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Feedback on FLSPOTA 2018

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!

Remember…logs are due April 22!

Thanks everyone who participated in this year’s FLSPOTA! Outside of dodging raindrops, and poor band conditions, everything we’ve heard so far has been positive! Early in the day both Saturday and Sunday was great weather for most of the state, and a great time to be out in our state parks! In-state contacts were difficult, many of us were trying hard on 40m without much success. Operating as K4LKL I (NJ4Y) only managed to work one other park station on HF the whole weekend… 20 and 40m were pretty good into the rest of the country however, with even a few small pileups from park chasers in the midwest. The MO and MS QSO parties also added to the band activity.

Don’t forget to submit your logs for the event by April 22, see flspota.org/logs for details. Also send in your activation pics, to nj4y@flspota.org. We will feature them here, and on our facebook page!

Hope you all had as much fun as we did this year! Stay tuned here for more updates soon, and the winners of this year’s event!

Final Activation list for 2018 FLSPOTA

Here’s the final list of all the park activations we know about! You can view the full details on the activations page.  I hope to work some of you tomorrow from Colt Creek, I’ll be on HF and satellites as K4LKL for the bonus station, probably digital and SSB mostly. Good luck out there everyone, fingers crossed for good band condx and good weather… Stay safe and have fun!

– 73, Matt nj4y

W8RD, Honeymoon Island (HNY) Saturday, and Caladesi Island State Park (CAL) Sunday – Single operator, low power SSB. HNY for sure on Saturday, CAL possible on Sunday.

N1COR, Egmont Key State Park (EGK)/Highlands Hammock State Park (HIG) – Multi operator, low power SSB. Satellites. EGK on Saturday, HIG Sunday.

KG7EQN, Hillsborough River State Park (HIL)

K4TN, Alafia River State Park (ALA) – Multi operator, Brandon Amateur Radio Society

KD2JA, Henderson Beach State Park (HEN) – Single Operator, Low Power SSB

KQ3S, Lake Manatee State Park (MAN)

N6MRS, General James A. Van Fleet Trail (VFT) – Single Operator, Low Power CW, 20/40 meters

N4VIL, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park (GHB) – Single Operator, QRP SSB/digi

W4OT, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park (PRC) – Club station (Multi/Multi)

N4ESU/W4AFC, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs (BSS) Saturday, and Honeymoon Island (HNY) Sunday.
– Low power SSB

W8RDG, Oscar Scherer State Par (OSC) – Single Op, QRP CW, 20/40m

N4BLH, Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park (LWR) – Single op, QRP mixed, 40/20/15m

KE4PWE, Suwannee River State Park (SUW)

K4EX, Withlacoochee State Trail (WIT) – East Pasco Amateur Radio Society Club Station (Multi/Multi)

K4HOG, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park (DAD) – Hog County Amateur Radio Association Club Station (Multi/Multi)

N4KGL, St. Andrews State Park (AND) + Panhandle Area Parks Marathon Run – 40m SSB/CW Saturday morning with WA6QKN, in conjunction with the RaDAR Challenge. Further parks will be attempted during the rest of the day.

N4AUG, Anastasia State Park (ANA) – Saint Augustine Amateur Radio Society, 15/20/40m mixed mode, multi/multi club station

W4SVI, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (BBC) – Everglades Amateur Radio Club, multi/multi club station

W4F, Oscar Scherer State Par (OSC) – Tamiami Amateur Radio Club, multi multi

KM4JTE, Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail (GHT) – Single Operator, QRP CW, 20/40 meters

N7CAC, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park (HTB ) – Single Operator, QRP SSB, Saturday and possibly Sunday

N4EMA, Grayton Beach State Park (GRY) – Multi operator

KI4NBE, Lake Kissimmee State Park (KIS) – Single op, low power, SSB

*****BONUS STATIONS*****

K4LKL, Colt Creek State Park (CCR) – Single operator, low power SSB, possibly some CW and Digi. 20m primary, with capabilities for 40m-10m depending on conditions.

K4LKL, Withlacoochee State Trail (WIT)

Planned Activations as of March 28th

Here is the list of planned activations we know about so far! Let us know where you’re going to be for the contest by emailing your plans to activations@flspota.org

W8RD, Honeymoon Island (HNY) Saturday, and Caladesi Island State Park (CAL) Sunday – Single operator, low power SSB. HNY for sure on Saturday, CAL possible on Sunday.

N1COR, Egmont Key State Park (EGK)/Highlands Hammock State Park (HIG) – Multi operator, low power SSB. Satellites. EGK on Saturday, HIG Sunday.

