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Seems like almost no time has passed since the last TQP, but there is less than a month and a half to go! Operating times for the 2017 contest are from 1400Z on SATURDAY, September 29 to 0200Z on SUNDAY. September 30 and from 1400Z to 2000Z on SUNDAY, September 30. Stations may work the entire contest period.
Time to make sure the mobile is ready for the road and to plan your route! As in the past, send a list of the counties you plan to visit and the day you will be there. Route plans need not be detailed - all Chuck needs is a text file listing the counties you plan to be in and in the order you will pass through them if that is more convenient. The listings do not need crossing times, and in fact, these slow processing to strip them out.
If you are operating both days, there should be two lists, one list for each day. Detailed county line crossing times are not necessary, and in fact, slow the posting process. You can list the counties in an email if that is more convenient. If you are not operating as a rover, send Chuck an email with the county you will operate from and your call.
These are examples of the suggested (not required) formats for submissions.
Please send your routes as early as possible. Chuck needs time to process the lists, as well as prepare for the contest.
NOTE: Routes received during the final week before the contest (September 23 to September 28) may not get posted before the contest starts. This does not mean you cannot participate or affect your score. See below.
IMPORTANT: you do not have to submit a route in order to participate. Having your route listed is a service to help you make more contacts but is NOT a requirement to enter the contest. To participate in the contest, you must:
- get on the air and make contacts
- log contacts during the contest hours
- submit a log to the contest committee.
There are no fees or entry forms. Just get on the air and have a good time!
Rules change for 2018
If a Texas Mobile and/or a Portable Station is on a county line or junction between 2 or more Texas Counties - A SEPARATE QSO AND COMPLETE EXCHANGE MUST BE MADE AND LOGGED FOR EACH COUNTY LISTED AS WORKED. You can't count or log a QSO that you didn't make!
Change for 2018:
Texas mobile stations that change counties are considered to be a new station and may be worked again for QSO and multiplier credit. Texas mobile stations operating on a 2, 3, or 4 county lines may be counted as 2, 3, or 4 QSOs and multipliers. Separate log entries must be entered for each county/QSO by both Texas and Non Texas stations. County lines, whether water or land are defined as per County Hunter rules. A multiplier counts once, regardless of the number of bands or modes it is worked on.