Date/Time: 1800Z October 17 until 0200Z October 18, 2004
Bands: 160 through 2 meters, excluding 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters.
Special band activity times: 10 meters 2000Z; 15 meters 2100Z; 20 meters 2200Z. Purpose is to encourage IL ops to get on the higher bands.
Exchange: IL stations give RST and county; others give RST and state, province, or country.
Scoring: Count 1 point per phone QSO, 2 points per CW QSO. No repeater QSOs. Stations may be worked once per band and mode, and once per band/mode/county for IL mobile stations. Each vehicle is considered one station and must use only one call. Contacts with/by stations at the border of 2 counties count as 2 counties and 2 QSOs; the border of 3 (or 4) counties count as 3 (or 4) counties and 3 (or 4) QSOs. IL stations multiply points by the sum of states, IL counties, VE provinces, and a maximum of 5 DXCC countries (W/K and VE included). Count additional DX as points but not multipliers. Non-IL stations multiply points by number of IL counties worked. All stations may earn one extra multiplier for every eight QSOs made with the same IL county. However, IL 2/3/4 county border stations may count only 1 QSO (not 2/3/4) per contact toward this extra multipler. All stations may operate only one transmitter at a time.
Awards: Plaques will be awarded to the highest-scoring IL fixed station, IL mobile station, IL county line station, and out-of-state station. A traveling plaque sponsored by the Western Illinois Amateur Radio Club will be given for top IL Club score. Certificates will be awarded to the top 10 IL fixed stations, the top 5 IL mobile stations, the top IL county line portable station, the top QRP score, and the highest score (reporting at least 10 IL contacts) in each state, province, and country. Any out-of-state operator who makes at least 200 IL QSOs or works at least 75 IL counties will receive a food item from Illinois, courtesy of N9JF.
Logs: An official ILQP summary sheet must be submitted with every log. Entries without a summary sheet may be treated as check logs. Log shall indicate UTC, the call of the station worked, RST, state or province, IL county, band and mode. Circle new multipliers as worked. IL mobiles indicate county changes in the log. Any station with over 100 QSOs must submit a dupe sheet. (Mobile entries send dupe sheet only for counties from which you make 100 or more contacts.) Entries must be postmarked by November 15, 2004. Mail your entry to: RAMS, c/o John Matz, KB9II, 7079 West Ave., Hanover Park, IL 60133 or email logs to email@example.com . Rules, summary sheet, and other information available at http://my.core.com/~jematz/rams.html You are invited to join the ILQSO email reflector at http://mailman.qth.net .
Entries may be disqualified if the rules of the Illinois QSO Party are not followed. The decision of the Illinois QSO Party Committee shall be final. Enclose a business-size SASE with your entry to receive a copy of the contest results.