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49th Running Of The CQP!
1600 UTC October 4, 2014 to 2200 UTC October 5, 2014

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CQP Multipliers

CA County Multipliers for Out-of-State Participants (58)

ALAM
Alameda
MARN
Marin
SMAT
San Mateo
ALPI
Alpine
MARP
Mariposa
SBAR
Santa Barbara
AMAD
Amador
MEND
Mendocino
SCLA
Santa Clara
BUTT
Butte
MERC
Merced
SCRU
Santa Cruz
CALA
Calaveras
MODO
Modoc
SHAS
Shasta
COLU
Colusa
MONO
Mono
SIER
Sierra
CCOS
Contra Costa
MONT
Monterey
SISK
Siskiyou
DELN
Del Norte
NAPA
Napa
SOLA
Solano
ELDO
El Dorado
NEVA
Nevada
SONO
Sonoma
FRES
Fresno
ORAN
Orange
STAN
Stanislaus
GLEN
Glenn
PLAC
Placer
SUTT
Sutter
HUMB
Humboldt
PLUM
Plumas
TEHA
Tehama
IMPE
Imperial
RIVE
Riverside
TRIN
Trinity
INYO
Inyo
SACR
Sacramento
TULA
Tulare
KERN
Kern
SBEN
San Benito
TUOL
Tuolumne
KING
Kings
SBER
San Bernardino
VENT
Ventura
LAKE
Lake
SDIE
San Diego
YOLO
Yolo
LASS
Lassen
SFRA
San Francisco
YUBA
Yuba
LANG
Los Angeles
SJOA
San Joaquin
MADE
Madera
SLUI
San Luis Obispo

USA/Canada Multipliers for California Participants (58)

AL Alabama MI Michigan TX Texas
AK Alaska MN Minnesota UT Utah
AZ Arizona MS Mississippi VT Vermont
AR Arkansas MO Missouri VA Virginia
CA Invalid - must log CA county MT Montana WA Washington
CO Colorado NE Nebraska WV West Virginia
CT Connecticut NV Nevada WI Wisconsin
DE Delaware NH New Hampshire WY Wyoming
FL Florida NJ New Jersey
GA Georgia NM New Mexico MR Maritime, Newfoundland & Labrador (NB, NL, NS, PE)
HI Hawaii NY New York
ID Idaho NC North Carolina
IL Illinois ND North Dakota
IN Indiana OH Ohio QC Quebec
IA Iowa OK Oklahoma ON Ontario
KS Kansas OR Oregon MB Manitoba
KY Kentucky PA Pennsylvania SK Saskatchewan
LA Louisiana RI Rhode Island AB Alberta
ME Maine SC South Carolina BC British Columbia
MD Maryland & DC SD South Dakota NT Northern Territories(NT, NU, YT)
MA Massachusetts TN Tennessee

DX: all other locations – DX is not a mult, but QSO credit for California participants.

Multiplier “Rules” California QSO Party (CQP)

First and foremost we want the multipliers to be “easy to remember” and somewhat “mistake proof” for both casual contesters and experienced contesters.  

Rules for the 4-character “County Multipliers for Out-of-State Entries” (58 CA counties)

Use the first 4 characters of the county name to make them unique

  • This rule is broken for Contra Costa (CCOS) and Los Angeles (LANG)

  • Marin (MARN) and Mariposa (MARP) counties are not unique in 4 characters

  • If the county name is one of the 10 counties that start with “San” or “Santa” abbreviate that part to a single “S

Rules for the 2-character “USA/Canada Multipliers for California Entries” (USA 50, Canada 8)

Use the US and Canada postal abbreviation

Historical Note from W6OAT

Information from Rusty, W6OAT, on how the 8 Canadian mults were set up when he revamped the California QSO Party (CQP) rules in 1975:

“Back in the mid-1970s, there were eight Canadian multipliers in the ARRL SS contest. They were MAR-NFLD, QUE, ONT, MAN, SASK, ALTA, BC and VE8. Everybody was familiar with these eight and they were non-controversial.  Those eight, plus 50 USA states worked out to 58 mults. That seemed to correspond nicely with California's 58 county mults.  The balance between in-state and out-of-state multipliers just seemed like a neat thing to have, so we wrote the CQP rules that way.”

Common Multiplier Logging Errors California QSO Party (CQP)

There are common multiplier abbreviation problems that can potentially result in losing points. One type of problem is not entering enough characters to clearly specify a unique California county. Here are some common problems we have seen over the years.

County abbreviation problems

MON – This is an ambiguous abbreviation for:

  • MONT  Monterey

  • MONO  Mono

MAR – This is an ambiguous abbreviation for:

  • MARN Marin

  • MARP  Mariposa

SB – This is an ambiguous abbreviation for:

  • SBEN  San Benito

  • SBER San Bernardino

  • SBAR  Santa Barbara
    Note: SB is the abbreviation of the ARRL section “Santa Barbara”. This is fine for ARRL Field Day, but CQP is about California counties and “SB” is not quite enough letters to clearly distinguish it from the other possibilities.

State abbreviation problems

AL:  AL  Alabama state, not ALAM Alameda county or ALPI Alpine county
LA:  LA  Louisiana state, not LANG Los Angeles county or LASS Lassen county
NV:  NV  Nevada state, not  NEVA  Nevada county
OR:  OR  Oregon state, not ORAN Orange county

DX QSOs

DX QSO’s do not count for non-California participants. 

For California participants, DX QSO’s count for QSO points but not multiplier credit. There are no DX multipliers.  United States commonwealths, territories and possessions do not count as multipliers.  The preferred QTH abbreviation for any DX station is “DX”.  You may instead log the ARRL DXCC country abbreviation (e.g. G for England, DL for Germany, etc), but simply “DX” is easier for you.

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