Collegiate QSO Party


Number of Transmitters and Remote Operation

Each station is limited to one (1) transmitter at a time. Additional (unlimited) receivers may be used to aid in spotting stations. Relay stations and repeaters are not allowed for this event. Only simplex contacts between two stations may count. The only exception is the allowed satellite contacts.


Remote operation is not allowed, except for a collegiate station operating remote to their shack to facilitate a public demonstration in accordance with the bonus points below.



Operating Dates and Times:

The event will take place on Saturday, September 19th, 2020 at 0000 UTC to Sunday, September 20th, 2020 at 2359 UTC.

Operating Bands

Points may be scored on any amateur radio band, except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters. Points are scored for each band worked.

QSO Exchange

When a contact is made, each operator must exchange the following information:

  • Callsign
  • School Identifier (name or abbreviation)
  • RST
  • Operating Class

Point Breakdown

Points are earned for each QSO as a per mode, per band basis. Multipliers are applied to QSO and then summed with all other QSOs. Multipliers cannot be combined on a given QSO, except QRP. Bonus points are added to the total log score. Example: A log with a CW QSO with a faculty of your school is 25 points and a phone QSO with another college club is 10 points, for a total log score of 35 points.

QSO Point Values and Multipliers

  • Phone QSO: 1
  • CW/Digital QSO (PSK, FT8, JT65, etc.): 2


  • Alumni Multiplier (college club working alumni or alumni working alumni from same school): X3
  • College Club Multiplier: X5

Operating Classes

Stations may enter in one of the following five (5) classes. Low power is considered to be 150 watts and below. If a station fits into more than one class (ex. Alumni and employee), the operator may choose which class they would like to enter for this event.


  • Collegiate Low Power (CLP)
  • Collegiate High Power (CHP)
  • Collegiate Employee, Faculty, or Staff (EFS) – Includes faculty and staff at a college/university
  • Collegiate Club Alumni (ALU) – Individual operators who were part of a club while in college/university
  • Individual/Non-Collegiate Club (INC) – Individual operators who are not associated with a college/university (This class includes non-collegiate clubs.)

Bonus Points

  • Media for school clubs: Max 150 points for active use of social and traditional media leading up to and during the event (livestream of event, public Facebook or Twitter posts, article in school or alumni newspaper, etc.)
    • 10 points per post, max 50 points per day
    • Screenshot of each post required for point verification
  • Public Operating for school clubs: 100 points per hour (max of 500 points) for operating a self-contained portable station in a public space on campus.
    • Must have a sign and engage members of the community
    • Simply sitting on a bench with a HT does not count
    • Remote station operation does count
    • Must submit photo
  • QSO with college you attended (once per school, individual operators only): 50 points
  • Satellite Contact: Max 200 points, 20 points per QSO
  • School administrator bonus for school clubs: 300 points for each unique administrator (Dept. Chair, Dean, President, Board Member, or Provost) to make a contact, operating from the school station.
    • Max. 1 bonus per administrator
    • Must provide list with name, position, and signature of administrators who operate