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New England QSO Party

2016 Results

2016 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 sun gave us a curveball for the 2016 New England QSO Party on May 7-8 - but we still received 479 logs, with jusr 12 from DX stations, 14 from Canada, 274 from USA stations, and 179 from New England.  The combined logs had 55,498 QSOs included!

There were 780 different New England stations reported from all of the 67 New England counties, thought Hancock County in  Maine was nearly impossible to find.    Paul/N4PN, from Georgia was able to catch at least one station in each county.   Bob/WN1GIV found 64 counties from his Florida QTH and Tim/AB4B grabbed 57 from Alabama. 

Propagation

The big story was the solar storm, resulting in much worse than normal propagation.  On Friday before the contest, the NOAA forecast was that there was a 65% chance of a G1 solar storm on May 9th.   Unfortunately, it hit a day early at 0000z on May 8th, just after the contest startedm.  The storm was a stronger than expected G3 leve and remained active until the end of the contest.   In the 11 months since that storm, there has not been a stronger one!  

Below you can see the red marks showing 3-hour periods of storms all day on Sunday.

Solar K-index

 

Valid QSOs 80m 40m 20m 15m 10m
QSOs made by W1s 3,363 14,991 19,553 469 47
Different stations worked 444 2,403 3,640 165 21
QSOs made by non-W1s 1,246 5,038 7,520 169 10
Different stations worded 73 220 484 39 8

Mobiles

Jeff/WC4E operated as K1M/m and covered 34 counties in all six states - more than half of the 67 counties in New England.  In a year with poor conditions Jeff managed 824 QSOs and a multiplier of 61 for 100,467 points as a single operator low power mobile.  He can probably provide a good map of potholes.  

K1M/m(WC4E) -

Had about about 18 hours operation.  ~1000 Miles (Including traveling to starting points) in 6 states and 34 counties.  It was just a personal goal to visit all 6 states and put on 30+ counties as a pure Single Op, No driver.
Random thoughts:  Weeks of prep! MANY hours on  Google Maps, mob-rule com, and Mapquest, scripting the entire trip county by county.  A huge thanks for to everyone who called in!! Special thanks to the FCG group who hung in there despite the condx and stayed with it: WN1GIV (N4BP), K5KG, K4RUM, K0LUZ, N4OX and several others. NEQP diehards (K9PG, N4PN, W6SX, KU8E (Part of W4AN/m in FQP)

Used a Garmin Navi w/Tyre &  Basecamp to mark County lines and safe stopping points . Worked well. Life saver, I could concentrate on driving better without having to worry about finding the next exit and place to park.  Much different than FL, very few states clearly mark County lines, Maine seems to do in the median but only when there is a "town line" also. RI, NH & VT seemingly non-existent (learned that from last year). MA is hit and miss from what I can tell. I need to bring in NO5W software next.
 
Wish I wouldn't pick the smaller dark back roads to hit counties late at night, The 80Mtr whip on the screw driver antenna hits everything. Sometimes I was sure it would damage the antenna. No issues, I think I broke some small branch though. The Scorpion SA680 antenna is an awesome beast of anantenna.  All equipment worked well, just not the propagation. Did I see an A index of 70? K of 7?!  No wonder so many CQs went unanswered!! Just brutal.  Saturday Night was crazy local 80 meter signals sound like they were over the pole. 40M when long and gone way early. My one SSB QSO with Bob WN1GIV, painful 5 minutes calling him right during a solar event) Even with the 7QP, I missed WY again along with DE and SD.
 
Off track random thoughts.  OK, time to retire the 2002 20lb Dell Laptop with Windows XP. It served me well in over 15 years and many mobile events. I think I hit a Dunkin Donuts in every state this weekend. Added a few more to my DDCC count.  I think I'm around 50 on my way to 100 different DD. (I have no idea why, can't help it.  After 30+ years of mult chasing I'm always thinking how many ___ can I get).

Central Maine was interesting, on my way to my starting point, one guy in a huge muddy 4x4 pickup truck was trying to talk to me with his CB radio waving his hand mic at me. Hilarious! Sorry good buddy, I'm bringing a mic out only once this weekend. One guy at a toll booth (again in Maine) though it was a rocket launcher.

Is it weird, when fueling my truck, that I always strive to get to $xx.59 or $xx.73 in the amount? (especially during a QSO Party) Despite the conditions, it was fun tour of New England!

