Results of the 2016 Telephone Pioneer QSO Party

(Antique Radio Photo)

“A Real Pioneering Radio”

The 2016 Telephone Pioneer QSO Party reflected the iniation of a new schedule and mode of operation. We moved off the weekend schedule to avoid other operating events such as he various state QSO parties. The third Monday in October presented us with a unique opportunity to operate in relativly quiet bands. Conditions were only fair considering that we were on the downward slope of the Sunspot Cycle 24. However as always we persisted in making many enjoyable contacts with other Telephone Pioneers plus non pioneers as well. The bonus points for working non-pioneers and spreading the word about pioneering showed up in the scores.

Here are a few of the changes we made in 2016. We discarded the old four session CW and Phone formats. The CW and Phone sessions now ran concurrently for 8 hours. Operatiors could switch back and forth between both mdoes. This made it simpler to remember when to get on the air in your favorite mode of operation.

The final score equaled the qso and chaptor totals i.e. CW and Phones QSOs added together multiplied by the CW and Phone Chapters added together. Then we tightend up the spread in the suggested frequencies.

The general consensus was the changes were for the better particularly getting away from the weekend QRM. Congratulations to John W4BXI for being the overall winner.

CALLNAMESCHAPTERCW PointsPH PointsBonusFinal Total
Totals9243202405478
AF6FDICK SCHEPLERDE ANZA065670726
K0HQWTORT ISAACSONTHEODORE GARRY6006
K0OHBWAYNE ASHWELLMISSOURI0301040
K0SFVLARRY CANNONKANSAS0101
KA7LDON WEBBVERIZON WEST01440144
KB0BHLARRY WHITESOUTH018720207
KB0JITPAUL SIPESIOWA027510285
KB4LWTLARRY ANDRUSSOUTHERN STATES NEW OUTLOOK02000200
KK7IBGEORGE WITTEARIZONA070070
N6TPJIM MUITERGOLDEN GATE44705101112
W4AXOJIM ROEBUCKALABAMA640520510
W4BXIJOHN DRUMSOUTH3610441001574
W4FEBRANDY DOREWILLIAM DENVER0101
W6GPMJIM MCWHORTERGOLDEN BEAR03770377
W7DAJALLEN JAMESONMISSISSIPPI042042
W7DEBDENNIS BRADFORDVERIZON WEST01200120
WA5MLFJOHN KRUPSKYLOUISIANA063063

Speculation on the Pioneering Radio

(Antique Radio Photo)

“A Real Pioneering Radio”

The picture is from Word images. It looks like a one-tube transmitter on the top deck and the power supply on the bottom. The swinging link varies the coupling to the antenna. I estimate the power input to be about 6 watts, perhaps 200 volts at 30 mils. The power output would be about 3 to 4 watts! The signal no doubt had a chirp, perhaps even a click, but was still a signal on the air! Signal reports use C for chirp (RST 559C). The tank coil was high Q with very low loss. The oscillator circuit may have been a “Colpitts” which has a set of series capacitors for feedback. A “Hartley” oscillator would have required a taped coil. Changing a few components with the means to control the positive feedback, you could convert the rig to a regenerative receiver!

Needless to say the construction was a work of art.

73 and see you on the air,
Jim N6TP

Get Ready, Get Set…

Thanks to John W4BXI and participating club TPARCA for contributing the following links to help you before and during the TPQSO Party!

TPWINLOG Windows program by W4AXO for logging contacts and preparing log sheets.
Chat Room A real-time aid to finding participants during the event.
We suggest using your callsign as your Username. No password is needed.
Chat User Guide How to set up and use the chat room.
CW Practice How to customize MorseRunner to practice for CQTP.
Send any questions to W4BXI.

Announcing the 52nd Annual TPQSO Party!

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Telephone Pioneer QSO Party Chapter Coordinators,
Telephone Pioneer Radio Amateurs,
TelecomPioneer Chapter Administrators:

The George S Ladd Radio Club (Golden Gate Chapter) invites all Telephone Pioneers, including former and current employees of the telephone related companies, and all other licensed amateur radio operators to participate in the 52nd Annual Telephone Pioneer QSO Party. We  welcome contacts from non-pioneers as well.

