Amateur Radio in America's Paradise


North American QSO Party - CW

Posted by R P Davis on January 14, 2014 at 5:50 AM


It's been too long since I've posted! But there's a good reason for that - my radio has been off-island getting repaired. I've made a few QSOs with a borrowed rig, but haven't been on the air much.

That changed last weekend!

Fred, K9VV/NP2X and I operated Multi-Single in the North American QSO Party. NAQP is an awesome contest. It's similar to ARRL DX, in that the only stations worth multipliers are North American. It's unlike ARRL DX in many more ways, however:

  • It's run twice a year for each mode - SSB, CW, and RTTY
  • It's 12 hours long, tops. Single ops can only do 10 hours.
  • It's low power. Nobody can run more than 100 watts.
  • All North American entities count as multipliers, as well as US states and Canadian provinces.

So it's not the 48-hour battle of power and endurance that is ARRL. It's still fast-paced and fun!

Fred and I competed against each other last year. This year we decided to go Multi-operator, Two-transmitter and see how we could compete.

We used Fred's station, because he's got the gain antennas, and a club callsign, KP2RUM. It's always fun to use KP2RUM! Here's how we did:



Ops: NP2X, WP2XX

Band / Qs / Mults

1.8 / 4 / 3

3.5 / 202 / 44

7 / 243 / 44

14 / 235 / 48

21 / 346 / 48

28 / 276 / 44

Tot / 1306 / 231

Claimed score: 314,746

Looking at the NAQP records, that's a new record fromn KP2! We'll take it.

NAQP SSB is this coming Saturday (the 18th). Hope to hear you!

Categories: Contesting

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