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2011 Results

2011 New England QSO Party

by Tom Frenaye, K1KI - frenaye@pcnet.com

Writeup | New England Scores | Scores from Outside New England | Breakdowns of Top Stations | Soapbox Comments

Introduction

The 2011 NEQP coincided with Mother's Day, something that happens once every five years or so, and it did cut back on some people's time available for operating.  Nevertheless, we received 460 logs, up from the 421 logs in 2010.  Even better, the logs showed 78,459 valid QSOs, up a strong 30%.    

Oh yes, 2011 was the tenth running of the NEQP - thanks for your support over the years!!

In addition to reading this article, make sure to view all of the Soapbox Comments from those who sent in logs.

Propagation

Solar activity was pretty low, with few sunspots, meaning that 15 meters did not open very well and 10 meters was only used for a handful of QSOs, but both were up from the previous year.  The sunspot number was almost as low as it was during 2009 and 2010 when the solar cycle bottomed out.   There were no geomagnetic storms during the weekend though - and that was a bright spot.      

Solar K-index


 Valid QSOs  80m  40m  20m  15m 10m
QSOs made by W1s 3,119 19,338 27,730 6,671 138
Different stations worked    544
2,382
  5,154
   2,112
   85
QSOs made by non-W1s 924 5,789 9,385 1,492 7
Different stations worded 92 304 515 137 6

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Mobiles

Mobile activity was down a bit in 2011, with only three logs received out of the more than dozen who were active. Sean/KX9X/m tried out mobile contesting for the first time and had a blast activating counties along the VT/NH border - see his story below.   Joe/K1JB/m put several rare coastal counties in Maine on the air in addition to operating from his home station near Portland.  Tom/K1KI/m covered 26 counties while making just over 1000 QSOs.  He started in central Maine, then covered norther New Hampshire, much of Vermont, a little bit of New Hampshire and western Massachusetts and ending up in his own driveway just inside the Connecticut border as the clock expired at the end of the contest.

Additional New England mobile activity came from Art/K1BX/m, Chris/AJ1G/m, Doug/K1DG/m, John/K1JSM/m, Greg/N1KPW/m, John/W1GS/m, Jim/W1KQ/m, and Gerry/W1VE, combining for several hundred QSOs.  

AJ1G says, "All contacts were made using an Elecraft K1 at no more than 5 watts on 40 and 20 from a mobile setup in my Volvo Cross Country with a Hamstick clone on the roof rack.  QRP mobile rocks!!! "

AJ1G/m    AJ1G/m-2
Photos from AJ1G/m

Outside of New England, we had entries from mobile stations in the Indiana QSO Party, including Dave/N9FN/m (and 2nd operator Dave/K9FN), leading the multi-operator category, plus single operator low power mobile Mel/KJ9C/m. Mike/NE9O/m had fun from Florida.  The top single operator low power mobile score came from Larry/W6UB/m in Tennessee with 55 QSOs. Dick/N7XU/m(K4XU) was operating in the 7th Call Area QSO Party and worked nearly 30 New England stations. Both W6UB and N7XU set state records.

KX9X/m Story 

As a long-time contester, I’ve always been interested in having fun with radio. With my move to Connecticut as ARRL Contest Branch Manager in 2007, I found myself in an apartment, with little chance for a tower and yagi for HF.  As “necessity is the mother of invention,” I soon found myself doing more portable operating. I also purchased a set of mobile whips and installed my Icom 706 MkII in my car, and was soon working DX from my apartment parking lot.

I found myself with no commitments on the first weekend in May, and wanted to take part in my first NEQP.  My normal “contest expedition” mentality was in place: look for the rare DX location, find a rental cottage and set up shop for the weekend.  Upon further reading of the rules, the “Mobile” category was looking more and more appealing. I’d never operated in a QSO Party as a “Mobile” before, I had all the gear I needed for a casual, low-power effort, and was interested in mixing things up a bit and trying something new.

A survey of the map and license data in the NEQP rules showed there were a couple very rare counties in VT and NH, just three hours north of HQ. A couple phone calls later and I had a place to stay in Sullivan County, NH on the Saturday evening of NEQP. Saturday would be a casual day of operating and visiting friends, while I’d be more serious on Sunday. I was in business!

