British Columbia QSO Party Rules

Sponsored by the Orca DX and Contest Club

February 7-8, 2015
Starts 1600z Saturday -- Ends 0400z Sunday


Helpful hints for BC stations

BCQP 2015 Weekend -- schedule of BCQP and other overlapping events (PDF)
Excel spreadsheet for operating multiple QSO Parties on BCQP weekend (XLS)

OBJECT
Stations outside British Columbia to work only BC stations in the 36 BC Federal Electoral Districts. Stations in BC to work anyone, anywhere.
CONTEST PERIOD
The contest starts Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 at 1600z, and runs for 12 hours until 0400z Sunday Feb. 8, 2015. Operators may operate all 12 hours of the contest.

FREQUENCIES & MODES
Contest bands: 160m to 10m, no WARC bands. Contest modes: Phone, CW, Digital (Any computer-to-computer mode is considered digital. Only one digital contact may be made with a station on each band.)
Suggested Frequencies (+/- 5 kHz or so):
CW - 1815, 3535, 7035, 14035, 21035, 28035 kHz. To stay clear of NA Sprint activity after 0000z consider 3570, 7070, 14050 kHz. Phone - 1845, 3850, 7230, 14250, 21300, 28490 kHz. (check for US General) Digital - Around the customary calling frequencies by mode. Note: No digital operation allowed on 1.8MHz.

Band Freq. (Khz) Band Freq. (Khz)
160M CW1815 160M PH 1845
80M CW *3585 80M PH 3850
40M CW *7035 40M PH 7230
20M CW *14035 20M PH 14250
15M CW21035 15M PH 21300
10M CW28035 10M PH 28490
* CW after 0000z consider 3570, 7070 and 14050 (due to NA Sprint CW activity)

Suggested CQ Pattern
CW & Digital: CQ BCQP de Phone: CQ BC QSO Party
CLASSES
Single-Operator, All Bands (SOAB) Multi-Operator, All Bands Modes: CW, Phone, Digital, Mixed Power: QRP - 5 watts or less; Low - up to 100 watts; High - over 100 watts.
GENERAL RULES
Use of packet spots, Skimmer is allowed in all classes. Requests to be spotted or self-spotting is prohibited in all classes.
EXCHANGE
British Columbia stations send: RS(T) and District (three letter abbreviation) Non-British Columbia stations send: RS(T) and state/province/territory or DX. Note: Hawaii and Alaska should be included under state, not DX. (Examples: enter a QSO from Hawaii as “59 HI” and a QSO from Japan as “59 DX”.
QSO POINTS
2 points for Phone QSOs 4 points for CW and Digital QSOs The same station may be worked for QSO points on each band on CW, Phone and Digital.
MULTIPLIERS

For BC stations:
36 British Columbia electoral districts (see multiplier list); 13 Canadian provinces/territories: NL, PE, NS, NB, QC, ON, MB, SK, AB, BC, YT, NT, NU; and US states, including Hawaii and Alaska. Maryland and DC are lumped together as MD.
For non-BC stations:
36 British Columbia electoral districts (see multiplier list).
Multipliers can be counted only once per band and mode. Example: A mixed mode op can count DRE on CW 20, Phone 20 and Digital 20 as well as CW 40, Phone 40 and Digital 40, etc.

SPECIAL BONUS STATION
Any QSO with the Orca DXCC station, VA7ODX, will be worth an additional 20 points. Bonus points are added after calculating QSO points and location multipliers.

SCORING
Total = (QSO points from all bands X total location multipliers) plus bonus station points

