September 19th 0000 UTC to September 20th 2359 UTC
What is the Collegiate QSO Party?
The Collegiate QSO Party is an operating event focused on amateur radio clubs at colleges and universities around the world. Each Fall, the Collegiate QSO Party provides an opportunity for clubs to demonstrate amateur radio to new members, engage with alumni, and promote activity throughout college and university communities.
Who is this event for?
This event is open to all radio amateurs. Points can be earned by individuals, clubs, and collegiate stations. The Collegiate QSO Party encourages alumni to connect with their alma mater and students to network with other schools. New hams are welcome and stations are encouraged to be accommodating to new radio amateurs.
What is a "collegiate station?"
For the purposes of this event, a collegiate is defined as students, faculty, staff, or alumni operating under the callsign assigned to the club registered at the college, university or other post-secondary academic institute. Collegiate clubs may operate on campus in the club station or setup in a public area (with permission) or off campus. Alumni/Faculty/Staff without an active student club who wish to “activate” their school may do so with the permission of the trustee of the collegiate club callsign and compete in this category.
Current students at schools without an participating amateur radio club may compete under their own callsign. Points will apply as a club station.
Be sure to check out the "Rules" page and "Info Packet" PDF linked above for more details on the Collegiate QSO Party.
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Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with any questions!
Note that the rules have changed for the 2020 CQP to support unique operations due to COVID-19.