Purpose of Contest: To increase weak-signal activity on the 2m band.
Date: April 24th, 2021
Time: 1300z to 2200z (UTC)
Band: 2 Meters only (centered on 144.200 Mhz. +/- 100 Khz depending on activity in your local area).
Modes: CW and SSB only
Exchange: Gridsquare and Consecutive Serial Number
Categories: Base stations (HP/LP/QRP), Rover Stations (HP/LP), Multi-Op Rover (any power level).
Points: 1 point for each SSB qso. 2 points for each CW qso
Power Multiplier: Each LP score has a x1.5 multiplier for the total score. Each QRP score has a x2 multiplier for the total score.
Multipliers: Each unique grid square worked.
Logs: Stations do not submit logs unless they are a category winner. All entrants submit a final score, total number of SSB/CW qsos, total multipliers, entry cate-gory, and number of years licensed to AC9EZ to be included in the final publica-tion of results on the FWRC website.
Base Station Rules:
1) Base stations may enter one of three categories, High Power (HP), Low Power (LP), and QRP (QRP). HP stations may use power output 100w >. LP stations may use 100w≤. QRP stations may use 5w≤.
2) HP stations may use as many rotatable, directional antennas for transmit-ting/receiving as desired.
3) LP and QRP stations may use only one rotatable, directional antenna for transmit-ting/receiving.
4) No remote stations may be used.
5) No cross-mode, non-simplex, or digital mode qsos are allowed.
6) Contacts may not be arranged via the internet, repeaters, or non-simplex means. Rover exception: Base stations may use simplex frequencies, repeaters, and only the ON4KST/Ping Jockey chat pages to coordinate qsos with Rover stations.
7) Stations may be worked once per mode (e.g. once on cw, and once on ssb).
8) No self-spotting
9) The use of more than one radio at a time (e.g. one radio on cw and one radio on ssb) is not allowed.
10) No “dual frequency” cq’ing.
11) Only one transmitted signal is allowed at any point in time.
12) All base station entrants may use spotting assistance, including DX spotting net-works and the reverse beacon network (RBN).
Basic Rover Station Rules:
1) Basic rover stations may enter one of two categories, High Power (HP) or Low Power (LP). HP stations may use 100w> and any number of directional antennas. LP stations may use 100w≤ and any number of directional antennas.
2) Basic rovers must stay a minimum of 30 minutes in each grid square before mov-ing to the next grid square.
3) Basic Rover stations may use spotting assistance, including DX spotting networks and the reverse beacon network (RBN).
4) Basic Rover stations consist of an individual operator for the duration of the con-test, although that operator may have a separate driver. (See Multi-Op Rover Rules for exception)
5) Self-spotting is allowed.
6) No “dual-frequency” cq’ing.
7) No contacts may be arranged via the internet, repeaters, or non-simplex means. (see exception in rule 13)
8) No cross-mode, non-simplex, or digital-mode qsos are allowed.
9) No remote stations may be used.
10) Stations may be worked once per mode from each unique grid square (once on cw and once on ssb).
11) Basic Rover stations may be in motion in the grid square while operating in the contest.
12) Basic Rover stations may have only one transmitted signal on the band at any one time (See Multi-Op Rover Rules for exception).
13) Basic Rover stations may use simplex frequencies, repeaters, and only the ON4KST/Ping Jockey chat pages to coordinate qsos with Base stations and other Rover stations.
Multi-Op Rover Rules:
1) All rules for Multi-Op Rover entrants are the same as the rules for Basic Rovers ex-cept for the following:
2) Multi-Op Rovers have no restriction on transmit power level or number of directional antennas.
3) Multi-Op Rovers may have more than one operator during the contest, in addition to a dedicated driver.
4) Multi-Op Rovers may have one transmitted signal per mode (one cw station, and one ssb station) for a maximum of two transmitted signals at any given time.
5) Multi-Op Rovers may not have two transmitters on the same mode (e.g. two sta-tions transmitting ssb or two stations transmitting cw).
6) Multi-Op Rovers may use simplex frequencies, repeaters, and only the ON4KST/Ping Jockey chat pages to coordinate qsos with Base stations and other Rover stations.
Club Competition Rules:
1) Stations may list their local club affiliation with their entries. If 5 or more entries list the same club affiliation, that club is entered into the Club Competition.
2) Logs submitted with a club affiliation will be added for an overall aggregate Club Competition score. The top aggregate Club score will receive a certificate.
3) The top two scoring clubs in each state will receive a First and Second place certifi-cate.
4) The top overall Club Competition winner will receive a certificate.
1) All SSB qsos count 1 point per qso.
2) All CW qsos count 2 points per qso.
3) Multipliers are each unique grid square worked.
4) LP entrants’ total score receives a x1.5 multiplier.
5) QRP entrants’ total score receives a x2 multiplier.
6) Total score equals total number of qso points X total number of unique multipliers x power multiplier. ( A LP station that makes 50 SSB qsos and works 20 multipliers has a total score of 1,500 points (50 Qso points x 20 multipliers x 1.5 power multi-plier).
1) First, Second, and Third place in each of the Base Station categories.
2) First, Second, and Third place in each of the Basic Rover Station categories.
3) First and Second place in the Multi-Op Rover category.
4) Top Rookie score (must be licensed in the last three years starting from 2021).
5) Top “Legacy” score (top scoring log from operator licensed 25+ years).
6) Stations with the highest overall score in the Base, Basic Rover, and Multi-Op Rover categories will receive a plaque.
7) Top Club Competition winner receives a certificate.
8) Log/Score compilers are not eligible for any placement certificates or plaques.
9) If a station/club wishes to sponsor an additional plaque, please email Jim, AC9EZ, at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) No logs are required except for category winners (Base Station HP/LP/QRP, etc.).
2) Stations should only send a brief summary of their total overall score, number of CW/SSB qsos, number of multipliers, entry category, and number of years licensed.
3) Email log summaries to Jim, AC9EZ, at email@example.com
4) Send paper summaries to the mailing address listed for AC9EZ on www.qrz.com
5) Electronic summaries are due no later than 7 days after the end date of the contest.
6) Paper summaries must be postmarked no later than 7 days after contest end date.