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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
Multipliers count ONLY ONCE PER MODE. Multipliers consist of:
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|
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.
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|
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.
|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|
|PE||Prince Edward Island||VY2|