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The TEXAS QSO Party 2000

Sponsored by the
Northwest Amateur Radio Society (NARS)
in Houston, Texas


To provide competition for Amateur Radio Operators to contact as many Texas stations in as many different Texas counties as possible.

To provide county hunters the opportunity to contact rare Texas counties during the published contest time and in accordance with the rules of operation.


1. Operation will be permissible only in accordance with current FCC rules or your country’s rules.

2. The use of spotting nets, by way of repeaters, packet nodes, simplex operation; telephone or any other means is permissible in multi-op and assisted.

3. Operation on all bands and modes is permitted, except on 30 meters, 17 meters and 12 meters.

4. Stations may be worked once per band per mode.

4a. Texas mobiles may be worked once per band/mode from each county.
4b. Texas mobiles may work stations once per band/mode from each county covered.

5. The Texas QSO Party operating times will be from:

1400Z on the 30th of September

0500Z on the 1st of October

and from:

1400Z to 2000Z on the 1st of October 2000

Stations may work the entire contest period.

All logs must be submitted no later than October 31, 2000.

6. For purposes of clarification, separate logs may be submitted for each mode. Dupe sheets are required for all stations submitting more than 200 contacts.

Texas mobiles can use separate logs per county.


Non Texas stations use RS/T, State, Country, Canadian Province, or maritime region.

Texas stations use RS/T and County.


  • Single transmitter QRP
    (less than 10 watts phone and less than 5 watts CW and other modes)
  • Multi transmitter QRP
    (less than 10 watts phone and less than 5 watts CW and any other mode)
  • Single operator
  • Single operator assisted
  • Multi Multi
  • Multi Single
  • Texas Mobile Single Op
    (includes assisted)
  • Texas Mobile Multi Op
  • Novice/Tech
  • Club Aggregate


Non - Texas Stations:
  • Count two (2) points per phone QSO with any Texas station
  • Count three (3) points per CW and other digital mode QSOs with any Texas Station

Texas Stations:
  • Count two (2) points per phone QSO with any station
  • Count three (3) points per CW and other digital mode QSOs with any station


Non - Texas stations:
Your multiplier is the number of Texas counties worked.
A maximum of two hundred fifty four (254) multipliers is allowed.

Texas Stations:
Your multipliers are the number of states worked plus the number of Texas counties worked plus each Canadian province worked (13 total) plus each DXCC country worked excluding USA, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii.

All additional DXCC contacts worked count for points.

* Washington DC QSOs count as Maryland contacts.


Multiply the total QSO points times your multiplier to arrive at your final score.


Non - Texas stations:
Add one hundred (100) bonus points to your FINAL SCORE for every ten (10) Texas mobiles worked per band per mode.

Texas Stations:
Add one hundred (100) points to your FINAL SCORE for every ten (10) Texas mobiles worked per band per mode.

Texas Mobiles:
Add five thousand (5000) points to your FINAL SCORE per every five counties covered with at least five contacts in each county.

Add one hundred (100) points to your FINAL SCORE for every ten (10) Texas mobiles worked per band per mode.


Add bonus points to your Final score.

Texas Mobiles Scoring Example:

Worked 284 phone QSO’s and 50 CW QSO’s.

Texas mobiles may work stations once per band/mode from each county covered and all count as contacts for total QSO’s - but each state, Canadian province and DXCC contact only counts once each for multipliers even if they were worked several times from different counties covered.

284 phone QSO’s X 2 pts each = 568 pts.
50 CW QSO’s X 3 pts each = 150 pts.
568 + 150 = 718 pts.

Worked 24 Texas counties, 30 States, and 1 Canadian Province for 55 multipliers. 718 pts X 55 multipliers = 39,490 pts.

Operated from 31 counties in Texas with 5 or more contacts in 29 counties = 25,000 bonus pts. (Since you must have groups of 5 counties with 5 or more contacts each, only 25 counties with 5 or more count towards the bonus in this case).

Worked 10 Texas Mobile stations for 100 bonus points. (Each Texas Mobile worked only counts once for bonus pts, but counts as additional contacts in different counties and bands or modes).

39,490 pts + 25,000 bonus pts for working 5 contacts in each of 25 counties + 100 bonus pts for 10 Texas Mobiles = a Final Final Score of 64,590 pts.


