This was fun. Bob (n9auy) and my self were mobile. Found that working one simplex freq work the best. Being mobile it was a little hard to as Bill said DriveMessage 1 of 6 , Feb 7, 2010View SourceThis was fun. Bob (n9auy) and my self were mobile. Found that working one simplex freq work the best. Being mobile it was a little hard to as Bill said Drive setup scan freqs make contacts and log. but it all work out. Just wish we would have had another hour. We worked from 3 different locations. Seemed like it took a about the first 15 min to get everyone coordinated but after that things seemed to take off.Well not to clean up the scribbles in the log and get it sent off.73s Go Saints.KC8PCJ----- Original Message -----From: NA8MSent: Sunday, February 07, 2010 4:08 PMSubject: [W8ZHO] Re: FM 2 Meter Simplex Contest Feb 7 & 10
The first hour of the contest has just wrapped up. Wow! The time flew by.
A few observations:
Everyone needs to pay attention to the mobile stations. They are moving around and giving you various townships or cities.
While the mobiles are moving the fixed stations and hand held stations need to work each other. They can only work each other once in the contest, regardless of the frequency or time.
The activity seemed to be centered on a single frequency. That means that the frequency is busy. It's best if the mobile calls a quick CQ and works everyone quickly. Then the mobile can move and do it all over again.
The mobiles opined that having someone just to handle logging would have been nice. I was so busy driving, listening to the frequency, parking, and operating. The time flew by quickly.
My mobile went down a road separating two townships (Maple Island Road). I could park on one side and operate from the one on the west, then move down the road a bit, cross over the center line, and operate from the other one. Quick.
We will enjoy having W8ZHO in the log as well. I think the guys who were to be out there got their times or dates mixed up. We'll fix that on Wednesday.
Remember that there's another hour of this sprint on Wednesday. And, to put a wrinkle in there, the new hams will be in the contest, as well. Watch for those new call signs. And be patient.
Wasn't this a gas? I'd be bragging if I said it, but we need to do this again, and soon.
There is a scoring wrinkle you should appreciate. You only count a QSO when the exchange is unique. For example, you work W8KID. That s a QSO. Work himMessage 1 of 6 , Feb 7, 2010View SourceThere is a scoring "wrinkle" you should appreciate.
You only count a QSO when the exchange is unique. For example, you work W8KID. That's a QSO. Work him again later and it doesn't count, the exchange didn't change.
On the other hand, work a mobile. The exchange changes because the mobile moves to another township or city. Count it again after you log the mobile in another jurisdiction. If you're a mobile you don't get to count that second QSO with a fixed station after you, the mobile, move.
And, the contest continues on Wednesday. So you don't get credit for working that fixed station on Sunday and again on Wednesday. The date is not the exchange. The Call, Jurisdiction, and Membership are the exchange.
Makes it nice when the mobile moves around. And, those mobiles need to visit new jurisdictions on Wednesday. Otherwise the fixed stations won't bother to log them.
This is Fun!
All: It s the morning after a great second hour of the sprint. I m thinking back on a few things. First, and foremost, and most important: thank you to allMessage 1 of 6 , Feb 11, 2010View SourceAll:
It's the morning after a great second hour of the sprint. I'm thinking back on a few things.
First, and foremost, and most important: thank you to all the hams who welcomed Frank, KD8NBL into the hobby. Frank survived a trial by fire and ice in this contest. He appreciated all your help, guidance, support, words of encouragement, and your overall good cheer. I thank you, too.
An observation from a mobile. I liked "activating" a number of townships and cities. The mobiles need to coordinate where they're going. If they stay relatively close then they can work each other for points. The fixed guys have an advantage with great power and antenna farms. The mobile guys do the "heavy lifting" by giving the other categories the new ones. The mobiles need to work each other, too.
Thanks for activating HQ. That was a nice point boost.
As a mobile I did not log dupes. There is no way for the scorers to validate or check the log submitted by the base or HT stations because most of the mobile QSOs were dupes. Is this a problem? Things were flying by so fast. I don't know.
I need to get together with Jason, KI4VUO and work through the scoring. I've got enough logs to start the process. I encourage you to get me your log and we'll incorporate your log in the final scoring matrix.
We need to have three prizes for this contest. Any suggestions? I've heard the prize might be a year's membership in MAARC. Your thoughts?
Thank you to all who participated. There were lots of comments that sounded exactly like, "When can we do this again?" Yes!
73 de Bill, NA8M
All: Perhaps you saw this over on West Michigan Hams on Yahoo s Groups: Yes, I welcome the opportunity to say a few things about our version of the FM ContestMessage 1 of 6 , Feb 17, 2010View SourceAll:
Perhaps you saw this over on West Michigan Hams on Yahoo's Groups:
Yes, I welcome the opportunity to say a few things about our version of the FM Contest on VHF.
This was the initial running of this event. We had limited participation. Those pitching in really made this a fun contest for everyone.
I believe I plagiarized, extensively, rules you had written. One participant thought that the obverse was the case. Flattery and all. This whole thing goes back to a recent issue of QST.
The Wisconsin version of the FM Simplex 2 Meter Contest uses grid squares. I wanted to simplify this a bit and make it easier for a new ham to declare his "grid square" for the contest. I think the calculation can be made using on-line assets like qrz.com. This requires a sophisticated mobile as well as preplanning by the home stations.
This type of contest encourages mobiles. And the mobiles need to talk to each other and coordinate their movements. For example, the mobiles talked on Sunday. On Wednesday they went wildly differing directions that did not allow them to talk with each other. In the end the mobiles handed out the majority of contacts enjoyed by the other two classes, being home station and HT. More mobiles would keep the frequencies hopping.
Wednesday I was mobile and managed to find a corner for four townships. This meant I could move a little, fast, and offer four jurisdictions. Then I moved into a town separated by a river. Two more that quickly.
In a sprint the mobiles must plan their route with care. This probably applies to other contests like those soliciting counties. In the sprint the whole thing just flies by so quickly.
In the end the most often asked question, hands down, was, "When can we do this again?" Maybe this could be the next twist on Fox Hunting?