KG7EQN, Hillsborough River State Park (HIL)

K4TN, Alafia River State Park (ALA) – Multi operator, Brandon Amateur Radio Society

KD2JA, Henderson Beach State Park (HEN) – Single Operator, Low Power SSB

KQ3S, Lake Manatee State Park (MAN)

N6MRS, General James A. Van Fleet Trail (VFT) – Single Operator, Low Power CW, 20/40 meters

N4VIL, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park (GHB) – Single Operator, QRP SSB/digi

W4OT, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park (PRC) – Club station (Multi/Multi)

N4ESU/W4AFC, Caladesi Island State Park (CAL) Saturday, and Honeymoon Island (HNY) Sunday.

W8RDG, Oscar Scherer State Par (OSC) – Single Op, QRP CW, 20/40m

N4BLH, Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park (LWR) – Single op, QRP mixed, 40/20/15m

KE4PWE, Suwannee River State Park (SUW)

K4EX, Withlacoochee State Trail (WIT) – East Pasco Amateur Radio Society Club Station (Multi/Multi)

K4HOG, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park (DAD) – Hog County Amateur Radio Association Club Station (Multi/Multi)

N4KGL, Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park (SGI) – 40m SSB/CW Saturday morning with WA6QKN, in conjunction with the RaDAR Challenge.

N4AUG, Anastasia State Park (ANA) – Saint Augustine Amateur Radio Society, 15/20/40m mixed mode, multi/multi club station

AC2GD, Myakka River State Park (MYK)

W4SVI, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (BBC) – Everglades Amateur Radio Club, multi/multi club station

*****BONUS STATIONS*****

K4LKL, Colt Creek State Park (CCR) – Single operator, low power SSB, possibly some CW and Digi. 20m primary, with capabilities for 40m-10m depending on conditions.

 

 

You can view the most up-to-date list at flspota.org/activations

Planned Activations as of March 23rd

Here is the list of planned activations we know about so far! Let us know where you’re going to be for the contest by emailing your plans to activations@flspota.org

W8RD, Honeymoon Island (HNY) Saturday, and Caladesi Island State Park (CAL) Sunday – Single operator, low power SSB. HNY for sure on Saturday, CAL possible on Sunday.

N1COR, Egmont Key State Park (EGK)/Highlands Hammock State Park (HIG) – Multi operator, low power SSB. Satellites. EGK on Saturday, HIG Sunday.

KG7EQN, Hillsborough River State Park (HIL)

K4TN, Alafia River State Park (ALA) – Multi operator, Brandon Amateur Radio Society

KD2JA, Henderson Beach State Park (HEN) – Single Operator, Low Power SSB

KQ3S, Lake Manatee State Park (MAN)

N6MRS, General James A. Van Fleet Trail (VFT) – Single Operator, Low Power CW, 20/40 meters

N4VIL, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park (GHB) – Single Operator, QRP SSB/digi

W4OT, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park (PRC) – Club station (Multi/Multi)

N4ESU/W4AFC, Caladesi Island State Park (CAL) Saturday, and Honeymoon Island (HNY) Sunday.

W8RDG, Oscar Scherer State Par (OSC) – Single Op, QRP CW, 20/40m

N4BLH, Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park (LWR) – Single op, QRP mixed, 40/20/15m

KE4PWE, Suwannee River State Park (SUW)

K4EX, Withlacoochee State Trail (WIT) – East Pasco Amateur Radio Society Club Station (Multi/Multi)

K4HOG, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park (DAD) – Hog County Amateur Radio Association Club Station (Multi/Multi)

*****BONUS STATIONS*****

K4LKL, Colt Creek State Park (CCR) – Single operator, low power SSB, possibly some CW and Digi. 20m primary, with capabilities for 40m-10m depending on conditions.

 

You can view the most up-to-date list at flspota.org/activations

Logging and Log Submissions

I thought it would be worthwhile to do a short post about log submissions.

You can do your logging just about any way you want, personally I find it easiest to just jot down who I’ve worked, what park they were in and the other qso details on a notepad while operating. Then, I can type the log in later.

Sometimes it’s easier to just log directly in the computer (like during a pileup). If conditions are good or it’s a big contest, that’s how I’ll normally do it. N1MM or similar contest logging programs make it easy.

We’ve provided ways to submit logs however you choose to record them. If they are on paper, you can type them after the fact into the provided web form for submission (link at the bottom of this page), scan in and email your logsheet, or even mail the paper copies to us for scoring. (If you can, use the web form, it makes life easier for the scoring guys 🙂

If you use a computer for logging during the event, you can export a cabrillo file (a common file format for contest logging) and email it to us.

