2019 VERMONT QSO PARTY RESULTS


Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2019 Vermont QSO Party a huge success!



LOG ANALYSIS

This year, 28 Vermont stations submitted logs. This is the highest number of Vermont stations submitting logs ever! However, the number QSO's these stations made were down to 6377 valid QSO's - a good deal lower than last year, but an average number for the last 7 years. This was directly a result of lackluster condtions. The short skip openings which bolstered last year's numbers did not exist this time. In fact, the number of phone contacts dropped from 6213 to 3697 - a 40% drop. This was offset by the increase in digital QSO's from 209 to 1599 - a result in the increase in FT8 activity. The logs indicate that QSO's were made 13 Vermont counties. Windham (WNH) hid out this year. Rover activity on Saturday put some of the rare counties like GRA, FRA, ESS, CAL and ORL on the air. Another 23 Vermont stations did not submit logs, but were logged by other stations, adding up to a total of 51 unique Vermont stations on the air.

Logs From VT

Year Stations QSOs
2019 28 6377
2018 22 7418
2017 18 6330
2016 21 7262
2015 17 7834
2014 24 7100
2013 17 5958
2012 18 4360

Awards

Vermont Single Op: Certificate to Top 5 Scorers
Vermont Multi Op: Certificate to Top Scorer
Certificate to each Vermont station making 100 QSO's

Outside Vermont Single Op: Maple Syrup to Top 3 SO Scorers
Outside Vermont Single Op: Certficate to Top 5 Scorers
Certificate to each station outside Vermont making 10 QSO's
 

AWARDS

In the Vermont competition, certificates will go out to the top 5 single op finishers and top multi op finisher. In addition, all Vermont stations making over 100 QSO’s will also get a certificate.

In the Outside Vermont competition, the “grand prize” for the 2019 Vermont QSO Party is a souvenir 3.4 oz jug of genuine Vermont Maple Syrup which goes to the top 3 Outside Vermont Single Op finishers who are within the U.S. You guys worked hard for those contacts and we recognize you with a product which is uniquely Vermont. If you’ve never had Maple Syrup before, it is very sweet and very concentrated, so a little goes a long way! Here in Vermont it is the breakfast topping of choice on pancakes, waffles or jacked deer steak (!?). Enjoy!

Certificates will also go out to the top 5 stations outside Vermont and stations outside Vermont working 10 or more QSO’s.

VERMONT COMPETITION

At the Host Station W1NVT in Chittenden County, conditions were challenging, but contacts were available to be made. Friday night provided a fair of QSO's on 80 and 40 meter phone, but the pileups died out quickly. When the pileups subsided, FT8 kept the QSO's coming in at a slower rate. On Saturday morning, conditions to Europe were lackluster, but we were able to establish good runs. Most of the stations were quite weak and Eastern Europe was especially tough. Eventually, 40 countries were worked on phone, so the stations were out there. In the afternoon, 20 meters settled into a constant run of stations and good rates were had all afternoon and right up into the evening. When we switched to 40 meters after 0000Z, the bottom fell out and not much was worked on phone, so it was back to FT8. Sunday morning was terrible. There was hardly any DX to speak of, and with only a limited number of stateside stations around, things were ridiculously slow until the afternoon, when the pileups picked up again. At 2330, we switched to 40 meters and continued the pileups. The number of phone QSO's were down considerably, but the addition of nearly 300 FT8 contacts helped to keep things sane. Thanks to AA1SU, KE1AZ and KI6ISG who helped me keep W1NVT on the air for long hours during the weekend.

The first five finishers in the 2019 Vermont QSO Party were the same as last year, with the exception being that KE1VT replaced KB1FRW in third place.

Joe K1VMT (Lamoille) repeated his first place finish with 143k, running high power. He ran a combination of phone, CW and RTTY. His score could have been higher, but he took time off on Sunday.

Zach W1JXN (Chittenden) repeated his second place finish with 82k, running low power. He split time between phone, CW and RTTY. He too, could have scored higher, as he wasn't available on Sunday

Kevin KE1VT (Addison) operated in his first Vermont QSO Party and took third place with a score of 79K. He used a mixture of phone and CW with a good number of multipliers on each mode.

Paul AA1SU (Chittenden) ran high power for a 4th place finish of 67k. He had one of the highest phone QSO totals and filled in with with both CW and FT8 to run up a big multiplier total as well.

