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New England QSO Party

2019 Results

2019 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 2019 NEQP was not marred by solar storms as seen by the chart below.  On the other hand, there was only one small sunspot to help out with propagation on 15 and 10 meters, so QSOs on those bands were mostly absent from anyone's log.

We received 654 logs, up almost 20% from the 553 logs in 2018.  There were 23 logs from Canada,  19 from DX stations, 418 from USA stations and 194 from New England.  The total number of QSOs made by all stations after log checking came in at 74,249.

All 67 counties were on the air with 693 different stations represented in the logs.   By state the totals were 152 from Connecticut, 239 from Massachusetts, 85 from Maine, 98 from New Hampshire, 49 from Rhode Island and 70 from Vermont. The hardest to work counties were Nantucket MA (9 QSOs), Dukes MA (14), Knox ME (23) and Essex VT (29).   We'll work extra hard to make sure those totals increase in the 2020 NEQP!

Paul/N4PN, now a selent key, had all 67 counties in his log but one did not appear in the cross checking.  His total of 66 was ahead of everyone else.   Following Paul was Bob/N4BP (WN1GIV) with 63 and Bob/WA1FCN with 62.   

Propagation

Solar K-index

For some reason, the lack of sunspots and the lack of solar storms also seemed to limit signals for QSOs between stations who were under 200 miles apart, even on 80 and 40m.   It was tough to work any of the mobiles from much of the rest of New England, for example.   Even for New England stations who were also looking for NE counties, the biggest totals were from New Hampshire with Bill/K1GQ working 47 and Mark/K1RO at 44 countie.

Valid QSOs 80m 40m 20m 15m 10m
QSOs made by W1s 8,432 18,956 22,961 137 24
Different stations worked 745 2,979 3,839 53 15
QSOs made by non-W1s 3,452 8,653 9,905 389 13
Different stations worked 103 285 421 11 0

Paul Newberry/N4PN

Paul/N4PN has been a serious competitior since the New England QSO Party started in 2002.   Unfortunately, Paul became a Silent Key last November.    Paul's first NEQP entry in 2002 was the top USA Single Operator Low Power effort  - and he beat the High Power entry!   That first year he had 433 QSOs (153 CW and 280 SSB), and worked all 67 counties.   He has dominated the USA SOHP standings EVERY year since then, including 2019.   We will all miss him.

N4PN

N4PN Yearly Records
Year Category CW QSOs SSB QSOs Counties Score
2002 SOLP 153 280 67 39,262
2003 SOHP 197 325 65 46.735
2004 SOHP 212 295 67 48.173
2005 SOHP 224 442 67 59.630
2006 SOHP 207 304 67 48,106
2007 SOHP 162 501 67 55,275
2008 SOHP 209 407 64 52,800
2009 SOHP 278 392 67 * 63,516
2010 SOHP 208 355 67 51,657
2011 SOHP 215 370 67 53,600
2012 SOHP 230 373 67 55,811
2013 SOHP 329 290 67 * 63,516
2014 SOHP 262 268 67 53,064
2015 SOHP 227 504 66 51,546
2016 SOHP 198 292 67 45,425
2017 SOHP 256 267 67 52,193
2018 SOHP 261 288 67 54,220
2019 SOHP 225 304 66 49,764

* All time NEQP SOHP record

Mobiles

We had a varied crew of mobiles out in almost all parts of New England again in 2019.   Logs were received from mobiles who were active in 58 of 67 counties, and in addition we had home or portable stations in 52 counties.  All counties were covered.   Thanks especially to K1EP/m K1IB/m K1KI/m K1RQ/m KB1TCD/m N1QY/m NZ1U/m WA1Z/m and WU1ITU/m.  

K1IB/m
Mill/K1IB/m did a tour along the border of Vermont and New Hampshire, here on the border of Orange and Windsor counties in Vermont.



















Bob/WA1Z/m -

This is the 6th time Kurt W6PH has come out to do the driving duties in the NEQP.  It's always a ton of fun.  Kurt and I joke that I follow something I call the "Noah Principle” which is to bring on our ark two-of-every-kind of piece of equipment needed to operate the contest in case something breaks.  When a radio goes south in Aroostook County Maine in the middle of a county line pileup, nothing feels better than reaching into the back of the car and pulling out another one and being back on the air in minutes (yes, this happened once).  This principle has saved me from inconveniences to disasters more than once over the years, but this year it was 20 Meters that broke!  Next year, I'll have backup sunspots...

