Here’s something you might want to dabble in this weekend.
Jim – KG2H
New England QSO Party on May 6th and 7th
The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new counties throughout New England. You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.
Oh yes, the NEQP is also lots of fun when mobile. Every time you cross a county line the action starts over again. It’s amazing what a 100w radio and mobile whip can do. The QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with a civilized break for sleep Saturday night. It goes from 4 p.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday, then 9 am Sunday until 8 p.m. Sunday.
Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters. For each QSO you’ll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state. Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate.
Last year we had logs from 179 New England stations and 300 more from around the country and the world. The full rules are available. The 2016 results were posted over the weekend and the results since 2002 are also available.