First Class CW Operators' Club


The FOC QSO Party

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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.

2021 FOC QP

- Saturday* - 27th March 2021:  0000z to 2359

Saturday* - 11th September 2021: 0000z to 2359z

* Note: Starts Friday in the U.S.

How to Report Your Results

NOTE: This procedure has changed effective with the 12 Sept. 2020 QSO Party.

If you are interested in reporting your results during a FOCQP, simply log onto this website page and fill out the form: . It's as simple as that. No logs are required because we work on the honour system.

When reporting scores we separate according to: Europe, North America, North America “West Coast”, Asia, Africa and South America, and this is done automatically for you when you enter your information on the web form.

Reports are due 7 days after the event. A complete list of the stations who report, and their totals, 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.

Propagation Challenging for the 12th September FOC QP

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By Art, KZ5D (updated 18th October 2020)

Saturday, September 12th arrived with high hopes for good band conditions for the 24 hour FOC QSO Party. Alas, according to multiple reports, it was not to be. Little, if any, QSOs were possible on 15 and 10, while 20 was marginal for transatlantic contacts. The bright spot were the lower bands that provided some interesting openings for the participants. 

In March, the FOC QP set a new all-time record for member reports, hitting a total of 218. September results edged ahead of that number to 219. Although non-member participation continues to grow, reports received from non-members were down to 83 from the previous high in March of 100. Judging from the member reports, it does appear that non-members continue to contribute about 1/3 of the total number of contacts made by most. 

I find it interesting to read the comments offered by members that seem to range from explaining how what they enjoyed most about the event, how they found band conditions from their specific QTH, to why their participation was limited for a variety of reasons,. Here’s a sampling of them: 

To read all of the member comments, click here.

EA4BB - Active in the QSO party for the first time in a long time. It was a lot of fun to contact so many good friends after being QRT for many months. Really enjoyed myself, and looking forward to the next one! 

WB0SND - I always enjoy this event and meeting up with fellow ham members and non-members. I really like that it's ok to say hello and comment to the other station rather than just high speed contest QSO's.

ZL2AGY - A pleasant relaxed activity - just a pity the high bands were absolutely useless!

G8VG - Local QRM S9 at times but meeting old and new friends made the day.

K5WK - It was nice to bump into calls I do not hear often.

YO3FLR - It was a pleasure to take part in this event, and meet friends, despite the noise and band conditions. I am happy to see that BWQP is growing in number of non-FOC participants

UA9BA - This BWQP gives a great chance to say hello to 'lotsa' good friends! Enjoyed every QSO! CU all again soon.

K5RC - Great participation. Lots of old friends in the fray.

PA5TT - Saturday morning real bad condx.

W4ZYT - Relaxed, S&P operation for a few hours. Nice to see old friends, and increased interest in the event from non-members. Conditions were sketchy.

The highest number of contacts reported came from Bud, AA3B, with 827/553. Impressive results, but far less than the 1000+ Bud reported in our March event.  DK9PY led the European members with 655/477. Armin did manage to make a few more QSOs this time than he did in March. Africa was easy to work with Andy, 5Z4VJ, handing out 515 contacts and 215 of those with members. Asia honors go to Willy, UA9BA who reported 161/119 and Gary, ZL2IFB using his ZM4G call had the highest report from Oceania with 72/49. The West Coast certificate winner is Lee, KY7M, with 409/278. No entry received from South America.

Our QSO Parties attract a large number of non-member participants. Many just drop in for a handful of QSOs while others put in a substantial effort. One of the regulars is Bob, N4BP who uses the call W1SOC. His report of 352 QSOs was the highest in North America, but it was Tony, IC8FBU, who led all non-members by edging out Bob with 355 QSOs. VK2GR reported 65 to lead Oceania and W7OM took West Coast, North America non-member honors with 71 contacts. PY3TD with 4 Qs was the only South America entrant. No reports received from non-members in Africa or Asia. 

  Members  Non Members 
 Europe DK9PY 655/477 IK8FBU 355
  DL6KVA 527/400 DL5DBY 266
 North America AA3B 827/553 W1SOC (N4BP) 352
  K3WW 676/499 K3WJV 200
 NA West Coast KY7M 409/278 W7OM  71
  K4XU 300/224 K7WP 67
 Asia UA9BA 161/119 No Entry 
  4Z4KX 105/72  
 Africa 5Z4VJ 515/215 No Entry 
 Oceania ZM4G (ZL2IFB) 72/49 VK2GR 65
  ZL2AGY 63/45 VK7BO 14
 South America No Entry  PY3TD 4

Finally ....

Many thanks to Ray, DG4FON, for creating the new, easy-to-use reporting system.

Mark your calendars for 2021 – 27 March and 11 September.

FOCQP Results by year:

2020   March 28th
  September 12th
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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