Premier International HF Contest
The Maine QSO Party is designed to encourage Maine stations to expand
their knowledge of DX propagation on the HF and MF bands, improve their
operating skills, and improve station capability by creating a
competition in which W/VE, and DX stations have the incentive to work
Period: 1200 UTC Saturday September 23, 2017 to 1200 UTC
September 24, 2017.
and Modes: 160, 80,
40, 20, 15, and 10, CW, and phone (SSB, FM, AM).
Stations in Maine send signal report and county. Stations outside of
Maine, but within either the United States or Canada, send signal
report and state/province. DX stations send signal report and "DX."
stations in Maine are worth 2 points. Contacts with stations outside
Maine are worth 1 point.
are the same for all participants: Use Maine counties (16), States
(50), Canadian Provinces (14), and DXCC entities as multipliers. You
may work any station once on each of the two modes, on each of the six
Multiplier notes: For U.S.
states, DC and MD will be counted as a single multiplier. For Canadian
Provinces, use the following abbreviations: NB, NS, QC, ON, MB, SK, AB,
BC, NT, NF, LB, YT, PE, NU. Please note that Newfoundland (NF) and
Labrador (LB) will count seperately.
total, (Maine's counties). Each multiplier may be counted once on each
mode on each of the six contest bands. The counties are: Androscoggin
(AND), Aroostook (ARO), Cumberland (CBL), Franklin (FRA), Hancock
(HAN), Kennebec (KEN), Knox (KNO), Lincoln (LIN), Oxford (OXF),
Penobscot (PEN), Piscataquis (PSQ), Sagadahoc (SAG), Somerset (SOM),
Washington (WAS), York (YOR).
cross-band, and repeater QSO's are not permitted.
of a DX spotting system, including Skimmer and similar technologies or
any type of Packet Cluster network during the contest is not permitted.
is prohibited to make CW contacts in the conventional phone sub-bands
and phone contacts in the conventional CW sub-bands. Soliciting QSO's
through a repeater during the contest period is not allowed.
Score: The total QSO
points from all bands multiplied by the total number of multipliers
from all bands.
Operator High Power (>100 watts)
Operator Low Power (max. 100 watts output)
Operator QRP (max. 5 watts output)
Operator Mobile (max. 100 watts output)
Single Transmitter High Power (>100 watts)
Single Transmitter Low Power (max. 100 watts output)
Multi-Transmitter, any authorized power
Deadline for logs: October 9, 2017
with 100 or more contacts should be submitted electronically
in Cabrillo format to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The contest committee
recommends the N3FJP Maine QSO Party software, as
well as N1MM logger, with the Maine QSO
Party update, and EI5DI's SD
log. All are available as downloads. Special thanks to all
the programmers who included Maine QSO
Party updates in their softwares last year and to those who continue to
support our contest.
mail entries must contain a summary sheet showing score calculation,
multiplier check, and a dupe sheet listing calls worked on each mode on
each band. Log sheets must show time, band, mode, call sign of station
worked, exchanges sent and received and claimed for each QSO. New
multipliers must be clearly marked in the log. Contest entry forms will
be available on the WSSM website.
paper entries to:
Society of Southern Maine
Maine QSO Party
P.O. Box 6833
Scarborough, ME 04074 USA
is strongly suggested that logs be sent as soon as possible after the
close of the event. It is also recommended that DX logs be sent via AIR
MAIL to ensure that they are received in good time. Any logs received
with a post mark date after the deadline date will be handled as a
check log. Any logs received more than 15 days after the entry
deadline, regardless of postmark, will be discarded.
publish a list of logs received and the categories entered on the
website after the submission period, after the cutoff date to assist in
correcting and entry categorizations.
the complete rules, including
category details, click here.
those of you who are interested in chasing counties, but run into
trouble when contest abbreviations don't carry through to your ADIF
log, AD1C's ADIF County Conversion software will
support this year's Maine QSO Party. Click
here to learn more.
UTC Saturday 23 September to 1200 UTC Sunday 24
UTC Saturday 22 September to 1200 UTC Sunday 23
UTC Saturday 28 September to 1200 UTC Sunday 29
UTC Saturday 26 September to 1200 UTC Sunday 27
UTC Saturday 25 September to 1200 UTC Sunday 26
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2015 MEQP Results
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2016 MEQP Results