2016 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 2016, the contest periods are 1800Z
April 16 to 0500Z April 17,
and 1200Z to 1800Z April 17.
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 and over)
Single Operator Phone only - Low Power (Under
Single Operator Phone only - High Power (150
Watts and over)
Single Operator CW only - Low Power (Under 150
Single Operator CW only - High Power (150 Watts
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 stationary.*
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
in motion. All antennas must be transported by the vehicle.*
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
"/" and present multiplier location as part of the CQ e.g. VE3xxx/TOR This way other operators can
anticipate their moves to a new multiplier area.
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: The use of DX spotting networks is permitted. Self spotting in any form is not permitted.
See the Awards page for
Log Submission: Entries should be e-mailed or postmarked
no later than May 17, 2016. Late submissions will be treated as Check Logs.
On-Line Log submittal 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