Frequently Asked Questions
What counties are rare/most needed?
Please refer to the INQP Records page for the details. There is a lot
of detail there, so be sure you scroll down to the bottom to see it all.
How close do I have to be to a county line to claim a two-county QSO?
For the INQP, we require that you be as close as is safely and legally as possible. In cases
where your station (your vehicle or antenna) cannot physically be located in two counties, then use your own
discretion. Do NOT park on a bridge over a waterway, which is neither safe nor legal.
Be aware that MARAC and CQ have different (more strict) rules for what constitutes a valid two-county QSO. Consult
MARAC or CQ for details.
Do you accept paper logs?
Yes, but only hand-written logs. If you use a computer to create your log, send us a computer file.
We have to type in every paper log we receive and there is no good reason why we should retype a
log that you already typed.
In any case, make sure you include your name, call sign, mailing address and entry category
(including power level for single-ops).
How about allowing other bands (VHF/UHF) or modes (RTTY)?
For now, we believe that adding bands or modes would serve only to dilute the existing activity.
We closely watch the activity level every year, and we will consider expanding the allowed bands
and modes when appropriate or when there is otherwise sufficient demand from participants.
What is the difference between a Mobile and a Rover?
A Mobile must be fully capabable of moving while operating, and that includes ALL of the antennas.
A Rover has the option of deploying non-movable antennas. For example, a rover can use a dipole
in the trees whereas a mobile cannot.
Note that both Mobile and Rover must change counties at least once.
May I sponsor a plaque?
Yes! We award about a dozen or so plaques each year, and we always need sponsors. You may even create
your own category (subject to our approval). See here for the 2014 list.