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::.  RULES

North American QSO Party (NAQP)
(Revised December 6, 2004)

Contest Managers:
CW - Bob Selbrede, K6ZZ (cwnaqp@ncjweb.com)
SSB - Bruce Horn, WA7BNM (ssbnaqp@ncjweb.com)
RTTY - Shelby Summerville, K4WW (rttynaqp@ncjweb.com)

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 1. Eligibility:

Any licensed radio amateur may enter.

 2. Object:

To work as many North American stations as possible during the contest period.

 3. North American Station:

Defined by the ARRL’s DXCC list with the addition of KH6.

 4. Contest periods:

January/February 2005 Contests:

CW: (Second full weekend in January)
1800 UTC January 8 to 0600 UTC January 9, 2005

SSB: (Third full weekend in January)
1800 UTC January 15 to 0600 UTC January 16, 2005

RTTY: (Last full weekend in February)
1800 UTC February 26 to 0600 UTC February 27, 2005

July/August 2005 Contests:

RTTY: (Third full weekend in July)
1800 UTC July 16 to 0600 UTC July 17, 2005

CW: (First full weekend in August)
1800 UTC August 6 to 0600 UTC August 7, 2005

SSB: (Third full weekend in August)
1800 UTC August 20 to 0600 UTC August 21, 2005

 5. Entry Classification:

a. Single Operator:
i. One person performs all transmitting, receiving, spotting and logging functions as well as equipment and antenna adjustments.
ii. Use of helpers or spotting nets, regardless of the mode of communication (e.g. PacketCluster) is not permitted.
iii. Only one transmitted signal allowed at a time.
iv. May operate 10 out of the 12 hours of the contest. Off times must be at least 30 minutes in length.

b. Multi-Operator Two-Transmitter:
i. More than one person performs transmitting, receiving and logging functions, etc.
ii. A maximum of two transmitted signals at any given time, each on a different band. Both transmitters may work any and all stations.
iii. Shall keep a separate log for each transmitter.
iv. Each transmitter must have at least 10 minutes between band changes.
v. May operate for the entire 12 hours of the contest.

 6.

Output power must be limited to 100 watts for eligible entries. Use of external amplifiers capable of more than 100 watts output is not allowed.

 7. Mode:

CW only in CW parties. SSB only in phone parties. RTTY only in RTTY parties.

 8. Bands:

160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 meters only, except no 160 meters for the RTTY contest.

You may work a station once per band.

Suggested frequencies are 1815, 3535, 7035, 14035, 21035 and 28035 kHz (35 kHz up from band edge for Novice/Tech) on CW;

and 1865, 3850, 7225, 14250, 21300, 28500 kHz (28450 for Novice/Tech) on SSB.

When operating on 160-meters, please respect the DX window of 1830-1840 kHz and keep SSB operations above 1840 kHz.

 9. Exchange:

Operator name and station location (state, province or country) for North American stations; operator name only for non-North American stations.

If the name sent is changed during the contest, as sometimes happens with Multi-Operator stations, the name used for each QSO must be clearly identified in the log.

 10. Multipliers:

Multipliers are U.S. States (including KH6 and KL7), 13 Canadian provinces / territories (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland / Labrador, Yukon, NWT and Nunavut) and other North American Countries.

District of Columbia counts as Maryland. Non-North American countries, maritime mobiles and aeronautical mobiles do not count as multipliers, but may be worked for QSO credit.

 11. Valid Contact:

A valid contact consists of a complete, correctly copied and legibly logged two-way exchange between a North American station and any other station.

Proper logging requires including the time in UTC and band for each contact. Regardless of the number of licensed call signs issued to a given operator, one and only one call sign shall be utilized during the contest by that operator.

 12. Scoring:

Multiply total valid contacts by the sum of the number of multipliers worked on each band.

 13. Team Competition:

You may wish to form a team with fellow NAQP participants. If so, your team must consist of 2 to 5 single operator stations whose individual scores are combined to produce a team score. Although clubs or other groups having more than 5 members may form multiple teams, there is no distance or meeting requirements for a team entry.

Teams must be registered prior to the start of the contest. Use one of the following on-line forms to register your team:

These team registration forms automatically provide confirmation of team registration by returned e-mail.

