Ontario QSO Party Rules
The Ontario QSO Party is open to all amateur radio
operators regardless of license class
Dates and Times: Held on the third full
weekend of April each Year. For 2013, the contest periods are 1800Z
April 20 to 0500Z April 21, and 1200Z to 1800Z April 21.
Objectives: For Ontario stations to contact
as many amateur radio stations as possible on as many bands as
possible world-wide. For stations outside Ontario to make as many
contacts with Ontario amateur radio stations as possible.
Frequencies: All Bands 160-2 meters with the
exception of the WARC bands.
Suggested Frequencies for Mobiles/QRP:
HF SSB: 1.870, 3.735, 7.070, 7.260, 14.130, 14.265, 21.260, 28.360
HF CW: 1.830, 3.530, 7.030, 14.030, 21.030, 28.030
VHF/UHF SSB: 50.130, 144.205
VHF/UHF FM: 52.540, 146.550
Suggested Manner of Operation: Work HF SSB on
the hour, work HF CW on the half hour.
Use of FM: Operators can not use repeaters
for either contest contacts or for soliciting contacts. Please keep
the FM Simplex calling frequency of 146.520 MHz. clear.
Single Operator QRP Mixed mode (5 watts and
Single Operator Mixed Mode - Low Power (Under
Single Operator Mixed Mode - High Power (150
Watts to Legal Limit)
Single Operator Phone only - Low Power (Under
Single Operator Phone only - High Power (150
Watts to Legal Limit)
Single Operator CW only - Low Power (Under 150
Single Operator CW only - High Power (150 Watts
to Legal Limit)
MM means any number of simultaneous transmissions
allowed, M2 means only two simultaneous transmissions allowed and MS
means only one transmission allowed at any time.
A mobile station is a station that moves
between multiplier areas operating from a vehicle (either stopped or
in motion) only using antennas that have the capability of being
used while in motion. All antennas must be on the vehicle and
contacts may be made either while moving or parked.*
A rover station is a station that moves
between multiplier areas. Antennas may be mounted off the vehicle
when stopped but contacts can be made with vehicular antennas when
If a mobile or a rover station is on a county line
or junction between 2 or more counties, a separate QSO and complete
exchange must be made and logged for each county worked.
* Please note that for all intents and purposes
rover/mobile are treated the same in the OQP. They are NOT separate
Mobile and rover stations are encouraged to sign
"/M", "/R", or the equivalent on phone so that other operators can
anticipate their moves to a new multiplier area.
It is also useful to include the present
multiplier location as part of the CQ e.g. VE3XXX/R/TOR
Exchange: Ontario stations send signal report
and their county abbreviation as per the
multiplier list. Ontario stations must log received signal
report and county, province, state, or DXCC country abbreviation
(the abbreviation “DX” is also acceptable.
Non-Ontario stations send signal report and
province, state, or DXCC country or abbreviation. Non-Ontario stations must log received
signal report and county abbreviation as per the
Scoring: Ontario stations work everyone.
Non-Ontario stations work Ontario stations only. Mobile/Rover
stations may be worked again when they change multiplier areas.
Score 1 QSO point for each station worked on phone
per band. Score 2 QSO points for each station worked on CW per band.
You may work a station TWICE per band: once on phone and once on CW.
Score 10 QSO points for each contact made with CCO
club station VA3CCO, ODXA club station VE3ODX, and RAC Ontario club
All fixed stations claim 1 multiplier point for each
Ontario county worked on each band. see
Ontario county multiplier list.
Ontario fixed stations also claim 1 multiplier point for
each Canadian province/territory, U.S. state and DXCC country worked
on each band. Rover/Mobile stations claim the
sum of multipliers worked from each different location.
Total Score = Total QSO points x total multiplier
Mobile/Rover Bonus: Mobile/Rover stations add
300 bonus points for each Ontario multiplier activated. To earn the
mobile/rover bonus a station must make at least three contacts with
three different stations from the multiplier area.
Use of DX spotting networks:
There are no penalties for using DX spotting
networks. Self spotting in any form however is
See the Awards page for
Log Submission: Entries should be postmarked
no later than May 18, 2013.
Log submit page:
Go to log
If you cannot submit via email, use the mailing
address on the Contact page.
forms: Ontario QSO Party Summary Sheet
Results: Results will be posted on the CCO website
as they come in. Final results will be published on the web site and
may also be published in "The Canadian Amateur" depending on