Saturday, May 8, 2021

2 Meter Simplex Challenge - Saturday 5/15/21


Keuka Lake Amateur Radio Association
2 Meter Simplex Challenge

The purpose of this contest is to encourage amateurs to:
● learn the basics of contesting
● learn some new simplex operating techniques
● expand the scope of their 2 meter operating beyond that needed 
for repeater operations.

 More info and contest documentation at:

It is open to any licensed amateur, the object being to make as many
contacts with as many different amateurs, in as many towns, using 2
meter simplex, as possible; during the four hour contest period.

Please try to remember that this is a FUN contest. All contest
participants are encouraged to submit their logs, even if they only
have a few contacts.

The intent is to work from the towns on the attached map. You may
work into any town where your signal will reach (and where you can
get someone to answer you).

1) Date and Contest Period
The contest period is from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (local time), Saturday,
May 15, 2021. Contest contacts are 2 meter simplex phone ONLY. 
Contacts via a repeater (or via Echolink or digi-modes) will not be
eligible for contest credit. Contest is limited to FM or SSB contacts
using voice.
In sharp contrast to most other contests; you may use a repeater to
set up (or schedule) simplex contacts! Do not log these contacts in
your contest logs.


2) Station Divisions / Classes
There are two divisions (FM and SSB), two classes (Fixed and Rover),
and two power sub-classes (QRP – operating 5 W or less), and full -
more than 5 W – 50W FM or 100 watts SSB). Power is capped at 50
watts for FM and 100 watts for SSB to assure minimum RF exposure.
Contestants should conduct their own RF surveys based on their
individual power levels and equipment.
Fixed stations operate from a single location for the duration of the
contest period (but not necessarily from their home). Fixed stations
declare their intentions at the beginning of the contest.
Rover stations will operate from several towns during the contest, and
also declare their intentions at the beginning of the contest.
They may be either mobile (designed to operate from a vehicle in
motion) or portable (set up and tear down at each location).


3) Contest Frequencies
Any frequency in the 2 meter band may be used, subject to the
nationwide and local section band plans. Contest exchanges are
limited to phone emissions.
Frequencies that have potential conflicts with repeater inputs or
outputs should not be used. The National Calling Frequency may be
used to initiate contacts. After contact has been established, please
move (QSY) to another frequency!
Share the frequencies - remember this is meant as a fun contest, so if
someone jumps in after you’ve made a contact, let it go. Have a good
time, and try to make sure everyone else does, as well!


4) Contest Exchange
Stations who are looking for QSO's may call “CQ Contest … 2 Meter
Simplex Challenge” either preceded or followed by their call sign.
The exchange for an answering station consists of four items – call
sign, town, power level, and station class.
Power level is as indicated on the display of the rig initiating contact.
So a possible exchange might look like this:
K2XYZ: “K2XYZ calling CQ Contest, CQ Contest … 2 Meter Simplex
KC2ABC: “K2XYZ, please copy KC2ABC, Town of Howard, QRP, Fixed”
K2XYZ: “KC2ABC, I have you in my log … please copy K2XYZ, Town of
Hornby, Full, Rover”
KC2ABC: “K2XYZ I have you in my log … Good luck in the contest!”
K2XYZ: “Thank you, good luck to you, as well … K2XYZ calling CQ
Contest, CQ Contest ...”
It should not be necessary to indicate “FM” vs “SSB” in the exchange,
as this should be self evident. You should however, note this in your


5) Logging
Logging should be done on paper sheets, as attached. In addition to
the exchange items shown above, the log will also show mode (i.e.,
FM vs. SSB).
If you choose to work as a group of operators, please run a
separate log for each person. Please do not try to mix call signs
within a single log.
6) Scoring
● 1 point per QSO.
● You may only work a fixed station once per town and
configuration for credit. (e.g. if a station cuts or increases their
power it's a separate QSO. If they change modes, it’s a separate
● You may work the rovers as often as they change towns /
configurations. (See note above as regards power class. Also
Rovers may work the same fixed station multiple times if the
Rover occupies different towns.)
● Everybody works everybody – fixed to fixed, fixed to rover, rover
to fixed, rover to rover, etc.
● Multipliers –
◦ after you add up your QSO score, you will receive a multiplier
if you have worked more than one town.
◦ Rover stations receive a 2 x multiplier against their sub-total
● Multiplier example –
◦ Your rover station conducts 10 QSO's from 5 different towns.
Your score is ,then, 10 points for QSO's x 5 different towns =
50 points x 2 for a rover station = 100 points total.
◦ Your fixed station conducts 60 QSO’s from a single town. Your
score is then 60 points for QSO’s x 1 different town = 60
points total.
7) Recognition
Everyone who submits a log gets a paper “Certificate of Participation”.
Keep in mind that this is intended as a fun contest … we hope no one
will be “cut throat” about this!
8) Log Submission
Please submit your logs to:
P.O. Box 250
Bath, NY 14810
Attn: Simplex Challenge logs enclosed
In order to get everyone’s log scored in a timely fashion we are asking
you submit your logs by May 30, 2021. We are hopeful that we will be
able to have paper certificates ready to distribute by June 14, 2021.
9) Miscellaneous
• Keep a copy of you amateur license handy. It is very easy to sign
into the ULS to retrieve a copy of your license. Sign it, laminate
it, and keep it with you.
• You may be questioned by local law enforcement about what you
are doing and why. Do your best to explain. If requested to move
to another location, please do so. Remain calm, confident and
• As a corollary to the above, make sure that your operating
position is safe and does not block traffic. Comply with any
“Posted” signs you may find!
• Keep your antenna structures, masts, and so forth, well away
from power and phone lines, etc. Make sure we model safe
behavior and the best of amateur practice!


Have Fun
Explain What You Are Doing
Be an Amateur Radio Ambassador!

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