Propagation was very spotty on 20 with the exception of a few good hours on Sunday morning.  Otherwise, it was definitely a low-band year - and the first year that 40 Meters ended up having the most QSOs.  As always, it's the out-of-region activity that make this contest so much fun. The most frequent 20+ QSOs crowd being K1GQ (45), N4PN (43), N8UM (31), K4QS (25), WN1GIV (23) and M4J was worked 23 times.  Many more repeat callers, too. Also, special thanks to the DX stations in addition to Jonathan M4J, also DL3DXX, R7NW, UA6LCN, and SP6JOE all calling in more than once. In total, 413 different calls were worked.  Thanks to everyone for all the QSOs!

Mult breakdown was 47 St/Prov and 17 DX worked.  Worked VE2/3/4/5/9. Missed LA, MS, AR, NM, NE, ND, SD and KH6.  Thanks to KL7SB for a surprise AK mult!

Route:  This year's route is a path we have done a few times now.  We started at Kurt's QTH in Amherst NH (HILNH).  We continued east across southern New Hampshire and picked up RT 95 in Maine up to Lewiston.  From there, we turned back towards the sea coast and picked up RT 1 to activate the coastal counties northeast of Portland.  Our overnight stop was in Bangor.

On Sunday morning, we got about a 30 minute head start, continuing up RT95, towards Aroostook county.  We activated AROME from a small corner of the county on RT 157.  We then turned west to travel through the large northern counties until we crossed into northern NH (COONH).  We then turned south on RT 115 to pick up RT3 and 93 to return home.

Mobile Station:  2008 Honda CRV,  Elecraft K3, 100 watts, powered from car battery.  Logging with MacBook Air laptop using SkookumLogger contest logging program, (with some power-saving adjustments, I was able to operate entire contest on internal laptop battery with a charge overnight.).  Two Hustler MO-2 54-inch masts mounted on hatchback door secured by a home-brew roof rack harness.  Hustler RM-model resonators

Kurt drove nearly 730 miles through 22 counties.  And he kept us on schedule within a few minutes at almost every county change.  Already looking forward to next year.  Now, where is my backup sunspot junk box....

Kurt/W6PH/W1PH -

W6PH tnx to W1CTNI drove the WA1Z/m through 22 counties on Saturday and Sunday.  I started at my Amherst NH QTH  (HILNH) and drove 275 miles to Bangor (PENME) for the overnight.  We started driving at 8:30 am to get to a corner of AROME at 9:15 am and then proceeded across many counties of Maine and into COONH and down I-93 back to Amherst.  I drove 455 miles on Sunday.  I listened to one of the best operators in the world through the AUX position on the car radio. 

There were lots of repeats due to the QSB and due to driving through cuts in the road with granite on both sides.  Twenty meters was a disappointment but expected in these band conditions.  Eighty meters turned out to be very good and Bob had contacts there with the west coast and Europe.  The roads in Maine were not in great shape.  But the state has spent a ton of money on a fix.  They have put up signs that say "ROUGH ROAD" to warn us.
We had a flight plan and stuck pretty close to it except for unplanned stops at the Restaurants of the Golden Arches. 

This is the fourth or fifth time that we have done this operation and it is a great time.  Highly recommended.  Bob brings a second rig in case of breakdowns.  He calls it the Noah Principle, two of everything.  We didn't need it, everything worked perfectly.


Jay/W1UJ   NZ1U/m -

What a weekend!   As we do these year-after-year, so much knowledge is gained; however, it is neglected before the next event while hastily assembling the LMR/Last Minute Rover.  Kim/N1WK gets a gold star yet again for safely traversing the beautiful New England countryside.  He did not tell me he had a cold until we were 2/3 of the way through day 2, deep in Vermont.  The Dude drove more than 1000 miles / 1600 KM!    The call went out from K1KI for coverage to lightly covered counties in Vermont, we had hoped to cover all on the list but 1 or 2 with an aggressive Sunday ride.

