Lots of fun during the event for the small number of hours available to put in.Hex beam is currently out of service so I only had my OCF dipole at 53 feet to use. A surprisingly high number of non-members were worked.
Always a pleasure to bump into friends and have a quick couple of exchanges. Not as much time in the chair on this occasion, and band conditions didn't seem great, but still fun.
Good fun - thanks for all the q's!! 73 de John AJ1DM
The BW event is always a favorite of mine, not really a contest unless you want to operate like it is a contest. Whatever your choice, it is a fun event. Saturday morning there was a fair 20 meter opening to EU. My first QSO was an ex-member beacon, Mike F5IN. Just up the band DL5YM held a frequency all day long, good job Fred, always readable at times very loud. I set no records but renewed some friendships. Thank you my friends for the great contacts. Lets do this again September 11th.
Another very pleasant activity to take part in. Had lots of fun.
Thnk you everyone.
First time in this kind of QSO Party, very nice and stressless :) .
Will try to be in next event.
poor condx, but much fun..
Really poor condition here combined with the CQWW SSB event keeping people away from the CW end of the band led to a challenging day!
met good old friends, Condx only fair, nothing on 15-10, more NM than usual.
It was not my best result but for sure I had again much fun on the bands
Was a nice challenge this March BW. US stations were hard to reach, as there was the US stations firewall, which required many calls before heard. Conditions on the low bands were really bad. Beside of this I could not use the 2 el. Quad for 40m (my money maker) and had to use the low hanging dipole, which is normally used for EU contacts. All in all many FOC and other friends met and looking forward to the September challenge.
Just 6 QSOs on 15m and none on 10m.
161, Armin, DK9PY - 2126
This time I operated remotely from Berlin, running 100 watts on all bands.
used most my bug key had much fun, 73 Ron
Nice activity with a lot of fine OPs.
Vy 73s, Erhard, DL5JQ
First time in the FOC QP for me. I liked the comfortable pace and the kind exchanges. Also enjoyed the many "welcomes" - thank you! I was amazed how even the weakest signals instatnly replied to my call.
It was a great pleasure for me to be able to take part in this activity. It is very nice that telegraphy has many friends despite the digital operating modes. Working with the FOC OPs is very pleasant, as is the fact that such an action is not just the usual "599 -tu" QSO.
I'm looking forward to the next activity.
vy 161 de Steffen (fen) DM6WAN
I wasn´t able to be much time on air, but enjoyed very much during the event. All the best to the FOC family. 161
It was fun, thanks for the QSOs.
73's Ignacio, EA4OR.
Nice to be here again after several years of QRT due to personal issues like the passing of my wife. Now I am back and missing to be part of the Club. Anyways, had fun working old friends and promise to stay as much as possible QRV. The bad thing is being this and open activity to non-members, some (in fact just one) woudln´t want to QSO with me, all other chaps were so kind and remembered me very well. Wait for next activity.! 161 guys.
Thank you for the good time spent during the FQP, very happy to have found you again.
Fairly good conditions.
161 Jean - FG8NY
I found conditions were atrocious throughout the day, from early morning. So few members heard. I dipped in and out for some 3 hours and eventually gave up. I enjoyed the very few contacts made with members old and new, but was very disappointed with my results. Roll on September!
Mostly S&P mode, thought 40m opened up early to NA.
Didnt hear much from non members, though I was a late starter.
Very much enjoyed the Party, good to have a chat with everybody, i didn't do the 5NN & GB hi condx's could have been better, pleased to get Brian 9J2BO for my one & only 15M Qso, band noise on LF was high
especially on 40M, all good fun looking forward to the next one.
161 de Derrick.
Normally a very great pleasure to join this, Prevented by some health problems, and family problems. I do hope to join the next one with a greater score!!
Thanks to OK1RR, who gave me the starting help!
Conditions: Poor. Activity: fair. Enjoyment: good.
