Presentation on theme: "Virginia QSO Party Info and Highlights and Trends of the FARA Club and Members."— Presentation transcript:
Virginia QSO Party Info and Highlights and Trends of the FARA Club and Members
What is VaQP? Virginia QSO Party is a radio event and competition to activate and contact as many counties and independent cities within Va. VaQP is sponsored by Sterling Park ARC
What is VaQP? Event time: –Sat. Mar. 19 1800Z – Mon. Mar. 21 2100Z –Sat. Mar. 19 2PM – Sun. Mar. 20. 9PM
VaQP has multiple competition categories: –Operators: Rookie, Single, Multiple –Transmitters: Single, Multiple –Location: Fixed, Mobile, Portable/Expedition –Power: QRP, Low, High –Mode: CW, Phone, Digital, Mixed (All) –Bands: Single, Multiple, V/UHF only VaQP information exchange includes: –Sequential serial number for each contact completed –Section/Multiplier: Va cnty or city, State or DX (other countries) –Log date, time, band, mode, call sign, serial # snt/rcvd, section Rules and scoring: –You may contact a station once per band per mode –Points per contact: Phone=1, CW=2, Digital=2, Mobile=3 –Multipliers or sections include: Va. counties/cities + States + DX –Final Score = (sum of total contact points) * multipliers + bonus What is VaQP?
2010 VaQP Plaque Winners Single Operator Digital Mode –Karen Russo, W4KRN – 11,172 pts (114 QSOs) Single Operator Novice/Tech/Rookie –Ross Primrose, N4RP – 12,988 pts (143 QSOs) Virginia Single Operator Phone/Mixed QRP –Ross Primrose, N4RP – 12,988 pts (143 QSOs) Virginia Mobile Multiple Operator –Henry & Greg Moyers, K4G/M (KI4ZKI & KI4ZKJ) – 14,492 pts (208 QSOs) Virginia Single Operator Phone High Power –Dave Buckwalter, W4VA (K3SK) – 151,079 pts (749 QSOs) Virginia Single Operator Low Power –Andy Zwirko, KW4VA (K1RA) – 310,460 pts (1065 QSOs) Virginia Club - Virginia QSOs Only –Fauquier Amateur Radio Association – 712,533 pts (3,976 QSOs x 109 CCs)
Hints and Kinks Pre-Contest Mark your calendars Mar. 19-20, 2011 Check transmitters/amps power, tuners/antennas SWR Check receiver, microphones, headsets, Check and preprogram voice/cw keyers 2m Nets Wed/Sun eves – Run bands
Hints and Kinks Pre-Contest Familiarize self w/ logging software (N1MM, N3FJP) Check out FARA spotting page http://w4va.org/spots/http://w4va.org/spots/ –Or try and learn how to use a DX Cluster (telnet w3lpl.net)
Hints and Kinks Pre-Contest Set a personal goal –Number of contacts and multipliers (counties/cities + states + DX) Mobiles –Plot and publish course –Check terrain maps (avoid valleys) –Use Google maps and Andy K1RA Va county KML overlay All members send your plans to John KX4O Check out www.w4va.org for operating links, aidswww.w4va.org Ask questions and contact club members for help, assistance and advice!
Hints and Kinks Contest Weekend Have a contest plan and most of all have fun! –Set a schedule: time on and time off for, eating and sleeping –Sleep midnight – 6AM, low activity hours –80/75m mainly active dusk through just after sunrise –40m can be a great band all day long, morning, noon and night –20m good sunrise to sunset, make use for working DX –15/10m – will sunspots help these bands open during day time? –2m FM 146.55/58 frequent every ~15 mins, look for mobiles –If any band is slow, change bands, call CQ, search and pounce
Hints and Kinks Contest Weekend Work FARA members on all bands –Run the bands (band hop) and modes if possible –Phone 1865, 3865, 7265, 14265, 21265, 28365, 50165 –CW 1865, 3565, 7065, 14065, 21065, 28065, 50165 Russian DX contest overlaps until Sun. 1200Z (7AM) –Work and call DX stations to gain multipliers –Their exchange RST & Serial # (log multiplier as DX) Use spotting web page and/or DX Cluster to boost score
Hints and Kinks Post-Contest Save log and back up to second location Get a good nights rest Send copy of Cabrillo log to John KX4O Document experience and lessons learned Share experiences with club members via email reflector, repeater/nets and meetings Make plans for VaQP 2012 !
The End – Where To Go From Here Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club VaQP info –http://www.qsl.net/sterling/VA_QSO_Partyhttp://www.qsl.net/sterling/VA_QSO_Party –Rules, info, awarded and past results John KX4Os VaQP data base –Contact John via email for URL –Charts and graphs of club and member logs Andy K1RA VaQP County Operating Aid maps –http://www.k1ra.us/w4vahttp://www.k1ra.us/w4va –Counties and independent cities overlay in Google Maps and Google Earth