[CQ-Contest] NAQP Contest Rules (RTTY Mode)

Ron Stailey, K5DJ Ron-Stailey at easy.com
Wed Jul 16 23:51:03 EDT 1997

  This comming weekend..
           -+- North American QSO Party RTTY Mode (NAQP) -+-
                      Third full weekend in July
              Sponsored by National Contest Journal (NCJ)
                          (July 19-20, 1997)

     1) Eligibility: Any licensed radio amateur may enter.

     2) Object: To work as many North American stations (and/or other 
     stations if you are in North America) as possible during the contest 

     3) Entry Classification:  Single Operator and Multioperator, Two
     Transmitter.  Multioperator stations shall keep a separate log for 
     each transmitter.  Multioperator stations must have at least 10 
     minutes between band changes.  Use of helpers or spotting nets by 
     single operator entries is not permitted. Single operator entrants 
     may only have one transmitted signal at a time. Output power must be 
     limited to 150 watts for eligible entries.

     4) Contest periods:

     RTTY: 1800 UTC July 19th to 0600 UTC July 20th, 1997

     Multioperator stations may operate for the entire 12 hour period.  
     Single operator stations may operate 10 out of 12 hours.  Off times 
     must be at least 30 minutes in length and must be clearly marked in 
     the log.

     5) Mode: RTTY only in RTTY parties.

     6) Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters only.  You may work a 
     station once per band.  Suggested frequencies are: 3585, 7085, 
     14085, 21085 and 28.085 on RTTY.. Try 10m at 1900Z and 2000Z 15m at 
     1930Z and 2030Z etc.

     7) Exchange: Operator name and station location (state, province or

     8) Valid Contact:  A valid contact consists of a complete, correctly 
     copied and legibly logged two-way exchange between a North American 
     station and another station.  Proper logging requires including the 
     time of each contact.  Regardless of the number of licensed call 
     signs issued to a given operator, one and only one call sign shall 
     be utilized during the contest by that operator.

     9) North American Station: Defined by the rules of the CQWW DX 
     Contests with the addition of KH6.

     10) Scoring: Multiply total valid contacts by the sum of the number 
     of multipliers worked on each band.  Multipliers are states 
     (including KH6 and KL7), Canadian Provinces ( Canadian multipliers 
     are: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, 
     Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Labrador, Yukon, and NWT) 
     and other North American countries (do not count USA, Canada, KH6, 
     or KL7 as countries).  Non-North American countries do not count as 
     multipliers, but may be worked for QSO credit.

     11) Reporting:  Send North American QSO Party RTTY logs to: Ron 
     Stailey K5DJ, 504 Dove Haven Dr., Round Rock, Tx 78664-5926.. 
     Entries must be postmarked not later than 30 days after the party to 
     be eligible for trophies and awards. An proper entry consists of (1) 
     a summary sheet showing the number of valid contacts and multipliers 
     by band, total contacts and multipliers, total score, team name (if 
     any), power output, name, call sign, and address of the operator, 
     station call sign and station location; (2) a complete legible log 
     of all contacts (including dupes marked as such) with indication of 
     multipliers claimed; (3) a separate check sheet for each band; and 
     (4) a list of all claimed multipliers worked on each band.
     Logs, summary sheets and check sheets may be home made or patterned 
     after those published periodically in the NCJ. Logs may be submitted 
     on disk in the form of files generated (.BIN & .SUM) by WF1B program 
     or MS-DOS ASCII files consisting of all information in (1)-(4) above 
     if generated from a program other than RTTY by WF1B. All entries 
     should include a written, signed statement of "Fair and Ethical 

     12) Team Competition: Team competition is limited to a maximum of 5 
     single operator stations as a single entry unit.  Groups having more 
     than 5 members may submit more than one team entry.  PRE REGISTRATION 
     REQUIREMENT:  To qualify as a team entry, the name, call sign of each 
     operator, and call sign of the station operated should the operator 
     be a guest at a station other than his own (e.g. K1NG op by WF1B) 
     must be registered with K5DJ.  The team registration information 
     must be in written, telegraphic or e-mail (k5dj at easy.com) form and 
     must be received before the start of the NAQP. There are neither 
     distance nor meeting requirements for a team entry. The only 
     requirement is pre-registration of the team.

     13) Penalties and Disqualification's:  For each unmarked duplicate 
     QSO, you lose that contact plus an additional three contacts; for 
     each QSO for which you are not in the other stations log, you lose 
     that QSO plus an additional one contact; and for each QSO for which 
     the log data is incorrectly copied in any respect, you lose that 
     contact.  Entries with score reductions greater than 5% will be 
     disqualified.  Any entry may be disqualified for illegibility, 
     illegal or non-ethical operation.  Such qualification is at the 
     discretion of the NCJ Contest Review Committee.

     14) Awards: A plaques will be awarded for the high score in each 
     of the following categories:

          - Single operator RTTY--Plaque Sponsor: Glenn Vinson, W6OTC
          - Multioperator RTTY----Plaque Sponsor: RTTY by WF1B

     Certificates of merit will be awarded to the highest scoring 
     entrant from each State, Province, and North American Country. 
     With at least 200 QSO's.

     COMMENTS: We now have an RTTY NAQP. It's a short 12 hour sprint - a 
     non-DX blast for low power stations. (150W max.) The object is to 
     work as many North American stations as you can, so that makes it a 
     rate-contest first, and let mults fall where they may. There are 
     band mults, so there'll be lots of mults to keep track of. This kind 
     of contest will help you to smoothe out the rough edges of your 
     operating skills by keeping you alert and quick. If your choice mode 
     is CQing, you'll get into a routine of "one-key-itus" when using 
     logging software, especially when using "RTTY by WF1B" and callers 
     use "DE" in front of their calls. If you want to increase your skills 
     with "Search and Pounce", its a matter of how quickly you find CQs 
     and how short to make your call and exchange. Try not to break the 
     standard exchange, such as sending your call and the exchange before 
     contact has been established. It disrupts the rhythm of the routine 
     and thus slows the rate of the CQer. If the station you're working is
     loud, send exchange just once. Hint: when assigning "F-key" messages, 
     set the exchange for a one-time shot. If there is lots of QRM, hit 
     the F-key twice but be sure you set a proper break between the double 
     (like <CR> or space).


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