The Saturday of the NEQP, I threw all my gear into my Suzuki SX-4 and drove up to my first county: Grafton County, NH.  Grafton is a relatively rare county, yet it’s the home of Dartmouth College…go figure. My plan was to simply drive to a given county, find a place off the main roads out of the way and as high as possible, and make some QSOs.  I had done no pre-planning of operating sites, I was “flying blind.”As I exited I-91 North and crossed the Connecticut River into Hanover, NH, I noticed a public park right along the water. Kicking up dust, I made a sudden, hard left into the parking lot. The weather was nice and there weren’t that many folks around, so I put my 40m whip on the roof and turned on the rig; “CQ NEQP” was everywhere on CW.  I made a handful of QSOs and headed back to Sullivan County for dinner and an evening with my non-ham friends.  I made about 25 QSOs from their driveway after dinner.

Sunday morning it was time to get a little more serious. I hit the road for my first destination: Orange County, Vermont, about an hour’s drive from my friend’s house. I wasn’t able to drive and log at the same time, so I opted to not make QSOs while in motion. My adrenaline was pumping.. I felt an earnestness to get to the county, find a place to operate and move on to the next one. It was a real thrill!

My first location in ORAVT was plagued by RFI, so I used my GPS and found Thetford Hill State Forest nearby.  There was nobody there, so I just parked off to the side of the main entrance road and called CQ on 20 CW. My first QSO was with W1UE at 1358z, and I stayed there for an hour, switching between 20 and 40m. One of the folks I worked was Paul, N4PN, who informed me I was his first QSO with Orange County. A quick chat reveaed I’d be going through three other counties he needed.

I hit the road, en route to activate Windsor County, VT.  Landed there, found a spot literally off the side of the road in White River Junction, and made several QSOs on 20m.  A quick drive across the bridge into Hanover put me back at in Grafton County, NH, at the same park I started in. I stayed there for about 45 minutes, working a constant pileup, including N4PN again. By this point it was 1810z. I had plans to meet my NH hosts for lunch in Lebanon, NH, so I met them and filled them in on my exploits.

After lunch, I headed down I-89 and found a “park and ride” in Merrimac County, NH about 2015z. My first QSO was, once again, Paul N4PN, at 2028z. It was interesting to be “followed” by the out-of-state stations participating seriously, and it gave my travel to the next county an edge. I felt like I had people waiting on me, and that was neat. I was also working European DX on 20 meters now, including DL, HA, UA3, PA, SM, ES, HB9 and others. DL3IAC and HA8IB each worked me from three counties; quite exciting.

I still had a three-hour drive to Hartford after the contest, so I packed things up and found my last operating spot back in Sullivan County, NH on my way back home. I set up shop and made my first QSO at 2248z with RN3AW. My last QSO was W6PH, right at 2359z.

I have to say that operating as a mobile was a fantastic experience.  While I only made 210 QSOs in what was admittedly a casual effort, the Fun Factor was high. My simple 100w station with mobile whip antennas activated some rare counties. Indeed, I was partly responsible for giving N4PN a sweep of all New England counties. That felt good. Another unexpected treat was the rush when driving from one county to the next. It was amateur radio contesting combined with a road rally. The blending of these two aspects of the NEQP was quite exciting, and I have to admit I enjoyed that feeling of racing against the clock to get to that next spot to operate.

If you’re looking for a bit of adventure with a good bang for your buck, consider entering as a mobile in NEQP from some of the rare (or not-so-rare) counties. I had a blast, and you can bet that I’ll be in there as a mobile again this year!



USA/VE/DX Results


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

USA outside New England

Julius/N2WN worked his way to the top of the single operator QRP list with 179 CW and 89 SSB contacts for 26,820 points from Tennessee. Anthony/K8ZT led the charge from Ohio with 143 QSOs overall and a second place finish.  New state records were set by NU4C in Alabama, N8XX in Michigan, and K8ZT in Ohio.

