Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party Details

The Bruce Kelley Memorial QSO Party for 2024
By Dave Parker, WB7WHG

November 9-11 & 16-18, 2024

The information below can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking on the button to the right.

 The Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party is an annual AWA-sponsored event where participants either have acquired or have built their own transmitters using 1929 or earlier designs, techniques, and tubes from 1929 or earlier. Hand Keys or Vibroplex-type “bugs” should be used.  Non-AWA members with 29-Style rigs are welcome to join in! The objective is to contact as many other 1929 stations as possible.  Since we use early designs, it is a cacophony of whooping, chirping, buzzing, clicking, drifting, swishing, swaying, warbling, and other interesting signals. This is what ham radio sounded like in 1929 and for two weekends in November it’s 1929 again on the ham bands! The 1929 QSO Party was started in 1991 and was championed for several years by Bruce Kelley, W2ICE, an AWA co-founder.  

Special Event Stations – We hope to get a volunteer to operate as our Special Event Station W2ICE, again in 2024. Stations completing a 1929 QSO with W2ICE or W2AN can get a QSL card by sending a QSL card of their contact, and an SASE, to Ed Gable K2MP, 187 Lighthouse Rd., Hilton, NY 14468.

Dates:  Sat. Nov. 9, 2300 UTC to Mon. Nov. 11 0300 UTC, and Sat. Nov. 16 2300 UTC to Mon., Nov. 18 0300 UTC.

Bands: 160, 80, 40 and 20 Meters. The QSO Party typically operates between 1800 to 1820 KC, 3550 to 3570 KC, 7050 to 7070 KC, 7110 to 7125 KC, and 14060 TO 14070 KC.

Again this Year – 7050-7070 gets busy the first weekend, so try 7110-7125 for the 1st Weekend, and 7050-7070 for the 2nd Weekend. The ending time for each Sunday Evening will be at 0300 UTC Monday.

New PDF Log Form – We request that you submit your logs using the new Fillable PDF Log Form. It’s quite easy to use with a PC, but if you need to, you can submit a legible hand-written copy. The PDF Log Form can be downloaded from the AWA Website, Operating Events Info.

Objective: Contact as many 1929 stations as possible. Contact exchange consists of RST, Name, QTH State (such as MN or NY), last two digits of the year of the transmitters design or publication (such as 29 or 27 or 24, or pick a year if you’re not sure), type of transmitter (such as Hartley, TNT, TGTP, MOPA or Colpitts), and Input Power (such as 6W, 25W). Multiply Plate Voltage x Plate Current to get your input power.

Rules: To be scored, transmitters must be 1929 or earlier types of self-excited oscillators such as a Hartley, TNT, PP tuned grid tuned plate, MOPA, Colpitts, etc. No crystal oscillators. Tubes must have been available during or before 1929. Typical tubes used are Type 10, 45, 27, 211, 71A, 01A. Individual stations can be worked only once on each band over the course of two weekends. You can use any vintage or modern receiver that you wish. The event is open to all 1929 stations including AWA members and non-AWA members. You can submit your greatest miles-per-watt number, (i.e. 500 Miles at 2 Watts Input Power, equals 250 MPW).  Enter your highest miles-per-watt contact, using Input Power, on the bottom of the log form, if you wish.  There will be an Honorable Mention for the greatest MPW contact. If you used a 1929 Receiver for a majority of your contacts, mention that also, at the bottom of your log form. A 29-era Regen Receiver would utilize 1929 or earlier tubes, and would have a Regen detector with 1 or 2 audio stages.

Input Power: Transmitters are limited to a power INPUT of 25 Watts or less. Power input is calculated by multiplying plate voltage x total plate current.   Example: my plate voltage is 300 VDC, and plate current is 30 mA, so total input power is 300 x 0.030 = 9 Watts Input. Don’t forget, the power limit is 25 Watts Input.

Logs: Please use the new AWA BK Fillable PDF Log Form.Submit your log (using UTC Time!) so we can see who you worked and acknowledge your effort. If you end up with a dupe on your log, please line-through the duplicate log entry line. The grand total number of contacts should be shown on the last page only (a maximum of 29 Contacts per page). Each page could also have totals, per band, for that page. If you are making a lot of contacts, you could use one page per band, or one page per weekend. Mark pages 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc. Please don’t insert photos or comments into your log.

If you can email a filled-in PDF document to me, that will help a lot! You could also email a scanned paper copy of the PDF log (not a photo). Please email me your soapbox comments and photos, also! Use a separate jpg file (< 1K) for photos, and a separate text file for comments. My email address is wb7whg [at] gmail [dot] com

I will acknowledge receipt of all emailed logs. If you mail in a paper log, and want an acknowledgement, please include an SASE or an email address. My mail address is Dave Parker, 1107 NW 15th St, Bend, OR 97703, and my phone number is 608-515-3466.

Scoring:  Remember that contacts with modern or high-power stations do not count.  If you are contacted by a modern or high-power station, be polite, mention the AWA BK QSO Party, then move on, or have a QSO with them if you wish.  Scoring is simple.  Just add up the number of legitimate 1929 QSOs that you had.  The results will be published on the AWA website and in the AWA Journal. This year’s deadline for logs will be December 10, 2024. 

73, Dave WB7WHG