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 GQP historically has 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, 2nd only to Texas. You can count on most of them being on the air during GQP weekend. The GQP has had a history of having many rover stations on the air that activate some of the rarer Georgia counties. We've had visitors from Texas, California, Kansas, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma and other places who have come to Georgia to go rovering and join in the fun. It's not unusual for the top scoring rover stations to make over 2000 QSO's during the 24 hour contest period.
Jeff, KU8E - GQP Contest Director