Other low power mobile action came from Rick/WW1ME/m in CT, Ed/K1EP/m in MA/ME, and Nick/K1NZ/m in MA/VT.    Art/K1BX and Jack/W1WEF also put in mobile efforts.

The Barnstormers Contest Group NZ1U/m was on the road again with Jay/W1UJ and Derek/KB1SBC operating from 20 counties in MA/ME/NH/RI for 62,640 points in the multi-operator category.  The Nashua Area Radio Club N1FD/m had more than 600 SSB QSOs from MA/NH/VT and did some National Park on the Air actiity as well with Fred/AB1OC Wayne/AG1A and Jim/KC1ENX operating.   Brian/NJ1F/m operated from eleven Vermont counties as well as some time at the NE1QP multi-operator station.

NZ1U/m -

What a super time! Again taking a ride across this wonderful region. Good times, good friends, good food! The conditions were poor as we only harvested about half of our normal QSO count, additional excuses could include ferry rides, and Mother's day errands, and Mother's day visits! Another factor is the noise.... Sticking to the South this year, there was significant noise in each of the bigger cities, and surprising amount of noise on the entire island of Martha's Vineyard. Boston and Providence were pretty rough operating from the roads. The roads seemed OK, even with an early W1WBB warning about RI, we still must give them the crappiest roads award! 40m Antenna was shorted and not working until mod-day Sunday...... 

It is an indescribable experience participating as a rover. We have covered each county of this region, as a rover, except for NAN MA.... This year's ferry ride will hold us over for a very long time. We had planned and executed an 'easy' trip which would include a trip to Martha's Vineyard island and hand out QSOs from the -vacant in 2015- DUKMA. All went off well, one of our first contacts was W1DX who was already covering the island.... We cut our trip 3 hours short and caught the next ferry back. made ~30 QSOs..... It looks like we had QSOs from 25 counties this year. Could not find space in any 'mobile window' Saturday night, and would lose the frequencies often- Sunday was better- Had many guys in the 7QP give me the 'ol 'Only 7QP sri' when trying to work them..... 

The NO5W CQ/x software worked well. the county warnings and switching relieves a bunch of stress. 2003 WPX Contest Caddy NO5W CQ/x GPS Enabled Software. S&T 2010 K3/100w High-Sierra motorized with 6' whip ANT1 Hustler Resonator setup ANT2 WN1GIV(24) N4PN(19) K5KG(18) WA2VYA(16) W8TM(14) K9UIY(14) DL3DXX(11) KE8M(9) W6SX(8) K0LUZ(8) K4SAV(8) K4HAL(7) NF4A(7) K9PG(7)


Thanks to all of the mobiles!

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

It should come as no surprise that Paul/N4PN captured first place USA single operator high power again, this time with 480 W1 QSOs and all 67 counties for 45,426 points from Georgia.    Paul has mastered the art of finding all counties and squeezing the most out of the band(s) that are open.  The southeast is a key location for W1 propagation.   What may be surprising is how close the second place score was.  Bob/N4BP, from Florida using his original WN1GIV callsign came within a few hundred points - with 420 QSOs and 64 counties for 44,800 points.  The difference was 10 CW QSOs or one multiplier!    They had somewhat different strategies with N4PN trying to tease out casual operators in the rare counties on SSB (282 SSB QSOs vs 140) while WN1GIV went for the two-point CW QSOs and ran up a 280 to 198 edge.  Thurd place was also from Florida with George/K5KG turning in a 26,156 score.

The rest of the top six were John/N8UM from TN, Jerry/K4SAV from AL, and Hank/W6SX from CA with the top hugh power west coast score.

WN1GIV/N4BP -  

Lots of free time due to poor conditions gave me the opportunity to notice an interesting combination in NZ1U's Sunday route.  Combining his first two counties with appropriate abbreviations, Barnstable, MA with Dukes, MA shortened to Barmaduke.  The two way ferry trip from Wood's Hole to Martha's Vineyard must have set him back time wise. Spent most of my time chasing the mobiles since SSB seemed unproductive. K1M-30   NZ1U-23  NJ1F-8 George IV, W1GIV called me on both modes.  Last year, missed Nantucket for the sweep.  This year worked three on CW and one on phone.  But missed three Maine counties for the sweep, not on any of the mobile routes.

