MN QSO Party

Twentieth Annual Minnesota QSO Party

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Presented by the Minnesota Wireless Association

  • 1400 UTC (8:00 AM CST) Through 2400 UTC (6 PM CST)
  • Plaques and Certificates for Winners in All Categories
  • Special Gift of Minnesota Premium Wild Rice for Top 20 Non-Minnesota Scores!

Here's where to find us in the Minnesota QSO Party!

10 CW 28050 Noon 1800 10 SSB 28450 2:00 PM 2000
15 CW 21050 11:00 AM 1700 15 SSB 21350 1:00 PM 1900
20 CW 14050 All Day! All Day! 20 SSB 14270 All Day! All Day!
40 CW 7050 All Day! All Day! 40 SSB 7250 All Day! All Day!
80 CW 3550 All Day! All Day! 80 SSB 3850 All Day! All Day!
160 CW 1850 5:30 PM 2330 160 SSB 1870 5:30 PM 2330

Note: Please be courteous and respect nearby users of these frequencies.


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Send your operation plans to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be included on the Actvity Map.

Please visit our Sponsors page to see the groups and individuals that make the Minnesota QSO Party possible.

We are encouraging the participation of Minnesota ARES stations. These stations will use "ARES" as their name in the exchange. See the MN ARES page for information on a new certificate that will be awarded for the top ARES station.

New for 2018 - Operating FT-8 mode in the Minnesota QSO Party

Because of the gaining popularity of this mode, and several recent inquiries, we will accommodate QSO’s made in this mode for the Minnesota QSO Party.

Making ten (10) or more QSO’s in this mode will be awarded with 500 bonus points.

The standard exchange provided in WSJT of signal strength and grid square will be used. Identify participating stations by the using the CQ macros listed below.
Please do not attempt to merge contacts made in FT-8 mode with contacts made in the other modes. Start with a clean (empty) ADIF file in WSJT, and at the end of the QSO Party, email the ADIF file along with other contest logs to the sponsor. Rename the ADIF file to “yourcall.adi”.
Follow rules as listed for the MNQP. (i.e. no WARC band contacts, no non-MN to non-MN QSO’s will be credited.) No multiplier credit will be given for FT-8 QSO’s, ONLY the 500 point bonus credit.

Suggested CQ macros:

For non- Minnesota:  CQ MN W1XYZ
For Minnesota:  CQ MQP WB0AAA


Many of the mobile stations will be using APRS. You can track them with links on the Activity Map page or the Mobile Operations page.

We encourage the use of spotting networks. In addition to the normal DX Cluster sites you may want to try the County Hunting Spots site and the Reverse Beacon Network.

The Resources page contains links to tools to make your contest experience better.

For N1MM users we have a new Mult Chaser add on written by Pat, NAØN. It will track your multipliers on a map. See the Logging Programs page for more information.

The Minnesota QSO Party is always the first Saturday in February. Future dates for the Minnesota QSO Party

February 2, 2019

February 1, 2020

February 6, 2021