Whichever way you choose to send in your logs, we do require that you fill out a contest Summary Sheet for each park you activated during the event. This has your location and callsign details, total calculated score as well as details on any bonuses you earned. You can email that file to us at logs@flspota.org, using your callsign in the subject line.

The Summary Sheet lets us quickly sort through each contestant, and your actual qso logs (in whatever format) lets us verify your score, claimed bonuses, etc. so be sure to include both!

That’s the basics, check out flspota.org/logs for everything you need to log and submit your scores for Florida State Parks on the Air! The Summary sheets and a PDF logging template are provided at the top of the page.

Don’t forget to email us your activation plans so we can let other participants know where to look for you on the air! Check out flspota.org/activations for details.

73,

Matt, nj4y

Getting ready for 2018 FLSPOTA, April 7…. and 8th!

Hey everybody! There’s just a couple of months to go before this years contest on April 7-8. We’ve been working to get everything updated on the website to reflect a few changes. Based on participant input from last year, we’ve tweaked a few things in the rules for this year:

Yes you read that right. April 7-8…based on comments from last year, we decided to make this year’s a 2 day event! 8 hours each day (during park hours) on Saturday and Sunday, the first full weekend in April.

Added digital modes! Hopefully this should help with the downturned solar cycle. There are now categories for Digi, SSB, CW and Mixed.

Bonus scoring has changed. Bonus points are now added separately after totaling your QSO points/multipliers. This includes the K4LKL +10 bonus. This will simplify the scoring process for both you as participants, and also the awards committee. It also allows us to add other bonus opportunities like…

A satellite bonus! +35 points for making a satellite qso either from the park you’re activating, or with a station in a park (for chasers).

See http://flspota.org/rules/ for the full details.

Additionally, I’ll be setting up a regular mailing list for operators, and migrating the yahoo group to there over the next week or so. Yahoo has had enough issues where I think we’d be better served using a mailman system like QRP-L etc.

Updates will be posted here and on Facebook at https://facebook.com/FLSPOTA/

And as always, send your activation plans to activations@flspota.org and we will feature them on our activations page.

A big thanks to Corey, N1COR for helping out with a lot of the work behind this. Looking forward to this years event!

Finally – Results from the First Annual FLSPOTA!

In Park

Low Power

Single op

  • Mixed
    • 1) KW4MG
    • 2) N4KGL
    • 3) N6MRS
  • SSB
    • 1) N1COR
    • 2) W8RD
    • 3) KD2JA

Multi-Multi

  • SSB
    • 1) W4OT
    • 2) W4AVM

QRP

Single op

  •  Mixed
    1) K3TW
  •  CW
    • 1) N8NN
    • 2) W8RDG

 

Home Station – Florida

Low Power

Single op

  • Mixed
    • 1) KM4BAO

DX

Low Power

Single op

  • Mixed
    • 1) VE2GT

Full score breakdown:

CALL QSO’S BONUS MULTS SCORE QTH FL PARK POWER MODE CATEGORY
KW4MG 147 10 3 471 OLR LOW MIXED SINGLE
W4OT 35 20 2 110 PRC LOW SSB MULTI
N1COR 92 92 LOU LOW SSB SINGLE
W8RD 43 43 HNY LOW SSB SINGLE
K3TW 20 20 CRA/CRP/COO/WIT QPR MIXED SINGLE
VE2GT 4 10 3 42 QC LOW SSB SINGLE
N4KGL 16 10 2 42 SGI LOW MIXED SINGLE
N6MRS 13 13 CCR LOW MIXED SINGLE
N8NN 11 11 GRF QRP CW SINGLE
KD2JA 7 7 OLE LOW SINGLE
KM4BAO 2 2 4 FL LOW SSB SINGLE
N4XDI 3 3 CFG LOW MIXED SINGLE
N4BLH 3 3 SEB LOW SSB SINGLE
W4AVM 3 3 HIL LOW SSB MULTI
W8RDG 2 2 OSC QRP CW SINGLE

Web-to-Cabrillo log submission

Participants using paper logs now have another option to submit their logs after the contest!

The preferred method for submitting paper logs is by using the Web-to-Cabrillo form provided by Bruce, WA7BNM at http://www.b4h.net/cabforms/fspota_cab3.php.

This form will be activated for log submissions after the contest is over.

A huge thanks to Bruce for working with us on short notice to incorporate our contest into his log submission system. You are still free to use the hardcopy logsheet and score summary sheet provided on the log submission page at http://flspota.org/logs

However, by using the Web-to-Cabrillo form, the scoring process will be made much easier for contest committee…which for you, means quicker results after the contest is over!