The Telephone Pioneer QSO party combines Telephone Pioneering and Amateur Radio. It is a great chance to renew old friendships..  Help us celebrate the  Annual Telephone Pioneer QSO Party.

For the latest information and results go to: http://tpqso.com/

If you are a chapter coordinator, please make every effort to contact all the Telephone Pioneer operators in your chapter.

This website includes the rules, log sheets and a summary sheet. Please use the summary sheet!

The Telephone Pioneer QSO Party is scheduled for Monday October 17, 2016.

The big change this year is to schedule the event on Monday October 17, 2016. One complaint about weekend operating is the QRM with the various state QSO parties. The event will run eight hours with all modes running concurrently but scored separately.

Please give our announcement the widest possible distribution to all the known Amateur Radio Operators both pioneers and non-pioneers..  Thanks to all the previous coordinators who have made the TPQSO party a great success over the past 51 years.

For more information please call, email or write:

Jim Muiter N6TP
 4233 Wooster Ave.
 San Mateo, CA 94403
 650-345-6973
N6TPjim@gmail.com

73
Jim — N6TP

Here’s what you need for the 2016 TPQSO Party

Here’s everything you need to participate.

Download the Announcement,
including the rules, operating times, frequencies, summary sheet & more:

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Our Support Team Celebrating the 2015 TPQSO Party

Results of the 2015 Telephone Pioneer QSO Party

Your comments are enjoyable to read. They give a real sense as to how the Telephone Pioneer QSO Party Operators found conditions and what they were able to accomplish. It appears that our friends in the South generally had good conditions and those in the mid-west did not fare so well. One observation that stood out was the bands were congested from the various state QSO parties. The timing of the Telephone Pioneer QSO Party is based on being one weekend before the CQ WW DX contest held on the last full weekend in October. Apparently the chairman of the State QSO parties has the same idea in scheduling their event. The participation committee will review this year’s schedule for a possible reconsideration. One radical thought is to schedule it during mid-week. Again we invite your comments on scheduling and how we might improve the event.

One thing we cannot do much about is HF conditions. They vary from year to even on a daily basis. So the selection of the hours of operation becomes important. Daytime hours favor the higher bands 20-15 and10 meters and the night time hours favor 160-80 and 40 meters.

Let us take a look at the results. John W4BXI had a clean sweep, with the most CW, Phone, Bonus and Total Points. In the Chapter category, the South Chapter took first place with the Golden Gate Chapter a distant second. A big thanks to all who participated and especially those who submitted their results.

73 Jim N6TP

2015 -- Operator's Soapbox

CALLCOMMENTS
K0OHBOPERATED PORTABLE FROM THE RV IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA. ON 20 AND 40 OPEN FEW CONTACTS.
K0SFVCONDITIONS WERE TERRIBLE AT LEAST AT MY QTH. I AM HOPING TO DO BETTER NEXT YEAR.
K4VBNTHANKS A LOT FOR THE FUN. ENJOYED MY FIRST TELEPHONE PARTY QSO CONTEST. GLAD TO SEE THE NICE BAND OPENINGS
KB0BHI HAD A GREAT TIME.
KB0JITHI JIM. THE WEEKEND WAS BAD FOR ME. ONLY COULD WORK A SHORT TIME EACH DAY. I NEVER DID HEAR ANY DIGITAL STATIONS.
KB4LWTMUCH FUN
KK7IBMY THANKS TO YOU AND JOHN FOR KEEPING THIS RUNNING!
N4ACHI HAD FUN AGAIN THIS YEAR AFTER FIGURING OUT THE TPWINLOG. GREAT PROGRAM THANKS H.C.
N4OLNFUN TIME
NO1RSEVERAL CW CONTESTS MADE A MESS OF 20 METERS. FUN WORKING PIONEERS ON 40 SSB ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. 15 METERS WAS OPEN TO THE WEST COAST ON SATURDAY.
VE5AADSOLAR PROBLEMS SHUT DOWN THE BANDS IN MY LOCATION WITH ONLY A FEW STATIONS HEARD. CU NEXT YEAR.
W0NFLDISAPPOINTMENT THIS YEAR AS I JUST COULD NOT HEAR TO HEAVY NOISE LEVEL AT MY QTH
W6GPMMY WORST SHOWING EVER. THE MANY STATE QSO PARTIES GOING ON THE SAME TIME MADE IT TUFF. MISSED WORKING MANY OLD TIMERS, T'VE WORKED IN THE PAST. PARTICIPATION SEEMS TO BE GETTING LOWER EVERY YEAR. ONLY WORKED ONE VE.
W6SHFNOT MANY CALLS HEARD THIS YEAR FROM THE PAST AND NO CANADIAN CALLS. (SADLY BOB PASSED AWAY IN EARLY DECEMBER - JIM N6TP)
W7DAJAS ALWAYS THANKS FOR THE SPEARHEADING THE TPQSO PARTY. HAD FUN
WA4PTZI HAD A GREAT TIME. THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR THE TPQSO PARTY.
WA5MLFTHANKS FOR ORGANIZING THIS EVENT. AGAIN I DID NOT H AVE THE OPPRTUNITY TO WORK NON-PIONEER CONTACTS, I KNOW THAT SOME PARTICPANTS DID. I THINK IT'S GOOD TO INCLUDE THAT OPTION. THE 10 METER BAND SEEMS TO BE DEAD AT MY LOCATION. AS IS OFTEN THE CASE OTHER EVENTS COMPETED FOR THE FREQUENCIES.
WA8MWA73 AND THANKS FOR ALL YOUR WORK.
WF9VNO LONGER ACTIVE BUT I DO STILL SPONSOR WA9PAC PIONEER REPEATER IN SOUTH CHICAGO. LETS DO THIS AGAIN NEXT YEAR.