AWARDS: CERTIFICATES AND PLAQUES

(A) Certificates will be awarded to stations achieving top score by class, mode and power category in BC and outside BC. Plaques will be awarded to stations with top results in sponsored categories. (B) Special recognition may be given in the form of a certificate or plaque, as the BCQP Contest Committee deems appropriate, based on log submissions and content thereof. (C) Notes 1. To be eligible for a plaque, a station must submit a log with at least 10 valid QSOs. A valid QSO is one that contains all the required information. See REPORTING section below. 2. A station may receive only one plaque. For example, if the operator at the station placing first in BC is a YL, she will receive EITHER the YL plaque OR the Top Score BC plaque but not both. 3. Winning multi-op teams will receive one plaque and certificates for each member of the team. 4. Entry for Highest Team Result will be a maximum of five single-op operators. Pre-contest registration is required. Send team names and callsigns to bcqp@orcadxcc.org 5. Entry for Highest Club Score will require that club affiliation is clearly indicated in the station logs for respective scores to be allocated to that club’s aggregate score. 6. An interested party becomes a confirmed sponsor when payment is received by the Orca DXCC Treasurer. Only then may the sponsor lock up a sponsorship category. 7. Previous year sponsors have first right of refusal on sponsorship of their sponsored category in the next year. (D) Orca DXCC welcomes sponsorship by individuals, clubs and amateur radio–related organizations and businesses. A list of available awards and respective sponsors is provided at http://orcadxcc.org/bcqp_awards.html.

Please contact the BCQP Contest Coordinator at bcqp@orcadxcc.org if you would like to sponsor one of the open categories or if you have an idea for a different category that you would like to sponsor. All reasonable suggestions will be considered.

Plaque sponsorship may be revised at the discretion of the BCQP Contest Committee, based on the number of logs submitted and content thereof.


REPORTING

(A) Entries must be received (or postmarked for mailed-in logs) by March 8, 2015.
All entrants are encouraged to submit their logs electronically, preferably by e-mail in Cabrillo 2.0 format.
(1) E-mail. Submit your contest logs via e-mail to bcqp@orcadxcc.org.
(2) Regular mail. Send paper logs to

Orca DX and Contest Club
444 - 604 Columbia St.
New Westminster, BC V3M 1A5
Canada

(3) If submitting a paper log, please include a summary sheet. A summary sheet is not required for logs sent electronically in Cabrillo 2.0 format. Other electronic formats, please include summary sheet.
(B) Logs must show band, mode, date/time in UTC, calls, sent (signal report and BC Electoral District/Province /State/DX) and received exchange (signal report and BC Electoral District/Province /State/DX).
(1) Rules, summary sheet, and multipliers (three-letter BC Electoral District abbreviations and two-letter US state abbreviations) are available for downloading.
(C) Final results will be posted on the BC QSO Party section of the Orca DX and Contest Club website.

Cabrillo 2.0 format sample follows.

START-OF-LOG: 2.0
ARRL-SECTION: BC
CALLSIGN: VA7ODX
CLUB: Orca DX and Contest Club
CONTEST: BC-QSO-PARTY
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL LOW MIX
CLAIMED-SCORE: xxxxx
OPERATORS: VA7BEC
NAME: Kewpie Dawl
ADDRESS: 444 - 604 Columbia St.
ADDRESS: New Westminster, BC V3M 1A5
ADDRESS: CANADA
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger V10.2.5
QSO: 14035 CW 2013-02-02 1601 VA7ODX        599 DRE   K7CUL         599 AZ   
QSO: 14071 RY 2013-02-02 1604 VA7ODX        599 DRE   KL7/VA7BEC    599 AK   
QSO:  7228 PH 2013-02-02 1608 VA7ODX        599 DRE   KH6TU         59  HI   
QSO:  3552 CW 2013-02-02 1627 VA7ODX        599 DRE   VE7AGN        599 NND   
QSO: 14086 RY 2013-02-02 1629 VA7ODX        599 DRE   JA1ABC        599 DX 
QSO:  7036 CW 2013-02-02 1702 VA7ODX        599 DRE   VA7SPK        599 VAC   
END-OF-LOG:

Please submit logs electronically as a separate attachment. File name should be CALLSIGN.LOG and remember to put your callsign in e-mail subject.

Condition of Entry: Each entrant agrees to be bound by the provisions, as well as the intent, of this announcement, the regulations of his or her licensing authority and the decisions of the BC QSO Party Contest Committee.

Helpful hints for BC stations

BCQP 2015 Weekend -- schedule of BCQP and other overlapping events (PDF)
Excel spreadsheet for operating multiple QSO Parties on BCQP weekend (XLS)