Activate a County 2024

Updated to include the correct form link!

Salmon Run 2024 runs from 1600Z (9AM PDT) Saturday, September 21 – 2359Z (5PM PDT) Sunday, September 22 with a break overnight. See the rules for more details.

Activate a County 2024 is live! Whether you’re fixed, mobile, or on an expedition like Lewis and Clark, please enter your activation details here. Especially fixed stations, please enter your information early, as this helps rovers to plan their travels to provide everyone the opportunity for a clean sweep.  This year’s activation form is similar to last year’s where we’ve formatted the data a little differently to enable you to enter and update your form responses. Below is a map and list of all responses. If you need to change your response, look in your email for a message titled “2024 Salmon Run County Activation” and click the “edit response” button at the top of the email. The map below takes around 15 minutes to update after you’ve entered or edited your activation.

During the contest, if you’re hunting for a specific county you can use the larger dashboard with more filtering options here.

To aid in activation planning, browse the interactive map below to see the claimed QSO counts from each county from 2023. Use the dropdown to update the map coloring by mode, and select individual or multiple counties by clicking on the map, clicking on the county name in the table, or CTRL-Clicking the county names in the table to focus on multiple counties.

A final tool that we’ve created to assist county-line activators and portable is an interactive map of Washington Counties on top of a satellite base layer. Note that the county lines on this map aren’t ‘official’ – but for most cases they are pretty close. Please consult the MARAC rules prior to your final location choice for determining the official county line locations for purpose of the QSO Party and county hunting.

2023 Log Submission

That’s a wrap for the 2023 Salmon Run! It was great to hear and work so many of you on the air this year!

Thanks to all the stations that participated in roving, running, fishing, chasing, and handing out big bonus points in the 2023 Salmon Run.  Don’t forget to submit your logs to be eligible for smoked salmon awards, plaques, and certificates, and clean sweep mugs.

Once you’ve measured your salmon and weighed them twice, please submit your logs here using the online form.  The server will validate your logs and let you know if there are any issues to prevent your submission.  Per the rules, logs submitted by other way cannot be accepted.

If you have a log that wasn’t created from a logging program that outputs Cabrillo V3 (transcribing from a paper log, logging with excel, sorting SR out from your other QSO party logs, etc.) we suggest using the form at to create your log. At the end of the creation process, it will send you to the submission form for a final check, and allow you to submit your log.  All entrants must submit their own logs via the submission form, but if you’re running into problems please email the salmon run committee and we’ll help you the best we can.

If you need to re-submit your log for any reason, just correct the error and re-submit through the same process.  Only the most recent log received for any given callsign will be scored.

The deadline for log submission is 2 weeks after the close of the contest, or 2359Z on October 1 (5PM PDT Sunday Oct 1).

2023 Salmon Run Resources

The Salmon Run is upon us!  Here are some resources for those of you participating this year:

Salmon run starts at 1600Z Saturday 9/16 and runs through 0700Z Sunday (9AM-Midnight Saturday local). All the fish get a break overnight, and we run again 1600Z-2400Z (9AM-5PM) on Sunday 9/17.

Please read the 2023 Rules for all the details.  Self spotting is allowed this year.

Not sure what to log? The exchange is simple: just RS(T) plus Washington county abbreviation for in-state operators, and RS(T) plus State/Province/DX Entity Prefix.  Canadian and DX operators – please check the rules for the sent exchange for your specific location!

For the WA County abbreviations, see this page or download a printable version.

For logging, N1MM+ and N3FJP have both been updated recently for the contest, but other software can work great as well.

For Washington stations – make sure to publish your activation plan please check out the Activate a County post – even if you’re operating fixed from home!

Finally, check out the Online Dashboard during the county to filter for stations and counties that you’re missing!