California QSO Party 2018
CQP Portable operation from
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 - a
reason it is such a popular event.
running as K6T from W7AYT's QTH
the results of last years operation, despite this year's
depressingly-LOW Solar Flux Index (SFI), W6C was poised to surpass
last year's score. While no county record was broken, it would seem
CQP-2017, the antenna system @ W7AYT has been significantly improved.
Additionally, the STEREO audio cabling to the FT-1000mp has been
enhanced with a PAIR of Autek QF-1A filters and a JPS NIR-12 for sub
receiver DNF DSP action and an original QF-1 filter as backup. What
more can I ask for?
W6C ran SO2V
working CW using the Main-RX
band condx. were poor, WQ6X managed to run SO2-V on 80 thru 10
meters, CW & SSB. W6C listened on 160 and called
for A+ Signal PEAKing & de-QRM'ing
single-OP stations are allowed to operate up to 24 of the 30
available contest hours. It is not surprising to hear NO California
stations during the 12 - 6am period.
stations count each of the 50 states and 8 Canadian provinces as multiplers.
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.
While I heard no SSB stations, I DiD manage 2 Cw QSOs on each band.
Additionally, there was an informal check-in group on 3.630 before the practice event.
Saturday, WQ6X put 400+ Cw QSO's in NX6T's log, running their Station
a Classic Electro Voice 664
EQUIPMENT USED in
HERE to read the 2018 W6C entry on the 3830
to read the WQ6X Contest Blog comments
W6K's 2016 QSL
card was showcased on the
What will the 2018 event eventually showcase?
Click Here for a description of California Counties
Click Here to view the CQP contest rules for 2018.
Click Here for a list of all California Counties
Click Here to view the W6C Band Plan for the 2018 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,
6 & 2 meters - CW & SSB.
[Click Here] to view the 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015 Operations.
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