PA QSO Party Frequently Asked Questions
- Where are the rules for the PAQP?
- Are all 67 Pennsylvania counties typically active?
- What are the rarest Pennsylvania counties?
- I will be active from Pennsylvania. Should I share my PAQP operating plan?
- Where are the types of stations (home, portable, mobile, rover, county line, single op, multi-op) defined?
- I don’t have contest logging software. What do I do?
- Can I make up my own abbreviations for PA Counties or ARRL Sections?
- Can I operate FT8, FT4, PSK, or RTTY in the PA QSOP Party?
- Is the use of spotting networks or self-spotting allowed in the PAQP?
- Should I work dupes?
- Should I remove dupes from my log?
- I made a mistake copying the exchange of station XXXXXX. The other station logged me correctly. Do I receive credit for this QSO?
- How do I log the time of the contacts in the contest?
- I do not have rig control, do I need to log the exact frequency?
- Can I change from multi-op to single-op during the contest?
- May I operate the contest using a single band?
- Who can call CQ?
- I'm in Pennsylvania, but my callsign does not reflect the third call area. How should I send my call during the PAQP?
- What is the “Mobile Window”?
- What is a Bonus Station?
- Do I have to submit a log to participate in the PAQP?
- Are paper logs accepted?
- What is "Cabrillo"?
- How are PAQP logs submitted?
- Do I need to provide a claimed score when I submit my log?
- Is the receipt of my log acknowledged?
- Can I correct errors in my log after it is submitted?
- What PAQP awards and certificates are available?
- Do you have rules that determine whether a plaque is awarded (other than the fact that a plaque category has a sponsor)?
- I won the XXXX category, but nobody sponsored the plaque for that category this year? Can I still get a plaque?
- I missed working all counties by one QSO! Can I still get the award?
- May I sponsor a plaque?
- When are the results of the PAQP made available?
- How is information about PAQP shared?
- Is there any cost to participate in the PAQP?
- Where should I go if I have additional questions?
6. I don’t have contest logging software. What do I do?
There are several contest logging programs available that support the PAQP. The most popular programs are N1MM Logger+, N3FJP, and WriteLog. Use the latest version to insure the best results. Also, integration of the contest logging program and radio are strongly encouraged.
7. Can I make up my own abbreviations for PA Counties or ARRL Sections?
No. Logged exchanges must conform to the standard abbreviations shown at https://paqso.org/pa-cntys-arrl-sects.html. Use of non-standard abbreviations will likely cause the QSO to not count in the final score.
9. Is the use of spotting networks or self-spotting allowed in the PAQP?
Yes! The PA QSO Party allows and encourages spotting in all categories. Self-spotting is permitted. Spotting may be performed via the DX cluster and/or the PA QSO Party spotting page available at http://qsopartyhub.com/paqp-spots.php
10. Should I work dupes?
Yes, please. There is no penalty for dupes, and a dupe in your log might be a valid QSO for the other station (e.g., the other station doesn't have you in their log).
11. Should I remove dupes from my log?
No. There is no penalty for dupes, and a dupe in your log might be a valid QSO for the other station (e.g., the other station mis-copied your call the first time).
12. I made a mistake copying the exchange of station XXXXXX. The other station logged me correctly. Do I receive credit for this QSO?
No, you will not receive credit for QSOs if you miscopied calls, serial numbers, or locations (county or ARRL section). The other elements of the QSO are equally important. For additional information see section 5 of the rules.
17. Who can call CQ?
Everyone can call CQ. Here are recommended (optional) CQ messages:
CQ PQP from AA3B
CQ PQP AA3B
CQ PQP from AA3B Mobile(Rover) in Berks County
CQ PQP AA3B/BER
CQ PQP from AA3B on the Berks/Lancaster County Line
CQ PQP AA3B/BER/LAN
Out of State
CQ PA from W1AW
CQ PA W1AW
18. I'm in Pennsylvania, but my callsign does not reflect the third call area. How should I send my call during the PAQP?
It is suggested that you add “/3” to your callsign to help participants recognize your Pennsylvania location. For example, NK8Q/3.
19. What is the “Mobile Window”?
The “Mobile Window” is a set of suggested frequencies set aside exclusively for the mobiles to operate in. Non-mobile stations should not call CQ or “run” in the “Mobile Window” to avoid interfering with the mobile stations. You are encouraged to look for the mobiles in the “Mobile Window.” Please see Section 4 of the PAQP rules for mobile window frequencies.
20. What is a Bonus Station?
The Bonus Station is a special operation selected by the PA QSO Party Association. These operations are often clubs that are commemorating anniversaries or other notable activities. Each valid QSO with the Bonus Station is worth 200 points. Please see section 11 of the rules for more information.
21. Do I have to submit a log to participate in the PAQP?
No, but the submittal of a log, no matter how large or small, contributes to the log checking process and is strongly encouraged.
23. What is "Cabrillo"?
Cabrillo is a specification intended to establish contest log formatting standards. Compliance with these standards facilitates electronic submission and checking of contest logs. Contest logging software will generate Cabrillo 3.0 formatted logs. The Cabrillo specification is available at https://wwrof.org/cabrillo/
27. Can I correct errors in my log after it is submitted?
You may re-submit revised logs via https://www.paqso.org/log-submission.php, as many times as you like, until the submission deadline. The last log you submit will be used for scoring. You may not revise your log once the submission deadline has passed.
30. I won the XXXX category, but nobody sponsored the plaque for that category this year? Can I still get a plaque?
Yes, you can pay the sponsorship fee and a plaque will be sent to you. However, you must submit your request and pay the fee on a timely basis following the posting of the results before we send the list of the plaque winners to the vendor that produces the plaques.
31. I missed working all counties by one QSO! Can I still get the award?
This is heartbreaking when it happens, but rest assured, it has happened to many participants over the years. We only grant awards when a participant has met the award criteria. This makes attaining the award that much more fulfilling.
34. How is information about PAQP shared?
- The primary source of information is the PAQP Website located at https://paqso.org/
- The PA QSO Party Association administers a groups.io list (https://groups.io/g/PaQSOParty) for sharing PAQP related traffic including operating plans. This groups.io list is open to all.
- There is Pennsylvania QSO Party Facebook that is typically active before and after the PAQP; signup at https://www.facebook.com/groups/934306010029725/
- An informal warmup net is held on the Friday night before the contest at 8:00 PM local time on 3910 KHz +/-.
35. Is there any cost to participate in the PAQP?
Donations are strictly voluntary and welcomed. These donations are primarily used to cover the costs of maintaining the PAQP information technology infrastructure and PA QSO Party Association sponsored awards. A list of all donors is available at https://paqso.org/party-donors.html