|Congratulations to our 2016 Maine
2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge Winners!
This year's Overall Winner is:
Knox, Maine, who made a total of 151 QSOs
in 95 different towns. Steve won for the fourth time, and is one of
three this year who surpassed the 100 QSO mark. Steve beat the previous
multiplier record of 59, which he set during the 2013 contest.
Congratulations on a job well done!
28 / 18
151 / 95
50 / 24
69 / 21
163 / 55
For the first time in two
years there wasn't any snow storm on the day of the event. In fact, the
weather was exceptional for a mid-winter afternoon. This may have been
responsible for a slight uptick in the number of mobile participants,
as they didn't have to contend with challenging driving conditions.
Similar to years past, the most popular categories were the
medium-powered classes, and the most competitive, by way of a close
finish, came out of the
Medium Mobile category, where Tim
Watson KB1HNZ only slightly edged his wife, Stefania K1GJY, by
capturing only one additional QSO and one additional multiplier. Another
close finish came in the QRP mobile category, where for the second year
in a row, Cindy Shepard W1CJS, beat out her husband Charlie for the
class title. She captured only one additional QSO and two additional
Two of the strongest signals in Southern Maine, as well as call signs
that appeared in many logs, were those of Ryan Michaelson KB1YTR, who
was operating from the Cumberland County EMA facility, in Windham, and
Steve Hanks WZ1J, from Brunswick. Ryan finished second in the Medium
Fixed category, with 75 QSOs and 34 multipliers.
Other Medium Class notables:
162 / 54
75 / 34
53 / 26
47 / 21
43 / 22
32 / 16
In the QRP classes, the mobile entries had the highest scores, but
Dakota Dumont, who entered as QRP Fixed, did an impressive job as well,
capturing 28 QSOs and 18 multipliers. Dakota won the QRP Fixed category
for third time in four years.
David Wood KB1FGF won the High Fixed category for the second time,
capturing 50 QSOs and 24 multipliers. Dave's point total of 1200 is
second only to John Donahue N1JD's category record of 1320 points, from
the 2011 Simplex Challenge.
Wireless Society of Southern Maine
took the top club score with a record 27,585 points.
We're happy to see the contest continue to gain in popularity
throughout the state
and also the nation. We've supported multiple groups around the country
over the past year and are happy to share our rules format and ideas
promoting similar SIMPLEX events.
2 Meter FM Simplex Visual Study
2016 Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge Point-to-Point study.
Magenta - K1GJY, Green - W1CJS, Blue - KC1AMQ, Yellow - KD1O
Analysis for KB1YTR (operating from the CCEMA facility, in Windham, ME)
Analysis for KB1YYC (operating from Greene, ME)
Analysis for KD1O (operating from the summit of Aborn Hill, in Knox, ME)
KD1O wrote: "First
of all, I want to thank the WSSM for making this contest possible and
for all the work and effort it takes to make this happen. I sense more
and more excitement up here in the Mid Coast & Northern section
the state, and suspect it will continue to grow. I had a great time
operating from Aborn Hill in Knox. I set up a tripod at ground level
with a five foot pipe for mast and a Diamond F22A vertical in the
little bit of snow that was available..."