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52nd Running Of The CQP!
1600 UTC October 7, 2017 to 2200 UTC October 8, 2017
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Rules: 2017 California QSO Party (CQP)

Last Update: 17-August-2017 at 1900 UTC

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

Logs are due by 23:59 UTC on Monday, October 23, 2017.

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

DATES + TIMES:
Begins: 1600 UTC - 07 October 2017     Ends: 2200 UTC - 08 October 2017

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-letter 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 the bottom 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 on each of the 6 bands (maximum of 12 QSOs with any one station).

CLASS ENTRY OPTIONS
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.  It is not okay to use spotting nets (operator arrangements involving assistance through DX-alerting nets, packet cluster, CW skimmer, or self-spotting). SO2R operation is perfectly acceptable.
Single-Operator-Assisted
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. Self-spotting is not allowed.
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 are no time limits on band or mode changes. Self spotting is not allowed.
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
Note: On The Log Submission Form, Please Check All That Apply

California County Expedition (CCE) A Caliifornia County Expedition is an operation from a temporary location using temporary antennas -- and operating positions installed no more than one (1) week prior to the contest period -- using temporary antenna supports (however, natural supports like trees are 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, which is 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 Mobile stations which change counties or states are considered to be new stations and may be contacted again for point and multiplier credit.  Note: The California 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.
California New Contester

- Open to any station in California who submits a log for CQP with at least 100 QSOs.
- Must attest that they have never submitted a log with 100 or more QSOs in any contest
- Station antennas are limited to a single tri-bander and wire antennas or verticals and wire antennas
- Only California New Contesters entering in Single-Operator categories are eligible for the California New Contester Award.

CLUB COMPETITION
For CQP 2017 Club Competition, there are three new separate Size categories:

a. "Small" = the 10 highest scores from a club whose members who submitted their log in the Small category will count for this competition category.

b. "Medium" = the 35 highest scores from a club whose members who submitted their log in the Medium category will count for this competition category.

c. "Large" = clubs may combine the scores of any number of their members.

COMPLETE RULES FOR CLUB COMPETITION CAN BE FOUND ON THE CLUB COMPETITION PAGE LOCATED HERE.


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 either 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 23:59 UTC MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017. 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.


Deadline has passed

Email Your Log As Attachment Please consider Option 1 First.

Deadline has passed
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: 48 plaques (real lumber to hang on your shack wall)
Note: See CQP Awards Page for a complete list of Awards 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 instead receive a non-alcoholic personalized award.



CQP T-SHIRTS - Like the wine, each year’s T-shirt also is a special vintage with its color determined by the resistor color code.  It takes only 8 years to collect the entire set. The 2017 CQP T-Shirt color will be BLACK. All entries qualify for the special CQP T-shirt -- as no minimum number of QSOs are needed.   Place your order 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 ship-to address.  Send payment, $15 per shirt ($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 must be received by December 15, 2017.

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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