Many "big gun" stations were missing, guess they were taking part in the CQ WPX SSB contest.
Good event but prefer to keep it as short QSO’s rather than contest style and hear operators using their keys rather than just sending macro’s to each other.
Good fun as usual. Wasn't able to give a huge amount of time to it. Good number of non-members which was good to see.
Conditions very average here =- disappointing not to work anyone
on 15m or 10m
Band conditions not great but the warnth and welcome I received made up for it. Typically "Good to meet again old frined". "Good memories of the past".
Condx on 20m and 40m fair for my 50W into Inv-L
I've been a CW operator for 57 years and this was my first FOC QP. Not sure why I didn't do one of these before - most enjoyable - terrific!
I was particularly impressed with the encouragement to exchange "pleasantries" and for it not to be just another contest. I took your advice to the full and this made it so different to the other contests I do.
I was surprised to work so many of my fellow CWops members - I didn't realise how many were also members of FOC.
The QP was a "breath of fresh air" - thanks to all those who worked me and I hope to see you all again.
Participation by non-members definitely up (a lot are CWops members). QRV here on 80, 40 and 20 only at the moment. Don G3XTT
Nice to see many of the recent members involved, conditions not great, but very enjoyable. Only one 3 bander with Chas K3WW, thank you. 161 de Jim g3yla
Found 20M very good in early afternoon I CQ'd and had a nice "run" into W/VE.
Total time 1 HOUR 49 MINS 10 short session
XYL not too well.
TS-480 100W 80-10M end fed half wave Inverted Vee
Apologies if in mini pile ups I was a bit slow picking you out, still getting used to combo of attenuator and RF gain on TS480.
Conditions flaky at best so lower QSO rate than in the past.
Casual operating with a few good chats. Nice to see a lot of non members participating.
Poor conditions on HF!
First I would like to thank ALL who spent some time in our BWQP. Although not blessed with good band conditions it was nice to hear so many members and non members having fun using CW to great effect.
A rough spread of qso's on the 3 major bands is below.
Band QSOs Pts FOC Pt/Q
3.5 99 99 59 1.0
7 99 99 60 1.0
14 89 89 58 1.0
21 1 1 1 1.0
Total 288 288 178 1.0
1 Mult = 1.6 Q's
My 1 qso on 15m with Andy 5Z4VJ probably sums up how dire band conditions were for me.
Setup here is FTdx101MP with an Alpha 87A Linear Amp.
Antennas are a home made Cobwebb (Halo type paralleled
dipoles) for 20-10m @ 45ft
Dipoles for 80/40 @ 55ft. Plus LZ1AQ home made crossed loop rx ant.
N1MM+ Contest Logging program.
Let us hope improved propagation and Covid outcomes will await us in the coming months.
Stay Safe to all.
Vic G4BYG #1984
I really enjoyed meeting everybody and look forward to the next one, 161 Rich G4FAD..
Great fun, pity about the conditions.
Very poor conditions early on. Dipped in and out. 80 meters lively in the evening.
Great fun as always, sorry that my time was very limited on the BW
CONDITIONS WERE VERY POOR FROM THE START, THEY IMPROVED A LITLLE SATURDA DAY TIME BUT IT WAS STILL A HARD SLOG. NO BEAMS OR TOWERS, JUST A G5RV. I HAD TO DUST OFF THE AMP AND RAN 250W AND ASSISTED THIS TIME. THERE SEEMED TO BE MORE NON-MEMBERS THIS TIME?
Conditions not good and really struggled on 20m. 40/80m were my best bands and it was great to work a few NA members on 40m. Got queried a few times about my membership Nr, as to my knowledge, G4RWD doesn't appear in any of the call history files. Called one NM who replied "SRI FOC ONLY"!! Hopefully back in Portugal for the next one.
Hardly worth recording because it was almost a non event for me with lousy condx and the usual local QRM. I did manage to get my signal across the pond a couple of times but it was a struggle and contacts were difficult to make. At one point I went outside to make sure my antenna was still standing. It was good to meet old and new friends and I look forward to the next QP when condx can only be better.
