Club Radio Amateur de l’Outaouais (CRAO) is proud to sponsor the Quebec QSO Party.

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To organize an exciting amateur radio event where operators from the province of Quebec contact others from around the world and where the many administrative regions in the province are featured.

To stimulate the participation of amateur operators from Quebec in HF contesting in a relaxed environment. We hope that this will help to get more operators on the air year round, provide them with an opportunity to hone their contesting skills and enable them to benefit from the increasing propagation opportunities of the new solar cycle.


The Quebec QSO Party will be held on April 21st 2024, from 12:00 UTC to 22:00 UTC.


QCQP is the abbreviation used for the Quebec QSO Party.

  1. QCQP is open to all amateur radio operators world-wide regardless of the license class and world-wide.
  2. VE2 is used here for any VA2, VE2 station or non-VE2 station station operating within the physical boundary of the province of Quebec.
  3. Any non-VE2/VA2 station operating within the province of Quebec must use the “/VE2” suffix with its call sign.
  4. Objectives
  • VE2 Stations: To contact as many amateur radio stations as possible on as many bands as possible, world-wide.
  • Non-VE2 Stations: To make as many contacts with Quebec amateur radio stations as possible, on as many bands as possible.
  1. Frequencies: All amateur bands between 80 et 2 m, excepted WARC bands.

Suggested Frequencies for Mobiles and/or QRP:  

  • HF SSB: 3.735, 3.835, 7.070, 7.260, 14.150, 14.265, 21.260, 21.300, 28.360
  • HF CW: 3.530, 7.030, 14.030, 21.030, 28.030
  • VHF CW: 50.090, 144.090
  • VHF SSB: 50.130, 144.205
  • VHF FM: 52.540, 146.550
  1. Frequency Modulation: Is allowed but operators cannot use repeaters for either contest contacts or for soliciting contacts. Keep the FM Simplex calling frequency of 146.520 MHz clear.
  2. Modes: 

Phone (SSB or FM) and Morse code (CW).

  1. Categories:
1Multi-operator, mixed modes, all power levels
2Single Operator QRP Mixed mode, 5 W or less
3Single Operator Mixed Mode, 100 W or less – Low Power
4Single Operator Mixed Mode, more than 100 W – High Power
5Single Operator Phone only, 100 W or less – Low Power
6Single Operator Phone only, more than 100 W – High Power
7Single Operator CW only, 100 W or less – Low Power
8Single Operator CW only, more than 100W – High Power
  1. mobile station is a station that travels between Quebec administrative regions in a vehicle. Such a station could be operating while stopped or while in motion, using antennas mounted on or off the vehicle. In all cases, equipment must be transported by the vehicle.
  2. If a mobile station is on a boundary between 2 or more administrative regions, a separate QSO and complete exchange must be made and logged for each administrative regions worked.
  3. Mobile stations are encouraged to sign “/ <region code>” as part of the CQ. For example “VE2xxx/MTL”. This way other operators can anticipate their moves to a new multiplier area.
  4. Remote operation is permitted in all fixed categories. When operating remote, send the region code where the transmitter is located.
  5. All equipment, including receivers, transmitters and antennas, must be located within a maximum diameter of 500m. The only exception to this rule is the sponsor station VE2VAB
  1. Calling CQ:
  • Phone: «CQ Quebec QSO Party» or «Quebec QSO Party» de Station_call
  • CW: «CQ QCQP de Station_call
  • CW mobile: «CQ QCQP de Station_call/region_code«; See Appendix I for the region 3 letter region codes
  1. Contact Exchange:
  • VE2 stations: Must send a signal report and their administrative region abbreviation (see Appendix I). They must log the received signal report as well as the province, US state or DX for other entities (see Appendix II).
  • Non-VE2 stations: Must send a signal report and their province, US state or DX for other entities (see Appendix II). They must log the received signal report as well as the administrative region (see Appendix I) of the VE2 station.
  1. Scoring:

Contacts allowed:

  • The VE2 stations obtain points for contacts with all stations.
  • Non-VE2 stations obtain points for contacts for VE2 stations only.
  • Mobile stations are allowed to contact stations already contacted when calling from a new administrative region and they obtain additional points and multipliers for these new contacts.

Contacts value

  • 1 point per QSO on phone on each frequency band
  • 2 points per QSO on CW on each frequency band
  • A station can be contacted twice per band, once on phone and once on CW
  • Only one QSO per station for each band and each mode can provide points. Additional logged QSOs have no value but are not penalized either.


  • For all stations, one multiplier point is given for each first contact made in each administrative region, on each frequency band worked on these regions. No additional multipliers are given for working multiple modes.
  • Additionally, a VE2 station is given one multiplier point for each first contact with a province or Canadian territory, US state or DX, for each band worked with these territories. Only one DX multiplier is given for entities worked outside of Canada or USA.
  • Mobile stations are given the total of the multiplication points made in each administrative region activated.
  • The list of the Quebec administrative regions with their abbreviations is available in Appendix I.
  • The list of available Canada multipliers with their abbreviations is available in Appendix II.

The total score is:

QSO-score = (Total of the QSO points) * (Total of the multiplier points)

Fixed station bonuses:

A bonus of 10 points will be added for each valid QSO (after the normal score calculation) for:

  • Each contact with VE2CRO, the station of Club de radioamateur Outaouais
  • Each contact with VA2RAC, the station of Radio Amateur of Canada

Bonuses to mobile stations:

  • Mobile stations add 300 bonus points for each Quebec administrative region activated. To earn the mobile/rover bonus a station must make at least three contacts with three different stations from the multiplier area.
  1. DX Spotting networks:

The use of DX spotting networks is permitted. Self spotting is permitted.

Posting an operation schedule and region availability is encouraged at

  1. Awards

The list of Awards is available on the Awards Page

A minimum of 2 QSOs is required to be eligible for an Award or a Participation Certificate.

VE2CRO, the sponsoring station and any bonus station, are not eligible for awards and results will be shown as CHECKLOGs.

  1. Log Submission

Log entries shall be submitted in Cabrillo format at Logs must be submitted no later than 30 days after the contest date which is May 19th 2024 at 23:59 UTC. Logs received after the submission date will be treated as check logs.

Appendix I: List of Administrative Regions of Quebec

Administrative RegionContest Exchange Region Codes
1- Bas Saint-LaurentBSA
2- Saguenay-Lac-Saint-JeanSLS
3- National CapitalQUE
4- MauricieMAU
5- EstrieETE
6- MontrealMTL
7- OutaouaisOTS
8- Abitibi-TemiscamingueATE
9- Cote-NordCND
10- Nord-du-QuebecNDQ
11- Gaspesie-îles-de-la-MadeleineGIM
12- Chaudiere-AppalachesCAS
13- LavalLVL
14- LanaudiereLDE
15- LaurentidesLNS
16- MonteregieMEE
17- Centre-du-QuebecCDQ

Appendix II: Logging of out of Quebec Territories

Note that the Province of Quebec (QC) is not a valid territory entry for the Quebec QSO Party. Logging QSOs with VE2 stations must use the Quebec administrative region instead (see Appendix I).

Contacts with the 50 continental US States shall be logged using the common state abbreviation. Hawaii HI (KH6), Alaska AK (KL7) and District of Columbia DC shall be included in the continental states but KP2 and KP4 are excluded.

Other DXCC entities must be logged as DX.

Canadian Provinces and territories shall be logged according to the table below:

Prince Edward IslandPE
New BrunswickNB
Nova ScotiaNS
British ColumbiaBC
Northern TerritoriesNT
Northwest TerritoriesNWT