California QSO Party 2015

W6E CQP Expedition to Tuolumne 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.

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.

George (N6GEO) & Ron (WQ6X) operated from a cabin in Twain Harte
California - Tuolumne county.

Stations are allowed to operate 24 out of the 30 hours of the Qso Party. For 2015, CQP ran from 9:00 am PDT (16:00 UTC) on Saturday October 3 to 3:00 pm (22:00 UTC) on Sunday October 4.

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.
WQ6X worked ONE station on CW and heard NO ONE on SSB.


Because this year marks CQP 50, a special GOLDRUSH bonus in the form of medallion coins are being awared to stations with 150+ QSOs in the log who also work stations spelling out GOLDRUSH.

A special page as been created to track the
24 BONUS stations.

Click here to check out WQ6X GoldRush page.
Click here to view details of who the GOLDRUSH stations were and the medallion Winners are. K6YL said a page update is due in November.

W6E worked 22 out of the 24 GOLDRUSH stations;
missing only K6D & K6S.

I wrote a Blog entry about our W6E contest event.
Click Here to view this Blog entry.



Elecraft K2 + SB-200 amp (Stn#1) & a SunSDR-2 + an Elecraft
KPA-500 amp on the kitchen table (Stn#2)


An OCF Dipole & HF-6V Vertical for lower bands + a TH-3 Jr. yagi
@10mh for the high bands.


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 recent visitor
to the W6E QTH

Street corner sign.

An OCF Dipole 18mh

Modoc County Sign

6BTV Vertical

TH3-Jr Yagi - 10mh

CQP-2013 Trailer

Here is an aerial view
of the W6E location

CW QSOs = 556

1668 Points

Our 2015 goal
was to work GOLDRUSH stations & give out Tuolumne county.

SSB QSOs = 219

438 Points

CLICK HERE to look at the other 2015 CQP scores submitted to the 3830 Scores website. You can also CLICK HERE to view the list of stations who submitted a log for CQP 2015.

CLICK HERE to read the 2015 W6E entry on the 3830 Scores Website.

CLICK HERE to read the WQ6X Contest Blog comments on CQP 2014.

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 2015.

Click Here for a list of all California Counties

Click Here to view the W6E Band Plan for the 2015 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 California
on the standard shortwave radio bands of 160, 80/75, 40, 20, 15 & 10 meters.

The 2014 CQP results were released in February 2015.
Our K6U operation not only took FIRST PLACE for LP in Contra Costa county - we set a new county record!
We made contacts on all bands from 80-meters (3.5 mhz) to 10-meters (28 mhz).

For CQP 2015 The solar flux was in the < 110 range - bummer dewd!


[Click Here] to view our 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014 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