"In regards to just wanting to give points: Would I do the complete exchange and give a serial number even though I would not be in the contest? How would the contest participants be judged on my contacts (in other words would I send a log so they could be verified?)"
- Yes, you should give the complete exchange, or your contact cannot be counted by the 'active' participant. Some amateurs just continue to use '001', though I don't think it's too hard to jot a serial number next to the other guy's callsign. Even if you're just jotting down stuff on a legal pad and not a computer or paper log, you can see immediately what serial number you gave the last participant.
"Also if I chose to be in the contest: I see the sheet to fill out and email address to send logs but do I have to register before the contest or just submit my logs and registration form after the contest ends?"
Just send in your log after the contest, within the time period stipulated on http://www.maqp.info
. If I were you, I'd investigate using one of the free computer logging programs for the event; I'm using the WB3W program available on the "Software" section of the MAQP website. It's pretty spiffy! Though it's only usable for this event, it'll generate a log you can email the scorers; they really appreciate not having to dredge through paper logs. =)
If you must use paper logs, just print and fill out the logs exactly as the website says.
"Thanks a million for any answers I really appreciate it."
Not a problem! Hopefully we'll meet on the air this weekend!
73 de Bob N3OYA