Steve W1SFR (Rutland) rounds out the top five with a low power, score of 48K, a slight improvent over his last year score He added a few phone QSO's to pick up multipliers, which helped his overall score. He had the highest CW score of all stations.

Chris KI1P (Washington) was a newcomer to this year's QSO Party with an FT8-only score of 45k, just missing the top five. He had the highest FT8 score of all stations.

Scott and Cesar operating as N1GVT returned to roving this year, putting on Addison county on Friday night and Lamoille, Orleans, Caledonia and Essex counties on Saturday, to the tune of 14k points.

Phone Leaders

Station QSOs Mults
W1NVT 1430 103
K1VMT 437 76
AA1SU 368 68
KE1VT 268 50
W1JCR 230 49

CW Leaders

Station QSOs Mults
W1SPR 214 65
K1VMT 170 54
W1JXN 133 46
KE1VT 132 49
KI1B 104 38

FT8 Leaders

Station QSOs Mults
KI1P 331 44
W1NVT274 42
N1GB 219 35
W1FP 145 25
W1FNB108 18


LOGGING

While the new FT8 mode was a big success for making QSO's, it was a real disaster in the logging deparatment. Unfortunately, none of the logging programs could directly move FT8 QSO's with grid squares into a Cabrillo format. Lots of techniques and hand-wringing were used and we finally received usuable logs. I promise that we'll have the software fixed for next year. Another issue was that the FT8 logs contained numerous duplicate contacts and also contacts without a copied grid square, which does not count for credit. All of these issues will be looked at for next year.

We continue to actively check the accuracy of logs and still find a suprising number of errors! Errors included busted call signs, bad or missing exchanges (i.e. wrong county), wrong band or mode and the dreaded NIL (not in log). Amazingly, I found our club station W1NVT logged as N1NVT and K1NVT and W1VT in some of the logs, especially some from Vermont! A rather large number of logs had the wrong band listed. Sadly, if you lost a QSO it might also mean you lose a multiplier as well. Some 30 QSO's were lost from the Vermont logs.


Vermont QSO Party Results: Outside Vermont Scores



VERMONT SCORES

MULTIPLIERS
          QSO   PH CW DIG          
CALL LOC CLASS PWR   PH CW DIG TOT PTS   ST PR DX CO CL ST PR DX CO CL ST PR DX CO CL TOT   MULT SCORE AWARD
HOST CLUB
W1NVT CHI HOST HIGH   1430 75 274 1779 2128   49 8 40 5 1 28 0 4 4 1 42   0     182   1.0 387296
SINGLE OP
K1VMT LAM SO HIGH   437 170 56 663 889   40 4 23 7 2 41 3 4 4 2 11 1 18 0 1 161   1.0 143129 1st
W1JXN CHI SO LOW   114 133 55 302 490   28 2 1 5 2 33 3 4 5 1 18 0 9 0   111   1.5 81585 2nd
KE1VT ADD SO LOW   268 132   400 532   34 2 9 3 2 37 3 5 3 1           99   1.5 79002 3rd
AA1SU CHI SO HIGH   368 33 90 491 614   43 2 16 5 2 11 1 4 5 2 18         109   1.0 66926 4th
W1SFR RUT SO LOW   13 214   227 441   4 2 2     44 4 9 5 3           73   1.5 48290 5th
KI1P WAS SO LOW       331 331 662                       44     0 1 45   1.5 44685 100Q
N1GB ESS SO LOW       219 219 438                       35     0 1 36   1.5 23652 100Q
N1SP BEN SO LOW   122 41   163 204   36 3 1 1 0 19   1               61   1.5 18666 100Q
W1JCR ORL SO LOW   230     230 230   34 1 11 2 1                     49   1.5 16905 100Q
N5WVR WAS SO HIGH   163   71 234 305   34 2 1 3 1           12         53   1.0 16165 100Q
K1BIF CHI SO LOW   82   58 140 198   27 2 2 1 1           11         44   1.5 13068 100Q
W1FP CHI SO LOW   2 0 145 147 292   1 0 1 1 1 0   0 0 0 25         29   1.5 12702 100Q
KB1FRW CHI SO LOW   42   89 131 220   12 1 0 1 0           17         31   1.5 10230 100Q
W1ECH RUT SO LOW     83   83 166             29 2 0 2 1           34   1.5 8466
K1IB WNS SO HIGH     104   104 208             32 0 2 3 1           38   1.0 7904 100Q
W1FNB WNS SO LOW       108 108 216                       18     0 0 18   1.5 5832 100Q
K1GMM RUT SO HIGH   178     178 178   24 2 1 1 0                     28   1.0 4984 100Q
KC1IFK CHI SO LOW   6   67 73 140   2 0 0 1 1           14         18   1.5 3780  
K1ARR WAS SO LOW   8 30   38 68   2 0 4 2 2 17 1 4 3             35   1.5 3570  
AC1EB ORL SO LOW   63     63 63   17 2 0 0 1                     20   1.5 1890  
K3MR BEN SO LOW   10 12   22 34   8 1   0   8 2 1 0 0           20   1.5 1020  
AB1DD CHI SO LOW       35 35 70                       7     0 1 8   1.5 840
W2HDI LAM SO HIGH   37     37 37   16 0 1 2 1                     20   1.0 740
W1TIM ORA SO LOW   6 9   15 24   4     2   6 2 1               15   1.5 540  
AB1ZQ RUT SO LOW   14   1 15 16   1 1 0 0 0           1         3   1.5 72  
MULTI OP
N1GVT-R MOB MO LOW   75 45   120 165   27 0 1 3 1 21 2 1 2             58   1.5 14355 1st
K1BIF-R MOB MO LOW   29     29 29   12 1 3 3 1                     20   1.5 870  
CALL LOC CLASS PWR   PH CW DIG TOT PTS   ST PR DX CO CL ST PR DX CO CL ST PR DX CO CL TOT   MULT SCORE AWARD
3697 1081 1599 6377



