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1. Objective

For radio amateurs outside the state of South Carolina to contact as many South Carolina stations in as many of the 46 South Carolina counties as possible.

For radio amateurs within the state of South Carolina to contact as many stations as possible.

2. Contest Period

Begins at 1400Z on the third Saturday in September and ends at 0300Z the following Sunday (13 hours total).

3. Bands

The SCQP shall be conducted on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 meter bands only.

4. Modes

4.1. Phone

Use “PH” as the the mode in the log header and on each contact.

4.2. CW

Use “CW” as the the mode in the log header and on each contact.

4.3. Digital

For purposes of the contest, digital modes shall include RTTY and PSK modes. Use “RY as the mode in the log header and on each contact.

4.4. Mixed

Phone and CW contacts are submitted as a single entry. Use “Mixed” as the mode in the log header, but log each contact by the actual mode used (e.g. PH, CW, or RY).

5. Exchange

5.1. South Carolina Stations

Signal report and county abbreviation (see section 14 for county abbreviations).

5.2. USA Stations Outside South Carolina

Signal report and two-letter state abbreviation. Note that Washington, D.C. is a multiplier for contest purposes. Puerto Rico, USVI, Guam, and other US territories are considered DX for contest purposes.

5.3. Canadian Stations

Signal report and two-letter province/territory abbreviation.

5.4. DX Stations

Signal report and “DX” (not country).

6. Categories

6.1. Fixed

6.1.1. Single Operator (SO)

One person performs all operating and logging functions. Only one (1) transmitted signal on the air at any time. There are no limits on band changes.

6.1.2. Multi-Operator

Those obtaining assistance from another operator or logger. There are no limits on band changes.

6.1.3. Fixed Location Definition

All logs submitted for scoring in the Fixed categories must originate from a single fixed location. Transmitters and antennas for fixed locations must reside with a 300 meter circle. Use of remote receivers and/or transmitters is prohibited.

6.1.2.1. Multi-Single (MS)

Only one (1) transmitted signal on the air at any time.

6.1.2.2. Multi-Multi (MM)

More than one (1) transmitted signal on the air at any time. Only one (1) transmitted signal per mode per band.

6.2. Mobile

6.2.1. Mobile Single (ML)

A single mobile or portable station that operates from at least two (2) different South Carolina counties and making at least one (1) contact from each county.

6.2.2. Mobile Multi (MU)

Same as the Mobile Single category but with multiple operators and/or multiple simultaneously operated stations in the vehicle/location.

NOTE: A mobile station may have a non-contest operating driver, for safety, and remain in the Single operator category. However, if the driver operates at any time in the contest, then that Mobile station shall be classified as Multi-Operator. Mobile stations must move the entire operating site at least 200 meters into the new county.

“Line Sitting”, i.e. straddling a county line and activating multiple counties simultaneously is not allowed.

Use of spotting assistance including packet clusters, reverse beacon networks, CW Skimmer, etc. is permitted in all categories. Self-spotting is NOT permitted.

7. Power

QRP: 5 watts or less.

Low: 100 watts or less.

High: Greater than 100 watts.

8. Entry Category

We utilize the Cabrillo v3 standards for Entry Category. It consists of these “header” items:

CATEGORY-MODE: The category-mode must be one of the following.
SSB   |   CW    |   RTTY   |   MIXED

CATEGORY-OPERATOR: The category-operator must be one of the following.
SINGLE-OP   |   MULTI-OP   |   CHECKLOG

CATEGORY-POWER: The category-power must be one of the following.
HIGH   |   LOW  |   QRP

CATEGORY-STATION: The category-stationr must be one of the following.
FIXED   |   MOBILE

CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: The category-transmitter is required for multi-operator entries and must be one of the following.
ONE   |   TWO   |   UNLIMITED

9. Scoring

Stations may be worked once per band and mode for QSO Points. For QSOs with SC Mobiles, also per county. There is no partial contact credit.

9.1. QSO Points

9.1.1. PHONE (South Carolina Stations)

Each completed and valid PHONE contact with other South Carolina stations shall count as one (1) point. Each completed and valid phone contact with stations outside of South Carolina shall count as two (2) points.

9.1.2. CW/DIGITAL (South Carolina Stations)

Each completed and valid CW/ Digital contact with other South Carolina stations shall count as two (2) points. Each completed and valid CW/DIGITAL contact with stations outside of South Carolina shall count as four (4) points. Note that for contest purposes, PSK, RTTY, JT65 or other legal digital modes shall be considered equivalent. Thus a PSK and RTTY contact on the same band with the same station is considered a dupe.

9.1.3. PHONE (All Out-Of-State Stations)

Each completed and valid PHONE contact with South Carolina stations shall count as one (1) point.

9.1.4. CW/DIGITAL (All Out-Of-State Stations)

Each completed and valid CW/ Digital contact with South Carolina stations shall count as two (2) points. Note that for contest purposes, PSK, RTTY, JT65 or other legal digital modes shall be considered equivalent. Thus a PSK and RTTY contact on the same band with the same station is considered a dupe.

9.2. Multipliers

Multipliers are counted ONCE PER MODE (NOT per band).

9.2.1. SC Fixed Stations

  1. Each South Carolina  county – 46 total
  2. Each USA state including South Carolina and Washington, D.C. When logging other SC stations, enter the SC County as the exchange (not SC).
  3. Each Canadian Province/Territory.
  4. DX contacts count for QSO points only. Enter DX for the exchange.

9.2.2. SC Mobile Stations

  1. Each South Carolina  county – 46 total
  2. Each USA state including South Carolina and Washington, D.C. When logging other SC stations, enter the SC County as the exchange (not SC).
  3. Each SC county activated. At least one (1) QSO must be made from a county in order for it count as activated.
  4. Each Canadian Province/Territory.
  5. DX contacts count for QSO points only. Enter DX for the exchange.

9.2.3. Non-SC Stations

  1. Each SC county, 46 total.
  2. SC Mobile stations, when they change counties, may be worked as a new station.

9.3. Bonus Stations

Each completed and valid contact with a Bonus Station (listed below) will be worth the bonus points listed below.  Bonus Stations may be worked ONCE per BAND per MODE.

500 points – W4CAE (Columbia Amateur Radio Club Station)
350 points – WW4SF (Swamp Fox Contest Group Club Station)

Bonus Stations will be operated by approved club members during the SCQP. All Bonus Station operators will adhere to the “Bonus Station Operator’s Guidelines”  which will be provided to each operator prior to the event.

Note: You will receive QSO points and multipliers for working the Bonus Stations. The bonus points per Bonus Station contact will be added to your final score..

9.4. Final Score

Final Score = [Total QSO Points x Multipliers] + Bonus Station Points

9.5. Invalid Contacts

Stations outside of South Carolina may not count contacts with non-South Carolina stations or DX stations for contest credit or multipliers.

10. Awards

10.1. Certificates

Certificates will be awarded to the top scores for in each entry category for the following:

  • DX stations
  • Canadian Provinces
  • US States Outside South Carolina

10.2. Plaques

Sponsored plaques will be awarded to highest score for the categories listed below. A certificate will be issued lieu of a plaque in cases where there is no plaque sponsor. A minimum of 50 valid contacts is required to qualify for a plaque. Plaques and other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the SCQP Committee. 

In-State – Single Op, Single Transmitter
Mixed – High, Low, QRP
CW – High, Low, QRP
Phone – High, Low, QRP
Digital – High, Low, QRP

In-State – Multi-Op, Single Transmitter
Mixed – High, Low, QRP
CW – High, Low, QRP
Phone – High, Low, QRP
Digital – High, Low, QRP

In-State – Multi-Op, Multi Transmitter
Mixed – High, Low, QRP
CW – High, Low, QRP
Phone – High, Low, QRP
Digital – High, Low, QRP

In-State – Mobile
(Top SSB/CW/Digital/bonus combined score)

Out-Of-State – Single Op, Single Transmitter
Mixed – High, Low, QRP
CW – High, Low, QRP
Phone – High, Low, QRP
Digital – High, Low, QRP

Out-Of-State – Multi-Op, Single Transmitter
Mixed – High, Low, QRP
CW – High, Low, QRP
Phone – High, Low, QRP
Digital – High, Low, QRP

Out-of-State – Multi-Op, Multi Transmitter
Mixed – High, Low, QRP
CW – High, Low, QRP
Phone – High, Low, QRP
Digital – High, Low, QRP

11. Suggested Frequencies

SSB: 1.865, 3,810, 7.190, 14.250, 21.300, 28.450, and 50.135

CW: 1.815, 3.545, 7.045, 14.045, 21.045, 28.045, and 50.095

12. Miscellaneous

  • A transmitter used to contact one or more stations may not subsequently be used under any other callsign during the contest. There are two exceptions. First is for family stations where more than one callsign is assigned and the operator is changed when the callsign is changed. Second is a transmitter used with a Bonus Station call sign may be operated under a different callsign when it is not being used as a Bonus Station.
  • Out-Of-State stations working from multiple states must submit separate logs for each state. Each state score stands alone, and is not consolidated with other state operations.
  • Any stations operated remotely should be entered using the location of the transmitter/antenna, not the operator location.
  • A mobile station is a station that can be operated while in motion.

13. Logs

Entries must be submitted within 30 days of the contest end. Log files may be submitted via the following methods:

    • Via email. Cabrillo format logs are STRONGLY preferred, however any ASCII text format is acceptable.
    • Via electronic media. CD or thumbdrive only please. Thumbdrives will be returned if an SASE is provided.
    • Paper logs. When submitting paper logs, a summary sheet is required. Summary sheets are not required for Cabrillo logs. Send all electronic media and paper logs to:

SCQSO Party

PO Box 595

Columbia, SC 29202

All logs must indicate band, mode, date, time (in UTC), calls, sent exchange (signal report, and state/province/county/DX) and received exchange (signal report, state/province/county/DX). Note that non-Cabrillo logs must also indicate the QSO points for each contact.
Entry forms, summary sheets, county/state/province abbreviations are available at scqso.com.

14. Abbreviations

14.1. South Carolina Counties

Abbeville ABBE
Aiken AIKE
Allendale ALLE
Anderson ANDE
Bamberg BAMB
Barnwell BARN
Beaufort BEAU
Berkeley BERK
Calhoun CHOU
Charleston CHAR
Chester CHES
Chesterfield CHFD
Cherokee CKEE
Clarendon CLRN
Colleton COLL
Darlington DARL
Dillon DILL
Dorchester DORC
Edgefield EDGE
Fairfield FAIR
Florence FLOR
Georgetown GEOR
Greenwood GRWD
Greenville GVIL
Hampton HAMP
Horry HORR
Jasper JASP
Kershaw KERS
Laurens LAUR
Lee LEE
Lexington LEXI
Lancaster LNCS
Marion MARI
Marlboro MARL
McCormick MCOR
Newberry NEWB
Oconee OCON
Orangeburg ORNG
Pickens PICK
Richland RICH
Saluda SALU
Spartanburg SPAR
Sumter SUMT
Union UNIO
Williamsburg WILL
York YORK

14.2. US States

Alabama AL
Alaska AK
Arizona AZ
Arkansas AR
California CA
Colorado CO
Connecticut CT
Delaware DE
Florida FL
Georgia GA
Hawaii HI
Idaho ID
Illinois IL
Indiana IN
Iowa IA
Kansas KS
Kentucky KY
Lousiana LA
Maine ME
Maryland MD
Massachusetts MA
Michigan MI
Minnesota MN
Mississippi MS
Missouri MO
Montana MT
Nebraska NE
Nevada NV
New Hampshire NH
New Jersey NJ
New Mexico NM
New York NY
North Carolina NC
North Dakota ND
Ohio OH
Oklahoma OK
Oregon OR
Pennsylvania PA
Rhode Island RI
South Dakota SD
Tennessee TN
Texas TX
Utah UT
Vermont VT
Virginia VA
Washington WA
Washington, D.C. DC
West Virginia WV
Wisconsin WI
Wyoming WY

14.3. Canadian Provinces and Territories

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
Newfoundland and Labrador NL
Nova Scotia NS
Northwest Territories NT
Nunavut NU
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PE
Quebec QC
Saskatchewan SK
Yukon YT

15. Cabrillo Log File Example

NOTE: The header section has the details of your entry
NOTE: Send your log to logs@scqso.com
START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: Cabrillo Example File
CALLSIGN: YOURCALL HERE
CONTEST: SC-QSO-PARTY
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: MULTI-OP
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-STATION: MOBILE
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CLAIMED-SCORE: YOUR SCORE 
CLUB: YOUR CLUB NAME HERE
EMAIL: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSS
LOCATION: YOUR STATE, PROVINCE OR DX
NAME: YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAMES
ADDRESS: STREET ADDRESS
ADDRESS: CITY, STATE, ZIPCODE
OPERATORS: CALLS OF OPERATORS
SOAPBOX: Put your comments in lines
SOAPBOX: like these for publication in the results.
NOTE:-------------------------------------------------
NOTE: All these NOTE lines can be deleted for submission (or not)
NOTE: There should be a colon and a space after the Keywords (like QSO)
NOTE: There should be NO more colons in the line after the Keyword. 
NOTE: 
NOTE: In the "QSO" lines below, at least ONE space is needed between items.
NOTE: AND the items should be in the order shown on the lines.
NOTE: Extra spaces do not hurt, columns don't have to align vertically
NOTE: 
NOTE: Description of items on a QSO line---------------
NOTE: Frequency- with no decimals is preferred, or band like 40 or 20 is ok.
NOTW: Mode- is PH, CW, or RY only. 
NOTE: Date- is as shown.
NOTE: Time- is 4 digit UTC with no colons.
NOTE: YOUR CALL- as used in the QSO party
NOTE: Sig Report- 5X or 5XX format as you sent 
NOTE: YOUR QTH-(State, if not in SC) or County (if in SC) or
NOTE: Province (if in Canada) or "DX" (for all others)
NOTE: The CALL of the contacted station
NOTE: Sig Report- 5X or 5XX format as you received 
NOTE: The QTH of the contacted station, A State/Province/SC County or DX
NOTE: SC to SC QSOs use a county for sent and received QTH- You get state mult
NOTE: Stuff after last item (His QTH) is ignored if no colons present)
NOTE: Example lines from an SC station below---------------------
QSO: 14000 PH 2007-04-14 1813 KN4QD 59 RICH KI4HPX 59 RICH
QSO: 14000 PH 2007-04-14 1831 KN4QD 59 RICH VE3VID 59 ON 
QSO: 14000 PH 2007-04-14 1836 KN4QD 59 RICH K4XU 59 OR 
QSO: 14000 PH 2007-04-14 1839 KN4QD 59 RICH VE3KPP 59 ON
QSO: 14000 PH 2007-04-14 1831 KN4QD 59 KERS VE3VID 59 ON 
QSO: 7000 CW 2007-04-15 2159 KN4QD 599 MARI W8CAR 599 OH 
QSO: 14000 PH 2007-04-15 2234 KN4QD 59 MARI W4GKF 59 CHAR
QSO: 7000 CW 2007-04-15 2306 KN4QD 599 MARI N4BP 599 GVIL 
QSO: 7000 RY 2007-04-15 2310 KN4QD 599 MARI K5YAA 599 OK
QSO: 7000 CW 2007-04-15 2310 KN4QD 599 SUMT W4AU 599 VA
QSO: 7000 CW 2007-04-15 2313 KN4QD 599 SUMT VE3NBJ 599 DX
QSO: 7000 CW 2007-04-15 2313 KN4QD 599 SUMT WA3HAE 599 PA 
QSO: 7000 CW 2007-04-15 2314 KN4QD 599 MARI W7LPF 599 PA
QSO: 7000 CW 2007-04-15 2315 KN4QD 599 KERS AA3B 599 PA
QSO: 7000 RY 2007-04-15 2315 KN4QD 599 RICH AD1C 599 MA
END-OF-LOG:

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