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Ontario QSO Party

The Ontario QSO Party is open to all amateur radio operators regardless of license class and shortwave listeners world-wide.



Saturday April 16th 1800 UTC
to Sunday April 17 1800 UTC 2005

(Always on the third full weekend of April)


For Ontario stations to contact as many amateur radio stations as possible on as many bands as possible world-wide.

For stations outside Ontario to make as many contacts with Ontario amateur radio stations as possible.


(Phone/CW) All HF Bands 160-10 meters
with the exception of the WARC bands.

All VHF/UHF Bands.

 Suggested Frequencies for Mobiles/QRP:

1.870, 3.735, 3.860, 7.070, 7.260, 14.130, 14.265, 21.260, 28.360 on HF SSB.

1.830, 3.530, 3.720, 7.030, 7.130, 14.030, 21.030, 21.130, 28.030 on HF CW.

52.540, 146.550, 446.100 on VHF/UHF FM.

50.130, 144.205, 432.105 on VHF/UHF SSB (or other appropriate VHF/UHF frequencies)

 Suggested Manner of Operation:

Work HF SSB on the hour, work HF CW on the half hour, work VHF/UHF (either SSB/CW or FM Simplex) at 15 minutes past the hour.

 Use of FM:

Operators can not use repeaters for either contest contacts or for soliciting contacts.
Please keep the FM Simplex calling frequency of 146.520 MHz clear.


  • Multi-operator
  • Single Operator Low Power
    (under 150 watts HF and under 50 watts VHF/UHF)
  • Single Operator High Power
    (over 150 watts HF and over 50 watts VHF/UHF)
  • Single Operator Single Band
  • Single Operator HF QRP (under 5 watts)
  • VHF/UHF Band-Restricted
    (for those with VHF/UHF privileges only)
  • CW-only
  • SSB-only
  • Mixed Mode
  • SWL
  • Mobile/Rover

A mobile station is a station that moves between multiplier areas operating from a vehicle (either stopped or in motion) only using antennas that have the capability of being used while in motion.

A rover station is a station that moves between multiplier areas but may operate using antennas that do not have the ability to be used while the vehicle is in motion.

Mobile and rover stations are encouraged to sign "/Rover" or "/R" as the case may be so that other operators can anticipate their moves to a new multiplier area.


Ontario stations send signal report and county, district, regional municipality or city in the case of the Cities of Toronto, Sudbury, Ottawa, Hamilton and Kawartha Lakes. The "Towns" of Haldimand and Norfolk are considered a single multiplier.

Non-Ontario stations send signal report and Canadian province / territory, U.S. state, or DXCC country name.


Ontario stations work everyone. Non-Ontario stations work Ontario stations only. Mobile/Rover stations may be worked again when they change multiplier areas. SWL’s only log Ontario stations.

Score 1 QSO point for each station worked on SSB per HF band.

Score 2 QSO points for each station worked on CW per HF band.

(You may work a station TWICE per HF band, once on SSB and once on CW).

On the VHF/UHF bands you may only work a station ONCE per VHF/UHF band regardless of mode. Score 5 QSO points for each station worked per band.

Score 10 QSO points for each contact made with ODXA club station VE3ODX and RAC Ontario club station VA3RAC. (You may work VE3ODX and VA3RAC twice per HF band i.e. SSB & CW and once on each of the VHF/UHF bands).

Ontario stations claim 1 multiplier point for each of the 48 multiplier areas worked on each band.

Ontario stations also claim 1 multiplier point for each Canadian province / territory, U.S. state and DXCC country worked on each band.

Non-Ontario stations and SWL’s claim Ontario multipliers only.

Total Score = Total QSO points × total multiplier points.

 Mobile/Rover Bonus:

Mobile/Rover stations add 300 bonus points for each Ontario multiplier activated.

To earn the mobile/rover bonus a station must make at least three contacts with three different stations from the multiplier area.

 Use of DX spotting networks:

There are no "penalties" of any kind for using DX spotting networks.


Certificates to the top scoring stations in each category and to the top scoring stations in each Ontario county, district, regional municipality and the City of Toronto.

Regional certificates will be issued to the top scoring stations in each region of Ontario i.e. Northern Ontario (postal code area P), Southwestern Ontario (postal code area N), Central Ontario (postal code area L) and Eastern Ontario (postal code area K).

Certificates will also be awarded to the top scoring stations in each Canadian province / territory, U.S.A. state and DXCC country.

ODXA "Clean Sweep Award"
This plaque will be awarded to the very first station who manages to make contact with each of the 48 Ontario multipliers plus VE3ODX and VA3RAC.

Naturally, if you have managed to obtain a "clean sweep" you’ll need to record the time in your log that this happened.

