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58th Running Of The CQP!
1600 UTC October 7, 2023 to 2200 UTC October 8, 2023
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CQP and Oceania DX SSB

The California QSO Party overlaps with the Oceania DX Phone contest and the exchanges are largely compatible, so CQP participants are encouraged to also enter OCDX. OCDX Phone runs for 24 hours, 0600 UTC October 7 through 0600 UTC October 8 2023 (Pacific Time: 11PM Friday through 11PM Saturday).

Some tips on entering OCDX:

  • The exchange is signal report and serial number. If you're working an Oceania station, please give them a signal report. For example if calling a CQ'ing Oceania station, you might say "59 number 123, Monterey County", so the exchange covers both contests. They can ignore the county if they aren't entering CQP. (No worries if your CQP logger does not provide a place to record signal reports; see below.)
  • There's no need to track separate serial numbers for the two contests; just give your regular CQP serial number for the OCDX contact and log their number as given. The OCDX contest is perfectly fine receiving a log with gaps in serial numbers as long as they're unique.
  • Remember that Hawaii is in Oceania, so you can get more OC contacts than you might think.

Club competition

OCDX is awarding a plaque to the North American club with the highest number of qualifying entries. A qualifying entry is one with at least 25 valid contacts. You can see detailed rules at the North America Club Plaque link. If you want to participate for your club, you should submit an OCDX Phone entry for the CQP weekend and also consider participating in the following week's OCDX CW contest (which is a separate entry—and if you get at least 25 contacts in both, it counts twice for your club).

Note for NCCC members: please use 'Northern California Contest Club' for your OCDX entry even if you used a different club for CQP. See below.

Log Converter

To make entering OCDX Phone easier, Bruce Horn WA7BNM has made a converter available. (Thanks, Bruce!) Simply submit your CQP log at this link and it will extract the OCDX entries, put them in a format suitable for that contest, and put you on the OCDX submission form with the draft Cabrillo file. The form also includes an optional field to override the Club (for example, for the NCCC scenario above), otherwise it will pass through the club you used in CQP. Please use the full name of the club in this field.

(The log converter lists '59' for all signal reports since those are not available in the CQP Cabrillo log. The OCDX committee has confirmed that their log checking does not compare signal reports, and that they have no issue if the signal report in the log doesn't match what was exchanged on the air.)

OCDX contacts prior to CQP start

If you make contacts in OCDX prior to the start of the CQP at 1600Z, here are two suggested approaches (assuming CQP is the primary contest you're working):
  1. The simplest method is to use your CQP logger for the duration of both contests, and use the log converter above to create your OCDX log. This has the advantage of keeping your serial numbers straight and only having one log to deal with. The disadvantage is that your mult tracking and claimed score for CQP may be off, but this won't impact your actual CQP entry. The CQP log checker will ignore the entries outside the contest time period with no penalty. When you submit your CQP log, you will get a warning that some entries are outside the contest period, but it will accept the others.
  2. If you expect to make a larger number of OCDX contacts before CQP starts or you just want to be more precise about your CQP claimed score, you can use a logger configured for OCDX for the first part of that contest, then when CQP starts, set that aside and log for CQP. Make sure you can get your CQP logger to start your serial numbers where you left off in OCDX so there are no overlaps. After the contest, create a Cabrillo file from both loggers, submit the CQP one as usual to CQP, use the Log Converter above on the CQP log to get the QSO lines for the overlap period, and combine the QSO lines from your OCDX log with those from the log converter (keeping whichever Cabrillo header you prefer). This is more complex, but will keep your CQP claimed score, mult tracking, etc. correct for CQP.

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