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2004 Florida QSO Party, Apri 24 & 25

Ron Wetjen (wd4ahz) on April 8, 2004
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Spring is in the air ... and so is the 2004 Florida QSO Party! Be sure to help us remember "Mr. FQP", Jim, K4OJ, and join us on April 24th and 25th, 2004. All 67 counties will be active, so there should be plenty of "sweeps" available.

Date/Time: Last full weekend of April. There are two operating periods. 1600Z April 24 - 0159Z April 25 and 1200Z - 2159Z April 25. 20 hours total. All stations may operate the full 20 hours.

Categories: Single Op, Multi-Op (M/M, M/S), Mobile (Single Op, Single Op + Driver), School, SWL. Phone, CW, and Mixed 40-10 Meters, High Power, Low Power, and QRP.

Exchange: Florida stations send signal report and county. W/VE stations (including KH6/KL7) send signal report and state or province. DX stations (including KH2/KP4, etc.) send signal report and DXCC prefix.

Points: Phone contact is worth 1 point, per band. Each CW contact is worth 2 points, per band.

Multipliers: For Florida stations, 50 states (including Florida); Canada MAR (VE1, VE9, VY2), NF (VO1, VO2), QC (VE2), ON (VE3), MB (VE4), SK (VE5), AB (VE6), BC (VE7), NW (VE8, VY0), YT (VY1); DXCC Countries (except the US, Canada, KH6 and KL7); Maritime Mobile (ITU Regions, R1, R2, R3). A multiplier can be counted once per mode, regardless of the number of bands on which it is worked.

All others work Florida counties (a maximum of 67). Florida mobile stations that change counties are considered to be a new station and may be contacted again for point and multiplier credit. A Florida county multiplier can be counted once per mode, regardless of the number of bands on which it is worked.

Final Score: Multiply QSO Points by total multipliers by the power multiplier (see below). Florida mobile operations must submit separate logs for each county activated; a mobile entrant's score will be the cumulative total of multipliers and QSO's.

Power Multiplier: If all QSO's were made using 5W or less, multiply your score by 3; if all QSO's were made using less than 150W, multiply your score by 2; if any or all QSO's were made using more than 150W, multiply your score by 1.

Suggested frequencies: CW - plus or minus 35 khz up. Phone - plus or minus 7.260, 14.260, 21.335, and 28.485 MHz. Look for SSB activity on the hour and CW on the half hour. No 160 or 80 meters, WARC bands, or VHF bands.

Reporting: Entries must be received (or postmarked for mailed in logs) no later than 30 days after the end of the contest (May 25, 2004). All entrants are encouraged to submit their logs electronically (e-mail, Web Page, 3.5-inch floppy disk, etc.). You may submit your contest logs via e-mail to , log-entry web form, ttp:// , diskette, or regular mail.

Visit the Florida QSO Party website, or e-mail us , for more details.

73, Ron WD4AHZ

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