For information about current operating events, go to these websites for details:
Announced DX Operations by NG3K — http://www.ng3k.com/misc/adxo.html
WA7BNM Contest Calendar — http://www.contestcalendar.com/
For information about state QSO parties, go to this website for details:
State & Province QSO Party Calendar by N5NA — http://qsoparty.eqth.net/
Ham Radio Contest Calendar from DL2NBY
Select Agenda, Month or Week. Scroll to view and click on items of interest.
NAQP North American QSO Party
The North American QSO Party (NAQP) is an operating event held six times each year. While it has a contest format, it can be an enjoyable “Party” for casual operating. The goal is to contact as many North American stations as possible. Read the NAQP Rules for all the details. The upcoming Parties this year will be on:
August 4-5 for CW
August 18-19 for SSB
The Party times are 18:00 UTC on Saturday to 06:00 UTC on Sunday. That’s 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon until 2 a.m. Sunday morning for us – a total of 12 hours of operating. Single operators may only operate 10 hours total, and your off-times must be at least 30 minutes in length. An easy way to comply with this rule is to start at 2 p.m. Saturday and quit at midnight.
The transmitter power output is limited to 100 watts for this event, so you are not competing against high power stations. Your QSO exchange is your Name and State. You don’t need to give a signal report to the people you contact. Operate on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters bands – not on the WARC bands of 60, 30, 17, 12 meters. Try to get all 50 states (Hawaii is considered North America for this event), the District of Columbia (DC), and the 13 Canadian provinces/territories, plus places such as Jamaica, Barbados, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, etc. You can work all DX stations in the Party, but stations outside of North America do not count as multipliers for your score.
How should you keep your Party logbook? I use the software from N3FJP called NAQP Contest Log 4.8. You can download it and try it for free. It will cost $8.99 to register it to have all the features. Read the details at http://n3fjp.com/naqp.html. This contest logbook makes operating the NAQP a breeze, leaving you more time to enjoy the Party rather than fighting with a logging program. The software will also connect with your transceiver to automatically record the frequency band and mode, again making logging a breeze! [ed., ARRL-NFL does not endorse commercial products.]
The CW and SSB Parties are in August. Get on the air and enjoy!