SPARC is Participating in the PA QSO

SPARC will be hosting members and non member hams at the site on Oct. 12 and 13 as part of the Pennsylvania QSO Party.

The party will start at 10:00AM Saturday with the on air portion starting at 12 noon. It will run till 1AM on Sunday and break for some well eared rest. The QSO party will resume at 9AM on Sunday and run till 6PM. Sparc’s second Saturday breakfast is right before so join us at Gus’ Keystone restaurant for fuel and conversation preceding the event.

Sparc will operate under the multi-operator multi-radio category and will run as many radios as we can cram into the op building with bands ranging from 160M through 70cM running CW, FM, SSB, PSK, and RTTY.

This will be a great event. One that is less grueling then Field Day, will test some antenna theory learned from Field Day, and is a great way for Sparc to operate alongside fellow Keystaters.

The PA QSO party is put on by the The Nittany Amateur Radio club.

Rules for the PA QSO party are here.

All that are interested in joining SPARC for the event should come out to the next club meeting or email Sparc at

There are plenty of things to do between now and then, and this party will serve as a goal for the projects and tasks set to be completed at the site here soon. We look forward to this event and encourage everyone to attend.

3 thoughts on “SPARC is Participating in the PA QSO”

  1. Good morning gang. How are we set on filters?

    As part of the discussion, I’ll start working on networking a few of my laptops for the N1MM logging. The sooner we get together, the better, so any thoughts on a date to get the others ready?


  2. Hilltop Transmitting Assoc, W3ZGD will be the Bonus Station for the 2013 PAQP.

    They will be active on 80,40,20,15,10,6,2, they will have

    ssb, cw and digital. Hilltop’s site is 22 miles away and at 195° to our site


  3. In thinking about antennas for the QSO Party, my thought for the dipoles was to step the three masts like we did at field day. We can then stack an 80M at the top of the three masts, then hanging a 75M 2 pipe sections lower. Between masts 1 and 2 and between 2 and 3 would be a 40M dipole on the upper section and 2 mast sections down would be (2) 20M dipoles hung between 1 and 2 and 2 and 3. I think this should spread the signal out a bit and should cut down on cross band noise like we got at Field Day.


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