Nevada QSO Contest Rules - 2020

Nevada QSO Party – October 9–11, 2020

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 when 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
  • 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 mobile stations.


Certificates will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category within and
outside Nevada; a 10-QSO minimum applies for Nevada station.    See the web site for a list of
plaques to be awarded.


Nevada stations send signal report plus 5-letter state/county code (e.g., NVWAS; see list).    County-line stations send signal report and multiple codes, e.g., NVWAS/NVPER.    Non-Nevada stations send signal report plusARRL/RAC section,/"DX" two or three-letter codes.    Stations in other QSO parties send their appropriate exchange.    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 have special rules, see the FT8 tab and we are asking that you use frequencies 4kHz higher than the standard FT ones.).


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), ARRL/RAC sections (84), and other DXCC entities (maximum of 20) per band..    Non-Nevada stations multiply total QSO points by Nevada counties worked (17) per band. All VHF/UHF/SHF bands count as only one Band. There are no penalties for dupes, so go ahead and log them as one of you are missing them from your log.


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 as an attachment 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).    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 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 and the gps lat/lon reading must be submitted in your entry email.    Any computer-to-computer conversational 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 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.

FT8/FT4---WSJT-X contacts:

Stations using these modes must use the Field Day contest overlay in WSJT-X. Nevada stations will use the county number and letter combination, and “NV” as the section. For Washoe County, the exchange would be 16A NV, for Clark it would be 3A NV and for the Nye/Lander county line it will be 19B. Out of state stations would use a 1A prefix followed by their ARRL/RAC section or DX. For an Arizona contact, they would use “1A  AZ”, a San Diego, California station would use a “1A SDG”, and a Pittsburg, PA station would use “1A WPA”. Japan stations would use “1A DX”. Look for stations calling “CQ NV KP7QRZ DN11” or “CQ FD KP7QRZ DN11” for stations wanting Nevada Contacts! All WSJT contacts must be submitted in a second Cabrillo log file named “<callsign>.cbr” (which is how WSJTX default labels the file—so do not change that name until after you have attached a copy to your entry) Please use frequencies 4kHz higher than the standard FT frequencies to avoid interference from the normal traffic.