What - The Maine 2 meter
FM Simplex Challenge is a ham radio contest primarily designed to give
2 meter operators a chance to compete on an even basis, and have fun
- The event takes place Sunday, February 12th, 2017, and runs for 4
hours, beginning at 12:00 PM local time (1700 UTC).
limited to FM Simplex on the 2 meter band.
may be entered as either fixed or mobile, (but not as both).
- There are 3 exchange items - Give your call sign, the name of the
city, village, town, or township you are operating from, and your power
level. Rovers and mobiles must be within the city limits of whatever
city they claim to be operating from.
or Town - This is simply the name of the city or town you are
operating from. If you do not live within the city limits, use the name
of the town or municipality to which mail or a package would be
entries, use the name of the city or town you are in, or the closest
city or town.
levels are defined as follows:
• QRP - 5
watts or less
Power - greater than 5 watts, but less than 100
• High Power
- 100 watts or more
Categories - There are two entry categories: Fixed and
Mobile. You may enter only one category for the contest. If a station
gives out more than one multiplier during the contest, that station
will automatically be entered into the mobile category.
station or “Fixed” location means that the participant must operate the
entire duration of the contest from one specific location. This
category would also include setting up a temporary, portable station at
a remote location, “Field-Day” style.
A Mobile /
Rover station - a participant operates from a vehicle, with
the option of activating more than one multiplier during the duration
of the contest. Mobile stations must submit separate log sheets for
each location they are operating from.
- Each station you work is worth 1
A station can
be worked only once, (unless it is mobile). A mobile station may be
worked more than once only if it moves to a different city, village,
town, or township.
After you add up your score, you can get extra bonus multipliers. For
every different city, village, town, or township you contact, multiply
your score times that number.
Winners certificates will be awarded to the top scorers in each
category and power level. A seperate certificate will be awarded for
the top scoring "overall" station.
categories are as follows:
Other: Depending on your location, some of the suggested
frequencies may be shared by Echolink nodes across the state. This does
not mean that these frequencies are off-limits to contesting, but we do
ask that you give priority to users of these services, AND also refrain
from using Echolink in any way to advance your score in the contest. If
there is any evidence of this, your log will be excused.
defined as any ARRL or RAC affiliated radio organizations, ARES groups,
or school clubs.
must specify which club they belong to on their summary sheet if their
score is to count toward the club competition.
members must be "members in good standing" according to the rules and
requirements of their club.
club competition winner will be determined by adding the total scores
of all entries from that club.
on the links in the right-hand column to download the official contest
rules, entry form, and log sheets.
and entry forms can be downloaded from these links. You will
need Adobe Reader to view and print the log sheet and entry form. Adobe
Reader is available as a free download. Just click here if you don't
already have it.
For reasons of continuity times reflected on all logs should be in UTC.
Below is a
sample of a Contest Log Sheet, showing some of the 91 contacts made
during the contest, followed by a completed entry form.