2015 -- Individual Scores

CALLNAMESCHAPTERCW PointsPH PointsTOTALBonusFinal Total
AF6FDICK SCHEPLERDE ANZA086786730897
K0CCULEE WEITZELIOWA01701700170
K0HQWTORT ISAACSONTHEODORE GARRY02422420242
K0OHBWAYNE ASHWELLMISSOURI05656056
K0SFVLARRY CANNONKANSAS01101
K4VBNROBERT HENSLEYGEORGIA01801800180
KB0BHLARRY WHITESOUTH088288220902
KB0JITPAUL SIPESIOWA09909
KB4LWTLARRY ANDRUSSOUTHERN STATES NEW OUTLOOK07527520752
KK7IBGEORGE WITTEARIZONA03636036
N4ACHH. C. MORGANMID-ATLANTIC068668680766
N4OLNGARY LINDEMANSOUTH366887240724
N5BFDJIM HOPLINSOKLAHOMA60606
N6TPJIM MUITERGOLDEN GATE10515401645401685
N9RPRONALD UNDERWOODWISCONSIN0144144144
NO1RSTEVE CAPOGNANORTH CAROLINA161701860186
VE5AADCHAS ZSOKASASKATCHEWAN01515015
W0HFCJOHN BOSTELMANNMISSOURI01515015
W0NFLJAMES GRAHAMIOWA03535035
W4AXOJIM ROEBUCKALABAMA6639145710467
W4BXIJOHN DRUMSOUTH429253029591003059
W6GPMJIM MCWHORTERGOLDEN BEAR563303860386
W6SHFBOB BEEBEGOLDEN GATE03523520352
W7DAJALLEN JAMESONMISSISSIPPI04164160416
WA4PTZTIM SAVAGETENNESSEE18013861566501616
WA5MLFJOHN KRUPSKYLOUISIANA03123120312
WA8MWACAROLYN DAVIDSONCROSSROADS OUTLOOK90909
WF9VBOB MARCHESIILLINOIS246690090
WS6KBILL SCHROEDERGOLDEN GATE05125120512

2015 -- Chapter Scores

CHAPTERSCORE
SOUTH4685
GOLDEN GATE2549
TENNESSEE1616
DE ANZA897
MID-ATLANTIC766
SOUTHERN STATES NEW OUTLOOK752
ALABAMA467
MISSISSIPPI416
GOLDEN BEAR386
LOUISIANA312
THEODORE GARRY242
IOWA214
NORTH CAROLINA186
GEORGIA180
WISCONSIN144
ILLINOIS90
MISSOURI71
ARIZONA36
SASKATCHEWAN15
CROSSROADS OUTLOOK9
OKLAHOMA6
KANSAS1

See you next year!