|Congratulations to our 2014 Maine
2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge Winners!
This year's Overall Winner is:
KB1HNZ, from Gorham, Maine, who made a total of 141 QSOs
37 different towns. Tim becomes the first mobile operator to win
overall, and one of four this year who surpassed the 100 QSO mark.
Congratulations on a job well done!
31 / 14
63 / 21
58 / 21
58 / 21
141 / 37
plenty of activity during the 2014 edition of the Maine 2
Meter FM Simplex Challenge,
although it'd be fair to say that most of it was confined to the I-95
corridor, with a few exceptions. Almost all the logs came in
Medium Fixed and Medium Mobile categories, and those were certainly the
||This year saw the first time that a mobile
operator competed for the overall win, and in fact there were four
stations battling it out for the category as well as overall. Second
place Sebastian Ames, operating WS1SM, was only 1 QSO behind, and third
place Dave Wood KB1FGF was only 2 QSOs back of the category winner.
competitiveness continued to the Medium Fixed category, where three
stations were very close. Rick Fickett K1OT had 63 QSOs with 21
multipliers, and Mark Bilodeau N1SDH also had 63 QSOs, but with 19
multipliers. Third place Steve Curry, KD1O had more multipliers at 30,
but only 38 total QSOs. Their final scores were all very close. But not
as close as the Mobile QRP category, which finished as a tie for first
place between Charlie Shepard W1CPS, and his XYL Cindy W1CJS. In the
QRP Fixed category, Dakota Dumont, KB1YYC successfully defended his
category win with 31 QSOs and 14 multipliers.
was represented well by N5YXK, KB1VPE, KC1AIG, KB1YBU, and KB1VFQ, who
showed up in many logs throughout the afternoon. The mobile team of
Bert KB1ZLV and Annette Dumont KC1AMQ activated towns around the
Lewiston-Auburn area. Many stations were operating mobile as
including Ryan Michaelson KB1YTR, who activated Portland,
Grey, Westbrook, Gorham, and South Portland. Others included K1GUP, who
was logged in Hamden, Newburg, Carmel, Etna, and Hermon, and KB1AES who
activated Bayside, Belfast, Waldo, Brooks, and Knox.
surprising absence of those high power stations who usually
like to flex their muscles and show how easy it is to knock off huge
numbers of contacts, continuing a trend we've seen over the last few
years towards the Medium and QRP categories.
committee was impressed by the fact that they found no math
errors, although QSO times differed in some cases by up to 4-5 minutes.
There were a few miscopied call signs, but these were rare for the most
part. Cross-checking was possible on 85% of the received logs, which is
an all-time high, and an indication that the overall accuracy of the
logs we received was very good.
left to right: Sebastian Ames (op. WS1SM), Tim Watson KB1HNZ, Dave Wood
KB1FGF, Cindy Shepard W1CJS, Charlie Shepard W1CPS
continues to grow in both the number
of stations participating, and in its popularity across the country.
Recently the WSSM has been contacted by clubs in other states,
Rhode Island and Ohio, who are interested in hosting a similar event.
only change we may consider for next year's 2 Meter Challenge is the
requirement that all logs be submitted in UTC time. Each year we
receive logs in military time, local, and UTC which makes the job of
cross-checking more diffecult than it needs to be. The only gripe we
have is the uncalculated number of stations that find our contest
interesting enough to participate in, but can't be bothered to send in
a log. Your logs not only help with verifying the results but also help
us to better understand simplex coverage across the state and to make
our reports more accurate in this area.
was the first year that we offered a Club Category, and the Wireless
Society of Southern Maine won this handily with 25,875 points. To our
surprise, almost all of the logs we received claimed either WSSM
membership, or No Club Participation. We know that
the WSSM may
be one of the most popular clubs in the state, but it certainly isn't
the only one. Hopefully we'll see more club participation in the future.
Thanks again and see you next year!