2007 New England QSO Party
by Tom Frenaye, K1KI - firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the simplest ways to judge activity is by the number of logs received, and in 2007 we received 333 logs. There were 207 logs from outside of New England and 126 from New England. The total is a record for the NEQP - over 10% more than any previous year!
The number of electronic logs grew to 293 (88%) versus only 40 on paper. The overall number of QSOs did decline a little (6%) from 2006 though (38,163 vs 40,390), with band conditions challenging in many ways.
All 67 New England counties were active again in 2007, but just barely. Several had very little activity. Logs from eight mobiles showed they averaged 12 counties each for 96 counties in all.
The good news was that the geomagnetic activity that caused some disruptions in 2006 was not present during the 2007 NEQP. The bad news was that there were nearly no sunspots - so 15 and 10 meters produced few QSOs. Well, 10m did open up nicely near the end of the contest with some Sporadic E propagation - that produced a flurry of activity for a number of stations who were smart enough or lucky enough to stumble into it.
During the first three hours of the contest starting at 20Z, activity was concentrated on 20 meters - with a little bit on 40, and a scattering on 15 and 10m. With sunset at 2330Z in Portland ME and 2350Z in Hartford, the migration to 40 meters takes place in the 23Z hour with almost as many QSOs on 40m as on 20m. During the 00Z hour, the majority of QSOs are on 40m, with 80m second and 20m fading. Mobiles in northern New England have to be careful during the night time hours - running into a moose can cause major damage or kill! For the four hours starting at 01Z, 80m is where almost 80% of the QSOs took place, but from 03Z until 05Z the total number of QSOs drops off significantly.
Presumably, everyone got a good night's rest - as the second segment of the contest starts at 13Z - or two hours after sunrise in New England. From the 13Z until 23Z everyone seemed to find 20m to be the magic band. While 40m provided a good number of QSOs during the 13Z hour, and a few during the daytime, it wasn't really productive until after 20Z. During the 16Z hour, lunchtime in W1, there was a brief flurry of 15m QSOs (about half of all of them during the entire contest). From 20Z until 23Z on the second day, 40m produced a lot more QSOs than it did the first day.
Just as 20m began to decline, and 40m pick up around 20Z on Sunday, 10m began to deliver. For the last four hours of the contest, those people who ventured past nearly-dead 15m and checked out 10m found a bonus. Sporadic E propagation is common during the late spring, and often provides some great signals on 10m and 6m. From the logs it looks like southern New England stations found a better opening. Most QSOs were made with stations in the Carolinas through Florida, though a few W5/W8/W9 stations and one or two W0's were mixed in. The opening appears to have lasted for about two hours and pretty much faded by 23Z - and by then, 80/75m started to produce until the end of the contest. About a dozen New England stations capitalized on the late 10m opening with 50-100 QSOs in the log. N4PN and K0LUZ added around 100 QSOs from their Florida QTHs.
|QSOs made by W1s||4,691||5,503||14,492||322||999|
|Different stations worked|| 633
Thanks to the YCCC 30th anniversary celebration, several mobiles sported 1x1 callsigns this year. Bob/WA1Z operated as N1C/m from 11 counties, all in Maine, to put together the top mobile score from New England with more than 600 QSOs, pulling away from Tom/K1KI/m by 23 QSOs and six multipliers. Bob proved that it does pay off to operate the full time available. K1KI/m rushed through 26 counties in ME NH VT MA and CT.
Ed/K1EP and Gerry/W1VE took a five state tour also as N1E/m and operated from 16 counties in MA ME NH RI and VT. They took home the plaque for the top multi-operator mobile score with close to 350 QSOs. Note the hard-to-see roof-top antenna in the photo while they were at Near-Fest just before the NEQP...
Making QSOs on a crowded SSB band with 100w is even tougher as a mobile. Dave/KD1EJ/m found 15 counties along his route through CT RI and MA. His stop in Kent County RI must have been a good location - that's where more than 1/3 of his QSOs came during the Sunday afternoon 10m opening. While Dave was doing southern New England, Brian/NJ1F/m was on the road in Vermont, hitting all 14 counties, plus three more in MA and NH.
Joe/K1JB/p took his radio and antenna on the road and operated portable from five counties in Maine, giving out some good county multipliers, and Rick/N1RL/m headed out from his QTH in western MA to four Maine counties - nearby to some places he used to live and work. Bob/KB1CIW/m snagged a little time and handed out a few QSOs on a brief trip within CT.
There were some other mobiles active during the contest - but the logs never found their way to us. Sometimes operating and logging while mobile is not so easy!
Going mobile in early May in New England is a lot of fun. It's still a bit early for tourists so the roads are not too crowded. Of course, leftovers from the winter are still visible, with frost heaves on the back roads, a few piles of snow along the road in the higher elevations, and lakes that still have a covering of ice. In the north, the trees have buds but no leaves, and in the south the buds have given way to leaves, but they are still not quite full-sized. Within a couple of weeks almost all signs of winter are gone.
USA outside New England
Paul/N4PN has pretty much "owned" the top score in the NEQP since it's first year in 2002. Since then he's dominated each year from his QTH in Georgia (ok, in 2003 he was in Florida), and 2007 was no exception. Paul didn't quite match the all-time record of 59,630 points set in 2005, but he did manage 55,275 points as a single operator high power entrant - logging 162 CW QSOs, 501 on SSB, and, as usual, was the only one to work all 67 counties in New England. His 663 total QSOs was just three fewer than he had in 2005 - but he did work more on SSB than any year in the past.
Other big SOHP scores came from Red/K0LUZ from Florida, who edged out Ned/K1GU from Tennessee by a 24,278 to 23,072 total. Red found the 10m opening near the end of the contest to boost his mostly SSB totals, while Ned had more CW QSOs than anyone else, taking home the plaque for the top CW-only entry. Ned also earned the coveted Golden Log plaque for the biggest score with no errors found by the log checkers. Bert/N4CW in North Carolina was close behind at 22,736 points.
Closer in (and often too close), the top scores in the W2-W3-W8-W9 range came from Tom/K3TW (4th overall) followed by Craig/K9CT in Illinois and Steve/K8JQ in West Virginia.
Conditions didn't favor those west of the Mississippi, but Bob/W0BH in Kansas came in 6th, followed by Bill/N5AQ in Oklahoma. Bob's 182 QSOs came with a big 57 county total. Rick/W6RKC edged out John/K6MM and Bob/W1RH for top west coast (all from California) honors.
In the single operator low power category, the one with the most entries, Bob/N4BP used his WN1GIV club call and made 419 QSOs in 65 counties for 35,555 points from Florida, just short of N4PN's low power record from 2002. He missed Nantucket County MA, as did everyone but N4PN, and Grand Isle County VT, along the Quebec border. Second place went to Bob/WA1FCN with 330 x 61 for a score of 27,206.
Jim/K8MR was the midwest low power winner, while the top SOLP scores west of the Mississippi came from Mark/AD5WI in Arkansas, Karl/K0CIE from Oklahoma, and Jay/K0GEO in Texas. John/KQ6ES had the top score from the far west.
The QRP battle was close, with Julius/N2WN in Tennessee edging out Paul/W8TM in Ohio. While Paul worked more counties, Julius had a bigger QSO total to win 7,770 to 6,960 points.
On the first afternoon of the NEQP, competitors will also find activity from the Indiana QP, the 7th call area QP and the MARAC contest - all of which field their own group of mobiles. Mike/W5JBV/m had the biggest score of any non-W1 mobile in the NEQP - he managed 69 QSOs in 31 counties from all six states - and he operated QRP. Jeff/W9MSE/m had 60 QSOs from Illinois. Larry/W0QE/m was very active in the MARAC contest but still set NEQP records for mobiles in CO KS and NE. Dick/K4XU/m even managed a few W1 QSOs from his 7QP effort in OR and WA.
Barry/N2BJ led the multi-single list with 15,399 points, working 59 counties from his Illinois QTH. New England transplant Marty/W1MD grabbed 114 CW QSOs for second place.
We really do appreciate the checklogs that were supplied as well. They really help us in the log checking. Six of the checklogs came from big scorers in the 7QP and two from the INQP.
The bottom of the sunspot cycle didn't make it very easy for DX stations
to work New England, or vice versa.
Gary/CU2JT used his Azores location
to advantage and came up with the top single operator high power score with
123 QSOs and 50 counties. Just over half of them came on 20m
and the other portion on 40m. Gerd/DL5AWI
was second, with 2/3 of his 95 QSOs on 20m. New SOHP country records
were set by CU2JT and by LA8OM.
The top low power effort came from Dima/UA3AGW with 90 QSOs and 39 counties. Dima operated as NP2/AB8CK in 2006. Stan/OK1FCA edged out Tony/G3ZRJ for second place. Nice to see that Keith/VK4TT even managed to snag four QSOs from his QTH down under. Six new SOLP country records were set thanks to efforts by OZ4FF, G3ZRJ, UA3AGW, EC1CW, UT5UIA and VK4TT.
