- April 11, 2016 at 8:42 am #1912
To New England radio clubs:
I’d appreciate your help in publicizing the upcoming New England QSO Party on May 7th and 8th.
The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries. You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.
We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help. Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun. Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties. Will you be QRV? Let us know which county you’ll be on from with a message to [email protected]
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 4pm Saturday until 1am Sunday, then 9am Sunday until 8pm 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.
Last year we had logs from 139 New England stations and 275 more from around the country and world.
The full rules are here -> http://www.neqp.org/rules.html
The 2015 results have been on-line for a week or so and the results since 2002 are also available -> http://www.neqp.org/results.html
It’s just a month until the 2016 NEQP. Please make some QSOs even if you don’t want to send in a log.
73 Tom/K1KIApril 11, 2016 at 9:47 am #1913
I don’t see a list of the county abbreviations anywhere, but I take it from http://www.neqp.org/2015/2015-scores-ne.html#ne-statecounty that Hillsborough, NH is HILNH (so we actually give the state an extra time in the exchange as part of the county).
- Aron, W1AKIApril 12, 2016 at 9:46 am #1965
Regarding the county/state abbreviations: each county and state use a 3-letter abbreviation for the county appended by a 2-letter abbreviation for the state. There are several states in New England with the same county names so this avoids confusion as to which one you worked. Also, the contest logging programs recognize the exchange so it is valid.
The NEQP website contains a list of all the county and state abbreviations to use.
73 de TE
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