Kentucky QSO Party Operating Rules – 2023
  • 1300Z June 3 –> 0100Z June 4
  • 9AM – 9PM EDT, Saturday, June 3
  • 8AM – 8PM CDT, Saturday, June 3
  • CW
  • Phone (SSB/FM)
  • RTTY

All contacts must be simplex, no repeaters.

Bands 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2
  • Fixed Station – Single Op
  • Fixed Station – Multi-Single (non-club)
  • KY Club
  • KY Mobile – Single-Op Unassisted (operator also drives)
  • KY Mobile – Single-Op Assisted (operator has a driver)
  • High Power: More than 100 watts
  • Low Power: 100 watts or less
  • QRP: 5 watts or less
Work KY Stations Once per band, per mode, per county (for mobiles)
QSO Points
  • 1 point per completed Phone QSO
  • 2 points per completed CW QSO
  • 2 points per completed RTTY QSO
Bonus Station K4KCG K4KCG may be worked once per BAND and MODE for 100 bonus points per QSO.  For example, a station working K4KCG on 20M CW, RTTY and SSB would earn 300 bonus points.  Logging programs need not track earned bonus points — after your Cabrillo log is submitted, the KYQP committee will add bonus points to your posted score.  Thus bonus stations may change each year, without needing logging program updates.

NOTE: The K4KCG Bonus will be added to your score total automatically.

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 For Kentucky Station operators (including mobiles)

  • Each unique Kentucky-based station is a multiplier when worked in each of the 120 counties.
  • When logging other Kentucky stations, enter the KY County as the exchange (not KY).
  • Each USA state (not ARRL section), including DC, and each Canadian Province.
  • DX contacts count for QSO points only. Enter DX for the exchange.

For Non-Kentucky Station operators

  • Each Kentucky-based station is a multiplier based on their county.
  • When logging Kentucky stations, enter the KY County as the exchange (not KY).

For ALL operators

  • KY mobiles traveling to a new KY county may be contacted again for QSO Point and County Multiplier credit.
Power Multiplier
  • All entries using 5 watts or less, Power Multiplier = 3.
  • All entries using 100 watts or less, Power Multiplier = 2.
  • All entries using more than 100 watts, Power Multiplier = 1.
Score Calculation
  • Total score = QSO Points x QSO Multipliers x Power Multiplier + Bonus Station points.
  • An additional 100 points is added to your final score as a bonus for submitting a Cabrillo log file.
County Line Operations KY Fixed/Mobile stations may setup on a county line, such as McCreary and Whitley:

  • Spot yourself and enter MCY/WHI in the comments.
  • Call CQ like this:  CQ CQ KYQP de N4TY/MCY/WHI
  • And send the exchange as:  599 MCY/WHI

Operators must log you twice, but some logger programs like N1MM will log 2 QSOs for you.

  • There are no Assisted (spotting) vs Unassisted classes.
  • Spotting Assistance is always allowed and encouraged!
Awards Plaques are awarded for the highest score in the CW, SSB, and Mixed categories based on merit:

  • KY (Single-op, Multi-single, Club, Mobile)
    • The K4KCG Bonus station is not plaque-eligible, but Clubs are (note your club name in your Cabrillo file).
    • All KY entries with the same club affiliation compete with all other KY clubs for the Club plaque.
    • For KY stations, do not enter “Kentucky Contest Group” as your club affiliation.
  • USA (non-KY)
  • Canada
  • DX
Submissions Visit the Log Submissions page to upload your Cabrillo log file.
Submission Deadline June 30th