getting double points for the contacts as well as the multiplier for running low power.

Fourth and fifth place was a real horse race. Joe K1VMT was limited to 10 and 15 meters only and he had a nice run going most of the day. He ended up besting Bob AB1NJ by a mere 800 points. And I had to insist that Joe send in his log when he was reluctant at first!

Sixth, seventh and eighth place were even more hotly contested - with only 400 points separating out the participants. The log checkers counted these up many times just to be sure! Arnie W2HDI used high power and some PSK-31 operation to run up his score. Zack K1ZK put his club call sign WB1MG on the air to provide a bonus for everyone. He was the CW king of the QSO Party with 59 CW QSOs, but found time to work a few on 2 meter simplex. Sadly, thats a lost art. Years ago, I used to send the YL up to the Grand Isle County Line to get a rare one in the log on 2 meters. Perhaps more of that will come back in the future. Art KB1NHV was literally 1 multiplier behind Zack and he too, took advantage of the double points on CW.

In the Multi-op division, K1SV bested W1GMW by a few contacts and few more multipliers.

 

VERMONT SCORES

 
QSOs
Multipliers
 
CallLocPwrHrsPhone CW Dig Total PointsDX Sta Prov CtysClubTotalPwr SCORE
Award
Host Club
W1NVT CHI HP 28.71710    1710171055 49 8 11 1 124 1 212040 
 
Single Op
KB1FRW CHI LP 12.2623     623 623 1 42 4 3 2 52 2 647921st
K4TT ESS HP 5.7289 46   335 381 46 38 5 3 1 93 1 354332nd
N1GB ESS LP 12.0 14   118 132 250 14 41 1 4 1 61 2 305003rd
K1VMT LAM LP 11.3228 5   233 238 20 31 4 3 1 59 2 280844th
AB1NJ CAL LP 6.0243     243 243 8 39 3 5 1 56 2 272165th
W2HDI LAM HP 5.7180 3 24 207 234 9 56 2 7 1 75 1 17550 
WB1MG CHI LP 7.4 42 59   101 160 2 46 0 5 1 54 2 17280 
KB1NHV WAS LP 7.0127 13   140 153 5 40 6 4 1 56 2 17136 
W4YFJ CHI HP 5.3210     210 210 4 31 1 7 1 44 1 9240 
AA1SU CHI HP 3.0170     170 170 8 35 0 1 1 45 1 7650 
N1XSS WNS LP 8.2110     110 110 2 15 1 8 2 28 2 6160 
KE1AZ CHI LP 2.0 79     79 79 1 24 3 1 0 29 2 4582 
WA1ZAM BEN LP 2.9 27     27 27 0 16 0 0 0 16 2 864 
KB1NFQ RUT LP 0.5 8     8 8 0 5 0 2 1 8 2 128 
WB2MIC RUT LP 0.3 1     1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 2 
 
Multi Op
K1SV BEN LP 1.4 0 6 11 17 34 1 13 0 0 0 14 2 9521st
W1GMW RUT LP 1.4 14     14 14 0 5 0 0 0 5 2 140 


Club Station - Operator Information

CALLCLUB NAMESTATIONOPERATORS
W1NVTRadio Amateurs of Northern VermontW1SJW1SJ KE1AZ K1WAL
WB1MGBlack Mountain Radio GroupK1ZKK1ZK
K1SVSouthern Vermont ARCN1SPN1SP NC2T
W1GMWGreen Mountain Wireless SocietyN2BMFN2BMF


Other Vermont Stations Heard - No Logs

AB1DD  CH/AD  KB1JXU WNS   N1ZWL CHI   W1RFP  WNS
K1MZM  WAS    KB1MY  ORA   NW1V  CHI   WA1YNU WAS
K1SNO  WAS    KB1NGQ WAS   W1AAT WAS   WB1ETJ ORL
K1XV   WNS    N1IO   ESS   W1KOO CHI   WD1W   BEN
KB1HBV WAS    N1NRA  ADD   W1MAD GRA   WY0N   LAM



OUTSIDE VERMONT COMPETITION

While most of the Vermont stations were running contacts, the participants outside Vermont were carefully tuning the bands looking for that elusive Vermont station. Many were likely tuning around for MN, DE and BC stations too, as these sections also hosted QSO Parties on the same weekend.

Glenn K5WP from Alabama was the overall winner with 15 QSOs and an amazing 6 counties and 2 clubs for multipliers. Most Vermont stations didnt work that many multipliers! Ken KS4X from Tennessee ran QRP, and managed 10 QSOs and 6 multipliers for a solid second place finish. In third place, we had a flatfooted tie between Dick W7KAM running low power from Missouri and Robert KC5WA running QRP from Louisiana. Beyond this, the scores for positions 5-9th were very close - all within 20 points. Great job guys!

