The 65th Vermont QSO Party will take place during the first full weekend of February 2023.
It will begin at 0000 UTC Saturday February 4 and will end at 2400 UTC Sunday February 5, which is a 48-hour period.
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 2023 Vermont QSO Party Rules for specific rules.
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.
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, K1BIF, KB1FRW, KC1IFK, KI1P, KK1L, N1GB, N1FS, N1GVT, N1JEZ, NQ1B, W1BD, W1FP, W1JXN, W1NVT.
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 2023: W1NVT and N1GVT. Be extra cautious to not mix these similar callsigns up!>
|High Power||over 150w||x 1.0|
|Low Power||over 5w, under 150w||x 1.5|
|QRP||under 5w||x 2.0|
Be sure to log all contacts accurately!
A busted callsign, incorrect exchange (state, province, country, county) or incorrect band/mode will all result in a contact being removed. Be sure to use the specific VT QSO County abbreviations and NOT abbreviations from other contests (some are different). Duplicate contacts will not be counted.
Phone: 80-15 meters: the first 25 kHz of the General portion of each band, 1850-1875 KHz, 28.400-28.425 MHz.
CW: 50 kHz from the bottom edge of each band.
VHF: 50.130 MHz SSB, 144.200 MHz SSB, 146.520 MHz FM.
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.
These have changed from past years due to changing band conditions.
|Sat 0000-0015Z||Fri 7PM ET||7200 KHz|
|Sat 0100-0115Z||Fri 8PM ET||3850 KHz|
|Sat 1800-1815Z||Sat 1PM ET||7200 KHz|
|Sun 0000-0015Z||Sat 7PM ET||7200 KHz|
|Sun 0100-0115Z||Sat 8PM ET||3850 KHz|
|Sun 1800-1815Z||Sun 1PM ET||7200 KHz|
|Sun 2345-0000Z||Sun 6:45PM||7200 KHz|
W1NVT (CHI) (FN34) [bonus multiplier] will be primarily on SSB throughout the entire contest Sat 0000-0300 Fri 7-10 PM 40/80M Sat 0300-0500 Fri 10-midn FT8 Sat 1300-2400 Sat 8AM-7PM 20/15/10M Sun 0000-0300 Sat 7-10PM 40/80M Sun 0300-0500 Sat 10-midn FT8 Sun 1300-2400 Sun 8AM-7PM 20/15/10M There will also be CW and FT8 activity at various times. Be sure to check the cluster. N1GVT (CHI) (FN34) [bonus multiplier] will be on CW and phone throughout the entire contest. KK1L (CHI (FN34) will be mostly on phone with some CW and FT8. AA1SU (CHI) (FN34) will be on phone and FT8 in the evenings. N1CFO (CHI) (FN34) WILL be on phone and CW all weekend. KE1VT (ADD) (FN34) will be phone and CW all weekend. N1SP (BENN) (FN32) will be mostly on CW. K1IB (Rover) will be exclusively on CW and will activate county lines including: Windsor, Rutland, Orange, Washington and Caledonia. He will try to focus on the higher bands, 10 and 15 meters, during the day. When he is on a county line, but sure to log him TWICE, once for each county he announces. More info will be provided as we learn about it. Be sure to check the cluster for activity.
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. Both N1MM and N3FJP (the paid version only)
will support the Vermont QSO Party. Other software is "USE AT YOUR OWN RISK"!
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.
NOTE DEADLINE OF 2 WEEKS!! The deadline for all submissions is February 19, 2023 at 2359 UTC or 6:59 PM EST.
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.
DON'T E-MAIL LOGS directly, as these are no longer accepted.
|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||https://www.w0aa.org/mn-qso-party|
|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|| Sat 2300 - |
Sun 0300 (4)
|Your Call, Their Call, S/N, Name, State (CW ONLY)||Their Call, Your Call, S/N, Name, State (CW ONLY)||http://ncjweb.com/Sprint-Rules.pdf|
|10-10 Winter 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|
|EU-DX Contest|| Sat 1200 - |
Sun 1200 (24)
|RST and EU Region||RST and ITU Zone||https://eudxcc.altervista.org/eu-dx-contest|
|Eurasia HF Championship|| Sat 0600 - |
Sat 1800 (12)
|RST and 6-digit grid square||RST and 6-digit grid square||https://www.eurasia-contest.com/rules|
|Mexican RTTY Contest|| Sat 1200 - |
Sun 2400 (36)
|RST & Mexican State (RTTY)||RST & S/N (ask for the US state) (RTTY)||http://www.rtty.fmre.mx/reglas/Rules_FMRE_RTTY_2022.pdf|
|PE||Prince Edward Island||VY2|