Q: Can I work VHF+ stations on different modes or frequencies for additional points?
A: VHF stations can only be worked once unless they are a rover (mobile) station where you can work them once per county.
Q: I will be in Lyon County but the repeater is in Storey County, what should I use for the exchange?
A: Since you are physically in Lyon County, you would use NVLYO in your exchange.
Q: I will be operating on a county line, what exchange do I use?
A: If you are within 500’ of the county line, you can give the exchange like 59 NVEUR/NVLAN.
Q: Can I work a HF station on both PSK31 and RTTY on the same band for digital credit?
A: Phone, CW and a Digital mode with the same station on the same band will be considered separate contacts. A PSK and a RTTY or a FT8 on the same band would be considered a dupe...Log it anyway as there are no penalties for dupes (see below).
Q: What about Dupes (Duplicate Contacts)?
A: There is no penalty for logging dupes. The other station may not have you in the log or you may have failed to log them, so go ahead and log the contact again...
Q: What is the maximum number of times I can work another station?
A: You could actually work the same station 19 times during the contest, and even more if either of you are a rover station. You can work them using Phone, CW, and Digital on 160m, Phone, CW, and Digital on 80m, and so on, and once on VHF+. This would net you 49 QSO points
Q: Can I use a DMR radio on VHF/UHF?
A: Yes. You can also use a repeater connected to IRLP or D-Star or linked to other repeaters. Be mindful of other users and do not disturb net operations.
Q: The other station is on a county line and gave me 2 counties, how do I log it?
A: If they said something like “59 NVWAS slash NVCAR” you would put the 59 in the signal report and “NVWAS/NVCAR” in the location. If they said “59 NVWAS” and then said “59 NVCAR” you would log it as two contacts. Some logging software will not allow the combined counties exchange.
Q: I am primarily going to be running a VHF station, but I do make a few HF contacts for the contest, does that mean that I have to use the MIXED class to enter?
A: The Category that you enter will determine what will be your score and who you will be competing with. If you entered as VHF+, then those HF contacts would not be part of your score, but they could be the difference in the other station’s score that lets them place higher. Log all contacts and make sure you have the correct band listed in the log.
Q: Repeaters??? No one uses no stinkin’ repeaters in a contest...what’s up????
A: We saw this as a way to get new people who only had a handheld or FM mobile to get started in the fun of radiosport. Every county in Nevada has some repeater coverage, and most mountaintops or other high spots will allow hitting dozens of repeaters. Some of these systems are linked, some have IP links to out-of-state repeater systems and even some world wide coverage. The VHF participants will probably have the best shot at getting all of the counties in the state, and VHF using rovers can make it to every county in the state over the weekend... We are lumping all the VHF/UHF frequencies and modes into one allowable contact per fixed station—Rovers can be worked and work the same station if they change counties. Part of this is needed due to some repeater systems having VHF and UHF ports which would have scoring implications... Those with license or equipment restrictions that won’t let them get up on the HF bands now will be able to enter a fun contest.
Q: Are Satellite contacts allowed?
A: Yes, and this is a good way for the VHF+ contesters to pick up some states and countries. Please let others also use the birds. There are a number of satellites out there to use. Also, moonbounce contacts are allowed and you will find that Nevada is high on a lot of operator’s wanted list. (if you do make moonbounce contacts, please list them in your soapbox)
Q: I am using a 1 watt QRP rig but everyone is giving me a 59 signal report—what gives???
A: In most contests it is an agreed upon convention to give a 59 signal report as most logging programs will auto fill the signal report when logging with a 59. Go with the flow and give everyone a 59 also.
Q: Will all of the counties be activated?
A: Good question... We have a sign-up sheet on the website that will have confirmed operations in the counties. If you are going to work from a location, please sign up. We will try to get adventurous folks who like to travel to go to some of the remote areas and either be a rover or set up an operation. Several operations per county with all modes covered will be ideal.
Q: I will be working as a Single Operator, can I use different radios for different frequencies?
A: Yes, if you are transmitting on only one at a time. You will probably have a HF rig and a dual band FM rig for VHF/UHF.
Q: I will be logging on paper, but you only allow 10 contacts max for a paper entry, If I work more what do I do?
Q: Where can I get logging software for this contest?
A: You can get the N1MM software for free at http://n1mm.hamdocs.com/tiki-index.php?page=Full+Install and the WSJT-X software at http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx.html Be sure you have the most current version of either software. N1MM updates every Tuesday, so be sure to do an update just before the contest.