Yo! It’s Da’ New York QSO Party 2011

Hey. How YOU doin’? If you’re a contest junky, here is another one that may get you fired up. It’s the 2011 New York QSO Party sponsored by the Rochester DX Association. Work the 62 counties of New York State for fun and awards. You can even sponsor an award as well.

The Counties of New York State

Map Courtesy of RXDA

The contest runs from October 15th 2011 starting at 14:00 UTC until October 16th 02:00 UTC. 12 hours of contacts and exchanges. The RDXA has also instituted a new class of operator for the contest; Rookie. If you are a licensee who got their ticket on or after January 1st, 2008, you qualify for the Rookie class and be able to compete for a plaque if you have the best score. But this award can only be awarded once to an operator. So there is a show window of time to win this I would think. No word on when someone would be exempt from the Rookie class. But you can find all the rules on the website, as well as links for software to log with, and PDF versions of maps of all the New York counties.

There is also a web forum available again from the RXDA. It was closed temporarily because of excessive spam problems, but it’s back open accepting new users. But it appears to be a manual process so don’t expect a new registration to be approved automatically. I can sympathize with this one. There are a ton of spammers out there just looking for the chance to fill forums with their useless crap.

Anyways, as a New Yorker, it would be wrong of me not to mention this contest. Plus I just got the email yesterday and I was still looking for something to write about. SO call it fate of procrastination. Either way, it should be fun. Enjoy!


Rich also writes a Tech blog and posts stories every Tuesday and Thursday on Q103, The Rock of Albany’s website, as well as Amateur Radio stories every Monday thru Friday on AmiZed Studios and hosts a podcast called The Kim & Rich Show with his fiance’ Kim Dunne.


Rich Gattie, KB2MOB, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New York, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

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