Utah Parks on the Air QSO Party 2018 Rules

1. Date and Time:
Saturday, August 25th, 2018 from 9am - 11pm US Mountain Time (1600Z, August 25th - 0600Z, August 26th)

2. Purpose:
The purpose of the Utah Parks on the Air QSO Party is to encourage individuals, groups, and clubs to organize portable operation from a park in Utah and make contact with other individuals, groups, and clubs in Utah parks. The contest also encourages Utah operators that cannot activate from a park, to participate from home, club stations, or EOC centers. Participation is also encouraged from operators not in Utah making contact with Utah stations.

3. Objective:
Utah stations work everybody, including other Utah stations. Stations outside Utah work as many Utah stations as possible. See the rules below for further details. Send comments or questions to: utpota@gmail.com.

4. Entry Classes:
SINGLE STATION: Entries where only one transmitted signal is permitted on the air at any time. Other operators may be present to help with logging, logistics, and taking shifts operating.
-Single Station Utah Park
-Single Station Utah Dwelling
-Single Station Outside of Utah

MULTIPLE STATION: Entries where multiple transmitted signals are permitted at the same time.
-Multiple Station Park
-Multiple Station Dwelling
-Multiple Station Outside of Utah

PARK - Operating of non permanently installed equipment within the park boundaries. Commercial power is allowed. Bonus points will be given for non commercial power.

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC): Entries located at an established EOC site, activated by an individual or group. An EOC category entry may utilize permanently installed equipment and antennas, or equipment/antennas temporarily installed at the EOC for the event. EOC entries are not categorized by the number of transmitters. EOC is defined as a operation position located in government, or non-government structures with the primary purpose of relaying emergency traffic.

PERMANENT DWELLING: Entries located in a permanent dwelling or structure utilizing fixed/installed equipment and on commercial power. Not including EOC’s

5. Modes:
*Satellite QSOs are allowed
*Repeater, & Network QSOs are not allowed

6. Bands:
Contacts may be made on any amateur band EXCEPT the 60m, 30m, 17m, and 12m bands. Operating modes in the particular bands must follow the ARRL Band Plan.

7. Exchange:
-Utah Stations: send RS/T and county (see the county abbreviation list)
-US/Canada Stations: send RS/T and state/province (see the state/province abbreviation list)
-DX Stations (outside US and Canada): send RS/T and “DX”

8. Scoring:
Total score = (QSO points * Multipliers) + Bonus points

QSO Points
-Each phone contact is worth one (1) point per band
-Each CW contact is worth two (2) points per band
-Each digital mode contact is worth two (2) points ber band
-Duplicate contacts are worth zero points
-A station may be worked once per mode (1 Phone, 1 CW, and 1 Digital) per band

Multipliers In Utah
-Three (3) multipliers for each Utah county worked
-Two (2) multiplier for DX station (outside US and Canada). *Limit multiplier only counts once.
-One (1) multiplier for each state (including Utah) or Canadian province worked(see the state/[province list)

Multipliers Outside Utah
-Three (3) multipliers for each Utah county worked

Available Bonus Points
-GOTA Get On The Air Station (XXX points, plus contacts count towards QSO/multiplier points)
-QRP (20w or less) XXX points
-Non Commercial Power (Generator XXX points, or Battery/Solar XXX points)

Final Score
-Multiply total QSO points by the total number of multipliers worked.

9. Club Competition:
Members’ scores from Utah stations will be credited towards their Utah club they designate, in addition to individual awards/endorsements

10. Planned Operation:
While registration is not required for participation or submission of logs. If you would like your location published on the map please submit your name (or club name), call sign, county, location to utpota@gmail.com within two (2) days of the contest.

11. General Information:
-Use of spotting nets (i.e. PacketCluster,Reverse Beacon Network, Skimmer) is permitted for the purposes of encouraging contest participation
-Stations are not allowed to change their entry class once established
-Single Station - One transmitting station, single or multiple operators
-Multiple Station - More than one transmitting station, multiple operators
-Download the list of Utah counties and State/Province abbreviations. All operators must use these abbreviations in their exchanges and in their logs
-Each operating class should be contained within 1,000 feet or less. If operating from a park, the operators and equipment must be contained within the park.

12. Park Definition:
For the purpose of this contest a park is defined as any city, county, service district, state, federal, tribal park or public space. Operators and all the equipment used, need to be within the perimeter of the park. If the park is part of a trail system or river, you need to be within 100 feet of the trail or river. It is recommended for large groups to reserve a pavilion, or group site to avoid any conflict with the park management. Equipment can be setup no earlier than 24 hours in advance of the contest. No permanently installed equipment can be used. Commercial power is allowed.

13. Submission of Logs:
-Logs must be received by 11:45pm Mountain Time on September 20th (0645Z September 21, 2017)
-Submit logs via email to: utpota@gmail.com
-Contest logs should be in Cabrillo format. The N3FJP software will provide this format
-See http://www.arrl.org/cabrilo-format-tutorial for some basic Cabrillo info

14. Awards:
High Score
-Utah Single Station - Park
-Utah Multi Station - Park
-Utah Single Station - Dwelling
-Utah Multi Station - Permanent
-Utah EOC
-Out-of-State Single Station (within US and Canada)
-Out-of-State Multi Station (within US and Canada)
-DX (outside US and Canada)

Special Endorsements
-County Sweep (all counties worked in Utah)
-Worked all States (all U.S. states worked)

-Club top combined score

15. Certificates:
Due to cost of printing and shipping, certificates will be provided in electronic email format for participants. Top awards will be mailed certificate.

16. Entrant Agreement:
By submitting a log to the Utah Parks on the Air QSO party, entrant agrees that all decisions made by the organizers are final. That said, every effort will be made to maintain fairness to all participants.

17. Waiver of Liability:
Participants in the Utah Parks on the Air event do so at their own risk. All participants are on notice that some risk is involved with any portable Amateur Radio operation outdoors. Participants agree to take all safety precautions, including, but not limited to, avoiding power lines, following all rules and regulations of the park management; choosing an operating site wisely; avoiding interactions with wildlife; disturbing other guests; and by maintaining a general awareness of their personal condition when undertaking portable amateur radio operation.

Contest organizers assume no liability for any Amateur Radio operator participating in the Utah Parks on the Air event and participants agree to assume all risk and liability for damage to personal property and injury to persons that may result from such operation, and to hold Utah Parks on the Air organizers harmless therefrom.