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62nd PA QSO Party - October 13 & 14, 2018
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The Pennsylvania QSO Party 1957 - Present
A short history of the Pennsylvania QSO Party
      
Most of this history is the work of Doug Maddox, W3HDH, and Mike Coslo, N3LI, whose combined leadership of the Party totals 34 years.  The first comprehensive history was  written in 1996 – an engaging piece by Doug, W3HDH.  Mike, N3LI, provided a detailed update during his time as chairman.

The Party originated in 1957 - not by the Nittany Amateur Radio Club, but rather under the auspices of the Harrisburg Radio Amateur Club,  and in 1966, the Nittany Amateur Radio Club took over administration of the Party for the next 52 years.  When NARC decided that it could no longer adequately manage the Party, a new organization dedicated to administering the Party was formed by small group of Party enthusiasts and the PA QSO Party Administration (PA QSO PA) took the reins in 2018 for the 62nd PA QSO Party.

If anyone has any history of the Party or photos of Party operations (especially early Portable and Mobile), please share with us as we would like to fill in some blanks in the Party history.
From an earlier chair, Doug Maddox, W3HDH:

During the 1950's there were a lot of new hams coming on board, and with many of the radios of the day, the idea of working DXCC or even Worked All States was a tough task for many. AM was the dominant voice mode, but Single Sideband was gaining traction. At the same time, the CQ USC-CA worked all US counties awards were beginning, and becoming popular.

Various States had started QSO Parties that helped the County hunters to achieve their goals, and in some geographical areas, such as the New England QSO Party, sprung up.

In 1957 the Harrisburg Radio Amateur Club, spearheaded by Howard German, W3IMN, thought that Pennsylvania should join the mix, and created the Pennsylvania QSO party. Over the years, the various State QSO Parties have expanded well beyond just serving the USCCA hunters, and have taken on a life of their own.

Not as much is known about the early days of the party as we would like to know, so if anyone has any tidbits to offer, we'd love to hear about them.
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