W8TMThe low power entries were led by Tom/W8TM from OH with 213 QSOs and 46 counties for 17,802 points, Bob/WA1FCN from AL with 176 QSOs and 46 counties for 14,076, and Ed/KJ4LTA also from AL with 136 QSOs and 57 counties for 10,669. Fourth place went to Dana/K1RQ who is now a Silent Key.  The reat of the top ten low power entries were also from the same general distance, with Steve/N9CK in WI, Dave/W9QL in IL, Bill/N4UC in AL, Ed/KG4W in VA, Ed/K2TE in FL, and Dwight/KM4FO in KY.

W8TM (on left)  


K9UIYVic/K9UIY earned another single operator QRP title with 174 QSOs in 47 counties and 16,356 points from IL, while Tom/K3TW came in second with 11,748 points from FL.  Third place went to Bob/K2YGM in NY.

K9UIY at FD 2007  

The San Diego Contest Club team at NX6T led the multi-operator entries again with 163 QSOS in 46 counties and 12,190 points. 

We almost didn't get Dukes County MA (Martha's Vineyard Island) on the air but W1DX, K1VSJ and NZ1U/m all came through.   Much appreciated


Canada

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Claude/VE2FK continued his first place high power string with 10,368 points from 144 QSOs and 36 counties.  Ken/VE3KP was close behind with 7,722 points and 39 counties.   In the low power category, Harry/VA3EC turned in the top score for the second year in a row.

Claude, VE2FK  

DX

DL3DXXThe number of DX entries was down from last year because the cross-Atlantic conditions were pretty poor.  Nevertheless, Dietmar/DL3DXX worked hard and worked 52 counties with 137 QSOs for 14,248  points from Germany in the high power category.   The top low power DX entry came from Marco/XE2S from northwestern Mexico with 58 QSOs and 27 counties for 3,132 points..  

Two new DX records were set with Jonathan/G0DVJ and Michal/OM3DX setting new high power records from England and Slovakia.

Dietmar, DL3DXX  

For a full list of current records -->  Records

New England Results                  


K1JBTom/K1KI
from CT found a good combination of CW and SSB to take the top high power position with 1092 CW and 798 SSB QSOs and 108 multipliers for 322,056 points.   Mark/K1RX in NH had 1,490 QSOs and 133,056 points for second place and Joe/K1JB in ME had 1,160 QSOs to come in third.   Rounding out the top five were Al/W1FJ from MA and Rick/K7GM in downeast Maine.

K1JB


DXing was terrible.  Only worked a few Europeans, two SA, no Asia, no Oceania, no Caribbean no KH6 or KL7. But had all the lower 48 and a few Canadians call in.  20 CW was where most of the multipliers were but 20 SSB gave me the most Q's.  Never had many stations stacked up during runs, but at times there was a steady stream for long periods.  Tried 15 and even 10 occasionally with no luck.  Only Qs on 15 CW were two fellow New Englanders and N4PN who requested me to QSY from 20.  We then also worked each other on 15 SSB and 10 CW and SSB.  That was it for the high bands.  Both N4PN and K5KG commented that conditions down south were also bad and they "never heard so many weak signals from New England."

I apparently made a few stations very happy by giving them Maine as their 49th or 50th state for WAS.  That's always fun.
I tried entering the exchanges for the 7QP and Indiana QSO parties into N1MM Logger+, but it wouldn't take them and gave me an error message.  The only way I found to clear it was to wipe out the call and then re-enter it and the state alone.  After two or three of those, I gave up and just entered the state.  One station in 3-land sent "DC" in his exchange and N1MM logger wouldn't accept it, so I changed it to MD.  I enjoyed the QSO Party and only wish conditions had been better for getting more multipliers. Ah well.  Wait'll next year.

K1EA and K1BGThe single operator low power category had 97 New England entries, and Bruce/K1BG in MA topped the pack with 441 CW and 345 SSB QSOs, 85 multipliers and 104,295 points.   Ed/K1TR from NH was close behind with 818 QSOs and 94,282 poiint.   Third place was Sandor/NB1N who had 69,030 points.   The rest of the top ten low power scores were Dan/W1QK in CT, Don/WA1BXY in RI, Paul/K1XM in MA, Len/KB1W in MA, Doug/N1DBL in MA, Jim/KS1J in RI and Mike/KI1U from CT.

K1EA and K1BG  

Dave/K1VUT in MA captured first place single operator QRP with 120 QSOs and 6,000 points.  Dan/KB1VWQ also in MA was second with 4,774 points.  

