Fall QSO Party

Fall QSO Party

2017 QRP-ARCI(sm) Fall QSO Party


1200Z on 14 October 2017 through 2400Z on 15 October 2017.  You may work a maximum of 24 hours of the 36 hour period.  

Mode:  HF CW only.

Members send:  RST, State/Province/Country, ARCI member number
Non-Members send:  RST, State/Province/Country, Power Out

QSO Points:
Member = 5 points
Non-Member, Different Continent = 4 points
Non-Member, Same Continent = 2 points

SPC (State/Province/Country) total for all bands.  The same station may be worked on multiple bands for QSO points and SPC credit.

Power Multiplier:
>5 Watts = x1
>1 - 5 Watts = x7
>250 mW - 1 Watt = x10
>55 mW - 250 mW = x15
55 mW or less = x20

Suggested Frequencies:
160m1810 kHz
80m3560 kHz
40m7030 kHz (please listen at 7040 kHz for rock bound participants)
20m14060 kHz
15m 21060 kHz
10m28060 kHz

Final Score = Points (total for all bands) x SPCs (total for all bands) x Power Multiplier.

BONUS POINTS: None available for this contest.

Entry may be All-Band, Single Band, High Bands (10m-15m-20m) or Low Bands (40m-80m)

How to Participate:
Get on any of the HF bands except the WARC bands and hang out near the QRP frequencies.  Work as many stations calling CQ QRP or CQ TEST as possible, or call CQ QRP or CQ TEST yourself!  You can work a station for credit once on each band.

Log Submission:
Submit your entry online at http://www.qrpcontest.com

Contest logs are not required for entry, but may be requested by the Contest Manager if required.

Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked on or before 29 October 2017.

Results: Will be published in QRP Quarterly and shown on the QRP-ARCI website.

Certificates:  Will be awarded to the Top 10 Scoring Entrants.


QRP Hall Of Fame - news update

QRPARCI is proud to announce that two new inductees were elected to our Hall of Fame.

 Ashhar Farhan and Bill Meara received the necessary votes from the eligible body.  Folks will recognize Ashhar as the Indian inventor and popularizer of the BitX SSB home-brew series which has enabled hams from all over the world to assemble voice transceivers from available local parts.  One remarkable feature was the use of faucet washers as the core for the toroid coils the rigs needed--typical of the ingenuity involved in the work.  Currently, Farhan is developing a multi band rig based on the inexpensive and readily available Arduino and DDS chips, so that home brewers can build a competent transceiver for the whole HF spectrum.  Farhan was our dinner speaker at the FDIM banquet, where he reviewed the development of the BitX, and we surprised him with the news that he'd been elected to HOF. 

Bill Meara has been the tireless host of the online podcast, Soldersmoke, which publishes monthly.  He is nearing 200 episodes, each about an hour in length.  Originally co-hosted with Mike KL7R, Bill carried on alone after the untimely death of Mike.  The show covers construction and operating simple, mostly analog circuits, with humor and jargon, and it has hundreds of followers.  In more recent years, our HOF member, Pete Juliano, has joined with Bill to again make the show a two-ham discussion, while Pete continues to pull Bill into the digital age.  Bill is the author of several books, including "SolderSmoke, Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics" which combines the saga of growing up in the ham radio tradition with explanations of radio technology and lore.  Bill is one of the Johnny Appleseeds of QRP in the last fifteen or so years.  If you haven't been listening to SolderSmoke, you're missing some great ham radio oriented entertainment.

Preston Douglas WJ2V, President

QRP Amateur Radio Club International


QRP ARCI is a club for low power enthusiasts worldwide.

We produce a professional quality magazine (QRP Quarterly), organise an annual conference at Dayton ('Four Days In May' or FDIM), and sponsor various QRP contests and awards.



QRP Quarterly - July 2017

The latest QRP Quarterly (July 2017) has been mailed to subscribers

Ensure delivery of the next 4 paper copies (and access to the digital edition) by joining QRP ARCI now - $25 for one year ($28 if not in USA)

QRP Quarterly

QRP Quarterly - July 2017

QRP Quarterly - July 2017

Technical Articles

Idea Exchange—Mike Czuhajewski—WA8MCQ

Revised Antenna Loading Coil Scheme—N2CX

Low-Voltage Dynamic Current Sink—KCØZNG

SMD Capacitor Adapter for AADE LC Meter—WØEB

New HW-8 Bandswitches—WA8MCQ

Varactor Adapter for AADE LC Meter—N5IB, WA8MCQ

PVC Pipe Protects Antenna Cable Items—W1FMR

A Complete Portable CW QRP Station—Tony Breathnach—EI5EM

Antenna Counterpots and Pans—Bob Thompson—K5RWT

The Pocket Vertical Antenna—Hiro Hayashi—VE3CGC

Lightweight Mast Guying System—Barclay Thomas—WT4BT

Simple Attenuators for Lowering ‘Them Watts’—Bob Rosier—K4OCE

Chameleon Antenna Magnetic Loop Starter Kit—John Leonardelli—VE3IPS

QQ Classic: A Vertical Doublet for 30-10 Meters—L.B. Cebik (SK)—W4RNL

Hold Still, I’m Trying to Solder You...—Bob Thompson—K5RWT

The Fully-Automatic Balanced Bug—Richard A. Meiss—WB9PLU

Colorado 14er Event: Ham Radio with Altitude—Bob Witte—KØNR

Ten Questions About Your QRP Operations——John Leonardelli—VE3IPS

My CW Technician—Dan Romanchik—KB6NU

QRP ARCI Staff and Directors  

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