 14. Log formatting:

All logs containing more than 100 QSOs must be submitted as an ASCII text file, with one line per QSO. Cabrillo is the standard format for all NAQP logs.

For those participants who use paper logging, please use either the manual log entry web-to-Cabrillo on-line forms available at the links given below or the Excel spreadsheet template (available at NAQP spreadsheet) to submit your logs.

Paper log originals will be accepted from those participants who have no other means of submitting their log. Paper log forms are available on the NCJ web site (log forms) for the convenience of those who log on paper during the contest.

For a Cabrillo-formatted log, submit only the log file. Please confirm that your output power is properly stated in the header portion of the Cabrillo log before submission. LOW indicates the use of 100 W or less, while QRP indicates 5 W or less. Submissions that indicate the use of HIGH power will be used as check logs.

For a non-Cabrillo log, a proper entry consists of:

(1) a summary sheet showing the number of valid contacts and multipliers by band, total contacts and multipliers, total score, team name (if applicable), power output, name, call sign and address of the operator, station call sign and exchange (name and location) sent during the contest, and

(2) a complete log, including date and time (in UTC), frequency or band, and copied call and exchange for each QSO.

Name your files with your call sign (i.e. yourcall.log). Please do not send binary files produced by a contest logging program (e.g. yourcall.BIN, yourcall.QDF, etc.).

 15. Log Submission:

Entries must be postmarked no later than 14 days after the contest to be eligible for awards. Methods of log submission in order of preference are as follows:

  1. Upload Cabrillo-formatted log via web form (preferable):
    All modes: Upload Logs

  2. E-mail log (ASCII text file, or Excel file if template used):

    E-mail CW logs to:
    cwnaqp@ncjweb.com
    E-mail SSB logs to:
    ssbnaqp@ncjweb.com
    E-mail RTTY logs to:
    rttynaqp@ncjweb.com

  3. Mail 3.5-inch floppy disk, containing log file, to the appropriate address listed below.

  4. Manually convert paper log to Cabrillo log using one of the following tools:
    CW: CW Web-to-Cabrillo Form
    SSB: SSB Web-to-Cabrillo Form
    RTTY: RTTY Web-to-Cabrillo Form

  5. Mail original paper log to the appropriate address listed below.

    Send CW/SSB logs to:
    Bruce Horn, WA7BNM
    4225 Farmdale Ave.
    STUDIO CITY, CA 91604
    USA
    CW E-mail:
    cwnaqp@ncjweb.com
    SSB E-mail:
    ssbnaqp@ncjweb.com


    Send RTTY logs to:
    Shelby Summerville, K4WW
    6506 Lantana Ct.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40229-1544
    USA
    RTTY E-mail:
    rttynaqp@ncjweb.com

 16. Disqualifications:

Entries with score reductions greater than 5 percent may be disqualified. Any entry may be disqualified for illegibility, illegal or unethical operation. Such disqualification is at the discretion of the contest manager.

 17. Awards:

Plaques will be awarded for the high score in each of the categories given below, provided there are a minimum of five entries in the category.

If a plaque is not sponsored, the winner may purchase it.

Certificates of merit will be awarded to the highest scoring entrant with at least 200 QSOs from each state, province or North American country.

Certificates of merit will also be awarded to the overall second and third place finishers in the multi-operator category for each mode.

NAQP Plaques
MODE CATEGORY SPONSOR
CW Single Op, North America Florida Contest Group
CW Multi-Op, North America Texas DX Society
SSB Single Op, North America South East Contest Club
SSB Multi-Op, North America Tennessee Contest Group
Combined
CW/SSB
Single Op, North America Southern California Contest Club
RTTY Single Op, North America ICOM
RTTY Single Op, DX ICOM
RTTY Multi-Op, North America ICOM
RTTY Multi-Op, DX ICOM

Date of info: 30 December, 2004
Original rules revised: 6 December, 2004
Source: NCJ Web Site - NAQP CW/SSB/RTTY Rules
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NAQP Cabrillo Log Specification
(Version 1.1, January 22, 2004)

The following documents the Cabrillo log format
specifically for the NAQP contests sponsored by the NCJ.

Additional information about the Cabrillo format can be found at:
Cabrillo Standard Summary Sheet Proposal V2.0

The Cabrillo format consists of a summary section, followed by a section containing the QSO data.

