February 2-3, 2019

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The 2018 Vermont QSO Party was another success. We received 28 Vermont Logs and 86 outside Vermont logs. Vermont stations collectively contacted over 6377 stations and participants outside Vermont claimed over 530 QSO's. Conditions were quite good on 20 meters and OK on 40 and 80 meters, but dead on the higher bands. There was a mediocre opening to Europe on 20 meters on Saturday morning.

This year, FT8 played a significant role with nearly 1600 out of 6400 QSO's made on that mode. There were 12 Vermont stations (out of 28) claiming FT8 QSO's and 4 stations were exclusively FT8. During the many times when HF condtions were poor, FT8 helped pick up the slack. Generating proper Cabrillo logs with the FT8 Grid Squares was difficult at best. This will be improved for next year.

A total of 33 certificates and 3 bottles of maple syrup will be awarded!

We have expanded our log checking and QSO's were removed for busted call signs, miscopied information and incorrectly logged band settings. So, if your QSO total doesn't exactly match what you submitted, it is likely the log cruncher took its toll.

Please send along any comments or suggestions to w1sj@arrl.net. Specifically, I am looking for comments on FT8 usage and scoring, and whether the club station should be dropped or expanded.

We'll look foward to doing it again next February!

2019 Vermont Results

2019 Outside Vermont Results

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.


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:
  1. 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.
  2. The number of FT8 multipliers (for Vermont stations) is the number of grid squares worked, divided by 4 and rounded DOWN.
  3. The number of FT8 multipliers (for outside Vermont stations) is the number of grid squares worked in Vermont (maximum of 5).
  4. If a station does not send its grid square, then it cannot be counted for credit!
  5. Digital contacts on modes not using grid squares (RTTY & PSK-31) will use states and countries as multipliers.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Multipliers count ONLY ONCE PER MODE. Multipliers consist of:

Vermont stations can use all of the above for multipliers.
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.

Power Multiplier
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.


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.


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 spotting networks!


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.


  1. E-Mail. Submit your contest log via e-mail to ranvvt@gmail.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!"
  2. 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.
  3. 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



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!
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 Zonehttp://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


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 VY
ON Ontario VE3
PE Prince Edward Island VY2
QC Quebec VE2
SK Saskatchewan VE5
YT Yukon VY1



March 17, 2019

Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont