This weekend is the Wisconsin QSO Party.
In the various magazines and newsletters, you will see announcements like this:
Wisconsin QSO Party — Phone/CW, sponsored by the West Allis RAC from 1800Z Mar 11-0100Z Mar 12. Frequencies (MHz): CW 3.550, 3.705, 7.050, 14.050 and 21-440; Phone 3.890, 7.230, 14.290, 21.350, 28.400, 50-440 — no repeater QSOs. Categories: SO, MS, MM and Mobile. No county line operations. Exchange: S/P/C or WI county. QSO points: Phone — 1 point, CW — 2 points. Score: Power mult × QSO points × WI counties (max 72); WI stations use QSO points × WI counties + S/P/C, WI mobiles/portables add 500 bonus points for county with 12 or more QSOs. Power multiplier: ×2 ( 150 W). For more information: http://www.warac.org. Logs due April 13 to firstname.lastname@example.org or Wisconsin QSO Party, West Allis RAC, PO Box 1072, Milwaukee, WI 5320
Whew… translation please!
More simply put, the West Allis (a Milwaukee Metro City) Radio Amateur Club is sponsoring a sort of mini-contest where amateurs try to contact and log as many Wisconsin Counties as possible.
To Quote the West Allis RAC:
2007 WISCONSIN QSO PARTY RULES
DATE/TIME: 1800Z MARCH 11 – 0100Z MARCH 12, 2007
Local Time: March 11 – 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM CDST
Note: This is the first day of Daylight Savings Time!
MODES: CW and Phone. All stations may be worked once per mode on
each band. In addition, mobiles may be worked once per mode
per Wisconsin county that they operate from.
Mobiles cannot sit on a county line.
Single Operator Fixed Multi Operator Fixed Multi Xmtr/Multi Op Fixed
Single Operator Mobile Multi Operator Mobile Multi Xmtr/Multi Op Mobile
Single Operator Novice Single Operator Tech Multi Operator Tech
POWER LEVEL: High (over 150W), Low (5 to 150 watts), QRP (less than 5 watts).
(Choose only one.)
EXCHANGE: Wisconsin stations send county.
Non-Wisconsin stations send state or province or country.
CW: 3550, 3705, 7050, 7125, 14050, 15M CW, 10M CW, 6M CW, 2M CW
Phone: 3890, 7230, 14290, 21350, 28400, 6M SSB & FM, 2M SSB & FM
** ALL amateur bands and modes, where contesting is not prohibited, may be used.
Phone contacts count 1 QSO Point; CW contacts count 2 QSO Points. No Repeater QSOs.
Multiply CW + phone points by Power Level multiplier to determine CONTACT POINTS.
WISCONSIN STATIONS: Multiply CONTACT points by the sum of Wisconsin
counties (max. 72), plus states (max. 50) plus Canadian provinces (max. 13)
worked. Note: DX countries worked count for QSO points but not as multipliers.
NON-WISCONSIN STATIONS: Multiply CONTACT points by the number of Wisconsin
counties worked (max.72). Note: Only Wisconsin contacts count.
BONUS: WISCONSIN MOBILES/PORTABLES: Add 500 bonus points for each county
that you operate from, outside your home county, with a minimum of
12 QSOs per county to qualify.
LOGS: Entries must contain a log consisting of: Time (GMT), call, band,
state/province, Wisconsin county, mode and a complete Score Summary
including YOUR name, address and call. Circle new multipliers as
worked. Logs containing more than 200 QSOs must be accompanied by a
dupe sheet (separate dupe sheet for each mode). Mobile entries must
indicate county changes in log. Paper entries must be postmarked
by April 11, 2007 and sent to:
WISCONSIN QSO PARTY
WEST ALLIS RADIO AMATEUR CLUB
P. O. BOX 1072
MILWAUKEE, WI 53201
Wisconsin stations have 135 multipliers – Wisconsin’s 72 Counties, the 50 States, and the 13 Canadian provinces. CW Contacts count for 2, where SSB do not.
Outside of Wisconsin only the 72 Wisconsin Counties are multipliers, as the other multipliers don’t apply, but of course the doubling for CW stands.
I’m sure I will get K9ZW on the air for part of the QSO party, though likely only a couple hours. Another commitment to play a gig will take me off the air for the second half.
Hope to meet you on the air during the WI QSO party!
Note: Watch out on times, as the 11th is our first day of the revised Daylight Savings Time observance.