 Summary Contents:

START-OF-LOG: 2.0

CALLSIGN: <callsign used during the contest>

One of the following category designations:
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL LOW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL QRP
CATEGORY: MULTI-TWO ALL LOW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL LOW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL QRP
CATEGORY: MULTI-TWO ALL LOW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL LOW
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL QRP
CATEGORY: MULTI-TWO ALL LOW

CLAIMED-SCORE: <optional claimed score as an integer>

CLUB: <optional name of club>

One of the following contest designations:
CONTEST: NAQP-SSB
CONTEST: NAQP-CW
CONTEST: NAQP-RTTY

CREATED-BY: <name and version of logging program used to create the Cabrillo file>

NAME: <contester’s name>
ADDRESS: <contester’s mailing address, use as many lines as necessary>
ADDRESS: <contester’s e-mail address if available>

OPERATORS: <callsign(s) of operator(s), space delimited, use @ as prefix of a callsign to designate station call>

SOAPBOX: Use as many of these lines as necessary
SOAPBOX: to contain soapbox comments.

 Cabrillo QSO Template:

                              ----------info sent----------- ----------info rcvd----------- 
QSO: freq  mo date       time call            name       qth call            name       qth t
QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn *************** aaaaaaaaaa aaa *************** aaaaaaaaaa aaa n
QSO: 14042 CW 1999-09-05 0000 N5TJ            JEFF       TX  N6TR            TREE       OR
000000000111111111122222222223333333333444444444455555555556666666666777777777788888888889999
123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123

Example single-op QSO entries:

QSO:  3500 CW 2003-01-12 0541 WA7BNM          BRUCE      CA  K6ZZ            BOB        CA
QSO: 14150 PH 2003-01-18 2120 WA7BNM          BRUCE      CA  K6RO            LARRY      CA
QSO: 28050 RT 2003-02-22 1834 WA7BNM          BRUCE      CA  K7WM            WAYNE      AZ

Example multi-two QSO entries:

QSO: 28000 CW 2003-01-11 1803 N5TJ            JEFF       TX  K6ZZ            BOB        CA  1
QSO: 21000 CW 2003-01-11 1803 N5TJ            JEFF       TX  WA7BNM          BRUCE      CA  2
QSO: 21000 CW 2003-01-11 1804 N5TJ            JEFF       TX  N6TR            TREE       OR  2
Last line of log must contain following:
END-OF-LOG:

 Complete single-op example:

START-OF-LOG: 2.0
CALLSIGN: WA7BNM
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP ALL LOW
CLAIMED-SCORE: 9
CLUB:
CONTEST: NAQP-SSB
CREATED-BY: TR Log POST Version 6.67
NAME: Bruce Horn
ADDRESS: 4225 Farmdale Avenue
ADDRESS: Studio City, CA 91604
OPERATORS: WA7BNM
SOAPBOX:
QSO: 28300 PH 2003-01-18 1805 WA7BNM          BRUCE      CA  WB0VBW          JOHN       SD
QSO: 28300 PH 2003-01-18 1806 WA7BNM          BRUCE      CA  NA4W            CORT       AL
QSO: 28300 PH 2003-01-18 1807 WA7BNM          BRUCE      CA  W9RE            MIKE       IN
END-OF-LOG:

 Complete multi-two example:

START-OF-LOG: 2.0
CALLSIGN: K6RO
CATEGORY: MULTI-TWO ALL LOW
CLAIMED-SCORE: 9
CLUB:
CONTEST: NAQP-SSB
CREATED-BY: NA Version 10.53
NAME: Bruce Horn
ADDRESS: 4225 Farmdale Avenue
ADDRESS: Studio City, CA 91604
OPERATORS: WA7BNM K6ZZ @K6RO
SOAPBOX:
QSO: 28300 PH 2003-01-18 1805 K6RO            LARRY      CA  WB0VBW          JOHN       SD  1
QSO: 21200 PH 2003-01-18 1806 K6RO            LARRY      CA  NA4W            CORT       AL  2
QSO: 28300 PH 2003-01-18 1807 K6RO            LARRY      CA  W9RE            MIKE       IN  1
END-OF-LOG:
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