Poor conditions and some problems due to RF in the shack made for a very frustrating event for me.
Band conditions on 20m well short of enchanting.
Q: Does the FOC Committee have an up-to-date assessment of why so many NON-MEMBERS 'turn out' for these events? Some discussion of this might prove useful.
161 Dave, GM4EVS
Good to work a few stations on 20m - would have been nice to make some QSO on 15m but band failed to open here in GM.
Very enjoyable to catch up with some old (and new) friends after not being on HF very much for a few years.
It was nice to introduce my new 'alter-ego' callsign GW4MM and surprise a few people.
Thank you for organising an enjoyable event
73, Tim GW4MM (GW4VXE ex FOC-1623)
Was using my 90 cm diameter magnetic loop on 7MHz with 25 W and on 14 MHz with 100 W.
The results were not too good but the conditions were rather bad.
Although my time was very limited due to family obligations, it was fun meeting old and new friends on the air. I sincerely hope to meet many of you in person as soon as the situation will have improved. 73 !
Great fun in the few hours of activity that I was able to do. I thank the following FOC members who granted me the QSO, some of whom supported me in joining the FOC starred list. I hope to be able to provide my FOC number in the next session.
DL5YM, G4RCG, OE5TXF, DL1VDL, OK1RR, DK1WU, G3RWF, DL6KVA, G3OLB, OY1CT, G4WQI, K3WW, K2LE, W1RM, LB2TB, R7KZ, G4FOC, VE3KI, NM5M, N5AW, IK0IXI, WA1FCN, W8FJ, AC4CA, K5KG, IK0YVV, G4BYG, W1FJ, K4QS, K4XU, SD1A, W0VTT, K2NV, K3PA, SM0COP, N5CW, SM5CCE, 5Z4VJ, N3RD, DK9PY, OZ8SW, G3XTT, GM4EVS, IK5VLL, DL5YL, G2NF, DJ1YFK, DK4LX, DF4XX, F5NZY, M0RYB, N4AF, G0GKH, LB6GG, G4BYG, G4IRN, DL4CF, K4BAI, K1BG, G3PDH, DL1CW, OK2CQR, DL6RAI, G4HZV, OK1TN, DJ6ZM, G3XAQ, G3LHJ, OK1CZ, G3RVM, G3ZRJ.
73 & 88
Not many hours on air and no 80m antenna available yet, anyway 40m and 20m gave me a lot of fun as usual. See you next.
Strong noise in the morning, as always great fun. A big thank to the many friends that had the patience to catch my signal, since I had to reduce power to 30W due to RFI.
One of the FOC event I like the most. Unfortunately , condition was not so good, but the enjoyment of getting in touch with so many friends, has a value not comparable with anything else...
Thank you very much for the incredible fun, 161, Andy
Hello everyone ! I had fun attending FOCQP. Score 143 QSO with FOC members. It was a real pleasure ! 73 de IU0HMB Vlado
The reason why the BW's QSO number did not grow this time was that the condition of the high band was bad and it overlapped with other contests.
A great event, lots of great ops, an option to make of it what you choose.
Ralph -- K0IR
Only had a short time to play but it was fun!
It was fun to work many friends during this event. Thanks to all!
Very limited time this year. Boy Scout campout followed immediately by granddaughter's 5th birthday party.
I was only able to get on for a few short stints...
Great to hear everyone..Tnx!
Bill K0VBU 1979
Halfway through I had to replace one wire antenna with another. I thought conditions on 80 and 40 were good and 20 and 15 not so good but that just could be due to the antenna issues. All from home this time, no remote.
Thanks to all that worked me and the organizers.