The single operator low power category is the most popular one, with 128 entries from the US - Charlie/NF4A took the honors again this time with almost the same score as he made the previous year.  His 173 CW and 182 SSB QSOs provided a good balanace between modes and 33,264 points when the dust cleared.  

NF4A
Charlie/NF4A

The rest of the top five low power finishers were Paul/W8TM, Joel/NA4K, Jim/K9YC, and Tom/KG4CUY.  Of particular note was K9YC's all CW score from his central California QTH.  It wasn't the all time record for California but it was close.  New state low power records were set by N7VEA in Idaho and N7TP from Nevada.  

Paul/N4PN dominated the high power category again - his tenth win in ten years!  Paul worked 215 CW and a big 370 stations on SSB with a sweep of all 67 counties to come in with 53,600 points, well ahead of the competition.  Paul's state by state QSO totals were Connecticut/97 Maine/76 Massachusetts/189 New Hampshire/113 Rhode Island/62 and Vermont/48.

Other big scores in the high power category came from Bob/N4BP at WN1GIV, John/K4BAI, Willie/WJ9B, and Dave/N4DW, all from the southeastern USA.   High power state records were set by WA5ZUP in New Mexico, N3RC in Montana, and K7NJ in Utah.

Bob/WA1FCN from Alabama came within a hair (63 points) of setting a new multi-single record with 166 CW and 228 SSB contacts for 34,720 points.  He set the record in 2009 with 34,782 points.  Not too far behind was Tom/K3TW from his new QTH in Florida with 26,656 points and a new state record.  Other state records were set by KC2UNF in New Jersey, W4JHC in Louisiana, N5KGY in Mississippi, KE5FXE in Texas, K7LFY in Washington and NU0Q in Iowa.

Canada

Alan/VA1MM claimed the top Canadian score with his high power entry, making 183 QSOs and 13,680 points, with the top low power entry coming from another regular participant and first time low power winner Serge/VE2AWR with 9,240 points, who was closely followed by Ed/VE4EAR.  New Provincial records were set by Luc/VE2FXL(SOHP), Serge/VE2AWR(SOLP), Jerry/VE6TL(SOHP) and Bud/VA7ST(SOLP).

DX

Conditions were good enough in 2011 that we received more logs from DX stations(30 of them!).  Anders/SM6CNN had the top multi-single score - 153 CW QSOs and 12,852 points.  

SM6CNN
Anders/SM6CNN

The top single operator high power score came from Curt/AH6RE operating at KH6LC, with 159 QSOs and 11,528 points for the first-ever entry from Hawaii.  The top single operator low power score was submitted by Tibi/HA2MN, with 10,800 points, and Fulvio/IV3AOL's 71 QSOs earned him the top QRP score from overseas.

Prasad/VU2PTT, Tano/EA6AZ, and Fulvio/IV3AOL were the first entires ever from India, the Balaeric Islands and Italy. New country records were set by George/UA6LCN, Reg/G3WPF, Zlatko/9A2EU, Gary/ES1WST, Pere/EA3ELZ, Anders/SM6CNN and Tibi/HA2MN.

For a full list of current records -->  Records

New England Results

The QRP champion from New England was Tom/AA1CA, who gathered in 299 QSOs for his 36,478 point effort from New Hampshire.  Steve/AA4AK's 255 QSO effort netted him second place from across the border in southern Maine.   Third place went to Clayton/NF1R who operated the Harvard Wireless Club's W1AF call with 250 QSOs in the log.  

Bob/WA1Z's big effort set a New England single operator low power record with 916 CW and 117 SSB QSOs, 92 multipliers and a score of 179,208, beating the record set by K1BX in 2009.  

WA1Z at KC1XX
Bob/WA1Z in 2004 at KC1XX

Jim/KS1J
made more QSOs with 755 on CW and 361 on SSB, and had 86 multipliers for 160,906 points, more than
doubling the old Rhode Island low power record.  Fellow Rhode Islander, Bill/W1WBB earned third place with a 97,310 point effort.   Next was Paul/K1XM who stuck to CW-only for 517 QSOs and fourth place overall, but first in Massachusetts, and Jack/K2RS in Connecticut using the Voice of Ansonia Radio Club callsign KR1CW slid into fifth place.   The rest of the tope ten were Rick/N1DC, Mill/K1IB, George/K1PQS, Karl/K1KX and Al/W1FJ.   Paul/KB1QYS finished 17th with 482 QSOs for the top low power all-SSB effort.

