Tennessee QSO Party 2020 Rules


All participants must obey any current public health orders. Safety and legal requirements are in flux and may change before the contest.

Operators in multiop stations, whether mobile or fixed, should follow safe gathering procedures:

  1. Do not participate in a multiop if you are ill or have been in the last 48 hours.
  2. Do not participate in a multiop if you have been in close contact with a COVID-19 victim.
  3. Do not participate in a multiop if you have a new loss of taste or smell.
  4. Wear a mask if possible.
  5. Stay six feet from other operators.
  6. Wipe down shared equipment with sanitizing wipes when changing operators.

“Distributed multiops” are permitted in the TNQP. Equipment used by multiop operators does not need to be on the same premises. It is only necessary that all radio equipment and antennas be located in the same county. (state, province, or DXCC entity, for out-of-state multiops) Bonus station K4TCG is exempt from this requirement and may be distributed among multiple counties.

Be safe, and enjoy!


1800z Sunday, September 6 until 0300z Monday, September 7, 2020


Stations outside of Tennessee work as many Tennessee stations in as many Tennessee counties as possible. Stations in Tennessee work everyone.


All amateur bands are valid, with the exception of 60, 30, 17 and 12 meters.


  • Phone-SSB (no repeater QSOs)
  • CW
  • Digital


RS(T) and Tennessee County, U.S. state, Canadian province/territory, or DXCC entity. (All radio equipment, including antennas, must be located within the county, state, province/territory or entity given in the exchange).

  • Tennessee stations may work anyone
  • Outside Tennessee stations work only Tennessee stations
  • Stations may be worked once per band/mode
  • Mobiles may be worked again if they change counties


  1. Fixed
    1. Single Op
      1. High, Low & QRP
      2. CW, SSB, Data & Mixed
    2. Multi-Op
      1. High, Low & QRP
      2. CW, SSB, Data & Mixed
  2.  Mobile
    1. Single Op
      1. High, Low & QRP
      2. CW, SSB, Data & Mixed
    2. Multi-Op
      1. High, Low & QRP
      2. CW, SSB, Data & Mixed
  • High power is more than 150W transmitter output
  • Low power is less than 150W transmitter output
  • QRP is 5W transmitter output or less

All Out-of-State entries compete in the Fixed categories.

All Tennessee portable operations compete in the Fixed categories.

Mobile stations must be self-contained and capable of legal motion while operating. Motion is optional. Single-Op Mobile may use a driver, but that person may not assist in the operation of the radio equipment.


QSO Points:

3 points per QSO regardless of mode.

Repeater QSOs DO NOT count (this includes packet digipeaters). However, direct station-to-station packet contacts do count.

On all acceptable bands, CW and other digital modes count separately. For example, you can work W9WI on 3540 kHz CW; 3585 kHz Baudot RTTY; and 3820 kHz SSB, for three contacts on 80 meters. All digital modes besides CW are equivalent. If you work W9WI on 14085 kHz Baudot RTTY you cannot work him again on 14070 kHz FT8 for point credit.


Out-of-State Stations – Multipliers accumulate on a per band basis. Multipliers are Tennessee counties (95 max/band). For example, if you work all 95 Tennessee counties on 40M and again on 20M you earn 190 multipliers.

Tennessee Stations – Multipliers accumulate on a per band basis. Multipliers are:

  • Tennessee counties (95 max/band)
  • U.S. states (49 max/band – do not count Tennessee as a state, District of Columbia counts as Maryland)
  • Canadian provinces/territories (13 max/band: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador, Yukon, NWT and Nunavut).
  • DXCC entities (see ARRL DXCC list – less USA, Canada, Alaska & Hawaii — Do not count USA nor Canada as countries; Alaska & Hawaii count as states only).

Tennessee Mobile Stations – Tennessee mobiles may claim one multiplier for any Tennessee county from which they complete at least 10 QSOs if they do not earn a multiplier for that county otherwise.

