Date and Time
Saturday, April 20, 2019
0800-1800 Your Local Time
Eastern:   0800-1800 EDT
Central:   0800-1800 CDT
Mountain:  0800-1800 MDT
Pacific:   0800-1800 PDT
Elsewhere: 1200-2400 UTC
Bands and modes
QRP (5W or less CW, 10W or less SSB)
   on the non-WARC HF bands
Standard QRP calling frequencies
Theme
Operate from "Any Ole Park"
2019 QRP To The Field 
 
 
Quick Links
>Updated 14 APR 2019
A FIRST TIMER?  SLOW AT CW?  
If you've never worked a contest before, or find the 35 word per minute exchanges of other contests intimidating, try QRPTTF.  It's pretty low-key and built for fun.  If you hear a station calling QRP TTF, give a call.  Don't be afraid to say PSE QRS (please slow down) if he's too fast for you.  Many stations will match your speed. If you miss an element of the exchange, ask for a repeat (SPC? or NAME?").  We all fail to get the exchange at times.  Often, by listening to a QRPTTF station working another, you can copy the exchange before you call. These are all tricks to help you with your code speed and to get you on the air to make some contacts.
 
Remember, we want to work you as much as you want to work us!
 
Every year, summary sheets are submitted that say "These were my first CW contacts ever," or "my first contest."  That's what this is all about.
Get on the air, have some QRP fun, and enjoy the great outdoors if you can.
PHOTOS.   If you snap a photo or selfie of your QRPTTF or SOTA station, send it along with your Summary Sheet to be included on the results page. 
 
Questions or comments may be directed to: qrp-l@mailman.qth.net (QRP-L Forum)
or na5n@zianet.com
 
72, Paul NA5N and Jan NQT
Socorro, New Mexico
 
 
 
QRPTTF is an annual operating event to encourage QRPers and SOTA stations to get out of the house and operate portable from the field or a summit, and of course, have fun.  Find a nice operating location for yourself, or combine it with buddies for a day-long adventure. QRPTTF encourages participation by QRP hams of all skill levels. CW speeds are usually in the 13-20 wpm range. 
 
 
 
 
 
RULES:
 
Exchange:  RST, SPC, Name
SPC = State, Province, Country + Summit ID for SOTA stations
  PARK station: example:  579 TX Bob  (in Texas)
  SOTA station:   example:  569 NM W5/MG011  (SOTA summit, name optional)
  FIELD station:  example:  479 NJ Harry  (in New Jersey)
  HOME station:  example:  5NN BC Alice  (in British Columbia)
 
Mode: CW and SSB
Power: QRP only (5 watts or less CW; 10W or less SSB)
CQ: The recommended CQ is "CQ TTF"
Suggested Frequencies:
    CW QRP watering holes: 3560, 7030/7040, 7110-7120, 14060, 21060, 28060 KHz
    SSB QRP frequencies:    3985, 7285, 14285, 21385, 28885 KHz
    OR ... whatever else works.
    SOTA stations often use 7.030-7.033, 7.060-7.063, 14.060-14.063
SCORING: 
Per band: Number of QSOs per band TIMES the number of SPCs and SOTA summits worked
For clarity: if you work a SOTA station in UT, it counts as a UT SPC + a SOTA station.
QSO points: ADD scores for each band for QSO points
Total Score: QSO points TIMES Multiplier
Multipliers:  x1 home station
                      x2 QRPTTF Field station
                      x3 QRPTTF "Park" or SOTA station

  2019 Summary Sheet click here  
 
Edit and submit above Summary Sheet, which calculates your score automatically.
You do not need to submit logs.
Theme ... "Any Ole Park"   It's been a tough year for much of the country with forest fires, drought, a harsh winter with record snow falls, flooding, heavy ongoing snowmelts to tornados with damaged towns, bridges and roads in many parts of the country.  Many favorite public areas are inaccessible or closed.  So we're "taking it easy" on the theme this year to ensure safe travel to a suitable site close to home.
 
"Any Ole Park" is, well . . . any old park in or around your community or near your home. It can be a national, state or municipal park (for those of you participating in the park operations), a nearby neighborhood park, or the small clearing across the street.  It does not need to be a named park.  Heck, even the HOA picnic area (that should go over big).  I guess even a PARKing lot would qualify.  Must be at least big enough to put up your Buddipole or inverted vee!
 
Field station would be any field location that doesn't qualify as Any Ole Park.  Frankly, setting up portable in your back yard is about all that's left this year for this category.
 
SOTA stations are again invited to participate by operating from a qualified summit per SOTA rules and guidelines.
 
Station categories this year are:
PARK - operating from Any Ole Park for x3 multiplier
FIELD - operating from a non-park field location (ex.: back yard) for x2 multiplier
HOME - those operating from their home stations for x1 multiplier
 
 
 
 
SOTA (Summits On The Air) stations are our QRPTTF partners, gives us all more stations to work, "chasers" for the SOTA ops to all earn extra points, and have more fun.  You'll know the SOTA stations from an exchange like "NM W5/MG011" the SPC and summit ID.  SOTA stations count as any QRPTTF contact, PLUS - each summit worked counts as an SPC (extra credit for copying that weird exchange!).   SOTA stations are considered a PARK station for the x3 multiplier.  SOTA stations: Please also send your SPC.
 
Some SOTA stations like to operate from 2 or 3 different summits during the day.  Working the same station from different summits (different summit ID exchange) do not count as dupes.
 
LINKS:
http://sotawatch.org/  SOTA spots and planned activations for QRPTTF
https://www.sota.org.uk/Associations  List of local SOTA associations
 
 
 
 
 
"Any Ole Park"
A joint QRPTTF/SOTA QRP Contest
Administered solely by the QRP-L Internet Group
Saturday, April 20, 2018
Find a nice little park
(preferably with a table)
like Jim K1PID in NH
Or, a nice SOTA summit like
Jordan WC6J operating from SOTA summit W6/NS-290
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In Memoriam . . .
Hank Greeb N8XX (SK)
... to some of our QRP friends we've lost recently whom many
 of us have QSO'd, worked on QRPTTF and enjoyed over the years. --72 es RIP our friends.
Ken Louks WA8REI (SK)
Ron Polityka WA3AAL (SK)
George Dobbs G3RJV (SK)
Founder, GQRP Club
Nick WA5BDU in AR
Some 2018 PHOTOS
Last year's "A River Runs Through It" theme
 
Todd N9NE in snowy WI
Marc W4MPS in sunny NC
24th year ... Sponsored by Norcal 19952000 
                   Sponsored by QRP-L since 2001
2018 QRPTTF
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