The 2017 Vermont QSO Party was another huge success. We received 18 Vermont Logs and a record setting 107 outside Vermont logs. Vermont stations collectively contacted over 6300 stations and participants outside Vermont claimed over 920 QSO's. Conditions were very tough - use of multiple bands and modes were necessary to keep the scores up. Hardly anything was heard on 10 and 15 meters. It's sunspot minimum time! Balancing out the poor conditions, we had our first bonafide mobile expedition across Vermont in many years as N1GVT put all 14 counties on the air. They instantly attracted a sizeable following who chased them across the Vermont countryside, and simultaneously increased competition in this year's event. We hope they do it again next year and hope we can get others to go out and do expeditions, as well!
A total of 41 certificates and 3 bottles of maple syrup will be awarded!
As promised last year, we took a long hard look at logging accuracy and actually checked the logs and removed bad QSO's. So, if your QSO total doesn't exactly match what you submitted, it is likely the log cruncher took its toll. We still have some problems with unacceptable logs being submitted. Much of this was due to a software vendor just releasing a product which was not fully checked out. A couple of logs were totally unreadible. 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!
Please click the "2017 Results" box up above for score details and listings.
The 59th Vermont QSO Party will take place during the first full weekend of February 2017. 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 3rd and an end time of
7PM SUNDAY night February 5th.
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 2017 Vermont QSO Party Rules for specific rules.
Multipliers count ONLY ONCE PER MODE. Multipliers consist of:
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 2017: W1NVT W1JXN N1GVT W1KOO.
|High Power||over 150w||x 1.0|
|Low Power||over 5w, under 150w||x 1.5|
|QRP||under 5w||x 2.0|
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.
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|
W1NVT will be primarily on SSB Sat 0000-0300 Fri 7-10PM 80M/40M 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 be some limited RTTY activity. Check the cluster for activity. W1JXN will be primarily on CW: Sat 0000-0300 Fri 7-10PM 40M/80M/160M Sat 1400-1900 Sat 9AM-2PM 20M Sun 0100-0300 Sat 8-10PM 40M/80M/160M Sun 1400-1600 Sat 9AM-11AM 20M Sat 2000-2400 Sat 3-7PM 40M/80M/160M Also occasional operation on 6 and 2 meter FM, SSB, CW. N1GVT mobile will visit the 14 Vermont Counties operating both CW and SSB: Friday: Franklin, Grand Isle, Chittenden Saturday: Washington, Lamoille, Orleans, Essex, Caledonia Sunday: Orange, Windsor, Windham, Bennington, Rutland, Addison Arrivals at each location will be spotted. Also tracking is available via N1GVT-9 on APRS.
|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 Zone||http://bscc.ucoz.ru/index/rules_black_sea_cup_international_eng/0-21|
|PE||Prince Edward Island||VY2|