Oh, that's any easy one to answer, Barry.
The Pa QSO Party was originally in September, so there was no conflict. The
date was changed back in the late '70's when the ARRL re-aligned the dates
for the VHF contests, putting the September VHF contest on the same weekend.
So after some teeth knashing and so forth, the Nittany ARC moved the date to
the 2nd weekend in October, even though the conflict with the hamfest was
Keep in mind that when this all was happening, the PaQP was no where near
the popularity it's now at, for which Doug W3HDH should get the credit.
Ironically, after the date change, the ARRL then scheduled one of their old
"Open CD Parties" for the Saturday night of the PaQP. A lot of us thought
this would be a problem; actually, it turned out to be a blessing, as it
made getting those far west & west coast mults a breeze on 40 meters!
73, ron wn3vaw
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> Date: Sat, 09 Oct 2004 13:28:27 -0000
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> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Pennsylvania QSO Party This Weekend
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> Interestingly, the largest hamfest in the Phila area is tomorrow,
> duing the PA QSO Party. Has been this way for years. Says
> something, though I'm not sure what...
> Barry W2UP (/3)
> On 9 Oct 2004 Jimk8mr@aol.com wrote:
> > I haven't seen anything posted here, so I just wanted to provide a
> > quick reminder that this weekend is the Pennsylvania QSO Party,
> > starting at 1600z today (Saturday).
> > It runs to 0500z Sunday, and again from 1300z to 2200z on Sunday.
> > Exchange is QSO Number & QTH.
> > This is one of the oldest and biggest of the state parties. It has
> > tremendous in state activity - including a lot by people who
> > ordinarily aren't contesters. A lot of these people don't do a lot of
> > CQing, rather just tune around calling people. So it can be a lot of
> > fun even for an out of state guy to CQ on a band open to PA ( on SSB)
> > and run guys in PA. Unlike most state QSO parties, mults for the PA
> > guys include ARRL sections, so you may be in a new/rare one (Hello
> > California!).
> > And yes, I'll be out driving around PA. We may also stop in several
> > rarer counties to set up an operate as a rover, using a separate W3
> > call. Hope to work lots of you!
> > 73 - Jim K8MR
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