by Tom Frenaye, K1KI – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 silent 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.
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 counties.
|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/N4PN has been a serious competitor 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 Yearly Records
|Year||Category||CQ QSOs||SSB QSOs||Counties||Score|
* All time NEQP SOHP record
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.
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.
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….
I 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.
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 31PLYMA 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.
The only New England 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
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 Tom
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 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 operating skills and his Georgia location about 1000 miles south 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 spots 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.
State records were also set by Dennis/K2SX from South Carolina and Bill/WD7E from Idaho,
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 with 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.
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.
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).
The 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.
Another 13 county mobile records were also set. Check out the NEQP records page for details for all record categories –> Records
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 million points. The regional CTRI Contest Group earned the New England plaque with Don/WA1BXY at NC1CC leading the way.
Non-New England Club Scores
|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|
|Palatka Amateur Radio Club||1||6,519|
|North Coast Contesters||1||5,880|
|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|
|Silver Comet Amateur Radio Society||4||2,149|
|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|
New England Club Scores
|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|
|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|
Activity by County
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:
|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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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%).
N1MM Logger+ has clearly taken over as the dominant software used by NEQP participants with 80% of the total scores. The others are not going away though, many people have personal favorites that work well for them!
|N3FJP’s NEQP Contest Log||116||6,496||374,063|
|TR Log POST||3||549||45,432|
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the county name(s). We’d like to be sure all counties are active!