2018 VERMONT QSO PARTY
February 3-4, 2018
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.
NEW THIS YEAR!
The Vermont QSO Party will include and encourage operation on the WSJT digital modes of FT8, JT65 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:
Again, these rules are specific only to the WSJT modes. Other digital modes (RTTY or PSK) are not changed.
- Vermont Stations using WSJT modes must encode their 3-character county into the exchange.
If you cannot do this, then you cannot make contacts on these modes in the QSO Party.
- Vermont Stations using WSJT modes cannot claim any multiplier credit - only QSO credit.
- Non-Vermont Stations using WSJT modes will receive county information from Vermont stations and can claim Vermont county
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.
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
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 2018: W1NVT N1GVT W1JXN.
|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, 146.550 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 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 |
- E-Mail. Submit your contest log via e-mail to email@example.com no later
than March 4, 2018.
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.
- 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.
- 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 17 TO BE CONSIDERED.
When submitting paper logs, please include summary sheet and dupe sheets
- 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 2018 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 ||VYØ |
|ON || Ontario ||VE3 |
|PE || Prince Edward Island ||VY2 |
|QC || Quebec ||VE2 |
|SK || Saskatchewan ||VE5 |
|YT || Yukon ||VY1 |
|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 16, 2018
Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont