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Pennsylvania QSO Party


Pennsylvania stations:
Work all stations and send a sequential serial # and your County. A total of 152 multipliers are possible. 67 counties, 71 ARRL sections (including EPA and WPA), 13 RAC sections, and only 1 DX mult (not an ARRL section, PAC, KP2 or KP4). To score just one DX mult, `DX` is entered for each DX worked. When you work EPA and WPA counties for the first time, the section is added to the log and counted as a multiplier. See required files below.

Note:
Since RAC stations sometimes send either VE3 or ON for the ON mult (for example), the logger uses the look-up file {paqpsecs.dat} so the same text is used for each RAC section.

Use the Mults menu to see the total Section/RAC mults. This function counts EPA and WPA if those counties are worked as well. To view or print all the multiplier QSOs, you can write the file {clean_sweep.txt}. This file is a list of the multiplier QSOs in the order they were worked.

Non-PA stations:
Work only PA stations and send serial # and your ARRL section or RAC province. DX sends serial # only. Multipliers are the 67 PA counties. If you work a non-valid QSO (a non-PA station), the Q-points are set to zero.

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Mults/Bonus points setup:
Click the [Multi/Bonus] box to setup the power multiplier and bonus points that are used to calculate the score. Also in the [Multi/Bonus] setup select the Novice/Technician option to multiply your score X 3. Re-load the log file to update the score.

Mobiles:
When working mobiles from different counties, a dupe prompt comes up to tell you it is a dupe. To work the QSO, hit <OK> and log the QSO in a different county. If it is a dupe, hit <Esc> to clear.

When moving to a different county, don`t forget to change your 3-letter county designator in the TX Exchange field. Otherwise it will be incorrect in your log. You don`t have to go to the initial setup screen to do this.

If you are a mobile and you would like a new set of serial numbers for each county you operate from, then select the { New Ser#s checkbox }. The serial number will be sequential for each county. For instance, when you move from Beaver into Allegheny county and change the TX Exchange county to ALL, the serial number will start at 1. If you drive back into a previously operated from county and want to make more QSOs, the serial number will pick up where it left off in that county.

When you re-start the program and you want to use the above feature, re-check the checkbox before logging QSOs. This selection is purposely not saved to the ini file, since the default is a single-set sequential serial # log.

QSO points:
CW  = 2 points.
RTTY and PSK QSOs = 2 points.
PH QSOs = 1 point.
I was given a link to new rules for 2010 by the sponsor, and I changed the points scoring. Now I see that the current 2010 rules on their web site shows CW on bands other than 160m and 80m score 1.5 points. Oh well - the sponsor will score your log anyway.

Work a station on all 4 modes per band (PH, CW, RTTY and PSK).
Note: All SSB, FM, AM modes are entered as PH only in the logger.
Score = total multipliers  X  Total QSO points

Log submissions:
Use the Log and Write more files menu menus to write the various files to send to the contest sponsor. 
1. Cabrillo log {urCall.log} - e-mailed to NARC.
2. Summary file {urCall.sum}. NARC has a nice editable PDF file on their web site.You can use this GenLog file to help fill out the on-line PDF file. Print the PDF file and US mail it to NARC.
3. Dupe file {urCall.txt} - as required.

Counties:
At any time, you can view the counties `To Work` and print the list to printer. Turn on the Printer check-box and right-mouse click the list.

County abbreviations are the first three letters except:
BUX = Bucks  MOE = Monroe
CMB = Cambria  MGY = Montgomery
CRN= Cameron  MTR = Montour
DCO = Delaware NHA = Northampton
INN = Indiana  NUM = Northumberland



Datafiles required:
paqpsecs.dat, all_count.dat, counties.txt, PAQP-EPA.dat and PAQP-WPA.dat.