Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party Details

The Bruce Kelly Memorial QSO Party for 2022
By Dave Parker, WB7WHG

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 or Vibroplex-type keys should be used. Non-AWA members with 29-Style rigs are welcome to join in! Rig-building information available at BK Build Info – Antique Wireless Association. 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 – Both Special Event Stations, W2ICE and W2AN will again be on the air. Stations completing a 1929 QSO with either station or both stations can get a QSL card by sending your QSL card and a SASE to Ed Gable – K2MP 187 Lighthouse Rd., Hilton, NY 14468.

New this Year – We had a very busy 40M lower band segment on the second weekend last Fall, which shut us out on 40M.  This year we will recommend using 7110-7125. The ending time for each Sunday Evening will again be extended to 0300 UTC Monday.

Dates:  Saturday November 12th 2300 UTC to Monday November 14th 0300 UTC and Saturday November 19th 2300 UTC to Monday November 21th 0300 UTC.

Bands: 160, 80, 40 and 20 Meters

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, 27 or 23, or pick a year if you’re not sure), type of transmitter (such as TNT, TGTP, MOPA or COLPITTS) and input power (such as 6W or 25W). Those participants who use a 1929-era Regenerative Receiver for a majority of their contacts, along with their 29-era transmitter will be recognized in the results listing. A 29-era Regenerative Receiver would utilize 1929 or earlier tubes and would have a regenerative detector with 1 or 2 audio stages.

Rules:  To be scored, transmitters must be 1929 or earlier types of self-excited oscillators such as the Hartley, TNT, TPTG, MOPA, Colpitts, etc. but no crystal oscillator transmitters. 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 not only to AWA members but including 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 Regenerative Receiver for a majority of your contacts, mention that at the bottom of your log form.

Input Power:  Transmitters are limited to a power INPUT of 25 Watts or less.  Note that this is INPUT power.  Power input is calculated by multiplying PA plate voltage x total PA 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.

Frequencies:  The QSO Party typically operates between 1800 to 1810 KC, 3555 to 3570 KC, 7110 to 7125 KC, and 14060 TO 14070 KC. 40 Meters works well because it offers both nighttime and daytime propagation! Note that the 40M segment has been narrowed a bit. Feel free to try other parts of the bands, but note that it will be hard for others to find you there.

Logs: There is an updated BK Log Form this year, and an earlier log deadline. Please submit your log (using UTC!) so we can see who you worked and acknowledge your effort. Logs must be in UTC time and be in the 1929 QSO Party log format to be scored. The total number of contacts should be shown on the last page (a maximum of 29 Contacts per page). Each page should have totals per band, for that page. You can list the grand totals on the last page. If you are making a lot of contacts, you could use one page per band. Mark pages 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc. Please don’t insert photos or comments in your log.

An official 1929 log sheet is being offered both in Word and as a PDF document which can be download from the AWA website.  I can mail a printed one to you if you don’t have a computer.  If you can email a filled-in Word document to me, that will help a lot!  Another option can be a Text document with the fields in the correct order.  As a last resort a scanned paper log (not a photo). Please email me your soapbox comments and photos when sending in your log sheets.  Pictures should be a high resolution .jpg file since that works best for the AWA website where they will be posted.  Use either a separate text file or Word document for Soapbox comments. My email address is wb7whg [at] arrl.net. 

I will acknowledge receipt of all email logs if you include your email address within a week of receiving them.  If you don’t have email, mail in a paper log and if you want an acknowledgment, please include an SASE. 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 and  mention the AWA QSO Party and point them to the AWA webpage for more information, then move on, or have a QSO with them if you wish.  Scoring is simple, just add up the number of legitimate 1929 QSO’s that you had.  The results will be published on the AWA website and in the AWA Journal.  This year’s deadline for logs is December 5, 2022. 

73, Dave WB7WHG