2020 VERMONT QSO PARTY
February 1-2, 2020
The 62nd Vermont QSO Party will take place during the first full
weekend of February 2020.
It will begin at 0000 UTC Saturday February 1 and will end at 2400 UTC Sunday February 2.
In local time, this corresponds to a start time of 7:00 PM EST FRIDAY night January 31st and an end time of
7PM SUNDAY night February 2nd.
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 2020 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
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:
- 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.
- The number of FT8/FT4 multipliers (for Vermont stations) is the number of grid squares worked, divided by 4 and rounded DOWN.
- The number of FT8/FT4 multipliers (for outside Vermont stations) is the number of grid squares worked in Vermont (maximum of 5).
- If an FT8/FT4 station does not send its grid square, it can count for QSO credit, but not for grid square credit.
- 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.
- FT8/FT4 contacts can be made on the recognized FT8 frequencies of 10.136/10.140, 18.110/18.104 and 24.920/24.919 MHz upper side band. No other modes are allowed on 30, 17 and 12 meters.
- A Cabrillo log of FT8/FT4 contacts must be submitted. An ADIF file is NOT acceptable. The FT8/FT4 log can be submitted separately from other modes, or combined. QSO's not in proper Cabrillo format will not be scored!
The WSJTx software will output an ADIF file and a generic log file. You will have to find a method to convert
the ADIF file to Cabrillo or indirectly log the FT8/FT4 contacts into logging software.
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 / 4 = 10.75 which is rounded down to 10 multipliers. Add to this the number of states on RTTY. Your total number of digital
multipliers will be 10 + 6 = 16. 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.
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, AB1DD, K1BIF, K1VMT, KB1FRW, KC1IFK, KI1P, N1GB, NQ1B, W1BD, W1FP, W1JXN, W1NVT.
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.
FT8 contacts will exchange signal reports in dB and grid square.
Stations can be worked on multiple bands and multiple modes.
- Phone: 1 pt
- CW: 2 pts
- Digital: 2 pts
All digital modes (RTTY, PSK, Packet) count as ONE Mode)
Multipliers count ONLY ONCE PER MODE. Multipliers consist of:
Vermont stations can use all of the above for multipliers.
- 50 U.S. States
- 13 Canadian Provinces and Territories (see list below)
- Any ARRL DXCC country (except U.S. Canada, Alaska, Hawaii)
- 14 Vermont Counties (see list below)
- Specific Vermont Club Stations
- Grid squares divided by 4 only for for FT8 and other WSJT modes.
Stations outside Vermont can only count Vermont Counties and Vermont Club Stations and Vermont grid squares on FT8.
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 2020: W1NVT, W1JXN, W1BD.
|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: 50.130 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.
Self-spotting is limited to once per band change or one per hour. Please do not become a nuisance on the
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.
|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 |
Schedules for selected Vermont stations
W1NVT (CHI) will be primarily on SSB
Sat 0000-0300 Fri 7-8 PM 80M
Sat 0100-0300 Fri 8-10 PM 80M
Sat 1500-2000 Sat 10AM-3PM 20M
Sat 2000-2400 Sat 3-7PM 40M
Sun 0000-0300 Sat 7-10PM 80M
Sun 1500-2000 Sun 10AM-3PM 20M
Sun 2000-2400 Sun 3-7PM 40M
There will also be FT8 activity at various times, operator permitting.
W1JXN (CHI) will be primarily on CW with some digital and SSB.
Sat 1700-2100 Sat noon-4PM
Sun 1700-2100 Sun noon-4pm
W1BD (ORA) will be a multiop in Randoph, VT
KI1P will be a multip-op roving all 14 counties.
K1VMT (LAM) will be on CW and RTTY mostly plus some Phone during daytime and early evening hours.
AA1SU (CHI) will be on phone and FT8 in the evenings.
KB1FRW (CHI) will be on Phone on 20/40 meters.
More info will be provided as we learn about it.
Be sure to check the cluster for activity.
- On-Line Submission. VTQSO logs should submitted on line at this site:
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. For best results, name this file with your call sign dot log.
For example, our club station log would be W1NVT.LOG. If you are submitting mulitple logs (i.e. a fixed and mobile log, or
SSB and FT8 log) be sure to give each a unique name, such as W1NVT, W1NVT/M W1NVT/FT, etc.
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.
The deadline for on-line submission on line is March 2, 2020.
- 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 15 TO BE CONSIDERED.
When submitting paper logs, please include summary sheet and dupe sheets
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. The log MUST show your category (SINGLE, MULTI) and
power (HIGH, LOW, QRP). FT8 contacts must also be in Cabrillo mode format. Both N1MM and N3FJP (the paid version only)
will support the Vermont QSO Party. Other software is "USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!"
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.
- The 3 highest single operator scorers outside Vermont but within the U.S. will receive a 3 oz. miniature jug of genuine Vermont Maple Syrup!
- The top scorers in each category from Vermont and each category outside Vermont will receive a certificate.
- Stations outside Vermont making over 10 Vermont contacts will receive a certificate.
- Stations in Vermont making over 100 contacts will receive a certficate.
- Results will be published on this site within 60 days after the end of the QSO Party
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 1600-0400|
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 Zone||http://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 2020 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 |
Take care to not mix up Windham (WNH) and Windsor (WNS)!!
|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 |
January 28, 2020
Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont