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The Indiana QSO Party (INQP) is Saturday May 2nd from noon to midnight local time, just 3 weeks away. I'm starting this thread to help organize who will be available to work the contest. For all of the rules and past results on this contest see http://www.hdxcc.org/inqp/index.html As for the K9IU plans, keep reading:
With this contest, we run in the multi-op category, but the contest rules do not allow for a multiple radios to operate at the same time. What this means is that we can have one radio run as K9IU with people trading off as operators, and the other radio can be open for use on a different band by any General or Extra using their own personal callsign. As day turns to night we will likely be down to one antenna for the lower bands so the second radio won't be available after dark. The trick here will be to make sure you open a new log for your callsign in the logging software. Or bring a laptop with your own logging software. Or, do it by paper and beware of dupes. ;)
This will be a good day for contesting as the New England QSO Party and 7 QSO Party are also held at the same time. In fact, the same logs can be submitted to those contests for points as well. The main difference is that our logging software will not be aware and able to handle scoring all 3 contests from the same contact entries, we will just focus on the INQP score in real time. Just know that these contests are going on and enter their exchanges accordingly.
Add a note to this thread if you plan on attending. Personally, my plans are to operate portable from Brown County so I hope to get K9IU in the logs and we can try to sked some various bands. I believe AJ will be around to open the shack and be control op.
There are 2 categories in which we will be scoring for: The first category is the multi-op station of K9IU itself. This will be up against other multi-op stations in the state. Secondly is the "club competition", where participants in the INQP can lay claim to a club they belong to, and the combined score for each club is ranked against each other. So, anyone who operates under their own callsign should denote the "Indiana University Amateur Radio Club" as their club. I will be doing the same with my Brown County results. The K9IU multi-op score will be included in that as well.
Now, there is a catch to the scoring and the biggest reason I don't think we will win any plaques: Phone contacts count as 1 point, CW contacts count as 2 points. In the past couple of years that I have checked, all plaque winners have had a slew of CW contacts. But, we'll do what we can and hope that we can convince them to normalize the scoring in years to come. Multipliers are for each Indiana county, each state and canadian province. No multipliers for DX entities although they do count for points. The county multipliers are a fun twist to this contest as local contacts can be tricky on HF. Expect them to be more attainable in the evening time on 80m (Bob, any other tips here? I think statewide should be fine on 80m during the day as well though last year our luck didn't kick in until night time)
Also noteworthy, last year we had a mobile team ride through the state and operate, I'm not sure if there are plans for that yet or not. Coordinating here would be a good idea.