Bonus Points:

All entrants may claim 100 bonus points for each QSO with TCG headquarters station K4TCG.

Tennessee mobile operators may claim 500 bonus points for each Tennessee county from which they complete at least 10 QSOs. All bonus points are added after the geographic multiplier.


The Tennessee QSO Party offers club competition. There is no residency requirement for club participation, nor is there any requirement for entrants within a club to live in (or operate from) any particular geographic radius. A club need not have any formal structure. Entrants wishing their scores to count towards club competition must ensure the name of their club appears on their entry. (most contest software will take care of this automatically)

Clubs whose members are all inside Tennessee will participate in one competition; those whose members are all outside the state will compete with other outside-Tennessee clubs. If a club submits entries from both inside and outside Tennessee, they will be treated as two separate clubs.

The Tennessee Contest Group is not eligible for club competition.


  • CW: 1815, 3540, 7040, 14040, 21040, 28040
  • Digital: 3585, 7085, 14085, 21085, 28085
  • SSB: 1855, 3820, 7240, 14280, 21390, 28390
  • VHF/UHF: 50.195, 144.195, 146.55, 223.50, 446.0

Where to listen for TN Counties by band & time:

  • Check 15 meters on the half-hour.
  • Check 10 meters on the hour.
  • Check 6 meters at 1815, 1915, and 2015z.
  • Check RTTY at 10 minutes after each hour.


  • Certificates will be awarded to the three highest scoring Tennessee entrants in each category.
  • Certificates will be awarded to the highest scoring entrant from each category in each U.S. state, Canadian province or territory and DXCC entity.
  • Certificates will be awarded to the first-place Tennessee club, and the first-place outside-Tennessee club.
  • A certificate will be awarded to the highest-scoring in-state mobile operated entirely by amateurs who don’t reside in Tennessee.
  • Plaques and other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of TCG.
  • All award certificates will be emailed as PDF files unless a printed version is requested. Be sure your current, accurate email is with your Cabrillo file entry.

Bonus station K4TCG and the TCG itself are not eligible for awards. Other awards may be given.


Indicate band/mode, time, call worked, and QTH. Please include your call sign, category, club (if any), and county (if you’re in Tennessee). Don’t forget your mailing address; you might win something! Mobiles must indicate county changes.

Computer logs are encouraged. Cabrillo format is especially appreciated, but any ASCII text format is acceptable. Email logs are best (, but CDs or thumb drives are also fine (these items will not be returned). Be sure to include all required information – including your mailing address, and for Tennessee stations, your county.

Template files for the TRLog and NA contest programs are posted on the TNQP Home Page at If you don’t have Internet access, write W9WI at the address below for a copy. Some other contest programs, such as the N1MM Logger (, have support for the Tennessee QSO Party built-in.

Logs must be received by 7 October 2020. Thanks!

Mail logs to:

Tennessee QSO Party
604 Sandalwood Court

Nashville, TN 37221


Email logs to

Visit for more information on the Tennessee QSO Party.

25 Responses to Rules

  1. Harold A. Sharland says:

    What provisions are being planed for the overlap of TNQP 2014 and W1AW/4. (TN)

  2. w9wi says:

    I’m typing up the new rules as we “speak” – W1AW/4 will be a one-time second bonus station.

  3. w9wi says:

    You mean for the W1AW/4 thing? Talk to Ned,

  4. Laci says:

    Dear Friends!

    I have plane to take part on TN QSO Party also this year. I will be on all band, CW SSB RTTY. Please looking for me and please 20/15m (if condx will be good) also at the begenning of the contest . Later I will be also on the 40/80m.

    I will be looking for mobiles on CW and also try SSB CQ on all bands. I hope many stations from TN answer on my CQ … 🙂


  5. k9il says:

    Iused the new FJP loggig SW. A bit confusing with the rovers. I ended logging them as /m or /r so the DUP software wouldn’t kick them.