NE1QP was operated from K1TTT's western MA station with operators Michael/K1MK, Tom/W1TO and Brian/NJ1F.  They put 1,305 QSOs in their log and 84 multipliers for a 176,400 score to lead all multi-operator efforts.  Second place went to AndyK2LE was in VT with Gerry/W1VE as second operator.  They had 777 QSOs and 94,680 points.

The battle for the top New England Club score was VERY close.  Aside from the Yankee Clipper Contest Club with 2.4m points, it was a photo finish for the CTRI Contest Group with 189,603 points from nine entries who edged out the Hampden County Radio Association's eleven entries and 189,264 points.  Just a couple of QSOs made the difference!

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

There were eleven New England records set from home stations in various categories, plus another four by mobiles. Check out the NEQP records page for details  --Records

Club Competition

The Florida Contest Group grabbed the top spot for the second year in a row, led by Bob/N4BP at WN1GIV.  Charlie/NF4A and Tom/K3TW also were big contributors to the FCG total.   There were ten clubs from outside of New England with at least five entries - tied with last year as the most ever.

Non-New England Club Scores

Club Entries Points
Florida Contest Group 9 109,331
Alabama Contest Group 10 74,977
Society of Midwest Contesters 11 57,112
Mad River Radio Club 9 55,570
Georgia Contest Group 3 54,106
Frankford Radio Club 12 28,932
Tennessee Contest Group 6 26,866
Potomac Valley Radio Club 7 23,792
Northern California Contest Club 10 21,089
Southern California Contest Club 4 15,926
Bavarian Contest Club 1 14,248
Central Texas DX and Contest Club 2 13,819
San Diego Contest Club 1 12,190
Contest Club Ontario 2 10,962
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club 7 10,470
Contest Group du Quebec 1 10,368
Minnesota Wireless Association 5 10,200
Kansas City Contest Club 2 9,684
Kentucky Contest Group 2 8,090
Maritime Contest Club 2 6,482
Oklahoma Dx Association 1 5,882
Niagara Frontier Radiosport 2 5,016
Swamp Fox Contest Group 1 4,536
L'Anse Creuse Amateur Radio Club 1 4,530
Willamette Valley DX Club 4 4,279
St Louis Amateur Radio Club 1 3,834
Metro DX Club 1 3,828
Yankee Clipper Contest Club 1 3,600
Central Oregon DX Club 2 3,033
Allegheny Valley Radio Association 1 2,610
DFW Contest Group 3 2,570
Central Oregon DX Club 2 2,548
Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club 1 2,407
Russian Contest Club 1 2,352
Bristol (TN) Amateur Radio Club 1 2,254
Radio Club of Redmond 2 2,235
Utah DX Association 1 1,800
QSY Society 1 1,760
Hoosier DX and Contet Club 1 1,694
Candlewood Amateur Radio Association 1 1,656
Parkersburg Amateur Radio Klub 1 1,584
Cornwall Ranger Station ARC/LVSRA 1 1,564
Amateur Radio Association of Southwest Florida 1 1,560
USS Wisconsin Radio Club 1 1,480
Radiosport Manitoba 1 1,440
Goshen Amateur Radio Club 1 1,360
Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado 1 1,218
Colchester Radio Amateurs 1 870
Gateway Amateur Radio CLub 1 832
Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club 1 810
South Texas DX and Contest Club 1 792
Hudson Valley Contesters and DXers 2 754
NorDX Club 1 736
Big Sky Contesters 2 690
Cleveland Amateur Radio Club 1 589
Arrow 1 570
Milford (OH) Amateur Radio Club 1 513
Portage County Amateur Radio Service 1 468
Daviess County Amateur Radio Club 2 437
Delara Contest Team 1 360
Orca DX and Contest Club 1 240
West Allis Radio Amateur Club 1 198
Amsterdam DX Club 1 162
North Fulton Amateur Radio League 1 104
SP Contest Club 1 98
Colorado QRP Club 1 84
Southwest Dallas County Amateur Radio Club 1 56
Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service 1 49
Hamfesters 1 25
Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club 1 4
Mother Lode DX/Contest Club 1 2

