California QSO Party 2016

W6K CQP Expedition to Tuolumne County
sets a new low power county record

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.

Of all the state QSO parties, CQP is by far the largest, best organized and most fun.
Essentially, the CQP event is a world-wide contest - one of the reasons it is such a popular event.

Ron (WQ6X) operated from a cabin in Twain Harte California (in Tuolumne county).

For 2016, CQP ran from 9:00 am PDT (16:00 UTC) on Saturday October 1st to 3:00 pm (22:00 UTC) on Sunday October 2nd.
Stations were allowed to operate 24 of 30
hours in the QSO Party.

California stations count each of the 50 states and 8 Canadian provinces as multiplers. Non-CA stations count each of the 58 California
counties as multipliers.

There was to be a 1 hour practice event on Friday evening starting with C.W. at 7pm and SSB at 7:30pm; each for 30 mins.
On CW I made 2 QSOs on 40 meters before being heckled by an idiot sending "N-U-T-S" after every CQ call. 80/75 meters brought no QSOs.
KK6NON was my only SSB QSO on 40 meters.

Operation as W6K

George & his XYL
(George is on the right)

Grid Square: CM98va
CQ-Zone 3 - ITU Zone 6
A.R.R.L. Section:
SJV - San Joaquin Valley

A visitor at one of WQ6X's
previous Operations



Yaesu FT-1000mp on the dinning room table.
Included: MFJ-752c & NIR-12 DSP filters + a West Mountain
Plug-N-Play keying interface unit.


An OCF Dipole along with a sloped 1/2 wave Cobra dipole.


100 ft. Cobra
Sloper 25 MH

Tuolumne County Line

An OCF Dipole 18mh

CQP-2013 Trailer

Here is an aerial view
of the W6K location


1083 Points

Working 50 out of 58
multipliers, I gave out
Tuolumne county.

These are the
2016 results



238 Points

CLICK HERE to view 2016 CQP scores submitted to the 3830 Scores website.

CLICK HERE to view the list of stations who submitted a log for CQP 2016.

CLICK HERE to read the 2016 W6K entry
on the 3830 Scores Website.

CLICK HERE to read the WQ6X Contest Blog
comments on CQP 2016.

W6K's QSL card was showcased on the CQP results page next to K6M.

Waving Flags represent where we are

United States


Bent Antenna


CQP is Organized by
The Northern California Contest Club


Click Here for a description of all the California Counties

Click Here to view the CQP contest rules for 2016.

Click Here for a list of all California Counties

Click Here to view the W6K Band Plan for the 2016 Event.

Click Here for a list of all CQP Multipliers

Click Here to view WQ6X's previous CQP activities.

In CQP, radio amateurs from around the world endeavor to contact amateurs in all 58 California counties on the standard shortwave radio bands of 160, 80/75, 40, 20, 15 & 10 meters - CW & SSB.

[Click Here] to view the 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015 Operations.


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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

10-02-2016 (08-08-17)