by Tom Frenaye, K1KI – firstname.lastname@example.org
Springtime in New England is a nice time of year. The first weekend of May also brings with it the New England QSO Party, and 2004 was its third year. Connecticut and Rhode Island take on a nice green color as the leaves on the trees have started to come out in early May. As you go further north the green fades to grey and in northern Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, the leaves haven’t started to show, some of the high hilltops still have some leftover winter snow, and many of the lakes and ponds are mostly covered with ice. But summer is around the corner – the scenery changes fast at this time of year.
The number of logs jumped 15% to a total of 295 in 2004, mostly from non-W1 entries. The number of QSOs reported was 49,720, way up over 2003. All New England counties were active – logs from eight mobiles covered 86 counties, plus there was one group (K1JB) who operated portable from several counties and a couple of other mobiles who didn’t submit logs.
As the sun’s 11-year cycle heads towards the minimum, QSOs were hard to find on 10m, though there were still more than in 2003. More than half of the total QSOs were made on 20m, and surprisingly 80m had more activity than 15m did.
|QSOs made by W1s||3,141||10,222||19,578||1,193||157|
|Different stations worked||408||1,695||3,750||302||58|
As in past years, the K-index summary from NOAA is shown below. Basically it shows that there were no significant solar storms during the contest, but with an index of 3 on the first day and 2 on the second, there is room for a little improvement. More information on this can be found here: http://www.sec.noaa.gov
Several new mobile efforts were present in the 2004 NEQP – N1JEO/m, N1RR/m, N1SV/m and W1VE/m all made an impact. Actually, Charlie “The Wiz” N1RR/m turned in the top single operator mobile score while covering 13 counties, dethroning previous champ Tom, K1KI/m, who managed to operate from 23 counties. Charlie had a few less QSOs but pulled over the top by catching some additional multipliers. Ed, K1EP/m, finished in the top three again while passing through 16 counties.
John, W1XX/m, was joined by Bob, K1XA, this year and the team again took top honors in the multi-operator mobile category while moving around in four Rhode Island counties, and set a multi-op record at the same time.
Mobile activity really helps to spice up the contest – so if you have the inclination to try it out in 2005, there are several people willing to help you out.
Paul/N4PN seems to try something different each year in the NEQP. The first year he was SOLP from Georgia, and had the top score. In 2003 Paul entered as SOHP from Florida, and again had the top score. In 2004 he was SOHP from Georgia and had a NEQP record score with 507 QSOs, all 67 counties and 48,173 points. Paul puts in a full effort – and you can see from the table below he doesn’t stay on any one band or mode for long. He doesn’t take much time off either…
|Band/UTC||20||21||22||23||00||01||02||03||04||1st day||13||14||15||16||17||18||19||20||21||22||23||2nd day||Total|
Other stations with big single operator scores were all from the 4th call area with Jim/K4PV in Florida the closest competition to N4PN with 30,600 points, followed by John/K4BAI in George and Bert/N4CW in North Carolina. In the Low Power category, Charlie/NF4A made 301 QSOs in 61 counties for his leading 28,548 points. Dave/N4IG in Florida and Ned/K1GU/4 in Tennessee each managed more than 20k points. Breaking into the 4th call area dominance were Keith/WA3HAE in Pennsylvania, who was 2nd in the SOLP category just behind K1GU/4, and Tom/N2CU in New York with a 4th place finish. Being close to New England isn’t necessarily an advantage when a large percentage of the QSOs to be made are on 20m.
Top scorers from further west were led by Rex/K7QQ with a big 18,468 points and 5th place SOHP with 171 CW QSOs in 54 counties. Also doing well from the west were Paul/K0JPL in Missouri and Californians Rob/K6RB and Bob/W1RH/6 in the HP category and Bill/K5WAF from Texas, and Mike/K5UV from Oklahoma.
Bill/K4LTA from Tennessee ran away with the QRP category and found 100 CW stations in 46 counties to work. The multi-operator category was won by Dan/N0HF (+Bruce/WW1M) from Colorado after a 2nd or 3rd place finish the first two years. Doug/VA3DF led all Canadian scorers with his 115 QSOs and 45 counties while running QRP power – and set the Canadian record at the same time!
The top DX score came again from Ged, LY3BA, with 238 QSOs in 61 counties and 23,607 points, beating all but three USA SOHP entries! Gerd/DL5AWI was second while setting the German SOHP record and Hal/DL5MC turned in the top SOLP score – a new DX SOLP record. A number of people were quite happy to work Dave/K1ZZ who operated from 4U1ITU as well.
There were new records set in the multi-operator category in five states, in SOHP and SOLP categories in 12 states each, and in SOQRP in six states.
