Fw: [WestMichiganHams] FM 2 Meter Simplex Contest Feb 7 & 10
- ----- Original Message -----From: NA8MSent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 1:38 PMSubject: [WestMichiganHams] FM 2 Meter Simplex Contest Feb 7 & 10
Let's Have Some Fun on the Radio!
On February 7 and 10 the club is offering you an opportunity to have some fun on two meters. This is a contest but is might better be described as a QSO party or a great way to enjoy two meters. The rules are easy and the fun is mandatory. Every ham has two meters available. Fire up that rig and make some contacts with your friends. Limber up your privileges and you will find lots of folks on the band. We're all having tons of fun!
The rules are simple:
FM Simplex Contest
Sponsored by the
Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The purpose of this contest is to encourage amateurs to learn the basics of contesting, simplex operations, and expand the scope of their VHF operating techniques beyond those needed for repeater operation. This is a fun event that everyone will enjoy. This would be a stepping-stone toward earning your "Worked All MAARC Members" certificate.
1. This event is a sprint, lasting one hour, from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm eastern local time Sunday, February 7, 2010. The event also runs the following Wednesday, February 10, 2010 between 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Participants are encouraged to work both hours of the contest. Contacts are limited to FM simplex on the two-meter band, only.
2. Contest frequencies: Contest frequencies correspond to those recommended in the ARRL band plan. Recommended two-meter frequencies: Primary 146.550, 146.565, 146.580, and 146.595 mHz, Secondary 147.540, 147.555, 147.570, and 147.585 mHz. This is a two-meter band contest. No other bands.
A. During the contest no contacts are to be logged on the 146.52 calling frequency, or the guard channels 15 kHz above and below 146.52. Any entry from a station heard making QSO's on 146.52 mHz will be disqualified. Limit contest activity to the primary and secondary frequencies, above, only.
B. Soliciting simplex contacts using repeaters, but not 146.52, is permitted.
C. This is a fun contest. Relax, enjoy, cooperate, and communicate.
3. Exchange Call Sign, township or municipality transmitting from, and whether a member of the Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council, MAARC.
A. Each QSO is worth one point. Only one QSO with a unique contest exchange is allowed for this event, regardless of the date logged.
B. A base station or HT can be worked only once. A mobile station could be worked more than once after it moves to a different township or municipality. If the contest exchange changes then the station can be worked once for each QSO. For example, the mobile works you from Laketon Township. The mobile moves to Muskegon City. You can work her from the new municipality. The exchange has changed from Laketon Township to Muskegon City.
C. Each township or municipality can be used once as a multiplier. Each member of the MAARC can be used once as a multiplier.
D. Score would be calculated by multiplying total QSOs by total multipliers.
E. Technicians would multiply their final score by 1.5 for a bonus.
F. Bonus of 10 points added to final score for working club station W8ZHO once.
5. There will be Three entry classifications:
A. BASE - less than 150 watts. (ARRL classification of low power for V-UHF contests using common solid-state amplifiers.)
B. MOBILE- must work from a minimum of two townships or municipalities and power levels same as those specified for the base station classification. If you enter as a mobile then all your operating in this contest must be as a mobile. You may not combine both mobile and base classifications.
C. HTs- (not mobile units run at reduced power) - non-amplified, using any type of antenna, mobile or fixed operation (to encourage innovation and creativity).
6. Awards (Second and third place awards are at the committee's discretion)
A. First in each of the three entry classifications. (A minimum of three possible awards)
B. Awards to be presented at the April MAARC club meeting.
C. Actual awards are to be at the discretion of the contest's organizers.
7. All entries will include a copy of the station's written contest log showing the following data for each QSO: "Date - Frequency - Local time - Call sign of station worked Township or Municipality Status of membership in MAARC". You must declare your classification (whether Base, Mobile, or HT) together with your call sign in your log submission. An Excel spreadsheet may be created (by the contest's organizers) to facilitate scoring and log submission. Stand by for more details.
8. You need to get your log into the MAARC so we can judge the event, prepare the prizes, and announce the winners and participants. Please submit your log right after the end of the contest, February 10. Paper and electronic logs are permitted. Send your log to the easily determined addresses for the MAARC, W8ZHO. Again, we may provide you a means of logging and reporting your entry.
9. You are encouraged to swap QSL cards for the contacts in your log. These QSL cards would help you earn the prestigious "Worked All MAARC Members" award. That is a nice award for your shack.
Date Freq Local Time Call Sign Twp/City Member?
Sun 146.550 2:01 KC8TBX Dayton Y