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)

 

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 2019, the dates are April 27-28. 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.

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.

5. Mobile (Florida only). A station (radio, antenna, power source) that is self-contained and capable of motion, although motion is optional. Mobile entrants are either Single-Operator (two classes as listed below) or Multi-operator (two classes as above). Make QSOs in at least two Counties. Scores for Mobiles are based on cumulative QSOs and cumulative multipliers.

5.1 Mobile Single-Operator (self-driven). One person performs all operating, logging and driving functions. NOTE – Operators are reminded that simultaneously operating and driving can be dangerous. Operators in this Category are encouraged to do so with utmost attention to driving safety

5.2 Mobile Single-Operator Plus Driver. The entrant performs all operating and logging functions and has a separate driver who need not be a licensed Amateur. The driver may not assist in any operating or logging functions. Please note the driver in your entry.

6. Expedition (Florida only). Similar to mobile, except that the station is not self-contained. This Category is for those entrants who erect a temporary antenna. Expedition entrants may be either Single, or Multi-operator. Score for an Expedition is based on cumulative QSOs and cumulative multipliers.

7. School (University, College, High School, etc.). Operation takes place from a station on campus. Operation from a club member’s home station is only allowed 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 Multi-operator or Power levels

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

9. SWL.

10. 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.

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

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.

US (including KH6/KL7) operators send State. Abbreviations are here.

Canadian operators send Province. Abbreviations are here.

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 contacts. CW 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.

6. No self-spotting or asking to be spotted except for 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. Also, please do not hand out extra contacts using your second callsign. Such contacts are not given credit.

REPORTING:

No registration prior to the FQP is required, although Florida entrants are encouraged to post their intended operation(s) for: Saturday and/or Sunday.

All entrants are encouraged to submit their logs electronically in Cabrillo format. Logs 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.

1. Log Upload page (preferred method).

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 <link> 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 2019, the entry deadline is May 12th.

Valid logs received are listed on the FQP web site.

Final results are posted on the FQP web site.

All-time record scores are posted on the FQP web site.

AWARDS:

1. Plaques are awarded for many achievements. Current list of available plaques and sponsors here.

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 for 1×1 “sweeper” awards.

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.