New England results
This was the year for Rick/KI1G to win the High Power category from New England. Rick put in a full effort from his Kent County RI located, balanced his activity about 50-50 between CW and SSB, and totaled 1532 QSOs and 106 multipliers resulting in 241,786 points. As with N4PN outside of New England, Rick kept at it for the full contest period with few breaks and regular band and mode changes. Dennis/NB1B stayed on CW for the whole contest from Bristol County MA and came in second and newcomer (to the NEQP) Bill/NT1Y from relatively rare Orange County VT. Ken/W1NG was a close fourth and Art/W1RZF nailed fifth place.
|Band/UTC||20||21||22||23||00||01||02||03||04||1st day||13||14||15||16||17||18||19||20||21||22||23||2nd day||Total|
In the Low Power category, Pete/W1RM found the formula for victory from Hartford County CT with 841 CW QSOs and 82 multipliers for 137,924 points. Following Pete were Randy/K5ZD using club station AK1W from Worcester County MA and Ann/WA1S from Hillsboro County NH. Bill/K1EV used his QRP station to make 195 QSOs and the top QRP score.
Dave/K1TTT and his team of Brian/NJ1F Tom/W1TO and Mike/WM1K continued their dominance of the multi-operator category with 1330 QSOs and a multiplier of 116. Dave/KB1H with Chris/N1XS kept close but their 1241 QSOs and 96 multipliers had to settle for second place for the second year in a row.
Logs were received from stations in all counties. Quite a number of records were set – view them here –> NEQP records
Who are the “Multiplier Kings”?
Who worked all of the counties in each New England state?
Congratulations to N4PN for working all 67 counties in New England. N4IG found 63 of them, WA3HAE and K4BAI worked 62, and NF4A and LY3BA logged 61 counties. Working all Rhode Island counties turned out to be the easiest – 52 stations worked all five of them!
|Worked all Connecticut counties (8)|
|Worked all Massachusetts counties (14)|
|Worked all Maine counties (16)|
|Worked all New Hampshire counties (10)|
|Worked all Rhode Island counties (5)|
|Worked all Vermont counties (14)|
What about the New England stations?
Single operators AF1T and KI1G worked all 50 states, as did the multi-op team at K1TTT. KG1E found 49 and three others put 48 states into their logs. No one worked all of the Canadian multipliers but NT1Y and multi-op KB1H each found eight different provinces. Twenty New England stations worked 20 DX countries or more.
|Worked all US States (50)|
|Worked at least 20 DX countries|
Looks like the Yankee Clipper Contest Club ran away with the club competition this time! Since they sponsor the plaque for the top club competition score, the plaque will go to the CT-RI Contest Group. Good efforts from the Meriden ARC (CT) who generated five entries, and the Contoocook Valley RC (NH) and the Falmouth ARA (MA) with three entries each. Make sure to add your club name to your entry next time.
|Yankee Clipper Contest Club||41||2,197,614|
|CT RI Contest Group||8||418,603|
|Contoocook Valley RC||3||110,231|
|Nashua Area Radio Club||1||54,473|
|Framingham Amateur Radio Association||1||39,156|
|Hampden County Radio Assn||1||37,240|
|Meriden Amateur Radio Club||5||31,874|
|Hampden County Radio Assn.||2||23,913|
|Green Mountain Wireless Society||1||22,000|
|Fall River ARC||1||16,182|
|Narraguagus Bay ARC||1||5,544|
|Falmouth Amateur Radio Association||3||3,617|
|Cheshire County DX ARC||1||3,078|
|Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association||1||1,770|
|Newport County RC||1||1,170|
|Southern Vermont ARC||1||946|
Activity by County
It took a lot of coordination and a little luck, but all 67 counties were available in the 2004 NEQP. Only two stations were on in 12 counties, while the hardest appear to be Coos NH, Essex VT and Franklin MA, Middlesex CT, Nantucket MA and Orleans VT with only one station in each. Middlesex MA took the honors for the highest activity with 933 QSOs from 28 stations.
|County||State||QSOs||Stations (min 2 logs)|
We’re sending out participation certificates to everyone with 25 QSOs or more, and printed results to everyone who sent in a log. Thanks to Scott/N1AIA for doing the certificate design work, and to Bill/K1GQ for turning out the many certificates this year. Bill also deserves credit for finding some nice quality paper to print them on.
|2004 New England QSO Party |
Plaques and Special Awards
Certificates were awarded to the top scorers (25 QSO minimum) in each
New England county, U.S. state, Canadian Province and DXCC country.