New England Club Scores

Club Entries Score
Yankee Clipper Contest Club 59 2,458,751
CTRI Contest Group 9 189,603
Hampden County Radio Association 11 189,264
Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club 2 104,304
The Barnstormers Contest Group 1 62,640
Assoc. Radio Amateurs of Southern New England 1 42,056
Nashua Area Radio Club 1 34,216
Meriden Amateur Radio Club 6 30,033
Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont 1 23,814
Midcoast Red Cross Radio Club 1 21,714
Falmouth Amateur Radio Association 2 6,979
YO DX Club 1 6,757
Harvard Wireless Club 1 3,510
Addison County Amateur Radio Association 1 2,970
Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Raio Club 1 2,575
Framingham Amateur Radio Association 1 2,001
Littleton Area Radio Klub 1 1,404
Franklin County Amateur Radio Club 1 1,320
Granite State Amateur Radio Association 1 1,095
Central New Hampshire Amateur Radio Club 1 540
Contoocook Valley Radio Club 1 290
WPI Wireless Association 1 250
Southern Berkshires Amateur Radio Club 1 132
Saint Albans Amateur Radio Club 1 25

County activity

County  QSOs Stations
Connecticut
  Fairfield 783 32
  Hartford 1777 41
  Litchfield 154 14
  Middlesex 133 11
  New Haven 808 43
  New London 331 15
  Tolland 617 11
  Windham 470 10
Massachusetts
  Barnstable 379 22
  Berkshire 959 8
  Bristol 252 19
  Dukes 88 4
  Essex 587 17
  Franklin 70 5
  Hampden 696 37
  Hampshire 67 12
  Middlesex 1884 71
  Nantucket 145 4
  Norfolk 473 21
  Plymouth 705 22
  Suffolk 45 4
  Worcester 1143 33
Maine
  Androscoggin 24 4
  Aroostook 58 4
  Cumberland 572 18
  Franklin 27 4
  Hancock 1 1
  Kennebec 337 9
  Knox 5 3
  Lincoln 15 3
  Oxford 83 3
  Penobscot 119 4
  Piscataquis 71 3
  Sagadahoc 163 3
  Somerset 16 3
  Waldo 25 5
  Washington 269 1
  York 125 11
New Hampshire
  Belknap 171 9
  Carroll 584 6
  Cheshire 125 10
  Coos 77 4
  Grafton 87 9
  Hillsborough 214 29
  Merrimack 83 12
  Rochingham 1459 24
  Strafford 34 8
  Sullivan 126 8
Rhode Island
  Bristol 239 4
  Kent 296 10
  Newport 538 10
  Providence 640 27
  Washington 205 13
Vermont
  Addison 53 5
  Bennington 388 3
  Caledonia 35 6
  Chittenden 325 8
  Essex 94 2
  Franklin 16 2
  Grand Isle 13 2
  Lamoille 218 3
  Orange 20 5
  Orleans 253 4
  Rutland 38 6
  Washington 23 3
  Windsor 88 6
  Windham 221 6

Certificates!

Digital (Adobe PDF) certificates will be emailed to everyone who made at least 25 QSOs.  If you want a paper certificate, please let us know.   We hope you'll be back again in 2017 to earn another one!

Plaques and Special Awards

Special plaques have been awarded to these top scorers:

Category  Donor Winner
     
USA - single operator Yankee Clipper Contest Club Paul Newberry, N4PN
USA - single operator low power Dave Sumner, K1ZZ,  in memory of Laci Radnay, W1PL Paul Kirley, W8TM
USA - single operator QRP Vern Brownell, W1VB Vic Shields, K9UIY
USA - single opr (W5-W6-W7-W0) Huckleberry Mountain Contest Club Hank Garretson, W6SX
USA - single op (W2-W3-W8-W9) Jim Monahan, K1PX Dave Hutchins, KE8M
USA - single opr low power (W2-W3-W8-W9) Whit Carter, K1EO Steve Franzen, N9CK
USA - single opr low power - W7 Michael Therrien, N1MD Michael Steene, W7GF
USA - W4 - any category Gerry Hull, W1VE ex AK4L Bob Patten, N4BP (WN1GIV)
USA - California/Nevada Calif QSO Party - Northern California Contest Club Frank Romano, WA6KHK
USA - multi operator - single transmitter Will and Pam Angenent, K6ND/K6NDV San Diego Contest Club - NX6T (N6KI, KB7V, NN6X, N6EEG, N6ERD, K4RB, W2PWS, oprs)
USA - single operator - CW only K1EL Keyers John Baranyi, N8UM
USA - single operator QRP (W4) Steve Kercel, AA4AK Tom Warren, K3TW/4
Canada - single operator  high power Chris Terkla, N1XS Claude Duberger, VE2FK
Canada - single operator low power Gerry Hull, W1VE/VE1RM Alan Prosser, VA1MM
Canada - single operator - CW only Bud Hippisley, W2RU Harry Kosterman, VA3EC
DX - single operator Yankee Clipper Contest Club Dietmar Kasper, DL3DXX
DX - single operator low power Pete Chamalian, W1RM, in memory of John Thompson, W1BIH/PJ9JT Marco Antonio Soto, XE2S
Clean Sweep - Not First, but Farthest Dennis Egan, W1UE Paul Newberry, N4PN
Golden Log - no errors Jim Spears, N1NK Steve Franzen, N9CK
Top Club Florida Contest Group Florida Contest Group
     
