First Class CW Operators' Club




Download the complete list of reports received for the Sept. 2016 FOCQP

A very large turnout of members and non-members combined for lots of on-air activity during the 10 September FOCQP. Encouraged by large doses of hopeful optimism that conditions would be at least decent, there was a great deal of participation in our semi-annual event. At this writing, a total of 154 members sent in activity reports and another 36 reports were received from non-members. This compares favorably with our all-time high member reports of 159 and actually beat the 152 received after our March QP.

Overall highest score was sent in by Marco, IK0YVV, with 559/430. However, he just edged past Vic, R6AF, who made 549/446 contacts.  Non-member DL6KVA reported 432 for top honors world-wide while LY5A was a close second with 394.

It is never too early to plan ahead for next year. Mark your calendars now: 25 March and 9 Sept., 2017

Certificates will be emailed to the top scoring stations on each continent.

Here are the top two stations on each continent:

de Art, KZ5D


 IK0YVV  559/430 DL6KVA  432
 R6AF  549/446  LY5A  394
 K5OT  422/333  K5WK  232
 W1AO  376/285  W4WJ  170
 K4XU  307/236    
 K7HP  234/170    
 7Z1HL  144/97  JA5NSR  4
 HS0ZLM  90/57  VU2CDP  4
 9J2BO  107/76    
 ZS1EL  58/41    
 VK2BJ  70/44    
 VK6GX  16/15    
 No reports received

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.


  • All Stations: Call "CQBW."
  • FOC members: RST, Name & FOC Number.
  • Non-members: RST & Name.
You are encouraged to have at least short chats with other stations.


  • 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: 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.

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