Special plaques have been awarded to these top scorers:
|USA – single operator||Southborough Rod & Gun Club (W1SRG)||Paul Newberry, N4PN|
|USA – single operator low power||Laci Radnay, W1PL||Charles Wooten, NF4A|
|USA – single operator QRP||Joe Zdrojowy, NY1S||Bill O’Kain, K4LTA|
|USA – single opr(W5-W6-W7-W0)||Huckleberry Mtn Contest Club||Rex Maner, K7QQ|
|USA – single opr(W2-W3-W8-W9)||Jim Monahan, K1PX||Keith Pederson, WA3HAE|
|USA – any category (California/Nevada)||Calif QSO Party – Northern California Contest Club||Rob Brownstein, K6RB|
|USA – multi operator – single transmitter||Dave Robbins, K1TTT||Dan Norman, N0HF(+ Bruce Herrick, WW1M)|
|Canada – single operator||Chris Terkla, N1XS||Doug Ferris, VA3DF|
|DX – single operator||Yankee Clipper Contest Club||Gedas Lucinskas, LY3BA|
|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, NB1B||Paul Newberry, N4PN|
|New England – single operator||Yankee Clipper Contest Club||Rick Davenport, KI1G|
|New England – single operator – low power||Southborough Rod & Gun Club (W1SRG)||Pete Chamalian, W1RM|
|New England – single operator – QRP||Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club||Bill Birtcher, K1EV|
|New England – mobile||Boston Amateur Radio Club||Charles Morrison, N1RR/m|
|New England – multi operator mobile||Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F, in memory of James Szewczyk, WB1EYM||John Lindholm, W1XX/m (+ Bob Halprin, K1XA)|
|New England – multi-single||Wellesley ARS||Dave Robbins, K1TTT (+ Tom Homewood, W1TO, Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F, Mike Perry, WM1K)|
|New England – school club||Chris Terkla, N1XS||Worcester Polytechnical Institute Wireless Association/W1YK (Isaac Waldron, KI1W + Jeff Rosenberger, N3SX)|
|New England – CW only||Andy Bodony, K2LE||Dennis Egan, NB1B|
|Connecticut – single operator||Candlewood ARA||Ken Bolin, W1NG|
|Maine – single operator||Merrymeeting ARA, Androscoggin ARC, Yankee ARC, Portland Amateur Wireless Assn, Piscataquis ARC||Joe Zdrojowy, NY1S|
|Massachusetts – single operator||Framingham Amateur Radio Association||Dennis Egan, NB1B|
|New Hampshire – single operator||NH-ARRL||Ann Santos, WA1S|
|Rhode Island – single operator||CT/RI Contest Group||Rick Davenport, KI1G|
|Vermont – single operator||Bob Raymond, WA1Z||Bill Hein, NT1Y|
|Maine – single operator high power||Augusta Amateur Radio Assn||Dave Bowker, K1FK|
|MA – Hampden County – single operator||Hampden County Radio Assn||Jim Mullen, KK1W|
|New England Club||Yankee Clipper Contest Club||CT-RI Contest Group – WA1RR|
If you’d like to sponsor a plaque for 2005, please contact us at email@example.com
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 2004 the winner is Paul Newberry, N4PN!
The top Florida score: One gallon of Paul Tibbetts (K1PT), somewhat world famous, chowdah. He will “personally prepare, deliver, and participate in the consumption of said chowdah at the time and place of the winner’s choosing.” For 2004 the winner is Jim Dunbar, K4PV!
Other top USA (non-New England) scorers: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream – 250+ QSOs
N2CU WA3HAE K4BAI K4PV NF4A
Maple Syrup – 150+ QSOs
K1GU/4 K4BEV N4CW N4IG K6RB K7QQ K9EN W9YQ K0JPL
Thanks to everyone who sent in electronic logs, it made the log checking process go much easier. There were 295 logs overall, with 242 in electronic format (82%) and 53 on paper. We took the time to convert all of the paper logs to electronic format for log checking.
For non-New England stations, cross checking was possible on 11,372 of the 13,627 QSOs reported (83.5%). Of the 621 QSOs not allowed (4.6%), the break down is as follows:
|QSOs||Reason not Allowed|
|156||Not in log|
|1||Time was outside of contest period|
|621||Total of QSOs disallowed|
For New England stations, cross checking was possible on 15,637 of the 36,092 QSOs reported (43.3%). Of the 1801 QSOs not allowed (5.0%), the break down is as follows:
|QSOs||Reason not Allowed|
|166||Not in log|
|6||Time was outside of contest period|
|1,801||Total of QSOs disallowed|
There are no penalty for duplicates – we encourage you to leave them in the log.
So, who did well in the log checking? For those outside of New England, the top ten scorers (all categories) had an average loss of 2.1%. WA3HAE at 1.1% and K4BAI at 1.3% were the best. N4DW had the biggest total (118 QSOs) with no errors (Golden Log). The overall average was a loss of 3.9%.
In New England, the top ten scorers averaged a 2.3% loss – with NT1Y and W1NG only losing 1.1%. NW1E (K1JN, opr) had 393 QSOs and no errors were detected – very FB! The overall average was a loss of 5.3%.
Thanks to the various software authors for supporting the New England QSO Party! Writelog continues to dominate the software chosen by NEQP participants, with CT, then N3FJP, and TR Log as the others with a significant following.
|N3FJP Contact Log||1|
You’ll find a lot of very interesting comments from NEQP participants in the many pages of soapbox comments –> soapbox
Thanks to everyone who helped to make the 2004 NEQP successful. We hope you’ll be back for the 2005 NEQP!