PA QSO Party Bonus Station
The Bonus Station for the 2020 Party is a 2-station operation by the Skyview Radio Society. The organization will be operating two stations, K3MJW, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Skyview Radio Society, and W8XK celebrating the 100th anniversary of KDKA.
Skyview Radio Society would like to thank the PA QSO Party committee for allowing Skyview, K3MJW and W8XK to be the 2020 bonus stations. We will do our best to provide all of the QSOs we can, on all of the bands that we have antennas for.
2020 is the 100th birthday for KDKA radio! The original callsign was 8XK, then W8XK. (We will also be having a month-long special event station operation in November with many WPA clubs participating)
2020 is also Skyview Radio Society’s 60th birthday! Our clubhouse is located on 2 acers of property near New Kensington, PA and has be on the air since 1960. We are active in many aspects of amateur radio. Public service, kit building, QRP, digital, contesting and more. We have a great radio room and antenna farm with the capability of operating on three different bands using high power, at the same time.
Skyview, K3MJW will be QRV from Westmoreland County, while W8XK will be QRV from Washington County. We hope to be active the entire period of the PA QSO Party.
All QSL requests must be accompanied by an SASE. Thanks in advance.
We very much look forward to seeing you on the radio!
Bob Bastone WC3O
Radio Officer Skyview Radio Society
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