2004 New England QSO Party Results

by Tom Frenaye, K1KI - frenaye@pcnet.com

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Introduction


Springtime in New England is a nice time of year.  The first weekend of May also brings with it the New England QSO Party, and 2004 was its third year.   Connecticut and Rhode Island take on a nice green color as the leaves on the trees have started to come out in early May.   As you go further north the green fades to grey and in northern Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, the leaves haven't started to show, some of the high hilltops still have some leftover winter snow, and many of the lakes and ponds are mostly covered with ice.   But summer is around the corner - the scenery changes fast at this time of year.

The number of logs jumped 15% to a total of 295 in 2004, mostly from non-W1 entries.  The number of QSOs reported was 49,720, way up over 2003.   All New England counties were active - logs from eight mobiles covered 86 counties, plus there was one group (K1JB) who operated portable from several counties and a couple of other mobiles who didn't submit logs.

 
Propagation

As the sun's 11-year cycle heads towards the minimum, QSOs were hard to find on 10m, though there were still more than in 2003.  More than half of the total QSOs were made on 20m, and surprisingly 80m had more activity than 15m did.


80m 40m 20m 15m 10m
QSOs made by W1s 3,141 10,222 19,578 1,193  157
Different stations worked    408
  1,695
  3,750
   302
  58

As in past years, the K-index summary from NOAA is shown below.  Basically it shows that there were no significant solar storms during the contest, but with an index of 3 on the first day and 2 on the second, there is room for a little improvement.  More information on this can be found here:   http://www.sec.noaa.gov

Estimated Planetary K Index

Mobiles

Several new mobile efforts were present in the 2004 NEQP - N1JEO/m, N1RR/m, N1SV/m and W1VE/m all made an impact.   Actually, Charlie "The Wiz" N1RR/m turned in the top single operator mobile score while covering 13 counties, dethroning previous champ Tom, K1KI/m, who managed to operate from 23 counties.   Charlie had a few less QSOs but pulled over the top by catching some additional multipliers.   Ed, K1EP/m, finished in the top three again while passing through 16 counties.   

John, W1XX/m, was joined by Bob, K1XA, this year and the team again took top honors in the multi-operator mobile category while moving around in four Rhode Island counties, and set a multi-op record at the same time.

Mobile activity really helps to spice up the contest - so if you have the inclination to try it out in 2005, there are several people willing to help you out.

USA/VE/DX results

Check here for detailed results -->  Score detail
and for band-by-band info for the leaders -->  Band-by-band

Paul/N4PN seesm to try something different each year in the NEQP.  The first year he was SOLP from Georgia, and had the top score.  In 2003 Paul entered as SOHP from Florida, and again had the top score.   In 2004 he was SOHP from Georgia and had a NEQP record score with 507 QSOs, all 67 counties and 48,173 points.   Paul puts in a full effort - and you can see from the table below he doesn't stay on any one band or mode for long.  He doesn't take much time off either...

N4PN
May 1st
May 2nd
Band/UTC
20
21
22
23
00
01
02
03
04
1st day
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
2nd day
Total
10 CW









0





3





3
3
10 SSB








0





3
1




4
4
15 CW








0
3
3

2







8
8
15 SSB








0




3
1
7
1



12
12
20 CW 24
1
7
7
1
3
1


44
14
7
9
6
7
3

7
6
3
1
63
107
20 SSB 43
34
10
23
19
3
1


133
6
21
15
18
11
14
13
8
5
1

112
245
40 CW

9
6
1
7
5
10
2
40


2



1
4
1
8
10
26
66
40 SSB

4
2
3
6
5
8

28
1






2



3
31
80 CW




4
14
6
3
27










1
1
28
80 SSB





1
1
1
3











0
3
Total CW 24
1
16
13
2
14
20
16
5
111
17
10
11
8
7
6
1
11
7
11
12
101
212
Total SSB
43
34
14
25
22
9
7
9
1
164
7
21
15
18
14
18
21
11
5
1

133
295
Total 67
35
30
38
24
23
27
25
6
275
24
31
26
26
21
24
22
22
12
12
12
231
507

Other stations with big single operator scores were all from the 4th call area with Jim/K4PV in Florida the closest competition to N4PN with 30,600 points, followed by John/K4BAI in George and Bert/N4CW in North Carolina.   In the Low Power category, Charlie/NF4A made 301 QSOs in 61 counties for his leading 28,548 points.  Dave/N4IG in Florida and Ned/K1GU/4 in Tennessee each managed more than 20k points.   Breaking into the 4th call area dominance were Keith/WA3HAE in Pennsylvania, who was 2nd in the SOLP category just behind K1GU/4, and Tom/N2CU in New York with a 4th place finish.   Being close to New England isn't necessarily an advantage when a large percentage of the QSOs to be made are on 20m.  

Top scorers from further west  were led by Rex/K7QQ with a big 18,468 points and 5th place SOHP with 171 CW QSOs in 54 counties.   Also doing well from the west were Paul/K0JPL in Missouri and Californians Rob/K6RB and Bob/W1RH/6 in the HP category and Bill/K5WAF from Texas, and Mike/K5UV from Oklahoma.

Bill/K4LTA from Tennessee ran away with the QRP category and found 100 CW stations in 46 counties to work.   The multi-operator category was won by Dan/N0HF (+Bruce/WW1M) from Colorado after a 2nd or 3rd place finish the first two years.    Doug/VA3DF led all Canadian scorers with his 115 QSOs and 45 counties while running QRP power - and set the Canadian record at the same time!   

The top DX score came again from Ged, LY3BA, with 238 QSOs in 61 counties and 23,607 points, beating all but three USA SOHP entries!     Gerd/DL5AWI was second while setting the German SOHP record and Hal/DL5MC turned in the top SOLP score - a new DX SOLP record.  A number of people were quite happy to work Dave/K1ZZ who operated from 4U1ITU as well.

There were new records set in the multi-operator category in five states, in SOHP and SOLP categories in 12 states each, and in SOQRP in six states.

New England results

Check here for detailed results --> Score detail
and for band-by-band leaders -->  Band-by-band

This was the year for Rick/KI1G to win the High Power category from New England.   Rick put in a full effort from his Kent County RI located, balanced his activity about 50-50 between CW and SSB, and totalled 1532 QSOs and 106 multipliers resulting in 241,786 points.   As with N4PN outside of New England, Rick kept at it for the full contest period with few breaks and regular band and mode changes.    Dennis/NB1B stayed on CW for the whole contest from Bristol County MA and came in second and newcomer (to the NEQP) Bill/NT1Y from relatively rare Orange County VT.   Ken/W1NG was a close fourth and Art/W1RZF nailed fifth place.
KI1G
May 1st
May 2nd
Band/UTC
20
21
22
23
00
01
02
03
04
1st day
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
2nd day
Total
10 CW









0


4

4
4


1


13
13
10 SSB








0




4
6
1

1


12
12
15 CW

3
1





4

44
10
8
13
2
4

1
3

85
89
15 SSB
4







4

5
15
1
1
4
1

2


29
33
20 CW/rtty 102
4
17
16
1
12



152
42
18
11
32
10
25
13

36
4
9
200
352
20 SSB
103
67
60
15
39



284
22
4
16
24
5

8
110
46
69
34
338
622
40 CW



88
5
28
14
21
156




8
2



11
3
23
180
40 SSB




44

27
2
73









1
1
2
75
80 CW




2
67
18
19
106










9
9
115
80 SSB






10
1
11





2




28
30
41
Total CW 102
4
20
17
89
19
95
32
40
418
42
62
25
40
35
33
17

38
18
21
331
749
Total SSB

107
67
60
15
83

37
3
372
22
9
31
25
10
12
10
110
49
70
63
411
783
Total 102
111
87
77
104
102
95
69
43
790
64
71
56
65
45
45
27
110
87
88
84
742
1532

In the Low Power category, Pete/W1RM found the formula for victory from Hartford County CT with 841 CW QSOs and 82 multipliers for 137,924 points. 
Following Pete were Randy/K5ZD using club station AK1W from Worcester County MA and Ann/WA1S from Hillsboro County NH.  Bill/K1EV used his QRP station to make 195 QSOs and the top QRP score.

Dave/K1TTT and his team of Brian/NJ1F Tom/W1TO and Mike/WM1K continued their dominance of the multi-operator category with 1330 QSOs and a multiper of 116..   Dave/KB1H with Chris/N1XS kept close but their 1241 QSOs and 96 multipliers had to settle for second place for the second year in a row.

Logs were received from stations in all counties.    Quite a number of records were set - view them here -->  NEQP records

Who are the "Multiplier Kings"?
 
Who worked all of the counties in each New England state?

Congratulations to N4PN for working all 67 counties in New England.  N4IG found 63 of them, WA3HAE and K4BAI worked 62, and NF4A and LY3BA logged 61 counties.    Working all Rhode Island counties turned out to be the easiest - 52 stations worked all five of them!

Worked all Connecticut counties (8) 
Call QTH Category
LY3BA
Lithuania
SOHP
N0HF
Colorado
MS
N4IG
Florida
SOLP
N4PN
Georgia
SOHP
NF4A
Florida
SOLP





Worked all Massachusetts counties (14)    
Call QTH Category
K4PV
Florida
SOHP
N2CU
New York
SOLP
N4PN
Georgia
SOHP





Worked all Maine counties (16)    
Call QTH Category
N4CW
North Carolina
SOHP
N4PN Georgia
SOLP
     
Worked all New Hampshire counties (10)    
Call QTH Category
K4BAI
George
SOHP
K4PV
Florida
SOHP
N2CU
New York
SOLP
N4IG
Florida
SOLP
N4BP
Florida
SOLP
N4PN
Florida
SOHP
WA3HAE
Pennsylvania
SOLP
     
Worked all Rhode Island counties (5)    
Call QTH Category
AB7RW
Washington
SOLP
AF5P
Louisiana
SOHP
DL5AWI
Germany
SOHP
DL5MC
Germany
SOLP
HB9ARF
Switzerland
SOLP
K0AD
Minnesota
SOHP
K0JPL
Missouri
SOHP
K1GU/4
Tennessee
SOLP
K3EGE
Pennsylvania
SOLP
K3MD
Pennsylvania
SOLP
K4AMC
Tennessee
SOLP
K4BAI
George
SOHP
K4BEV
Tennessee
SOLP
K4LTA
Tennessee
SOQRP
K4PIC
Georgia
MS
K4PV
Florida
SOHP
K5KG
Florida
SOHP
K5WAF
Texas
SOLP
K6DGW
California
SOLP
K6RB
California
SOHP
K7QQ
Washington
SOHP
K8IR
Michigan
SOLP
K8ZT
Ohio
SOQRP
K9EN
Wisconsin
SOLP
KH2D
Florida
SOLP
KJ9C/m
Indiana
SOLP-m
LY3BA
Lithuania
SOHP
N0HF
Colorado
MS
N0YO
Kansas
SOHP
N2CU
New York
SOLP
N4BP
Florida
SOLP
N4CW
North Carolina
SOHP
N4GM
Florida
SOLP
N4IG
Florida
SOLP
N4LR
Georgia
SOLP
N4MM
Virginia
SOHP
N4PN
Florida
SOHP
N6NF
Texas
SOQRP
N6ZFO
California
SOLP
N9KO
Illinois
SOHP
NF4A
Florida
SOLP
NN6DX
California
SOLP
NW7MT
Montana
MS
PA3ARM
Netherlands
SOLP
VA3DF
Ontario
SOQRP
W4ARM
Florida
SOLP
W4STB
Florida
SOHP
W9YQ
Wisconsin
SOLP
WA3HAE
Pennsylvania
SOLP
WB9CIF
Indiana
SOHP
WC4E
Florida
SOLP
WD0BMS
South Dakota
SOHP



Worked all Vermont counties (14)     
Call QTH Category
LY3BA
Lithuania
SOHP
N4PN
Georgia
SOHP



What about the New England stations?

