2021 Indiana QSO Party Rules
Objective: For Amateurs worldwide to contact as many stations in Indiana as
possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter Amateur bands.
- Date and Contest Period: Contest starts at 1500 UTC Saturday and ends at 0300
UTC Sunday the first full weekend of May.
(Saturday 11am to 11pm EDT or 10am to 10pm CDT.)
For 2021, this is May 1-2.
All stations may operate the full 12-hour period.
As the 2021 INQP rules are being published, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage every aspect of daily
life. With the recent introduction of a COVID vaccine, there is real hope that we will soon begin
the process of getting things "back to normal."
As such, we are publishing the 2021 rules
with the hope that things will be (at least mostly) normal at the time of the 2021 INQP.
However, if the situation warrants, the rules for 2021 will be adjusted as necessary.
Single-operator (High Power, Low Power or QRP). One person performs all logging, spotting, and operating functions.
- Low Power is transmitter output of 100 watts or less.
- QRP is transmitter output power of 5 watts or less.
- Multi-operator single transmitter (Multi-Single). Only one signal is permitted on the air at any time.
- Multi-Operator Multi-transmitter (Multi-Multi). Stations may operate without limit on the number of operators,
transmitters or signals per band. Any station that transmits more than one simultaneous signal must
enter as Multi-Mutli.
- Mobile. Mobile is defined as a self-contained single or multi-operator station, capable of legal motion
(land, water or air), motion optional. A mobile station that at any time uses a larger antenna incapable of
being used in motion is considered a rover (see below).
- Portable (one county). A single transmitter station set up in a temporary location with temporary
antennas (Field Day style). Portable stations may be either single or multiple operator. All operations
to be conducted from a single county.
- Portable (county line). A single transmitter station set up in a temporary location with temporary
antennas (Field Day style). Portable stations may be either single or multiple operator. The station must sit
on a county line, operating equally from both counties.
- Rover. A portable or a mobile station using larger (non-mobile) antennas, that
operates from more than one location.
- A portable station may move (in entirety -- antennas included) to a new county or county
line, thereby becoming a rover.
- Rover stations may be worked again when they change counties (same as mobile stations).
- Operation while mobile is permitted.
- A county line mobile, portable, or rover may operate from only
one or two counties at a time. In other words, three and four county
operations are not allowed.
- Multi-Multi entrants may transmit any number of signals simultaneously. All others may transmit only one
signal on the air at any given time.
- All entrants may use spotting assistance (DX cluster, etc). The prohibition on self-spotting remains in place.
- Pre-contest announcements of planned operations and estimated times are allowed (and encouraged!).
- The use of APRS or other position/location reporting technologies by mobiles/rovers
to broadcast the operator location is allowed, so long as the operating band or frequency is not included
in the broadcast.
Fixed stations must enter as Single-operator, Multi-Single or Multi-Multi only.
Simultaneous use of a single call sign by more than one active station (e.g., by local club members
active in different locations using the club call sign) is ill-advised and causes numerous scoring
issues. It also means that those answering CQ calls will not work the "other" station(s) since it
would create duplicate contacts in their own log. Logs submitted for such operations will be
categorized as checklogs and are not eligible for certificates or plaques.
Indiana stations send RS(T) plus Indiana county.
Non-Indiana stations in the USA and Canada send RS(T) and state, province or territory.
All others (DX) send RS(T) only or RS(T) plus "DX".
Count one point for each complete two-way phone QSO.
Count two points for each complete two-way CW QSO.
Stations may be worked once in each mode (CW/phone) on each band (160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10).
The same fixed station could theoretically be worked twelve times. Exception: Mobile and
rover stations may be worked in each county of operation. For example, you may rework the
same mobile station in both modes on every band every time the mobile moves to a new county.
Stations on county boundaries may be worked for multiple county credit (stations need not
physically move to declare a new county). Contacts with such stations should be
logged in either of two ways:
- as multiple QSOs, one per county.
- as one QSO with each county duly noted.
Note that most contest logging programs have a mechanism for entering multiple counties for each QSO.
Non-Indiana stations may work only Indiana stations.
Repeater, cross-band and cross-mode contacts are not allowed.
The 92 Indiana counties (see Section 9).
The 92 Indiana counties (see Section 9).
The other 49 U.S. states (District of Columbia counts as Maryland).
The 13 Canadian Provinces/Territories: NB, NS, QC, ON, MB, SK, AB, BC, NT, NL, YT, PE and NU.
Multipliers count once per mode (i.e. once on CW and once on phone). This means you can double your possible mults by working both modes.
Indiana stations may work DX stations for QSO point credit, but there are no DX multipliers.
Multiply QSO points by total multipliers.
Example #1: KX9IO (in Indiana) has 354 non-duplicate CW QSOs with stations in 39 states/provinces and 27 Indiana counties and 292 non-duplicate SSB QSOs with stations in 41 states/provinces and 32 Indiana counties.
Total score = ((354 x 2) + 292) x (39 + 27 + 41 + 32)
Example #2: WX5ZR (outside Indiana) has 103 non-duplicate CW QSOs with stations in 24 Indiana counties and 42 non-duplicate SSB QSOs with stations in 12 Indiana counties.
Total score = 1000 x 139
Total score = 139, 000
Total score = ((103 x 2) + 42) x (24 + 12)
Total score = 248 x 36
Total score = 8928
In addition to individual awards, there is an award for the Indiana Amateur Radio Club
whose members turn in the highest total aggregate score.
Clubs must be legitimate radio clubs, meeting FCC requirements for club licensing. Clubs
need not have a club license. The sponsor of Indiana QSO Party, currently
the Hoosier DX and Contest Club, is not eligible for this award.
Logs turned in by a club's members must be for contacts made from within the state of
Indiana for the Indiana QSO Party.
Club members must CLEARLY indicate only one club affiliation when submitting logs. Cabrillo
format logs should show club affiliation in the log header lines. Submissions using other log formats
should be suitably marked.
To be eligible for the club competition award, at least three club members must participate.
One of the following conditions must be satisfied:
at least three club members submit individual logs meeting the above requirements for single operator logs, or
the club submits a single log for a multi-operator station (single or multi transmitter) with
at least three club members shown as operators, or
the club submits a combination of single and multi-operator station logs to meet the minimum
It is not necessary for a log to be from a station using a club's call sign, although the
activation of club stations is encouraged.
- The top scoring station in each category receives a plaque.
- Sponsors for additional plaques are always welecome. Contact HDXCC for additional information.
- The top scoring club (aggregate score of three or more members' logs from Indiana operations) will receive a plaque.
- Certificates for each entry category, each Indiana county, each state/province/territory and each country will be awarded
where significant effort or competition is evident.
CW: 1.805 MHz and 30 kHz up from the band edge on 80-10 meters.
A window for only mobiles to call CQ should be observed from 35 to 40 KHz up.
SSB: 1.845, 3.820, 7.190, 14.250, 21.300 and 28.400 MHz.
Try 160 meters at 0200 UTC.
Web Site: www.hdxcc.org/inqp
Please visit the web site for additional information including:
A list of Indiana counties and abbreviations
Indiana county map
Notes on compatible logging software
Mobile and county expedition plans