THE FOC QSO PARTY
Record breaking results from FOC QSO Party 23 March, 2013!
Our event continues to grow in popularity with both members and non-members as evidenced by the largest number of reports received for both groups plus the highest number of contacts ever reported by a single station during one of our events. A total of 129 reports were received from members and 50 from non-members. The previous high number was in September, 2012 with 113 members reporting and 35 non-members sending in results. Although conditions were not as good as we had all hoped for, activity was very good. As you will see in the full report in FOCUS, members make what they wish out of this event. Some like the contest type event, while many others commented how relaxed and enjoyable it was to be on the air and find fellow members to visit with and chat.
Congratulations to Allen, N2KW operating as W2FOC who reported 700 QSOS during the event taking top World honors. Of those, 482 were with members and a huge 218 were with non-members. The second highest overall report was received from Bud, AA3B with 626/404. Andy, EA8CN placed 4th overall and had the top score from Africa with 457/331. Vic, R6AF, added some extra excitement to our event operating as R2FOC and reporting 453 QSOS and of those, 330 with members for an over #6 finish and highest from Europe. The most QSOs from Oceania was reported by Llloyd, KH6LC with 316/184. The leading report from Asia was from Andy, 9K2/SP4R with 140/90. No reports were received from South America.
With the record breaking number of non-members reporting, G3SJJ had the highest number of QSOs with 242. DL6KVA finished second with 229. Top North American report was received from W0JX with 197. JA1GZV had the highest number of QSOs from Asia with 18. The next FOC QSO Party will be held on 14 September 2013.
The First Class CW Operators Club, with its roots, history and management in the UK, promotes good CW operating, activity, friendship and socialising via its worldwide membership of 500. The aim of the Club is to foster and encourage a high standard of CW operating ability and behaviour on the amateur radio bands.
The FOC QSO Party is held twice a year and is open to all radio amateurs world-wide. It's not a contest but, rather, an activity day in memory of Bill Windle, G8VG (SK), a past Chairman of FOC who was very keen that we should all be as active as possible on the bands. Stations participating in the BWQP should call "CQBW," in memory of Bill.
Open to all stations worldwide. FOC members contact members and non-members. Other stations contact FOC members only.
00:00Z to 23:59Z.
- FOC members: Make as many member and non-member QSOs as possible.
- Non-members: To contact as many FOC members as possible.
You are encouraged to have at least short chats with other stations.
- All Stations: Call "CQBW."
- FOC members: RST, Name & FOC Number.
- Non-members: RST & Name.
- CW portions of all bands except WARC bands, which are excluded.
- Operating windows are from .015 to .040.
- FOC members: Total QSOs and total FOC QSOs, counted once per band. For example: 302/177 would indicate total QSOs/total FOC member QSOs.
- Non-Members: Report total QSOs with FOC members, counted once per band.
- Certificates will be awarded to the station on each continent reporting the highest number of QSOs.
- Certificates will be awarded in both categories – members and non-members.
No logs or verification are required. Send your report to: email@example.com no later than 14 days after the event. Results will be posted on the FOC Web site and published in the FOC’s quarterly magazine, FOCUS.