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 dropped in 2012 and replaced by QRP.
Overall QSO's: 152, by KB1HNZ (2015)
Previous records in this category:
141, by KB1HNZ (2014)
104, by KD1O (2013)
Most Overall Cities Worked: 59, by KD1O (201
3)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 Club|
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.
Stephen Curry, Knox, ME (2013)
KB1HNZ, Tim Watson, Gorham, ME (2014, 2015)
W1WMG, Thom Watson, Gorham, ME (2014, 2015)
WS1SM, op. by Sebastian Ames, Scarborough, ME (2014)
KB1FGF, Dave Wood, Scarborough, ME (2014)
Society of Southern
Maine P.O. Box 6833, Scarborough, ME 04074