2019 Bruce Kelley Memorial 1929 QSO Party Results

/ By Dave Parker, WB7WHG

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The 36th annual Bruce Kelley Memorial 1929 QSO Party was held for the second time on our new dates, on the second and third weekends of November, with 55 stations submitting logs. We also received 1 SWL log. This is a significant increase over the number of participants for the last few years, and I want to thank all of you for getting the word out! W3GMS helped us with publicity in Electric Radio magazine.  VE3AWA helped out by getting our new AWA Group set up at: https://groups.io/g/AWAGroup. Check it out! A special welcome to all of our first-time entries this year, along with a few returning after missing a few years!

This year’s winner of the AWA Bruce Kelley Trophy is N1BUG, with 90 (!) contacts on all 3 bands. Great effort from Maine, Paul! The TOP FIVE stations are N1BUG, KBOHXL & K0PK tied, N2BE, WU2D & NE1S.

Once again, we had a good turnout for the Miles-Per-Watt competition, with 32 entries. This year’s MPW winner is N2BE, who had a 2429-mile QSO, at 9 Watts Input, with VE7SL, for 270 MPW, on 80M and 40M. VE7SL is a perennial MPW QSO favorite! There was a little confusion regarding Input vs. Output Power this year, for MPW. Thanks to those who replied to my queries regarding Input Power, and we’ll clarify that on the log form for next fall! We use Input Power because that was the most common, and accurate, indication in 1929.

This year, for the first time, we also are recognizing those hardy souls who made a majority of their contacts using a 1929-era Regen Receiver. We had one station this year that did it, and a special shout-out goes to WA3JJT, who used a National SW-3 receiver. Good work, Steve! – He even worked W0LGU in MN with it.

Special thanks also go out to K0SM and NW2K for activating our W2ICE Bruce Kelley Memorial Call, making a whopping 75 contacts, on all three bands! NW2K alsoactivated the W2AN AWA Club Call for our event.

This year, we had 970 contacts logged on 80M, 379 on 40M, and 85 on 160M, for a total of 1434 QSO’s. A significant increase from previous years – wait ‘til Cycle 25 comes up! Thanks to all who participated, and we’ll be looking for you on November 7-8, and 14-15, 2020!

Calls Heard: AA2YV AA9DH AB0CW AK4JA K0KCY K0PK K1IC K4CHE K4HAY K4JYS K6KV K9HF K9HFX KB0HXL KB0ROB KC5U KE0Z KI0DB KK1K KN4RRQ N1BUG N2BE N2OUV N3GJ N3TE N4GJV N4HAY N8YE N9CQX NE1S NI8G NV1X VE2AN VE3AWA VE3LYX VE3SL VE7CNF VE7SL W0LGU W0NYQ W0PWE W0VLZ W1ZB W2AN W2AO W2DGB W2ICE W2LB W3BBO W3BYM W3FJJ W3GMS W3ZT W7HB W8HOG W8KGI W8PU W8QMD WA2OVJ WA2S WA3JJT WA6VYN WA8UEG WB2AWQ WB2UAQ WB7WHG WOPWE WU2D WX1O.

Calls heard were gathered from those logs that were on a Word or Text File document.