Single operators AF1T and KI1G worked all 50 states, as did the multi-op team at K1TTT.    KG1E found 49 and three others put 48 states into their logs.   No one worked all of the Canadian multipliers but NT1Y and multi-op KB1H each found eight different provinces.   Twenty New England stations worked 20 DX countries or more.

Worked all US States (50)    
Call QTH Category
AF1T
MER NH
SOHP
K1TTT
BER MA
MS
KI1G
KEN RI SOHP
     
Worked at least 20 DX countries    
Call QTH Category
AF1T
MER NH
SOHP
AK1W
WOR MA
SOLP
K1FK
ARO ME
SOHP
K1KI/m
23 counties
SOLP-m
K1TTT BER MA MS
K2LE
BEN VT
SOHP
KA1ZEX
WOR MA
SOLP
KB1H WIN CT
MS
KG1E
ESS MA
SOHP
 KI1G
KEN RI
SOHP
N1API
NHV CT
MS
N1RR/m
13 counties
SOLP-m
NB1B BRI MA SOHP
NT1Y
ORA VT
SOHP
W1ACT
DUK MA
MS
W1KT
WOR MA
SOLP
W1NG
NHV CT
SOHP
W1RM
HAR CT
SOLP
W1RZF
WOR MA
SOHP
W1UF
NAN MA
SOHP
WA1S
HIL NH
SOLP
WA1Z
ROC NH SOLP
 
Club Competition
 
Looks like the Yankee Clipper Contest Club ran away with the club competition this time!    Since they sponsor the plaque for the top club competition score, the plaque will go to the CT-RI Contest Group.    Good efforts from the Meriden ARC (CT) who generated five entries, and the Contoocook Valley RC (NH) and the Falmouth ARA (MA) with three entrieseac .    Make sure to add your club name to your entry next time.  
     
Club Count Score
Yankee Clipper Contest Club 41 2,197,614



CT RI Contest Group 8 418,603
Contoocook Valley RC 3 110,231
Nashua Area Radio Club 1 54,473
Framingham Amateur Radio Association 1 39,156
Hampden County Radio Assn 1 37,240
Candlewood ARA 2 35,523
Meriden Amateur Radio Club 5 31,874
Hampden County Radio Assn. 2 23,913
Green Mountain Wireless Society 1 22,000
Fall River ARC 1 16,182
Capeway RC 2 10,179
Narraguagus Bay ARC 1 5,544
Old Men 1 4,653
Falmouth Amateur Radio Association 3 3,617
Waterbury ARC 1 3,120
Cheshire County DX ARC 1 3,078
Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association 1 1,770
Newport County RC 1 1,170
Southern Vermont ARC 1 946
NE QRP 1 156


County Activity

It took a lot of coordination and a little luck, but all 67 counties were available in the 2004 NEQP.  Only two stations were on in 12 counties, while the hardest appear to be Coos NH, Essex VT and Franklin MA, Middlesex CT, Nantucket MA and Orleans VT with only one station in each.  Middlesex MA took the honors for the highest activity with 933 QSOs from 28 stations.

