Rules

Florida QSO Party Rules (FQP) Sponsored by the Florida Contest Group


DETAILS:  The Florida QSO Party
Object: Everyone works Florida, Florida works Everyone
Activate and work ALL Florida counties
Have as much FUN as possible!

Participate in the Worked All Florida Award (link)

       

FLORIDA QSO PARTY RULES


OBJECT:  For radio amateurs outside of the state of Florida to make contact with as many Florida stations in as many of the 67 Florida counties as possible.  Florida operators work anyone outside and within Florida.

CONTEST PERIOD:  Starts the last Saturday of April.  For 2021, the dates are April 24th-25th.

Two 10-hour operating periods separated by a 10-hour break period.  All operators may operate the full 20 hours. 

Saturday 16:00:00Z (Noon EDT) – Sunday 01:59:59Z (9:59:59 PM EDT)

Sunday  12:00:00Z (8 AM EDT) – 21:59:59Z (5:59:59 PM EDT)

 

CATEGORIES:

1) Single-Operator.  One person performs all operating and logging functions.  Use of spotting nets (operator arrangements involving assistance through DX-alerting nets, PacketCluster, Reverse Beacon Network, etc.) is not permitted.  Use of spotting assistance is reclassified as single operator assisted.  Only one transmitted signal on the air at any time.

2) Single-Operator-Assisted.  One person performs all operating and logging functions.  Use of spotting nets is permitted.  Only one transmitted signal on the air at any time. 

3) Multi-Single.  More than one person contributing to the score, such as relief operators or loggers.  Only one transmitted signal on the air at any time.

    Multi-Operator Fixed entries may be distributed within a QTH (FL County, State/Province, DXCC entity). Multi-Single and Multi-Multi distributed scores will be scored alongside in-person Multi-op scores for 2021.

4) Multi-Multi.  More than one person contributing to the score, such as relief operators or loggers.  Only one transmitted signal on the air per band at any time.  More than one transmitted signal may be on the air on different bands at any time.

    Multi-Operator Fixed entries may be distributed within a QTH (FL County, State/Province, DXCC entity). Multi-Single and Multi-Multi distributed scores will be scored alongside in-person Multi-op scores for 2021.

5) Mobile (Florida only).  

6) Expedition (Florida only).

7)  School (University, College, High School, etc.). Operation takes place from a station on campus. Operation from a club members home station is allowed only if there is no station on campus. Operators can be students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School. For award purposes, there is no distinction between Single and Multioperator or Power levels.

8)  Novice/Technician.   Operator(s) must hold a Novice or Technician license.

9)  Special 1×1.  Florida station with a single letter suffix as part of that year’s “Spelling Bee”.  Score is based on total QSOs.  No multipliers. Scores are not included in the Club Competition.

24th Anniversary Special Event Award-2021 FQP Spelling Bee!

We will have a total of 5 special 1×1 stations below whose suffixes spell SHARK. Contact all 5 of these 1×1 stations to earn this award. These stations will be on both modes full-time and should be very accessible. QSL these 1×1 calls active in FQP via KU9C direct or via LogBook of The World (LoTW). The call signs and hosts are:          


           N4S    N4WW     ORA

           N4H    N4UU      ALC

           N4A    K5KG      SAR

           N4R    N4OX      ESC

           N4K    NF4A      BAY

 Prizes: Beautiful color Certificates for top participants. Plaques for top finishing entrants.


10) SWL

11) Checklog. Entry to assist with log checking.  The entry will not have a score listed in the results.

Florida stations on a County line may be claimed as a separate QSO and multiplier from each County. County lines are defined per County Hunter guidelines http://countyhunter.com/awardmain.htm

Please indicate in your Soapbox if any of these apply: Novice/Technician, SWL, Rookie (licensed less than 3 years), YL, Under 25 years of age.

POWER:

QRP – 5W output or less

Low Power – 100W output or less

High Power – more than 100W output

Logs not specifying power output are entered as High Power.

MODES: 

Phone, CW, Mixed (Phone and CW)

If you want to enter on a single mode and make a few QSOs on the other mode this is perfectly acceptable and we treat the “other” mode QSOs as a check log.

No digital QSOs.

EXCHANGE:

Signal report (RS or RST) and location (as specified below).

Florida operators send county.  A list of abbreviations is here https://floridaqsoparty.org/counties/counties-list/

US (including KH6/KL7) operators send State.  Abbreviations are here https://floridaqsoparty.org/wp-content/uploads/State-and-Province-Abbreviations.pdf

Canadian operators send province.  Abbreviations are here https://floridaqsoparty.org/wpcontent/uploads/State-and-Province-Abbreviations.pdf

DX (including KP4, etc.) operators send DXCC prefix.  Maritime mobile operators send ITU Region (1, 2 or 3).

SCORING:

1) QSO POINTS: Each complete non-duplicate Phone contact is worth 1 point per band. Each complete non-duplicate CW contact is worth 2 points per band. No credit for a partial contact or duplicate.  A penalty of one additional QSO is assessed for an incorrectly logged callsign or QTH, or if you are not in the other station’s log. If that was the only QSO with that QTH, then the multiplier is also lost (no penalty multipliers, however).

