Georgia QSO Party


Rules


OBJECTIVE

For radio amateurs OUTSIDE of the state of Georgia to make contacts with as many SSB and/or CW Georgia stations in as many of the 159 Georgia counties as possible. Amateurs INSIDE the state of Georgia can make contacts with everyone. NOTE: Digital contacts aren't allowed in the Georgia QSO Party.

CONTEST PERIOD

The Georgia QSO Party is held annually the 2nd full weekend of April. There are two operating periods: 1800Z (2:00 pm EDST) Saturday until 0359Z (11:59 pm EDST) and Sunday and 1400Z (10:00 am EDST) to 2359Z. (7:59 pm EDST)

FREQUENCIES

Here are the suggested frequencies where GQP activity will take place:

Look for SSB activity on the hour and CW on the half hour.

CATEGORIES

ROVER stations may have a non contest operating driver, for safety, and remain in the Single Operator category. If the Rover driver operates at any time in the contest, that Rover is in the Multi Operator category and enters as (RM). Operating from a county line isn't allowed.

ROVER stations must move the entire operating site into the new county. Operating from a county line isn't allowed.

PORTABLE stations can only transmit one signal at a time. A station setup at a county line can give out one county at a time and then switch to the other county without moving their location. So say I'm KU8E operating at the Harris/Talbot county lines. I can only work stations using KU8E/HARR even though I'm parked at the county line. When I run out of people to work from that county or the rate slows (your discretion) I can than start working people as KU8E/TLBT without having to move my physical location. Please don't intertwine counties in your log. You need to operate at least 10 minutes from a county before you start making contacts from the other county. To make those who are opposed to county line operations happy I need to have a validation process. I'm asking those who operate portable this year at a county line take a picture on their cellphone to show they are actually at a county line. It could be a county line sign that shows your setup by the county line sign or a screen print from Google Maps that pinpoints your operating location. Note you can still operate portable from separate counties (not at a county line) if you want to. No proof is required from those type of portable operations. Please don't cheat because I can check your location using the street view option on Google Maps. I will need these pictures with your entry. Those can be directly emailed to gqplogs@gaqsoparty.com

It's suggested the ROVER and PORTABLE stations send their call sign followed by a "/" and the Georgia county abbreviation. For example KU8E/HARR if I'm operating as a rover from Harris county.

A specific call sign can only be used at ONE FIXED location. See exception to this rule above for multi-op entries.

NOTE: ASSISTED OPERATION IS ALLOWED - Nets , RBN and spotting clusters are allowed for all categories. Self-spotting is also allowed. You don't need to submit your log as ASSISTED. Submit it as SINGLE-OP

Click here for the Georgia QSO Party Spotting page. Note spotting networks and self spotting is allowed in all categories. (thanks N3IW)

CONTEST EXCHANGE

POWER CATEGORIES

MODE CATEGORIES

SCORING

CLUB COMPETITION

CABRILLO FILE SPECIFICATION

If you are a software developer creating a logging program this is the Cabrillo format we would like your program to generate.

Here is an example of what it should look like using KU8E as the callsign.

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
LOCATION: GA , STATE or DX
CALLSIGN: KU8E
CLUB: SOUTH EAST CONTEST CLUB <-- THIS SHOULD BE UPPERCASE LETTERS
CONTEST: GA-QSO-PARTY
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP or MULTI-OP
CATEGORY-MODE: MIXED, CW or SSB
CATEGORY-POWER: HIGH, LOW or QRP
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED or ROVER
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE or TWO
CLAIMED-SCORE: 42450
OPERATORS: KU8E
NAME: Radio Contester
ADDRESS: 1 Main Street
ADDRESS-CITY: Columbus
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: GA <-- Use the two letter US/Canada postal service abbreviation or DX. DO NOT spell out the US state. For example "GEORGIA"
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 31901
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: UNITED STATES
EMAIL: gqp@gqp.com
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6164.0
QSO: 14000 CW 2016-04-09 1805 KU8E 599 HARR AA3B 599 PA <-- NOTE: EACH QSO: LINE SHOULD BE SIMILAR TO THIS LINE. DO NOT ADD ADDITIONAL COLUMNS. ALL TEXT SHOULD BE UPPERCASE.
END-OF-LOG:
The QSO: line contains the following columns : BAND, MODE, DATE, TIME, YOUR CALL, RST Sent, QTH Sent, CALL Worked, RST Received, QTH Received. DO NOT ADD ADDITIONAL COLUMNS. ALL TEXT SHOULD BE UPPERCASE.
TRY TO NOT EDIT YOUR CABRILLO FILE. I would be OK to edit lines in the Cabrillo header but not the QSO: lines. Don't add additional columns. All text should be uppercase. THIS MIGHT CAUSE ERRORS DURING LOG PROCESSING. If I can't resolve problems with your log I will send you an email to submit a correct one. If you don't respond your log will be listed as a CHECKLOG in the final results


LOG SUBMISSION

Paper logs can be submitted to
John Laney, K4BAI
P.O. Box 421
Columbus, GA. 31902-0421

While we do still accept paper logs (they account for less than 1% of the logs we receive) it would be greatly appreciated if you would download one of the free logging programs and use it. ( for example N1MM Logger +) You don't have to use all the functionally of these programs such as interfacing your radio to the program. Both of these programs are easy to use. Then K4BAI won't have to manually enter your log into a program. Here is a guide on how to setup N1MM Logger Plus for the GQP.