2023 Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge Winners Announced

2023 Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge Point-to-Point study.
The purple lines show contacts by Stephen Jordan KD1OM during the 2023 FM Simplex Challenge.

Congratulations to Stephen Jordan, KD1OM, of Bangor, who made 89 QSOs, in 49 different towns, for being this year’s overall winner! Stephen operated as Fixed Medium, using a Motorola Spectra and a 5/8 wave ground plane antenna.

The 2023 Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge took place Saturday, March 11th, from 12 PM to 4 PM. This year, we were happy to receive a lot of logs from the Bangor area, so its great to see the contest is continuing to grow in popularity and attract new participants from all around the state.

John Horton KC1LSO, and Dakota Dumont KB1YYC, operated as QRP mobiles, while Wesley Linscott WA1IOG, Rebecca Rowe W1LIC, Peter Bither AI1O, and Frederick Nickerson K1CMN, operated in the Medium Mobile category. Dakota and John were heard mostly in the towns around Portland and west (Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Westbrook, Windham, etc.), while Wesley, Peter, and Rebecca traveled around the Bangor area, ranging from Corinth to Holden and as far North as Alton.

Similar to years past, the most popular and most competitive categories were the medium-powered classes, followed by QRP, with QRP mobile being a tie for first place between Dakota Dumont KB1YYC and John Horton KC1LSO.

Some stations that appeared in many logs, include KU1U, W1XAW, K1UC, K1GUQ, W1JFF, K1GUP, KC1AMQ, KB1ZLV, and WZ1J, but of those only KC1AMQ and KB1ZLV submitted logs.

The Pine State Amateur Radio club won this year’s Club Competition.

Click here for complete details, and to see all the category winners.

Mark your calendars! The next Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge takes place Saturday, March 16, 2024.

Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge is Saturday, March 11th

The 13th Annual Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge takes place Saturday, March 11th, from 12PM – 4PM!

Contacts are limited to FM Simplex on the 2 meter band.

Participants may be entered as either fixed or mobile, (but not as both).

Exchange – Exchange items include your call sign, the name of the city, village, town, or township you are operating from, and your power level. Rovers and mobiles must be within the city limits of whatever city they claim to be operating from. If you are operating from a served agency station, you should also include this with your exchange. Specify which agency you serve, for example, “SKYWARN,” “EOC,” or “Red Cross.” On the log sheets, however, there will only be a place to notate whether or not the station is operating from a served agency.

City or Town – This is simply the name of the city or town you are operating from. If you do not live within the city limits, use the name of the town or municipality to which mail or a package would be addressed. For mobile entries, use the name of the city or town you are in, or the closest city or town.

Power levels are defined as follows:
• QRP – 5 watts or less
• Medium Power – greater than 5 watts, but less than 100
• High Power – 100 watts or more

Enter as either Fixed (either at home or portable) or Mobile (roving).

Click here for complete rules and details, including Entry Forms and Log Sheets, for the 2023 Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge.