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50th Running Of The CQP!
1600 UTC October 3, 2015 to 2200 UTC October 4, 2015


Rules: 2015 California QSO Party (CQP)

Last Update: 07-July-2015 at 1500 UTC

Click HERE for a printable copy (PDF) of this Rules page.

Logs are due by 23:59 UTC on Monday, October 12, 2015.
Note - This is two weeks EARLIER than before. We want to complete all log checking earlier this year, so please note the new deadline.

Logs must be submitted electronically in Cabrillo format – paper, Excel, and ADIF logs are NOT acceptable.

DATES + TIMES:
Begins: 1600 UTC - 03 October 2015     Ends: 2200 UTC - 04 October 2015

OBJECTIVE:
Stations outside of California work as many California stations in as many CA Counties as possible.
Stations in California work everyone.

EXCHANGE:
1. California stations send QSO number and 4-letter county abbreviation.  
2. Stations outside of California send QSO number and 2-letter State, Canadian area abbreviation, or "DX".
 

QSO POINTS:
Each complete non-duplicate Phone contact is worth 2 points.  Each complete non-duplicate CW contact is worth
3 points
.   Although there is no credit for duplicate contacts, there's no penalty either, so please do not remove them from your log as they help with log checking.

MULTIPLIERS:
A. California Stations:
Count U.S. states (50) and Canadian areas (8): MR, QC, ON, MB, SK, AB, BC and NT where:
  • MR = Maritime provinces plus Newfoundland and Labrador (NB, NL, NS, PE)
  • NT = Northern Territories (NT, NU, YT)

    Maximum of 58 Multipliers

Note: Although the “CA” abbreviation is not used as a multiplier in this contest, the first valid CA county logged will count as the multiplier for California.  California stations must log all CA contacts with their 4-character county abbreviation; everything else as two characters, including "DX" for all stations outside of the U.S. and Canada.

B. Non-California Stations
Count all 58 California Counties for a maximum of 58 multipliers.

SCORE:
The finals score is the total number of QSO Points multiplied by the total number of multipliers (58 maximum).

QSO Points = (CW Qs x 3 pts) + (Phone Qs x 2 pts)
Final Score = QSO Points  x # Multipliers

MODES:  CW, PH

BANDS:  160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters

Suggestions:  CW on 1815 and 40 kHz up from band edge. Phone on 1845, 3850, 7230, 14250, 21300, 28450.  Try CW on the half hour; 160 meters at 0500 UTC; 80/75 meters at 0300 and 0700 UTC.

Notes:
1. All CW contacts must be made outside the Phone sub-bands except for 160 meters.
2: Stations may be worked once on CW and once on Phone per band.

CLASS ENTRY:
Single-Operator
Category
Code
Power
Output
#
Transmitters
#
Operators
Maximum
Operating Hrs
Single-Operator - High Power
SO-HP
> 200 watts
one
one
24
Single-Operator - Low Power
SO-LP
200 watts or less
one
one
24
Single-Operator - QRP
SO-QRP
5 watts or less
one
one
24
Note: Off-times must be a minimum of 15 minutes.  Use of spotting nets (operator arrangements involving assistance through DX-alerting nets, Packet Cluster, CW Skimmer, self spotting, etc) is not permitted. SO2R operation is perfectly acceptable.
Single-Operator-Assisted (New Category For 2015)
Category
Code
Power
Output
#
Transmitters
#
Operators
Maximum
Operating Hrs
Single-Operator-Assisted - High Power
SOA-HP
> 200 watts
one
one
24
Single-Operator-Assisted - Low Power
SOA-LP
200 watts or less
one
one
24
Single-Operator-Assisted - QRP
SOA-QRP
5 watts or less
one
one
24
Note: Off-times must be a minimum of 15 minutes. It is okay to use spotting networks, packet cluster, CW skimmer, RBN and other similar alerting arrangements, but self-spotting is not allowed. SO2R operation is perfectly acceptable.
Multi-Single
Category
Code
Power
Output
#
Transmitters
#
Operators
Maximum
Operating Hrs
Multi-Single - High Power
MS-HP
> 200 watts
one
multiple
30
Multi-Single - Low Power
MS-LP
200 watts or less
one
multiple
30
Multi-Single - QRP
MS-QRP
5 watts or less
one
multiple
30
Note: The single transmitting operator cannot be replaced before 10 minutes after their first transmission. There is no time limit on band or mode changes. Other operators can listen, spot, or perform any other station function except transmitting.
Multi-Multi
Category
Code
Power
Output
#
Transmitters
#
Operators
Maximum
Operating Hrs
Multi-Multi - High Power
MM-HP
> 200 watts
multiple
multiple
30
Multi-Multi - Low Power
MM-LP
200 watts or less
multiple
multiple
30
Multi-Multi - QRP
MM-QRP
5 watts or less
multiple
multiple
30
Note: There is no time limit on band or mode changes.

SPECIAL CATEGORIES
Note:
On The Log Submission Form, Please Check All That Apply

California County Expedition (CCE) A County Expedition is an operation from a temporary location using temporary antennas -- and operation positions installed no more than one (1) week prior to the contest period -- using temporary antenna supports (natural supports like trees permitted). CCE stations send only ONE county per exchange, including those on a county line.
Mobile "Mobile" means operating in or on a movable vehicle, independent of all commercial power sources, and able to travel at any time without having to disconnect any wiring or change any antennas in order to move to another location.  Note: California stations which change counties are considered to be new stations and may be contacted again for point and multiplier credit.  The Mobile station which makes the most total QSOs during CQP wins the Mobile plaque.
School School entries must use the appropriate school call sign and operate from the campus station if one exists.  Any school club member may operate including students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae.
YL Operator

Only YLs entering in single operator categories are eligible for the YL Operator award; those working as part of Multi Op teams are not eligible.

