The North Carolina QSO Party committee will be supporting the statewide NC POTA event on September 9-10, 2023 http://www.ncpota.org
We have been asked by the event organizer to field several stations using our club callsign NC4QP . Those stations will be bonus stations for the event. We currently have four NC4QP stations scheduled to be on the air from various POTA parks over that weekend. Look for Spots and Activation notices which will be posted on the POTA website www.parksontheair.com under the “POTA Spots” tab near the top of the main page.
Each station will post using designators: NC4QP/r01 NC4QP/r02 NC4QP/r03, etc. So, when you contact one of our stations, make sure you have the correct Park # in your log as there may be 4 NC4QP stations on the air at any given time. We should be operating CW, SSB and FT8. This should be a fun event and we’re happy to help. So mark your calendars and join in.
REMINDER….All NCQP logs must be submitted by next Monday, March 13. At that point, submissions will be cut off and we will begin our logs analysis. If you haven’t already done so, please get your logs uploaded on the NCQP website: http://ncqsoparty.org/logs
Win a trip to Turks and Caicos Islands at Harbour Rock Villa – VP5M. To encourage mobile operations in NCQP 2023, Jim Jordan, K4QPL/VP5M, has set aside two raffle tickets for a one week stay at their 6 room, fully amateur radio equipped villa in VP5-land. The raffle prize is worth approximately $5,000, and will be awarded at the 2023 DX Dinner at the Dayton Hamvention.
One raffle ticket will go to the highest scoring In-State (home QTH) mobile finisher. The other raffle ticket will go to the highest scoring Out-Of-State (home QTH) mobile finisher.
A minimum of 50 QSO’s will be required for each entry. Raffle details can be found at : https://www.swodxa.org/vp5m The mobile team of K4QPL/K3TD will not be eligible.
Many thanks Jim. Who knows? One of our mobile road warriors may wind up enjoying a week of sun and fun at VP5M. So, get on the road !
Four weeks and counting. Have you made your plans?
You can see other operator’s plans, you can post your plans, or you can research county activity here: www.ncqsoparty.org/county-activity. If you want to be a highly sought after station, choose to be a mobile, portable, or fixed station in one of the counties not activated last year.
2023 marks the 120th anniversary of the Wright Brothers historic first flight. To commemorate that, our NCQP bonus will consist of six special event stations: N4W, N4R, N4I, N4G, N4H and N4T. Working each station will earn you 50 bonus points. A clean sweep will award 200 additional points for a maximum of 500. Some exciting news- the National Parks Service has approved our application to operate special event station N4W from the Wright Memorial in Kitty Hawk. We are currently working out the details with the Rangers. In addition, we are pleased to announce that the Battleship North Carolina will again be a bonus station operating as N4T from its mooring in Wilmington. A special Certificate of Achievement has been designed which will be sent to each participant working a clean sweep of all six bonus stations. We’ll share that design with you as we get closer to the contest. With the propagation gods providing improved conditions, NCQP 2023 should prove to be one of the best yet. Mark your calendars for February 26 and stand by for more news which will be posted here and on our Facebook Groups page. 73
83 of 100 North Carolina counties were activated during the event. We are posting a file which shows that distribution, including a breakdown of which counties were activated by Fixed and Mobile or Expedition stations. This data was derived from 554 logs submitted. That means that 17 counties were not activated during NCQP 2022. So, there are plenty of opportunities to activate rare or needed counties for our 2023 event in February. Start your plans now.
In addition to North Carolina, 43 U.S. states submitted logs for NCQP 2022. The top 10 were: Virginia=25 / Texas=24 / Tennessee=22 / Florida=21 / New York=21 / South Carolina=19 / Ohio=18 / Pennsylvania=17 / Georgia=15 and Minnesota=14. It should also be noted that our western states were well represented. For example, both Washington State and California each had 9 submissions. That’s great.
Five Canadian provinces were active. These included AB, BC, NB, ON, PE and QC.
Log submission were received from 9 DX countries which included: Slovak Republic / Lithuania / Spain / Norway / Poland / Hungary / Germany / UK and Ukraine.
Our perennial top finisher, Laci OM2VL earned two First Place plaques in 2022 finishing #1 in the Single Op/Out-Of-State/Mixed/High Power (yes, he beat all U.S. entrants) and Top DX categories.
We will be having our organizational meeting for NCQP 2023 in October. So, stand by for our report following that. Should you have any recommendations, comments, criticisms, etc that you would like to bring to the Committee’s attention, please feel free to submit same to either myself:
Marc, W4MPS firstname.lastname@example.org Or Marty, W4MY email@example.com so that we can include same on our agenda. All input is greatly appreciated. 73, Marc, W4MPS NCQP Vice Chairman and Logs Analyst
Club station NC4KW, the North Carolina Kilo Watts, was incorrectly listed in the Club / Phone section of our results page. They have been re-posted in the correct category: Club/ In-State/ Mixed/ High Power. Many thanks to Bruce, N1LN (NC4KW) for bringing this error to our attention so that we could make this correction promptly.
Congratulations to the Tri-County ARC NC4AR who take the trophy again this year in the Club/ In-State/ Phone/ Low Power category.
Our apologies also to John AD8J who was incorrectly referenced as AD4J in our summary writeup. However, AD8J was correctly listed on the Final Results sheet.