2021 Virginia QSO Party – Let’s Do This!

Virginia QSO Party

SVARC welcomed Gordon Miller NQ4K back this year to tell us about the 2021 Virginia QSO Party, which will be held 20-21 March 2021:

– Saturday: 10 AM to Midnight (VA local time)
– Sunday: 8 AM to 8 PM (VA local time)

Gordon gave his presentation at our regular club meeting on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. CLICK HERE to see Gordon’s entire slideshow that includes stats about the Virginia QSO Party, maps, and interesting trends since it began. Page six shows some of the interesting questions they have received and the answers.

We had at least 30 members in attendance. In addition to the screenshot above, this screenshot shows some of our attendance:

The 2020 Virginia QSO Party had a dramatic increase in participation from 449 logs to 613 logs. The online portal for log submission greatly increases their ability to handle more entries and he strongly encouraged us to use this. With 19 log submissions, SVARC was #4 in the ranking of log submissions and #7 in the ranking of total contacts. Let’s see if we can improve those rankings! Pages 79 and 81 of Gordon’s presentation show these rankings.

  • CLICK HERE for 2021 Virginia QSO Party information. This includes links to everything you’ll need to participate, including lists of logging software. Gordon NQ4K reported that the two most popular logging programs are N1MM+ Logger http://www.n1mm.com and N3FJP Contact Log  http://www.n3fjp.com/. He said N1MM was a little more complicated but still popular. N3FJP may cost a few dollars but is easier if you’re not tech savvy.
  • CLICK HERE for 2021 Virginia QSO Party Rules. This is an important document to ensure that your log won’t be disqualified because you neglected to abide by the rules.

Here’s a list of all the possible plaques you might win. Page 16 of the presentation shows the plaques by participation, and some have so few participants that they could be really easy to win! Other ways to boost your score include using CW, working the mobile stations, and working the same stations with different modes. See “Scoring” in the second column of the Virginia QSO Party Rules page.

Gordon challenged us as individual hams, and as a club, to participate and try to win some of the many plaques available in a wide range of categories. Review the information and rules in the links above. Be sure to put our club name in the appropriate field of your log so SVARC gets credit for your contacts.