First Class CW Operators' Club



The FOC QSO Party (FOCQP), formerly known as the Bill Windle QSO Party (BWQP), 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 FOCQP should call "CQ BW" in memory of Bill.

Participants have often reported this is one of their favourite operating events!

The idea behind the FOCQP is to offer some stress-free opportunity for FOC Members to meet and greet both other members and non-members.

Each one of us can make this event what you want it to be – some get on for a few casual QSOs, others spend several hours on different bands and still others treat it like a "mini-marathon".

The basic concept is just to work as many stations as you can over a 24-hour period, from:

Just call "CQ BW" from 015 to 040kHz on all bands, excluding the WARC bands. The exchange is: RST, name, and FOC number (non-members send RST and name).

Many people also take the opportunity to engage in longer QSOs; this is definitely encouraged but it is entirely up to you! However, please note, we still call "CQ BW" to initiate a QSO, a tribute to Bill Windle who did so much to foster activity in our Club.

If you are interested in reporting your results during a FOCQP, simply send in the total number of contacts and the total number of FOC QSOs by email to KZ5D. Send it like this: 100/70 where the total number of contacts made is 100; and of those, 70 were with FOC members. Email to:

No logs are required because we work on the honour system.

The 2020 FOCQP dates are:

  • Saturday, September 19th, 2020

The FOCQP runs for a 24-hour period from 0000z to 2359z. (starts Friday in the U.S.) 

When reporting scores, FOC categorise according to: Europe, North America, North America “West Coast”, Asia, Africa and South America. Most all of this is obvious from your callsign. However for North America “West Coast” we would like to identify stations are actually in the W6/7 callsign area. If you are in the W6/W7 area and using a call other than a 6 or 7, please include your QTH for your report to be classified correctly.

Reports are due 7 days after the event. A complete list of the stations who report will be included here on our public website. Handsome certificates are awarded to members and non-members on each continent reporting the highest number of QSOs.

The 14th September 2019 FOCQP

Improved band conditions brings out the members! 

By Art, KZ5D

Propagation good enough to support QSOs between North America and Europe on 15m at this time in the solar cycle? No way, you say. But the stout hearted did manage to enjoy the much improved conditions this year for the 14 September NAQP. Finally we got a break for the semi-annual FOC QSO Party and many reports were received commenting about the better conditions. (However, a good number of comments about poor conditions were also received). This may have been the motivation for more participation by members in our event. Certainly the reports received indicate as much, as we can celebrate reaching an all-time high with 173 from members and 50 from non-members. 

Member comments provide interesting reading. Top honors this time go to Sig, N3RS with 541/426. Here’s what his take was: “12 hours in the chair. Conditions were terrible.Weak stations and received loads of 559 reports.  Had fun working old friends.” Europe reports were paced by Marco, IK0YVV, with 464/347. Here’s his view: “Cndx has been nice on 20m and 15m. Unluckily low activity in my opinion ...13 hours on the air.” 

If you'd like to read all of the member comments we received, click here.

As we state in the information promoting each one of these events, make it what you want it to be. At the end of the day, I hope that each of you had an enjoyable time. Many ops were limited by time commitments, but did jump in for some fun. Others suffered high noise issues or rig problems, but managed a handful of contacts. Some participants use the QP as a way to find “elusive” members to make that first time QSO for their "Augie Nickel Award" pursuit. Still others find old friends on the air and strike up a chat. As much as possible, we really want this to always be an operating event that addresses everyone’s interests.

Non-member activity continues to be high with W1SOC (N4BP) reporting the highest total of 321 contacts. 9A1AA had the highest report from Europe with 234. It’s good to see the large percentage of non-member contacts in our members’ reports. N3RS has 21% of QSOs with non-members, while IK0YVV reported 25% non-member contacts. And from the West Coast, K7NJ made 29% of his total with non-members.

The following is a listing of the top two stations on each continent. All continent leaders will be receiving a handsome certificate to commemorate their accomplishments. 

  Members   Non-members  
Europe: IK0YVV 464/347 9A1AA 234

DL4CF 446/347 LZ1HW 130
North America: N3RS 541/426 W1SOC (N4BP) 321

K3WW 537/422 N4FP 195
NA West Coast: K7NJ 372/265 W7OM 68

K5RC 274/201 NX6T (WQ6X) 37
Asia: UA9BA 95/77 JJ1YHC 12
  JA1GZV 14/6    

Africa: 9J2BO 75/35 No reports received  

ZS1C 11/10    
Oceania: VK2IA 63/41 VK5GG 11
  VK2BJ 40/31 VK2GR 11
South America: No reports received   PY7AMF 17


     **** For an EXCEL listing of all results - please click on the September 14th link below

Full FOCQP Results

                       2019   March 23th   September 14th  
                       2018   March 24th   September 22nd  
                       2017   March 25th   September 9th  
                       2016   March 26th   September 10th  
                       2015   March 28th   September 12th  
                       2014   March 22nd   September 13th  
                       2013   March 23rd   September 14th  
                       2012   May 31st   September 22nd  
                       2011   May 14th   October 22nd  

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