California QSO Party 2012

K6M Radio Expedition to Modoc County

The California QSO Party is an event wherein Radio Amateurs activate all California counties for the purpose
of ensuring radio readiness in the event of disasters; natural or otherwise. Essentially, the CQP event is a world-wide
contest - one of the reasons it is such a popular event. Of all the state QSO parties, CQP is by far the largest and most organized.

For 2012, CQP ran from 9:00 am PDT (16:00 UTC) on October 6 to 3:00 pm (22:00 UTC) on October 7, 2012.
There was a 1 hour practice event on Friday evening starting with C.W. at 7pm and SSB at 7:30pm - each for 30 mins.



Ron (WQ6X) & George (N6GEO) again operated as K6M from a
dirt road on a private piece of land
in Modoc county, California.

Grid Square: CN91 - CQ-Zone 3 - ITU Zone 6
A.R.R.L. Section: SV - Sac Valley

K6M operated on this "Street Corner" in Modoc County

Street corner sign.

Modoc County Sign


Out of this motor home

CQP-2012 RV


The antenna that never quite made it

Bent Antenna


CQP is Organized by
The Northern California Contest Club

CQP Begins in:

Click Here for a description of all the California Counties

Click Here to view the CQP contest rules for 2012.

Click Here for a list of all California Counties

Click Here to view the K6M Band Plan for the 2012 Event.

Click Here for a list of all CQP Multipliers

Click Here to view WQ6X's previous CQP activities.

In CQP, amateurs from around the world endeavor to contact California amateurs on the standard radio bands from 160-meters (1.8 mhz) to 10-meters (28 mhz) as well as 6m (50 mhz) & 2m (144 mhz). For CQP 2010, the Solar Flux hovered near 90 - less than a year into Solar Cycle 24. For CQP 2011, the Solar Flux was around 156. For CQP 2012, the Solar Flux was a depressingly low 99, although 160, 80 & 40 meters were AWEsome from Modoc County.


More operator pictures from the 2012 CQP event

Ron - WQ6X

George - N6GEO

[Click Here] to view our 2010/2011/2013/2014/2015 Expeditions.


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WQ6X is currently in Alameda California

For more information contact Ron Fitch.

Telephone Ron at: (818) 216-5376

E-mail Ron at: Ron@WQ6X.Info