Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge

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2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge Contest Records & History

The idea for the Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge first came up in the Fall of 2010, as WSSM members began discussing ways to encourage local hams to get on simplex for the purposes of testing our personal stations, general communications, and emergency preparedness. Someone suggested, "Why not make it a friendly competition?" And so, the 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge was born. We realized that a contest designed exclusively for 2 Meter FM had other benefits as well - It was an ideal way to introduce new hams to radiosport, and could also help us to collect important data about the simplex coverage throughout the State of Maine.

We began by drafting a set of rules that we thought would make it fair for stations of any power level and also wanted to encourage mobile operating by making each town visited count as a multiplier. The idea is to work as many stations in as many towns, cities, or townships as possible, within a four hour time period. The rules were kept simple, and exchanges were kept to a minimum.

Once the rules were created, the next challenge was to promote the contest and hope other organizations, especially ARES groups, ARC's, and contest clubs would embrace it and encourage participation. We created a website and started an email campaign, and within days of its announcement, hundreds of hams throughout Maine and New England were talking about it.

Below, you'll find the latest records, compiled after four years of the Simplex Challenge. Who knows - with a little time at the mic, some hard work, and a little luck too, maybe you'll find your name on this list in the future!

Top Scores in Each Category

CATEGORY

Overall
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
Mobile
Mobile

Mobile
Mobile
POWER LEVEL

Any
Low*
QRP
Medium
High
Low*
QRP

Medium
High
CALL SIGN

KD1O
KD1O
KB1YYC
KD1O
N1JD
W1CPS
W1CPS
W1CJS
KB1HNZ
KB1HNZ
NAME

Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry
Dakota Dumont
Stephen Curry
John Donahue
Charles Shepard
Charles Shepard
Cindy Shepard
Tim Watson
Tim Watson
FINAL SCORE

6136
4260
434
6136
1320
780
1218
1218
5217
384
YEAR

2013
2012
2014
2013
2011
2012
2014
2014
2014
2013
* Category dropped in 2012 and replaced by QRP.

Most Overall QSO's: 141, by KB1HNZ (2014)

Previous records in this category:
104, by KD1O (2013)


Most Overall Cities Worked:
59, by KD1O (2013)

Most Club Points: 25,875, by the Wireless Society of Southern Maine (2014)



In the Summer of 2012, the WSSM announced a new challenge for contesters - Make 100 or more QSO's during the Simplex Challenge, and qualify for and become a member of the 2 Meter Century Club. In its first year of existence, Stephen Curry, KD1O, became the first to join this exclusive club.

2 Meter Century Club2 Meter Century Club

Rules:


This award is issued by the Wireless Society Of Southern Maine to any station who has submitted evidence for having made 2-way communication with at least 100 other amateur stations during the annual 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge.
Award winners:

KD1O, Stephen Curry, Knox, ME (2013)
KB1HNZ, Tim Watson, Gorham, ME (2014)
W1WMG, Thom Watson, Gorham, ME (2014)
WS1SM, op. by Sebastian Ames, Scarborough, ME (2014)
KB1FGF, Dave Wood, Scarborough, ME (2014)


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