BC QSO PARTY – FEB 3/4 2018,.

The BC QSO Party has a new format.  The date this year is Feb 3 2018. To get all the information you need


BCQP will run over two blocks of time: Saturday, February 3, 8am to 8pm in BC AND Sunday, February 4 8am to 4pm

That’s UTC 1600z Feb 3 to 0400z Feb 4 and 1600z to 2359z Feb 4

Band conditions, at least from the perspective of operators in the Pacific Northwest, have been incredibly challenging of late. I again asked Santa to bring better conditions for BCQP 2018, but there’s no guarantee. 🙂

As tough as conditions may be, this doesn’t necessarily mean QSOs are impossible. It just means that different strategies are required.

Key Details

Date/Time:   1600z Feb 3 to 0400z Feb 4 AND 1600z to 2359z Feb 4

(Saturday, Feb 3, 8am to 8pm AND Sunday Feb 4 from 8am to 4pm, local time in BC)

Objectives:   BC stations contact anyone anywhere. (BC stations can contact other BC stations,

stations in the U.S., stations in other provinces/territories of Canada, and stations in other countries.)

Stations outside BC have to contact VE7/VA7s.

Exchange:    BC stations give three-letter code representing the federal electoral district in BC + RS(T)

*Confirm district at elections.ca/home.aspx and use the multiplier list (see URL below) to determine the

corresponding three-letter code for BCQP.

Stations outside BC give province/state/”DX”

*In BCQP, Hawaii and Alaska are not considered DX. Stations in KH6 and KL7 will give “HI” and “AK”,

respectively. Stations outside the U.S. and Canada will give “DX”.

BC in the Spotlight

BCQP is quite probably the only annual on-air event that puts BC in a spotlight. VE7/VA7s can contact anyone anywhere. We can QSO with other BC stations, with stations in other parts of Canada, with U.S. stations, with stations in Asia and Europe and South America and Africa and Australia, with DXpeditions, with anyone. Anywhere.

Consequently, the potential for fairly constant activity, regardless of band conditions, is tremendously high for BC operators who get on the air, stay in the chair and call “CQ BCQP”. If the pool of BC operators is deep, stations outside BC will have an easier time in their hunt for VE7/VA7s, and the number of participants from outside BC will grow. The activity fuels more activity. This is the snowball effect. Let’s get it rolling. Let’s keep it rolling!


Rules, tools, helpful hints, in-depth event analysis/reports and scores from past years, examples of the lovely photo-based certificates and plaques… all available for viewing from links on the BCQP page of the Orca DXCC website. Go to http://www.orcadxcc.org/bcqp.html

I strongly recommend looking at post-contest reports for previous years as well as the FAQ page.

Logging Software

BCQP is fully supported by N1MM Logger+ software as well as CQ/X GPS-enabled software for mobile contesting and QSO party software by N3FJP. Other programs have generic QSO party options, but all software really needs computer and radio to be interfaced to work as intended. If computer and radio are not interfaced, you can still use logging software, but be aware that you’ll have to enter frequencies manually, and your score may not compute correctly. Paper logs are OK if the QSO count is under 50. No one should worry about logging software — or lack of it. Each operator can use whatever logging method works for him/her, and the BCQP Committee will help solve issues. But, and this is a big but, logs MUST show the required information. See the rules for details.

Be Prepared

BCQP has the potential to be tremendously fun, even when band conditions are frustratingly bad. But operators must be prepared, not only from a hardware/software point of view but from a simple administrative point of view.

  1. Read the rules.
  2. Have your multiplier lists handy — both the BCQP federal electoral districts AND the U.S. states — to facilitate logging.
  3. Know your own district!!!!
  4. Know how to execute a trade (see Helpful Hints) to maximize QSO potential.
  5. Be aware of the suggested frequencies, especially alternate suggested frequencies for CW during overlap with NA Sprint.


Not only does BCQP present a fabulous opportunity to test out hardware and software for other purposes, such as bigger contests and DX-hunting, it also offers newcomers to the hobby a chance to acquire skills and old-timers a chance to refine techniques and strategies at a slower, more relaxed pace than in high-stress, gotta-beat-the-world weekend marathons or emergency situations.

Tangible Rewards

BCQP relies on stations in BC to get on the air and stay in the chair. The party just doesn’t happen without us. And because this is a home-grown event, BC stations have more chances than in any other on-air event to capture tangible rewards.

  • Certificates: Top scores in each class of entry receive a beautiful photo-based certificate highlighting something scenic or special about BC.
  • Special Recognition: If submitted logs are particularly numerous in any given category or results are particularly noteworthy, additional certificates are awarded, as appropriate. The more logs submitted, the more chances there are to capture a certificate!
  • Top District* Awards: BC’s federal electoral map has 42 districts. To encourage operators all over BC to get on the air, we offer special certificates for top scores in each federal electoral district. Only 10 QSOs are needed to qualify.

*Note: If you are not sure of your electoral district, go to http://www.elections.ca/home.aspx , scroll down a bit and plug your postal code into the space provided. Compare against the BCQP multiplier list to find the appropriate three-letter code.

Plaque Program

Through the plaque program, supported by radio-related clubs, businesses and individuals, we are going into BCQP 2018 with plaques in nine categories. The ones that BC stations have a chance at are Top Score BC (single-op), Top YL Score, Most Federal Electoral Districts Worked, Top Mixed Mode, Top Club BC and Top Score BC (multi-op)  

BCQP is on contest calendars and personal calendars, from BC to Japan to EU. Make the most of this excellent opportunity to QSO near and far.

As contest coordinator for BCQP, I’m here to help. If anyone has questions, I’m just an email away.

Rebecca VA7BEC
Contest Coordinator for BCQP, Orca DXCC