In the high power category, Rick/KI1G, smashed the old New England record sey by W1UE just last year.  His 368,877 points is better than the record for multi-operator entries.  Rick worked 1,069 stations on CW and 861 on SSB, along with a mutiplier of 123 - and he says he'll be back in 2012 to try to set the bar even higher.  

KI1G station   KI1G at NP3U
            KI1G's nicely layed out station                                                             NP3U in 2008 with (left to right)  N1HRA, WE1H, KI1G, NG1G WP4U

Second place went to Mark/K1RX in New Hampshire with 810 CW and 1,234 SSB QSOs for 311,086, also breaking the old record.  John/W1XX finished third, followed by big efforts from Dennis/W1UE and Fred/KK1KW.  W1XX did a lot of the organizing that led to a large turnout from the CT-RI Contest Group.  

KK1KW's entry from WW1WW's QTH was his first in the NEQP, and it was a big one with 1772 all-SSB QSOs, the most ever on SSB by an NEQP entrant and set a New Hampshire record.  Fred sent along a link to a YouTube video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh0e79E882g  from IW3FZQ who worked him on 15m with just 2W from a spectacular mountain QTH.

Sixth through tenth places in the high power category went to Gene/W3UA, Krassy/K1LZ, Jim/AD1L, Neil/AE1P and Chuck/W1HIS.  Chuck continues to do an exceptional job with his "One wire antenna, 21m (70ft) long and 6m (20ft) high, for all bands."

The multi-operator single transmitter plaque went to NE1QP, with operators Brian/NJ1F, Krystyne/K1SFA and Michael/K1MK.  Nice callsign!   Their QSO total of 1380 for 238,754 points was just enough to edge out the W1FH team's 231,306 points, operated by Mark/NB1U, Velimir/K3JO, Pam/K6NDV, and Will/K6ND.  Third place went to Bill/K1GQ with 1203 CW QSOs, breaking his own New Hampshire record, fourth to the Barnstormers at NZ1U (Dick/KB1H, Allan/NR1X, Jay/W1UJ), setting a new Connecticut record, and fifth to the WB1Z group who operated portable in Vermont, thanks to Jim/KK1W, Matt/W1MSW, Dave/AA1YW and Frandy/N1FJ.  WB1Z set a new Multi-single record in Vermont, as did Kevin/K1FQ(+Debra, N1FQ) from Maine.  

The W1ACT team operates from a camper on Marth'a Vineyard multi-operator multi-transmitter style.  Thanks to them for the only activity from that rare county.

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

Overall there were 36 New England records set in various categories during the 2011 NEQP.  Check out the NEQP records page for details  -->  Records

How'd you do hunting multipliers?

Paul/N4PN was the only one who logged all 67 counties. and another 5 had at least 60 of them.  NF4A worked 63, WA1FCN 62, both N2BJ and WN1GIV found 61, and N2WN grabbed 60 counties.

The five counties with the fewest QSOs reported in the logs were Knox ME(18), Suffolk MA(19), Orleans VT(25), Essex VT(27), and Lincoln ME(33).   Middlesex County MA was the most popular, showing up in more than 2500 QSOs.

Five New England stations worked all 48 contiguous US states(W1ACT, KI1G, K1RX, W1XX and AE1P).  W1ACT found 10 Canadian Provinces to work.  The top number of countries went to KI1G with 67, followed by W1FH at 61 and KK1KW at 60. Although New England stations don't get extra multipliers for counties worked, they still have to copy the county in the exchange.  W1CTN worked the most counties at 52, followed by NE1QP at 51.  Eight others topped 45.

Club Competition

The Florida Contest Group squeeed out a win over the Tennessee Contest Group, and the South East Contest Club was not far behind.  The FCG had fewer entries but more points per entry.  Eight clubs submitted at least five entries each.

