The 63rd Vermont QSO Party will take place during the first full weekend of February 2021.
It will begin at 0000 UTC Saturday February 6 and will end at 2400 UTC Sunday February 7, which is a 48-hour period.
In local time, this corresponds to a start time of 7:00 PM EST FRIDAY night February 5th and an end time of
7PM SUNDAY night February 7th.
The VERMONT QSO PARTY provides the opportunity for Amateur Radio Operators to contact and exchange QSO information with Vermont Amateur Radio operators. All licensed amateur radio operators are invited to participate. Stations outside Vermont work Vermont stations. Stations within Vermont work everyone.
The discussion below is a summary of the QSO Party. Please download
The Official 2021 Vermont QSO Party Rules for specific rules.
The annual State QSO Party Challenge recognizes all radio amateursí participation in the U.S. State and Canadian Province QSO parties. It is open to any radio amateur who participates in any of the approved State QSO Parties. Participants must simply submit their scores to 3830Scores.com to be included in the Challenge. Go to
stateqsoparty.com for full details.
Most Vermont stations can be found in the FN34 and FN33 grid squares. Small pieces of Vermont also lie in FN32, FN44 and FN35. The contest manager will determine which FT8/FT4 contacts are valid Vermont contacts. Remember that stations outside of Vermont can only work Vermont stations for credit. Although not an exhaustive list, these are the Vermont stations most likely to be on FT8/FT4: AA1SU, AB1DD, K1BIF, K1VMT, KB1FRW, KC1IFK, KI1P, N1GB, N1FS, NQ1B, W1BD, W1FP, W1JXN, W1NVT.
Multipliers count ONLY ONCE PER MODE. Multipliers consist of:
Club Station Multipliers
Only approved Vermont Club Stations will count as multipliers. A club operation must inform the QSO Party Chairman no later than one week before the contest. A club operation must commit to operating at least 5 hours duing the event. Stations using their own call sign may not then use a club call sign to give out a multiplier.
Valid club multipliers for 2021: W1NVT W1JXN N1FS
|High Power||over 150w||x 1.0|
|Low Power||over 5w, under 150w||x 1.5|
|QRP||under 5w||x 2.0|
Phone: 80-15 meters: the first 25 kHz of the General portion of each band, 1850-1875 KHz, 28.400-28.425 MHz.
CW: 25-50 kHz from the bottom edge of each band.
VHF: 50.130 MHz SSB, 144.200 MHz SSB, 146.520 MHz FM.
Vermont activity hours have been scheduled to allow Vermont stations to find each other.
Please check these frequencies, as it is rough to work each other on 20m days and 40m nights.
|Sat 0000-0015Z||Fri 7PM ET||3850 KHz|
|Sat 1800-1815Z||Sat 1PM ET||7200 KHz|
|Sun 0000-0015Z||Sat 7PM ET||3850 KHz|
|Sun 1800-1815Z||Sun 1PM ET||7200 KHz|
|Sun 2345-0000Z||Sun 6:45PM||3850 KHz|
W1NVT (CHI) (FN34) [bonus multiplier] will be primarily on SSB Sat 0000-0100 Fri 7-8 PM 40M Sat 0100-0300 Fri 8-10 PM 80M Sat 1500-2000 Sat 10AM-3PM 20M Sat 2000-2400 Sat 3-7PM 40M Sun 0000-0300 Sat 7-10PM 80M Sun 1500-2000 Sun 10AM-3PM 20M Sun 2000-2400 Sun 3-7PM 40M There will also be CW and FT8 activity at various times, operator permitting. K1MZM (WAS) (FN34) will be on 0030-0230 on 3.520 MHz at the start and 1800-2130 Saturday on 7.020 MHz. K1VMT (LAM) (FN34) will be on CW mostly plus some phone during daytime and early evening hours. N1FS [bonus multiplier] will be mobile and on the air from all 14 Vermont counties. KI1P (WAS) (FN34) will be on all bands SSB and FT8. N1JEZ (CAL) (FN44) will be primarily on 20 meters SSB during the day and 40/80 meters at night. W1JXN (CHI) (FN34) [bonus multiplier] will be on most of the operating period with an emphasis on twilight and evening hours. He will primarily be on CW and FT8 with some SSB and RTTY, focusing on 40 and 160 meters. NS1DX (BEN) (FN32) is a multiop at K2LE/1's location at the Southern end of Vermont. They'll have a big signal and likly spend a good deal of time on CW. More info will be provided as we learn about it. Be sure to check the cluster for activity.
Contest log must be in Cabrillo Format! Most contest software will produce this for you.
The log must be in chronological order, from earliest QSO to latest QSO. Both N1MM and N3FJP (the paid version only)
will support the Vermont QSO Party. Other software is "USE AT YOUR OWN RISK"!
NEW FEATURE THIS YEAR!
If you made FT8 contacts, you can upload the ADIF file out of WSJTx in addition to your Cabrillo log and the robot will convert the ADIF and merge it into your Cabrillo log. This is a lot easier than in the past! MAKE SURE you only upload the portion of your WSJTx ADIF corresponding to the QSO Party (i.e. February 6-7, 2021). You will have to provide your correct Grid Square. If you did not make FT8 QSO's, then ignore this on the upload page.
The robot will quickly scan your log and either accept it or report errors. You can then modify your log file to fix
the problems and resubmit the log.
NOTE NEW DEADLINE OF 2 WEEKS!! The deadline for all submissions is February 21, 2021 at 2359 UTC or 6:59 PM EST.
Any software which automatically looks up call sign addresses is NOT to be used and any logs submitted in this format are not acceptable (Ham Radio Deluxe and N3FJP have this feature and it MUST be turned off!) Participants are expected to COPY ALL pertinent contest exchange information! If you have questions or issues with contest software, contact the Contest Manager at the above address, BEFORE the QSO Party.
DON'T MAIL LOGS directly, as these are no longer accepted.
|CONTEST||DAY/TIMES/HRS(UTC)||THEIR REPORT||YOUR REPORT||RULES|
|Minnesota QSO Party (MnQP)|| Sat 1400 - |
Sat 2400 (10)
|Name and MN County||Name and Your State||https://www.w0aa.org/mn-qso-party|
|BC QSO Party|| Sat 1600-0400|
Sun 1600-2400 (20)
|RST and BC Electorial District||RST and Your State||http://www.orcadxcc.org/bcqp_rules.html|
|NA CW Sprint|| Sun 0000 - |
Sun 0400 (4)
|Your Call, Their Call, S/N, Name, State (CW ONLY)||Their Call, Your Call, S/N, Name, State (CW ONLY)||http://ncjweb.com/north-american-sprint/|
|10-10 Winter QSO Party|| Sat 0000 - |
Sun 2400 (48)
|Name, 10-10# (or 0), State (10M ONLY)||Name, 10-10# (or 0), State (10M ONLY)||http://www.ten-ten.org|
|EU-DX Contest|| Sat 1200 - |
Sun 1200 (24)
|RST and EU Region||RST and ITU Zone||https://eudxcc.altervista.org/eu-dx-contest|
|FISTS Saturday Sprint|| Sat 1600 - |
Sun 1800 (2)
|RST, Name, State, FISTS # (CW Only)||RST, Name, State, 0 (CW Only)||https://fistsna.org/operating.html#sprints|
|Mexican RTTY Contest|| Sat 1200 - |
Sun 2400 (36)
|RST & Mexican State (RTTY)||RST & S/N (ask for their state!) (RTTY)||http://www.rtty.fmre.mx/reglas/Rules_FMRE_RTTY_2021.pdf|
|PE||Prince Edward Island||VY2|