Saturday, we stayed in Southern New England.  Started in Central CT and moved East towards Rhode Island and Cape Code (MA) headed North to offer some QSOs from the nearly-always lightly covered SUFMA from Boston.  Although we still held to the title LMR, or Last Minute Rover, everything was tested, or so-we-thought....   Could not get the CAT to work when we started out.  Changed out the Kx3 USB Cat Cable and everything was great.   Met up in PLYMA with Barnstormer and NZ1U operator/Driver Derek/KB1SBC where we made the  difficult decision to have Mexican food, whilst knowing N1WK and W1UJ would be in the same cabin for the next 1.5 days.  Ended up working out OK!   Thanks to KB1SBC for dinner... Timing was perfect as was the break and company (3 Amigos). Weather was OK- Roads were pretty rough in RI as usual with BRIRI having the same bone-jarring roads as detected in years' past.  The bridges to and from NEWRI are always scenic.

Saturday / Day 1 - 410 Miles
TOLCT  6, HARCT  18, MIDCT  18, NHVCT  6, MIDCT-NLNCT  18,  WASRI  33, NEWRI  19, BRIRI  15, BRIMA  31
PLYMA  67, BARMA  27, PLYMA-NORMA  17, SUFMA  29, MIDMA  24, WORMA  40, WINCT  12

Day 2 started a bit later than planned, but the good night's sleep at home was terrific. Weather was amazing 'up North'  windows-down...  fresh air. (Well except when we had to hear stations calling...)   GRAVT was surprisingly flooded. The water was high and it seemed as if many of the lake's cottages were not accessible.   We hit traffic on the horrible route chosen right through the middle of Burlington VT--- there were marches and things and young people with brightly colored hair everywhere, and way too many stop-lights.....  in Northern RUTVT county we hit a horrific looking motorcycle accident.  Research of the accident shows there were 'non-life threatening' injuries, thank goodness.  This held us back, in an RF hole, for about 40 minutes.

Sunday / Day 2 - 624 Miles
HMDMA  53, HMPMA  26, FRAMA  37, WNHVT  53, WNDVT  34, ORAVT  51, WASVT  27, LAMVT  50, FRAVT  44, GRAVT  44, CHIVT  49, ADDVT  50, RUTVT  55, BENVT  47, WNHVT-FRAMA-HMPMA-HMDMA-

Most importantly, a colossal thanks to the guys that follow us around. This is exactly why we put forth the effort in this event.  It keeps us coming back for sure.

N8UM  31, WN1GIV  21, K4QS  20, N3XF 19, N4PN 18, N4DW  17, DL3DXX  15 *, K3WJV  14,  R7NW  14 *,  VA3EC  13, WA1FCN  12, WN4AFP  12, K3QP  11, K4BAI  11, K5LH  11, N8II  11, K0AP  10, K0LUZ  10,  K1GQ  10, K4GMH  10, WB8WKQ  10

We missed the following states- AK HI LA MS MT ND NV SD UT WY And many, most.. Canadian Provinces.
For DX it felt like DL3DXX and R7NW were loud and everywhere.  DL F G HA I ON S5 SM SP UA XE

We have great success using the Elecraft Kx3 in the dash and the KPA100 on the floor in the back-seat. A very nice radio without the footprint of the K3 while holding what seemed to be similar performance.  It was very very quiet, we had 2 large car batteries on the floor in the back seat with the Kx3 completely isolated from the Ox's power supply.  The Kx3 needs more drag on the VFO knob or a freq lock.  If we weren't paying attention, it would have mechanical drift quite a ways... changing the tuning rate, to a setting of fine, helped.  Audio was just pumped in to the car stereo.  No headphones. SR2O Operation. N1WK and W1UJ chatted the entire way.

We pretty much do not stop....   Stretch breaks and food, meet up with KB1SBC in PLYMA... other than that, always moving.  Antennas are High-Sierra screwdriver for 20m and 80m and a 40S High-power 40m Hustler resonator on a triple-mag mount on the roof of the 'Blue Ox' 2017 Chevy Equinox.  We miss the Contest Caddy, that may make a comeback.

