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MRAC FM SIMPLEX CONTEST
This contest, the afternoon of Sunday, February 8, 2015, is sponsored by The Milwaukee Radio Amateurs’ Club – which has been continuously meeting for more than 97 years. The purpose of this contest is to encourage amateurs to learn the basics of contesting and simplex operations and expand the scope of their VHF-UHF operating techniques beyond that needed for repeater operation.
*** New for 2015 ***
In addition to the band segments, from 3:30 – 4pm digital voice QSOs can be made, using D-Star, Fusion, or P25 modes. Any band may be used for these contacts, though 2m and 70cm primary frequencies are recommended (See below).
Time: This event is a sprint, lasting 3 hours from 1:00pm until 4:00pm CST. Contacts are limited to FM simplex on the following amateur bands: 2 meter (1pm–2pm), 70 centimeter (2:00 pm – 2:30 pm), 6 meter (2:30pm–3:00pm) and 1.25 meter (3:00pm–3:30pm)
Region: Southeastern Wisconsin (Grids-EN52, EN53, EN62, EN63)
Contacts with other grid squares are also welcome.
Bands: 2 meters, 70 centimeters, 6 meters, 1.25 meters Contest frequencies: Contest frequencies correspond to recommendations in the Wisconsin Association of Repeaters band plan.
2 meters (Primary 146.550, 146.565, 146.580 and 146.595 MHz)
70 centimeters (Primary 446.025, 446.050, 446.075 and 446.100 MHz)
(Secondary 446.125, 446.150, 446.175, 446.200 MHz)
6 meters (Primary 52.530, 52.550, 52.570 and 52.590 MHz)
(Secondary 52.730, 52.750, 52.770, 52.790 MHz)
1.25 meters (223.520, 223.540, 223.560 and 223.580 MHz)
Digital: (Fusion: 146.565 & 446.025 MHz) (DStar 145.670 & 446.125 MHz)
(P25 147.555 & 446.050 MHz) (DMR 147.585 & 446.100 MHz)
Exchange – Call Sign and four character Maidenhead Grid square.
Entry Class There would be Four entry classifications:
BASE - less than 150 watts on 6 and 2 meters and less than 100 watts on 1.25m and 70cm. (ARRL classification of low power for V-UHF contests using common solid-state amplifiers.)
MOBILE- must work from a minimum of two grid squares on any of the bands and power levels same as those specified for the BASE station classification.
HT- (not mobile units run at reduced power) - non-amplified, using any type of antenna, mobile or fixed operation (to encourage innovation and creativity).
CLUBS- compete by having their members note their affiliation when they send in an entry. The winning club is recognized on a plaque at AES Milwaukee.
Awards:- Second and third place awards are at the committee’s discretion.
All entries will include a copy of their contest log showing the following data for each QSO: “Band - time - Call sign of station worked - Grid Square”. An entry should state number of QSO’s, QSO points, grid square multipliers by band, claimed total score and a copy of the contest log. If indicated, note the club you are assigning your score to (only one club should be entered). Entries should be sent in by March 8, 2015.
The purpose of this contest is to encourage amateurs to learn the basics of contesting and simplex operations and expand the scope of their VHF-UHF operating techniques beyond that needed for repeater operation.
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