2024 VERMONT QSO PARTY

February 3-4, 2024




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The 66th Vermont QSO Party will take place during the first full weekend of February 2024.

It will begin at 0000 UTC Saturday February 3 and will end at 2400 UTC Sunday February 4, which is a 48-hour period.

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 2024 Vermont QSO Party Rules for specific rules.


BEFORE THE QSO PARTY!!

MAKE SURE you have set up working software which will generate the correct log format. Only Cabrillo format logs are acceptable. Logs in text or ADIF format are NOT acceptable and will be returned.


State QSO Party Challenge

The annual State QSO Party Challenge recognizes all radio amateursí participation in the U.S. State and Canadian Province QSO parties. It is open to any radio amateur who participates in any of the approved State QSO Parties. Participants must simply submit their scores to 3830Scores.com to be included in the Challenge. Go to stateqsoparty.com for full details.


FT8 and FT4

The Vermont QSO Party will include and encourage operation on the WSJT digital modes of FT8, FT4 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. Stations can only count once per band for credit on digital modes. That is, if you work a station on both FT8 and RTTY on a particular band, it only counts once.
  2. Use only 4 digit grid squares in your log. That is, FN34, not FN34km!
  3. The number of FT8/FT4 multipliers (for Vermont stations) is the number of grid squares worked, divided by 3 and rounded DOWN. (this is a change from 2019-2021)
  4. The number of FT8/FT4 multipliers (for outside Vermont stations) is the number of grid squares worked in Vermont (maximum of 5).
  5. If an FT8/FT4 station does not send its grid square, it can count for QSO credit, but not for grid square credit.
  6. Digital contacts on modes not using grid squares (RTTY & PSK-31) will use states and countries as multipliers. Other stations must send their state or province to count for credit.
  7. In addition to the suggested frequencies listed below, FT8/FT4 contacts can also be made ONLY on the recognized FT8/FT4 frequencies of 10.136/10.140, 18.110/18.104 and 24.915/24.919 MHz upper side band. No other forms of activity are allowed on 30, 17 and 12 meters.
  8. The WSJTx software generates an ADIF file for FT8/FT4 contacts but a Cabrillo file is required. If you made FT8 contacts, when you upload your log, you can upload the ADIF file out of WSJTx in addition to your Cabrillo log and the robot will convert the ADIF and merge it into your Cabrillo log. This is a lot easier than in the past! MAKE SURE you only upload the portion of your WSJTx ADIF corresponding to the QSO Party (i.e. February 3-4, 2024). You will have to provide your correct Grid Square. If you did not make FT8 QSO's, then ignore this on the upload page. If you use the N1MM logging software, there is a way to marry the logging software to WSJTx for a seemless operation. Go to N1MM-WSJTx to learn how to do this. Note that this process is rather lengthy and definitely should not be attempted 5 minutes before the start of the QSO Party!
Example:
You work 43 grid squares on FT8 and 6 states on RTTY. Your total number of digital grids is determined in this manner:
43 grids / 3 = 14.33 which is rounded down to 14 multipliers. Add to this the number of states on RTTY. Your total number of digital multipliers will be 14 + 6 = 20. Remember that you are determining number of multiplers across all digital modes, regardless of bands. The contest manager will compute the correct number of multipliers, if you have difficulty.

Proper Cabrillo format for non digital QSO (including RTTY):
QSO: 14150 PH 2023-02-04 0000 W1NVT 59 CHI K7GMB 59 WA

Proper Cabrillo format for digital QSO (FT8, FT4, etc):
QSO: 7074 DG 2023-02-05 0506 W1NVT 04 FN34 W9FMC 11 EN53

Most Vermont stations can be found in the FN34 and FN33 grid squares. Small pieces of Vermont also lie in FN32, FN44 and FN35. The contest manager will determine which FT8/FT4 contacts are valid Vermont contacts. Remember that stations outside of Vermont can only work Vermont stations for credit. Although not an exhaustive list, these are the Vermont stations most likely to be on FT8/FT4: AA1SU, K1BIF, KC1IFK, KI1P, KK1L, N1GB, N1FS, N1GVT, N1IBM, N1JEZ, NQ1B, W1FP, W1NVT.

CATEGORIES

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.

EXCHANGE

Vermont stations send signal report and Vermont county. U.S. and Canada stations send signal report and state or province. DX stations send signal report. FT8 contacts will exchange signal reports in dB and grid square.