  6. I plan to enter the contest.


  7. Are there any special provisions for digital (D-Star, System Fusion) contacts if they are on simplex?

  8. Lots of fun, I still need to get an 80m loop up for 80/40, but got good reports on using the shield side of my WARC trap dipole as a longwire, ha!


  9. Bill says:

    I will be active from Anderson County at my home QTH. Bill K4LTA

  10. Phil Sherrod says:

    The Williamson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (WCARES) will be operating phone and CW stations with the callsign N4FR. Our operating position is the beautiful new Williamson Co. EOC on Beasley Dr. in Franklin, TN. We hope to work many of you Sunday.

    Phil, W4PHS

  11. Timothy Campbell says:

    I may have some limited mobile SSB operating from Grundy county.

  12. Ted Edwards says:

    The Rover/Expeditionary type of operation is not mentioned.
    Is an expeditionary station where the antenna must be erected and taken down at every site to be considered a mobile or a fixed station with multiple entries and multiple scores? I note that all Tennessee portable operations are required to operate in a fixed status according to Rule 2 paragraph B.

  13. Glenn says:

    I am a bit confused regarding Exchange and Scoring info on the website.
    Exchange says, “Stations may be worked once per band/mode”.
    Scoring says, “On all acceptable bands, CW and other digital modes count separately. For example, you can work W9WI on 3540 kHz CW; 3585 kHz Baudot RTTY; and 3820 kHz SSB, for three contacts on 80 meters. All digital modes besides CW are equivalent. If you work W9WI on 14085 kHz Baudot RTTY you cannot work him again on 14070 kHz PSK31 for point credit”
    Appears to be a “conflict” between those two statements, ie ‘once per band/mode vs working same station on same band using multiple modes’.
    Which is going to be the “real rule” or am I missing something???

    • Greg Tomerlin says:

      Glenn, sorry about your confusion. You may work stations three times per band. You may work them on phone, on CW, and on one digital mode per band. You may not work them on more than one digital mode per band. If you work me on 40 m PSK31, then again on 40 m Baudot RTTY, only one of those will count. Does that answer your question? – Greg, K4KO

  14. Glenn says:

    HI Greg. Tnx for the reply. Got it. n4mj

  15. Jim Bogard says:

    We’ll operate mobile as KY4L/m with me operating and Dan/KX4CH driving. If I’m the only operator, but I want Dan also listed on any awards, do I submit as single-op or multi-op?

    • w9wi says:

      Sorry about the delayed response…
      I’d submit it as multi-op. You have multiple licensed operators in the vehicle; nothing says a participating operator has to actually make any QSOs:)
      (I would also consider bringing a pair of HTs, stop in a safe place in each county & work each other on VHF/UHF. That’d add a pile of QSOs & mults!)

  16. Clint says:

    We are new to contesting, but looking forward to tomorrow. I was hoping to get some clarification on multi-single op, etc.. My wife and I both intend to operate, with one radio, alternating with breaks every hour or so… We expect that we should use our calls, but aren’t real sure how to log this… do we submit separate logs? I can’t find a good explanation online. Are we just two separate single ops? Thanks for any help.
    Clint, NW4CD

    • w9wi says:

      Clint, there are two ways you can do it.

      If you each use your own callsign, you’ll need to keep & submit two separate single-op logs.

      Alternatively, you can both use her callsign. (or both use your callsign) You’d then submit a single multi-op log.

      Frankly I’d probably do it the first way. That way, you can both work the same station on the same band & mode.

      Good luck!

  17. Bill Stott says:

    Would I be permitted to participate in a distributed multi-op for a club for maybe 1 or 2 hours and also enter with my own call for the remaining time? Bill W4XK

  18. Everett Catlin N5MZX says:

    Any chance those of us without logging software can submit paper logs. If not I will be glad to operate QRP and help others.

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