Kentucky QSO Party  -  link to the official page

June 3 until 0100Z  June 4 9am-9pm meeting in the clubroom

What is the Kentucky QSO Party?

The Kentucky QSO Party is an annual event in which many ham radio operators in Kentucky get on the air for 12 hours so that others from around the world can make contacts with Kentucky.  It is a great way to contact Kentucky on different bands and modes for awards like Worked All States (WAS) and County Hunters.  Many rare counties in Kentucky will be activated during the event.

Stations in KY

Stations in Kentucky will typically call CQ KYQP on or near the suggested operating frequencies (see Rules page).  When a station comes back to your CQ, you send your exchange:  RST plus the three letter abbreviation for your county.  Note: it is important to not just send or say the full name of your county.  It is better operating practice to send the county abbreviation (see Counties page).  For example, KY stations operating from McCracken county should simply say or send 599 MCC (if on SSB, 599 Mike, Charlie, Charlie).  After you have sent your exchange, listen for the other station’s response and enter their exchange as noted above.  Once you have entered the correct exchange from the other station, simply say “Thank you” or TU and then call QRZ? or CQ KYQP to work other stations.  Note that KY stations can work both stations outside of KY and other stations in KY.

Calling All Kentucky Clubs

We would like to encourage all Kentucky amateur radio clubs to affiliate with the KY QSO Party.  You can do so by registering your club and your club call sign on the link below.

Club Bonus Stations

Club call signs preregistered on this site will count as bonus stations.  (See the Rules tab for latest official list).  Activating a club call sign is a great way to improve the operating skills of hams new to HF.  It is also an opportunity to get your club call sign on the air outside of Field Day.

Rare County Activation

We hope that many Kentucky clubs will also encourage members to operate rover or portable stations so that we can activate as many rare counties as possible each year.  This site will provide a list of anticipated rare county activations prior to the event.