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2016 NEQP Report from N1FD/M

We operated as N1FD/m in the New England QSO Party this past weekend. We began our operation on Saturday afternoon on the Massachusetts – New Hampshire State line where we activated two counties and two states.

N1FD/m NEQP Multi-Op Team
N1FD/m NEQP Multi-Op Team

We entered the 2016 NEQP Contest in the High Power Multi-Op Mobile Category. We operated using SSB phone mode mostly on the 20m and 40m bands. Wayne AG1A, Jamey KC1ENX and Fred AB1OC were the operators. We took turns operating, driving and navigating. We used Fred, AB1OC’s mobile HF station in his truck.

CQ NEQP from N1FD/m
CQ NEQP from N1FD/m

We operated Saturday and Sunday for nearly the entire contest period. We spent most of our time calling CQ and we had several nice pileups to work.

Counties Activated by N1FD/m in the 2016 NEQP
Counties Activated by N1FD/m in the 2016 NEQP

The map above shows the counties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont that we activated during the contest. Anita, AB1QB helped us to create a route of counties to activate which included some of the more rare counties in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Operating On a County Line in Vermont
Operating On a County Line in Vermont

We tried to focus on activations where we could be in two counties as once. These activations produced some nice pileups for us to work.

Operating On a County Line in NH
Operating On a County Line in NH

We parked on county lines with 2 wheels of N1FD/m in one county and 2 wheels in another. This gave us two QSO points (one for each county) for each contact that we made.

NPOTA Activation - Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP in Vermont
NPOTA Activation – Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP in Vermont

We also activated two National Parks along our route as part of ARRL’s NPOTA program. We activated Saint-Gaudens NHS (NS60) in New Hampshire and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP (HP26) in Vermont. The HP26 activation produced the best response – we made about 50 contacts while we were there.

Solar Weather for NEQP 2016
Solar Weather for NEQP 2016

We had a few challenges along the way. We had some antenna related problems to deal with. Fortunately, we had some spare parts with us and we adjusted our operating style to overcome them. We also had to operate through a major solar event on Sunday. This made contacts very difficult but we still logged over 235 QSOs that day in spite of the conditions.

Wayne, AG1A Operating in NEQP 2016
Wayne, AG1A Operating in NEQP 2016

All in all, we had a great time in the contest. We logged a total of 631 QSOs and we worked 58 Multipliers. Our claimed score was 36,598 – not bad given that this was our first entry as a mobile and our first time in NEQP. We worked 43 of 50 states and we had quite a few stations from Canada and Europe call in to answer our CQs.

There was some discussion on the way home about the Maine and New Hampshire QSO parties which will be held later this year. We hope to be N1FD/m again in one or more of those as well.

The N1FD/m Multi-op Team,

Fred (AB1OC)
Wayne (AG1A)
Jamey (KC1ENX)

NE QSO Party

Object: To contact as many New England stations (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) in as many New England counties as possible on 80-40-20-15-10m. (New England stations work anyone)

Date: First full weekend of May   (May 7-8, 2016)

Contest Period: 2000Z Saturday until 0500Z Sunday (4pm EDT Saturday until 1am EDT Sunday) and 1300Z Sunday until 2400Z Sunday (9am EDT Sunday until 8pm EDT Sunday).

Categories: Single-operator high power, low power(150w or less) and QRP(5w or less) categories, plus multi-operator, single transmitter. Same four categories for mobiles.

Contest Exchange: Send signal report and state/province (DX stations send signal report and “DX”). New England stations send signal report, county and state.

Valid Contact: Work New England stations once per band/mode. New England stations work anyone(and must copy the county for New England stations worked. CW contacts must not be made in the phone band segments. Mobiles that change counties are considered to be new stations, and can be worked for both multiplier and QSO Point credit. County line QSOs should be logged as two separate QSOs. Crossmode, crossband and repeater QSOs are not permitted.

You can find more information here.

New England QSO Party

New England QSO Party
New England QSO Party

For a number of years, Tom, K1KI has been managing the New England QSO Party (NEQP) that takes place the first weekend of May, usually right after NEARfest. This year’s event will be held May 7 & 8. The NEQP has become very popular among county hunters since many of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club members get on the air from New England with several of them going mobile. The small size of the NE states and counties make it ideal to spend a few hours in the car running pileups from county lines.

If you’re new to the hobby, this is an excellent time to experience the thrill of being a sought-after station. Stateside QSO parties are a great stepping stone to larger operating events like Field Day. Whether you go mobile or not, there are plenty of stations looking to work NE.

2015 NEQP Certificate
2015 NEQP Certificate

Lest you think you need to slog it out for hours to get anywhere, I won the NH Hillsborough Low Power category, using N1FD, for 2015 with only 162 QSOs. Tom spreads the wealth to maximize enjoyment.

If you’re interested in giving it a try, check out NEQP.ORG for details. In past events, NARC has used an interactive spreadsheet for those who would like to operate with the N1FD callsign so that folks can select a time and frequency for operating.

Finally, as a warm-up, look for me from Marion county, FL the weekend of April 30 – May 1.

73 de TE