Six States In One QSO Party!
“Object: To contact as many New England stations (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) in as many New England counties as possible on 80-40-20-15-10m. (New England stations work anyone)
Date: First full weekend of May.
Contest Period: 2000Z Saturday until 0500Z Sunday (4pm EDT Saturday until 1am EDT Sunday) and 1300Z Sunday until 2400Z Sunday (9am EDT Sunday until 8pm EDT Sunday).
Categories: Single-operator high power, low power(150w or less) and QRP(5w or less) categories, plus multi-operator, single transmitter. Same four categories for mobiles. Single-operator stations using assistance during the contest (packet or Internet spotting nets, etc.) will compete in the multi-single category.
Contest Exchange: Send signal report and state/province (DX stations send signal report and DX). New England stations send signal report, county and state.
Valid Contact: Work New England stations once per band/mode. New England stations work anyone(and must copy the county for New England stations worked. CW contacts must not be made in the phone band segments. Mobiles that change counties are considered to be new stations, and can be worked for both multiplier and QSO Point credit. County line QSOs should be logged as two separate QSOs. Crossmode, crossband and repeater QSOs are not permitted.
QSO Points: Count one point per phone QSO, two points per CW (includes digital modes)QSO.
New England County Awards
Worked All New England Award (Port City ARC)
Worked all Maine Award (Pine State ARC)
Worked all Massachusetts Counties Award (Nashoba Valley ARC)
Worked All Rhode Island Counties Award (CT-RI Contest Group).
Tilt-N-Raise and New England QSO Party
The use of the Tilt-N-Raise antenna mount in the New England QSO Party event is a great idea. You can use the Tilt-N-Raise to get your antenna up in short order and then you can concentrate on getting the rest of your gear operational. Think of the extra Counties from 6 New England states you and your group (if you are in one) can have in the logs. The antenna is a major part of an amateur radio station operating in New England QSO Party and the last thing you need to worry about is whether the antenna will stay upright during the New England QSO Party. If you have yet to buy a Tilt-N-Raise then just use our link to order a Tilt-N-Raise for yourself, then you can rest easy while working the New England QSO Party or any other radio event.