2019 VERMONT QSO PARTY
February 2-3, 2019
THANKS FOR ANOTHER GREAT VERMONT QSO PARTY!
Logs are due by March 3. Paper logs must be postmarked no later than February 16.
The 61st Vermont QSO Party will take place during the first full
weekend of February 2019.
It will begin at 0000 UTC Saturday February 2 and will end at 2400 UTC Sunday February 3.
In local time, this corresponds to a start time of 7:00 PM EST FRIDAY night February 1st and an end time of
7PM SUNDAY night February 3rd.
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 2019 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:
- Stations can only count once for credit on digital modes. That is, if you work a station on both FT8 and RTTY, it only counts once.
- The number of FT8 multipliers (for Vermont stations) is the number of grid squares worked, divided by 4 and rounded DOWN.
- The number of FT8 multipliers (for outside Vermont stations) is the number of grid squares worked in Vermont (maximum of 5).
- If a station does not send its grid square, then it cannot be counted for credit!
- Digital contacts on modes not using grid squares (RTTY & PSK-31) will use states and countries as multipliers.
- FT8 contacts can be made on the recognized FT8 frequencies of 10.136, 18.110 and 24.920 MHz upper side band. No other modes are allowed on 30, 17 and 12 meters.
- A Cabrillo log of FT8 contacts must be submitted. An ADIF file is NOT acceptable. The FT8 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 set up the software to convert one of
these to Cabrillo, or else log the contacts into other 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.
Remember that stations outside of Vermont can only work Vermont stations for credit.
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 2019: W1NVT, W1JXN, N1GVT, 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, 146.550 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 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 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 also be FT8 activity at various times, operator permitting.
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 be in rover mode Friday night and Saturday (no Sunday) in the northern Vermont counties
Arrivals at each location will be spotted. Also tracking is
available via N1GVT-9 on APRS.
K1BIF will be in rover mode in GRA and FRA counties on 20/40 meters on Saturday.
At other times, he will be at home on phone and FT8
K1VMT (LAM) will be on CW and RTTY mostly plus some Phone during daytime and early evening hours.
AA1SU will be on phone and FT8 in the evenings.
KB1FRW 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.
- E-Mail. Submit your contest log via e-mail to email@example.com no later
than March 3, 2019. Note: This address is different than what was used in previous years!
Contest log must be in Cabrillo Format! Most contest software will produce this for you. Both N1MM and N3FJP (the paid version only)
will support the Vermont QSO Party. Other software is "USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!"
- 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). FT8 contacts must also be in Cabrillo mode format.
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.
- 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 16 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 2019 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 31, 2019
Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont