Activate a County 2023

Activate a County 2023 is live! Whether you’re fixed, mobile, or on an expedition like Lewis and Clark, please enter your activation details here. This year’s activation form is similar to last year’s but 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 “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.

2023 Rovers: K7TQ and N7WA will be activating 20 counties in Eastern Washington this year! See their website for more details!

To aid in activation planning, browse the interactive map below to see the claimed QSO counts from each county from 2022. 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.

Salmon Run 2023 Rules Changes

The Salmon Run 2023 Rules are out and published on the Rules Page. The only minor change this year is that self-spotting will be allowed by stations in all classes.

In hard-core contests, self spotting is a big no-no.  Operators have to be careful not to ask to be spotted or even post a photo to social media that shows their operating frequency and mode.

A QSO party like Salmon Run is a friendly competition, but our main goals are to advance the radio art, get stations across Washington on the air, activate rarer counties for county hunters worldwide, and generally generate as many contacts as possible with and between Washington stations.  To this end, stations participating in Salmon Run already post intricate minute-by-minute roving plans and stations help to spot rovers and rare counties as they are heard across the bands. CW operators are regularly spotted automatically by remote stations in the reverse beacon network, and this can be taken advantage of to “self spot” intentionally or not.

Over the past decade, programs like SOTA and POTA have taken the airwaves by storm and generated huge interest amongst operators new and old. These programs, as well as programs like county hunting, rely on spots to generate interest in those activations.  Salmon Run operators have historically operated rare counties from SOTA summits and POTA parks, but have been limited in their ability to spot themselves for these programs due to the self-spotting rules.

This year, we’re going to allow self spotting with the goal of fostering even more contacts with and between Washington stations. Please use this new tool responsibly (don’t spam the clusters with your spots!) and remember that spotting oneself isn’t a claim to any frequency or mode — ensure the frequency isn’t in use first and please don’t QRM others!

If you’re operating mobile or portable in an area where there isn’t a good internet connection, check out apps like SOTAMat and Winklink for spotting yourself.

In addition, we’ve updated the wording around Canadian multipliers to clarify that our multipliers are different than the ARRL/RAC sections and operators should send the specified multiplier based on their location. We’ve stuck with the same 8 Canadian multipliers as the past couple of years, and these are part of the “horse race” awards for WA stations that we introduced last year.

For DX stations, it’s important to note that “DX” is not a valid multiplier. DX stations should send their country prefix, e.g. “F” for France or “JA” for Japan.  We are aware that some prefixes overlap other multipliers, and our scoring software is aware of this and uses the combination of the callsign and multiplier for scoring purposes.  Stations logged as “DX” will not be scored for multiplier credit.

–Justin, K5EM on behalf of the WWDXC Salmon Run Committee

2022 Log Submission

The 2022 Salmon run is a wrap, and 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 2022 Salmon Run.  Now that Salmon Run is complete for 2022, don’t forget to submit your logs to be eligible for smoked salmon awards, plaques, and certificates.

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, 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 0000Z on October 3 (5PM PDT Sunday Oct 2).