Oklahoma QSO Party 2018 - March 10 and 11
1500 - 0200 UTC on Saturday, 1400 - 2100 UTC Sunday
That would be 9 to 8 on Saturday, and 9 to 4 on Sunday (7 hours), local Oklahoma time..
Remember, DST starts on Sunday morning, so spring forward with your local time.
If your an Oklahoma station please consider going mobile this year, and help get all 77 counties on in a big way!!
If you operate both Fixed and Mobile, please submit two logs and use two different call signs.
Please submit your log, (by April 1st) even if only for a few Q's.
First, there are no rule changes this year. No FT8 is allowed, but that's not really a rule change, as FT8 did not exist last year. The 2018 running will continue to allow DXCC to be counted as mults by Oklahoma stations, the 13 Canadian Multipliers that most other QSO Parties are now using are available as mults. If your software does not recognize the mults, just keep track by hand and then add them to the Cabrillo file manually after the contest is over.
If your a mobile please operate below .040 (on CW). Consider signing with a /M, /CTY, or a space and CTY. If your a Oklahoma fixed station please CQ .041 and above and please do NOT sign your call with a /CTY.
As with last year:
Oklahoma Mobile stations can earn 500 points per county by making at least 5 QSO on 80 or 40 meters (example:3 q's on 40 and 2 q's on 80 in same county, would qualify). There are no bonus points for fixed stations..
Again this year, CW and Digital contacts will be scored separately, so you can work the same station on both CW and PSK and get credit for both modes. Only PSK and RTTY are allowed as digital contacts. Just to be clear, no FT8
Be sure to use the county abbreviations shown with Counties Map. Make sure your logging software enters the correct county when you type the three letter abbreviations. Note that in the past, "GAR-Garfield / GRV-Garvin", "GRA-Grady / GNT-Grant", "HAR-Harmon / HRP-Harper", "MCL-McClain / MCU-McCurtain", "ROG-Rogers / RGM-Roger Mills", "WAS-Washington / WAT / Washita", "WOO-Woods / WDW-Woodward" cause considerable confusion. Check your logging software before the contest and verify what gets entered as the county, when you type the above, three letter abbreviations.
Please edit your Cabrillo file so that only the three letter abbreviations are used in the Cab file.
Please email Connie Marshall, K5CM at his qrz.com email address with any questions. If your an Oklahoma station, please share your operating plans..
73 and see you in the party,