From: John Miller
Date: Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 1:27 PM
Subject: California QSO Party 2017: New Club Competition Rules
Dear Contest Club Official:
Club Competition in the California QSO Party has been supported for many years, but traditionally only a handful of larger clubs in California tend to compete each year. To encourage more small-medium club participation for 2017, we’ve created three new competition categories:
- “Small” = the 10 highest scores from a club whose members who submitted their log in the Small category will count for this competition category.
- “Medium” = the 35 highest scores from a club whose members who submitted their log in the Medium category will count for this competition category.
- “Large” = clubs may combine the scores of any number of their members
All CA clubs are eligible to compete in CQP, except for NCCC, which sponsors the contest.
Plaques will be awarded for each of the 3 categories for both California and Non-California clubs: a total of 6 awards.
Further details can be found on the CQP website:
Date-Time Reminder: 1600 UTC October 7, 2017 to 2200 UTC October 8, 2017
We hope to see many members of your club on the air this October in the 52nd running of the California QSO Party!
73, John, K6MM CQP Chair
You can see all the information on our Activities Page.
When: 11am – 2pm, Saturday, Aug 19
Where: Sunnyvale’s Baylands Park, Pickleweed Place
For a larger view visit our Photo Page.
This coming Saturday (22) is the SVECS’s Quarterly Breakfast at the Santa Clara Senior Center at 9 a.m.
Besides the best $5 breakfast in town and a raffle prize of a $125 gift certificate from Ham Radio Outlet, the presentation will be on radio direction finding (RDF) with displays and demonstrations.
Check their web page and scroll down to the quarterly breakfast for all of the details.
Microwave Update 2017 will be held on October 26-29, 2017 in sunny Santa Clara, California. The MUD conference is dedicated to microwave equipment design, construction, and operation. It is focused on, but not limited to, amateur radio on the microwave bands. The 50 MHz and Up Group of Northern California is pleased to host this year’s event.
For more information, please check out the MUD 2017 webpage at www.microwaveupdate.org .
Please forward this announcement to any other mail lists and clubs that you may belong to.
While in the middle of FD, I know there was much talk about “dead bands” and such, but it seems that was all talk. I will be submitting our score shortly, and the ARRL may have some QSO matching to do, but according to N1MM+ and a pile of XLS time, our final score was 19,250. This would be a second place score in the 2016 event, and time will tell if we achieved our goal of a 13A record. In any case, here are the highlights:
80m SSB / CW / Digi: 120 / 174 / 13 QSOs
40m SSB / CW / Dig: 173 / 444 / 83
20m SSB / CW / Dig: 119 / 420 / 90
15m SSB / CW / Dig: 70 / 126 / 2
10m SSB / CW / Dig: 2 / 0 / 0
VHF SSB+FM / CW / Digi: 134 / 4 / 0
…for a total QSO count of 1971 (after several dups were removed). I then tallied up 1 pt per SSB/FM contact and 2 pts/QSO for CW and Digi to get a base QSO score of 16,650 (which includes the GOTA QSOs). Adding in 2600 bonus points (emergency power, public location, satellite, etc) got us up to our 19,250 grand total score. I will crunch up some charts showing QSO rates and qtys by hour, but this is what they will all add up to.
I must thank each and every one of you for the dedication and effort you each put forth through this event. It never ceases to amaze me how much A Game each of you brings. Tower trailers, networks, radios, tents, antennas galore, intense operating skills, and all the glue in between. Quite a lot happens to make this one day event successful. Little things like falling masts, dead batteries, and no sleep just don’t slow any of you down.
Major kudos to Bobby Barnett and Bill Fehring for organizing and running WVARA’s Field Day event on Mora Hill this weekend. You guys did a really great job!
Likewise, many thanks to Kevin Smith for running/coaching the great GOTA station, and to Svend Jensen for getting all the big towers / antennas successfully installed. And a special thanks to Greg DesBrisay for stepping into my shoes to test/deploy/maintain the three stations in CW station.
Y’all done did good! Jim Peterson