Here are the rules for the 2012 FYBO (Freeze Your B___ Off) Contest:

FYBO Winter QRP Sprint, sponsored by the Arizona ScQRPions

Saturday, February 4, 2012, 1400Z-2400Z

QRP HF Only. CW or SSB (5W max). Near QRP calling freqs (no WARC bands).

  • Single Op (Home/Field) One Operator/One Station/One Call
  • Multi-Single(Home/Field) Multiple Operators/One Station/One Call
  • Multi-Multi (Home/Field) Multiple Stations/Multiple Operators/One Call mobile

    New for 2012 "Mobile" category is defined as "Any propelled vehicle which must be capable of movement at any time during which the station is operational. Power can be via batteries or from the vehicle's electrical system and the antenna must be mounted to the vehicle and not external to the vehicle." No sitting in the park next to a 100' pine trees with a dipole strung between them while in your car operating. ;>)

    If you operate from separate batteries dedicated to the operation of the radio while in a vehicle it qualifies for the Alternative Power bonus. The vehicle battery charging system qualifies as a petroleum driven generator. You may charge batteries from the vehicle if you wish but they cannot be charged via the vehicle while the station is on the air.

    Include "Digital" in the modes list. So, CW, SSB and Digital.

    Work stations once PER band segment. Score 1 point per QSO.

    Exchange RST, State/Province/DXCC Country (SPCs), first name, power out, and

    Temperature (Fahrenheit) at OPERATOR'S POSITION. Indoor stations must report INDOOR temperature.

    Example: 579 AZ Frosty 2W 40F


  • SPCs (each counts once PER band),
  • Field Location: x4 (Field per ARRL FD definition),
  • Alternative Power: x2 (per ARRL FD definition),
  • QRPp (less than 1W): x2,
  • Lowest Operating Temp (at OP'S POSITION):

    65+ F = x1;
    50-64 F = x2;
    40-49 F = x3;
    30-39 F = x4;
    20-29 F = x5;
    Below 20 F = x6.

    For contacts with NQ7RP, add 100 points. One contact PER mode PER band allowed. See example below.

    Final Score Template:

    [(QSOs x SPCs)](x Temp Multi)(x Field)(x AltPwr)(x QRPp) + (NQ7RP Bonus Points)

    EXAMPLE SUMMARY: (Thanks KI0II - Multi-Multi - FYBO 2010)

    Field - Yes (or No)
    Category - MultiMulti
    Operator(s) - KI0II, W5RRR
    Alternative Power - Yes
    Lowest Temperature - 28
    QRPp - No (or Yes)


    QSOs - Report the number of non-duplicated QSOs on band segments that you have made contacts. SPC - Report the number of non-duplicated States/Provinces/Countries on those band segments. NQ7RP - Report the total number of contacts made with NQ7RP on all band segments. A maximum of ONE contact with NQ7RP is allowed per band segment.

    Stations may be contacted on different band segments, but only once within a band segment.

    A band segment is defined as the combination of band and mode (e.g. 80cw, 80ssb, 10Dig, etc.).

    Modes are defined as CW, SSB, and Digital.

    The summary can be abbreviated if you wish to just the Totals of QSOs, SPCs, and number of contacts with NQ7RP.

    Final Score = 82 QSO Pts X 44 SPC = 3608 X 5 (Temp Multi for 28F lowest temp) = 18,040 X 4 (Field Ops) = 72,160 X2 (Alt pwr -Solar) = 144,320 + 100 X 3 NQ7RP bonus points = 144,620 Total points

    If you work NQ7RP on a band (e.g. 20m SSB and 20m CW are EACH a band), please enter a "1" in the NQ7RP column for that band/segment.

    Alternative power is a non-generator or mains power source. Batteries count if they are charged from solar, wind, or some natural source of energy. Here is an excerpt from the ARRL Field Day rule...

    7.3.8. Alternative Power: ... without using power from commercial mains or petroleum driven generator. This means an "alternate" energy source of power, such as solar, wind, methane or water. This includes batteries charged by natural means (not dry cells). ...

    Top Entry in each category receives a certificate.

    Please include your soapbox comments with your log! We'd like to hear of the trials of cold-weather operating, and any and all anecdotes are appreciated.

    Logs are due 30 days after contest.

    Please mark logs with category, i.e, single, multi-op, multi-multi and home or field.

    Please cut and paste a copy of the example summary and scoring template above into your email entry, fill it out with YOUR information using this page as a guide. Put your comments in for the Soapbox area, list of operators for multis, and links to pictures, etc. Attach individual pictures or whatever else to your entry and email to:

    Be sure to include your call with any separate emailings so we can match up with what comes in other emails. Hard copy, if you must, to Mike (K7DD). Be sure to INCLUDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS for confirmation that we received your logs.

    Include summary sheet, callsign, operator(s), power, location, and lowest operating Temp. Please include a mailing address for each entry so we can mail the certificates out. QRZ dot COM will be used for addresses unless you provide a better one. Logs are always fun to look at and put into databases to play with, but they are not required.

    NOTE: This is a fun contest, NOT an episode of Survivor. Be aware of the temperature and the possibility of cold injury! PLEASE be careful.