Contest Date and Time
The contest will run for 14 hours on Saturday 16th September 2017 commencing at 0000 UTC and finishing at 1400 UTC (10:00 am to midnight AEST).
For the purpose of this contest a flagpole is any tall pole. Your antenna must be attached to the pole. In addition, flying a flag on top of the pole will attract bonus points – see below for details.
Since the first known fabric flags date back to approximately 2,000 years ago, it can be argued that flagpoles also date that far back since a the flag needs to be attached to a pole of some kind for it to fly freely. What we do know is that the first known flagpoles were made from wood.
In the 1900s, steel became a common material used for flagpole construction. The poles were sectional, meaning that there were at least two steel poles and one was inserted into the other to increase the height of the pole.
Today, aluminium is still the most popular material used in the construction of flagpoles.
Flagpoles in the 1800 and early 1900s were equipped with external halyards. A halyard is the rope that extends from the top to the lower part of the flagpole that is used to raise and lower the flag. Many modern flagpoles are constructed with internal halyards. This means that the rope runs down the inside of the pole to give the flagpole a neater appearance that some prefer over the traditional external design.
The winner of the competition will be the person who collects the most points during the day of the competition. The scoring has been kept as simple as possible and, in order to add an element of fun to the occasion, bonus points will be awarded as detailed below.
- The President / Vice-Presidents of MWRS will be adjudicators.
- All amateur frequencies and modes including repeaters may be used.
- Portable and/or maritime operation is permitted and encouraged. Bonus points are awarded if your station is portable or maritime mobile.
- A contact will be the exchange of callsign, signal report and sequence number (e.g. 59001)
- Logs are to be submitted using the Flagpole Challenge spreadsheet. (see below).
Basic Points Scoring
- Operating from a flagpole station – 3 points per contact
- Operating from a non-flagpole station – 1 point per contact
Note that points cannot be claimed for a second or subsequent contact with the same station within an hour of the initial contact.
Additional Bonus Points
- If your station is in a portable location, or is maritime mobile, add 20 points to your total score.
- If you are flying a flag on top of your flagpole, add 10 points to your total score.
Suggested Calling Frequencies
- 3670 kHz on 80 meters
- 7045 kHz and 7085 kHz on 40 metres
- 14025 kHz on 20 metres (CW)
- MWRS 2 metre repeater 146.875 MHz FM output, 146.275 MHz input
- MWRS 70 cm repeater 438.175 MHz FM output, 433.175 MHz input, 91.5 Hz CTCSS (analogue and P25)
- 2 metres simplex 147.475 MHz FM
- MWRS Logsheet – Open Office Format
- MWRS Logsheet – PDF
- MWRS Logsheet – Excel Format (email us if you want it; WordPress does not allow XLS files on this page for security reasons)
Submit your logs to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th September 2017