marks the th year of the Georgia QSO Party. In 1960 Rusty Epps, W6OAT, who back then held the call K4BVD, created the GQP. He did all the initial log checking while still in high school! Some active contesters who operated in the 1st Georgia QSO Party include K0DEQ, K2UFT, K3JJG, K4BAI, K4BVD(W6OAT), K4FRM(K4GK), K4HPR(N4JF sk), K4MPE, K4PHA, K4PQL(N4AF), K4TBN(K4PI), K4UJS(N4UJ), K4VFU/W5JBV(K4MTI), K4WWY, K5UYF(N4MM), K9GDF, K9UIY, W1JYF(W1AX), W2CVW, W4FOA, W4UCZ and WA2DRP(N2JJ).
The Georgia QSO Party has always had good support from the amateur radio community in Georgia. With 159 counties, Georgia has the 2nd most number of counties in the United States. Only Texas has more. You can count on most of the Georgia counties being active during the QSO Party weekend. The GQP has rich history of having many rover stations on the air, that activate some of the rarer Georgia counties. We've had visitors from Iowa, Texas, California, Kansas, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma and other places who have driven all the way to Georgia to participate as a rover station. The pileups they generate rival that of a Dxpedition as out of state participants try to get as many Georgia counties that they can.
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