Only NewEngland county NZ1U/m has not operated from is NANMA..... Got to figure something out for that one.  We had a freshly acquired dash-cam installed in the 'Ox on Friday before the event.  It seemed to work pretty well.  There are some 'time lapse' 6x speed videos of the trip from the dash cam.  As of this writing there are many
videos to upload. But check it out, see what things are like driving around New England. https://youtu.be/Q-2Zm_tlRxU

Thanks for the QSOs

The NZ1U Barnstormers.


Tom/K1KI/m -

I had an overly ambitious route through CT-MA-VT-NH-ME-MA-CT all planned, but it didn't go as planned.  Haven't been mobile for the NEQP since 2013.  Have a new car (Honda Clarity PHEV) and it took a while to get things all set up.  What I failed to check was the RFI from the car while in motion.  Tolerable when stopped, but S-9+ when in motion.... Ugh.  Gave up in the first 5 minutes on Saturday.

On Sunday I regrouped and headed for some of the usually low activity counties - FRAMA, CALVT, ORLVT, ESSVT and COONH.   Found decent places to park in each one and had a bit over 3 hours of operating along with 8 hours of driving (~500 miles).  The bonus was that while in CT and MA it was a dreary, rainy day in the 40s/50s while in northern VT/NH it was in the mid-60s and mostly sunny! Mt Washington and nearby peaks still had some snow visible from the north side.  Even saw a field with a dozen deer/fawns.  I knew I was near Canada when the menu at the truck stop in Lancaster NH had poutine prominently placed on the menu.

Couldn't hear much of any W1 stations from northern NE.  Only worked NZ1U/m in MA when he passed me on I-91 in FRAMA, and my NH QSO was WA1Z/m when I was in the same county in COONH.  Had a partial QSO with K1JB in ME and no RI or VT QSO either.  Did have 10 Eu mults, 30 states and 5 provinces.

So I have a year until the next NEQP.  I bet it will take that long to tame the electronics in the car...  I can re-use my map with the planned 30+ county route...

Thanks for the QSOs!!  73 TomPoutine

80-40-20m Hamsticks on magmount on roof, TS-2000, MFJ-561 paddle, paper logging...


For those not familiar with poutine described above, Tom/K3TW sent a nice photo...  French fries, cheese curds and gravy.   Very common in Quebec, Maritime Canada, and border areas of northern New England..

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

Paul/N4PN had the top USA Single Operator High Power score again, with 48,764 points - for his 18th win in the single operator category.  Match together Paul's operaitng skills and his Georgia location about 1000 miles aouth of New England, made for the right combination for good openings on 20 and 40 meters where most of the activity is located.   The rest of the top five spors were from Bob/N4BP @ WN1GIV in Florida, Chuck/K4QS who set a Virginia record, John/K4BAI in Georgia, and Bill/K3WJV who set a record from Pennsylvania.  
N4BP(WN1GIV)
State records were also set by Dennis/K2SX from South Carolina and Bill/WD7E from Idaho,


Bob/N4BP operated using his 1955 callsign WN1GIV from when he lived in the Boston area.                 -->





Former New Englander Bob/WA1FCN in Alabama came out on top of the SIngle Operator Low Power entries, with 202 CW and 158 SSB QSOs in 62 counties for a score of 34,844 points.   He was followed by Jefff/N8II in West Virginia, then three Tennessee stations - Dave/N4DW, Dick/N4ARO, and Jim/AD4EB.  The number 6-10 positions in the SOLP list were earned by Eric/K5LH in Texas, Dave/WN4AFP in South Carolina, Jeff/WB8WKG in West Virginia, Metro/W8MET in Ohio, and Ed/W5TM iwith a new record from Oklahoma.

Tom/K3TW from Florida turned in a big Single Operator QRP score with 142 CW and 63 SSB QSOs, with 52 counties for 18,044 points.   The top three was rounded out by Jim/W4QO and Mark/NX1K in Wisconsin.

The Multi Operator Single Transmitter top score cam from the group at the San Diego Contest Club station, NX6T.  Their 17,064 points was based on 113 CW and 90 SSB QSOs in 54 counties.   Close behind were N2BJ in Illinois and N3DPB in Maryland.

Canada

Todd VE5MX North of the border, Claude/VE2FK led the Canadian SOHP scores with 192 CW QSOs and 41 counties for 15,744 points from Quebec.   The SOLP entries had Harry/VA3EC on top with 10,080 points from 112 CW QSOs in 45 counties.   Harry was part of a large contingent of entries from Contet Club Ontario.  Todd/VE5MX set a new SOHP record from Saskatchewan.         

DX

Conditions were similar to the previous year with fewer DX QSOs in all logs.   The top SOHP score from Europe came from Sergey/R7NW with 174 CW and 30 SSB QSOs in 55 counties for 20,790 points.   Second place Dietmar/DL3DXX came in with 175 CW QSOs and 52 counties for 18,200 points.   The top low pawer DX entry was from Olivier/F1AKK at TM6M with 6,688 points, a new French record..  New records were set by Frank/ON9CC at OT6M in Belgium and Jonathan/G0DVJ at M4J in England. 

For a full list of current records -->  Records

New England Results                  

The final standings for the SIngle Operator High Power race showed Dave/K1ZZ earned the number one position.  Dave had 1218 CW QSOs and 480 on SSB, with a multiplier of 97 from his Connecticut QTH.  His 282,464 points even beat the top Multi Operator score. by a small margin!   The other top five SOHP finishers in New England were MartinAA1ON from Massachusetts (195,133 points), then Randy/K5ZD at AK1W, also in Massachusetts (187,746), Mark/K1RO in New Hampshire (171,275), and Allan/NR1X in Connecticut (158,464).

Ed K1TRThe Low Power battle went to Ed/K1TR from New Hampshire, with 944 CW and 12 SSB QSOs, with 74 multipliers for 140,600 points.  Second place was earned by Dave/K1VUT in Massachusetts with 119,544 points from 879 CW QSOs and 68 multipliers.  Dan/W1QK was close behind for third place with 114,048 points from home in Fairfield County, CT after spending the first few hours operating in the harder to work Litchfield County as NG1R.   The top five was rounded out by Ed/K1ZE from Connecticut and Bruce/K1BG from Massachusetts.

The SIngle Operator QRP category is where Dave/N1IX likes to compete, and he was the top scorer again in 2019.  He had 424 CW QSOs and 61 multipliers for 51,728 points.  

The Multi Operator battle was between W1XX and NE1QP.   John/W1XX with Bob/K1XA had the edge with 711 CW and 1334 SSB QOS and 99 multipliers for 272,844 points.   The NE1QP group at K1TTT (W1TO, K1MK, NJ1F and K1TTT) finished with 1019 CW and 450 SSB QSOs and 104 multipliers for 258,752 points.

Overall, no New England state records were set but a number of county records have new totals.

State County Category Call
CT Fairfield SOLP W1QK
CT New London SOHP W3EP
CT Tolland SOHP K1ZZ
MA Bristol SOLP W1CVE
MA Franklin SOLP N1YL
MA Middlesex SOHP AA1ON
MA Plymouth SOLP K1VUT
MA Worcester SOHP AK1W
RI Newport SOHP NC1CC
VT Addison MS N1TRK
VT Addison SOLP KE1VT
VT Grand Isle MS W1NVT
VT Orleans MS KC1ODJ
VT Washington SOLP K1ARR
  
 
Another 13 county mobile records were also set.  
Check out the NEQP records page for details for all record categories  --Records

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


Club Competition

The Potomac Valley Radio Club moved from 2nd place in 2018 to first place in 2019.  The points per entry total was slightly larger than the 2nd place Tennessee Contest Group.  Each had 21 entries but Chuck/K4QS, Jeff/N8II and Dave/N3XF topped the list for the PVRC.  The Yankee Clipper Contest Club turned in it's biggest total ever with 58 entries and nearly 3.5 nillion points.   The regional CTRI Contest Group earned the New England plaque with Don/WA1BXY at NC1CC leading the way.

