Saturday 6 April 2013, 1200z - Sunday 7 April 2013, 2359z
This is one of the “Big Ones” !
Closing date for entries was Sunday 21st April 2013.
The results can be found - here
The Spring QSO Party and the Fall QSO Party are the two most popular QRP ARCI Contests. This contest is also a very good way for you to increase your QSO totals if you are involved with the 2013 QRP ARCI operating event known as 'The QRP Challenge' where the goal is to work at least 100 QRP ARCI club members to qualify for The BIG 13 Award. You can also use the Spring QSO Party to increase your QRP totals for various QRP ARCI Awards. Or you can just get on the air and have some fun whether you’re a serious competitor or a casual participant the Spring QSO Party is for you !
You can enter as an all band, single band, high band or low band station and then pick the antenna and power category that matches your personal setup and compete with similar equipped stations around the country and around the world.
Read the complete rules and send in an entry
1200Z on 6 April 2013 through 2359Z on 7 April 2013.
You may work a maximum of 24 hours of the 36 hour period.
HF CW only.
Members send: RST, State/Province/Country, ARCI member number
Non-Members send: RST, State/Province/Country, Power Out
D) QSO Points:
Member = 5 points
Non-Member, Different Continent = 4 points
Non-Member, Same Continent = 2 points
SPC (State/Province/Country) total for all bands. The same station may be worked on multiple bands for QSO points and SPC credit.
F) Power Multiplier:
>5 Watts = x1
>1 - 5 Watts = x7
>250 mW - 1 Watt = x10
>55 mW - 250 mW = x15
55 mW or less = x20
G) Suggested Frequencies:
40m7030 kHz (please listen at 7030/7040 kHz and 7100 to 7125 for rock bound participants)
15m 21060 kHz
Final Score = Points (total for all bands) x SPCs (total for all bands) x Power Multiplier.
Entry may be All-Band (AB), Single Band (e.g., SB-160, 80,40,20,15 or 10), High Bands - HB (10m, 15m and 20m) or Low Bands - LB (40m, 80m and 160m)
Entry may be A1 or A2
A1: Single Element Antenna
If you are using a single element antenna such as a dipole, inverted V, loop, or a vertical you can enter the A1 category. ( Note that with a vertical you can have as many radials as you want but only one “vertical” element. )
A2: Multiple Element Antenna
If you are using a multi element beam, vertical array, or any antenna that has more than one driven element or uses reflective or directive elements you are in the A2 category.
A multioperator effort may submit logs for a separate category. Any combination of operators and transmitters will be permitted.
All transmitters must be located at a centralized location. All operators must use the same callsign in the multioperator category.
You may enter as a team with an unlimited number of operators as long as no more than 5 transmitters are on the air concurrently.
You compete individually as well as on the team. Teams need not be in the same location. Team captains must send a list of members to the Contest Manager before the contest.
J) How to Participate:
Get on any of the HF bands except the WARC bands and hang out near the QRP frequencies. Work as many stations calling CQ QRP or CQ TEST as possible, or call CQ QRP or CQ TEST yourself! You can work a station for credit once on each band.
K) Email Log Submission:
Snail mail Log Submission:
Submit Logs in plain text format along with a summary stating your Call Sign, Entry Category, total # of QSOs with members, total # of QSOs with non-members on different continent, total # of QSOs with non-members same continent, total # of SPCs worked, Actual Power and Station Description, along with score calculation to:
ARCI Spring QSO Party
c/o Brian Campbell
P.O. Box 135
46485 Sparta Line
Canada, N0L 2H0
Will be published in QRP Quarterly and shown on the QRP-ARCI website.
Will be awarded to the top scoring entrant in each category, as well as the top scoring entrants from each State, Province and Country. Certificates may be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place if entries are sufficient in a category.