2019 New England QSO Party

by Tom Frenaye, K1KI – frenaye@pcnet.com

Writeup | New England Scores | Scores Outside New England | Breakdowns of Top Stations | Soapbox Comments


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.

Valid QSOs80m40m20m15m10m
QSOs made by W1s8,43218,95622,96113724
Different stations worked7452,9793,8395315
QSOs made by non-W1s3,4528,6539,90538913
Different stations worked103285421110

Paul Newberry/N4PN

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

YearCategoryCQ QSOsSSB QSOsCountiesScore
2009SOHP27839267* 63,516
2013SOHP32929067* 63,516

* 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 in Vermont

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.

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  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.

Poutine – French fries, cheese curds and gravy

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 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.

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

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).

Low Power winner Ed/K1TR

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

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 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 Club21186,429
Tennessee Contest Group21150,360
Society of Midwest Contesters1374,737
Frankford Radio Club1170,748
Florida Contest Group759,287
Contest Club Ontario1062,591
Georgia Contest Group357,244
Alabama Contest Group444,422
Mad River Radio Club742,451
South East Contest Club535,017
Deep Dixie Contest Club434,912
Bavarian Contest Club327,146
Swamp Fox Contest Group326,474
Southern California Contest Club624,815
Kansas City Contest Club420,606
Kentucky Contest Group518,343
Northern California Contest Club1516,102
Heart of Texas DX Society115,974
Contest Group du Quebec115,744
Niagara Frontier Radiosport214,016
Mississippi Valley DX/Contest Club212,196
Central Virginia Contest Club211,922
Maritime Contest Club110,218
Saskatchewan Contest Club18,892
Metro DX Club28,492
Mother Lode DX/Contest Club38,202
DFW Contest Group47,551
Minnesota Wireless Assn37,078
Radiosport Manitiba16,834
Palatka Amateur Radio Club16,519
North Coast Contesters15,880
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club105,399
Russian Contest Club14,930
Portage County Amateur Radio Service14,879
W/K Amateur Radio Club14,582
New Providence Amateur Radio Club24,449
Yankee Clipper Contest Club33,763
Central Texas DX and Contest Club33,662
Western Illinois Amateur Radio Club13,552
Iowa DX and Contest Club13,364
Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado13,348
The Villages Amateur Radio Club23,310
Nothern California Contest Club13,024
Big Sky Contesters32,788
Thumb Area Contesters12,646
West Allis Radio Amateurs Clubs12,600
XE DXers12,450
Silver Comet Amateur Radio Society42,149
QSY Society12,106
Western Washington DX Club41,972
DELARA Contest Team11,920
Kaw Valley Amateur Radio Club11,728
South Jersey Radio Assn11,690
SP DX Club11,564
Central Oregon DX Club41,372
Northern Califoria Contest Club11,344
Willamette Valley DX Club51,344
North Fulton Amateur Radio League31,279
South Texas DX and Contest Club11,260
Western Kansas Amateur Radio Club11,218
Hoosier DX and Contest Club11,120
Four Lakes Amateur Radio Club11,080
Allegheny Valley Radio Association11,000
Kaunas University of Technology Radio Club1960
Dayton Amateur Radio Association1799
Colorado QRP Club1704
Utah DX Association3594
Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club1592
Hertiage Hunt Hams1450
Whitley County Amateur Radio Club1400
Interest Group RTTY1390
Goshen Amateur Radio Club1368
Daviess County Amateur Radio Club1234
Lafayette DX Association1234
Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club1224
ORCA DX and Contest Club1220
Great Salt Lake Contest Club1198
Fort Wayne Radio Club3168
Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Club1168
Murray State University Amateur Radio Club1154
The CW Operators Club172
Florida Weak SIgnal Society19
Order of Boiled Owls of New York14
Vienna Wireless Society12
NorDX Club11

New England Club Scores

Yankee Clipper Contest Club653,490,827
CTRI Contest Group13566,467
The Barnstormers Contest Group1156,464
Candlewood Amateur Radio Association2115,686
Eastern Connecticut Amateur Radio Association191,000
Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club779,577
Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont265,596
Providence Radio Association239,967
Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association122,184
Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club119,522
Nashua Area Radio Society218,885
PART of Westford113,468
Addison County Amateur Radio Association112,600
Norfolk County Radio Association111,200
Middlebury College Amateur Radio Club110,520
Associated Radio Amateurs of Southern New England110,455
Barnstormers Contest Group18,352
Stamford Amateur Radio Association16,665
Meriden Amateur Radio Club16,232
Falmouth Amateur Radio Association13,072
Nashua Area Radio Club12,656
Stratford Amateur Radio Club11,922
Twin State Radio Club11,170
Tri City Amateur Radio Club11,160
Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club2821
Hampden County Radio Assoication2802
Contoocook Valley Radio Club1697
CCDX Amateur Radio Club2603
New Providence Amateur Radio Club1338
Billerica Amateur Radio Society1220
North Shore Radio Association1195
Franklin County Amateur Radio Club1180
NorthEast Kingdom Amateur Radio Club180
Hop River Radio Club148
Nantucket Amateur Radio Association11

