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. members of a Collegiate Club Station operating remotely to the club shack.



Operating Dates and Times:

The event will take place on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at 0000 UTC to Sunday, September 19th, 2021 at 2359 UTC.

Logs are due by October 31st, 2021.

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.


Suggested SSB Frequencies: 1.855-1.865; 3.850-3.880; 7.225-7.255; 14.250-14.280; 21.300-21.330; 28.440-28.460

Suggested CW Frequencies: 1.810; 3.540; 7.035; 14.040; 21.050; 28.050

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. Note that the operating classes have changed for the 2021 CQP to support unique operations due to COVID-19.


  • Collegiate Low Power (CLP) 
  • Collegiate High Power (CHP)
  • Collegiate Campus Station (CCS)* - An operation under a single collegiate club call sign from a single location
  • Distributed Collegiate Station (DCS)* - Student members of a collegiate club operating under their own call sign. 
  • 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.)


*Aggregate Collegiate Score - In addition to the awards for each operating class, a special award will be issued for the collegiate club with the highest combined score of the Collegiate Campus Station and all club members operating as Distributed Collegiate Stations. 


Note: A Collegiate Campus Station (CCS) may not contact for QSO credit a Distributed Collegiate Station (DCS) from the same club and vice versa.

Bonus Points

Note that the bonus points have changed for the 2021 CQP to support unique operations due to COVID-19.

  • Social media for collegiate 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
    • A school club can submit a log with the social media bonus even if no QSOs were made from the club station when at least one club member submits a Distributed School Club log
  • Public Operating for collegiate 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
  • Message Handling for collegiate clubs: 50 points for one formal message originated, relayed, or received and delivered during the Collegiate QSO Party period to/from any party. An additional 50 points can be earned for a separate formal message originated during the Collegiate QSO Party period sent to a school administrator (Dept. Chair, Dean, President, Board Member, or Provost). Copies of each message must be included with the log submission. The message claimed for bonus points must leave or enter the Collegiate QSO Party operation via amateur radio RF.
  • 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 collegiate 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