161 de K1ESE John
A lot like my Wenesday CWT constest
Delighted to see the last two of my original sponsors active (anno 1082, all others SK)
I forgot all about the BWQP until my good friend Dick K2ZR/4 texted me to say he was working the BW. Didn't get on until Saturday afternoon. Managed to put in 3 hours before the conditions deteriorated and the sun came out. Always a fun event! Thanks for the Q's!
161 Tony K2NV
Always enjoyable working our members!
Looking forward to the next event..
If condx are improving, I would hate to see them when they are disimproving.
RIG: K2 @ 75w ANT: 40M OCF WIRE UP 20'
CONDX: POOR CHAIR TIME: 06:20
Key West IOTA NA-062
I really enjoy the BWQP but wish it wasn't pegged so close in time to the Marathon. It would be nicer if the event was maybe a little later but no doubt this would bump up to other operating events and probably talked about before. I suppose I could of made more QSOs with the time I operated but it was nice to say hi to all participants. See you in the fall! 161, Ulis K3LU
I wish I'd had more time to play this weekend. This is an enjoyable event with plenty of familiar calls and often more than just the quick exchange! TU to all!
Conditions were up and down. I operated for a little over 10 hours.
QSOs by band: 160M: 29. 80M: 64. 40M: 170 20M: 172. 15M: 18. Nothing but noise heard on 10M. QRN bad the last few hours of the QSO Party due to approaching storms expected Sunday. I thought a larger percentage of non member QSOs this year. 294 with members and 159 with non members. Some good candidates out there. Thanks for all QSOs and apologies to those who called and missed due to QRN. 161, John, K4BAI.
Enjoyed the very hospitable environment. Very friendly group. As always I had lots of fun.
Except for the QRN from thunderstorms, conditions were fairly good and the increased vernal daylight hours made for a much longer opening to Europe. Total operating time 9:12. 67% of the QSOs were with FOC members. Got DL6RAI for an Augie.
This was fun!
So nice to be able to say "HI" and not be rushed ;I work may FOC members on CWT Weekly.
One station used CUT numbers; had to ask for repeat to confirm his FOC NUMBER.
Always happy to dispense some points to those I stumble upon. Nice to hear all the sweet CW music after so much WPX SSB cacophony! 73 de K5IX
I entered my results shortly after the FOC QP. but my call is not shown on the list. So, here it is again.
161, George K5KG
CONDX TO EU WERE DISMAL HERE AND 20M ON SATURDAY MORNING WAS POOR. MOST CONTACTS WERE NORTH AMERICA. THE ONLY 10M QSO WAS GROUNDWAVE EXCEPT ONE. AS USUAL HEARD A EAST COAST STATION WORKING AN AUGIE I COULD NOT HEAR. NO NEW AUGIES HEARD OR WORKED. I DID WORK BARRY VK2BJ ON 15M.
Conditions were fair to poor. Enjoyed making contact members.
Great activity, always a lot of fun!
A fun event in spite of less than stellar propagation. Even heard, and worked K6NA on 15 Meters. Ran my K2 at 5 watts and my end fed 80M half wave antenna.
Had a very good time later in the day when propagation opened to Europe. Conditions were fair earlier in the day but only for qsos with North American stations. I even worked Fabian with his 10W. into a vertical.
Thanks to all for the enjoyable qsos!
Only one hour of operations due to antenna support mast failure due to blizzard (18 inches of wet snow and high wind).
My worst QP so far . Only got about 4 hours in chair - many many interruptions one thing after another -and little activity 0600- 0800Z when I finally got on. Got back on 2100 til end. Have so much noise anymore only copy the stronger signals. On 20 SM2CEW had incredible sig for at least an hour out here in AZ and 5Z4VJ blew me away big sig.
Had a lot of fun. Although conditions were not the greatest, still managed to work many of our UK and EU members. Noticed more non-members participating this year. Can't wait for the next BWQP!
Great event, really enjoy exchanging more than just a quick contest exchange with FOC members!
