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58th Running Of The CQP!
1600 UTC October 7, 2023 to 2200 UTC October 8, 2023
CQP 2023 Begins:


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W.A.C.C. Award CQP Wine Awards Our Guestbook State QP Challenge

The California QSO Party overlaps with the Oceania DX Phone contest and the exchanges are largely compatible, so CQP participants are encouraged to also enter OCDX. OCDX Phone runs for 24 hours, 0600 UTC October 7 through 0600 UTC October 8 2023 (Pacific Time: 11PM Friday through 11PM Saturday). For more information click HERE.

All 58 Counties Will Be On The Air !!
New 2023 Changes =>
New CQP 2023 Rules =>
New Indicate Your 2023 County Activation Plan=>


The California QSO Party (CQP) is held every year on the first weekend of October.  The first CQP took place in 1966. Since 1974, the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC) has sponsored CQP.  CQP has traditionally opened the annual contest season by providing an opportunity for contesters to prepare for the ARRL November Sweepstakes since the format is similar.

Stations outside of California, worldwide, work stations in California only. The 58 counties of CA are the multipliers. California stations work all stations in or out of CA. The 50 US states and 13 Canadian provinces/territories are the multipliers.  Stations outside of Canada and the US add to one's QSO total but do not count as multipliers. See the full set of CQP Rules for more details.

On this site you will find lots of information, so peruse the index above and learn all about the California QSO Party!  Also, be sure to visit the NCCC website for the latest scoop on a super contest club.

  • After CQP
    • Send In Your Log Before The Deadline: Monday, 23-Oct-2023 at 2359 UTC
    • Start HERE
      NOTE: See the Rules page for submitting via email.
    • After you submit your log, you can check to be sure it's listed on the CQP server: HERE
Contest Log
Please refer to the Rules web page for the preferred way to submit your log.

Documentation Contact Information
Many NCCCers contribute to making the CQP a success.  Feel free to contact any of the following members for additional information or comments:

CQP Chairman, Dean Wood, N6DE
Log Submission and Log Checking: Tom Epperly, NS6T
WACC: Fred Jensen, K6DGW
Website: John Miller, K6MM

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