You'd think being in eastern Canada would help to produce some big NEQP scores - but not so. Canadian high power winner, Alan/VA1MM did find 135 stations to work in 49 counties, but only four of those QSOs were on 20m, with the bulk of them on 40 and 80m during evening hours. It doesn't help to be too close - signal mat skip right over your target! But, Alan's 12,348 points did set a new SOHP record from Canada, but it still is a lower score than Alan made in 2006 in the low power category when he set the overall Canadian record...
Jean-Pierre/VA2SG garnered the top low power score from Canada, edging out Gary/VE1RGB and Vlad/VE3IAE. New SOLP Provincial records were set by VE4EAR, VE5BF and VE6SZS.
The top Canadian QRP score came from
Jeff/VE3CW (also VE3JFF).
For a full list of current records -->
New England ResultsCheck here for detailed results --> Score detail
and for band-by-band leaders --> Band-by-band
Dennis/W1UE, has been a regular competitor in the NEQP since the first running in 2002. He was the top scoring single operator high power station, as NB1B, in 2002, 2003 and 2006, and came in second to KI1G in 2004. He operated as ZL/NB1B in 2005. In 2007, sporting his new W1UE callsign, Dennis again claimed the top spot from his QTH in Massachusetts. His 244,705 points came from 933 CW QSOs, 379 on SSB, and he found 109 multipliers. His score edged the perennial multi-single K1TTT score for the top overall score, and set a new record.
Second place in the SOHP category went to Dave/K1ZZ with a respectable 119,053 score from Connecticut. Rounding out the top five were Mark/K1RX, George/K1PQS, and Chuck/W1HIS.
The very competitive single operator low power category was won by Art/K1BX from New Hampshire with 77,840 points from a balanced 371 CW and 370 SSB contacts and 70 multipliers. This was Art's first time in the NEQP, and earned him a plaque for the effort! John/W1XX gave him a good run for the title but fell a little short at 69,366 points from his new QTH in Rhode Island. Rick/N1DC moved up from fifth place the previous year to take third this time with 59,280 points. Steve/K0XP is new to New England but not to contesting, and handed out 444 CW contacts from Litchfield County CT, often a tough one, and earned a plaque for the top CW SOLP score. Bill/K1GQ had 468 CW QSOs but fewer multipliers so came in just behind K0XP in fith place.
The single operator QRP category had the closest finish ever in 2007. Chris/KA1LMR in New Hampshire just edged out Steve/AA4AK in Maine, 31,500 to 30,088, for the top honors - and the results would have been reversed if Steve had found one extra multiplier or four more QSOs. John/KO1H was very close behind for third at 27,838 points. Hats off to all those who copied their QRP signals - and to those who operate with QRP power.
Dave/K1TTT joined up with Tom/W1TO this year at K1TTT and the two-man team made more than 1500 QSOs with the top multiplier in the contest of 113 for a total of 237,639. That's short of the 301k score that earned 'TTT the multi-single record in 2003 (thank you, sunspots!). The 1524 QSOs is the most ever - and K1TTT has been the top multi-single entry every year since 2002.
The number two MS score came from Kevin/K1FQ plus his wife Debra/N1FQ, from Washington County in far eastern Maine ("down east") and they just edged out newcomer Rich/W1STT (+net) in southern New Hampshire. Some of the other multi-single efforts put some rarer counties on the air - WB1Z in Windham County VT was operated by Jim/KK1W and Dave/AA1YW. The W1ACT group (with nine operators) took their van over to Martha's Vineyard to put Dukes County MA on for the contest. The have a new van ready to go for the 2008 NEQP. Three members of the Candlewood ARA took their yearly trip to Newington to put W1AW on the air as well.
few days after the NEQP, Dave/K1ZZ received a photo from
Uli/KK8I (also DL2HBX) in Michigan
showing himself and his two daughters(Dorit/KD0RIT and Birte/KB1RTE), along
with the K1ZZ QSLs they'd received. Nothing like a 10m opening
to meet old friends!
Overall there were 46 New England records set in various categories, for a closer look, check out the NEQP records page --> Records
Who are the Multiplier Kings?
Turns out that working all Connecticut counties was reasonably possible, with K0LUZ, K1GU, K3TW, N4CW, N4PN, VA1MM, W0BH, WA1FCN and WN1GIV logging all eight of them. Rhode Island was even easier, all five counties were logged by CU2JT, K0LUZ, K1GU, K3TW, K8JQ, N2BJ, N4CW, N4PN, VA1MM, W1MD, W4NZ, WA1FCN and WN1GIV. New Hampshire was fairly tough as only K0LUZ, N4PN and WN1GIV found all ten of them, and N2BJ found nine.
