10-10 QSO PARTY HANDBOOK
This document provides information about operating the 10-10 QSO Parties. These events are held throughout the year and are designed to provide fun and to meet old, new and prospective 10-10 members around the world on the 10-meter amateur band.
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QSO Parties are open to all amateurs with operating privileges on the 10-meter amateur band; however, logs will be accepted for awards only from active (paid-up) members as of the end of the month of the event. Other logs received will be handled as check logs. Check logs are used to validate (check) other logs but do not qualify the sender for any awards.
Inactive members can renew their dues electronically via the internet. See the 10-10 website www.ten-ten.org for details.
OPEN SEASON event logs will be accepted from all amateurs.
WHEN ARE THE QSO PARTIES?
There are currently nine (9) QSO Parties held throughout the year. The Parties are: (2) Phone (SSB), (2) CW, (2) Digital, Open Season (Digital/PSK), Spirit of 76, and Sprint. The SSB, CW, Digital, and Open Season QSO Parties are 48-hour events. The Spirit of 76 Party is a week-long event centering around the 4th of July. The Sprint is a 24-hour event held on the 10th of October (10-10) each year. Please consult the schedule listed at: www.10-10.org On Air Activity QSO Parties Schedule for exact dates as they change slightly each year.
WHAT DO I NEED TO OPERATE IN THE QSO PARTIES?
10-10 QSO Parties are intended to be fun events and not high-pressure contests. Quite often during the event, you will hear stations quit making contacts to have a rag chew or to assist a non-10-10 station with information about how to get their own number. This illustrates the overall purpose for the QSO Party, to encourage non-members to join our group.
It should be emphasized that it is not necessary to have a station with large antennas or lots of power to enjoy the QSO Parties. Many stations are running low power and non-directional antennas.
Using a software logging program is a great assist when operating these events. The software combines logging and duping functions into one program. If manual logging and duping are used, it requires two separate paper devices to be used. When working many stations at a fast rate, it is very easy to log dupes without knowing it if you rely on paper logs/dupe sheets. Some examples of logging programs include: WIN1010, N3FJP, WINEQF, 10QSOLogger, N1MM, and GenLog.
WHAT FREQUENCIES AND MODES ARE ALLOWED?
Obviously, if it is a Phone event, you will be operating in the Phone segment of the band using phone emissions (AM, FM, SSB). Same for CW, Digital, etc. Sprint QSO Party uses all modes of operation in the 10-meter band. For Phone events, please observe a QUIET ZONE between 28.490 and 28.510 MHz to allow for non-10-10 amateurs to use this band portion.
Repeater, Satellite, IRLP, EchoLink, or any other similar type of assisted contacts is NOT allowed.
There are four entry classifications: INDIVIDUAL, QRP, CLUB, and MOBILE.
INDIVIDUAL: Includes single station operators and can also include OM/XYL teams of any families or groups of friends using an individual call sign and 10-10 number.
QRP: Same as the rules listed for individual listed above except the output power is restricted to 5 watts for CW/Digital operation or 10 watts for Phone operation during the entire event.
CLUB: In order to participate as a club in the 10-10 QSO Parties, the club must have a valid club station license issued by their National Licensing Authority and must have an active 10-10 membership. Club entries must include a list of call signs, names, and 10-10 numbers for al operators using the club call sign during the event. Club operations will take place from one location using one set of equipment. Club operators entering under a club entry may also enter an individual log for contacts made using their own call signs/10-10 numbers during the event.
MOBILE: There are various types of vehicles that qualify for the MOBILE classification including: car, truck, RV, SUV, motorcycle, boat, airplane, or any other mode of transportation. Use of a base station antenna system, amplifier, or commercial power is not allowed. Operation while your vehicle is parked across county lines, occupying more than one county, qualifies as multiple counties and contacts. Marine and aeronautical mobiles must be able to establish their county of operation. Safety is paramount while operating mobile. If you are unable to park near multiple county lines due to safety issues (i.e. on a bridge, freeway, etc.), please move to the nearest area which would provide the safest operating conditions and still be able to give out multiple counties. Duplicate entries are allowed when working from multiple counties. In addition to the normal log information provided, the County worked from and the County worked must also be included. Mobile stations will receive awards within their own category and will not be eligible for awards in the Individual or Top Ten in the World. Mobile entries will only be accepted for Winter and Summer Phone and 10-10 Sprint QSO Parties.
WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE?
For all QSO Parties except Open Season, send Call Sign, Name, QTH, and 10-10 Number. The Open Season, being a special digital event, exchange would be Call Sign, Name, QTH, 10-10 Number, 070#, and EPC# (if you have either of the 070 or EPC numbers).
10-10 members count as two (2) points and non-10-10 members count as one (1) point. Log non-10-10 stations with a zero (0) in the 10-10 number log position. The Open Season event scoring is slightly different. There are four (4) points possible with each contact. One point for each contact plus one point for each number that person may have such as 10-10 number, EPC#, and 070#. Any log showing 10% or more errors may be handled as a check log.
