Frequently Asked Questions
DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF INDEXA TO OPERATE IN THE INDEXA QSO PARTY? No. Everyone can work everyone. Non members are welcome and encouraged to participate.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE TO DEVOTE TO THIS? As much or as little as you like. You can operate when you want to, on the bands your want to, and on the modes you want to. You can operate for long stretches or just a few minutes at a time. The QSO Party runs for eight days; pick your own times; there is no minimum or maximum.
HOW DO I LOG MY QSOs? Any way you want to, but using a contest type logging program will make you life much easier. To be eligible for an award, you must submit a Cabrillo log file. Check our N1MM Logger+ page for details on using the free N1MM Logger+ program and the user defined INDEXA QSO PARTY contest module to log your INDEXA QSO Party QSOs, generate the Cabrillo file, and score your entry. Check for updates on our N1MM page as the event approaches.
ARE TEAM ENTRIES ALLOWED? Yes. We encourage DX clubs and contest clubs to identify themselves on their submission forms and perhaps engage in some friendly competition for an award. The team may consist of INDEXA members, non-members, or a mix of members and non-members. There are no geographical restrictions on the team composition.
EXPLAIN THE POINT AND MULTIPLIER SCORING. If you contact a non-INDEXA member, that QSO is worth 1 point. If you contact an INDEXA member, that QSO is worth 3 points. If you contact one of the 14 INDEXA officials, that QSO is worth 25 points. Multipliers include each U.S. state, each Canadian province, and every other DXCC country. Multipliers count once per band. A station may be worked on CW, SSB, and RTTY on each band. The QSO exchange will indicate whether you are a non-member (N), an INDEXA member (M), or INDEXA official (O). The contest module for N1MM will automatically score your QSOs.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM WORKING A NON-MEMBER, MEMBER, OR OFFICIAL? It will be in the QSO exchange of information which consists of a signal report (RST), the member status (N = non-INDEXA member, M = INDEXA member, O = INDEXA official), and state or province for U.S. and Canadian amateurs. DX stations do not send any QTH information.
WHAT ARE SOME TYPICAL QSO EXCHANGES?
CQ IQP W4XYZ; YB0ABC; YB0ABC 5NN M GA; W4XYZ 5NN N; YB0ABC TU W4XYZ CQ
CQ IQP K5XYZ; VE3ABC; VE3ABC 5NN M TX; K4XYZ 5NN M ON; VE3ABU TU K5XYZ CQ
CQ IQP SP3ABC; XE1XYZ; XE1ABC 5NN M; 5NN N; TU SP3ABC CQ IQP
WHAT MODES CAN I USE? QSOs can be made with CW, SSB, or RTTY. You may mix modes as you wish.
CAN I WORK A STATION ON MULTIPLE MODES? Yes. You can work a station on each mode on each band for points
IS SPOTTING OR ASSISTED STATUS ALLOWED? Yes.
WHAT ARE THERE POWER RESTRICTIONS? You may operate using up to the maximum legal power limit you are allowed.
WHERE DO I SUBMIT MY LOG? Cabrillo log files MUST be uploaded to: https://indexaqp.contesting.com/ Uploaded Cabrillo log files are required to receive an award and contribute to a club or group score. Even if you only make a few QSOs; please, please upload your log.
WHAT IS THE AWARD STRUCTURE? Plaques will be awarded as follows: Top World, Top North America, Top Europe, Top Asia, Top Africa, Top South America, and Top Oceania scores. Certificates will be available for the top scorers in each country, Canadian province, U.S. call area, and the top scoring DX or contest club.