Although not a contest operator, I enjoyed the event in that I met a number of friends who were participating and had a bit of a natter with them on the side. Additionally, I was able try out a newly erected doublet which, to my surprise, got me into western Europe with 50 watts. (It should be noted that my QTH is generally considered an RF Black Hole). So, all things considered it was a very good day, and I'm looking forward to the next BWQP..
Thank you for the March 2021 FOC Contest.
Poor condix during my limited operating time, but always enjoy the QSOs!
Thanks for the qsos, had fun.
KX3 to a dipole, 5w. I really didn't mean to get into this contest but I got on 80m Friday night and didn't hear much initially so I took off the headset and did some other stuff for a while. Then I put my headset back on and right off heard K4BAI blazing away so I figured out what was going on and answered him - he's one of the few Georgia stations I regularly hear (and not very often at that) so I felt compelled! I couldn't stay on the air much over the weekend because of stormy weather, but I'll look for this contest next time and try to participate more.
I enjoyed working it. It is always a pleasure to hear and work great CW operators.
Unfortunately, I was away for most of the day so I missed most of the FOC QP. Fortunately, I was able to get home in time to spend 56 minutes saying "Hi" to the gang.
It was nice to meet all of you again! I used my Vibroplex Original Deluxe Bug for the first 100 QSO's. Changed to paddle but went back to the bug again after some 15-20 QSO's. It was much better response from members treating this like an activity and not like a contest when using the bug and calling CQ BW. Some members dont even say GL or 161 or anything after getting my callsign in the log (Contest-style and keyboard only). I had many nice QSO's with non-members. They are out there, seeking attention. Nice to see some "regular" NM's checking in. Had many members switching to bug when called. I think this BW QP was a good one, with a lot of small-talk. Condx were not good. Worked only 2 QSOs on 80M. The rest on 40 and 20 meter. Managed 2 3-banders (HI). Got one Augie; Rob, K6RB (1821). 161 de Lars, LB2TB
Made 351 QSO's in a little bit less than 13 hours of activity. Among these,205 QSO's was with FOC members. Had hoped for better, but the conditions was very much up and down. An interesting fact is that no less than 20,5% of my QSO's was made with stations in North America! That's 72 out of 351! There was openings to NA from the Southwest coast of Norway on both 20 and 40 meters. Signals wasn't too strong, though, but there was pretty good activity on the other side of The Pond. Made 115 Q's on 20, 115 on 40, 97 on 80 and also 24 on 160. 15 and 10 meters was lifeless up here, just as expected. The "highlight" in this BW was 9V1VV John, answering one of my CQ's on 20! Also managed to work a couple of Augies. Haven't counted them, but guess there is 6 or 7 of them in the log.
CU all in September!
Hans / LB6GG
First time I participated in FOC QSO. Operated for 1 hour. Was fun!
Wasn't able to do as much operating as I had hoped.
10 USA QSO
8 European QSO
I don’t do competitions, nor do I use N1MM. However today I participated for a short time and enjoyed the friendly nature of the event.. All the stations worked were FOC members and it was absence of a competition feel which attracted me and compelled me to lookup the event in your web site.
Will de mi0wwb
I always enjoy the BW QSO parties. It is a great opportunity to connect with good friends and non-members.
Poor conditions outside the US, as virtually no EU was heard. Each one a stuggle. A very few unusual QSOs however including VK2BJ on fifteen! Enjoyed popping in with both S&P tuning and some CQs over four hours and 40 minutes. My line noise probably prevented me from hearing some callers ... my bad. Working with the power company on this but no solution at this point. Also, doing the BWQP with a make-shift WPX program kluge with TR-Log. Only three sixers: locals K5NA and K5DU, and a tough ground waver with K5KV who is around 80 miles from here. Thanks to all and to KZ5D for conceiving this fun event. Jim N3BB #1688
This is a great date for non phone types.
Strong storms came thru toward the very end, so missed it.