Maine was quite hard with just N4PN and WN1GIV digging out all 16 counties, with K0LUZ, K1GU, and WA1FCN, each missing one. N4PN was the only one to get all 14 counties in Massachusetts, and he was also the only one with 14 Vermont counties. WA1FCN missed just one in MA and one in VT...
Of the 207 entries from outside New England, 142 did work each New England state at least once.
Thanks to some suggestions from participants, and sponsorship by the Florida Contest Group, the 2007 contest had a club competition for stations outside of New England. When the dust settled, it turns out the plaque will find it's way to Florida - and the Florida Contest Group! The competition was actually fairly close with several clubs fielding more than a dozen entries. Propagation did favor the southeast. The FCG's biggest scores came from Bob/N4BP(as WN1GIV), Red/K0LUZ and Marty/W1MD. More non-New England stations asked for their score to be credited to a club than those from New England.
In New England, a large number of scores came from Yankee Clipper Contest Club members, while the CT/RI Contest Club took home the plaque, led by John/W1XX, Jim/KS1J and John/KO1H. The Hampden County Radio Association was next, and the plaque for the top score in Hampden County was the encouragement, with newcomer Kyle/KB1MNN taking home the honors.
Non-New England Club Scores
|Florida Contest Group||9||82,516|
|South East Contest Club||6||70,001|
|Tennessee Contest Group||9||63,142|
|Potomac Valley Radio Club||7||53,291|
|Society of Midwest Contesters||4||33,287|
|Alabama Contest Group||1||27,206|
|Mad River Radio Club||7||16,309|
|Maritime Contest Club||2||15,148|
|Central German Contest Group||1||8,595|
|Russian Contest Club||1||6,318|
|Southwest Ohio DX Association||1||6,120|
|Contest Club of Ontario||7||5,689|
|Rochester DX Association||1||5,616|
|Frankford Radio Club||2||4,016|
|Oklahoma DX Association||2||3,858|
|Fond du Lac Amateur Radio Club||1||3,840|
|Contoocook Radio Association||1||3,822|
|Yankee Clipper Contest Club||1||3,472|
|Northeast Wisconsin DX Association||1||3,468|
|Iowa DX and Contest Club||1||3,410|
|Contest Group du Quebec||1||3,300|
|Mother Lode DX/Contest Club||2||3,248|
|Wireless Association of South Hills||1||3,000|
|Northern Illinois DX Association||1||2,852|
|Northern California Contest Club||4||1,837|
|Williamson County Amateur Radio Club||1||1,250|
|Colorado QRP Club||1||1,232|
|Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado||1||1,140|
|Western Washington DX Club||1||680|
|Central Oregon DX Club||3||560|
|Western New York Contest Club||1||416|
|Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association||1||176|
|Alexandria Radio Club||1||100|
|Susquehanna Valley Amateur Radio Club||1||48|
|Southern California Contest Club||1||24|
New England Club Scores
|Yankee Clipper Contest Club||44||1,736,451|
|CT/RI Contest Group||8||174,799|
|Hampden County Radio Association||6||49,426|
|Nashua Area Radio Club||2||45,055|
|Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association||2||31,768|
|Fall River Amateur Radio Association||1||21,112|
|Southern Vermont Amateur Radio Club||1||14,130|
|Meriden Amateur Radio Club||4||11,895|
|Waterbury Amateur Radio Club||1||6,084|
|Candlewood Amateur Radio Association||1||2,550|
|Wireless Women of Vermont||1||1,150|
|MITRE Bedford Amateur Radio Club||1||620|
|Central New Hampshire Amateur Radio Club||1||588|
|Newington Amateur Radio League||1||300|
|Falmouth Amateur Radio Association||1||180|
|Sun Microsystems Amateur Radio Club||1||170|
|New England QRP Club||1||8|
This year we sent out more than 250 certificates - to everyone who made 25 QSOs or more. Thanks to Scott/N1AIA for doing the certificate design work, and again to Bill/K1GQ for doing the really nice job on the printing.