SCORING

Points
Stations can be worked on multiple bands and multiple modes.

Multipliers
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 and Vermont grid squares on FT8.

County Line Operations
Mobiles may operate from a location straddling a Vermont county line. They will announce this as such. You can work these stations once, but you can count them as two contacts from the different counties. Be sure to log these as separate contacts. Do not try to enter both counties on the same log line! This rule only applies to Vermont counties. If you are situated on a state line, pick one.

Club Station Multipliers
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.
Club multipliers for 2024: W1NVT and N1FS.

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.

LOG CHECKING

Be sure to log all contacts accurately!
A busted callsign, incorrect exchange (state, province, country, county) or incorrect band/mode will all result in a contact being removed. Be sure to use the specific VT QSO County abbreviations and NOT abbreviations from other contests (some are different). Duplicate contacts will not be counted.

SUGGESTED FREQUENCIES AND TIMES

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

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

VHF: 50.130 MHz SSB, 144.200 MHz SSB, 146.520 MHz FM.

USE OF SPOTTING NETWORKS

Participants in the Vermont QSO Party may use spotting networks to find activity or to announce activity. Please be reasonable in using the networks.

VERMONT ACTIVITY HOURS

Vermont activity hours have been scheduled 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. These have changed from past years due to changing band conditions.

Sat 0000-0015Z Fri 7PM ET 7200 KHz
Sat 0100-0115Z Fri 8PM ET 3850 KHz
Sat 1800-1815Z Sat 1PM ET 7200 KHz
Sun 0000-0015Z Sat 7PM ET 7200 KHz
Sun 0100-0115Z Sat 8PM ET 3850 KHz
Sun 1800-1815Z Sun 1PM ET 7200 KHz
Sun 2345-0000Z Sun 6:45PM 7200 KHz

2024 Schedules for selected Vermont stations


Check the DX Cluster!  Most of these stations will spot themselves when changing bands.
All times in UTC!
If on FTx, no county multiplier! Only grid squares count there.

W1NVT (CHI) (FN34) [bonus multiplier] will be primarily on SSB and FT8/4 with some CW.
Sat 0000-0300   Fri 7-10 PM   20/40/80M SSB
Sat 0300-0500   Fri 10-midn   FT8/4
Sat 1300-2400   Sat 8AM-7PM   20/15/10M SSB and FT4
Sun 0000-0300   Sat 7-10PM    20/40/80M CW Sprint 50 kHz from band edge
Sun 0300-0500   Sat 10-midn   FT8/4
Sun 1300-2400   Sun 8AM-7PM   20/15/10M SSB and FT4

N1FS  (ADD) (FN34) [bonus multiplier] will be on 160-6 meters all modes.

KK1L  (CHI) (FN34) will be on phone, CW, FT4 and FT8, Saturday only.

AA1SU (CHI) (FN34) will be on phone and FT8 in the evenings.

KC1SFJ (CHI) (FN34) will be on phone most of the weekend.

KE1VT (ADD) (FN34) will be on 80-10 meters, all modes.

K1VMT (LAM) (FN34) will be on 80-10 meters, SSB and FTx, Sat afternoon and Sunday.

N1SP  (BEN) (FN32) will be mostly on CW.

N1JEZ (CAL) (FN44) will be primarily on 20 meters SSB during the day.

N1IBM (WNS) (FN33) will be on FT4 all bands (only the FN33 mult can be used on FTx)

KC1IFK (CHI) (FN34) will be FT4 and FT8 all bands (only the FN34 mult can be used on FTx)


Rovers: Times UTC and EST, Approximate!

K1IB (Rover)  3 Counties, 100w, whip, CW: 
Sat 0000-0300   Fri 7-10 PM   WNS     80/40M
Sat 1430-1600   Sat 9:30-11AM WNS/ORA 20/15/10M
Sat 1600-1800   Sat 11AM-1PM  WNS/WAS 20/15/10M
Sun 1500-1800   Sun 10AM-1PM  WNS     20/15/10M (maybe)
When he is on a county line be sure to log him TWICE, once for each county he announces. 

