California QSO Party 2017

K6T CQP Portable operation from
Contra Costa County (CCOS)

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.


In 2016, Ron (WQ6X) operated from a cabin in Twain Harte California (in Tuolumne county) setting a county record.

My main operating goal was to set another county record for Contra Costa county.

(As K6U, N6GEO & WQ6X set a Multi-Low record for CCOS.)

For 2017, CQP ran from 9:00 am PDT (16:00 UTC) on Saturday October 7th to 3:00 pm (22:00 UTC) on Sunday October 8th.
In CQP, stations are allowed to operate up to 24 of the 30 hours.


WQ6X's Operation as K6T


WQ6X ran Single-OP from W7AYT's QTH in Concord, Ca., implementing a number of experimental antenna configurations for this event, as well as some new receive audio ideas. This was a fully functional SO2V operation.

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 were practice events on Friday evening starting with 20 meters at 7:15pm, 40-meters at
7:30 and 80/75 meters at 7:45pm; each for 15 mins. I made ONE CW qso on each band and
heard NO SSB stations during this practice event.

CHA-250 Vertical

Grid Square: CM78xx
CQ-Zone 3
ITU Zone 6

A.R.R.L. Section:
EB - East Bay

3-elements on 10-Meters



Yaesu FT-1000mp running in
a spare bedroom portable configuration.
Included: Autek QF-1a & NIR-12 DSP filters &
a West Mountain Plug-N-Play keying interface unit.



Lazy Cobra Sloper

10-M Yagi


Concord California

Contra Costa County Line

The "Infamous"
WQ6X Lazy Cobra Sloper

CQP-2013 Trailer


Here is an aerial view
of the K6T location


1029 Points


These are the
2017 Final results



132 Points

CLICK HERE to view 2017 CQP scores submitted to the 3830 Scores website.

CLICK HERE to view the list of stations who submitted a log for CQP 2017.

CLICK HERE to read the 2017 K6T entry on the 3830 Scores Website.

CLICK HERE to read the WQ6X Contest Blog comments on CQP 2017.

W6K's 2016 QSL card was showcased on the
CQP results page next to K6M. What the 2017 event showcase?

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 2017.

Click Here for a list of all California Counties

Click Here to view the K6T Band Plan for the 2017 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