Kentucky QSO Party Operating Rules for 2021
  • 14:00 UTC June 5 until 02:00 UTC June 6
  • 10AM – 10PM EDT on Saturday, June 5
  • 9AM – 9PM CDT on Saturday, June 5
Mode CW, SSB, Digital (FT8, RTTY)
Bands 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2
Repeator Contacts Not Allowed (any band)
  • Fixed – Single Op (QRP/Low/High)
  • Fixed – Multi-Op (QRP/Low/High)
  • Mobile (QRP/Low/High)
  • There are no Assisted vs Unassisted classes
  • HP: More than 100 watts
  • LP: 100 watts or less
  • QRP: 5 watts or less
  • KY: RS(T) + County  (Use 3 Letter Abbreviation from List below)
  • Official List of KY County Abbreviations
  • Non-KY (USA):  RS(T) + (state)
  • Non-KY (Canada):  RS(T) + (province)
  • Non-KY (DX):  RS(T) + (“DX”)
Work Stations Once per band per mode
QSO Points
  • 1 point per completed Phone QSO
  • 2 points per completed CW QSO
  • 2 points per completed Digital QSO
Bonus Stations W4NJA, KY4KY, K4KCG and K4MSU

Bonus stations may be worked ONCE per BAND and MODE for 100 bonus points per each QSO.  For example, a station working W4NJA on 20M CW, RTTY and SSB would earn a total of 300 bonus points.  Logging programs do not need to track the bonus points earned in each log.  If the log is submitted as a Cabrillo file, the KYQP contest committee will calculate the bonus points earned and add those points automatically to each submitted log as the log is being checked for accuracy.  The final results posted after the contest on the KYQP website will include the bonus points earned as part of each station final score.

This approach allows the bonus stations to change from year to year without having to ask the programmers of the various contest logging programs to update the scoring formula.

Suggested Frequencies SSB: 1.865, 3,810, 7.190, 14.250, 21.300, 28.450, 50.135 and 144.250
CW: 1.815, 3.540, 7.040, 14.040, 21.040, 28.040, 50.095 and 144.060
RTTY:  3.580, 7.080, 14.080, 21.080 and 28.080
QSO Multipliers Multipliers are counted ONCE only.

Kentucky Stations (including mobile)

  • Each Kentucky county – 120 possible, When logging other Kentucky stations, enter the KY County as the exchange (not KY).
  • Each USA state including DC
  • Each Canadian Province/Territory.
  • DX contacts count for QSO points only. Enter DX for the exchange.

Non-Kentucky Stations 

  • Each Kentucky county, 120 possible.
  • Kentucky Mobile stations, when they change counties, may be worked as a new station.
Power Multiplier
  • QRP:  x 3
  • Low Power: x 2
  • High Power:  x 1
Score Calculation Total score = total QSO points x total mults x power multiplier + Bonus Station points

An additional 100 points will be added to the final score for the submission of your Cabrillo log file.

Submissions Visit the Log Submissions page to upload your log file.
Submission Deadline June 30th