As promised, the CTRI Contest Group fielded a big contingent of members and smashed the record with more than 1.5 million points and twenty entries, triple the number of points from their old record in 2004.  Their goal was "only" one million points.  For 2012 they have some more things in their plans - something about 1x1 callsigns...
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Non-New England Club Scores

  
Club Entries Score
Florida Contest Group 8 128,733
Tennessee Contest Group 15 126,688
South East Contest Club 8 105,404
Alabama Contest Group 4 65,744
Mad River Radio Club 9 52,240
Society of Midwest Contesters 5 45,076
Northern California Contest Club 6 31,476
Potomac Valley Radio Club 5 26,434
Frankford Radio Club 4 24,160
Minnesota Wireless Association 5 23,199
DELARA Contest Team 2 15,058
Heart of Texas DX Society 1 13,692
Maritime Contest Club 1 13,680
San Diego Contest Club 1 12,596
Central Texas DX and Contest Club 3 11,198
Haros Radio Club 2 10,980
Newton Amateur Radio Association 1 10,584
Southern California Contest Club 3 9,998
Mother Lode DX/Contest Club 2 8,448
Lafayette DX Association 1 8,307
Western Washington DX Club 3 7,410
Russian Contest Club 1 7,178
Northeast Indiana Amateur Radio Club 1 7,176
Metro DX Club 2 7,039
Paducah Amateur Radio Association 1 6,720
Northeast Wisconsin DX Association 2 6,111
Franklin County Amateur Radio Club 1 5,644
Orca DX and Contest Club 1 5,640
Allegheny Valley Radio Association 1 5,040
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club 6 4,915
Southwest Ohio DX Association 1 4,582
Croatian Contest Club 2 4,272
Alberta Clippers 1 3,706
ARI Trieste 1 3,500
Treaty City Amateur Radio Association 1 3,348
Willamette Valley DX Club 3 3,248
Missouri DX/Contest Club 1 2,856
Contest Club Ontario 2 2,381
Lone Star DX Association 1 2,291
Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club 1 2,268
Radio Club of Redmond 1 1,932
Southern Utah DX Club 1 1,748
Contest Group du Quebec 1 1,656
Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado 2 1,650
Iowa DX and Contest Club 1 1,564
Midwest Contesters 1 1,428
Bergen Amateur Radio Association 1 1,125
Northern Rockies DX Association 1 1,071
Central Oregon DX Club                                     1 928
Amargosa Amateur Radio Club 1 814
Wyoming DXCC 1 720
Fond du Lac Amateur Radio Club 1 540
South Texas DX and Contest Club 2 242
Yankee Clipper Contest Club 1 240
Clark County Amateur Radio Club 1 156
SK4DM 1 126
Military Equipment And Technology Amateur Radio Club 1 100
Hualapai Amateur Radio Club 1 49
VU Contest Group 1 32
Vienna Wireless Society 1 25
              

New England Club Scores
 


Club Entries Score
Yankee Clipper Contest Club 61 2,832,756
CTRI Contest Group 20 1,522,479
Downeast Contesters and DXers 1 238,754
Fall River Amateur Radio Club 1 151,925
Meriden Amateur Radio Club 4 101,256
Hampden County RA 3 90,974
Candlewood Amateur Radio Association 1 53,120
Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association 2 36,210
Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club 1 26,163
Harvard Wireless Club 1 24,990
White Mountain Amateur Radio Club 1 22,746
Norwood Amateur Radio Club 1 15,750
Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club 1 15,372
Waterbury Amateur Radio Club 1 8,424
Central New Hampshire Amateur Radio Club 2 7,130
Bears of Manchester 1 5,780
Algonquin Amateur Radio Club 1 5,356
F.A.S.T. 1 5,280
Granite State Amateur Radio Association 1 2,660
West River Radio Club 1 2,037
Port City Amateur Radio Club 1 790
Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association 2 586
Falmouth Amateur Radio Association 1 540



