2015 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


Thanks for another successful New England QSO Party weekend in 2015 – we received 414 logs, with 38 from DX stations, 13 from Canada, 224 from the USA, and 139 from New England. The combined logs had 61,100 QSOs included!

There were 421 different New England stations reported from 66 of the 67 New England counties – no one was on from Martha’s Vineyard (Dukes County). Three stations managed to work 66 counties – Paul/N4PN, Bob/WN1GIV, and Charlie/NF4A. Bob/WA1FCN worked 64 counties using low power as did Chris/K5LH with 63. Vic/K9UIY logged 61 with his QRP entry, and Dima/UA3AGW found 61 from his Moscow location.


There were no big storms during the 2015 NEQP but it wasn’t completely clear sailing either. Propagation is always best when the K-index is at 0 and it hovered at 2-3 for most of the contest period. This led to poorer east-west conditions but the stations from the southeastern USA seemed to have the best of it all. Even so, totals on 15 and 10 meters were down considerably as sunspots also declined.

Valid QSOs80m40m20m15m10m
QSOs made by W1s2,88215,67521,0642,53763
Different stations worked3942,1804,01974345
QSOs made by non-W1s1,0655,6858,8658733
Different stations worked811913641133


NZ1U/m was the callsign used in the Barnstormers Contest Group’s multi-operator mobile effort, with Jay/W1UJ and Kim/N1WK on a long distance trip through 32 counties in four states, smashing the record they set last year by visiting 9 additional counties and increasing their score by 14%. Oh yes, they set record scores in 17/32 counties as well.

Bob/WA1Z and Dave/KM3T at WRTC2014:

Bob/WA1Z/m and his driver Kurt/W6PH made QSOs from 22 counties and came close to his own record with more than 1400 QSOs, but fell just a bit short of besting his low power mobile record set in 2013. His QSO total was the highest of any stations in the NEQP.

Other active mobiles included Jeff/WC4E operating K1M/m through 21counties in much of MA, some of SW New Hampshire and most counties in Vermont. This was Jeff’s first trip through much of New England after moving to the Boston area. Dave/KM3T/m took the time to tour 15 counties, Dick/N1RLR/m parked on the state line of MA/NH and gave out one county in each state, while Roger/W3US/m found a quiet spot in NW CT to spend time on the side of the road handing out QSOs.

Outside of New England, Dave/N9FN/m and Mel/KJ9C/m made a bunch of W1 QSOs while they participated in the Indiana QSO Party, and Dick/K4XU operated N7XU/m in Oregon for the 7QP doing the same.

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

Paul/N4PN finished first in the single operator high power category once again, but his 504 QSOs and 66 counties (51,546 points) were challenged closely by second place finisher Bob/N4BP who operated as WN1GIV and worked 444 stations in 66 counties for 49,962 points. Bob was just 15 CW QSOs or 30 SSB QSOs behind Paul. Charlie/NF4A pulled in third with 348 QSOs and 66 counties and 38,412 points. All three missed working Dukes County MA (Marthas Vineyard) where there was no activity for the first time in a NEQP.

The southeast was the place to be in 2015 as Hal/N4GG came in fourth in the high power category. Bob/K2DSW secured fifth place from Iowa, and Bob/K5KPE was 8th out of Arkansas. Bud/AA3B grabbed ninth place from close-in Pennsylvania, while Hank/W6SX was the top west coast participant, coming in 12th.


Bob/WA1FCN in Alabama topped the single operator low power scorers with 397 QSOs and 64 counties worked for an even 40,000 points. That was just eight CW scores short of the record set by WN1GIV the previous year. Chris/K5LH from Texas was close behind for second place, followed by Paul/W8TM, Steve/NA4K and Mark/KI0I. Steve/NA4K also earned the distinction of having the largest number of QSOs with no errors in his log, earning the Golden Log plaque again this year.

Vic/K9UIY continued his dominance of the QRP category with 228 QSOs and 61 counties, improving on his score from the previous year. Dave/WN4AFP and Ron/W4UT grabbed the second and third place positions.

The San Diego Contest Club team at NX6T led the multi-single entries with 197 QSOS in 52 counties, up from their 2014 score.


