Hot off QRP-L:
The rules for this year's QRP TO THE FIELD (QRPTTF) and Summary Sheet are posted at: http://www.zianet.com/qrp/
This year, we are teaming up with the Summits on the Air stations - or SOTA. SOTA stations will be operating from designated summits to participate in QRPTTF. SOTA stations are QRP - some QRPp, and operate on the usual QRP watering holes. This joint effort was designed to give us all more stations to work (since the sun isn't helping us out much ... solar flux for QRPTTF predicted to be 100).
Since we're talking mountains and summits, this year's theme is "Get high with QRP" ... basically, operate from any old nearby hill or as high as you want to go.
SOTA stations will send the exchange, plus a SOTA designator they use for identifying the summit (this gives them credit for their awards as well). Many hike to the summits with a minimalist station, often QRPp, so may be a bit weak. Whether you work TTF or SOTA stations, they all go in the log for credit. However, you also get an extra multiplier for each SOTA station worked to reward you for your effort to boost your score.
Complete details and scoring on the website http://www.zianet.com/qrp/
There are also several SOTA members on QRP-L that will be participating in QRPTTF. If you have any questions regarding SOTA, or if you feel so inclined to operate a SOTA location, ask here and they will answer your questions.
None of us want to haul our gear to the field then struggle to find stations to work. Past few years, we have plenty of experience with that! This will give us more stations to work for more QSOs, higher scores, and of course, more fun.
72, Paul NA5N
Thanks, Paul - remember folks, QRPTTF is Saturday, April 28th.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!