[CQ-Contest] US Counties QSO Party
snichols at mvosprey.com
Wed Apr 9 15:21:50 EDT 2003
The innaugural running of the US Counties QSO Party-SSB will be held
May 17 and 18, 2003...It's a 48 hour SSB contest starting 0000z May 17
and ending 2359z May 18...It's sponsored by the Mobile Amateur Radio
Awards Club (MARAC)...
This is a revamped version of the old MARAC County Hunters Contest-SSB,
which we are trying to bring back to life this year...
Think of it as a 50 State QSO Party, all at once...Each of the 3,077 US
Counties is a multiplier, so not much of a chance for a sweep (!), but
lots of multipliers to look for all weekend...Great chance to fill in
some of the holes in your USA-CA award, or even qualify for the basic
level of 500 counties for USA-CA...Mobile operation is, of course,
We are 90% sure at this point that a Writelog module will be ready for
this years contest, which will greatly assist in the logging/scoring end
of things...I say 90% sure because, well, I don't want to make a promise
that someone else can't keep...It's in the works now, I know that...I
personally wrote the mult file and we will post a TXT, PDF, DOC and XLS
version of this file on the contest website which can be downloaded and
printed for reference...Each county has been assigned a 5 letter "code",
consisting (in most cases) of the first 3 letters of the county name and
the 2 letter standard state abbreviation...This obviously didn't work in
every case, so there are exceptions...
Full contest rules at http://www.stpaulisland.net/countycontest.html
Please note that some magazines and websites have the contest scheduled
for April 5/6, 2003...This info is incorrect...That was carried over
from last year...The magazines were notified, but apparently not in
time...The above website contains the proper, official information...
Hope you can participate!!
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