The 2021 SQP Challenge results are now available… click here to view.  Click here to view the 2021 WAQP results.Online certificates are available to all stations who qualified for the 2021 SQP Challenge. Click here to download your SQP Challenge/WAQP certificates.

Many have asked if we’re going to have the SQP Challenge for 2022.  The answer is ABSOLUTELY! We would like to welcome the Quebec QSO Party as a 2022 SQP Challenge “Approved Contest”. We currently have 46 QSO Party contests approved for 2022!
QP contesting activity during the last two years has been at an all-time high and we’re here to help make 2022 even better!  We’ll kick-off the ‘big dance’ at the Vermont QSO Party on February 5th at 0000z. See you there!

The State QSO Party Group
Dave, WN4AFP, Director  |  Stan, K4SBZ, SQP Challenge Admin.
Mark, WB9CIF, WAQP Admin.  |  Anthony, K8ZT, Public Relations Mgr.
Jeff, N8II  |  Bill, W1WBB

State QSO Party Challenge Overview

The annual State QSO Party Challenge recognizes all radio amateurs’ participation in the U.S. State and Canadian Province QSO parties. It is open to any radio amateur who participates in any of the approved State QSO Parties (SQPs). Participants must simply submit their scores to to be included in the Challenge.

Participants are recognized for reaching five levels of achievement – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Using the submissions to , each callsign’s cumulative score is calculated by totaling up his/her number of reported contacts and multiplying by the number of SQPs entered year-to-date. The use of the number of SQPs entered as a multiplier is to encourage radio amateurs to enter more state/province QSO parties. The use of the number of contacts as a metric is to encourage participants to operate longer in each SQP, increase the effectiveness of their station and improve their contesting skills. To qualify for an award level, the participant must have participated in at least two State QSO Parties. Each State QSO Party entry must have at least two QSOs. The first SQPs of most years are the Vermont, Minnesota and British Columbia QSO Parties on the first weekend of February.

Watch our YouTube Challenge Overview Video

Click to view the 2022 SQP Challenge Program Rules

Worked All State QSO Parties (WAQP) Overview

The “Worked All QSO Parties” awards (WAQP) program is administered by the State QSO Party Group and it is sponsored by Icom America. These awards are available to all licensed amateur radio operators who meet the specified award requirements. To qualify, all applicants must adhere to the State QSO Party Challenge AND WAQP program rules. Awards include certificates for participating in at least 50% of the SQP Challenge approved contests with a goal of participating in ALL of the approved contests. The WAQP requires that the operator submit a log with at least TWO valid contacts to the contest manager in addition to the scores submission.

Click to view the WAQP Program Rules

The purpose of the State QSO Party group is to be the catalyst to take state QSO party contesting to the next level.