New Mexico QSO Party -- Saturday, April 11

Brian Mileshosky

Greetings —

The 2020 New Mexico QSO Party, scheduled to happen in just about two weeks, is still a GO.  There are a number of options to participate safely and enjoyably while the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, and we hope this event serves as a positive outlet for relief and enjoyment during these challenging times.

All hams across New Mexico are invited to hit the airwaves on Saturday, April 11 from 8:00am MDT until 8:00pm MDT.  Amateur radio operators from across the United States -- and the world -- will be seeking New Mexicans on HF, 6 meters, and 2 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 89 New Mexico hams and 14 New Mexico amateur radio clubs.

We are looking for hams — like yourself! — within each and every one of New Mexico's 33 counties to participate in the 2020 New Mexico QSO Party, whether for just a few convenient hours or for the entire event.

This is a super event for new and experienced hams alike. Operate from the comfort of your home. 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 family member to ham radio.  Or try setting up, Field Day style, as part of the special expedition category.

ATTENTION HAM CLUBS: The New Mexico QSO Party is a superb club-building activity, and there are two special awards available 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 Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico.  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

Are you planning to get on the air and operate from your home shack, as a mobile, or portable?  Even if tentative at this point, please visit 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 2020 New Mexico QSO Party.  With your help we look forward to all 33 counties being activated this year.  See you on the air in a couple weeks!

Thanks and 73,
Brian N5ZGT
New Mexico QSO Party website: