As with last year, there is a 15 point bonus for any satellite contacts made during the contest, in addition to 10 points for working the K4LKL bonus station(s) and an extra point for each Park-to-Park contact with WWFF/POTA entities outside of Florida.
Stay in touch with FLSPOTA on Facebook, Twitter, and groups.io for updates and information over the next two months. If you plan to activate a park, please let us know through one of these platforms so we can add you to the list!
The scores for this year’s contest are below. We received 25 logs, up from 14 last year. The majority of operations were single operator, single transmitter, low power. Congratulations to our category winners and thank you to all participants!
Please remember that all logs from FLSPOTA 2019 are due no later than April 21. Visit the log submission page to submit them.
Once you’ve submitted your log, we request that you participate in the brief FLSPOTA 2019 Survey. These questions help the us understand how people are participating in the event, the challenges they face, and ways to continue growing for next year. It will only take a few minutes of your time.
We’d like to thank our activators and chasers for a successful weekend of radio contesting! Now that those contacts are in the log, we need to talk about submissions:
The log submission page is where you’ll go to submit your contest logs. The form on the page asks for these details:
Then, you’ll attach a copy of your log in PDF, ADIF or Cabrillo (.log) format to verify your numbers and confirm your score. You can also provide comments about your experience with the event. These comments will be taken into consideration when the FLSPOTA Committee reviews this year’s results and determines any changes for next year.
N4AUG, Anastasia State Park (ANA) – The St.
Augustine Amateur Radio Society (SAARS) will be doing the Florida State
Parks on the Air at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine this year.
Planning to have a variety of stations and operating modes operating on
40 thru 15 meters. Possibly 6M if open. Expect an attendance of 12 to 15
W4AFC, Honeymoon Island State Park (HNY) – Upper
Pinellas Amateur Radio Club will be activating Honeymoon Island on
Saturday & Sunday for FLSPOTA. Modes and bands to follow!
W4E, Egmont Key (EGK) – N1COR/WU2F/AA0O will be
activating Egmont Key as W4E both days, planning two SSB stations
(40-10m capabilities) plus FM satellites on Saturday, and single SSB
station (likely 20m) on Sunday.
KK1TLS, Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (CFG) – TEAM
KK1TLS will be at Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (CFG) on
Saturday, at Felburn Park Trailhead , Crystal River. Sunday Unknown –
Single User – (Wife does the watercolor QSL Cards) – 100 Watts SSB –
20M, 40M, Possible Other Frequencies SSB Only. 14:00 Zulu to approx
W1JBW/KQ3S, Lake Manatee (MAN) – Brian (W1JBW) and
Jim (KQ3S) will be activating Lake Manatee State Park, either Saturday
or Sunday depending on the weather. 20M phone and possibly CW.
K4TN, Alafia River (ALA) – The Brandon Amateur Radio Society will activate Alafia River State Park on Saturday.
WA3RHW/4, Savannas Preserve (SAV) – Bruce (WA3RHW)
is planning to activate the Savannas Preserve State Park in Port St.
Lucie on Saturday and possibly Sunday. Planning single-op, single band
(20 meters SSB), but that may change if the local club and members
decide to make it a club activity and join.
K4PSL, Savannas Preserve (SAV) – Port Saint Lucie Amateur Radio Association are also planning to activate Savannas Preserve State Park KFF-3654 April 6.
KD2JA, Topsail Hill Preserve (THP) – Glenn (KD2JA/p)
will be activating Topsail Hill Preserve on Saturday, April 6. He will
be single op/low power on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters.
W4F, Crystal River Preserve (CRP) – Citrus County
ARC will activate Crystal River Preserve State Park as W4F both April 6
and 7. They will be on 20/40m SSB, CW, and FT8.
N4KGL, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (THP) – Our April 6th RaDAR Challenge and FLSPOTA Contest and POTA
plans using callsign N4KGL are to operate from THP (K-3664) Topsail
Hill Preserve State Park near Destin, FL. Dennis WA6QKN and I will look
to make five contacts and ride our bikes for 2 kilometers to the next
stop for the RaDAR rules. We will run 10 watts on HF 40 and 20 meters,
both SSB/CW on a whip, Alexloop, or a low dipole
KA2LHO, Silver Springs State Park (SIL) –KA2LHO plans to operate from Silver Springs State Park (SIL/KFF-1915) For a short period on April 6 from 1400z until about 1515z due to schedule conflicts. If I can work in other opportunities I will do so. KA2LHO will also attempt to operate after about 1700z on April 7 from Rainbow Springs State Park (RAI/KFF-1912) for an hour or so.
K4WK, Jonathan Dickinson State Park (JON) – Sunday April 7, 10am to 2pm, CW and Phone on 20 and 40
KO4MA, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park (BSS) – Sunday, 20/40m and satellites.
K4LKL, Colt Creek State Park (CCR) – Two operators, low power SSB, and CW, some Digi possible as well. 40m-10m capabilities depending on conditions.
W4AFC, Honeymoon Island State Park (HNY) – Upper Pinellas ARC will be activating Honeymoon Island on Saturday for FLSPOTA and hopefully Anclote Key for Sunday. Will update Sunday activation plans as date of event draws closer.
N4AUG, Anastasia State Park (ANA) – The St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society (SAARS) will be doing the Florida State Parks on the Air at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine this year. Planning to have a variety of stations and operating modes operating on 40 thru 15 meters. Possibly 6M if open. Expect an attendance of 12 to 15 Club members.
We are excited to announce the dates for Florida State Parks 2019, April 6-7! We’ve also made a few changes that we hope will simplify logging, allow for more contacts with in-park stations, and hopefully generate more chasing activity from other Parks on the Air stations.
After two years of experience and feedback, we have decided to simplify the entry categories. The full changes can be found at flspota.org/rules, but here are the basics:
Location categories are:
Florida State Park (Activator)
In Florida, but not within a State Park (Chaser)
Outside of Florida (Chaser)
Low – 100w or less
High – More than 100w
…and that’s it! You are free to use any available amateur mode, including digital, CW, SSB, or in the case of 10m, FM. The only requirement when choosing your mode is that it must support exchanging all contest QSO information – your callsign and the park you’re in. Modes like FT8 might make this a challenge, but as long as you are able to communicate and log the required exchange, you can use it.
Bands are still the same: 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, and 10m. However, in the interest of promoting park-to-park QSO’s between both FLSPOTA stations and WWFF-KFF stations, we’ve included the following two bonus categories:
If you make a satellite QSO, you earn 15 bonus points! You are also free to continue making more sat contacts, and each additional one is worth 1 point, the same as an HF contact. You can use any mode on the satellite, including digipeaters. Any FLSPOTA stations you work also count as a multiplier – think of satellites as an extra band. Hopefully this will provide a way, even under current band conditions, to make more FLSPOTA park-to-park contacts.
One thing that’s been common in past years is working many WWFF-KFF Parks on the Air stations during the contest. To promote park activations and chasing for both programs, this year we are offering a WWFF-KFF bonus. It works like this: keep track of the total number of WWFF-KFF parks you work, and then add that number to your final contest score. Note: Even though Florida state parks all have WWFF-KFF numbers, don’t count them in this number.You’re already getting points for those contacts, so no double-dipping 🙂
Last but not least is how you’ll be submitting logs. While the method(s) we’ve been using have worked, it’s been a little too complicated. So, we’ve made it as easy as possible. If you visit flspota.org/logs, after contest day we will have an active link to our new log submission form. All you have to do if fill in the blanks to tell us what category you competed in, your points totals and bonuses etc. Then, attach your log file, either as a PDF, ADI, or Cabrillo .LOG file, and hit send! And that’s it!
Our hope is that these changes will make the event more enjoyable for you, and encourage a lot of contacts that might not have been possible in past years due to conditions. So lets get ready for 2019! You can share your plans with us on our Facebook page, and email group.
Just a reminder to everyone, in case you didn’t know. We have a mailing list set up at https://groups.io/g/flspota. This has been migrated from our previous Yahoo groups list. So, if you haven’t already, sign up for the list! It’s an easy way to collaborate on park activations, ask questions of other ops and build the FLSPOTA community.
With the log submission deadline approaching, we’d like to get some input from our activators and chasers about this year’s event and where you’d like to see us go in the future. FLSPOTA is a young event, and we know the rules and scoring could still use some optimization.
We’ve created an online survey for you to provide your feedback. Please be honest with any issues you have so we can address them before FLSPOTA ’19. The survey can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/SBee9VZSEGOVZOR73
Please don’t forget to submit your logs by April 22nd!