Virginia QSO PartyThe Virginia QSO Party is an annual event growing in popularity among hams in Virginia and all across North America. Check out the stats here. This success is due in large part to the excellent stewardship by the Sterling Park ARC. They maintain details for the QSO Party at their Web Site.
Scoring MethodHere is the method used to calculate the single operator score for the Single Operator Virginia QSOs Only plaque.
With the logs that pass this test here is how the scoring engine will compute the score...
There has been some thought the VAQP needs to concentrate a bit more on Virginia contacts and this plaque offers a level playing field of just Virginia contacts to realize this goal.
Every single operator log is eligible for this plaque even if they contain other North American and DX contacts. Make as many contacts as you can to everywhere you can. Your log is still eligible for this award.
What about Power Categories?
There is no power category for this plaque. It is a winner take all. The local nature of this contest often benefits all stations including those with low power. At least twice, the winner of the "Virginia Single Operator Low Power" plaque had scores higher than the winner of the High Power plaque. This suggests a parity and no distinct advantage for the local contacts. Sure a high power station will beat pileups, but their real advantage comes with North American and DX contacts neither of which count towards this new plaque. In 2015, a QRP signal beat my QRO signal in a pileup - anything is possible.
Hand Logs Count - Thanks to SPARC
I re-emphasize the volunteers at SPARC convert hand logs into their electronic versions by hand plus a great many volunteer hours. So theoretically all logs will qualify for this plaque thanks to the charity of SPARC members. Realistically, champion efforts always use computer logging, but all logs qualify so long as SPARC's good will holds out.