|Congratulations to our 2015 Maine
2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge Winners!
This year's Overall Winner is:
KB1HNZ, from Gorham, Maine, who made a total of 152 QSOs
in 40 different towns. Tim becomes the second mobile operator to win
overall, and one of two this year who surpassed the 100 QSO mark.
Tim beat the previous QSO record of 141, which he set during last
year's contest. Congratulations on a job well done!
10 / 5
51 / 25
50 / 19
55 / 21
152 / 40
This year's contest will be remembered for
the blizzard that brought high winds and large snowfall totals to parts
of the state overnight and into the morning just prior to the Simplex
Challenge. One would think that this would deter some of the
participants, but the hardy Mainers who take part annually would not be
denied. A large number of mobile operators still ventured out, and a
few of them covered some serious ground.
Three of the top 5 overall finishers were mobile this year, with the
overall winner coming from the Mobile Medium category. Other category
winners included first time participant Joseph Westwell in the QRP
Fixed category, who operated portable from the Hampton Inn, in Wells,
with only 4 watts. He said "I knew of the contest from the website.
Seeing as we were planning on being snowed in here, I figured I'd give
it a shot." We're glad you did, Joe! Thanks for sending in a log.
In the Mobile QRP category, there was another close battle for the top
spot, with Cindy Shepard W1CJS edging out her husband Charlie W1CPS, by
working two more multipliers! She finished with 55 QSOs and 21
multipliers, to Charlie's 56 QSOs and 19 multipliers.
Androscoggin County was represented well by the Medium Fixed category
winner Annette Dumont KC1AMQ, who made 51 QSOs in 25 different towns
from her hilltop QTH in Greene, ME. Her husband Bert KB1ZLV, finished
close behind with 43 QSOs and 22 multipliers. Another active station
from the area was Dakota Dumont, KB1YYC, who operated part of the
contest in the QRP Fixed category. Despite the low power, Dakota had
some long distance QSOs, being heard as far away as Waterville to the
north and Windham to the south.
Dave Wood KB1FGF, took the Fixed High category this year, operating
from his home
QTH in Scarborough. Dave made a total of 50 QSOs in 19 different towns,
while "comfortably sitting by the fireplace."
Other call signs which found their way into multiple logs were K1UC,
W1CWW, and KC1AMT, from the Portland area, Ryan KB1YTR, who operated
mobile in the Westbrook, Windham, and Sebago Lake areas, and Frank
W1FRA was on the air from Waterboro. Thanks everyone for your
Wireless Society of Southern Maine
took the top club score with 11,897 points.
We're happy to see the contest gain in popularity throughout the state
and also the nation. We were recently contacted by groups in the
Chicago area, and San Francisco, California, who were interested in
promoting similar SIMPLEX events. We were glad to offer our
support and wish
them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
2 Meter FM Simplex Visual Study
Analysis for KB1YYC (operating from Greene, ME)
Analysis for W1CPS (operating mobile from Sebago, ME)