[CQ-Contest] FL QSO Party this weekend - New Stats!

Robert Chudek - K0RC robert.chudek at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 22:02:04 PDT 2011

The popular Florida QSO Party is only a few days away. Two additional 
mobile itineraries have been posted and added to the mix of county 
activations. As of now, each of the 67 counties will be visited by at 
least two mobile stations. You can download the tables of activity (and 
the workbook) from here:


Here's a few stats that have been revealed...

There are 10 counties that will have less than 2 hours of mobile 
activity during the entire weekend. They are: Broward, Collier, Dixie, 
Flagler, Franklin, Gulf, Hamilton, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and St John's. 
Five of these will only be active one of the two days.

Then there's the opposite end of the spectrum. Hardee will be visited by 
9 mobiles and Polk will get 11 visits. These counties must have some 
magical attraction because Hardee will be activated for nearly 16 hours 
and Polk for more than 17 hours. But when looking deeper to determine 
the source of this anomaly I found the K4P itinerary shows these two 
counties listed both days, with no other activity.

If these 10-hour blocks of activity are removed from the analysis, 
Hardee and Polk drop into a group of the "top 5 visited" counties with 
more realistic durations. The Top-5 counties are Charlotte, Desoto, 
Hardee, Lee, and Polk. All of them will be on the air for 5 to 6 hours 
over the weekend.

Keep in mind this analysis is for mobile/rover stations only. Many base 
stations will also participate in the FQP and will help fill in the 
areas where mobile activity is "light"; Miami-Dade for example.

Revision 2.0.4 of the workbook and charts have been posted to the above 

73 de Bob - KØRC in MN

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