New England - single operator Yankee Clipper Contest Club Tom Frenaye, K1KI
New England - single operator - low power Dave Hoaglin, K1HT Bruce Blain, K1BG
New England - single operator - QRP Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club Dave Clemons, K1VUT
New England - mobile Boston Amateur Radio Club Jeff Bolda, WC4E (K1M/m)
New England - mobile - multi-single Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F, in memory of James Szewczyk, WB1EYM The Barnstormers Contest Group - NZ1U/m (W1UJ, KB1SBC, oprs)
New England - County Expedition Award Huckleberry Mountain Contest Club MASSRADIO - WW1DX (KK1W AA1YW W1MSW N1FJ, oprs)
New England - multi-single Tom Frenaye, K1KI Downeast Contesters & DXers - NE1QP (K1MK W1TO NJ1F, oprs)
New England - school club Chris Terkla, N1XS Harvard Wireless Club - W1AF (Doug Maggs, KK4UHK, opr)
New England  - single operator - CW only Andy Bodony, K2LE Al Rousseau, W1FJ
New England  - single operator - SSB only Fred Reed, KK1KW, and Woody Beckford,  WW1WW Ken Biron, K5KEN
     
Connecticut - single operator high power Candlewood ARA Pete Chamalian, W1RM
Connecticut - single operator low power Dick Pechie, KB1H, memorial sponsored by the Barnstormers (NZ1U) Dan Fegley, W1QK
Maine - single operator  Larry Banks, W1DYJ Joe Blinick, K1JB
Maine - single operator low power Augusta Amateur Radio Assn Eric Huoppi, KB1KMF
Massachusetts - single operator Framingham Amateur Radio Association Al Rousseau, W1FJ
Massachusetts - single operator low power Chuck Counselman, W1HIS Sandor Toth, NB1N
Massachusetts - Hampden County - single operator Hampden County Radio Assn Chris Scibelli, NU1O
New Hampshire - single operator low power Mark Pride, K1RX Ed Parsons, K1TR
Rhode Island - single operator   CTRI Contest Group Don Rosinha, WA1BXY
Vermont - single operator  Bob Raymond, WA1Z Brian Machesney, K1LI
Vermont - single operator low power West River Radio Club Zach Manganello, K1ZK
New England Club Yankee Clipper Contest Club CTRI Contest Group

If you'd like to sponsor a new plaque for 2017, 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 2016 the winner was
Paul Newberry, N4PN!  

Log checking

The log checking process found some mistakes, here and there. There were 479 logs overall, a 16% increase over 2015, with 469 in electronic format (98%) and only 10 on paper.    The best operators have error rates in <3% range.   For non-New England stations, cross checking was possible on 12,149 of the 13,983 QSOs reported (86.9%).  For New England stations, cross checking was possible on 18,438 of the 38,423 QSOs reported (48.0%).  


Logging Software

N1MM introduced N1MM Logger+ and more than half of their users switched to the new version, plus a few additional users. N3FJP and Writelog software were still next in the list with another 20 others, none exceeding ten users.  Thanks to WA7BNM for adding the NEQP to his list of supported contests


Logging Software Used Entries QSOs
N1MM Logger+  169 21,067
N1MM Logger 67 16,757
N3FJP 63 5,964
WriteLog  28 5,140
SkookumLogger 2 1,190
DXLog.net  2 852
WA7BNM Web2Cabrillo 9 464
Win-Test  3 413
Aether  2 376
Win-EQF                                                         2 373
NA Version  3 370
SD  7 332
TR Log 2 330
GenLog  9 272
TR4W  7 269
LOGic version  1 241
(8 others) 9 1,000

Soapbox

You can get a real feel for the contest by going through the various "Soapbox" comments from the big guns, the little guns and everyone in between.  

 

Thanks 

Thanks to everyone who made QSOs and to those who sent in logs in 2016.  We're making plans for 2017 and hope you'll join us on May 6th and 7th 2017 for the next running of the NEQP!!