Ohio ARES VHF Simplex Day Contest


Ohio ARES VHF Simplex Contest


January 13 – 10AM through 4PM EDT



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.


Bands - All bands from 50 MHz up


We anticipate primary activity to occur on the 2-meter band. We recommend the following frequencies:

•   50 MHz – Standard simplex calling frequencies


•   146.52 – Only after making sure you will not be interfering with existing conversation 146.46

    through 146.49


•   UHF and above -  Standard simplex calling frequencies



•   ALL MODES are acceptable-  it’s your choice


•   Digital- using any mode generally accepted by NBEMS/ARES in fldigi.  (Default = Mt63 2K)


Entry Categories

•   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


•   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 and multiple stations can

    be used in Rover

•   Rover vehicles must transport all the equipment, power supplies, and antennas used at

    each operating site. Rovers MUSTG sign "rover" on Phone or /R on CW and digital modes

    after their call sign



The exchange will include your station callsign and your county.  In the case of stations outside Ohio, please include your state


•   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




No duplicate contacts per band / per mode.  Rover/mobiles can be contacted one time in each county





QSO Points

•   Each contact is worth 1 point


•   Each contact with an EOC station is an additional 5 points per QSO. That would score

    as 6 points


•   Each contact with an AEC or above is +5 points. That would score as 6 points                 



•   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


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


Scores should be emailed to contest@k8es.org   before February 15


Ohio ARES Simplex VHF contest, January 12, 2018.


My station call: _______________      Number of hours operated __________  


QSO Points (Include all bands, all +5 points)                          __________


Multiply QSO points above by total counties worked               __________


EOC Operation: Add 50 points                                              __________


Portable Operation:  Add 100 points                                      __________


TOTAL SCORE         QSO pts X Counties =   (+50 +100)      __________


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