Welcome to the State QSO Party Challenge website!
Finally, the 2024 QP contesting season is underway thanks to a solid QP performance by the BCQP, MNQP and VTQP operators! If you are new to QP contesting, please get involved with the fun. We’ve just completed 3 of the 47 SQP contests, so we’re just getting started. Last year, we had quite a few ONE-TIME QSO Party contest participants. To qualify for the State QSO Party Challenge, you must make at least TWO QSOs in at least TWO SQP Approved QP contests. We would like to encourage those ONE-TIME ops to become qualified for the SQP Challenge and get involved with our awards program. What are your SQP goals for this new year? Please share your SQP Challenge experience with us at the email address below, and as always, we welcome your feedback. 73 Dave WN4AFP, SQP Challenge Director.
BIG NEWS! SQP Club Challenge – Download SQPCC Rules
The new SQP Club Challenge competition will run concurrently with the 2024 SQP Challenge. The SQPCC scoring will be compiled from individual SQP Challenge entries into 3830scores.com which include a club name. The SQPCC will only include individuals who have qualified for the SQP Challenge. Start sharing the news with your contest club and rally the troops. SQPCC rules are now available on this website. The SQPCC club rankings/scores will be posted on our website frequently during the season. An announcement will be posted here and in the QSO Party groups.io email forum when results are available.
Watch Rich, N0HJZ/m running the pile-ups in the 2024 MNQP – WATCH NOW!
The February 2, 2024 edition of the Amateur Radio Newsline by NT3V will feature the SQP Challenge ‘story’ and more. You can view it by going to http://arnewsline.org .
The January 2024 issue of the “Solid Copy” newsletter of the CWops Club featured an article about the State QSO Party Challenge.
Click Here to read it.
Do you have a question regarding the State QSO Party Challenge/WAQP programs? If so, if so, please email us your question/comment etc. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave, WN4AFP, Director | Stan, K4SBZ, SQP Challenge Admin. | Mark, WB9CIF, WAQP Admin. | Anthony, K8ZT, Public Relations Mgr. | Jeff, N8II
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 3830Scores.com 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 3830Scores.com , 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.
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 state/province QSO party contest manager in addition to the 3830scores.com scores submission.