NAQP SSB This Weekend


NAQP SSB This Saturday August 19, 2017


Rules: 2017 North American QSO Party (CW/SSB/RTTY)


  1. Eligibility: Any Amateur Radio licensee may enter.
  2. Object: To work as many North American stations as possible during the contest period.
  3. North American Station: Defined by the ARRL DXCC List, with the addition of Hawaii.
  4. Contest periods: January/February 2017 Events CW: 1800 UTC January 14 to 0600 UTC January 15, 2017 (second full weekend in January) SSB: 1800 UTC January 21 to 0600 UTC January 22, 2017 (third full weekend in January) RTTY: 1800 UTC February 25 to 0600 UTC February 26, 2017 (starts on last Saturday in February) July/August 2017 Events RTTY: 1800 UTC July 15 to 0600 UTC July 16, 2017 (third full weekend in July) CW: 1800 UTC August 5 to 0600 UTC August 6, 2017 (first full weekend in August) SSB: 1800 UTC August 19 to 0600 UTC August 20, 2017 (third full weekend in August)
  5. Entry Classifications:
    1. a) Single Operator: i) One person performs all transmitting, receiving, and logging functions as well as equipment and antenna adjustments. ii) Access to spotting information obtained directly or indirectly from any source other than the station operator, such as from other stations or automated tools, is prohibited. iii) Only one transmitted signal allowed at a time. iv) May operate 10 out of the 12 hours of the contest. Off-times must be at least 30 minutes. In order to count as off-time, the difference between the times of consecutive contacts must be greater than or equal to 31 minutes (i.e., 30 intervening minutes, during which no contacts occur). The contest period ends at 05:59:59 UTC. v) Any use of assistance such as packet spotting networks, skimmers and the like will place the operator into the multioperator category.
    2. b) Multioperator Two-Transmitter: i) More than one person performs transmitting, receiving and logging functions, etc. ii) A maximum of two transmitted signals at any given time, each on a different band. Both transmitters may work any and all stations. iii) Starting when the first QSO on a band is logged, a transmitted signal cannot transmit on a different band until 10 full minutes have passed. Any QSOs made on a different band before 10 minutes have passed will not count for scoring. The other station will receive full credit for the QSO. iv) May operate for the entire 12 hours of the contest. v) Multioperator stations must use one name throughout the contest.
  6. Output Power: Maximum of 100 W from the output of the final amplifier. QRP (5 W) entries will be recognized in the results. Entries from stations choosing to run more than 100 W will be classified as check logs. Entries found to use more power than claimed will be disqualified.
  7. Mode: CW only in CW parties. SSB only in phone parties. RTTY only in RTTY parties.
  8. Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters only, except no 160 meters for the RTTY contest. You may work a station once per band. Suggested frequencies are 1,815, 3,535, 7,035, 14,035, 21,035 and 28,035 kHz (35 kHz up from band edge for Novice/Tech) on CW; and 1,865, 3,850, 7,225, 14,250, 21,300, and 28,500 kHz (28,450 kHz for Novice/Tech) on SSB. See Rules FAQ on the NCJ website for suggested frequencies to avoid interfering with other non-contest activity.
  9. Station: All radio transmitters, receivers, and antennas used by an entrant must be associated with one station, either at a fixed geographical location or as a mobile/ portable station. A station may be operated remotely. Use of multiple stations during the contest using the same call sign, whether directly or remotely operated, is prohibited. Operators must use only one call sign per station operated.
  10. Exchange: Operator name and station location (state, province, or country) for North American stations; operator name only for non-North American stations. Multioperator stations are required to use a single name throughout the contest. The use of non-Amateur Radio means of communication or the use of Amateur Radio modes or bands different than those specified for the contest to solicit contacts during the contest period is prohibited.
  11. Multipliers: Multipliers are all 50 US states, including Alaska and Hawaii, the District of Columbia (DC), the 13 Canadian provinces/territories (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland-Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut) and other North American entities as defined by the ARRL DXCC List. Non-North American countries, maritime mobiles and aeronautical mobiles do not count as multipliers but may be worked for QSO credit. Multipliers count again on each band.
  12. Valid Contact: A valid contact consists of a complete, correctly copied, and legibly logged two-way exchange between a North American station and any other station. Proper logging requires including the time in UTC and band for each contact.
  13. Scoring: Multiply total valid contacts by the sum of the number of multipliers worked on each band.
  14. Team Competition: You may wish to form a team with fellow NAQP participants. If so, your team must consist of from two to five Single-Operator stations whose individual scores are combined to produce a team score. Although clubs or other groups having more than five members may form multiple teams, there are no distance or meeting requirements for a team entry. Teams must register prior to the start of the contest. Use one of the following online forms to register your team: CW team registration: www. php SSB team registration: www. php RTTY team registration: www. php These team registration forms automatically provide confirmation of team registration by return e-mail. Inclusion of team information in submitted Cabrillo logs is not required, as teams are determined ahead of time through the team registration system.
  15. Log Formatting: All logs containing more than 100 QSOs must be submitted electronically via web upload. The file format for electronic logs for NCJ-sponsored contests is Cabrillo. For those participants logging on paper, please use the manual log entry Web-to-Cabrillo online forms available at the links below to submit your logs. Paper log forms are available on the NCJ website,, for the convenience of those who log on paper during the contest. Printouts of computer logs will not be accepted, regardless of the number of contacts. Please confirm that your output power is properly stated in the header portion of the Cabrillo log before submission. “LOW” indicates the use of 100 W or less, while “QRP” indicates 5 W or less. Submissions that indicate the use of high power will be used as check logs. Single-Operator entries should have a Cabrillo line that reads: “CATEGORYASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED.” Some logging programs default to “CATEGORYASSISTED: ASSISTED.” Be certain to change this to NON-ASSISTED, or you will be placed in the Multi-Two category.
  16. Log Submission: Entries must be date-stamped or postmarked no later than 5 days after the contest. Methods of log submission in order of preference are as follows: a) Upload Cabrillo-formatted log via web form (use for all modes): naqplogsubmit.php. b) Manually convert paper or computer log to Cabrillo log using one of the following tools: CW: SSB: RTTY: c) Mail original paper log to the appropriate address listed below. CW logs: Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, 3117A Fen Way, Bozeman, MT 59718 USA SSB logs: Bill Lippert, ACØW, 2013 6th Ave SE, Austin, MN 55912-4321 USA RTTY logs: Mark Aaker, K6UFO, 300 Berry St – Unit 1009, San Francisco, CA 94158-1668 USA
  17. Disqualifications: Entries with score reductions greater than 5 % may be disqualified. Any entry may be disqualified for illegibility or for illegal or unethical operation. Such disqualification is at the discretion of the contest manager.


For more Information: Questions regarding the contests, including requests for Log Check Reports may be addressed to the appropriate contest manager at the e-mail addresses list below: CW: Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, SSB: Bill Lippert, ACØW, RTTY: Mark Aaker, K6UFO,