Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2003 12:09:02 -0400
To: *** YCCC *** <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Tom Frenaye <email@example.com>
Subject: NEQP hints
A suggestion for increasing your score in the New England QSO Party,
for those in New England.
-->>> Don't forget to work people operating in
contests that are running on the same weekend!
You will no doubt run into people in the Italian DX contest, the
QSO Party and the Mobile Amateur Radio Awards Club (MARAC) CW contest -
on the same weekend (May 3-4). You could even try to
single operator four contests (SO4C)...
[2012 note: the MARAC moved to a different date, and the 7QP is now on this weekend]
The NEQP activity on CW will center around 3540 7040 14040
and for SSB on 3880 7280 14280 21380 28380. In reality, most
activity is on 20m, with some 15m and little 10m. Late
time activity is on 40 and 80m.
You'll find Indiana QSO Party activity (from the NEQP start at
until 05Z early Sunday morning) centered on 3540 7040 14040 21040 28040
and SSB on 3850 7230 14.250 21300 28450. Don't miss the
multiplier! Even more, go ahead and work all of them you
The exchange for you is the same (NE county and state) and they will
their county/state. If you log their county, you can even
in a log of your Indiana QSOs for the Indiana QP - they'd like
While you don't get extra NEQP points for working an Indiana mobile
in different counties (it just counts as a duplicate), you will count
another QSO for them if they are in a new county.
The MARAC contest runs all weekend, so you may find activity
the NEQP. Their focus is on counties across the country so
QSO will be welcomed. If you copy their county in your log you
send an entry in as well. They have quite a few mobiles and
love to work NE counties. As with the Indiana QP, you can
mobiles in new counties but they just count as a duplicate for you
they've gone into a new state - last year a number of them went to
You will also hear stations active in the ARI (Italian) DX contest
(from the NEQP start until 20Z Sunday afternoon). Most of
will be from Italy, of course, so don't miss putting Italy in your log
a DX multiplier. The exchange is signal report and serial
Past experience is that there is a lot more SSB than CW activity but
will be some on both modes. There is worldwide activity so you
snag some other good multipliers as well.
There's even a 10-10 CW contest running that same
You can work 10-10 members or non-members on 10m CW for contest credit
you get their QTH. If you have a 10-10 number they'll get more
for your QSO.
So, see if you can handle a contest within a contest. It
help out if the rates start to slow down. Try the NEQP and
QP (or SO2C - single operator two contests). Or go for SO3C
work some Italians as well, or even try SO4C and catch some MARAC
Only truly crazy contesters will make some 10-10 CW QSOs and accomplish
SO5C weekend. It may never have been done before...
Oh yes, if you're operating mobile in New England, you can work those
QP, MARAC CW and Italian DX folks again and again as you change
You should be busy.
Don't forget K1DG's Top Ten Reasons to Operate
New England QSO Party - May 3-4, 2003 http://www.neqp.org
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