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The 2018 Vermont QSO Party was another huge success. We received 22 Vermont Logs and a record setting 117 outside Vermont logs. Vermont stations collectively contacted over 7418 stations and participants outside Vermont claimed over 719 QSO's. Conditions were quite good on 20, 40 and 80 meters, but pretty much dead on the higher bands. Some great short skip on 20 and 40 meters kept things hopping through the late afternoon and early evening.

This year, FT8 made its debut in the Vermont QSO Party. Four stations logged around 80 FT8 contacts - certainly not the main event, but it is a start. It will remain to be seen how we can include multipliers in a mode which only deals with grid squares. Overall, Vermont stations logged 209 digital QSO's - 3% of the total. But only 5 digital QSO's were claimed by the outside Vermont participants - a very tiny percentage.

A total of 34 certificates and 3 bottles of maple syrup will be awarded!

We have expanded our log checking and QSO's were removed for busted call signs and miscopied information. So, if your QSO total doesn't exactly match what you submitted, it is likely the log cruncher took its toll. The submitted logs were in better shape, but a few clunkers came in which we have yet to figure out how to read. We urge everyone to put bonafide contesting (not logging) software on their shack computers. We will also make some improvements to the log submission process to make it easier for everyone.

Please send along any comments or suggestions. We'll look foward to doing it again next February!

2018 Vermont Results

2018 Outside Vermont Results

The 60th Vermont QSO Party will take place during the first full weekend of February 2018. It will begin at 0000 UTC Saturday February 3 and will end at 2400 UTC Sunday February 4.

In local time, this corresponds to a start time of 7:00 PM EST FRIDAY night February 2nd and an end time of 7PM SUNDAY night February 4th.

The VERMONT QSO PARTY provides the opportunity for Amateur Radio Operators to contact and exchange QSO information with Vermont Amateur Radio operators. All licensed amateur radio operators are invited to participate. Stations outside Vermont work Vermont stations. Stations within Vermont work everyone.

The discussion below is a summary of the QSO Party. Please download The Official 2018 Vermont QSO Party Rules for specific rules.


The Vermont QSO Party will include and encourage operation on the WSJT digital modes of FT8, JT65 and others. However, these modes only encode the station's GRID SQUARE and not state, province or county. For these modes, special rules come into play:
  1. Vermont Stations using WSJT modes must encode their 3-character county into the exchange. If you cannot do this, then you cannot make contacts on these modes in the QSO Party.
  2. Vermont Stations using WSJT modes cannot claim any multiplier credit - only QSO credit.
  3. Non-Vermont Stations using WSJT modes will receive county information from Vermont stations and can claim Vermont county multiplier credit.
Again, these rules are specific only to the WSJT modes. Other digital modes (RTTY or PSK) are not changed.


There are two categories in the VERMONT QSO PARTY: Single Op or Multi Op. Club stations would typically be in the Multi Op category unless there is only one operator.


Vermont stations send signal report and county. U.S. and Canada stations send signal report and state or province. DX stations send signal report.


Stations can be worked on multiple bands and multiple modes.

Multipliers count ONLY ONCE PER MODE. Multipliers consist of:

Vermont stations can use all of the above for multipliers.
Stations outside Vermont can only count Vermont Counties and Vermont Club Stations.

Club Station Multipliers
Only approved Vermont Club Stations will count as multipliers. A club operation must inform the QSO Party Chairman no later than one week before the contest. A club operation must commit to operating at least 5 hours duing the event. Stations using their own call sign may not then use a club call sign to give out a multiplier. Valid club multipliers for 2018: W1NVT, W1JXN, W1KOO.

Look for the club calls on the DX Cluster, as they will be indicating where they will operate. W1NVT will be primarily on 20 and 40 meters daytime and 80 and 160 meters nighttime. There will be some limited CW and FT8 activity. W1JXN tries to work all bands and all modes so keep an ear out for him.

Power Multiplier
High Power over 150w x 1.0
Low Power over 5w, under 150w x 1.5
QRP under 5w x 2.0

Final Score is QSO Points times multipliers times power multiplier.