Operated about 5 hours, QTH Ocala, Florida. Made contacts on all bands 160 - 10. 20 was by far the best for me. I called CQ BW on 10 for over an hour during several time periods, only response was 2 non-FOC members in Brazil and California. FOC RBN showed my activty on 10 several times. Interesting thing was 10 USB seemed to have a lot of activity, including some contest, and FT-8 was active at one point. Overall really fun time in the limited time I had.
Not the best of conditions and even more difficult from Colorado with low power and poor antenna. It was still fun.
Stopped at 1603 for family obligation. Always fun.
After losing almost all antennas in the February ice storm, I was determined to get on with something for this. The WX has been too windy or rainy to clear the debris off the towers & get some new antennas up, but Friday before the BW, was a nice day here. Was able to get one of the 40M 4 Square verticals repaired, and found my old 80M inverted vee from the prior QTH all bundled up and intact, so installed it at 70' (21M) on the 20m tower. With those antennas and the only survivor from the storm, a 20M dipole at 50' (16M) I was ready to go.
Condx were pretty punk, but still fun for the time I could participate - about 8 hours.
Perfect close to a week long getaway with my spouse from a walk-in cabin in the redwoods on the Sonoma county coast. Had to QRT early to watch the sun set over the Pacific!
TNX for the QSOs and for the fun event. Hope to see you in September also.
Great event, looking forward to the next one!
What a great event!!
I want to give especially high marks to all the FOC members who treated us non-members (jealous) with such grace, professionalism, and hospitality. There is a good, solid reason why an operator is chosen for membership in the FOC--and all the members (except one -- F5IN) I worked during the QSO Party exhibited the pinnacle of class.
Just one exception, my long-time CW friend, Mike F5IN, was calling CQ FOC (not CQ BW), and I had to respond to him several times before he told me, "No QSO--You are not a member." I told him that I have been operating in the event. His response, "No, No, No" then he went right back to calling CQ FOC. I guess good ole Mike didn't get the memo.
Already, I am looking forward to next year's event. Huge thanks to everyone for making this year's FOC QP such fun! And, thanks to the 124 operators who swapped a QSO with my humble little Mississippi station.
--Dr. Larry S. Anderson NN5O
Tupelo, MS (birthplace of Elvis)
It was great to work friends old and new. Lots of fun! It seems that the bands (especially 80/40m) were quite unstable and noisy at least here on the east coast USA compared to the March 2020 FOC Qso Party. Longest contacts here were with Brian (Zambia) and Andy (Kenya). Unfortunately conditions were not there looking at Oceania this year. All in all a great time and looking forward to next one!
Could not be on the whole time. I had a hip fracture at the beginning of March because of a ski accident. But was glad to manage 167 QSOs .161, Knut OE2BZL
Was using a quarter-wave vertical on 80m.
On 20m and 40m antenna: very low wire dipoles.
Conditions seemed pretty poor on HF.
Terrible condx again, up here in the north. Hard slogging with 100w and "the wire". My only QSO on 15m was with 5Z4VJ, who has golden ears! But, as always, nice to meet old friends again, and so many times exchanging more than just "599 tu".
Conditions were like trapped in syrup. X-ray background was at A4 (Sun practically still "dead") and lots of Auroral disturbances...
Two hours before the end there was a small enhancement on 80 m towards Britain peaking around 2230Z. During daytime the USA came in best from the W5-area on 14 MHz, but most were weak ... Cheers/73, Zaba OH1ZAA
I really enjoyed the party. Switched between bug and paddle.
Unfortunately, I still have only a sloper for 80M, vertical is ready but I'm waiting for better weather and COVID situation.
station was calling. I've read some complaints from one station, he
tried to call members but from 3 FOC, he got "FOC members only". Maybe
there are some members that didn't notice the difference between BWQP
and FOC marathon.
Conditions were strange. Sometimes it looked like I'm calling CQ to a
If one is used to run a normal contest, this one is rather difficult because of the name AND the number that have to be copyed.
