FYBO 2016


          Duffey KK6MC/5  NM QRP  FYBO~2006


Here are the rules for the 2016 FYBO (Freeze Your B___ Off) Contest: 

FYBO Winter QRP Sprint, sponsored by the Arizona ScQRPions 

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 1400Z-2400Z 

QRP HF Only. CW or SSB (5W max). Near QRP calling frequencies (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


New starting in 2016 is the "Work Anyone" contact.  Any contact you make now is a FYBO contact.  There are now many more overlapping field activities especially with the advent of SOTA and NPOTA (National Parks On The Air).  Work everyone you can.  More fun anyway.

New starting in 2015 was the TEAM category. You can have various other stations add their score together with yours as a TEAM. Example: John Stevens K5JS in LA, James Duffy  KK6MC and Jerry Haigwood W5JH all agree to submit their logs individually and as a TEAM, so they get two entries into the event while operating as one.  Nice way to add a bit of interest.


Members of a Team must agree on a NAME of the Team and then mark the TEAM name on their log submittal next to their Name and Callsign.


A sheet listing the members of the team by Name and Call sign needs to be sent to K7DD (k7ddmjb@gmail.com) the DAY BEFORE the event to qualify and define the team.  That is, Feb 5 at 2359 Hrs, GMT.


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. 

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) 

Call Used - KI0II

Team - Red Hot Chiles

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

Final Score - 2183









































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: 

FYBO 2016 Chairman 

Be sure to include your call with any separate email 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.