Activity by County

New Haven43326
New London132520
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Grand Isle3075


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 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, W1VBTom Warren, K3TW
USA – single opr (W5-W7-W0)Huckleberry Mountain Contest ClubEric Rust, K5LH
USA – single op (W2-W3-W8-W9)Steve Moynihan, W3SMJeff Hartley, N8II
USA – single opr low power (W2-W3-W8-W9)Whit Carter, K1EOJeff Miller, WB8WKQ
USA – single opr low power – W7Michael Therrien, N1MDBill Brelsford, K2DI (W7CTA)
USA – W4 – any categoryGerry Hull, W1VE ex AK4LBob Patten, N4BP (WN1GIV)
USA – multi operator – single transmitterWill and Pam Angenent, K6ND/K6NDVSan Diego Contest Club NX6T (8 oprs)
USA – single operator – CW onlyHamcraftersBob Patten, N4BP (WN1GIV)
Canada – single operator high powerChris Terkla, N1XSClaude Duberger, VE2FK
Canada – single operator low powerGerry Hull, W1VE/VE1RMHarry Kosterman, VA3EC
DX – single operatorYankee Clipper Contest ClubSergey Kiblitzky, R7NW
DX – single operator low powerPete Chamalian, W1RM, in memory of John Thompson, W1BIH/PJ9JTOlivier Seizelet, F1AKK (TM6M)
Golden Log – no errorsJim Spears, N1NKDave Sarault, N3XF
Top ClubFlorida Contest GroupPotomac Valley Radio Club
New England – single operatorYankee Clipper Contest ClubDave Sumner, K1ZZ
New England – single operator – low powerDave Hoaglin, K1HTEd Parsons, K1TR
New England – single operator – QRPBlackstone Valley Amateur Radio ClubDave LeDuc, N1IX
New England – mobileBoston Amateur Radio ClubBob Raymond, WA1Z/m
New England – mobile – rookieBob Raymond, WA1ZRon Evett, N1QY/m
New England – mobile – multi-singleBrian Szewczyk, NJ1F, in memory of James Szewczyk, WB1EYMThe Barnstormers Contest Group, NZ1U/m (W1UJ N1WK KB1SBC, oprs))
New England – County Expedition AwardTomm Homewood, W1TODown East DX Association/W1OO (K1ESE, W1HIS, oprs)
New England – multi-singleCheshire County DX ARCJohn Lindholm, W1XX (+Bob Halprin, K1XA, oprs)
New England – school clubChris Terkla, N1XSMiddlebury College ARC, W1RMC (Zach Manganello, K1ZK, opr)
New England – single operator – CW onlyAndy Bodony, K2LEAllan Richardson, NR1X
New England – single operator – SSB onlyFred Reed, KK1KW, and Woody Beckford, WW1WWDavid Neal, W2DAN
Connecticut – single operator high powerCandlewood ARAAllan Richardson, NR1X
Connecticut – single operator low powerDick Pechie, KB1H, memorial sponsored by the Barnstormers (NZ1U)Dan Fegley, W1QK
Maine – single operator Larry Banks, W1DYJJoe Blinick, K1JB
Maine – single operator low powerSue, K1RQ, and Brian Szewczyk, NJ1F, in memory of Dana Cobb, K1RQJoe Kozak, W1AO
Massachusetts – single operatorFramingham Amateur Radio AssociationMartin Bayes, AA1ON
Massachusetts – single operator low powerChuck Counselman, W1HISDave Clemons, K1VUT
Massachusetts – Hampden County – single operatorHampden County Radio AssnDan Vierno, K1VWQ
New Hampshire – single operator Mark Wilson, K1ROMark Wilson, K1RO
New Hampshire – single operator low powerWQ2H Repeater GroupNeil Goodell, AE1P
New Hampshire – multi operator Nat Lee,N1BNC, and Dan Norman, N0HFNashua Area Radio Club (AB1BY, AC1DC, oprs)
Rhode Island – single operator CTRI Contest GroupDon Rosinha, WA1BXY (NC1CC)
Vermont – single operator Bob Raymond, WA1ZKevin Emilio, KE1VT
Vermont – single operator low powerWest River Radio ClubRandy Horn, N1SP
New England ClubYankee Clipper Contest ClubCTRI Contest Group

If you’d like to sponsor a new plaque for 2020, please contact us at info@neqp.org

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 participants with 80% of the total scores. The others are not going away though, many people have personal favorites that work well for them!

N1MM Logger+38751,5375,071,861
N3FJP’s NEQP Contest Log 1166,496374,063
N1MM Logger767054,522
TR Log POST354945,432
WA7BNM Web2Cabrillo1532313,911
Other 2133110,273


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 info@neqp.org with the county name(s). We’d like to be sure all counties are active!