Until now, you may have noticed the
absence in the realm of the NC QSO Party anything related to current
events, particularly the Covid-19 virus situation. Please know this
is not because of any accident or neglect on the part of the NCQP
committee or RARS’ administration of it. Even now, I bring it up
reluctantly, but under the circumstances it is necessary.
The most common question has been, “What is NCQP going to do about accommodating/disallowing Multi-op categories in light of the pandemic?” Rest assured, this subject was discussed thoroughly at the annual NCQP meeting last October. Many scenarios were brought up and hashed out. Foremost in our mind was the interest, integrity, and continuity of this great event. The discussion among us continued via our NCQP-Admin reflector as the questions came in.
After this consideration we decided to leave it the way it is and I would make the fact of our deliberation public. Don’t misunderstand that we are not concerned about the safety of the folks. We surely are. What we are directing to those contemplating a Multi-op or expedition in 2021 is to each individually consider their own local situation and make the decision themselves as to implementing appropriate accommodations or canceling outright. In our opinion everyone’s situation is different and a “one-size-fits-all” mandate from a central source is not the appropriate action.
To everyone thinking about a Mult-op or expedition this year, carefully consider your circumstances and discuss it with your group. Canceling it outright is certainly an understandable option, the Single-op category is the ultimate “social distancing” and ham radio is tailor made for it. Deciding to go ahead with it making changes to enhance safety (tightly scheduling op times, minimizing personal contact, limiting number of participants, requiring neg test, masks, etc) is an option. Another would be to do an expedition outside Winter Field Day style. We kept all of these possibilities open and trust that each group leader will make the right decision based on their own circumstances.
I’ll let everyone know that I am going
to host one other ham to help me man a Spelling Bee station here at
my house in Harnett county. I’ll be doing CW in my living room using
my K2 expedition radio and partner will be in the shack with my
TS-890S doing SSB. Both of us will be having a screening test done
in the week prior.
As always, thank you for your continued
support of NC QSO Party. I am looking forward to working everyone
February 28, it will be here before we know it!
We are currently deep into our log analysis for the 2020 North Carolina QSO Party. The deadline for log submission was March 16 and we started auditing logs the next day. Since St. Patrick’s Day was basically a bust this year, thanks to Mr. Covid-19, what better way to self-quarantine than to review the exciting results of this year’s contest. From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like we will have set a new record for participation. This year’s Bonus was our TARHEEL Spelling Bee. Special event callsigns were issued: N4T / N4A / N4R / N4H / N4E / W4E / N4L. And our special event/Bonus Ops did a fantastic job of staying on the air throughout the contest to make it very possible for stations to achieve a clean sweep of all 7. Previous spelling bee challenges were quite popular, but we didn’t expect the amazing response to this year’s bonus challenge. 77 stations have qualified for a Clean Sweep, having successfully completed QSO’s with all 7 of our TARHEEL Bonus Stations. These Operators will receive a special certificate as well as a commemorative coffee cup in recognition of their achievement. Certificates will be going out via email in the next two to three weeks. Coffee Cups must be special ordered and will take longer to deliver, but rest assured they will be on their way as soon as possible. A listing of stations qualifying for the Clean Sweep are listed below. If for some reason, you don’t see your callsign listed, and you believe that you should have qualified, please contact me directly, Marc Sullivan W4MPS – w4mps[@]nc.rr.com. I will be more than happy to double check your log submission. A big thanks to all who chased our Bonus Stations and congratulations to those who were able to achieve a clean sweep. Well done by all. Our priority right now is completion of our log audits, so that we can post the results of NCQP 2020 as soon as possible. Thanks for another great North Carolina QSO Party. 73, Marc, W4MPS NCQP Logs Manager