Nevada QSO Contest Rules - 2018

Nevada QSO Party – October 12–14, 2018

0300 UTC Saturday to 2100 UTC Sunday (8 PM Friday to 2 PM PDST the second weekend in October). Nevada stations work everyone, others work Nevada stations only. Work stations once per band/mode. Nevada mobiles may be worked again as they enter new counties.

Entry Categories:

  • Single-op: high-power, low-power <150W, QRP <5W; CW, Phone, Digital, Mixed, VHF
  • Multi-single: high-power, low-power
  • Multi-multi. No differentiated mode or power levels, may use serial numbers per band
  • Nevada County Expedition (an operation from a temporary location using antennas installed for the contest period, using temporary supports or trees): either
    • single-county, county-line; single-op, multi-single, multi-multi; or
    • open (anything else)
  • Nevada Mobile (station must be self-contained and capable of motion): single-op (one person, unassisted, performs all operating, logging and driving functions and, for safety reasons, should operate only while parked), multi-single (any other mobile operation); high-power, low-power; CW, Digital, Phone, Mixed, VHF. Use of APRS (gps location and call only) is allowed for all stations.


Certificates will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category within and outside Nevada, plus the top finisher in each state/province and Nevada; a 25-QSO minimum applies. See the web site for a list of plaques to be awarded.


Nevada stations send serial number plus 5-letter state/county code (e.g., NVWAS; see list). County-line stations send serial number and multiple codes, e.g., NVWAS/NVPER. Non-Nevada stations send serial number plus state/province/"DX" two-letter codes. Stations in other QSO parties send their appropriate exchange. The 13 "Provinces" are VE1-9, VO and VY0-2. County-line contacts may be logged with one entry showing all counties or with separate entries for each county.


160m, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 for HF stations and 6, 2, 1.25m, 70cm, 33cm, and 23cm for the VHF class stations. Suggested operating frequencies: 1815 and 40 kHz up on CW, except on 40m, where 7025-7035 is suggested; 1845, 3855, 7180, 14255, 21355 and 28455 on SSB; 3580+, 7035+, 14070+, 21070+ on PSK; 3585+, 7038+, 14075+, 21075+ on RTTY. Check 80m at 0500Z, 160m at 0530Z. All CW and Digital contacts must be in the CW/Data sub-bands. VHF class contacts can be CW, SSB, FM or any of the digital voice modes, or any of the conversational digital text modes (WSJT modes are currently not allowed due to lack of a fixed contest exchange capability).


1 point per VHF QSO, 2 points per HF SSB QSO, 3 points per HF CW or Digital QSO. County-line contacts count as multiple QSOs for both stations. Nevada stations multiply total QSO points by the total of Nevada Counties (17), states (51), provinces (13) and other DXCC entities (maximum of 20). Non-Nevada stations multiply total QSO points by Nevada counties worked (17).


All logs must be received by November 1; logs containing more than 10 QSOs must be submitted electronically in Cabrillo format via email or website. Send logs to -- include the station callsign in the email "Subject" line. Cabrillo format is required of all electronic submissions. A web form is available for online Cabrillo log-file generation and submission. Be sure your entry includes name, address and/or email address, station callsign, entry category, location code(s) and operator callsigns (if Cabrillo, they should appear within the Cabrillo attachment itself; the log processor ignores the rest of the message). Send paper logs (10 or less contacts only) with a completed summary sheet to:

Nevada QSO Party
Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society
P.O. Box 7727
Reno, Nevada 89510-7727

Check to make sure your callsign, with correct entry category, appears on our web site's Received Logs page -- normally within two days of receipt.


All equipment and antennas must lie within a 1000-foot diameter circle. County-line operations must be within 500 feet of the county line. Any computer-to-computer mode is considered digital. The same station may be worked on each band on CW, Phone, and Digital. All contacts made using repeaters, digipeaters, satellites, etc will be in the VHF category and will count as VHF class stations. Only one entry per callsign (can't do, e.g., mobile and expedition entries).


On the web site at are these complete rules; FAQs (please read); lists of county names and abbreviations: state/county maps; county sign-up sheet; summary sheet; logging-program info and configuration files; list of plaques and donors.

VHF Class:

This class is designed to expose those who are limited by license class or equipment to participate in this contest. All repeater voice modes such as FM, DMR, P25, C4FM, etc are allowed and all modes (except the WSJT digital modes) for simplex on the VHF/UHF bands are allowed. The repeaters may be linked, and satellites may be used. Please be courteous and do not monopolize a repeater and yield to established nets. Entrants may have to explain this contest to other users and encourage them to join the fun.