2023 PA QSO Party Bonus Station
For 2023, the PA QSO Party has selected 3 Bonus Stations: KA3EEO, KW3A, and N3AAA.
2023 PA QSO Party Bonus Station KA3EEO:
Carol Nygren, KA3EEO, and Rob Nygren, N3RN, will be operating KA3EEO from their home in Luzerne County (LUZ).
From Carol & Bob:
KA3EEO will be operating as a multi-op single transmitter station full time on Saturday and Sunday. We will be operating from our home in Luzerne County on both SSB and CW running 500 watts. We will put up a hex beam for 20, 15, and 10 meters in addition to our usual antennas consisting of a G5RV and 40 meter dipole.We will monitor 146.52 for rover or mobile stations passing thru the area. To work as many individual stations as possible we will change bands and modes as needed. If conditions warrant, we will spend the last hour of the contest on 10 meters and VHF.
2023 PA QSO Party Bonus Station KW3A:
Steve Forst, KW3A, will be operating from his home station in Springfield Township, Delaware County (DCO).
Full time Saturday and about 4.5 hours on Sunday.
I can operate all bands 160 through 6 meters; SSB and CW. I intend to do more CW this year and of course will be calling CQ, and not just doing S and P (Search & Pounce).Station is a TS-890S and Elecraft KPA500 amp, so I will be in the 500 watt range.Antennas are Hex Beam for 20 - 6 meters, and dipoles for 160 - 80 - 40 meters.I don't expect anything on 2 meters, but will keep a radio listening on 144.200 USB in case anything opens up there.For what it's worth, I am totally blind, but the 890 has full speech capability as does my computer. The radio and pc both work well with the Writelog contesting software I have been using for over 20 years.And yes, I did mention my blindness in the application I submitted to the PAQSO committee to be a bonus station.GL to all. Steve KW3A
2023 PA QSO Party Bonus Station KW3A:
As usual, I had a blast in my favorite contest of the year.Finished with around 740 QSO's, 118 mults, and score of 122K. Not my best ever, but pretty close.When I applied to be a bonus station I never thought I would be picked and applied kind of on a whim. For me, kind of a once in a lifetime thing.Congrats to N3FCP who also lives in Springfield. I used to win the DCO certificate yearly, but he has smoked me the past 2 years, setting a county record last year and maybe again this year. So there is a new sheriff in town, at least until next October.Tnx for the Q's, the fun, and the chance to act as a bonus station.Steve KW3A - DCO
2023 PA QSO Party Bonus Station N3AAA:
Art Collins, N3AAA, will be operating from his home station in South Franklin Twp, Washington County (WAS).
I will be operating SSB low power full time Saturday and Sunday, I can operate SO2R so I may be on 2 bands at the same time. I am going to set aside 1 hour blocks for 6m & 2m SSB operation as well as 160m, I will try and selfspot...160m Saturday evening from 0300 UTC - 0400 UTC, 6m & 2m Sunday morning 1300 UTC - 1400 UTCTX/RX antennas will consist of 160m Inverted L, 80M Horizontal Loop, 80M Vertical Loop, 40M Delta Loop,10/15/20 Meters Mosley CL-33 & Mosley TA-34, 6m M2 6M7JHV & 2M Cushcraft 17B2RX antennas 160/80 meters are a pair of 585' broadside phased beverages (EU), a 585' single beverage (W), 225' reversible BOG (NE/SW) and a 120' LOGQSL SASE via QRZ info, log will be uploaded to LOTW after event
Some things to keep in mind if you are interested in applying to be a PA QSO Party Bonus Station:
- If a group or club wishes to be considered for a particular year's Bonus station, they should contact the PA QSO Party Association to indicate their interest, and prepare an Operation Plan for the proposed Bonus Station.
- There are often several groups applying for the bonus station every year. By the very nature of a bonus station, we can select only one. There have been times in the past, when people or groups, not selected, have become so upset that they have boycotted the party because of it. Please do not do that. The decision is very difficult; there is no reason to make it more so. If not being chosen as the bonus station will cause you to become so angry with the administrators of the party that you refuse to participate, reconsider the application.
Past PA QSO Party Bonus Stations
1992-1995 – Nittany Amateur Radio Club
1996 – W3OK Delaware Lehigh Amateur Radio Club
1997 – W3SGJ Beaver Valley Amateur Radio Association
1998 – K3YTL Murgas Amateur Radio Association
1999 – W3HA Carbon Amateur Radio Club
2000 - W3YA Nittany Amateur Radio Club
2001 – K3CSG Scranton Pocono Amateur Radio Club
2002 – W3FRC Frankford Radio Club
2003 – W3KWH Steel City Amateur Radio Club (first multi-station effort)
2004 – W3UU Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club
2005 – K3YTL Murgas Amateur Radio Association
2006 – N3SH Wireless Association of South Hills
2007 – W3P – Nittany Amateur Radio Club 50th Anniversary
2008 – W3OK Delaware Lehigh Amateur Radio Club
2009 – N3KAE The KQX Group
2010 – K3MJW Skyview Radio Society
2011 – K3SMT
2012 - W3SC Schuylkill Amateur Repeater Association
2013 – W3ZGD Hilltop Transmitting Assn
2014 – W3TDF QCWA Chapter 17 Ray Bilger Celebration
2015 - W3C by the KQX Group
2016 - W3UU The Harrisburg Radio Amateur Club
2017 - W3FRC, W3F, W3R, W3C The Frankford Radio Club
2018 - N3LI Operated by the Nittany Amateur Radio Club