2016 VERMONT QSO PARTY

February 6-7, 2016

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The 2016 Vermont QSO Party was a huge success. We received 21 Vermont Logs and a record setting 82 outside Vermont logs. Vermont stations collectively contacted over 7200 stations on SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK-31. Scores and participation from stations outside Vermont were way up from last year, even though 10 meters was more or less down for the count. Please click the "2016 Results" box up above for score details and listings.

A record 14 Vermont and 24 outside Vermont certificates will be issued.

Two things we will look to improve next year: logging accuracy and proper logging format. We found quite a few busted call signs in the logs (N1NVT for W1NVT, W1WXM for KB1WXM, N1BCC for N1BCL, etc.). So far, we only have had a good laugh over this and don't penalize anyone. But, to be fair to everyone, this might be considered in the future. Some of the electronic logs were in very rough shape and took a lot of time to process. Next year, we will have easy-to-use software available on our site so that everyone can produce clear and concise logs.

Comments we heard:

That's enough fun for one contest. Be sure to send along suggestions for next year!


The 58th Vermont QSO Party will take place during the first full weekend of February 2016. It will begin at 0000 UTC Saturday and will end at 2400 UTC Sunday.

In local time, this corresponds to a start time of 7:00 PM EST FRIDAY night February 5th and an end time of 7PM SUNDAY night February 7thd.

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 2016 Vermont QSO Party Rules for specific rules.

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

SCORING

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

Multipliers
Multipliers count ONLY ONCE PER MODE. Multipliers can 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 2016: W1NVT W1JXN.

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.

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

VHF: 50.13 MHz SSB, 144.2 MHz SSB, 146.55 MHz FM.

Vermont activity hours have been scheduled to allow Vermont stations to find each other (recently updated):

REPORTING

  1. E-Mail. Submit your contest log via e-mail to ranv@sover.net no later than March 7, 2016. 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 20 TO BE CONSIDERED. When submitting paper logs, please include summary sheet and dupe sheets

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 http://www.w0aa.org/index.php/rules
BC QSO Party Sat 1600 -
Sun 0400 (12)
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

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 2016 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 VY
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



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