How To Read The Score Table

  • CALL - Callsign Used in the Contest
  • LOC - Location (Vermont County)
  • CLASS - Classification:
    • SO - Single Op
    • MO - Multi op
    • HOST - Host Club
  • PWR - QRP: Under 5w; LOW: 5-150w; HIGH: Over 150w
  • QSOs
    • PH - Number of Phone QSOs
    • CW - Number of CW QSOs
    • DIG - Number of Digital (PSK, PKT, RTTY) QSOs
    • TOT - Number number QSOs
    • PTS - Point Total of QSOs (Phone-1; CW/Digital-2
  • Multipliers
    • ST - Number of State Multipliers (VT Only); Total:50
    • PR - Number of Canadian Multipliers (VT Only); Total:13
    • DX - Number of DX Multipliers (VT Only)
    • CO - Number of VT County Multipliers; Total:14
    • CL - Number of VT Club Mulipliers; Total:3 (W1NVT, W1JXN, N1GVT)
    • TOT - Total Number of Multipliers
    Note: FT8 mults (Grids divided 4) shown under DIG - ST
  • PWR - Power Multiplier: QRP-2.0; LOW-1.5; HIGH-1.0
  • SCORE
  • AWARD - Awards Qualified For


 

Other Vermont Stations Heard

  
AB1WG  FN34 (CHI)
K1LJL  FN34 (CHI)
K1SNO  LAM    
KA2PTE BEN
KA1PXZ ORL    
KB1MDC GRA
KB1ODO FN33 (RUT)    
KC1APK CHI 
KC1DPM WAS   
KC1IDJ ORL    
N1NPQ  RUT    
N1RCX  CHI    
N1XSS  WNS   
W1ETV  CHI
W1IL   CHI    
W1IRR  RUT    
W1OKH  CHI
W1SBW  FN33 (RUT)
W1TAM  CHI
W4YFJ  CHI
WA2MDF CHI
WB2WFJ RUT
WE1H   FN33 (RUT)
  










Vermont QSO Party Results Continue: Outside Vermont Scores



SOAPBOX

Loved FT8 - Steady QSO Rate during on air times. (N1GB)
Had fun but wasn't able to operate as much as in the past. 20M had a lot of QSB but pretty good at times. Heard NVT a couple of times but they could not hear me. (N1SP)
Wish I had more time to operate on Suberb Owl Sunday! (W1JXN)
Maybe if the VTQP were in June I might consider doing the "rover" bit again. (K1BIF)



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