Georgia QSO Party

The 2020 Georgia QSO Party will be held on April 11th from 1600 - 0400Z.

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR 2020 GEORGIA QSO PARTY: The state of Georgia has implemented a stay at home order thru at least April 13th due to the large number of COVID-19 virus cases in Georgia. This order is effective starting Friday April 3rd, 2020. Based on the travel restrictions in Georgia and the importance of rover operations in the GQP the decision has been made by the GQP leadership to shorten the 2020 QSO Party to a one day event. It will be held on Saturday April 11th, 2020 from 1600-0400z. Due to travel restrictions within Georgia mobile operations will not be allowed. Multi-Op operations will only be allowed if remote operation technology is used that will allow social distancing or if the operation takes place from a shared family station.

Jeff KU8E   Georgia QSO Party Director

The Georgia QSO Party is an amateur radio operating event that's held annually on the 2nd full weekend of April. The object of this competition is for amateur radio operators outside of Georgia to make on the air contacts with stations located inside the state of Georgia.

The GQP is sponsored by the South East Contest Club and Southeastern DX Club.

In 1960 Rusty Epps, W6OAT (ex K4BVD) came up with the idea to have a state QSO party for Georgia. He did all the initial log checking while still in high school. Some active contesters who operated in the first Georgia QSO Party include K0DEQ, K2UFT, K3JJG, K4BAI, K4BVD(W6OAT), K4FRM(K4GK), K4MPE, K4PHA, K4PQL(N4AF), K4TBN(K4PI), K4UJS(N4UJ), K4WWY, K5UYF(N4MM), K9GDF, K9UIY, W1JYH (W1AX), W2CVW, W4FOA and WA2DRP(N2JJ).

The GQP 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. You can count on most of them being active during the GQP weekend. The GQP has a 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 contact as many Georgia counties as they can. Please click on the Contact Us link on the menu bar to leave us comments about the QSO Party.

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