- When is the CQP?
The first full weekend of
- What frequencies are
160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters
- 1815 kHz
- 40 kHz up from HF band edge (3540, 7040, 14040, 21040, and 28040)
- 2m 144.200 MHz
- 1845, 3850, 7230, 14250, 21300, and 28450 kHz
- 2m SSB 144.200, 2m FM 147.54 MHz
- For 6m SSB/CW first try 50.135. If no activity, make short call on 50.125 then QSY back.
- What rally times are suggested?
- CW (all bands) at the half hour
- 160m at 0500 UTC
- 80/75m at 0300 and 0700 UTC.
- 6m at 2000 and 0400 UTC
- 2m at 2000 and 0400 UTC.
For Contest Rule Lawyers
- How do I log a station on a
Log all county names sent by the county line
station. If you are outside CA, you can count any or all of the
counties received in the exchange as multipliers. Some logging software
is cranky about accepting multiple counties in one QSO. The
preferred way to log multiple counties is to enter the first county as
you would any other QSO. Then enter the second county as a
separate, duplicate QSO. Remember, don't remove duplicate QSOs
from you log! If your logging program uses another serial number to do
this, that's OK.
1. The 10-minute
rule for CQP multi-singles explained.
Multi-Single is designed to be multi-operator effort
where the extensive equipment and antenna capabilities of a Multi-Multi
are not available. Or, it can be thought of as a team approach to
single-op contesting. The key constraint is having only a single
transmitting operator at a time. However, this single transmitting
operator should be allowed to have all the capability of a SO2R station,
so the classical 10-minute rule governing band changes won't work. The
CQP 10-minute rule (distinct from 10-minute rules in other contests) is
aimed at ruling out a thinly disguised Multi-Multi that technically has
no simultaneous transmissions through the use of an "octopus" or similar
2. What's an expedition?
Any operation from a temporary location using
temporary antennas installed only for use during the contest period is
considered to be a 'County Expedition.'
3. What's a mobile?
A mobile must be capable of legal operation in
motion. A mobile need not be in motion, but must be
street-legal (or Coast Guard legal if /MM). A mobile is not required to operate from multiple counties. And, finally, a mobile
is a single vehicle, not a caravan of mobile
4. How should a multi-multi handle serial numbers?
Use a separate serial number per band, and start
with 1 on each band. Note that some logging programs don't network
very well with serial numbers, so you might want to forgo networking in
the interest of simplicity.
5. What assistance
is a Single Op allowed to use?
None that involves other operators!
This includes packet, spotting networks, email alerts, Skimmers, etc. Any
such assistance results in the Single Op entry being classified as
Multi-Single. This is the long-standing definition of "Single Op"
for nearly all contests. Note that the 10-minute rule for
Multi-Single does not apply where it doesn't make sense, e.g., a Single
Op using packet.