CHAPTER AFFILIATION – SCORE ASSIGNMENT
Entrants with Chapter Affiliation whose operating location is within 150 miles of the primary net location of the chapter may assign the entrant’s score to the chapter. QSO Party scores for OPEN SEASON and SPRINT may not be assigned.
Awards will be issued by the Certificate Manager for Top Ten Individual scorers in the World, the top individual scorer in each US Call Area (W0-W9), each DX country and for top QRP, CLUB, MOBILE and CHAPTER. Electronic certificates will be sent to the 2nd and 3rd place scorers in these categories. An award will also be issued for working all 10 USA Call districts for the SPRINT QSO PARTY.
ANNIVERSARY AND MEET THE VOLUNTEERS EVENTS
These specialty events run from January 1st to December 31st each year. For the Anniversary event, submit a log of contacts with members that have the anniversary year contained in their membership number. Example: 2014 is the 52nd anniversary of 10-10 International Net, Inc. Contact members with a ‘52’ in their 10-10 number (i.e. 52088, 75352). Each year the anniversary number changes. In the MEET THE VOLUNTEERS EVENT, submit a log of contacts with members listed in the 10-10 News as being a volunteer. One contact per volunteer is permitted regardless of mode. Logs shall be submitted at the end of each year in 10-10 number order, listing 10-10 number, call, name, date, QTH and mode.
SPIRIT OF 76 QSO PARTY
This event will run for 7 days and includes 6 modes of transmission. It will be centered around the 4th of July. Make as many contacts as you can using 6 different modes of transmission (USB, RTTY, PSK, CW, FM, and AM). You can work the same station 6 times on each of the different modes for a maximum total of 12 points per call sign.
Refer to www.ten-ten.org ON AIR ACTIVITIES for additional information on SCHEDULES, RULES and RESULTS. Any unanswered questions regarding QSO Parties and rules may be forwarded to the QSO Party Manager.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR QSO PARTY SCORE
Logs shall be forwarded to the QSO Manager as identified in the 10-10 News or on the 10-10 web site. It is strongly suggested that logs be sent as soon as possible after the close of the event. It is also recommended the DX logs should be sent either electronically or via AIR MAIL to insure they are received in time. Any logs received with a postmark date AFTER the deadline date will be handled as a check log. Any logs received more than 15 days after the entry deadline, regardless of the postmark, will be discarded. All logs may be sent via EMAIL.
It is imperative that the following information be included in the cover sheet of all log submissions:
Your Call Sign
Your 10-10 Number (if any)
Entry Classification (Individual, Club, QRP or Mobile)
US Call Area (W0-W9 or DX Country)
Chapter Score assignment (if applicable)
Total Points with a 10-10 Number
Total Points without a 10-10 Number
Total Contacts and Points claimed
Log submissions are normally in Cabrillo format, but other formats will be accepted and must include the information listed above which is found on the standard cover sheet listed on the 10-10 web site. Many contest programs will prepare this form for you.
Dupe sheets are not required with an email entry.
Q95 (WIN1010) Formats are NOT ACCEPTABLE.
There are many ways to submit your score including: Paper Log, WIN1010 Software, N3FJP Software and via the KJ4IZW Electronic Scoring Web Site.
PAPER LOGS (including Cover Sheet, Log Sheet(s), and Dupe Sheet to):
Dan Morris, 3162 Covington Way, Lenoir, NC 28645.
If you are using the WIN1010 software, use the following steps for normal scoring submission:
Make sure you have the contest loaded
Click on FILE Contest Print Menu
A dialog box will pop up asking if you want to check logs. You can say ‘Y’ or ‘N’
Choose Name from the drop down list at the lower left of the screen
Click on the ASCII LOG (red) button
Fill in the Cover Sheet information for your station
Choose ‘Make ASCII’ at bottom right
Find your log file in WIN1010 directory and email to the QSO Party Manager
If you are using the N3FJP 10-10 QSO Party software, use the following steps for printing a Cabrillo log:
Click on FILE PRINT or WRITE FILES
Choose QSO Party name and fill out all appropriate information
Look for ‘WRITE ASCII FILE’ at bottom of page
Click on ‘CABRILLO LOG FILE’ (it will save in the program directory)
Find the .log and .dup files and email them to the QSO Party Manager
KJ4IZW SCORING WEB SITE
This is an automated scoring website and it will accept your QSO Party submission electronically.
Look for the appropriate QSO Party event
Type in the required information
You may choose to submit either an ADIF or CABRILLO file
Refer to the 10-10 web site for additional information.
The intent is to provide all 10-10 members and non-10-10 members with a fun activity while operating the QSO Parties. Encourage non-members to join 10-10 and spread the enthusiasm of our organization to other users on the 10-meter band.