Rules

Bands

All bands from 50 MHz (6m) and up are permitted.

The following frequencies are recommended:

  • 6m: 52.525 MHz, 52.540 MHz, 52.510 Mhz
  • 2m: 146.490 MHz, 146.460 MHz, 146.520 MHz
  • 70cm: 446.000 MHz to 446.100 MHz in 12.5 KHz steps
  • Others: Standard simplex calling frequencies

Modes

Modes for this contest are defined as follows:

  • FM Voice (analog, DMR, D-STAR, YSF, etc. all count as the mode “FM Voice”)
  • SSB (including full AM)
  • CW
  • Digital Data (any non-voice/audio data mode generally accepted for emergency use by NBEMS/ARES and supported by FLDigi all count as the mode “Data” regardless of emission type and modulation – e.g. MT63-2K, OLIVIA, etc.)

All contacts must be made using station to station simplex transmissions. No repeaters, hotspots, or other types of relaying are permitted.

Entry Categories

Fixed: Any fixed station can operate. Single or Multiple Operators, no restrictions.

EOC: An EOC may be considered as any of the following:

  • Any station using equipment and antennas permanently installed at an Agency EOC as described in ARRL Field Day Rule 4.8.1
  • Using a mobile EOC so long as the mobile EOC is owned by a EMA and is a purpose-built/purpose-designated EOC vehicle (e.g. mobile command center)
  • A privately-owned vehicle/trailer that is purpose-designed for EMA/EOC support and is operated in support of served agencies

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 (or operation) 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.

Exchange

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.

QSO Points

All simplex contacts on 6m and up count when made between 10:00:00am EST and 03:59:59pm EST. For Fixed, EOC, and Portable operations, one contact per band + mode combination may be counted between these types of stations. Any operating type may contact a rover station one time per band + mode combination in each county the rover operates within. QSO Points are as follows:

  • Each contact not on 6 meters scores 1 point.
  • Each contact on 6 meters scores as 10 points.
  • Each contact with an EOC station is an additional 5 points per QSO. QSO would score as 6 points (15 points for 6m).
  • Each contact with an AEC or above is +5 points. QSO would score as 6 points (15 points for 6m).
  • An AEC/SEC/DEC operating from an EOC scores both +5 bonus points – i.e. 11 points (20 points for 6m).

Multipliers

  • Multiply your QSO points (calculated above) by the total number of counties you’ve reached. Make sure you include your own county.
  • Rover/mobile station DOUBLE the number of counties you’ve contacted.
  • Rover/mobile add 25 to your final score.
  • EOC stations add 50 to your final score.
  • Portable stations add 100 points to your final score.

Spotting Assistance

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.