Paul Gayet, AA1SU, writes on the Vermont ARRL Members List:
Here is a message from Tom Frenaye K1KI about the upcoming New England QSO Party. Below that, I have added some of my own notes.
The New England QSO Party on May 7th and 8th is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries. You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.
Our goal is to get every one of the 67 counties in New England on the air so we hope you will encourage your friends to join in the fun! Even if you can join the fun for a couple of hours, we’d appreciate it! Will you be QRV? Let us know with a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New England QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with a civilized break for sleep on Saturday night. It runs from 4 pm Saturday until 1 am Sunday, then 9 am Sunday until 8 pm Sunday. Operate on CW, SSB and/or digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters. For each QSO you’ll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state. Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who sends in a log with 25 or more QSOs will get a certificate. The goal is to work stations anywhere in the world – and their goal is to work New England stations, so you’ll be very popular!
Last year we had logs from 947 stations from around the country and world.
The full rules are here -> https://neqp.org/rules/
The full 2021 results were posted a couple of weeks ago – https://neqp.org/2021-new-engl
It’s just three weeks until the 2022 NEQP. Please get on and make some QSOs even if you don’t want to send in a log!
There will be 3 other QSO Parties going on this weekend at varying times. They are Indiana, Delaware, and the 7QP. The 7QP is similar to the NEQP in that all the states in seven land will be on the air.
If you are using N1MM+ to log the contest, choose ‘QSO Party’ from the list, then ‘NEWE’ from the drop down box. The advantage to using N1MM+ is that is will score these other 3 contests for you. In the Exchange Box, enter exactly what the station sends you. When the tests are over, you simply send the same Cabrillo file to each log checker, and they will score it for you.
ARRL Vermont Section
Section Manager: Paul N Gayet, AA1SU