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1600 UTC October 5, 2019 to 2200 UTC October 6, 2019
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Rules: 2019 California QSO Party (CQP)

Last Update: 24-June-2019 at 1200 UTC
Click HERE for a printable copy (PDF) of this Rules page.

Logs are due by 23:59 UTC on Monday, October 21, 2019.
Logs must be submitted electronically in Cabrillo format – paper, Excel, and ADIF logs are NOT acceptable.


DATES + TIMES

Begins: 1600 UTC - 05 October 2019     Ends: 2200 UTC - 06 October 2019

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 (Maximum of 58 Multipliers)
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)

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, Phone
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
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
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
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
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 AWARD CATEGORIES
Note: On The Log Submission Form, Please Check All That Apply

California County Expedition
(CCE)

A California 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 operating from a county-line send all claimed counties in a single exchange. (See county-line definition. See LINK for help with logging county-line stations.)

County-Line Definition: County-line stations operate with all radios and antennas within 150 meters (492 feet) of claimed counties and send all such counties in each exchange. Operators may rely on county line road signs, Google Earth or information obtained from a county surveyor’s office to determine the eligibility of a county-line operating location. Logs for county-line operations will be scored by individual county for county ranking, county records and CCE awards. (See for help with logging county-line stations.)
Multi-County Expedition
(MCE)

A Multi-County Expedition (MCE) is an operation from more than one location and more than one county. At least one of the claimed counties must be on the “most wanted list” published on CQP.org. At least 100 contacts must be made from each county claimed. Operating locations may include county-lines. Logs for MCEs will be scored by county for county ranking and records purposes. Note: The California MCE station with the highest total of county scores wins the County Hopper plaque.

MCE Examples: The MCE category definition is intentionally broad and includes many possible types of operations. These may include:
• Traditional county expeditions with an overnight move to operate in a new county on Sunday
• “Slow Mobile” with stops in each county to make a minimum of 100 QSOs, perhaps with non-mobile antennas
• Single operator who moves between two or more fixed stations in different counties.
This category is an opportunity to be creative with equipment and operating strategy.
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

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 beconsidered "your official" log. The deadline for submission of all logs is 23:59 UTC MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2019. If you have any difficulty with either submission method, please email a description of the problem to: info@cqp.org.

 
Option
Comment
Link

1. Use The CQP
Log Submission Form
Preferred Method
Please use this form
if at all possible. It's easy.
2. Email Your Log As Attachment Please consider
Option 1 First.
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 is a special vintage.  All entries qualify for the special CQP T-shirt -- no minimum number of QSOs needed.  The 2019 CQP T-Shirt color will be TBD.   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 address to ship to.  Send payment, $20 ($25 for DX entries), either via PayPal [using this email address: paypal@nccc.cc ] -- or a check to: NCCC, c/o Tom Carney, K6EU, 1545 Elwood Drive, Los Gatos, CA 95032.  All orders are due by January 31, 2020. NOTE: You MUST send that email order to shirts@cqp.org to trigger the order. If you don't, your order will not be processed.

CERTIFICATES - all entries will be able to print out a Certificate of Achievement.

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