QRP Award
Thanks to Jeff Heatherington, VA3JFF and his better half there will be a special QRP Award in the Ontario QSO Party going to:

a) The top scoring QRP entrant from Ontario
b) The top scoring QRP entrant from outside Ontario

The award will be a 5 x 7" cross-stitched award in a frame featuring a checkerboard border, a graphic of a straight key, "ONTARIO QSO PARTY 2005", the winning station’s callsign in white against the black straight key... along with "TOP QRP" or "TOP NON-VE3 QRP".

Durham Radio Award
Thanks to Keith Carcasole of Durham Radio a special plaque will be awarded to the top scoring single operator station.

Radio World Award
Thanks to the folks at Radio World a special plaque will be awarded to the top scoring multi-operator station.

ODXA Newbie Award
Will be awarded to the highest scoring entrant who has not previously been an entrant in the Ontario QSO Party.

Frank S. Salter (VE3FRS) Memorial Award
Thanks to Ron Walsh VE3GO this award will go to the top scoring entrant from eastern Ontario (postal code area "K")

ODXA "Outside Ontario" Award
This award will go to the top scoring station from outside the province of Ontario.



Participants in the Ontario QSO Party can order a souvenir Ontario QSO Party Participants Package.

The package consists of a souvenir callsign t-shirt, souvenir callsign button and souvenir callsign "coaster". Cost for the package is $20.00 Canadian (including postage).

When ordering, please submit your t-shirt size (S, M, L, XL, XXL).

Please submit your OQP souvenir package orders directly to:

"Paul the Button Person"
72 Snowshoe Crescent


Entries should be postmarked no later than May 31, 2005.

Send your logs to:

(If you send to the old ODXA address, mail will be redirected by the Post Office, but it will result in some delays.)

Mailing address:
Ontario QSO Party
Ontario DX Association
155 Main Street North, Unit 313

E-mail logs are strongly encouraged. Please send them to:


Please include your snail-mail address with any electronic entries.

Please ensure that your entry includes the class you are entering in, and the multiplier area(s) you operated from.

Entry forms are available from the ODXA website at OQPForm. (Or even on this site)!

Entries are not invalid if the official form is not used but we would prefer that you do so.


Results will be posted on the ODXA website as they come in. Final results will be published in the ODXA magazine "Listening In".

Results may also be published in "The Canadian Amateur" depending on available space.

Date of info: 11 April, 2005 Source: Ontario QSO Party Web Site - Rules
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Multiplier list

( 48 Ontario counties, districts or regional municipalities )

A more detailed multiplier list can be found on the Ontario QSO Party Web Site.

Algoma District ALG NORTH
Brant County BRA S. WESTERN
Bruce County BRU S. WESTERN
City of Chatham-Kent * CHK S. WESTERN
Cochrane District COC NORTH
Dufferin County DUF CENTRAL
Durham Regional Municipality DUR CENTRAL
Elgin County ELG S. WESTERN
Essex County ESX S. WESTERN
Frontenac County FRO EASTERN
Grey County GRY S. WESTERN
Haldimand-Norfolk ** HNO S. WESTERN
Haliburton County HLB EASTERN
Halton Regional Municipality HTN CENTRAL
City of Hamilton *** HAM CENTRAL
Hastings County HAS EASTERN
Huron County HUR S. WESTERN
City of Kawartha Lakes **** KAW EASTERN
Kenora District KEN NORTH
Lambton County LAM S. WESTERN
Lanark County LAN EASTERN
Leeds & Grenville United Counties LGR EASTERN
Lennox-Addington County LXA EASTERN
Manitoulin District MAN NORTH
Middlesex County MSX S. WESTERN
Muskoka District Municipality MUS NORTH
Niagara Regional Muncipality NIA CENTRAL
Nipissing District NIP NORTH
Northumberland County NOR EASTERN
City of Ottawa ***** OTT EASTERN
Oxford County OXF S. WESTERN
Parry Sound District PSD NORTH
Peel Regional Municipality PEL CENTRAL
Perth County PER S. WESTERN
Peterborough County PET EASTERN
Prescott & Russell United Counties PRU EASTERN
Prince Edward County PED EASTERN
Rainy River District RAI NORTH
Renfrew County REN EASTERN
Simcoe County SIM CENTRAL
Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry United Counties SDG EASTERN
Sudbury District SUD NORTH
Thunder Bay District TBY NORTH
Timiskaming District TIM NORTH
City of Toronto TOR  
Waterloo Regional Municipality WAT S. WESTERN
Wellington County WEL S. WESTERN
York Regional Municipality YRK CENTRAL
* Formerly Kent County (as amalgamated 2001)
** Formerly Haldimand-Norfolk Regional Muncipality which was disolved in 2001
*** Formerly Hamilton-Wentwork Regional Muncipality (as amalgamated 2001)
**** Formerly Victoria County (as amalgamated 2001)
***** Formerly Ottawa-Carleton Regional Muncipality (as amalgamated 2001)
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This page was created March 15, 1997
Most recent revision April 11, 2005