First time I operated as ON8FOC
Also first time use of my Begali Sculpture. Very different from the faithful German WW2 hand key.
Always nice to participate in FOC QSO Party. Spent some enjoyable hours on 40 meters and 20 meters.
161 to all
Cu in september
First night almost nobody on 80m. Bad conditions on 14MHz later. I could make some QSOs first in the evening on 40&80 meters. Hope better conds next time.
A fun and relaxing event.
It is nice that so many non-FOC hams are also taking part!
This was the first time for me, a nice practice for cw !
No real participation due to medical problem.
First time attending this "contest". Relaxed way of making contacts and meeting hams alike. 73, PA3ADU
was nice to work a lot of friends
Stay Safe Rien, PA7RA # 1962
Hello FOC BW Team,
Just hoovering around 23WPM, so 25WPM+ catching names in 1 go correct with the number direct-attached to it, not easy, hi. It was fun to join the contest, not easy to find a station with my relatively small station, IC-735 running 50W into an end-fed antenna at just 5m height. My key, a single lever Scheunemann SP-3 has off course no issues with 25WPM, and the 735 is connected through WINKEY from a micro KEYER II, so the harware is not the limit, it is me.
HPE next year's conditions are a little bit better and will hope to join again. And should be hoovering around 25WP next year as well.
Nice event despite not to good conditions, the UFB quality of CW heard compensates for sure!
Fun and relaxing! S&P during a couple of hours
Limited time to operate but still great fun to meet so many friends on the air. As usual, good operating makes this QP a pure pleasure.
Conditions were again disturbed so most signals were weak and watery. I had high hopes that 15 and 10 meters would open up but not so this weekend.
no signals at all on 15 and 10. Very little activity on 160 in the evening.
I had the honor to participate in the BWQP on March 27, 2021.
Unfortunately, I could not work all the time, but despite that, I am glad that I had 27 connections with FOC members.
It was a very pleasant day for me.
I think it's a touch on the history of CW and preserving the memory of famous people.
I sincerely hope that next time I will also take part in the FOCQP.
CWops # 1810
V31YN remote operated by DJ4KW FOC#1833
Surprisingly high number of non-member participants. It was good to see the interest from HAM-s outside of FOC. Only the traditional bands were open at my location in the time slots I was able to operate. We are in a process of moving to a new house, so my on-air time was quite limited. The new place has much better antenna conditions.
Pista - VA3FOC
A fun event, with QSOs with many new members I had not previously worked. 161 to all!
I find that FOCQP sometimes gives me a chance to exchange a few words and not simply 5NN reports. For example, I appreciated swapping updates with Buddy, W4YE, about how things are going during the pandemic. Occasionally, some stations are in a hurry and don't wait for my finishing GL or 161 before resuming transmitting. Propagation-wise it was encouraging to hear strong signals from Jim, SM2EKM, and Andy, 5Z4VJ.
Thanks to all, it was fun.
Very limited time operating and poor radio conditions.
Bands seemed very quiet this time round.
Fun to be able to just make a few QSOs with no pressure.
Sunspots weren't with us. Unlike the Marathon I only made a few Q's on 15m and none on 10m. Used an Anan radio in place of my K3 which was interesting and it performed well. About 1/3 of my Q's were with non-members.
Conditions were poor. DX QSOs were difficult from Texas with my deed limited antennas. The QRN level on 40/80/160 was very high with lots of static crashes. But, it was fun to work many old friends and even a few Augie points.
I enjoyed the limited time I had to operate. I did notice an increased number of non-members calling and this, in my opinion, is a good thing. It shows interest in the Club and that we are welcoming to non-members. Many of the non-members demonstrated very good CW and operating skills, and I assume some aspire to membership. A big thank you to Art for conceiving and continuing to support this event. I hope everyone is well and that we are soon able to resume our in person social events.
Activity seemed low.
|W1SOC (OP: N4BP)|
Activity seemed light, perhaps due to the CQ WW Phone Contest.
