18th Annual – WASH Two Meter Simplex Contest
This January will mark the Eighteenth Annual WASH 2 Meter Simplex Contest. We’ve already had a lot of interest in it, and this year promises to be even more exciting! Everyone who participated in it the last sixteen years had a blast, & we hope to continue the tradition again this year! Rules were been revised before the 2013 event, following feedback from participants, and we have a new chair & a new address for mailing your logs from years past — please make certain that you use this year’s address!
Date & Times: Saturday, January 13th, 2018 from 7 to 11 PM EST.
(That’s January 14th 0000-0400 UTC to the purists!)
• To make as many contacts as possible
• To have fun!
Band, Mode & Frequencies:
The contest will take place solely on 2 meter band.
• FM : FM simplex only, no repeater contacts. The FM frequencies are all standard 2 Meter simplex frequencies, as per the ARRL 2 Meter Band Plan, every 15 kHz, from 146.505 to 146.595 MHz , and 147.450 to 147.580 MHz. Use of simplex frequencies in the “FM Experimental Simplex” band of 145.510 to 145.670 are not recommended. See list of recommended simplex channels at the end of the rules.
• CW: 144.05 to 144.1 MHz Only. (See ARRL 2 Meter band plan)
• SSB & AM: 144.2 to 144.275 MHz Only. (See ARRL 2 Meter band plan).
• Digital (including RTTY): 144.51 to 144.55 MHz. (See ARRL 2 Meter band plan) Multiple digital modes may be used, and participants are free to use any generally accepted Digital mode, but only ONE Digital QSO with a given station regardless of mode
→ Note: Listen for CW QSO’s around 144.1 MHZ 15 minutes after the hour
→ Listen for SSB & AM QSO’s around 144.2 MHz 30 minutes after the hour
→ Listen for Digital QSO’s around 144.51 MHZ 45 minutes after the hour
Power Limit: Maximum 100 watts output.
Exchange : Callsign, contact number, ZIP Code.
For the purposes of the contest, the 5 Digit ZIP Code for your location is sufficient — do not use the “Zip +4“ code. Mobiles and portables should use the ZIP code of their location as determined to the best of their ability. Canadian stations will use their 6 digit postal code
For more information & Rules check out page 17 of the WASH Rag