The First Class CW Operators Club, with its roots, history and management in the UK, promotes good CW operating, activity, friendship and socialising via its worldwide membership of 500.
The aim of the Club is to foster and encourage a high standard of CW operating ability and behaviour on the amateur radio bands.
The FOC QSO Party is held twice a year and is open to all radio amateurs world-wide. It’s not a contest but, rather, an activity day in memory of Bill Windle, G8VG (SK), a past Chairman of FOC who was very keen that we should all be as active as possible on the bands. Stations participating in the BWQP should call “CQBW,” in memory of Bill.
Even the exchange is different from the other contests: RST reports will be followed by the operator’s name. Club members will also add their FOC number.
The rules are found at http://g4foc.org/qso-party
Results will be published on the FOC web site and in the FOC’s quarterly magazine, FOCUS.
Regarding Dxpeditions, N7CQQ and N6XT have moved to American Samoa to join the NH8S team. N7CQQ and N6XT plan to operate from the Trade Winds Hotel as KH8/homecall. They might also have access to the AH8LG station for QRO operation. Their signals from West Samoa were very good into Europe as they were operating from the QTH of 5W1SA. Actually Atsuo, 5W1SA is forming a Ham Club there for visiting hams from around the world.
(This article has been written by Alex IK8YFU)