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For amateurs outside the state of Idaho – to contact as many Idaho stations as possible.
For Idaho stations – to activate as many counties as possible, and work as many stations as possible both in and out of Idaho.
2. Contest Period:
Always the second full weekend of March. The operating hours are from 1900Z to 1900Z, a single 24
hour period. All stations may operate the full 24 hours.
A. Single operator. One person performs all operating and logging functions.
B. Multioperator – Includes those obtaining any form of assistance, such as relief operators, loggers, or use of spotting nets.
1) Multi-Single. Only one (1) transmitted signal on the air at any time.
2) Multi-Multi. May have any number of transmitters in operation, but only one per mode per band at a time.
C. Mobile/Rover. Mobile/Rover is a station that is self-contained (radio, antenna, power source) capable of motion.
This category is not limited by the number of operators for competition purposes.
There is a category for In-State and one for Out of State.
D. School (University, College, High School, etc.). Operation is to take place from a station on campus.
Operation from a club member home station is ONLY allowed if there is no station on campus. Operators can be
Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni from the School.
E. Special Events Stations (Idaho
Only). Each special event station will be recognized.
Note – Operators in all categories may change bands whenever they wish. There is no restriction on how long you must remain on a band.
4. Power. Three power output categories for all categories. Logs not showing
power output category will be listed as high power.
A. QRP - 5W output or less
B. Low Power - 150W output or less
C. High Power - more than 150W output
5. Modes: All entrants may operate one of the following categories:
A. Mixed mode (Phone, CW, Digital) or any combination thereof
B. Phone only
C. CW only
D. Digital only
6. Contest Exchange:
A. Idaho stations send signal report and county (three character abbreviation).
B. W/VE stations (including KH6/KL7) send signal report and state or province, no county required.
C. DX stations (including KH2/KP4, etc.) send signal report and DXCC prefix/country.
A. QSO Points:
Each phone QSO counts as one point, regardless of band. Each CW and Digital QSO counts as two points, regardless of band.
1) For Idaho stations, count each US state, Canada province, and DXCC country as a multiplier. A multiplier is counted
once per mode, regardless of the number of bands on which it is worked. Note: for mobile/Rovers- the rule mentioned
above will count for each county you activate.
2) All others work Idaho counties. Idaho mobile stations that change counties are considered to be a new station
and may be contacted again for point and multiplier credit. Idaho stations on a county line may be claimed as
a QSO and a multiplier from each county (2 QSO's and 2 multipliers). County lines whether land or water, are
defined per "County Hunter" rules. Mobiles should identify themselves by call sign / county. Mobiles use only
one call per county. An Idaho county multiplier can be counted once per mode, regardless of the number of bands
on which it is worked.
C. Final Score:
Multiply QSO Points by total multipliers. Mobile operations must submit separate logs for each county
activated; a mobile entrant's score will be the cumulative total of multipliers and QSO's. This will be determined by
the log checkers.
8. Suggested frequencies:
CW - plus or minus 35 kHz up. Phone - plus or minus 3855, 7.260, 14.260, 21.335, and 28.470 MHz.
Digital – use commonly accepted region of band. RTTY is most common digital mode, but use of all flavors of digital are encouraged.
A. Mobile Windows. Idaho fixed stations should not call CQ or "run" stations in this mobile "window".
1) CW 7.025-7.030, 14.040-14.050, 21.040-21.050, 28.040-28.050 MHZ
2) SSB 7.265-7.275, 14.265-14.275, 21.340-21.350, 28.480-28.490 MHz
these are just suggested frequencies, try not to cause QRM to QSO’s in progress .. only 160 - 80 - 40 - 20 - 15 - 10 meters
A. Call sign/exchange information must be received by each station for a complete QSO.
B. No cross-mode contacts are allowed.
C. CW contacts must be made in the CW portion of the band.
D. Stations may be worked once per mode, per band (and mobiles in each new county), i.e., NT4TT may be worked on
both 20 CW and 20 SSB for QSO credit.
E. Your call sign must indicate your DXCC country (also, portables in Hawaii and Alaska must sign /KH6 or /KL7).
F. Amateur Radio Clubs may compete, as per ARRL Club competition rules. Please indicate your club affiliation on
your summary sheet and/or log.
G. Idaho stations are encouraged to identify themselves by county, i.e., K7IQP/KOO (station in Kootenai County)
or NX7TT/JEF (station in Jefferson County) on CW / Digital, and “K7IQP slash Kootenai” or “NX7TT slash Jefferson”
H. For out of state operators, the number of Idaho counties (44 total) is the multiplier.
I. For Rovers in Idaho, scores are accumulated by county. You may work the same station from two counties for QSO points.
J. Repeaters are not to be used.
10. Reporting: see this link LOGS
A. Certificates will be awarded to top scorers in each Operator/Power/Mode category from each Idaho county, State,
and DXCC country. An additional certificate will be issued for the top In-State and Out-Of-State Mobile/Rover.
B. Special awards may be awarded at the discretion of the Idaho QSO Party Contest Committee.
12. Condition of Entry:
Each entrant agrees to be bound by the provisions, as well as the intent of this announcement,
the regulations of their licensing authority and the decisions of the Idaho QSO Party Contest Committee.
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