I'm happy to report that I am going to manage the Look Around In the Field contest for 2006. I have been working closely with Randy, K7TQ, the contest's creator, to preserve the
original intent of the contest. Many thanks go out to all the previous managers.
The contest is now going to run on the first Saturday of June. I don't believe there are any other contest conflicts.
Also, this is 3 weeks before Field Day, so it is a good opportunity to get out and set up as a practice run for Field Day!
All contests have their own character, so what is it for LAITF? First, the objective is not just amateur radio
related. It's also about noticing what is around you. If you take the time, you might just be amazed at all the
different forms of life you can find!
Some parts of the contest is straight forward - the date, time, duration, etc. But the exchange, multipliers and
scoring may need a little explaining. Whether they do or not, help is provided here. If the explanation still
leaves you with a question, email me with your questions.
NOTE: See the strategy tip below. Also, I am planning on providing a spreadsheet
that you can use to figure out your score.
S/P/Cs copied are a multiplier, just like other contests, on a per
band basis. So if you work FL on two bands, it's two multipliers.
But since this contest is about noticing the wildlife around you, wildlife is also a multiplier. The
sum of all the different wildlife you SEND plus all the different wildlife you COPY is the wildlife multiplier.
So if you send 12 different wildlife names, and copy 9 different wildlife names, your wildlife multiplier is 21.
(But, plural forms do NOT count, so 'bird' and 'birds' is just one multiplier, NOT two!)
So what about the wildlife? Well, the more specific names you can use, the better off you will be. For example,
if you use 'bird', you cannot use it again as a multiplier. But if you know the bird is a robin, then send 'robin'.
Then, if you see another bird, you can use its name as a multiplier or, if you don't know its name, you can send 'bird' for
a second multiplier. Obvisously, the more different bird names you know, the better. What about bugs? There
are a lot of different bugs but if you send 'bug', you can send 'bug' again but it won't count as a multiplier.
Same with 'insect'. So send the insect's name, like 'ant', then you can send 'grasshopper', 'bee', etc. as other types
of bugs or insects. And remember, your total includes what you copy. This means that you can send and copy the
same wildlife for multipliers! So if send 'bluejay' and copy 'bluejay', it's TWO multipliers! Just rememeber that
it's the SUM of what you send and copy.
Example: you send the following animal names - robin, bird, hawk, deer, groundhog, fly, ant, squirrel, turkey,
bird, bug, groundhog. That's a total of 10, since bird and groundhog were listed twice; you copy - bear, squirrel, woodchuck,
beaver, duck, goose, fish, bird, grasshopper, hawk, fly, ant, bird, squirrel, duck, goose and fish. That's a total copy
of 14 since squirrel, duck and goose were listed twice. Your total wildlife multiplier would be 24, even though you
had bird, fly, hawk and ant on each list. It's the sum of all the different wildlife you SEND plus all the different
wildlife you COPY, PER BAND !
One final note on wildlife - you can start counting animals for your list when you start preparing for the contest.
That means you can start counting as you head out to your field location. If you're operating from home, you won't have
as much time to start your list since you are already set up and probably don't have as much to do. On the other hand,
if you have to do some antenna or coax work to get ready, then by all means count what you see around you! (But please - don't get distracted when safety is more important!)
Your entry class is a multiplier. Since the objective is to
get outside and look around, the biggest multiplier is for doing that, as well as being QRP.
CW QSOs count 2 points, SSB QSOs count 1 point.
Bonus points: 500 pts for working me, NJ2OM, on each band. 1000 pts for working
my daughter, NJ2YL, on each band. If you work both of us on the same band, it's 2000 pts, again, on each band.
So if you work me on 20m, that's 500 pts. If you also work NJ2YL on 40m, that's 1000 pts.
If you work us both on 15m, that's 2000 pts, for a total bonus of 3500 pts on all bands.
So the scoring formula is:
(QSO pts) x (wildlife mult) x (S/P/C mult) x (entry class) + bonus points
Example: You make 36 contacts, 25 on CW and 11 on SSB. That's 61 QSO pts. - 50 on CW
and 11 on SSB.
Of the 36 contacts, you make 20 qso's on 40m, 10 qso's on 20m and 9 qso's on 15m. Your S/P/C count is 8 states
on 40m, 5 states on 20m and 5 states on 15m. The states you work on 20m are the same ones you work on 15m, and 4 of
the states you work on 40m you also work on 20m. But the multiplier count is on a per band basis, so your S/P/C total
is still 8+5+5=18. Each state counts on each band!
You send a total of 12 different animal names. You copy a total of 15 different animal names. That's a wildlife
multiplier of 27.
Your entry class was Field QRP ( x6 multiplier).
You work NJ2OM and NJ2YL on 40m, for a bonus of 2000 pts.
Total = (QSO pts) x (wildlife mult) x (S/P/C mult) x (entry class) + bonus points
Your score would be ( 61 ) x ( 27 ) x ( 18 ) x ( 6 ) + 2000 = 179,876 !
Strategy tip: Since you don't know what the other operator is going to
send you for a wildlife name, and the wildlife names on your list are a multiplier for each band, use as many of
your wildlife names on each band. Then just hope for the best as far as what states you work and what wildlife names
If you have any questions, post a message here or email me! I'll be more than happy to receive them, and will reply
as soon as I can!