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.
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 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.
|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|
|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|
|PE||Prince Edward Island||VY2|