Phone: 80-15 meters: the first 25 kHz of the General portion of each band, 1850-1875 KHz, 28.400-28.425 MHz.

CW: 25-50 kHz from the bottom edge of each band.

VHF: 50.130 MHz SSB, 144.200 MHz SSB, 146.550 MHz FM.


Participants in the Vermont QSO Party may use spotting networks to find activity or to announce activity. Self-spotting is limited to once per band change or one per hour. Please do not become a nuisance on the spotting networks!


Vermont activity hours have been schedule to allow Vermont stations to find each other. Please check these frequencies, as it is rough to work each other on 20m days and 40m nights.

Sat 0000-0015Z Fri 7PM ET 3850 KHz
Sat 1800-1815Z Sat 1PM ET 7200 KHz
Sun 0000-0015Z Sat 7PM ET 3850 KHz
Sun 1800-1815Z Sun 1PM ET 7200 KHz
Sun 2345-0000Z Sun 6:45PM 3850 KHz


  1. E-Mail. Submit your contest log via e-mail to ranv@sover.net no later than March 4, 2018. Contest log must be in Cabrillo Format! Most contest software will produce this for you. We recommend the N1MM software, as this is strongly supported.
  2. Contest Software. You are resposible for submitting an accurate log in proper Cabrillo format. The log must be in chronological order, from earliest QSO to latest QSO. The log MUST show your category (SINGLE, MULTI) and power (HIGH, LOW, QRP).
    Any software which automatically looks up call sign addresses is NOT to be used and any logs submitted in this format are not acceptable (Ham Radio Deluxe and N3FJP are examples of programs which have this feature - make sure you turn this feature off!). Participants are expected to COPY ALL pertinent contest exchange information! If you have questions or issues with contest software, contact the Contest Manager at the above address, BEFORE the QSO Party.
  3. Postal Mail. We strongly, strongly encourage all participants to submit logs electronically!! However, paper contest will be accepted via postal mail to: Vermont QSO Party, PO Box 9392, South Burlington, VT 05403-9392. PAPER LOGS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 17 TO BE CONSIDERED. When submitting paper logs, please include summary sheet and dupe sheets



Several other contests run concurrently with the Vermont QSO Party to maximize your QSO's and fun, please be ready to give the exchanges necessary in these other contests too!
Minnesota QSO Party (MnQP) Sat 1400 -
Sat 2400 (10)
Name and MN County Name and Your State http://www.w0aa.org/index.php/rules
BC QSO Party Sat 1600-0400
Sun 1600-2400 (20)
RST and BC Electorial District RST and Your State http://www.orcadxcc.org/bcqp_rules.html
NA CW Sprint Sun 0000 -
Sun 0400 (4)
Your Call, Their Call, S/N, Name, State (CW ONLY) Their Call, Your Call, S/N, Name, State (CW ONLY)http://ncjweb.com/north-american-sprint/
10-10 QSO Party Sat 0000 -
Sun 2400 (48)
Name, 10-10# (or 0), State (10M ONLY) Name, 10-10# (or 0), State (10M ONLY) http://www.ten-ten.org
Black Sea Contest (BSCC) Sat 1200 -
Sun 1200 (24)
RST and ITU Zone or Club Name RST and ITU Zonehttp://bscc.ucoz.ru/index/rules_black_sea_cup_international_eng/0-21


Check back at this site for information regarding planned operations, schedules and last minute changes. Contact the QSO Party Manager if you have questions about the rules.

Official 2018 Vermont QSO Party Rules


AB Alberta VE6
BC British Columbia VE7
MB Manitoba VE4
NB New Brunswick VE1,9
NL Newfoundland-Labrador VO1,2
NS Nova Scotia VE1
NT Northwest Territories VE8
NU Nunavut VY
ON Ontario VE3
PE Prince Edward Island VY2
QC Quebec VE2
SK Saskatchewan VE5
YT Yukon VY1



March 19, 2018

Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont