California QSO Party 2019

K6C CQP Portable operation from
Contra Costa County (CCOS)

WQ6X - 2019 CQP Operations

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 - a reason it is such a popular event.

In 2018, running as W6C from W7AYT's QTH
in Concord took another 1st place for Contra Costa county.

Having studied the results of last years operation, despite this year's continually depressingly-LOW Solar Flux Index (SFI), it seems to me that K6C in 2019 is set to surpass W6C's 2018 record.

Since CQP-2017, the antenna system @ W7AYT has been on a continual improvement. 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.

What more can be asked for? An SFI of 100 maybe?

For 2019, K6C ran SO2V working CW using the Main-RX (Left Ear) and SSB using the Sub-RX (Right Ear). Running each receiver thru a dedicated Autek QF-1a unit augmented the
FT-1000mp's e-DSP (for the Main-RX) and the external JPS NIR-12 DSP unit (for the Sub-RX).


WQ6X's operation during the
2019 California QSO Party


In CQP, 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.
Then around 7:00 am (PDT) 40 & 20 come alive with W6 stations, with 8 more hours to go.

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 are 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.
Additionally, there will be an informal check-in group on 3.620 after the practice event.

Filters for A+ Signal PEAKing & de-QRM'ing

In 2018 throughout Saturday, WQ6X put 400+ Cw QSO's in NX6T's log, running their Station #2 remotely by way of a newly
acquired Elecraft K3/0 + RRC 1258 interface unit. Once properly configured, the K3/0 ran virtually flawlessly.
For 2019, look for WQ6X to put in another few hours @NX6T during off-periods as K6C.

Yaesu FT-1000mp along with
external audio filters for dual-RX

a Classic Electro Voice 664
used as a microphone stand




Concord California

Grid Square: CM78xx
CQ-Zone 3
ITU Zone 6

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

Contra Costa County Line



Yaesu FT-1000mp running in a spare bedroom portable configuration.
Included equipment:

Autek QF-1A (x2) Filters + JPS NIR-12 DSP Filter.

The RigExpert PLUS for keying Cw, running RTTY and routing the audio.

Electro-Voice 664 Mic & a classic Bencher keying paddle (black/silver/acryllic).



WQ6X Lazy 8JK
Cobra Sloper &
WQ6X JA Sloper

Hygain Long John
3-element 10-M Yagi

WQ6X Lazy 8JK Cobra Sloper
CH-250 Vertical + 10-m Long John

WQ6X Cobra Sloper

Here is an aerial view
of the K6C location


483 Points

Here are the
2019 Final results

Summary Statistics



9 Points

CLICK HERE to view 2019 CQP scores submitted
to the 3830 Scores website.

CLICK HERE to view the list of stations submitting
a log for CQP 2019.

CLICK HERE to read the 2019 K6C entry on the
3830 Scores Website.

CLICK HERE & HERE to read the WQ6X Contest
Blog comments on CQP 2019.

W6K's 2016 QSL card was showcased on the
2017 CQP announcement page next to K6M.

What will the 2019 event eventually 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 California Counties

Click Here to view the CQP contest rules for 2019.

Click Here for a list of all California Counties

Click Here to view the K6C Band Plan for the 2019 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 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018 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