Event Details for Amplitude Modulation QSO Party

2020 AM QSO Party
By Joe–W3GMS for Ron-W8ACR, Event Coordinator

Date:  Saturday February 15, 2020 @ 2300 GMT to Sunday February 16, 2020 @ 2300 GMT 

Bands:  160, 80, 40 and 20 Meters 

Objective: To promote and encourage the use of AM as a mode of operation in Ham Radio and to have fun.  We all know that AM is alive and well! This will be your best chance to hear a wide variety of vintage gear and modern gear operating on AM.  You will be talking to some of the friendliest people on the air.  While use of older tube gear is encouraged, we also want to welcome people using modern gear.  Some modern gear includes, Class D and E transmitters, SDR transceivers and don’t forget about the conventional multimode rig that has an AM on the mode switch.  

Frequencies: Around 1.885 or 1.945, 3.835 – 3.890, 7.280 – 7.295, 14.275 – 14.295 and 14.340.  West coast stations may want to try 7.160.

Exchange: Name, state, (province, or country).  That keeps the log simple, but don’t be afraid to talk about your station, or to ask about another station.   This event is about fun, above all.   Be friendly to new AM stations and help those with transceivers get active on AM.  Even if you only make a few contacts, please send in a log so that we will know who is participating and we can track the QSO count per band.  This allows us to make changes from time to time to make the event in more popular.   ​

Scoring and Multipliers: Stations producing 25 watts or less carrier OUTPUT, each contact counts as 3 points. Stations producing 25-100 watts carrier OUTPUT, each contact counts as 2 points.   Stations with more than 100 watts OUTPUT count as 1 point.   All 20 meter contacts count 5 points regardless of power output.   You may contact each station only once per band.

Flagship Stations: There will be two authorized flagship stations participating in the AM QSO Party.  These stations will not be included in the score summary ranking, but their scores will be listed separately in the results.   W2AN is the AWA Museum callsign and this call will be used by various volunteer stations in the contest.  The first contact with each flagship station counts 10 points, all subsequent contacts with that station are 1 point. You might work a flagship station on another band, but any subsequent contacts are scored as 1 point, except for 20 meters.  Ron, our event coordinator for this event, has volunteered to be the Midwestern area flagship station again this year.  If things go as expected, the East Coast flagship station will be operating from the AWA Museum.  Any changes to W2AN from the AWA Museum will be posted on the AWA website.  

Logs: There is a summary log sheet posted on the AWA web site.  It is not necessary to send your entire log, only the summary sheet is necessary.   Even if you only make a few contacts, please send in a log sheet so you can be counted as a participant.

Please email pictures in jpeg format of the station(s) you used and any Soapbox comments you may have.  For those without web access that needs a log sheet, send a note to our event coordinator, Ron Skipper – W8ACR 6466 41st Ave NE, Knox ND 58343 and a copy will be mailed to you.  Logs, Soapbox comments and pictures are preferred to be sent in electronically if possible, but we will accommodate handwritten logs and Soapbox comments if needed.

Logs must be received no later than March 13th 2020.  If mailing your logs in, send them to Ron Skipper – W8ACR 6466 41st Ave NE, Knox ND 58343.  If e-mailing, which is preferred, send them to skipperfam [at] gondtc [dot] com.     

Winners will be notified and listed in the AWA Journal and Website along with Electric Radio. Plaques are normally available at the AWA Conference time in August. ​​

Station Example

This is the station that Joe-W3GMS is considering using during the AWA AM QSO Party.  It’s a memorial station that I created in my museum, to honor my mentor, Harry I. Davis – W3FDY (SK).  The Johnson 500 is not low power, so I may switch to a lower power rig for this year’s event.