Fall QSO Party

Fall QSO Party

Saturday 12th October, 1200z
- Sunday 13th October 2013, 2359z

One of the most popular QRP contests of the year.

Closing date for submissions was 27 October 2013

A) Date/Time:

1200Z on 12 October 2013 through 2359Z on 13 October 2013
You may work a maximum of 24 hours of the 36 hour period.  

 B) Mode:

HF CW only.

C) Exchange:

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

 E) Multiplier:

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:

160m   1810 kHz
80m     3560 kHz
40m     7030 kHz (please listen on 7030 kHz, 7040 kHz  and 7100 to 7125 kHz for rock bound participants)
20m     14060 kHz
15m     21060 kHz
10m     28060 kHz

 H) Score:

Final Score = Points (total for all bands) x SPCs (total for all bands) x Power Multiplier.

I) Categories:

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)

Antennas:

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. 

Mulitoperator:

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.

Teams:

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:

 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 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 Fall QSO Party

c/o Jeff Hetherington VA3JFF
139 Elizabeth St. W.
Welland
Ontario
Canada, L3C 4M3

L) Deadline:

Entries must be received OR postmarked on or before 27 October, 2013. If you are using snail mail for entering log entries, notify the contest manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. when you mailed your entry.

 M) Results:

 Will be published in QRP Quarterly and shown on the QRP-ARCI website.

 N) Certificates:

 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.

 

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