Claude/VE2FK doubled his 2014 effort with the top single operator high power score and another Quebec record with 10,948 points) while Alan/VA1MM had 10,500 points to comein first among the low power entries.


Dima/UA3AGW operated through some tough conditions to earn the top DX single operator high power spot from his Moscow location, with 218 QSOs, 61 New England counties and 26,047 points.


He was followed in second place by Jan/SM5DJZ from Sweden with 15,168, then George/UA6LCN with 14,256 points. Sam/LY5W from Lithuania was the low power leader with 221 QSOs, 60 counties and 24,840 points (a new low power DX record), followed by Axel/DL6KVA from Germany with 10,584 points.


A number of new records were set, and a couple of logs came in from countries we had not received logs from before.

Asians Andrei/RZ0AF, Yoshi/JA9CWJ and Mehmet/TA5FA all beat their own previous high power records with their 2015 scores. European high power records were set by Jarmo/OH2BN, Chris/LA8OM, and Jack/YO3GNF, and low power records by Dimitar/LZ2FM, Marco/I1EIS, and Michal/OM3DX. Marco/XE2S set a new record from Mexico as well.

For a full list of current records –> Records

New England Results


Bill/K1GQ earned the top spot among the single operator high power operators. His 1110 CW QSOs and 94 multipliers built a 208,680 score. Bill even worked 61/67 New England counties along the way. Tom/K1KI from Connecticut was second with 174,700 points, just edging out Paul/N1BUG who had a score of 171,424, making 974 QSOs from rare Piscataquis County ME. Dale/AF1T came in forth with 1,367 SSB QSOs and 136,700 points from NH. Both K1GQ and AF1T had 100 multipliers in their logs to top all entries.

The biggest category was single op low power, with 82 entries from New England. The leader was Sandor/NB1N from Middlesex County MA who topped the list with 624 CW QSOs and 89,856 points, just ahead of Mark/K1RO at 86,549 from NH and Ed/K1GGI at 82,786 from Cape Cod MA.

All new England states were represented in the very competitive top ten low power scores. Dave/N1IX in NH was fourth, Karl/K1KX was fifth from Kent County RI, followed by Lenny/KB1W from western Massachusetts, Rick/N1DC who is in Norfolk County, south of Boston, then Dan/W1QK from Fairfield County CT, Bob/W1EQ in CT and tenth was Zach/K1ZK from VT.

The top New England QRP score was generated by Tom/AA1CA from southern New Hampshire. He caught the attention of 228 others for 21,056 points.

John/W1XX and Bob/K1XA teamed up for the leading multi-operator entry with 529 CW and 1260 SSB contacts totaling 264,252 points from Rhode Island, edging out the NE1QP crew at K1TTT in western Massachusetts who had 847 CW and 392 SSB QSOs.

There were nineteen New England records set from home stations in various categories,, plus another 25 by mobiles. Check out the NEQP records page for details –> Records

Club Competition

The Alabama Contest Group took first place for the second year in a row, just ahead of the Tennessee Contest Group. Bob/WA1FCN and Charlie/NF4A led the way for the ACG. Joel/NA4K and Dick/N4ARO led the TCG effort.