County activity

County QSOs Stations
Connecticut
  Fairfield 826 32
  Hartford 905 28
  Litchfield  122 12
  Middlesex 321 13
  New Haven 1320 36
  New London 367 18
  Tolland 435 9
  Windham 777 12
Massachusetts
  Barnstable 673 17
  Berkshire 1010 14
  Bristol 705 35
  Dukes 216 3
  Essex 852 28
  Franklin 166 8
  Hampden 388 25
  Hampshire 136 8
  Middlesex 2545 78
  Nantucket 79 3
  Norfolk 1004 25
  Plymouth 545 30
  Suffolk 19 3
  Worcester 1521 39
Maine
  Androscoggin 97 10
  Aroostook 103 7
  Cumberland 335 12
  Franklin 73 2
  Hancock 123 5
  Kennebec  244 7
  Knox 18 1
  Lincoln 33 2
  Oxford 158 8
  Penobscot 448 11
  Piscataquis 110 4
  Sagadahoc 121 8
  Somerset 40 3
  Waldo 127 6
  Washington 48 7
  York 180 16
New Hampshire
  Belknap 147 6
  Carroll 602 5
  Cheshire 453 8
  Coos 38 4
  Grafton 213 8
  Hillsborough 1972 44
  Merrimack 353 8
  Rochingham 2077 36
  Strafford 188 10
  Sullivan 202 9
Rhode Island
  Bristol 505 2
  Kent 1067 15
  Newport 934 15
  Providence 691 24
  Washington 687 9
Vermont
  Addison 50 5
  Bennington 60 4
  Caledonia 96 5
  Chittenden 172 9
  Essex 27 2
  Franklin 73 2
  Grand Isle 52 1
  Lamoille 75 4
  Orange 60 6
  Orleans 25 2
  Rutland 105 5
  Washington 48 7
  Windsor 308 8
  Windham 419 4

Certificates!

Certificates wwill be mailed to everyone who made at least 25 QSOs - we hope you'll be back again in 2012 to earn another one!

Plaques and Special Awards

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 Dave Sumner, K1ZZ,  in memory of Laci Radnay, W1PL Charles Wooten, NF4A
USA - single operator QRP Vern Brownell, W1VB Julius Fazekas, N2WN
USA - single opr(W5-W7-W0) Huckleberry Mountain Contest Club
Eric Rust, K5LH
USA - single opr(W2-W3-W8-W9) Jim Monahan, K1PX
Steve Courts, K8JQ
USA - single opr low power (W2-W3-W8-W9) Whit Carter, K1EO Paul Kirley, W8TM
USA - California/Nevada Calif QSO Party - Northern California Contest Club Jim Brown, K9YC
USA - multi operator - single transmitter
Will and Pam Angenent, K6ND/K6NDV Bob Beaudoin,
WA1FCN (+net)
USA - single operator high power - CW only K1EL Keyers Dave Wilson, N4DW
Canada - single operator  high power
Chris Terkla, N1XS
Alan Prosser, VA1MM
Canada - single operator low power Gerry Hull, W1VE/VE1RM Serge Langlois, VE2AWR
Canada - single operator - CW only Bud Hippisley, W2RU Bud Mortenson, VA7ST
DX - single operator Yankee Clipper Contest Club KH6LC (Curt Knight, AH6RE, opr)
DX - single operator low power Pete Chamalian, W1RM, in memory of John Thompson, W1BIH/PJ9JT Tibor Zentai, HA2MN
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, 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 Rick Davenport, KI1G
New England - single operator - low power Dave Hoaglin, K1HT Bob Raymond, WA1Z
New England  - single operator - CW only Andy Bodony, K2LE Paul Young, K1XM
New England - single operator - QRP Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club Tom Doubek, AA1CA
New England - mobile Boston Amateur Radio Club Tom Frenaye, K1KI/m
New England - mobile - rookie Bob Raymond, WA1Z Sean Kutzko, KX9X/m
New England - mobile - multi-single
Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F, in memory of James Szewczyk, WB1EYM
(no winner this time)
New England - mobile - County Expedition Award Huckleberry Mountain Contest Club Joe Blinick, K1JB/m
New England - multi-single Wellesley Amateur Radio Society NE1QP (Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F, Krystyne Keane, K1SFA, Michael Keane, K1MK, ops)
New England - school club Chris Terkla, N1XS W1AF Harvard Wireless Club
(Clayton Nall, NF1R, opr)