Non-New England Club Scores

Club Entries Points
Potomac Valley Radio Club 21 186,429
Tennessee Contest Group 21 150,360
Society of Midwest Contesters 13 74,737
Frankford Radio Club 11 70,748
Florida Contest Group 7 59,287
Contest Club Ontario 10 62,591
Georgia Contest Group 3 57,244
Alabama Contest Group 4 44,422
Mad River Radio Club 7 42,451
South East Contest Club 5 35,017
Deep Dixie Contest Club 4 34,912
Bavarian Contest Club 3 27,146
Swamp Fox Contest Group 3 26,474
Southern California Contest Club 6 24,815
Kansas City Contest Club 4 20,606
Kentucky Contest Group 5 18,343
Northern California Contest Club 15 16,102
Heart of Texas DX Society 1 15,974
Contest Group du Quebec 1 15,744
Niagara Frontier Radiosport 2 14,016
Mississippi Valley DX/Contest Club 2 12,196
Central Virginia Contest Club 2 11,922
Maritime Contest Club 1 10,218
Saskatchewan Contest Club 1 8,892
Metro DX Club 2 8,492
Mother Lode DX/Contest Club 3 8,202
DFW Contest Group 4 7,551
Minnesota Wireless Assn 3 7,078
Radiosport Manitiba 1 6,834
Palatka Amateur Radio Club 1 6,519
North Coast Contesters 1 5,880
Cornwall 1 5,772
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club 10 5,399
Russian Contest Club 1 4,930
Portage County Amateur Radio Service 1 4,879
W/K Amateur Radio Club 1 4,582
New Providence Amateur Radio Club 2 4,449
Yankee Clipper Contest Club 3 3,763
Central Texas DX and Contest Club 3 3,662
Western Illinois Amateur Radio Club 1 3,552
Iowa DX and Contest Club 1 3,364
Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado 1 3,348
The Villages Amateur Radio Club 2 3,310
Nothern California Contest Club 1 3,024
Big Sky Contesters 3 2,788
Thumb Area Contesters 1 2,646
West Allis Radio Amateurs Clubs 1 2,600
XE DXers 1 2,450
Silver Comet Amateur Radio Society 4 2,149
QSY Society 1 2,106
Western Washington DX Club 4 1,972
DELARA Contest Team 1 1,920
Kaw Valley Amateur Radio Club 1 1,728
South Jersey Radio Assn 1 1,690
SP DX Club 1 1,564
Central Oregon DX Club 4 1,372
Northern Califoria Contest Club 1 1,344
Willamette Valley DX Club 5 1,344
North Fulton Amateur Radio League 3 1,279
South Texas DX and Contest Club 1 1,260
Western Kansas Amateur Radio Club 1 1,218
Hoosier DX and Contest Club 1 1,120
Four Lakes Amateur Radio Club 1 1,080
Allegheny Valley Radio Association 1 1,000
Kaunas University of Technology Radio Club 1 960
Dayton Amateur Radio Association 1 799
Colorado QRP Club 1 704
Utah DX Association 3 594
Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club 1 592
Hertiage Hunt Hams 1 450
Whitley County Amateur Radio Club 1 400
Interest Group RTTY 1 390
Goshen Amateur Radio Club 1 368
Daviess County Amateur Radio Club 1 234
Lafayette DX Association 1 234
Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club 1 224
ORCA DX and Contest Club 1 220
Great Salt Lake Contest Club 1 198
Fort Wayne Radio Club 3 168
Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Club 1 168
Murray State University Amateur Radio Club 1 154
The CW Operators Club 1 72
Florida Weak SIgnal Society 1 9
Order of Boiled Owls of New York 1 4
Vienna Wireless Society 1 2
NorDX Club 1 1

