Event Details for Amplitude Modulation QSO Party

2022 AM QSO Party
By Ron Skipper W8ACR

Dates:  Starts Saturday Sept 24, 2022 @ 2200UTC, ends Sunday Sept 25 @ 2200UTC

Bands: 160, 75, 40, and 20 meters

Objectives:

1. To make contacts using the amplitude modulation mode

2. To promote and encourage the use of the amplitude modulation mode on the amateur radio bands.

3. To enjoy the friendly atmosphere and pleasant audio quality of AM communication

Bands and Frequencies:

Any frequency that is legal for voice communication may be used, but here are some recommended specific frequencies

160 meters – 1880, 1885, 1915, 1945

75 meters – 3.703, 3830-3890

40 meters – 7160, 7280-7295

20 meters – 14286, 14330-14340

Exchange:

Name, callsign and QTH are required. Additional information is encouraged such as equipment being used, antenna, power level, weather report, etc.  Long winded rag-chew sessions are perfectly acceptable. Help and advice to AM newcomers is always encouraged and welcomed.

Equipment:

Any type of transmitter may be used provided it is legal on the amateur bands, and is capable of transmitting in the AM mode.

Scoring:

Please note several changes to the scoring rules. These changes have been made to simplify and clarify the scoring process. Also please note that the score sheet has been revised. Previous score sheets cannot be used since they won’t work with the new scoring rules.  There is now a log sheet for the event that needs to be filled out and sent in with your score sheet.  

Basic Scoring:  Note – Power categories below are Carrier OUTPUT Power

You may contact each station only once per band:

25 watts or less – ALL BANDS – use power multiplier 3 – each QSO counts as 3 points

26 – 100 watts – ALL BANDS – use power multiplier 2 – each QSO counts as 2 points

Greater than 100 watts – ALL BANDS – use power multiplier 1 – each QSO counts as 1 point

Flagship Stations:

There will be two flagship stations operating during the AM QSO Party.

1. The first is W2AN which is the AWA Museum station call sign. This station will be operating from Bloomfield, NY

2. The second is W8ACR which is my personal call sign. This station will be operating from Knox, ND.  In previous years, I used the callsign W2AN/0, but I will not be using this call sign this year. THE SECOND FLAGSHIP STATION WILL BE USING CALL SIGN W8ACR.

3. Log the Flagship stations like any other station you work.  You will be given a single 10-point Flagship bonus for each Flagship station worked when you tabulate your score on the AM QSO Party Score Sheet.  If you worked the Flagship stations on multiple bands, you still only get the one 10-point bonus for each Flagship station worked

Four Band Bonus:

To encourage operation on all 4 bands a “Four band bonus” is being awarded. If you make at least one contact on all four bands: 160, 75, 40, and 20 meters, you earn an additional single 10-point bonus.

Sending in your Logs and Summary Score Sheet:

Please submit both your individual log sheet(s) as well as the score sheets regardless of level of activity. This allows us to evaluate the overall event so that on occasional, changes may be made. Please remember that this event is about amateur radio camaraderie and having fun.

The new log sheet and the revised summary score sheet are posted on the AWA website. Please download both of these forms.  Use the new log sheet for listing all the stations you worked and use the AM QSO Party score sheet to calculate your final score.  Please send in both forms which must be received by the event coordinator by 2400 UTC on October 23, 2022. Log and Score sheets may also be obtained via USPS upon request to the event coordinator at the address listed below.

To send in your station log and summary sheet electronically, go to the website and click on the form you want to download.  Following that, save the form on your computer.  Once it is saved, fill it out and save the filled-out copy.  Use that process for both the log sheet and summary form.  Send an email to the event coordinator by attaching both forms to your email.  If you have soapbox comment and pictures attached them as separate files to that email.   Do not embed the pictures into the body of the email. 

Prizes:

The AWA provides a nice plaque to the station with the highest overall score.  Plaques are presented at the AWA annual conference.  If the winner is not able to attend, the plaque will be mailed. 

Note:

Flagship station and AM QSO party event coordinator – W8ACR has the capability to operate on all four bands at around 300 watts carrier. I plan to operate on all four bands. I typically operate on 1945, 3870-3890, 7290, and 14330 +/- QRM.  I hope to hear you on the air in September.

Photos/Soapbox Comments:

We encourage you to send in any photos of your station, and any comments you may have about the AM QSO Party. Photos should be in high resolution .jpeg format and not embedded into your email, but rather sent as an attachment. Correspondence regarding the event, and requests for hard copies of the summary log sheets should be addressed to the event coordinator, Ron Skipper W8ACR, at the addresses provided below. E-mail correspondence is preferred, but correspondence by USPS is also acceptable.

Ron Skipper W8ACR

6466 41st Ave NE

Knox, ND 58343

skipperfam (at) gondtc (dot) com