I live in Warrenton, Virginia, home of the Fauquier Amateur Radio Association and W4VA and KW4VA club stations. One of our clubs big yearly events is participating in the Va. QSO Party. The objective is of this radio contest is to make 2-way contact with radio operators in as many Va. independent cities and counties as possible. Recently I have been experimenting with Google Maps API and have come up with a way of plotting the counties and cities we contacted.
Below is a complete counties and independent cities map for the Virginia QSO Party. Click on a colored county or city to bring up its name or 3 letter designation. View the map by clicking the map or on this View VaQP Map Link to interact with it on a full browser screen.
I extracted and tallied QSOs from our contest logs and created color coded counties representing a visual indication of which counties were most active. As an example below I am showing the areas I contacted this 2011 using my KW4VA club call sign. To see a larger map, the actual county name and the number of stations contacted click on the View 2011 Contacts Map link. You can also drag and/or zoom the map.
View videos of past Virginia QSO Party operations at W4VA and KW4VA stations.
Download my Multi-band Radio Comms Reporting with FT8 and the Redpitaya & KiwiSDR platforms from the May 2019 meeting.
Download my Virginia QSO Party VaQP presentation presented to the club at the February 2018 meeting.
Download my FARA Virginia QSO Party presentation presented to the club at the Feb 2011 meeting. Thanks to John KX4O for all the data and graphics.
Download my CW QRP Fox Hunt presentation presented to the club at the November 2010 meeting.
Download my APRS Automated Packet Reporting System presentation presented to the club at the October 2010 meeting.
Download my RF Propagation Resources and Beacon Projects presentation presented to the club at the April 2010 meeting.
Download my Software Defined Radio presentation presented to the club at the March 2010 meeting.
View the Va QSO Party County Map in Google maps. Zoom in and out to see roads, click on a colored county or independent city in the map to get its name or VaQP 3-letter designator. Click on a name in the left hand pane to highlight the county in the map.
Download my K8GP Grid Pirates & DVMS slide show presented to the club on Jan 2010 by clicking here.
Download my K1RA Echolink Powerpoint slide show presented to the club on April 2005 by clicking here.
To see the clubs online presence please click the following link www.w4va.org.