Connecticut - single operator high power Candlewood ARA Ted Melinosky, K1BV
Connecticut - single operator low power Mikey Mavor, W1MKM, memorial sponsored by the Barnstormers (NZ1U) KR1CW (Jack Russell, K2RS, opr)
Maine - single operator Merrymeeting ARA, Androscoggin ARC, Yankee ARC, Portland Amateur Wireless Assn
George Monti, K1PQS
Massachusetts - single operator Framingham Amateur Radio Association Krassy Petkov, K1LZ
Massachusetts - single operator low power Chuck Counselman, W1HIS Paul Young, K1XM
New Hampshire - single operator  Mark Pride, K1RX
Mark Pride, K1RX
Rhode Island - single operator low power CTRI Contest Group Jim Bowman, KS1J
Vermont - multi-operator Bob Raymond, WA1Z
WB1Z (Jim Mullen, KK1W, Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW, Dave Cain, AA1YW, Frandy Johnson, N1FJ, ops)
Vermont - single operator low power West River Radio Club Mill More, K1IB



Maine - single operator - QRP
Augusta Amateur Radio Assn Stephen Kercel, AA4AK
Maine - Kennebec County Kennebec Amateur Radio Society Bill Mann, W1KX
Massachusetts - Hampden County - single operator Hampden County Radio Assn
Jeff Bail, N1BMX



New England Club Yankee Clipper Contest Club CTRI Contest Group

If you'd like to sponsor a plaque for 2012, 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 2011 the winner is Paul Newberry, N4PN!  

Other top USA (non-New England) scorers:

Log checking

The log checking process went pretty smoothly this time. There were 460 logs overall, with 444 in electronic format (97%) and only 16 on paper.  

Ned/K1GU garnered the Golden Log plaque from his Tennessee QTH, with 166 QSOs and no errors!   Jim/K8MR was close behind with 148 without error, and WA6KHK, N4VV, N4CW, G3WPF and KV8Q all had no errors and more than 100 QSOs.

For non-New England stations, cross checking was possible on 15,711 of the 18,904 QSOs reported (83.1%).  Of the 1307 QSOs not allowed (4.3%), the breakdown was as follows:

QSOs
  Reason not allowed
221
  Callsign incorrect
751
QTH incorrect * (most from 7QP stations who didn't copy the county)
70
  Not in log
131
  Duplicate
81  Bad mode
46  Bad band
7
  Time was outside of contest period
830
  Total of QSOs disallowed

For New England stations, cross checking was possible on 25,697 of the 59,555 QSOs reported (43.1%).  Of the 2,557 QSOs not allowed (6.9%), the breakdown was as follows:

QSOs   Reason not allowed
740
  Callsign incorrect
874
  QTH incorrect
293
  Not in log
577
  Duplicate
7  Bad mode
28  Bad band
38
  Time was outside of contest period
2,557
  Total of QSOs disallowed

Logging Software

N1MM software use is still growing for logging the NEQP, followed by Writelog and N3FJP's software.

Logging Software Entries QSOs
N1MM Logger 195 33,518
Writelog 43 10,984
N3FJP's New England QP 55 9,899
CT 13 4,422
NA 11 2,504
Wn-Test 3 1,996
SD 8 838
GenLog 16 763
TR Log 7 679
DX4Win
1 670
MS Excel 7 661
Cab-converter 3 457
ADIF2CABR 6 334
Ham Radio Deluxe 7 298
JL 1 295
Aether 4 257
(22 others) 30 1805

Soapbox

Get a real feeling for the NEQP 2011 experience by taking a browse through the extensive "Soapbox" comments and stories!  You'll find some interesting advice and some good details about the 2011 event.

Doug/K1DG/m seems to always fine some interesting to take a picture of when he travels.  

K1DG/m

K1DG/m - 65 MPH on I-93, while taking a photo of a balloon, listening to 20M
SSB, and trying to figure out the shortest route to the MERNH border.

Thanks

Thanks to everyone for the QSOs and logs during the 2011 New England QSO Party - sure hope to see you again in the 2012 contest.