Youth Operator A Youth Operator is an operator who is younger than 18 years old in his/her local time zone on the last day of the contest.  Only Youth Operators entering in single operator categories are eligible for the Youth Operator award; those working as part of Multi Op teams are not eligible.
New Contester

-Open to any station in California who submits a log for CQP with at least 100 Q's.
- Must attest that they have never submitted a log with 100 Q's or more in any contest
- Station antennas limited to a single tri-bander and wire antennas or verticals and wire antennas
- Only Single-Operators are eligible for the New Contester Award, not a member of a Multi operation team.

CLUB COMPETITION RULES

Club Competition is encouraged.  Club members can submit their logs for the club competition by entering the club name in the Cabrillo file ‘club’ field.  

CQP is not an ARRL sanctioned contest so some CQP rules are different from the ARRL rules for club competition.  Many of these rules are meant to encourage county expeditions and mobile operations to insure that all California counties are well represented in CQP.  Please read these rules carefully before entering your Club in CQP Club Competition for 2015.

  1. US and Canadian clubs must be affiliated either with the ARRL or the RAC.  Other countries should abide by their own amateur radio club rules.
  2. These four large, regional California clubs are not eligible for CQP club competition: NCCC, SCCC, NCDXC, SCDXC
  3. Clubs without a geographical basis and which do not hold in-person meetings are excluded.  Such clubs include FOC, CWOPS, QCWA, FISTS, SKCC, etc.  If you have any question about your club's eligibility, please contact us at:   info@cqp.org 
  4. The definition of the “club circle” for all participating clubs regardless of size is 175 miles (280 km) in diameter--the same as the ARRL circle for large clubs--with the following exceptions:
    • County expeditions to sites outside the club circle may still contribute points to a club total
    • A club member who resides outside of the club circle but who travels to a station within the circle or who operates from a county expedition may contribute points to the club total.
    • Mobile operations which travel outside of the club circle can contribute points to the club total
  5. Points earned from multioperator county expeditions may be awarded Proportionately to a club’s total. 
    Example 1: if a multioperator county expedition has 10 members and one of those members belongs to Club X, club X may receive 1/10 of the points earned by that expedition.
    Example 2: If a mobile operation has two operators and one of those operators belongs to Club X, then Club X may receive 50% of the points earned by that mobile station.
    It is the responsibility of participants to inform contest officials of any proportional contribution. 
  6. Clubs should be selected on the CQP Log Submission Page.  Claims for proportional points must be made in the “SOAPBOX” field.
  7. Points earned operating from a fixed (i.e., non-expedition, non-Mobile) outside the club circle cannot be claimed for club competition.
  8. Entrants must be members in good standing of their respective clubs prior to the start of CQP competition.

LOGGING SOFTWARE:
For free CQPWIN logging software, and other resources, please visit the CQP Software Page:
http://www.cqp.org/Software.html

ENTRIES:
Please submit your log by ONE of the following methods.  Logs must be submitted electronically in Cabrillo format – paper, Excel, and ADIF logs are NOT acceptable.

If you need to correct something in your log, you can resubmit it. The last version of your log received before the log submission deadline, will be considered "your official" log. The deadline for submission of all logs is Monday, October 12, 2015. If you have any difficulty with either submission method, please email a description of the problem to: info@cqp.org.

 
Option
Comment
Link

Use The CQP
Log Submission Form
Preferred Method
Please use this form if at all possible.
It's easy.
Email Your Log As Attachment Please consider Option 1 First.
NOTES:
1. Regardless of the method you use to submit your log, it is YOUR responsibility to check our Logs Received page and verify that it has been listed.  You can check the CQP Logs Received server here: robot.cqp.org  The server is updated daily.
2. By submitting a log the submitter agrees that the log is a public document which may be released at the discretion of the Contest Sponsor.

AWARDS: 44 plaques (real lumber to hang on your shack wall)
Note: See CQP Awards Page for a complete llist of Award and Sponsors.


SPECIAL CQP WINE - The top 20 CA and top 20 non-CA S/O stations will receive a personalized bottle of NCCC Private Reserve California Wine.  Winners under the age of 21 will receive a non-alcoholic personalized award.

CQP T-SHIRTS - Like the wine, each year’s T-shirt is a special vintage.  All entries qualify for the special CQP T-shirt -- no minimum number of QSOs needed.  The 2015 CQP T-Shirt will be special to commemorate the 50th running of CQP   Place your order now for a T-shirt by sending an email to shirts@cqp.org stating the sizes and quantities for each size (M/L/XL/XXL), the call sign of the CQP operation, the call sign of the person placing the order, and the address to ship to.  Send payment, $15 ($20 for DX entries), either via PayPal [using this email address: paypal@nccc.cc ] -- or a check to: NCCC, c/o Dick Wilson K6LRN, P.O. Box 273, Somerset, CA 95684-0273.  
All orders are due by November 15, 2015.

CERTIFICATES - all entries will be able to print out a Certificate of Achievement.

CQP is sponsored by the Northern California Contest Club

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