Plaques and Special Awards
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:
|USA - single operator||Southborough Rod & Gun Club (W1SRG)||Paul Newberry, N4PN|
|USA - single operator low power||Dave Sumner, K1ZZ in memory of Laci Radnay, W1PL||Bob Patten,
|USA - single operator QRP||Vern Brownell, W1VB||Julius
|USA - single opr(W5-W6-W7-W0)||Huckleberry Mountain Contest
|USA - single opr(W2-W3-W8-W9)||
Jim Monahan, K1PX
|USA - California/Nevada||Calif QSO Party - Northern California Contest Club||Richard
USA - multi operator - single transmitter
Dave Robbins, K1TTT
Barry Cohen, N2BJ(+net)
|USA - single operator - CW only||K1EL Keyers||Ned Swartz, K1GU|
Canada - single operator
Chris Terkla, N1XS
Alan Prosser, VA1MM
|Canada - single operator - CW only||Gary Bartlett, VE1RGB||Bud Hippisley, W2RU|
|DX - single operator||Yankee Clipper Contest Club||Gary Wilkstrom,
DX - Russia - any category
(min 50 multipliers/200 QSOs)
Dmitri Y Jikharev, N2OW/RA9USU
|Clean Sweep - Not First, but Furthest||Dennis Egan, W1UE||Paul Newberry, N4PN|
|Golden Log - no errors||Jim Spears, N1NK||Ned Swartz, K1GU|
|Top Club||Florida Contest Group||Florida Contest Group|
|New England - single operator||Yankee Clipper Contest Club||Dennis
|New England - single operator - low power||Dave Hoaglin, K1HT||Art Hambleton,
|New England - single operator - low power - CW only||Andy Bodony, K2LE||Steve Harrison, K0XP|
|New England - single operator - QRP||Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club||Chris
|New England - mobile||Boston Amateur Radio Club||Bob Raymond,
|New England - mobile - most counties activated||Huckleberry Mountain Contest Club||
New England - mobile - multi-single
Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F,
in memory of James Szewczyk, WB1EYM
||N1E/m (Ed Parish, K1EP, + Gerry Hull, W1VE)|
|New England - mobile - County Expedition Award||Bob Raymond, WA1Z||Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F/m|
|New England - multi-single||Wellesley Amateur Radio Society||Dave Robbins,
K1TTT (+ Tom Homewood, W1TO)
|Connecticut - single operator||Candlewood ARA||Dave Sumner,
|Maine - single operator||
Amateur Wireless Assn
George Monti, K1PQS
|Massachusetts - single operator||Framingham Amateur Radio Association||Dennis
|New Hampshire - single operator||Tom Frenaye, K1KI
|Rhode Island - single operator||CT/RI Contest Group||
|Vermont - single operator||Bob Raymond, WA1Z
Maine - single operator - low power
||Augusta Amateur Radio Assn||
|Maine - Kennebec County||Kennebec Amateur Radio Society||Phil Downes, N1IFP|
Massachusetts - single operator - low power
||Chris Terkla, N1XS||
|Massachusetts - Hampden County - single operator||
Hampden County Radio Assn
|New England Club||Yankee Clipper Contest Club||CT/RI
If you'd like to sponsor a plaque for 2008, please contact us at email@example.com
The top USA (non-New England) single operator winner:
Other top USA (non-New England) scorers:
YCCC 30th Anniversary
When certificates were mailed out, we also included Yankee Clipper Contest Club 30th anniversary certificates for a lot of NEQP participatns. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, YCCC issued certificates for those who made at least ten QSOs with club members during the celebration. YCCC is a big club with 400+ members in New England, some in New York, and a few elsewhere. A lot of NEQP QSOs come from YCCCers! If you didn't get one - you may still be able to get one by contacting Dave/W1CTN.
Thanks to everyone who sent in electronic logs, it made the log checking process go much easier. There were 333 logs overall, with 293 in electronic format (88%) and 40 on paper. This is 20% more logs than last year - and 50% fewer on paper than the previous year. Special thanks to those in the 7QP, MARAC and ARI contests who also sent us logs! We always take the time to convert the paper logs to electronic format for log checking. There is no penalty for duplicates - we encourage you to leave them in the log.
For non-New England stations, cross checking was possible on 8,604 of the 10,958 QSOs reported (78.5%). Of the 477 QSOs not allowed (4.4%), the breakdown is as follows:
|Reason not allowed|
|Not in log|
|Time was outside of contest period|
|Total of QSOs disallowed|
For New England stations, cross checking was possible on 12,249 of the 27,205 QSOs reported (45.0%). Of the 1,198 QSOs not allowed (4.4%), the breakdown is as follows:
|QSOs||Reason not allowed|
|Not in log|
|Time was outside of contest period|
|Total of QSOs disallowed|
A wide variety of logging software was used in 2007 - though 2/3 of the QSOs were logged with just three software products.
A lot of people include interesting comments and suggestions in the comments in their logs. Be sure to browse through the "Soapbox" comments!
It's nice to meet some old friends and make a bunch of new ones every year in the New England QSO Party. Hope you'll be there in 2008!