California QSO Party

The 46th annual California QSO Party starts at 1600 UTC on 6 October 2012, striving to have all 58 California counties on the air.

Although mostly a USA/VE contest, there is surprisingly high DX participation and there are awards for the DX winners. Special edition T-shirts are also available for purchase.

Last year almost 1000 logs were submitted. Activity is always high. You can work the same station on all bands 2-160 meters on both CW and SSB so there’s rarely a dull moment.

A standard exchange is - Serial number and state/province for stations outside of California (serial number and “DX” for stations outside of the USA and Canada)

Serial number and county abbreviation for California stations (the abbreviations are listed here -

For more information, visit the CQP Web page -