7th Call Area QSO Party -- Rules
1300 UTC Saturday to 0700 UTC Sunday (6 AM to midnight PDT the first Saturday in May). 7th call area stations work everyone, others work 7th-area stations only. Work stations once per band/mode. 7th-area mobiles (and those participating in other concurrent QSO parties or contests) may be worked again as they enter new counties. Rule changes are shown in bold italic.
- Single-op: high-power, low-power <150W, QRP <5W; CW, Phone, Digital, Mixed
- Single-op Assisted: high-power, low-power, QRP; CW, Phone, Digital, Mixed
- Multi-single: high-power, low-power
- Multi-multi. No differentiated mode or power levels
- Due to Covid-19 restrictions, “Distributed multi-ops” are permitted again in 2021. Equipment need not be on the same premises -- it is only necessary that all radio equipment and antennas be located in the same county (state/province or DXCC entity for out-of-area multi-ops). All stations must use the same callsign, and only one station may be on any band/mode at any given time.
- 7th-area County Expedition (an operation from a temporary location using antennas installed for the contest period, using temporary supports or trees): either
- single-county, county-line; single-op (unassisted), multi-single (including single-op assisted), multi-multi; or
- open (anything else, including location changes)
- Mobile (station self-contained and capable of motion): single-op (unassisted -- performs all operating, logging and driving; for safety reasons, should operate only while parked), multi-single (any other mobile operation); high-power, low-power; CW, Phone, Mixed. Use of APRS (location and call only) is allowed.
Awards: Certificates will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category within and outside the 7th call area, plus the top finisher in each state/province and 7th-area county; a 25-QSO minimum applies. See the website for a list of plaques to be awarded.
Exchange: 7th-area stations send signal report plus 5-letter state/county code (e.g., ORDES; see list). County-line stations send multiple codes, e.g., UTRIC/IDBEA (state code needed only once, e.g., ORDES/JEF). Non-7th-area stations send signal report plus state/province/"DX" two-letter codes. Stations in other QSO parties send their appropriate exchange. The 13 "Provinces" are VE1-9, VO and VY0-2. County-line contacts may be logged with one entry showing all counties or with separate entries for each county.
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m. Suggested operating frequencies: 1815 and 40 kHz up on CW, except on 40m, where 7025-7035 is suggested (a window for mobiles to call CQ should be observed from 35 to 40 kHz up; others should not call CQ or run stations there); 1845, 3855, 7180, 14255, 21355 and 28455 on SSB; 80 kHz up on PSK; 86 kHz up on RTTY. Check 80m at 0500Z, 160m at 0530Z. All CW and Digital contacts must be in the CW/Data sub-bands.
Scoring: 2 points per SSB QSO, 3 points per CW QSO, 4 points per Digital QSO. County-line contacts count as multiple QSOs for both stations. 7th-area stations multiply total QSO points by the total of states (50), provinces (13) and other DXCC entities (maximum of 10). Non-7th-area stations multiply total QSO points by 7th-area counties worked (259).
Logs: All logs must be received by May 12. or submitted via email. Non-Cabrillo plain-text logs may be submitted via web form (preferred) or email. Paper logs (containing no more than 40 QSOs) may be mailed, with a completed summary sheet, to 7QP, c/o CODXC, 61255 Ferguson Rd, Bend OR 97702. Emailed logs go to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the station callsign in the email "Subject" line and the log file as an attachment.
Be sure your log includes name, address, email address, station callsign, entry category, location code(s) and operator callsigns (if Cabrillo, they should appear within the Cabrillo attachment itself; the log processor ignores the rest of the message). You should receive a confirmation email, normally within one day of receipt; if not, check to be sure your callsign, with correct entry category, appears on our Received Logs page at http://7qp.org.
Other: All equipment and antennas must lie within a 1000-foot diameter circle. County-line operations must be within 500 feet of the county line. Any computer-to-computer mode is considered digital. WSJT modes do not support the 7QP exchange, so are not allowed. The same station may be worked on each band on CW, Phone, and Digital. All contacts must be made without using repeaters, digipeaters, satellites, etc. Only one entry per callsign (can't do, e.g., mobile and expedition entries).
Help: On the website at http://7qp.org are these complete rules; FAQs (please read); lists of county names and abbreviations: state/county maps; county sign-up sheet; summary sheet; state coordinators; logging-program info and configuration files; list of plaques and donors.