County
State
QSOs
Stations (min 2 logs)
Addison VT
43 3
Androscoggin ME
48 2
Aroostook ME
166 3
Barnstable MA
240 10
Belknap NH
32 3
Bennington VT
255 4
Berkshire MA
368 3
Bristol MA
300 12
Bristol RI
241 5
Caledonia VT
43 3
Carroll NH
171 2
Cheshire NH
60 3
Chittenden VT
146 4
Coos NH
21 1
Cumberland ME
78 8
Dukes MA
195 2
Essex MA
460 12
Essex VT
17 1
Fairfield CT
224 9
Franklin MA
11 1
Franklin ME
46 3
Franklin VT
30 2
Grafton NH
118 7
Grand Isle VT
51 2
Hancock ME
254 6
Hartford CT
392 8
Hillsborough NH
522 18
Hampden MA
212 10
Hampshire MA
32 2
Kennebec ME
54 2
Kent RI
469 6
Knox ME
27 3
Lamoille VT
30 2
Lincoln ME
57 5
Litchfield CT
28 3
Merrimack NH
208 5
Middlesex CT
29 1
Middlesex MA
933 28
Nantucket MA
94 1
Newport RI
109 3
New Haven CT
751 21
New London CT
298 7
Norfolk MA
196 5
Orange VT
375 4
Orleans VT
14 1
Oxford ME
29 2
Penobscot ME
249 6
Piscataquis ME
51 3
Plymouth MA
161 7
Providence RI
316 10
Rochester NH
855 17
Rutland VT
137 2
Sagadahoc ME
88 4
Somerset ME
28 2
Strafford NH
88 5
Suffolk MA
53 3
Sullivan NH
69 4
Tolland CT
147 3
Waldo ME
93 4
Washington ME
275 6
Washington RI
374 8
Washington VT
26 2
Windham CT
563 8
WIndsor VT
184 6
Windham VT
18 3
Worcester MA
725 16
York ME
29 4



Certificates!

We're sending out participation certificates to everyone with 25 QSOs or more, and printed results to everyone who sent in a log.   Thanks to Scott/N1AIA for doing the certificate design work, and to Bill/K1GQ for turning out the many certificates this year.   Bill also deserves credit for finding some nice quality paper to print them on.

 
NE county map
2004 New England QSO Party 
Plaques and Special Awards
NE county map

Certificates were awarded to the top scorers (25 QSO minimum) in each
New England county, U.S. state, Canadian Province and DXCC country.

Special plaques have been awarded to these top scorers:

Category  Donor Winner



USA - single operator Southborough Rod & Gun Club (W1SRG) Paul Newberry, N4PN
USA - single operator low power Laci Radnay, W1PL Charles Wooten, NF4A
USA - single operator QRP Joe Zdrojowy, NY1S Bill O'Kain, K4LTA
USA - single opr(W5-W6-W7-W0) Huckleberry Mtn Contest Club
Rex Maner, K7QQ
USA - single opr(W2-W3-W8-W9) Jim Monahan, K1PX
Keith Pederson, WA3HAE
USA - any category (California/Nevada) Calif QSO Party - Northern California Contest Club Rob Brownstein, K6RB
USA - multi operator - single transmitter
Dave Robbins, K1TTT
Dan Norman, N0HF(+ Bruce Herrick, WW1M)
Canada - single operator
Chris Terkla, N1XS
Doug Ferris, VA3DF
DX - single operator Yankee Clipper Contest Club Gedas Lucinskas, LY3BA
DX - Russia - any category
(min 50 multipliers/200 QSOs)
Dmitri Y Jikharev, N2OW/RA9USU
(no winner this time)
Clean Sweep - Not First, but Furthest Dennis Egan, NB1B Paul Newberry, N4PN



New England - single operator Yankee Clipper Contest Club Rick Davenport, KI1G
New England - single operator - low power Southborough Rod & Gun Club (W1SRG) Pete Chamalian, W1RM
New England - single operator - QRP Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club Bill Birtcher, K1EV
New England - mobile Boston Amateur Radio Club Charles Morrison, N1RR/m
New England - multi operator mobile
Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F, in memory of James Szewczyk, WB1EYM
John Lindholm, W1XX/m (+ Bob Halprin, K1XA)
New England - multi-single Wellesley ARS Dave Robbins, K1TTT (+ Tom Homewood, W1TO, Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F, Mike Perry, WM1K)
New England - school club
Chris Terkla, N1XS
Worcester Polytechnical Institute Wireless Association/W1YK (Isaac Waldron, KI1W + Jeff Rosenberger, N3SX)
New England - CW only
Andy Bodony, K2LE
Dennis Egan, NB1B



