Submit the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org to report your scores.
SUBJECT: Ohio ARES Simplex Contest Score for CALLSIGN Ohio ARES Simplex VHF contest, January 10, 2020 My station call: _____ Number of hours operated: _____ QSO Points (Include all bands, all +5 points): ____ Multiply QSO points above by total counties worked: ____ (Rover operations multiple counties x 2) EOC Operation add 50 points: ____ Portable Operation add 100 points: ____ Rover Operation add 25 points: ____ TOTAL SCORE ( QSO pts X Counties ) + plus bonuses: ____ Submitted by: ____________________________________
January 11, 2020 - 10am to 4pm EST
A six hour contest to inspire amateurs around Ohio to operate FM simplex to simulate repeater-less emergency communications.
Sponsored by the ARRL Ohio Section and Ohio ARES
The purpose of our annual simplex activity is to improve our station and antenna capabilities, and to test our coverage areas on simplex frequencies. These may be very important in times of emergency, when repeaters have failed and simplex is the only method of emergency communication. We are NOT giving any consideration for backup power - this exercise is aimed at testing antennas and determining coverage areas.
All bands from 50 MHz (6m) and up are permitted.
The following frequencies are recommended:
All contacts must be made using station to station simplex transmissions. No repeaters or hotspots are permited.
All modes permitted on the permitted bands are acceptable - it’s your choice. Most operations will be FM. For digital modes, any mode generally accepted by NBEMS/ARES in fldigi is acceptable with a recommendation of using the ARES default of MT63-2K.
Fixed: Any fixed station can operate. Single or multiple Operators, no restrictions.
Fixed EOC: Any station using equipment and antennas permanently installed at an EOC. An EOC is recognized under the same provisions as a Field Day category “F”.
Portable: Any station established under portable conditions in a temporary location. Single or multiple operators, no restrictions.
Rover: Any mobile operator may join as a “Rover”. A rover vehicle may transport only one station using a single call sign. It may be in motion or stopped. Rover vehicles must transport all the equipment, power supplies, and antennas used at each operating site. Rovers MUST sign "rover" on Phone and /R on CW and digital modes after their call sign.
The exchange must include your station callsign and your county. In the case of stations outside Ohio, please include your state along with your county.
If you are operating from an EOC, please include that in your exchange. (+5 for them).
If you are an ARES official (AEC and above) Identify yourself as such. ( +5 for them)
You are encouraged to announce your station details if you wish, so that other stations can judge the performance of their equipment. This is NOT a part of the required exchange.
Fixed, EOC, and Portable - no duplicate contacts per band per mode. Rovers can be contacted one time per band in each county they operate in.
All simplex contacts on 6m and up count when made between 10:00am EST and 04:00pm EST.
All entrants, regardless of category, are permitted to use spotting assistance or nets including but not limited to DX-alerting nets, internet chat rooms, APRS and other packet, reverse beacon networks and repeaters to identify stations available for contacts and to announce (self-spot) their availability for contacts. Announcements shall be limited to call sign, location, band or frequency. These methods of spotting assistance may also be used to coordinate antenna peaking prior to initiation of the contact and to explain contest rules, such as the exchange required, for those who need clarification.