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THE FOC QSO PARTY

 

Download the complete list of reports received for the Sept., 2017 FOCQP

The next FOCQP will be 24 March 2018

FOCQP 9 September, 2017 Limited By Poor Conditions - By Art, KZ5D

Despite my best efforts to guarantee better conditions after our March event, once again the faithful participants were faced with poor propagation. As this solar cycle continues to decline, these conditions have become the norm. However, there have been those occasional days when it seems the magic has returned to our bands. We can only hope and pray for such an event for the next FOC QP on 24 March, 2018. While a great number of comments received mentioned limited operating time due to the poor conditions, it is noteworthy that we did have a good participation by members. This year, a total of 152 member reports were received. While this did not break our record from the previous year, it does indicate members’ willingness to participate in one of the club’s major activities. A total of 48 non-member reports were received. However, judging from the member reports, it is apparent that the non-member activity was quite good. This bodes well for the club’s desire to encourage CW activity.

Only one contact separated the top two members in this event: Bud, AA3B, reported 491/353 and Marco, IK0YVV, managed 490/334. Mats, RM2D, who is on the starred list, led the non-members with a total of 215 contacts

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.

Member comments can be found in an upcoming issue of FOCUS.


 

MEMBERS

 

NON-MEMBERS

 

EUROPE

IK0YVV

R6AF     

490/334

440/294

RM2D

G3SJJ

215

173

NORTH AMERICA

AA3B

AC4CA

491/353

320/229

K4QS

W5TM

149

136

NA WEST COST

K4XU

K5RC

234/185

212/161

WQ6X

NW6V

70

16

ASIA

UA9BA

AT2FOC (VU2PTT)

164/121

82/53

JJ1YHC

JA5NSR

18

7

AFRICA

9J2BO

ZS1C

82/51

40/25

No reports

XX

OCEANIA

ZL2IFB

ZL1MH

41/26

6/6

No reports

XX

SOUTH AMERICA

No reports

XX

PY4ARS

5

 


                       
FOC QSO PARTY INFO AND RULES

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.





Event

Open to all stations worldwide.  FOC members contact members and non-members.  Other stations contact FOC members only.

Duration

00:00Z to 23:59Z.

Categories

  • FOC members:  Make as many member and non-member QSOs as possible.
  • Non-members:  To contact as many FOC members as possible.

Exchange

  • 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.

Frequencies

  • CW portions of all bands except WARC bands, which are excluded.
  • Operating windows are from .015 to .040.

Scoring

  • 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.

Awards

  • 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: kz5d@aol.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.




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