New England Club Scores

Club Entries Points
Yankee Clipper Contest Club 65 3,490,827
CTRI Contest Group 13 566,467
The Barnstormers Contest Group 1 156,464
Candlewood Amateur Radio Association 2 115,686
Eastern Connecticut Amateur Radio Association 1 91,000
MassRadio 1 88,900
Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club 7 79,577
Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont 2 65,596
Providence Radio Association 2 39,967
Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association 1 22,184
Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club 1 19,522
Nashua Area Radio Society 2 18,885
PART of Westford 1 13,468
Addison County Amateur Radio Association 1 12,600
Norfolk County Radio Association 1 11,200
Middlebury College Amateur Radio Club 1 10,520
Associated Radio Amateurs of Southern New England 1 10,455
Barnstormers Contest Group 1 8,352
Stamford Amateur Radio Association 1 6,665
Meriden Amateur Radio Club 1 6,232
Falmouth Amateur Radio Association 1 3,072
Nashua Area Radio Club 1 2,656
Stratford Amateur Radio Club 1 1,922
Twin State Radio Club 1 1,170
Tri City Amateur Radio Club 1 1,160
Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club 2 821
Hampden County Radio Assoication 2 802
Contoocook Valley Radio Club 1 697
CCDX Amateur Radio Club 2 603
New Providence Amateur Radio Club 1 338
Billerica Amateur Radio Society 1 220
North Shore Radio Association 1 195
Franklin County Amateur Radio Club 1 180
NorthEast Kingdom Amateur Radio Club 1 80
Hop River Radio Club 1 48
Nantucket Amateur Radio Association 1 1

County activity

County  QSOs Stations
Connecticut
  Fairfield 1095 17
  Hartford 1051 35
  Litchfield 160 19
  Middlesex 42 8
  New Haven 433 26
  New London 1325 20
  Tolland 1477 16
  Windham 944 11
Massachusetts
  Barnstable 604 20
  Berkshire 1130 7
  Bristol 578 20
  Dukes 14 2
  Essex 627 16
  Franklin 272 5
  Hampden 184 18
  Hampshire 268 6
  Middlesex 2406 62
  Nantucket 9 3
  Norfolk 1101 23
  Plymouth 1393 14
  Suffolk 120 4
  Worcester 1579 39
Maine
  Androscoggin 47 4
  Aroostook 36 6
  Cumberland 1151 16
  Franklin 77 6
  Hancock 109 9
  Kennebec 252 6
  Knox 23 2
  Lincoln 75 4
  Oxford 495 3
  Penobscot 80 2
  Piscataquis 57 2
  Sagadahoc 111 4
  Somerset 38 2
  Waldo 145 3
  Washington 176 4
  York 89 12
New Hampshire
  Belknap 83 7
  Carroll 536 7
  Cheshire 117 7
  Coos 84 4
  Grafton 418 4
  Hillsborough 555 28
  Merrimack 83 11
  Rochingham 1045 15
  Strafford 179 7
  Sullivan 718 8
Rhode Island
  Bristol 537 6
  Kent 606 8
  Newport 1037 12
  Providence 379 15
  Washington 685 8
Vermont
  Addison 429 6
  Bennington 698 10
  Caledonia 40 2
  Chittenden 57 5
  Essex 29 3
  Franklin 79 4
  Grand Isle 307 5
  Lamoille 70 4
  Orange 86 5
  Orleans 74 5
  Rutland 140 6
  Washington 36 4
  Windsor 189 5
  Windham 507 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.   Please come back and enjoy the fun in the 2020 NEQP!!

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 Bob Beaudoin, WA1FCN
USA - single operator QRP Vern Brownell, W1VB Tom Warren, K3TW
USA - single opr (W5-W7-W0) Huckleberry Mountain Contest Club Eric Rust, K5LH
USA - single op (W2-W3-W8-W9) Steve Moynihan, W3SM Jeff Hartley, N8II
USA - single opr low power (W2-W3-W8-W9) Whit Carter, K1EO Jeff Miller, WB8WKQ
USA - single opr low power - W7 Michael Therrien, N1MD Bill Brelsford, K2DI (W7CTA)
USA - W4 - any category Gerry Hull, W1VE ex AK4L Bob Patten, N4BP (WN1GIV)
USA - multi operator - single transmitter Will and Pam Angenent, K6ND/K6NDV San Diego Contest Club NX6T (8 oprs)
USA - single operator - CW only Hamcrafters Bob Patten, N4BP (WN1GIV)
Canada - single operator  high power Chris Terkla, N1XS Claude Duberger, VE2FK
Canada - single operator low power Gerry Hull, W1VE/VE1RM Harry Kosterman, VA3EC
DX - single operator Yankee Clipper Contest Club Sergey Kiblitzky, R7NW
DX - single operator low power Pete Chamalian, W1RM, in memory of John Thompson, W1BIH/PJ9JT Olivier Seizelet, F1AKK (TM6M)
Golden Log - no errors Jim Spears, N1NK Dave Sarault, N3XF 
Top Club Florida Contest Group Potomac Valley Radio Club
     