K1TTW (Rover) 3 Counties, 100w, Whip, SSB and FTx:
Sat 0000-0300   Fri 7-10 PM   CAL 7215, 3860
Sat 1200-1500   Sat 7-10 AM   CAL 7215, 14295, 21325, 28465
Sat 1700-2300   Sat 12-6 PM   ORL 7215, 14295, 21325, 28465 (POTA Site) 
Sun 0100-0300   Sat 8-10 PM   CAL 7215, 3860
Sun 1200-1500   Sun 7-10 AM   CAL 7215, 14295, 21325, 28465
Sun 1700-2400   Sun 12-7 PM   ESS 7215, 14295, 21325, 28465 (POTA Site) 

KI1P (Rover) 5 Counties, 100w 50' high dipole. SSB:
Sat 1300-2100   Sat 8AM-4PM   CHI, Sand Bar SP
Sat 2100-0500   Sat 4PM-midn  GRA, Grand Isle SP
Sun 0500-1300   Sun midn-8AM  FRA, Kill Kare SP
Sun 1300-2100   Sun 8AM-4PM   LAM, Elmore SP
Sun 2100-2400   Sun 4PM-7PM   ORL, Crystal Lake SP 

K1NZ (Rover) 14 Counties, 100W, whip, SSB
Sat 0000-0200   Fri 7-9 PM    BEN/RUT
Sat 0200-0400   Fri 9-11 PM   RUT/ADD
Sat 1400-1700   Sat 9-noon    GRA
Sat 1700-2000   Sat noon-3PM  CHI/FRA
Sat 2000-2300   Sat 3-6PM     LAM/ORL
Sun 0000-0300   Sat 7-10PM    CAL/ESS
Sun 1400-1900   Sun 9AM-2PM   ORA/WAS
Sun 1900-2400   Sun 2PM-7PM   WNH/WNS
When he is on a county line be sure to log him TWICE, once for each county he announces.  




More info will be provided as we learn about it.

Be sure to check the cluster for activity.

REPORTING

  1. On-Line Submission. VTQSO logs should submitted on line at this site: https://www.b4h.net/vtqp/vtqpsubmitlog.php.
    You will be asked to provide an email address, category (single-op or multi-op) and power level (5/150/1500). You then will select the file containing your log.

    Contest log must be in Cabrillo Format! Most contest software will produce this for you. The log must be in chronological order, from earliest QSO to latest QSO. Both N1MM and N3FJP (the paid version only) will support the Vermont QSO Party. Other software is "USE AT YOUR OWN RISK"!

    The robot will quickly scan your log and either accept it or report errors. You can then modify your log file to fix the problems and resubmit the log.

    NOTE DEADLINE OF 2 WEEKS!! The deadline for all submissions is February 18, 2024 at 2359 UTC or 6:59 PM EST.

  2. Postal Mail. We strongly, strongly encourage all participants to submit logs electronically!! However, paper contest logs 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 18 TO BE CONSIDERED. When submitting paper logs, please include summary sheet and dupe sheets

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 have this feature and it MUST be turned 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.

DON'T E-MAIL LOGS directly, as these are no longer accepted.

AWARDS

OTHER CONTESTS

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!
CONTEST DAY/TIMES/HRS(UTC) THEIR REPORT YOUR REPORT RULES
Minnesota QSO Party (MnQP) Sat 1400 -
Sat 2400 (10)
Name and MN County Name and Your State https://www.w0aa.org/mn-qso-party
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/Sprint-Rules.pdf
10-10 Winter 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
EU-DX Contest Sat 1200 -
Sun 1200 (24)
RST and EU Region RST and ITU Zone https://eudxcc.altervista.org/eu-dx-contest

OTHER INFORMATION

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 2024 Vermont QSO Party Rules


CANADIAN PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES

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 VYō
ON Ontario VE3
PE Prince Edward Island VY2
QC Quebec VE2
SK Saskatchewan VE5
YT Yukon VY1


VERMONT COUNTIES

ADD ADDISON
BEN BENNINGTON
CAL CALEDONIA
CHI CHITTENDEN
ESS ESSEX
FRA FRANKLIN
GRA GRAND ISLE
LAM LAMOILLE
ORA ORANGE
ORL ORLEANS
RUT RUTLAND
WAS WASHINGTON
WNH WINDHAM
WNS WINDSOR

1. Take care to not mix up WiNdHam (WNH) and WiNdSor (WNS)!!
2. Be sure to use the correct VTQSO 3-letter designations shown above.


January 31, 2024

Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont