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FARA QSO PARTY 5 - Mode: 2m FM

posted Nov 16, 2016, 11:21 AM by L Gray   [ updated Dec 31, 2016, 9:41 AM ]

Purpose: To encourage local activity; to provide a ‘gauge’ for individual station capabilities; to provide an introduction to QSO Parties and contesting; and to HAVE FUN. QSO Party contacts count in the ARRL VHF Contest during the same time period provided you include your grid square in the exchange.

Date:  January 21, two operating periods – 1500 to 1700  &  1900 to 2100 EST.

Operating: Pick either or both periods, 4 hours maximum.  You may also claim 100 bonus points for working each of the FARA assigned call signs: K1RK, K1AIR, W1NOB and W1HQH. Bonus stations will be active on the hour and half hour. All contact must be made on simplex / direct, no repeaters. 

Rules: KEEP IT SIMPLE, Total Score = [Number of contacts x Multipliers] + bonus points.
  • Categories – Base Station, Rover (mobile), Portable (HT w/rubber duck).
  • Multipliers – local geographical areas OR local landmarks. For example the Town of Falmouth includes the following areas, North, South, and East Falmouth, also Woods Hole, well as other locally recognized areas such as Waquoit. It includes such landmarks such as Nobska lighthouse (Nobska), Falmouth Hospital, etc.   All of these are acceptable as multipliers. So, be creative, the more multipliers the better. Rover multipliers should be indicated with a /R, i.e., Barnstable/R.
  • Exchanges – Call, Name, and Multiplier used.  Signal reports and Grid Square are encouraged but not required for the FARA QSO Party. Falmouth is located in grid FN41 (to determine your grid square see, for your location.)
  • Frequencies – 146.520, 146.535, 146.550, 146.565, 146.580 or any national or locally utilized calling frequency made be used. Repeater contacts DO NOT COUNT however; the use of repeaters to SOLICIT simplex contacts is permitted. 
  • Rovers may only be worked once per geographical area.
  • Logs must be postmarked no later than 10 days after the QSO Party ends. Paper or electronic logs are acceptable.
  • Logs must include the following information:
    • Header:  Call, Category, and Operator Name
    • Log:  Date, Time (local/GMT), contact Call, Multiplier, Report (optional), Grid Square (optional)

Send logs to: 
Falmouth Amateur Radio Association
Box 815
West Falmouth, MA 02574

All logs will be posted in the order processed, not by score, on the FARA WEB site at