[CQ-Contest] QSO Party participation

Jim Reisert AD1C jjreisert at alum.mit.edu
Fri Jan 3 19:57:33 EST 2003

At 02:34 PM 1/3/2003 -0800, Sean Fleming K8KHZ wrote:

>I notice that most every state has thier own QSO party sposored by some 
>club within the state. why is it not a good idea not to have an additional 
>QSO party within the same state at a different part of the year?

Hi Sean,

IMO, there are already plenty of contests.  The state QSO parties that do 
well -- CA, FL and PA to name just a few -- spend the better part of the 
year putting their event together, publicizing it, checking logs, etc.  It 
takes a number of committed stations -- mobile, portable and fixed -- to 
create enough in-state activity to make the contest attractive for 
out-of-state stations.  I doubt you could do two sub-state QSO parties very 

New York (state) does not have a QSO party but I believe that the Northern 
NY section does (or used to).  I've never heard enough activity to get 
interested in it.

None of the W1 states could get sufficient activity going individually, but 
when combined into the 1st Annual New England QSO Party last May, there was 
quite a bit of activity, and one station (N4PN I believe) even managed to 
work all 67 New England counties.  Ask Tom K1KI how many hours he and 
others put into this.  It was NOT a trivial amount.

73 - Jim AD1C

p.s. there are links to every state QSO party I could find at:


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