We hope you’re excited for FLSPOTA 2021! Due to the cancellation of last year’s event, the 2020 rules updates will take effect this year:
We’ve added a QRP category for operations ≤10W.
Entry categories have been simplified:
Single operator (One person performs all operating and logging)
Multi operator (More than one person operates or logs, even if they share one station)
Earn a bonus point for each out-of-state Park-to-Park contact.
Scoring multiplier has been revised:
Your multiplier is the sum of FL State Parks activated and FL State Parks worked (once per band). This eliminates the possibility of a “0” multiplier for activators who do not make an in-state contact.
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 each K4LKL bonus station.
Note: A previous version of this graphic incorrectly listed contacts as once per band/mode/activated park. The FLSPOTA rules state that stations may be worked once per band and activated park, and the graphic has been updated.
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!
THANK YOU to our activators and chasers who made this year’s event a success. Logs for the event must be submitted no later than Sunday, April 18th. More information on logs is available here: flspota.org/logs/
If you need a refresher on scoring your logs, check out this blog post.
Also, we’d love if you submit some photos of your activation(s) to email@example.com for use in a wrap-up newsletter we’ll release after scoring is completed.
Greetings and Happy New Year to our friends in the Florida amateur radio community! We are pleased to announce that the next Florida State Parks on the Air event will take place the weekend of April 3-4, 2021.
Last year, we made the difficult decision to indefinitely postpone the event due to COVID-19 and the temporary closure of all Florida State Parks. Today, most state parks and campgrounds have reopened for normal use and we have decided to proceed with this year’s event with a few recommended modifications:
All activators should adhere to CDC guidelines to mitigate COVID-19 exposure risk.
Participating clubs are highly encouraged to limit the number of participants and/or use smaller groups to activate separate parks simultaneously.
Shared equipment should be sanitized between operators.
Anyone who is unable to safely participate in the field is encouraged to help this year’s Activators by hunting from home.
The planned rule revisions for 2020 will now be effective this year. These changes include the addition of a QRP category, revision of the scoring system, and simplified entry categories. These changes are covered in greater depth in this post.
We thank everyone for their understanding and we look forward to getting you in the log this April! As always, please send your activation plans to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can publish them.
The FLSPOTA team – Matt NJ4Y, Corey N4FQ, and Ben N4BLH
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!