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Hawaii QSO Party August 26-28, 2017

Big Island ARRL News, 30 July 2017, 06:15 hrs, UTC, Post #275


Reporter:  Stacy Holbrook (KH6OWL), ARRL Public Information Officer–Honolulu.

Accessed on 30 July 2017, 06:15 hrs, UTC.

Please click link to read full story and to find links connecting you to the new rules for the event.


The Hawaii QSO Party is coming to the islands on 26-28 August 2017.  The event promotes HF operation from the unique Hawaii destination in the Pacific.  Hawaii is an ARRL DXCC entity as well as the nation’s 50th state needed for the ARRL WAS (Worked All States) Award.  Hopefully, radio amateurs in Hawaii will use their computer and contest skills to encourage HF operations and DXing in general.

Stacy Holbrook (KH6OWL, the ARRL Public Information Officer–Honolulu sent me a revised press release about the Hawaii QSO Party.  I’ve included the text in this post for your convenience.  Stacy has provided several links explaining the purpose of the event and listing new rule changes for the contest.

Here’s the text of the press release:

Hawai’i QSO Party – August 26-28, 2017

To ALL radio amateurs:

Time to have some fun. The Hawai’i QSO Party will be held again this year in just a few days, and you’re invited. It’s time to get “radio-active”. The rules have been revised to be more in – tune with other state QSO parties, but it’s basically the same as before. Get on the air, make a bunch of QSOs, have some radio fun.

Please take a look at the web site:

The event starts at 0400Z Aug 26 and runs through 0359Z Aug 28; That’s 48 hours total, and you can operate as much of that time as you want.

Hawaiian stations work anyone, anywhere, on any legal HF mode: CW, SSB, or any of the many digital modes. If you’re not in paradise, concentrate on working Hawai’i.

Since HI has only five counties, we’ve expanded the usual QSO party multiplier list into regions which makes this more challenging.

Please note that using a spotting system is OK. The object is to work more KH6 stations and this is a very good way to find them. Please do not “self-spot”. That’s not considered good gamesmanship and could lead to a DQ.

The Hawai`i QSO Party is an event to promote HF operation from the unique Hawai`i destination in the Pacific. Hawai`i is an ARRL DXCC entity as well as the nation’s 50th state needed for the ARRL WAS Award.

For more information on the Hawaii QSO Party, please contact Alan (AD6E) at

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section