 

How To Read The Score Tables

  • Call - Callsign Used in the Contest
  • Loc - Location (Vermont County or State)
  • Pwr - QRP: Under 5w; LP: 5-150w; HP: Over 150w
  • Hrs - Approximate Operating Time (VT Only)
  • QSOs
    • Phone - Number of Phone QSOs
    • CW - Number of CW QSOs
    • Dig - Number of Digital (PSK, PKT, RTTY) QSOs
    • Total - Number number QSOs
    • Points - Point Total of QSOs (Phone-1; CW/Digital-2
  • Multipliers - Mulipliers counted per mode
    • DX - Number of DX Multipliers (VT Only)
    • Sta - Number of State Multipliers (VT Only)
    • Prov - Number of Canadian Multipliers (VT Only)
    • Ctys - Number of VT County Multipliers
    • Club - Number of VT Club Mulipliers
    • Total - Total Number of Multipliers
  • Pwr - Power Multiplier: QRP-3; LP-2; HP-1
  • Score
  • Awards - Awards Qualified For



SCORES OUTSIDE OF VERMONT


 
QSOs
Multipliers
 
CALL LocPwrPhoneCWDigTotalPointsCtys Club Total PwrSCORE
Award
K5WP AL LP 15     15 15 6 2 8 2 2401st Place
KS4X TN QRP10     10 10 5 1 6 3 1802nd Place
W7KAM MO LP 9     9 9 5 1 6 2 1083rd Place (tie)
KC5WA LA QRP 9     9 9 2 2 4 3 1083rd Place (tie)
KI0I MO LP 10     10 10 4 1 5 2 1005th Place
KD7ZLF OR LP 5   2 7 9 4 1 5 2 90 
KB5YEG LA LP 7     7 7 4 2 6 2 84 
NR8R OH LP 7     7 7 5 1 6 2 84 
K4AMA SC LP 8     8 8 4 1 5 2 80 
KD8GRG MI LP 7     7 7 3 1 4 2 56 
KD4QMY GA HP 8     8 8 5 1 6 1 48 
W0NFS MO LP 6     6 6 3 1 4 2 48 
AK4PE VA LP 5     5 5 3 1 4 2 40 
KB0OWY NE LP 5     5 5 3 1 4 2 40 
W4QO GA QRP 0 2   2 4 2 1 3 3 36 
W0PAN AZ LP 4     4 4 3 1 4 2 32 
AD0DX MO LP 5     5 5 2 1 3 2 30 
WA6KHK CA HP 6     6 6 3 1 4 1 24 
KF7DVN OR LP 3     3 3 2 1 3 2 18 
K2DSL NJ LP 3     3 3 2 1 3 2 18 
N9WL NM LP 3     3 3 2 1 3 2 18 
KR9E IN HP 4     4 4 2 1 3 1 12 
NQ2W NY QRP 0 1   1 2 1 1 2 3 12 
NW5Q TX LP 3     3 3 1 1 2 2 12 
WD8RYC TN LP 2     2 2 2 1 3 2 12 
W7JSD AZ LP 2     2 2 2 1 3 2 12 
W1HFG MA LP 2     2 2 2 1 3 2 12 
WA5SWM KS LP 3     3 3 2 0 2 2 12 
AE6YB CA LP 2     2 2 1 1 2 2 8 
K7JKM OR LP 2     2 2 2 1 3 2 8 
K2AVI WA LP 2     2 2 1 1 2 2 8 
W4BK TN LP 2     2 2 2 0 2 2 8 
K0VG MN HP 2     2 2 1 1 2 1 4 
WO7V OR LP 1     1 1 1 1 2 2 4 
N8PVL MI LP 1     1 1 1 0 1 2 2 
K1JHS MS LP 1     1 1 1 0 1 2 2 
K4BAI GA HP 0 1   1 2 1 1 1 1 2 
K4GDB KY HP 1     1 1 1 0 1 1 1 



AWARDS

In the Vermont competition, it was decided that certificates will go out to the top 5 single op finishers due to intensity of the competition. In addition, all Vermont stations making over 100 QSOs will also get a certificate.

In the Outside Vermont competition, the grand prize for the 2012 Vermont QSO Party is a souvenir 3.4 oz jug of genuine Vermont Maple Syrup which goes to the top 3 Outside Vermont finishers. With a tie for third place, 4 jugs will be sent out. 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 and stations working 10 or more QSOs.

 

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



Vermont Maple Syrup - The Sweet Taste of Victory



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I would like to thank the Central Vermont Amateur Radio Club for the opportunity to run the Vermont QSO Party this year. Administration of the Party is passed around the various Vermont clubs every two years. Thank you to the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont for their support as this years (and next years) sponsor. Thank you to Bob W4YFJ who helped count all those QSOs and various multipliers on each mode. And finally, thank you to all of you who participated. We will see you all next year as the Vermont QSO Party will be better than ever!

73, Mitch W1SJ
16 March 2012



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