I am pleased to announce that the 2022 PA QSO Party Bonus Station operation has been awarded to the Stepansky brothers,
Steve (KC3WX) and
The Stepanskys are long-time Party participants and will be operating from Lehigh County in eastern PA using callsign KQ3F.
Please join me in congratulating the KQ3F team.
Details on the KQ3F operation will be posted in the PA QSO Party website in coming weeks. www.paqso.org
Field Day Logging
If you are doing Field Day 2022 from home (we understand the whole world cannot do Field Day at Shaffer Park) you will want some logging software.
Most of us use the N3FJP software for Field Day. Current version is 6.63
If you plan to make fewer than 30 contacts, the Field Day app can be free. A la carte, this one application is $8.99, or go whole hog and buy the entire N3FJP suite, every program, with upgrades for $59.99 An incredible value.
If you want something completely free the best alternative I know of is the N1MM+ logger. https://n1mmwp.hamdocs.com/
I used N1MM+ for a few contests and while easy to use, the N3FJP software is just so much easier to set-up. My contesting style will cause W3SOX and AF3I to scream “no” but I typically wake up Saturday, cannot find anything better to do, turn the radio on, hear a contest, realize I can probably make a few Qs then I go looking for the software. By the time that is done, the band has faded out and I didn’t do so well. N3FJP just seems easier to find the right contest software and install it.
While you are at it, the 13 Colonies Special Event is coming (July 1-7, 2022). The N3FJP Amateur Contact Log easily handles that event. After you launch AC Log, be sure to click on View >> 13 Colonies for an enhanced tracking tool developed by Scott, Kimberly, and Chris.
The PA QSO Party is coming as well on October 8 and 9, 2022.
For a lot more on computerized logging and other fun radio stuff, please follow the trail:
See ‘ya down the log.
Upcoming State QSO Parties — Ohio and Hawai`i
Cumberland Amateur Radio Club has a goal of building its bench strength in preparation for a big showing in Field Day 2021.
Part of our preparation strategy calls for placing greater emphasis on the many State QSO Parties and using them as a development opportunity. Many of the skills that an operator needs for Field Day are the same skills as she or he would use when operating in a State QSO Party.
Our approach begins by reviewing the QSO Party Rules looking for areas that can be standardized and simplified for the beginning contester entering as a single operator station.
So, here we are at the end of July 2020 making our plans and drumming up interest.
To our south, the bordering state of Maryland has the Maryland-DC QSO Party on the horizon with an August 8 date.
To our west, the bordering state of Ohio has the Ohio QSO Party around the corner with an August 22 date.
And, if there is someplace I would love to have on my Bucket List it is the 50th State with its Hawaii QSO Party, also with an August 22 date.
Go back a few days in the News Blog and you will find a link to the MDC QSO Party summary that was written as a starter.
Once you have the Maryland-DC QSO Party under your belt please set your sights on Ohio and Hawaii.
Here are a couple of links that will take you to our content.