  • CW 40 to 60 kHz up from the bottom of the band;
    Novice/Tech 30 kHz up

  • PHONE - 25 kHz up in General segments and 28.300 - 28.500

  • VHF - 50.200, 144.200, 146.55


The Northwest Amateur Radio Society shall appoint a QSO Party Committee whose responsibilities shall include the publication of the Texas QSO Party announcement in amateur radio magazines, journals, newsletters published by NARS and other publications deemed appropriate.

The committee shall oversee the receipt of logs and has the final authority to resolve issues relating to rules of the contest and the tabulation of aggregate club scores.

The Texas QSO Party shall also be responsible for the issuance of all Texas QSO Party awards.

Send logs and summary sheet via mail (paper or disk) to:

Texas QSO Party Committee
17007 Hillview Lane
SPRING, TX 77379

or by email to:

by October 31, 2000.

Results will be posted on the Internet contest reflector. On request, they will be sent via email, and via U.S. Mail to those who send a SASE with their request letter.

TQP is supported by:

NA Contest Software from LTA @ (216) 565-9950
and TR Contest Software @ (512) 416 -7010.


TQP Website:

Original rules updated 1/2000.
(Date of info: July 24, 2000) - Source: George W. Edwards, K5VUU
- President, Northwest Amateur Radio Society of Houston, Texas -
- Coordinator, Texas QSO Party -

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The 254 Texas counties are:

Anderson Andrews Angelina Aransas Archer
Armstrong Atascosa Austin Bailey Bandera
Bastrop Baylor Bee Bell Bexar
Blanco Borden Bosque Bowie Brazoria
Brazos Brewster Briscoe Brooks Brown
Burleson Burnet Caldwell Calhoun Callahan
Cameron Camp Carson Cass Castro
Chambers Cherokee Childress Clay Cochran
Coke Coleman Collin Collingsworth Colorado
Comal Comanche Concho Cooke Coryell
Cottle Crane Crockett Crosby Culberson
Dallam Dallas Dawson De Witt Deaf Smith
Delta Denton Dickens Dimmit Donley
Duval Eastland Ector Edwards El Paso
Ellis Erath Falls Fannin Fayette
Fisher Floyd Foard Fort Bend Franklin
Freestone Frio Gaines Galveston Garza
Gillespie Glasscock Goliad Gonzales Gray
Grayson Gregg Grimes Guadalupe Hale
Hall Hamilton Hansford Hardeman Hardin
Harris Harrison Hartley Haskell Hays
Hemphill Henderson Hidalgo Hill Hockley
Hood Hopkins Houston Howard Hudspeth
Hunt Hutchinson Irion Jack Jackson
Jasper Jeff Davis Jefferson Jim Hogg Jim Wells
Johnson Jones Karnes Kaufman Kendall
Kenedy Kent Kerr Kimble King
Kinney Kleberg Knox La Salle Lamar
Lamb Lampasas Lavaca Lee Leon
Liberty Limestone Lipscomb Live Oak Llano
Loving Lubbock Lynn Madison Marion
Martin Mason Matagorda Maverick Mc Culloch
Mc Lennan Mc Mullen Medina Menard Midland
Milam Mills Mitchell Montague Montgomery
Moore Morris Motley Nacogdoches Navarro
Newton Nolan Nueces Ochiltree Oldham
Orange Palo Pinto Panola Parker Parmer
Pecos Polk Potter Presidio Rains
Randall Reagan Real Red River Reeves
Refugio Roberts Robertson Rockwall Runnels
Rusk Sabine San Augustine San Jacinto San Patricio
San Saba Schleicher Scurry Shackelford Shelby
Sherman Smith Somervell Starr Stephens
Sterling Stonewall Sutton Swisher Tarrant
Taylor Terrell Terry Throckmorton Titus
Tom Green Travis Trinity Tyler Upshur
Upton Uvalde Val Verde Van Zandt Victoria
Walker Waller Ward Washington Webb
Wharton Wheeler Wichita Wilbarger Willacy
Williamson Wilson Winkler Wise Wood
Yoakum Young Zapata Zavala

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Please send corrections/changes/new rules/results to:
Jan-Eric Rehn - SM3CER

Copyright © 1997-2000 Jan-Eric Rehn - SM3CER
This page was created March 16 1997
Most recent revision July 26 2000
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