Always a pleasure mingling with the cream of the crop.
Thank you for supporting this QSO Party.
73 Art W2NRA CWOPS #1955
Nice to see old friends and make new ones.
Although I was able to get on the last hour, this was a fun event. Nice to work some of my fellow CWOps. Thanks for the opportunity.
BWQP IS ALWAYS EVENT!!
Condx fair at times but noise level from storms, etc was high. No contacts on 10m. Only 1 on 160m.
Always fun to take a few seconds for brief chats. Thanks for the contacts. Was 90w. all the time.
161 de Buddy W4YE 1217
Good fun and good participation despite often sketchy conditions. Seemed like participation of non-FOC stations was up. Many good CW operators out there, and good to have the interest.
What a privilege it was to participate in the Spring 2021 FOC QSO Party. It was quite impressive observing the level of professionalism, friendliness and genuine camaraderie among the events participants. Thank you!
This was my first FOCQP since becoming a member. As luck would have it, I had out-of-town family here all weekend but managed to sneak in a few Q's. GREAT fun being in this wonderful group.
Bill, W5SJ FOC#2155
it was all i could do after 5 days in hospital so im proud to say I was there as little as it was. hi mike w5zo
The turn out was very good. We seem to draw more non-members every year, and that is good. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.
Worst conditions I can recall for any FOC event
Sure was a pleasant change to hear and work Europeans from FL, compared to the old QTH in WA. And that's even with a simple inv vee in the attic.
Although conditions were marginal and the WPX took a lot of ops away, it was a nice event. Thanks to all.
Delightful QSO party nothing but the best in operators. Hope someday to become a member! Looking forward to the next one and continued QSO's with members.
It was a pleasure to qso with operators from past contests and qso parties........Till next time....Met W8MET
I enjoyed the QP but wish there were more FOC stations on earlier in the afternoon instead of a couple of hours before the end of the QP. But it was fun no matter what. I enjoy working friends from the CW OPS group. 73. W9CC.
Great event and a wonderful time to renew friendships.
This is the first time I ever participated in this event. I have had prior Q's with with some of the stations either a ragchew or a Q during the CWT ops 1 hour sessions on Wednesdays. All in all a fun event and one I'll attempt to do this coming September. Thanks goes to the members allowing non-members to join in on the fun.
Good cw! The band was not in good shape here on 40 or 80.
Conditions were dismal. It was great fun.
I had a great time as usual. I was operating with a severe antenna handicap. My usual 80 meter doublet was not working right, so I had to improvise. At the moment, the only other antenna I have is a 160 Inverted L. It also has problems. But I managed to use it through a tuner. I'm I was losing a lot of dB's. Also, I was still working on the weekend, so time was limited.
Conditions were horrid up this way. At times it was futile calling CQ.
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"Many thanks for another enjoyable FOC QSO Party."
I happened to run across this event, so I made a handful of QSO's last night. Many thanks, see you on the bands.
Very nice contest!
Thanks for good activity!
Operated my QRP : Trx: SunSDR2, 5 Wt; Ant: Inv.V.(10m up)
73! de Sergei, YL3FW
NAME: SLOBODAN OBRADOV
ADDRESS: SANNICOLAU MARE
ADDRESS: STEFAN CEL MARE NR 12
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.9057.0
QSO: 3526 CW 2021-03-27 0403 YO2CEQ 599 DAN OK1RR 599 MARTIN 1437
QSO: 14035 CW 2021-03-27 1506 YO2CEQ 599 DAN GS8VL 599 TERY 1189
QSO: 14030 CW 2021-03-27 1515 YO2CEQ 599 DAN SM5COP 599 RUNE 1514
QSO: 14026 CW 2021-03-27 1537 YO2CEQ 599 DAN G4RCG 599 JOHN 1899
QSO: 14034 CW 2021-03-27 1542 YO2CEQ 59
I participated in several events organized by the FOC club.