Punxsutawney Phil had nothing good to share with those weary of winter. His prediction was for six more weeks of cold, drab weather. But he may have missed the most obvious sign that this season is nearing conclusion - the return of the State QSO Party!

These popular events hibernate during most of the winter and then begin to slowly reappear as we round the corner to spring.

This weekend comes the Vermont and Minnesota QP’s. If those don’t keep you busy enough there’s also the British Columbia QSO Party along with the North American CW Sprint among others.

So even as the Polar Vortex begins to descend across the nation, ham shacks across America have plenty of reason to remain warm and occupied. Just turn on the heater and ON THE AIR sign and get cracking.

It’s party time!