New England - single operator Yankee Clipper Contest Club Dave Sumner, K1ZZ
New England - single operator - low power Dave Hoaglin, K1HT Ed Parsons, K1TR
New England - single operator - QRP Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club Dave LeDuc, N1IX
New England - mobile Boston Amateur Radio Club Bob Raymond, WA1Z/m 
New England - mobile - rookie Bob Raymond, WA1Z Ron Evett, N1QY/m
New England - mobile - multi-single Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F, in memory of James Szewczyk, WB1EYM The Barnstormers Contest Group,  NZ1U/m (W1UJ N1WK KB1SBC, oprs))
New England - County Expedition Award Tomm Homewood, W1TO Down East DX Association/W1OO  (K1ESE, W1HIS, oprs)
New England - multi-single Cheshire County DX ARC John Lindholm, W1XX (+Bob Halprin, K1XA, oprs)
New England - school club Chris Terkla, N1XS Middlebury College ARC, W1RMC (Zach Manganello, K1ZK, opr)
New England  - single operator - CW only Andy Bodony, K2LE Allan Richardson, NR1X
New England  - single operator - SSB only Fred Reed, KK1KW, and Woody Beckford,  WW1WW David Neal, W2DAN
     
Connecticut - single operator high power Candlewood ARA Allan Richardson, NR1X
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 Sue, K1RQ, and Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F, in memory of Dana Cobb, K1RQ
Joe Kozak, W1AO
Massachusetts - single operator Framingham Amateur Radio Association Martin Bayes, AA1ON
Massachusetts - single operator low power Chuck Counselman, W1HIS Dave Clemons, K1VUT
Massachusetts - Hampden County - single operator Hampden County Radio Assn Dan Vierno, K1VWQ
New Hampshire - single operator  Mark Wilson, K1RO Mark Wilson, K1RO
New Hampshire - single operator low power WQ2H Repeater Group Neil Goodell, AE1P
New Hampshire - multi operator  Nat Lee,N1BNC, and Dan Norman, N0HF Nashua Area Radio Club (AB1BY, AC1DC, oprs) 
Rhode Island - single operator   CTRI Contest Group Don Rosinha, WA1BXY (NC1CC)
Vermont - single operator  Bob Raymond, WA1Z Kevin Emilio, KE1VT
Vermont - single operator low power West River Radio Club Randy Horn, N1SP
New England Club Yankee Clipper Contest Club CTRI Contest Group

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Log checking

The log checking process found some mistakes, here and there. There were 654 logs overall, with 641 in electronic format (98%) and only 13 on paper.    The best operators have error rates in <3% range.   Dave/N3XFwas the best with no errors in 236 QSOs, earning the Golden Log plaque.  Excellent work!.  

For non-New England stations, cross checking was possible on 23,140 of the 25,762 QSOs reported (89.8%).  For New England stations, cross checking was possible on 28,758 of the 52,602 QSOs reported (54.7%).  


Logging Software

N1MM Logger+ has clearly taken over as the dominant software used by NEQP particpants with 80% of the total scores.   The others are not going away though, many people have personal favorites that work well for them!


Software Logs QSOs Score
N1MM Logger+ 387 51,537 5,071,861
WriteLog 20 4,747 539,263
N3FJP's NEQP Contest Log  116 6,496 374,063
SkookumLogger 6 2,093 247,058
Win-Test 2 1,194 167,402
DXLog.net 4 889 80,359
ADIF2CABR 1 742 91,000
N1MM Logger 7 670 54,522
GenLog 13 589 37,249
TR Log POST 3 549 45,432
RUMlogNG 5 327 21,201
WA7BNM Web2Cabrillo 15 323 13,911
5MContest 2 292 25,720
NA 2 289 22,602
CQPWIN 2 261 24,836
Aether 2 240 20,286
JL 1 147 11,466
Other  21 331 10,273


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 

The 2020 contest in coming up soon so I hope to see everyone active.   If you're from New England, let us know if you'll be QRV this year - send a message to us at info@neqp.org with the county name(s).  We'd like to be sure all counties are active!