Four weeks and counting. Have you made your plans?
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.
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.
NCQP Vice Chairman and Logs Analyst
In case you missed Marty’s (W4MY) interview with Bob Heil (K9EID) on Ham Nation, here’s the link. Great job promoting the NCQP ! 73
W4MY on Ham Nation
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.