(NOTE: Rule changes for this year noted in italics.)
Objective: Contact old friends, make new friends, and have fun! Join the party and celebrate Arizona's Centennial Year! Stations outside Arizona (AZ) contact as many AZ stations as possible. Arizona (AZ) stations, activating as many counties as possible, contact everybody.
Contest Period: 2nd full weekend of October, 1600Z (9am MST) Saturday to 0600Z Sunday (11pm MST Sat), and 1400Z (7am MST) Sunday to 2359Z (5pm MST) Sunday, 24 hours total. For 2012, the contest will be held October 13-14.
Categories: Single-Operator, Single Transmitter; Multi-Operator, Single Transmitter; Multi-Operator, Multi-Transmitter; AZ Mobile; AZ County Expedition. Power categories: High Power (>150W), Low Power (<150W), and QRP (<5W). AZ Mobile stations must be self-contained and capable of motion. AZ County Expedition is intended for those that would like to activate one or more counties with a single transmitter, at a temporary location, using portable antennas installed specifically for the contest, and removed after contest conclusion.
Contest Exchange: Stations outside Arizona send Name and State, Province or DXCC prefix. Arizona Stations send a significant year in Arizona History from the below list and State/County (e.g. AZMCP).
Valid Contact: Work stations once per band/mode 160m-2m excluding WARC bands. CW and Digital are considered separate modes, and contacts in these modes must not be made in the phone band segments. Mobiles that change counties are considered as new stations, and can be worked again for both Multiplier and QSO Point credit. County line (two counties max) QSOs should be logged as two separate QSOs. Crossmode, crossband and repeater QSOs are not permitted. All operators must observe the limitations of their operator and station licenses at all times. Use of spotting networks is allowed in all categories, however, self-spotting is specifically disallowed.
Suggested frequencies (kHz unless otherwise noted): CW: 1812, 3548, 7048, 14048, 21048, 28048, 50048. SSB: 1848, 3848, 7189, 14248, 21348, 28448, 50148. FM Simplex: 146.48MHz.
QSO Points: Count one point per phone QSO, two points per CW and Digital Mode QSO.
Multipliers: Stations outside Arizona use Arizona counties by band and mode as multipliers for a total of 15 * 8 * 3 = 360. Arizona stations use States (50) (DC counts as MD), Canadian provinces (13) and DXCC countries by mode as multipliers.
Bonus Station: Receive a one-time bonus of 100 points for a QSO with the Catalina Radio Club station, W7SA, on any band and mode during the contest period.
Scoring: Total score = (QSO points * Multipliers) + Bonus Points. Mobiles count QSO points per county and multipliers from all counties (counted once). County line operations count as two QSOs for both stations.
Reporting: Logs should indicate date/time in UTC, bands, modes, callsigns and complete exchanges. Club entries are encouraged and should be indicated if applicable. Electronic entries using the Cabrillo log format are HIGHLY encouraged. Paper entries MUST use the provided summary sheet. Dupe sheet required for paper entries over 50 QSOs. Entries must include Station and Operator callsigns, entry category, and both email and postal mailing addresses, and be submitted no later than October 31, by email to
or by postal mail to AZQP, PO Box 17811, Tucson AZ 85731.
Awards: Certificates will be awarded to the top scorers in each Arizona county, US state, Canadian province and DXCC country. A number of special plaques will also be awarded to top scorers (check the Web site for a current list).
More information: The Arizona QSO Party Web site is at http://www.AZQSOParty.org. Check there for up-to-date information on planned fixed-station, portable and mobile activity from Arizona counties, county abbreviations, contest software information, and plaques to be awarded. AZQP results will be posted on the web site when they are complete. Questions can be addressed to
Arizona Entrants: Select ONE year of significance in Arizona History out of the below table and use that year in your Exchange for the entire contest.
|1539||Father Marcos de Niza, looking for cities of gold, explores Arizona and claims it for Spain. |
|1540||Francisco Vasquez de Coronado of Spain came to Arizona in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola. He claims Arizona for New Spain.|
|1692||Father Kino founds Guevavi Mission near present-day Tumacacori.|
|1700||San Savier del Bac Mission is founded near present-day Tucson.|
|1752||Tubac Presidio becomes the first European community in Arizona. |
|1776||A Spanish presidio (fort) is built in Tucson. |
|1821||At the conclusion of the Mexican Revolution, Mexico gains independence from Spain and assumes military control of Arizona.|
|1848||The US wins the Mexican war and gains Arizona Territory north of the Gila River as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.|
|1853||The rest of Arizona becomes part of the United States as part of the Gadsden purchase.|
|1854||Copper is discovered in Arizona.|
|1858||Butterfield Overland Stage Line crosses Arizona.|
|1863||Territory of Arizona is officially created by US Congress, with Prescott as its capital.|
|1867||Arizona Territory capital moves from Prescott to Tucson.|
|1869||John Wesley Powell explores the Grand Canyon.|
|1877||Arizona Territory capital moves from Tucson back to Prescott.|
|1881||The Earps and Doc Holliday become infamous in the OK Corral gunfight. The City of Phoenix incorporates. Southern Pacific Railroad crosses southern Arizona. |
|1883||Atlantic & Pacific (Santa Fe) Railroad crosses northern Arizona.|
|1885 ||University of Arizona is founded, first university in Arizona Territory. It was a bold move to start a university in the middle of the desert. UA faculty and students have been on the cutting edge ever since. |
|1886||Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders, ending the Indian wars.|
|1889||Phoenix becomes the capital of Arizona Territory.|
|1910||Arizona Constitutional Convention meets.|
|1911||President Roosevelt dedicates the Theodore Roosevelt dam. |
|1912||On Valentine's Day, Arizona becomes the 48th state of the United States of America.|
|1917||WWI brings about development of cotton farming.|
|1919||Grand Canyon National Park is founded.|
|1930||The planet Pluto is discovered by Clyde Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.|
|1942||Navajo Code Talkers use a word code based on the complex Navajo language. The Japanese are unable to break this secret code throughout the duration of WWII. |
|1948||Motorola builds first plant in Phoenix, marking beginning of high tech industry in Arizona. |
|1951||Howard Hughes builds missile manufacturing plant in Tucson. One of the building's requirements is it had to support 30' of snow.|
|1961||Stewart Udall becomes Secretary of the Interior during the JFK administration.|
|1964||US Senator Barry M Goldwater (K7UGA) from Arizona runs for President, but loses.|
|1968||The London Bridge (which was falling down) was moved to Lake Havasu City.|
|2006||Pluto is declared not to be a planet, but to be a "dwarf planet".|
|2008||US Senator John McCain from Arizona runs for President, but loses.|
|2012||Arizona's Centennial Year of Statehood.|