Connecticut - single operator Candlewood ARA Ken Bolin, W1NG
Maine - single operator  Merrymeeting ARA, Androscoggin ARC, Yankee ARC, Portland Amateur Wireless Assn, Piscataquis ARC
Joe Zdrojowy, NY1S
Massachusetts - single operator Framingham Amateur Radio Association Dennis Egan, NB1B
New Hampshire - single operator NH-ARRL Ann Santos, WA1S
Rhode Island - single operator  CT/RI Contest Group Rick Davenport, KI1G
Vermont - single operator  Bob Raymond, WA1Z
Bill Hein, NT1Y



Maine - single operator high power
Augusta Amateur Radio Assn Dave Bowker, K1FK



MA - Hampden County - single operator Hampden County Radio Assn
Jim Mullen, KK1W



New England Club Yankee Clipper Contest Club CT-RI Contest Group - WA1RR

If you'd like to sponsor a plaque for 2005, please contact us at info@neqp.org

Special Awards

The top USA (non-New England) single operator winner:

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association has donated a Lobster dinner for two from Legal Seafood of Boston to the USA single operator (non-New England) winner.

For 2004 the winner is Paul Newberry, N4PN!

The top Florida score:

One gallon of Paul Tibbetts (K1PT), somewhat world famous, chowdah.  He will "personally prepare, deliver, and participate in the consumption of said chowdah at the time and place of the winner's choosing." 

For 2004 the winner is Jim Dunbar, K4PV!

Other top USA (non-New England) scorers:

  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream - 250+ QSOs
    • N2CU WA3HAE K4BAI K4PV NF4A
     
  • Maple Syrup - 150+ QSOs
    • K1GU/4 K4BEV N4CW N4IG K6RB K7QQ K9EN W9YQ K0JPL


Log checking

Thanks to everyone who sent in electronic logs, it made the log checking process go much easier.   There were 295 logs overall, with 242 in electronic format (82%) and 53 on paper.    We took the time to convert all of the paper logs to electronic format for log checking.   

For non-New England stations, cross checking was possible on 11,372 of the 13,627 QSOs reported (83.5%).  Of the 621 QSOs not allowed (4.6%), the break down is as follows:

QSOs
  Reason not allowed
147
  Callsign incorrect
196
  QTH incorrect
4
  Mode incorrect
9
  Band incorrect
156
  Not in log
108
  Duplicate
1
  Time was outside of contest period
621
  Total of QSOs disallowed

For New England stations, cross checking was possible on 15,637 of the 36,092 QSOs reported (43.3%).  Of the 1801 QSOs not allowed (5.0%), the break down is as follows:

QSOs   Reason not allowed
614
  Callsign incorrect
552
  QTH incorrect
11
  Mode incorrect
22
  Band incorrect
166
  Not in log
430
  Duplicate
6
  Time was outside of contest period
1,801
  Total of QSOs disallowed

There are no penalty for duplicates - we encourage you to leave them in the log.  

So, who did well in the log checking?    For those outside of New England, the top ten scorers (all categories) had an average loss of 2.1%.   WA3HAE at 1.1% and K4BAI at 1.3% were the best.   N4DW had the biggest total (118 QSOs) with no errors (Golden Log).  The overall average was a loss of 3.9%. 

In New England, the top ten scorers averaged a 2.3% loss - with NT1Y and W1NG only losing 1.1%.    NW1E (K1JN, opr) had 393 QSOs and no errors were detected - very FB!   The overall average was a loss of 5.3%.

Logging Software

Thanks to the various software authors for supporting the New England QSO Party!   Writelog continues to dominate the software chosen by NEQP participants, with CT, then N3FJP, and TR Log as the others with a significant following.

Software Users
Writelog
67
CT
35
N3FJP
31
TR Log
24
N1MM Logger
16
Genlog
10
NA
8
Win-EQF
4
MS Excel
3
CQPWin
3
SD
2
ADIF2CAB
1
DXKeeper
1
JL
1
jLog
1
Log-EQF
1
MS Word
1
N3FJP Contact Log
1
NEQP2ALL
1
xlog
1

Soapbox

You'll find a lot of very interesting comments from NEQP participants in the many pages of soapbox comments  -->  soapbox

Thanks

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the 2004 NEQP successful.    We hope you'll be back for the 2005 NEQP!  

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