Non-New England Club Scores

Alabama Contest Group6105,731
Tennessee Contest Group12100,579
Florida Contest Group574,975
Potomac Valley Radio Club1062,014
Mad River Radio Club856,322
Society of Midwest Contesters951,713
Georgia Contest Group151,546
Swamp Fox Contest Group336,423
Heart of Texas DX Society136,036
South East Contest Club332,677
Frankford Radio Club426,431
Vytautas Magnus University Radio Club124,840
San Diego Contest Club117,472
Northern California Contest Club616,374
Metro DX Club211,770
Contest Group du Quebec211,173
DFW Contest Group310,515
Maritime Contest Club110,500
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club79,540
Beemster Contest Club19,400
Kentucky Contest Group29,286
Mississippi Valley DX/Contest Club29,093
Central Texas DX and Contest Club 17,854
North Coast Contesters27,584
Candlewood Amateur Radio Association17,488
Kansas City Contest Club17,240
Yankee Clipper Contest Club37,188
Louisiana Contest Club16,474
L’Anse Creuse Amateur Radio Club16,200
Mother Lode DX/Contest Club26,177
Lafayette DX Association25,952
Notheast Wisconsin DX Association15,624
Vasterbergslagens Sandar Amatorer15,460
Contest Club Ontario15,396
Croatian Contest Club15,358
South Texas DX and Contest Club 14,968
ORCA DX and Contest Club24,674
Bavarian Contest Club24,516
South Jersey Radio Association13,960
QSY Society13,672
Gloucester County Amateur Radio Club13,640
Iowa DX and Contest Club13,328
Minnesota Wireless Association23,213
Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club13,069
Radio Club of Redmond12,784
Louisiana Contest Club12,640
QCWA Chapter 9112,580
Rochester DX Assoc12,450
Southern California Contest Club22,094
Colorado QRP Club12,080
Radiosport Manitoba 21,946
USS Wisconsin Radio Club11,914
SP Contest Club11,672
CW Operators Club11,518
Oshen Amateur Radio Club11,380
Balaton Radioamateur DX Club11,334
Central Oregon DX Club11,330
Central Texas DXCC11,050
Arkansas DX Association1918
Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club1910
Southeast Contest Club1850
Willamette Valley DX Club1741
North Carolina DX & Contest Club1696
Bergen Amateur Radio Association1640
Idaho DX Association1528
Queen City Emergency Net1435
Botkyrka Radio Amatorer1336
Nortex QRP Club1288
Radio Club of Tacoma1264
Daviess County Amateur Radio Club1210
Lilly Amateur Radio Club155
Black River Amateur Radio Club142
Niagara Frontier Radiosport12

New England Club Scores

Yankee Clipper Contest Club592,923,455
CTRI Contest Group9483,525
The Barnstormers Contest Group1149,472
Contoocook Valley Radio Club2136,750
Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association352,015
Meriden Amateur Radio Club334,047
Hampden County Radio Association432,868
Nashua Area Radio CLub115,876
Granite State Amateur Radio Association19,225
YO DX Club17,840
Potomac Valley Radio Club17,659
Saint Albans Amateur Radio Club13,648
Northern California Contest Club12,322
Barnstormers Contest Group11,562
Straight Key Century Club1936
Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club1546
Falmouth Amateur Radio Association1364
WPI Wireless Association149

Activity by County

New Haven33723
New London54111
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Grand Isle343


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 2016 to earn another one!

Plaques and Special Awards

Special plaques have been awarded to these top scorers:

USA – single operatorYankee Clipper Contest ClubPaul Newberry, N4PN
USA – single operator low powerDave Sumner, K1ZZ, in memory of Laci Radnay, W1PLBob Beaudoin, WA1FCN
USA – single operator QRPVern Brownell, W1VBVic Shields, K9UIY
USA – single opr (W5-W7-W0)Huckleberry Mountain Contest ClubBob Panek, K2DSW
USA – single op (W2-W3-W8-W9)Jim Monahan, K1PXBud Trench, AA3B
USA – single opr low power (W2-W3-W8-W9)Whit Carter, K1EOPaul Kirley, W8TM
USA – single opr low power – W7Michael Therrien, N1MDMichael Steene, W7GF
USA – W4 – any categoryGerry Hull, W1VE ex AK4LBob Patten, N4BP (WN1GIV)
USA – California/NevadaCalif QSO PartyNorthern California Contest ClubHank Garretson, W6SX
USA – multi operator – single transmitterWill and Pam Angenent, K6ND/K6NDVSan Diego Contest Club – NX6T (N6KI, N6CY, N6ERD, W2PWS, W6JBR, NN6X, K4RB, oprs)
USA – single operator – CW onlyK1EL KeyersChris Rust, K5LH
USA – single operator QRP (AR-LA-MS-TN)Steve Kercel, AA4AKRon Duncan, W4UT
Canada – single operator high powerChris Terkla, N1XSClaude Duberger, VE2FK
Canada – single operator low powerGerry Hull, W1VE/VE1RMAlan Prosser, VA1MM
Canada – single operator – CW onlyBud Hippisley, W2RUHarry Kosterman, VA3EC
DX – single operatorYankee Clipper Contest ClubDima Zaslavsky, UA3AGW
DX – single operator low powerPete Chamalian, W1RM, in memory of John Thompson, W1BIH/PJ9JTSam Zalnerauskas, LY5W
DX – Russia – any categoryDmitri Y Jikharev, N2OW/RA9USUDima Zaslavsky, UA3AGW
Golden Log – no errorsJim Spears, N1NKSteve Woods, NA4K
Top ClubFlorida Contest GroupAlabama Contest Group
New England – single operatorYankee Clipper Contest ClubBill Myers, K1GQ
New England – single operator – low powerDave Hoaglin, K1HTSandor Toth, NB1N
New England – single operator – QRPBlackstone Valley Amateur Radio ClubTom Doubek, AA1CA
New England – mobileBoston Amateur Radio ClubBob Raymond, WA1Z/m
New England – mobile (rookie)Bob Raymond, WA1ZJeff Bolda, WC4E (K1M/m)
New England – mobile – multi-singleBrian Szewczyk, NJ1F, in memory of James Szewczyk, WB1EYMThe Barnstormers Contest Group – NZ1U/m (W1UJ, N1WK, oprs)
New England – County Expedition AwardHuckleberry Mountain Contest ClubMASSRADIO – WW1DX (KK1W AA1YW W1MSW N1FJ, oprs)
New England – multi-singleTom Frenaye, K1KIJohn Lindholm, W1XX (+ K1XA, oprs)
New England – school clubChris Terkla, N1XSNortheastern University Radio Club, W1KBN (KB1REQ KC1DTB N1QD, oprs)
New England – single operator – CW onlyAndy Bodony, K2LEBill Myers, K1GQ
New England – single operator – SSB onlyFred Reed, KK1KW, and Woody Beckford, WW1WWDale Clement, AF1T
Connecticut – single operator high powerCandlewood ARATom Frenaye, K1KI
Connecticut – single operator low powerMikey Mavor, W1MKM, memorial sponsored by the Barnstormers (NZ1U)Dan Fegley, W1QK
Maine – single operator Larry Banks, W1DYJPaul Kelley, N1BUG
Maine – single operator low powerAugusta Amateur Radio AssnGeorge Monti, K1PQS
Massachusetts – single operatorFramingham Amateur Radio AssociationAl Rousseau, W1FJ
Massachusetts – single operator low powerChuck Counselman, W1HISEd Moxon, K1GGI
Massachusetts – Hampden County – single operatorHampden County Radio AssnJeff Bail. NT1K
New Hampshire – single operator low powerMark Pride, K1RXMark Wilson, K1RO
Rhode Island – single operator CTRI Contest GroupKarl Wherry, K1KX
Vermont – single operator Bob Raymond, WA1ZBrian Machesney, K1LI
Vermont – single operator low powerWest River Radio ClubZach Manganello, K1ZK
New England ClubYankee Clipper Contest ClubCTRI Contest Group

If you’d like to sponsor a new plaque for 2016, 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 2015 the winner was Paul Newberry, N4PN!

Log checking

The log checking process found some missed dits and dahs. There were 414 logs overall, a 5% decrease over 2014, with 404 in electronic format (98%) and only 10 on paper.

For non-New England stations, cross checking was possible on 15,265 of the 17,595 QSOs reported (86.8%). Of the QSOs not allowed (6.3%), the breakdown was as follows:

QSOsReason not allowed
163Callsign incorrect
482QTH incorrect (mostly from stations in the 7QP)
80Not in log
5Bad mode
5Bad band
11Time was outside of contest period
1,104Total of QSOs disallowed

For New England stations, cross checking was possible on 21,379 of the 43,504 QSOs reported (49.5%). Of the 1,163 QSOs not allowed (2.7%), the breakdown was as follows:

QSOsReason now allowed
520Callsign incorrect
284QTH incorrect
110Not in log
0Bad mode
0Bad band
1,163Total of QSOs disallowed

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 UsedEntriesQSOs
N1MM Logger+ 16921,067
N1MM Logger6716,757
WriteLog 285,140
DXLog.net 2852
WA7BNM Web2Cabrillo9464
Win-Test 3413
Aether 2376
Win-EQF 2373
NA Version 3370
SD 7332
TR Log2330
GenLog 9272
TR4W 7269
LOGic version 1241
(8 others)91,000


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 to everyone who made QSOs and to those who sent in logs in 2015. A lot of people had a good time finding counties and meeting new friends – hope to see you all again in the 2016 contest – May 7th and 8th!