PA QSO Party Bonus Station
The Bonus Station for the 2019 PAQSO Party is K3SMT, Somerset County ARC, operating from Somerset County in honor of their 60th Anniversary.
K3SMT plans as of 10/4/19, from Dave, N3XF:
We will have two high powered stations on the air for the entire event, concentrating on 80, 40 and 20. One will be on SSB and the other on CW for the whole contest and we will move bands depending on conditions and activity. A third station will be set up as a training station as some guys are not contesters but want to participate so we will be on 2 meter FM and SSB. I understand some rovers will be on 146.55 so we will listen for them as well as others. I plan on getting on 6 meter SSB/CW Sunday morning as I have done in past years.We have a dedicated computer guru who will be in charge of our local network and he will be posting our frequencies to the PA QSO chat on a regular basis and he will be watching spots and chat info for rovers and relay the info to the operators. I feel comfortable we will be able to provide the bonus points to anyone who may be looking for us. On Sunday, we will have more operators who are not contesters getting their feet wet, but we have had N1MM training sessions at our Thursday night meetings over the past month as well as reviewing the rules and operating procedures. Sunday will be slower and a good chance to train some new contesters and generally get some of our club members involved.The first few hours, K1ZE, my DXpedition and contest buddy and I will be on the HF stations when it is busiest so we can keep the rate up. We have backup rigs in case and the shack has a 20 KW whole house generator, which we hopefully won’t need. We even have a full time cook for the event!
Thanks to all who submitted proposals. Please consider submitting proposals for future parties.
Some things to keep in mind if you are interested in applying to be a PA QSO Party Bonus Station:
- If a group or club wishes to be considered for a particular year's Bonus station, they should contact the PA QSO Party Association to indicate their interest, and prepare an Operation Plan for the proposed Bonus Station.
- There are often several groups applying for the bonus station every year. By the very nature of a bonus station, we can select only one. There have been times in the past, when people or groups, not selected, have become so upset that they have boycotted the party because of it. Please do not do that. The decision is very difficult; there is no reason to make it more so. If not being chosen as the bonus station will cause you to become so angry with the administrators of the party that you refuse to participate, reconsider the application.
Past PA QSO Party Bonus Stations
1992-1995 – Nittany Amateur Radio Club
1996 – W3OK Delaware Lehigh Amateur Radio Club
1997 – W3SGJ Beaver Valley Amateur Radio Association
1998 – K3YTL Murgas Amateur Radio Association
1999 – W3HA Carbon Amateur Radio Club
2000 - W3YA Nittany Amateur Radio Club
2001 – K3CSG Scranton Pocono Amateur Radio Club
2002 – W3FRC Frankford Radio Club
2003 – W3KWH Steel City Amateur Radio Club (first multi-station effort)
2004 – W3UU Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club
2005 – K3YTL Murgas Amateur Radio Association
2006 – N3SH Wireless Association of South Hills
2007 – W3P – Nittany Amateur Radio Club 50th Anniversary
2008 – W3OK Delaware Lehigh Amateur Radio Club
2009 – N3KAE The KQX Group
2010 – K3MJW Skyview Radio Society
2011 – K3SMT
2012 - W3SC Schuylkill Amateur Repeater Association
2013 – W3ZGD Hilltop Transmitting Assn
2014 – W3TDF QCWA Chapter 17 Ray Bilger Celebration
2015 - W3C by the KQX Group
2016 - W3UU The Harrisburg Radio Amateur Club
2017 - W3FRC, W3F, W3R, W3C The Frankford Radio Club
2018 - N3LI Operated by the Nittany Amateur Radio Club