BRAARC October 2011 Contest
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Big Rapids Area Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 343, Paris, Mi 49338
"So, How About Some More Contest Fun!"  from Tom Behler:  KB8TYJ

     I am sure that some of you remember all of the fun we had several years ago with the "Worked All Townships" contest.  Not only was it neat to see how many Mecosta and Osceola County townships each of us could work on our local 2-meter repeater, but it was also nice to see the repeater being used once again.  Well, in the spirit of promoting some more friendly competition, and use of all of our repeaters, here's another fun contest opportunity.

     The contest will be called the "Worked All Prefixes" contest, and will occur on all three of our repeaters-i.e. 2 meters, 440, and 6 meters.  The object of the contest is simple-work as many prefixes as you can during the contest period, which will run from October 1 through October 31st.  Prefixes consist of the letters and number designator of any valid amateur radio call (e.g. KB8, N8, WA4, K8, W8, WA8, AB8, etc.).  Don't forget too that you can work many other prefixes in addition to the usual ones because our 440 repeater has echo-link, which literally can put you in touch with hams from all over the world.  Any listener to the 440 repeater will tell you that many hams from outside our area do check into our echo-link node, so when they do, go ahead and snag them!

     All current dues-paying BRAARC members are eligible to participate.  Each person competing in the contest will be responsible for keeping his/her own log, with all logs being due on Thursday: November 3-the night of our November BRAARC club meeting.  Logs can either be e-mailed to me at: tombehler at gmail dot com or can be turned in on the night of the club meeting.  Each log entry should list the call sign and name of the person contacted, the date and time of the contact, and the repeater on which that contact was made.

     Prizes will be awarded to the three hams with the highest number of contacts.  First prize will be a NOAA Public Alert Weather Radio;  second prize will be a first aid kit;  and third prize will be a $10 gift card to Latitudes in Howard City.  These prizes have been donated to BRAARC by Mecosta County Emergency Management.

     But wait, there's more!  I want to introduce what I'm going to call a "net control bonus".  If you serve as net control for any of our 2-meter or 440 club nets during the month of October, you will be able to count all net check-ins toward your total contest score.  After all, since they checked into your net, you essentially have  worked them.  Net control slots for the month of October will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis, so be sure to contact Patricia McKay (KD8GGD) if you wish to volunteer.

     Let's now go out and have some contest fun!  Let's heat up the air waves, and give our repeaters a good work-out!  If you're at all like me, I think you'll find the contest fever to be contagious!  I'll be looking for you!

(Note:  The following the Repeaters link on the BRAARC web site will take you to the page that contains some basic repeater operating instructions, including some tips for using echo-link on our 440 repeater: