First Class CW Operators' Club


The FOC QSO Party

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The FOC QSO Party (FOCQP), formerly known as the Bill Windle QSO Party (BWQP), 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 FOCQP should call "CQ BW" in memory of Bill.

Participants have often reported this is one of their favourite operating events!

The idea behind the FOCQP is to offer some stress-free opportunity for FOC Members to meet and greet both other members and non-members.

Each one of us can make this event what you want it to be – some get on for a few casual QSOs, others spend several hours on different bands and still others treat it like a "mini-marathon".

The basic concept is just to work as many stations as you can over a 24-hour period, from:

Just call "CQ BW" from 015 to 040kHz on all bands, excluding the WARC bands. The exchange is: RST, name, and FOC number (non-members send RST and name).

Many people also take the opportunity to engage in longer QSOs; this is definitely encouraged but it is entirely up to you! However, please note, we still call "CQ BW" to initiate a QSO, a tribute to Bill Windle who did so much to foster activity in our Club.

2021 FOCQP

Saturday* - 11th September 2021: 0000z to 2359z

* Note: Starts Friday in the U.S.

How to Report Your Results

NOTE: This procedure has changed effective with the 12 Sept. 2020 QSO Party.

If you are interested in reporting your results during a FOCQP, simply log onto this website page and fill out the form: . It's as simple as that. No logs are required because we work on the honour system.

When reporting scores we separate according to: Europe, North America, North America “West Coast”, Asia, Africa and South America, and this is done automatically for you when you enter your information on the web form.

Reports are due 7 days after the event. A complete list of the stations who report, and their totals, will be included here on our public website. Handsome certificates are awarded to members and non-members on each continent reporting the highest number of QSOs.

Poor Conditions But Plenty of Activity for the 27 March FOCQP

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By Art, KZ5D (updated 10 April 2021)

Where are the sunspots?  Apparently not to be found on 27 March as many reports received complained of poor conditions. But lack of sunspots or propagation did not slow the turnout down for our QP. A total of 189 members sent in reports. Non-member participation continues to grow and this year proved to be a record breaking year for their reporting as well. With 110 reports received, this shows a10%increase over their previous best total in the March 2020 event.

Participants like the easy, convenient web form that Ray, DG4FON (G4FON), created. It certainly has made life easier for your event coordinator.  Due to personal circumstances, I missed most of the event, but the comments received told of generally poor conditions and increased participation by non-members. Here’s a sampling:

From members:

DL6RAI - First time in the FOC QP for me. I liked the comfortable pace and the kind exchanges. Also enjoyed the many "welcomes" - thank you!

G4BSF - Casual operating with a few good chats. Nice to see a lot of non members participating. Poor conditions on HF!

AK5X - The BW event is always a favorite of mine, not really a contest unless you want to operate like it is a contest. Whatever your choice, it is a fun event.

IK5VLL - One of the FOC events I like the most. Unfortunately, conditions were not so good, but the enjoyment of getting in touch with so many friends, has a value not comparable with anything else.

K4BAI - I thought there was a larger percentage of non-member QSOs this year. Some good candidates out there. 

OH2EA ­ Terrible condx again, up here in the north. Hard slogging with 100w and "the wire". But, as always, nice to meet old friends again, and so many times exchanging more than just "599 tu".

DF4XX - poor condx, but much fun.

W1AO - I did notice an increased number of non-members calling and this, in my opinion, is a good thing. It shows interest in the Club and that we are welcoming to non-members. Many of the non-members demonstrated very good CW and operating skills, and I assume some aspire to membership.

K5LY - Conditions were fair to poor. Enjoyed making contact with members.

And from non-members:

NN5O - What a great event!! I want to give especially high marks to all the FOC members who treated us non-members (jealous) with such grace, professionalism, and hospitality. There is a good, solid reason why an operator is chosen for membership in the FOC--and all the members I worked during the QSO Party exhibited the pinnacle of class.

K0IR - A great event, lots of great ops, an option to make of it what you choose.

MI0WWB - I don’t do competitions, nor do I use N1MM. However today I participated for a short time and enjoyed the friendly nature of the event.. All the stations worked were FOC members and it was absence of a competition feel which attracted me and compelled me to lookup the event in your web site.

G3SZU - I've been a CW operator for 57 years and this was my first FOC QP. Not sure why I didn't do one of these before - most enjoyable - terrific!

CT1DRB - First time in this kind of QSO Party, very nice and stressless :) .

The full group of soapbox comments is published in FOCUS magazine.

Comparing results from one year to the next by the same stations show the real story of how bad conditions were this year. DK9PY reported 541 Qs this year vx. 637 in 2020. K3WW made 560 contacts compared with 849 in 2020. From the West Coast, K4XU had 405 QSOs but 453 in 2020. And 5Z4VJ amassed 273 compared to his 2020 363.

Perhaps some of the variation is due to less time spent on-air due to the poor conditions, but overall our hopes of better propagation this time around did not materialize.

The table below shows the top 2 reports from each area:


FOC QP - 27  Mar.














North America









NA West Coast

















No Entry


No Entry





South America

No Entry

No Entry


Mark your calendars for 11 September 2021 for the next FOCQP

FOCQP Results by year:

2021  March 27th
  September 11


  March 28th
  September 12th
2019   March 23th   September 14th  
2018   March 24th   September 22nd  
2017   March 25th   September 9th  
2016   March 26th   September 10th  
2015   March 28th   September 12th  
2014   March 22nd   September 13th  
2013   March 23rd   September 14th  
2012   May 31st   September 22nd  
2011   May 14th   October 22nd  

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