San Francisco Two Meter FM QSO Party – 8/29/2015

The official announcement can be found here, but I’m coordinating the SFRC sponsored San Francisco Two Meter FM QSO Party on 8/29/2015. Here is a summary and a copy of the official rules:

What: The San Francisco 2 Meter FM QSO Party is a contest designed to give 2 meter operators a chance to participate in a fun radio contest.

When: The QSO Party takes place on Saturday, August 29th, 2015 starting at 12 noon (1900 UTC), and runs for 6 hours.

Contacts are limited to FM Simplex on the 2 meter band, and at least one end of the QSO must be within San Francisco.

Participants are entered as either fixed or mobile.

Exchange: There are two exchange items, your call sign and your zip code.

Power Levels: There are three power levels:

  • QRP – 10 watts or less (handheld)
  • Low – 10-100 watts
  • High – 100 watts or more

Entry Categories: There are two entry categories: Fixed and Mobile. If a station gives out more than one zip code during the contest, that station is automaticly Mobile. A Fixed station means that the participant will operate from one fixed location during the entire contest, possibily from a remote location. A Mobile station may operate from more than one location.

Scoring: Each station you work is worth one point. A Fixed station may be worked only once, a Mobile station may be worked more than once if it has moved to a different zip code.

Multiplers: After you add up your score, you get multipliers for each different zip code you contact.

Logging Program: A logging program is avaialble for this contest at

Awards: Winners certificates will be awarded to the top scorers in each category and power level.

Contest Rules: The official contest rules are available here: SF QSO Party Rules

Nerd Joke: noTCP

“Just as Node.js and NIO proved to the world that bare-metal performance is always worth the consequent unreadable code, just as the flood of bespoke NoSQL databases taught us to value purpose-built solutions over general ones, and just as the Reactive Manifesto reminded us that new branding can give a youthful glow to decades-old ideas, we follow in their Chukka-booted footsteps by challenging the comforts of the ubiquitous Transmission Control Protocol and recognizing the well-deserved renaissance of artisanal protocols built on UDP. We didn’t start this fire, we’re just calling it what it is: the NoTCP movement.”

Thanks Jon!