2016 NEBRASKA QSO PARTY

2016 was the fourth QSO Party sponsored by the Lincoln NE Chapter of QCWA, and the participation this year was down some from last year. This year there were 7 NE fixed station logs submitted (11 last year), 26 Out-of-State logs (29 last year), four rovers (4 last year), and one VE/DX log (4 last year). The declining sunspot cycle may explain the reduction in the VE/DX logs over the past several years, for example there were 10 VE/DX logs submitted in 2013.

Most operations were from central and eastern Nebraska. Look for more western county activation in our Rare County Activation Special Event in early October.

Out-of-State Results

Thanks to all who submitted logs, even if there were just a few QSOs. All but three of the Out-of-State entries were in the Low Power (LP) category. Two were HP and there was one QRP entry.

In a repeat of last year, the competition for the top spot in the Out-of-State category was California based--between John, N6MU, and Frank, WA6KHK. Both were very active during the entire QSO Party and John just edged out Frank.

Kudos to John, who wins a $40.00 gift certificate to Omaha Steaks! Enjoy it John. And thanks for keeping NEØQP company across the lonely counties in the sand hills of central NE!

Second place went to Frank, WA6KHK, with thanks for being active the whole weekend. We got Chase County for Frank (his last for Nebraska), even if it was at 5AM local time in California on 40m!

And third place went to Michael, W7GF, from Eugene, OR.

Ken, N2CQ, Woodbury, NJ, took first place in the QRP category. Hopefully the propagation next year will be better.

Many had a hard time copying NE stations both Saturday and Sunday on 20m. We did get Chase County for Ray, WBØPYF, on 40m CW late Friday evening during a thunderstorm. That was an experience!

In-State Activity

The overall winner this year, and also the LP entry winner, was Dan, WBØYYE. Dan did not score like he did last year (a great effort last year), but he was far and away the winner overall in-state. Great job Dan!

Second place went to Joe, WØDB from Gretna, and third place went to Bob, KCØJRW, from Kearny. Good job folks.

There were no QRP entries this year. We had a few efforts but the propagation, especially Saturday, was not good.

There were two stations operating digital. The winner of the digital category was Bob, KCØJRW, with 30 QSOs, and second place went to Dan, WBØYYE. Thanks guys for providing NE presence on digital.

Rover Activity

There were four rovers that submitted logs, and we believe that K5GE was active in the state also. At least 37 counties were activated, the most in the last four years. The major rover activity was Mike, NFØN, who activated counties in the north and north central part of the state, and KBØLF, Fred, operating as NEØQP along the KS/NE border and in the middle of the state.

Club Activity

There were two club stations active this year and they set record numbers of QSOs for club stations.

Leading the pack was KØUSA, the Aksarben Amateur Radio Club, with operations from two locations, one in Gage County and the other in Jefferson. The KØUSA operation from Gage County was from the Homestead National Monument, and doubled as an NPOTA activation. Kudos to the AARC for their operations that weekend.

Also active was the Bellevue Amateur Radio Club. They had several stations on the air, and operated Saturday from Washington Park in Old Town Bellevue. Their QSO Party activity doubled as a club outing.

We appreciate all the participation by NE hams and by those Out-of-State.

Best wishes to all, and look for Western Counties to be activated in October in our Rare County Activation Special Event.

73, Fred
KBØLF