delara newsDelaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH VOL 37 NUMBER 8
DELARA Contest Team
The Ohio QSO Party - On the HorizonObjective:For Amateurs inside the state of Ohio to make contact with as many Amateurs as possible both inside and outside of Ohio. For Amateurs outside the state of Ohio to make contact with as many Ohio stations as possible. Non-Ohio stations may work only Ohio stations, while Ohio stations may contact anyone.Period:The Ohio QSO Party occurs on the fourth Saturday of August. The contest period extends from 1200 EDT [noon] to 2400 EDT [midnight] (1600Z Saturday until 0400Z Sunday). All stations may operate the full twelve hours. The 2018 contest is on August 25th.Bands & Modes:CW and SSB on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. Stations may be worked once per mode on each band; i.e. K8MAD may be worked on both 40 CW and 40 SSB for point credit. Each station may be contacted 10 times (once per each of the 5 bands and once per mode on each band). Suggested activity frequencies.80m cw: 3.545 | ssb: 3.82540m cw: 7.045 | ssb: 7.20020m cw: 14.045 | ssb: 14.25015m cw: 21.045 | ssb: 21.30010m cw: 28.045 | ssb: 28.450Try 10 meters on the even GMT/EDT hours (16,18,20,22,00,02); 15 meters on odd GMT/EDT hours (17,19,21,23,01,03). Also, if you are within/close to Ohio, check 80m during the day light hours for activity.Entry Categories:SINGLE OPERATOR: One person performs all operating and logging functions. Use of spotting nets (i.e. PacketCluster,Reverse Beacon Network, Skimmer) is permitted for the purposes of encouraging contest participation. Only one transmitted signal is permitted on the air at any time. Single operator entries are categorized by output power:• QRP (5 W or less transmitter output)• Low power (more than QRP but less than or equal to 100 W transmitter output)• High power (greater than 100 W transmitter output).All single operator entries are classified as mixed mode.MULTI OPERATOR: Entries where more than one operator performs the operating and logging functions. Multi-operator entries may employ multiple transmitters simultaneously and are not categorized by power. All multi operator entries are classified as mixed mode.EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC): Ohio entries located at an established EOC site, activated by an individual or group. An EOC category entry may utilize permanently installed equipment and antennas, or equipment/antennas temporarily installed at the EOC for the event. EOC entries are not categorized by the number of transmitters, the power used, or the number of operators. All EOC entries are classified as mixed mode.MOBILE: Entries which are self-contained (radio, antenna, and power source) and capable of motion while in operation. Motion is optional. Mobile entries may have multiple operators and are limited to 100 W output or less and only one transmitted signal at a time. Mobile stations that change geographic area (counties for Ohio stations, state or province for others) may be contacted again for QSO points and multiplier credit. The geographic area (county) must be clearly marked in the log for each qso. Mobile stations may use APRS to announce callsign and QTH (announcing band/freq/mode is not permitted).ROVER: A station that operates from non-permanent locations in two or more counties. Use of any power source, including AC mains, is permitted. Operation while in motion between fixed sites is permitted. Rover entries may have multiple operators and are limited to 100 W output or less and only one transmitted signal at a time. Rover stations that change geographic area (counties for Ohio stations, state or province for others) may be contacted again for QSO points and multiplier credit. The geographic area (county) must be clearly marked in the log for each qso. Rover stations may use APRS to announce callsign and QTH (announcing band/freq/mode is not permitted).Exchange:• Ohio stations send RST and their Ohio county. (see official list of county abbreviations below)• Non Ohio W/VE stations (including KH6/KL7) send RST and their state or province. (see official list of state/province abbreviations below)• DX stations outside of W/VE send RST and “DX”.