Fellow New Mexico Hams --
The 2018 New Mexico QSO Party takes about a month from now: Saturday, April 14 from 8:00am MDT until 8:00pm MDT, and all Hams across New Mexico are invited to participate. Amateur radio operators from across the United States -- and the world -- will be seeking New Mexicans on HF and 6 meters during the event period, looking particularly to work hams in as many New Mexico counties as possible. The Land of Enchantment will essentially be the "DX" on this day, making for a great time for all who participate. Last year hundreds of amateur radio operators around the world participated, including 98 New Mexico hams and 17 New Mexico amateur radio clubs.
We are looking for hams within each and every one of New Mexico's 33 counties to participate in the 2018 New Mexico QSO Party, whether for just a few convenient hours or for the entire 12 hour period.
This is a super event for new and experienced hams alike. Operate from the comfort of your home, or combine forces with hams in your club as a club activity. Invite a group of friends to your shack. Hit the road as a mobile station and activate multiple counties which create much needed -- and appreciated -- point multipliers for everyone who participates in the QSO Party. Use this event as an opportunity to introduce a neighbor or friend to ham radio. Or rally friends and club members to set up, Field Day style, as part of the special expedition category.
ATTENTION HAM CLUBS: The New Mexico QSO Party is an superb club-building activity, and there are two special awards intended just for clubs. The first is a plaque that will be awarded to the New Mexico club with the highest aggregate score submitted by its members. Another plaque will be awarded to the New Mexico Club whose members activate the highest aggregate number of New Mexico counties around the state. It doesn't matter what operating category your members participate in, or for how long; each entrant just needs to clearly mark their club name in their individual logs and your club will be automatically entered. Complete details in the New Mexico QSO Party rules.
This year's event is hosted by the Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club. Great-looking plaques will be awarded and participation certificates will be available for those desiring one. Complete details, rules, prize information, and more can be found on the New Mexico QSO Party website at www.NewMexicoQSOParty.org
Are you planning to get on the air and operate from your home shack, with friends, alongside your club at its club station, mobile, or portable? Even if tentative at this point, please visit www.NewMexicoQSOParty.org
and let us know what county (or counties) you plan to operate from so we can list you on the NM QSO Party website’s activation table and interactive map. Our goal is to have as many hams as possible operating from all of New Mexico counties during the event.
Please help spread the word about the 2018 New Mexico QSO Party. With your help we look forward to all 33 counties being activated this year. See you on the air in about a month!
Thanks and 73,
New Mexico QSO Party website: www.NewMexicoQSOParty.org