[OhQP-mail] MRRC, N8VW, and the Ohio QSO Party
Jimk8mr at aol.com
Jimk8mr at aol.com
Sun Jul 12 08:32:57 EDT 2009
Since 1999 the Mad River Radio Club has sponsored the Ohio QSO Party. For
nearly all of that time Pat Collins, N8VW, has done the log checking and
web hosting for the OQP.
Several years ago Pat developed a strong dislike for MRRC, and left the
club. He continued as the OQP web guy, and for the past few years has
sponsored a plaque for the top out of state QRP entry.
Since his falling out with MRRC, Pat has removed all mention of MRRC as
the sponsor of the OQP from the web site. There has been discussion within
the club that this was not appropriate given the MRRC's history, efforts, and
financial support of the event.
This year after the final paper logs were entered into computerized
Cabrillo logs and forwarded to Pat for processing in January, it took until June
for the results spreadsheets to be returned to me for writeup and web
publication. As a result we missed our traditional target of having the results
out in the spring, which allows for the contest plaques be available to
hand out in person at Dayton to those winners who attended the Hamvention.
There had been discussions about moving the processing and publication of
the OQP results to a new web site run by people within MRRC. We decided to
move forward with this, and started the new OQP web site, www.ohqp.org,
with Tim Mitchell, K9TM, as the web master. The 2008 OQP results are now
Pat's response has been a sudden flurry of activity to attempt to seize
the OQP from MRRC by claiming ownership of the OQP. He has in the past
twelve hours engaged in a blitz of activity including new rules, prizes,
publicity venues, and the like.
The Mad River Radio Club remains the sponsor and administrator of the Ohio
QSO Party. We have a new e-mail reflector, ohqp-mail at ohqp.org.
This can be subscribed to on the new web site, or by sending an email to
ohqp-mail-request at ohqp.org , with the word "subscribe" in both the
Subject and body.
There is likely to be confusion between the MRRC's official OQP efforts
and the renegade OQP being promoted by N8VW. We regret any such confusion,
and ask that you bear with it and continue with your support of the Ohio QSO
In spite of this internal dispute, the Ohio QSO Party will be held again
this year on Saturday, August 22, from noon to midnight EDT. We hope to see
you all then!
73 - Jim Stahl K8MR
Ohio QSO Party Chairman
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