Any Amateur Radio licensee may enter.
To work as many North American stations as pos-sible during the contest period.
3. North American Station:
Defined by the ARRL DXCC List, with the addition of Hawaii.
4. Contest periods:
CW: 1800 UTC to 0600 UTC second full weekend in January
SSB: 1800 UTC to 0600 UTC third full weekend in January
RTTY: 1800 UTC to 0600 UTC on last Saturday in February
RTTY: 1800 UTC to 0600 UTC third full weekend in July
CW: 1800 UTC to 0600 UTC first full weekend in August
SSB: 1800 UTC to 0600 UTC third full weekend in August
5. Entry Classifications:
a) Single Operator:
i) One person performs all transmitting, receiving, and logging functions as well as equipment and antenna adjustments.
ii) Access to spotting information obtained directly or indirectly from any source other than the station operator, such as from other stations or automated tools, is prohibited.
iii) Only one transmitted signal allowed at a time.
iv) May operate 10 out of the 12 hours of the contest. Off-times must be at least 30 minutes in length. In order to count as off-time, the difference between the times of consecutive contacts must be greater than or equal to 31 minutes (ie, 30 intervening minutes, during which no contacts occur). The contest period ends at 05:59:59 UTC.
v) Any use of assistance such as packet spotting networks, skimmers and the like will place the operation into the multioperator category.
b) Multioperator Two-Transmitter:
i) More than one person performs transmitting, receiving and logging functions, etc.
ii) A maximum of two transmitted signals at any given time, each on a different band. Both transmitters may work any and all stations.
iii) Each transmitted signal must have at least 10 minutes between band changes. Ten minute periods are defined as starting with the first logged QSO on a band.
iv) May operate for the entire 12 hours of the contest.
v) Multioperator stations are required to use one name throughout the entire contest.
6. Output Power:
No greater than 100 W. Use of external amplifiers capable of more than 100 W output is not allowed. QRP (5 W) entries will be recognized in the results. Entries from stations choosing to use more than 100 W will be classified as check logs.
7. Mode: CW only in CW parties. SSB only in phone parties. RTTY only in RTTY parties.
8. Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters only, except no 160 meters for the RTTY contest. You may work a station once per band. Suggested frequencies are 1815, 3535, 7035, 14,035, 21,035 and 28,035 kHz (35 kHz up from band edge for Novice/Tech) on CW; and 1865, 3850, 7225, 14,250, 21,300, and 28,500 kHz (28,450 kHz for Novice/Tech) on SSB. When operating on 160 meters, please respect the DX window of 1830 to 1840 kHz and keep SSB operations above 1840 kHz. When operating RTTY on 20 meters, please respect the PSK window, 14,070 to 14,073 kHz, and the NCDXF beacon frequency of 14,100 kHz.
9. Station: All radio transmitters, receivers and antennas used by an entrant must be associated with one station, either at a fixed geographical location or as a mobile/portable station. A station may be operated remotely. Use of multiple stations during the contest using the same call sign, whether directly or remotely operated, is prohibited.
10. Exchange: Operator name and station location (state, province or country) for North American stations; operator name only for non-North American stations. Multioperator stations are required to use a single name throughout the entire contest. The use of non-Amateur Radio means of communication or the use of Amateur Radio modes or bands different than those specified for the contest to solicit contacts during the contest period is prohibited.
11. Multipliers: Multipliers are all 50 US states, including Alaska and Hawaii, the 13 Canadian provinces/territories (British Colum-bia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland-Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut) and other North American entities as defined by the ARRL DXCC List. The District of Columbia counts as Maryland. Non-North American countries, maritime mobiles and aeronautical mobiles do not count as multipliers but may be worked for QSO credit. Multipliers count again on each band.
12. Valid Contact: A valid contact consists of a complete, correctly copied and legibly logged two-way exchange between a North American station and any other station. Proper logging requires including the time in UTC and band for each contact. Regardless of the number of licensed call signs issued to a given operator, one and only one call sign shall be utilized during the contest by that operator.
13. Scoring: Multiply total valid contacts by the sum of the number of multipliers worked on each band.
14. Team Competition: You may wish to form a team with fellow NAQP participants. If so, your team must consist of two to five Single-Operator stations whose individual scores are combined to produce a team score. Although clubs or other groups having more than five members may form multiple teams, there are no distance or meeting requirements for a team entry. Teams must be registered prior to the start of the contest. Use one of the fol-lowing online forms to register your team:CW team registration: www.ncjweb.com/cwnaqpteam-reg.phpSSB team registration: www.ncjweb.com/ssbnaqp-teamreg.phpRTTY team registration: www.ncjweb.com/rttynaqp-teamreg.php
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