Frequently Asked Questions
Can I operate on a county line and give out both
You can only give out one county as your location in
an exchange. It is suggested that you stay in one county for a
reasonable length of time giving out that multiplier then move to
the next county and give out the new mult.
What is the difference between mobile and rover?
You are starting the contest with antennas mounted
on a vehicle that can be used in motion. This makes you
mobile. Changing loggers, drivers or attending fan club
does not change the definition.
You become a rover when you use antennas that
are set up and taken down from specific locations. Presumably these
antennas are better than the purely mobile antennas, hence the
Either way you enter the same Mobile/Rover Category
in the OQP. They are NOT separate categories.
Can I change category partway through the
If you want to change categories partway through the
contest, you must change call signs. There is no provision to vary
categories with the same call sign.
Can I change from multi-op to single-op during
No. Once you operate as a multi-op station then you
are multi for the duration.
Is there a 10 minute rule for M/S stations?
If I'm in Ontario may I work stations outside of Ontario for
For sure! You get the same multiplier points for
another province, state, or DX station as you do for an Ontario
station. We would urge you to get on the higher HF bands and work as
many of these stations as possible.
Stations outside of Ontario only work Ontario
stations for points.
May I operate the contest using a single band?
Yes, but as there is no single band category you
would enter as a single operator. You would still be eligible for
certificates but would be competing with all band operators.
How was it determined what city becomes a
multiplier in the OQP?
These categories are those set by the provincial
government. The various categories are Regions, Counties, Single
Tier (Cities) and Districts and are shown on this web page.
What Category am I in if I operate an HF station
located remotely in
and a VHF station locally in a different county?
A simple answer would be that you would operate in
the Rover category. The county
you would use for your exchange would be the county where your
transmitting antenna is located. So if your HF station and
specifically the antenna was in KAW that would be your county
exchange for contacts made by HF even if you are located in a
different county. If your VHF station, specifically your VHF antenna
was in YRK then that would be your exchange county for VHF contacts.
Can I work CW on VHF/UHF?
Yes. Historically there has been very little CW
activity on these bands but if you can find someone to work contacts
in CW are worth points just as they are on the HF bands.
How can I submit a text log with a few contacts. I don't have a fancy logging program that can generate a cabrillo file.
Bruce Horn, WA7BNM has added a text to cabrillo converter on his website at:
http://b4h.net/cabforms/onqp_cab3.php - you can enter your contacts and it will generate a suitable cabrillo file for you to copy and paste into our webform.