Nevada QSO FAQs - 2020

 

Q: Can I work VHF+ stations on different modes or frequencies for additional points?

A: VHF stations can only be worked once unless they are a rover (mobile) station where you can work them once per county.


Q: I will be in Lyon County but the repeater is in Storey County, what should I use for the exchange?

A: Since you are physically in Lyon County, you would use NVLYO in your exchange.


Q: I will be operating on a county line, what exchange do I use?

A: If you are within 500’ of the county line, you can give the exchange like # NVEUR/NVLAN. WSJT_X contacts would need to use the special county line designators. There are 54 different countyline combinations here in Nevada.


Q: Can I work a HF station on both PSK31 and RTTY on the same band for digital credit?

A: Phone, CW and a Digital mode with the same station on the same band will be considered separate contacts. A PSK and a RTTY on the same band would be considered a dupe...Log it anyway as there are no penalties for dupes (see below).


Q: What about Dupes (Duplicate Contacts)?

A: There is no penalty for logging dupes. The other station may not have you in the log or you may have failed to log them, so go ahead and log the contact again. You will avoid the dreaded “NIL” by logging the dupe (Not In Log) 


Q: What is the maximum number of times I can work another station?

A: You could actually work the same station 19 times during the contest, and even more if either of you are a rover station. You can work them using Phone, CW, and Digital on 160m, Phone, CW, and Digital on 80m, and so on, and once on VHF+. This would net you 49 QSO points. 


Q: Can I use a DMR radio on VHF/UHF?

A: Yes. You can also use a repeater connected to IRLP or D-Star or linked to other repeaters. Be mindful of other users and do not disturb net operations.


Q: The other station is on a county line and gave me 2 counties, how do I log it?

A: If they said something like “59 NVWAS slash NVCAR” you would put the 59 in the signal report and “NVWAS/NVCAR” in the location.  Some logging software will not allow the combined counties exchange. N1MM+ will automatically separate the different counties and log them as different QSOs.


Q: I am primarily going to be running a VHF station, but I do make a few HF contacts for the contest, does that mean that I have to use the MIXED class to enter?

A: The Category that you enter will determine what will be your score and who you will be competing with. If you entered as VHF+, then those HF contacts would not be part of your score, but they could be the difference in the other station’s score that lets them place higher. Log all contacts and make sure you have the correct band and mode listed in the log.


Q: Repeaters??? No one uses no stinkin’ repeaters in a contest...what’s up????

A: We saw this as a way to get new people who only had a handheld or FM mobile to get started in the fun of radiosport. Every county in Nevada has some repeater coverage, and most mountaintops or other high spots will allow hitting dozens of repeaters. Some of these systems are linked, some have IP links to out-of-state repeater systems and even some world wide coverage. The VHF participants will probably have the best shot at getting all of the counties in the state, and VHF using rovers can make it to every county in the state over the weekend... We are lumping all the VHF/UHF frequencies and modes into one allowable contact per fixed station—Rovers can be worked and work the same station if they change counties. Part of this is needed due to some repeater systems having VHF and UHF ports which would have scoring implications... Those with license or equipment restrictions that won’t let them get up on the HF bands now will be able to enter a fun contest.


Q: Are Satellite contacts allowed?

A: Yes, and this is a good way for the VHF+ contesters to pick up some states and countries. Please let others also use the birds. There are a number of satellites out there to use. Also, moonbounce contacts are allowed and you will find that Nevada is high on a lot of operator’s wanted list. (if you do make moonbounce contacts, please list them in your soapbox)


Q: Will all of the counties be activated?

A: Good question... We have a sign-up sheet on the website that will have confirmed operations in the counties. If you are going to work from a location, please sign up. We will try to get adventurous folks who like to travel to go to some of the remote areas and either be a rover or set up an operation. Several operations per county with all modes covered will be ideal.


Q: I will be working as a Single Operator, can I use different radios for different frequencies?

A: Yes, if you are transmitting on only one at a time. You will probably have a HF rig and a dual band FM rig for VHF/UHF.


Q: I will be logging on paper, but you only allow 10 contacts max for a paper entry, If I work more what do I do?

A: You can go to http://www.b4h.net/cabforms/nvqp_cab3.php and transfer these paper logs to a computer file to send in to logs@nvqso.com


Q: Where can I get logging software for this contest?

A: You can get the N1MM software for free at http://n1mm.hamdocs.com/tiki-index.php?page=Full+Install.  Be sure to get the latest version about a week before the contest!!! WSJT-X is the free software for FT8 and FT4.  Both of these pieces of software are the only ones that are certified to work correctly on this contest.  Be sure to use the ‘QSO PARTY’ overlay and the “NV” type. Older versions of this and other software may cause problems and may not be able to be scored at all. Using the wrong contest overlay may not log the exchange properly, and those logs will be relegated to be checklogs only.


Q: Why are you using the Field Day contest mode on FT8?

A: Currently there is no other way to easily make confirmed contacts on FT8. Nevada has only 17 counties and 54 countyline locations which is within the limitation of the number/letter combination in the FT8 FD overlay. We have arbitrarily decided that a complete FT8 or FT4 contact will have the universal signal exchange of 599, and then NV for the Nevada Section which covers the entire state.  Out-of-state stations would use 1A for their signal report and then their ARRL section 2-3 character identifier like SV for Sacramento Valley, or WPA for Western Pennsylvania, etc. Our scoring software will be able to correctly parse these responses to get your final score. We ignore the score your logging software will give you---that is really for your info or to post on 3830 Scores. We are also asking that you use frequencies 4kHz above the normal FT8 & FT4 frequencies for this QSO Party.


Q: Do I get additional multipliers for working the same county, section or DX on different Bands?

A: Yes!!! You can get a county, section, or DX multiplier for every HF band, and one for the VHF+ bands. That will let you get up to 102 multipliers on each band (17 counties + 84 sections + DX) for Nevada Stations (714 grand total), and 17 multipliers per band for Out-of State stations(119 grand total).


Q: How do I log the time of the contacts in the contest.

A: You must use UTC for your time. Virtually all logging programs will automatically use UTC, but if you are paper logging, you will need a clock set to UTC to record the time in your log.


Q: Why are you using Sections instead of States?

A: Because we are using the Field Day Overlay for FT8 that is set up to use ARRL/RAC Sections. California, Texas, Florida and several other states are broken up into multiple sections, and as a result, CA, TX and FL and the others will return an error if you try to log them, and if you force logging, they will not be counted as a valid contact. Besides, that makes more multipliers!


Q: Why do you want the Cabrillo logs to use their default file name like “w6zkp.log” rather that something like “My_NVQSO_Log_2020.txt?

A: Last year, the sponsors of this contest had to hand edit about 25% of the file names back to the standard so they could be inputted into the scoring program. They are thinking about assessing a 10 QSO penalty for having to hand editing logs.


Q: Why are you pushing the use of the N1MM+ logging program?

A: So far they have the only software that works correctly with our contest and they were very responsive to our needs. Other software out there may not properly capture exchanges which will cause your log to be marked as a ‘checklog’ and will not be scored. Besides, it is absolutely FREE and easy to use. Be sure to get the free update a week before any supported contest—it just takes a minute or so and will have all the last minute additions.