Florida Mobiles and Expeditions that move to a new County are considered to be a new station and may be contacted again for QSO Point credit.

2) MULTIPLIERS:  A multiplier is counted once per mode, regardless of the number of bands on which it is worked.

For Florida entrants:  50 States (including Florida);  District of Columbia (DC);  13 Canadian Provinces NS (VE1), NB (VE1, VE9), NL (VO1, VO2), PE (VY2), QC (VE2), ON (VE3), MB (VE4), SK (VE5), AB (VE6), BC (VE7), NT (VE8), NU (VY0), YT (VY1); DXCC Countries (outside the US and Canada); Maritime Mobile (ITU Regions R1, R2, R3)  There is no in-state County multiplier.

For non-Florida entrants:67 Florida Counties. Florida Mobiles and Expeditions that change County are considered to be a new station and may be contacted again for multiplier credit.

3) POWER MULTIPLIER:

If all QSOs were made using 5 watts output or less, use a Power Multiplier of 3.

If all QSOs were made using less than 100 watts output, use a Power Multiplier of 2.

4) FINAL SCORE:  QSO Points X Multipliers X Power Multiplier

Exceptions:  Mobile and Expedition scores are based on cumulative QSOs and multipliers counted once overall.  Special 1×1 stations have no multiplier to encourage them to run.

SUGGESTED OPERATING FREQUENCIES:

These ranges encompass the Mobile Windows which are areas for Fixed stations to avoid CQing.  Contacts outside these frequency ranges are still valid.

CW:  7.020-7.045, 14.025-14.055, 21.030-21.050, 28.030-28.050 MHz

Phone:  7.185-7.245, 14.240-14.295, 21.320-21.350, and 28.450-28.480 MHz

No 160 or 80 meters, WARC or VHF bands.

Mobile Windows:

CW:  7.025-7.035, 14.040-14.050, 21.040-21.050, 28.040-28.050 MHz

SSB: 7.230-7.240, 14.265-14.275

Fixed stations (in FL and out of state) should not call CQ or run stations in these segments.

MISCELLANEOUS:

1) No cross-mode contactsCW contacts must be made in the CW portion of the band.

2) Use of a remote receiver/transmitter/antenna is permitted.  The entry location is the location of the receiver/transmitter/antenna. Operators may use multiple remote locations during the FQP, but not simultaneously.  No separate receiving sites are allowed.

3) Stations may be worked once per mode per band for a total of 8 maximum QSOs.  Mobiles and Expeditions may be worked in each County in which they operate.

4) No limits on band changes in any Category.

5) Club competition.  Entered as CLUB: in Cabrillo header.  Florida entrants who are members of the sponsoring club (FCG) are encouraged to enter with their local club instead.  The club aggregate is total QSOs (not total score).  Entries from Special 1x1s, Mobiles and Expeditions are not included.  In order to be listed in the results, a club must have more than one entry.

6) No self-spotting or asking to be spotted (except by the special 1×1 stations).

7) Please exhibit good sportsmanship and distribute your contacts among the various mobiles. “Cheerleading”, defined as working only one mobile as they change counties, is highly discouraged.  Extra contacts using your second callsigns are not given credit.

REPORTING:

No registration prior to the FQP is required, although Florida entrants are encouraged to post their intended operation here https://floridaqsoparty.org/counties/

All entrants are encouraged to submit their log electronically in Cabrillo format.  Log must indicate for each QSO the band, mode, date, UTC time, callsign sent, signal report sent and Location sent, callsign received, signal report received and Location received.  Specific Cabrillo details here: https://floridaqsoparty.org/wp-content/uploads/Cabrillo-Specification-V3-FQP.pdf

1)  Log Upload page (preferred method) https://fqp.contesting.com/fqpsubmitlog.php

2)  E-Mail to logs@floridaqsoparty.org

3)  Web Page. Entrants who do not use computer logging during the FQP are encouraged to use the log-entry web form https://www.b4h.net/cabforms/flqp_cab3.php to enter the QSO info from their paper logs.

4)  Postal Mail to:  FQP c/o Ron Harps K8NZ, 1997 Willow Glen Ln, Columbus, OH 43229-1550

Entries must be received (postmarked for mailed logs) no later than 14 days after the end of the FQP. For 2021, the entry deadline is May 10th.

Valid logs received are listed on the FQP web site https://fqp.contesting.com/fqplogsrcvd.php

Final results are posted on the FQP web site at https://floridaqsoparty.org/results-page/

All-time record scores are posted on the FQP web site at https://floridaqsoparty.org/records-page/

AWARDS:

1) Plaques are awarded for many achievements.  Current list of available plaques and sponsors here: https://floridaqsoparty.org/plaque-sponsors/

2) Downloadable certificates are awarded to many FQP entrants.

3) Downloadable certificates are also awarded to those who contact all of the 1×1 stations.  Log submission is preferred, but not mandatory.

CONDITION OF ENTRY:

Each entrant agrees to be bound by the provisions and intent of these rules, the regulations of his/her licensing authority and the decisions of the Florida QSO Party Contest Committee.