Leaderboard – WMPLOTA July 2018

WMPLOTA July 2018 station logs are currently being accepted. All results shown below are preliminary and subject to correction/verification.

Top Awards

Winning Associate Score
  • Congratulations to Andrew KE8FZT for the record Associate score of 19516 during WMPLOTA, which was part of his 4-day rove throughout Michigan!

 

Early ‘Bird’ Award
  • Robert KE4AL and Adam K0FFY for their Early ‘Bird’ QSO at 00:00:02 UTC on XW-2D.
“MacGyver Works at Walmart” Award
  • Honorable Mention goes to Adam K0FFY for his pink pool noodle antenna, built in the lot during WMPLOTA, he copied AO-91 and CAS-4A, but was unable to make any QSOs with it. He did finally make a QSO with it on July 13.

 

Sam Walton (Most Store Activated)

Congratulations to Billy KM6NJL for winning the Sam Walton award for his record-breaking activation of 10 stores during WMPLOTA, which was part of an epic 10-day rove through 6 states.

   

 

Distance Record

Congratulations to Adam K0FFY and Pete G0ABI for the WMPLOTA distance record on AO-7 of 6,514 km from EN32ea in Ames, Iowa to IO80bu in Devon, England.

 

Honorable Mention goes to Ruth KM4LAO and James MI6GTY for their QSO on AO-91 of 5,820km from FM26dc in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to IO84xm in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

 

First Contact (First Ever Sat Contact during WMPLOTA)

Please email awards@wmplota.org if you made your first ever satellite contact during WMPLOTA on July 2.

Top Scores

Associates

  • 19516 | Andrew KE8FZT (Back to School, Big Talker, Spelling Bee, I Want To Beleve, Spelling ET)
  • 10679 | Billy KM6NJL (Gridline, Near Gridline, Big Talker, Spelling Bee, I Want to Believe, Spelling ET)
  • 6840 | R.J. WY7AA (Big Talker, Spelling Bee, Good Samaritan, Wall-E’s World, I Want to Believe, Spelling ET)
  • 4533 | Ruth KM4LAO (Back to School, Big Hop, Big Talker, Spelling Bee, Good Samaritan, Wall-E’s World, Birthday Special, I Want to Believe, Special Envoy)
  • 3066 | Adam K0FFY (Near Gridline, Big Hop, Big Talker, Wall-E’s World, Birthday Special)
  • 1890 | Ron AD0DX (Big Talker, I Want To Believe)
  • 1166 | Kevin N4UFO (Near Gridline, Big Talker, Birthday Special, I Want To Believe)
  • 660 | Neil WB9VPG (Gridline, Big Talker, Birthday Special, Good Samaritan)
  • 475 | Robert KE4AL (Big Talker, Birthday Special)
  • 432 | Sharon KM4TVU (Back to School, Big Talker, Good Samaritan, Wall-E’s World, Special Envoy)
  • 143 | Brian KG5GJT (Big Talker)
  • 91 | Chris K7TAB
  • 84 | Don KB2YSI

Shoppers

  • 850 | Ruth KM4LAO (BOGO, Back to School)
  • 336 | Don KB2YSI
  • 243 | Robert KE4AL
  • 54 | Brian KG5GJT (Big Talker)
  • 40 | Mitch AD0HJ
  • 4 | Anthony VE2HEW
  • 3 | Mike KE8JLN (W8TAU)

Awards

Express Lane (1 QSO)
  • Anthony VE2HEW
  • Mike KE8JLN (W8TAU)
Checkout (2-4 QSOs)
  • Mitch AD0HJ
  • Chris K7TAB
  • Brian KG5GJT (Shopper)
  • Sharon KM4TVU
  • Neil WB9VPG
Greeter (5 QSOs)
  • Don KB2YSI (Associate)
  • Robert KE4AL (Associate)
  • Brian KG5GJT (Associate)
  • Ruth KM4LAO (Shopper)
Store Manager (10+ QSOs)
  • Adam K0FFY
  • Don KB2YSI (Shopper)
  • Andrew KE8FZT
  • Ruth KM4LAO (Associate)
  • Kevin N4UFO
  • R.J. WY7AA
District Manager (Associate at more than 1 Walmart)
  • Adam K0FFY
  • Don KB2YSI (Associate)
  • Robert KE4AL (Associate)
  • Andrew KE8FZT
  • Kevin N4UFO
  • Neil WB9VPG
Regional Manager (Work at least one station in 4 major alpha grids e.g. EM EN DM DN)
  • Adam K0FFY
  • Andrew KE8FZT
  • Kevin N4UFO
  • R.J. WY7AA
Overnight Stocker
  • Mitch AD0HJ
  • Adam K0FFY
  • Robert KE4AL (Associate)
  • Andrew KE8FZT
  • Kevin N4UFO
  • R.J. WY7AA
Happy Camper
  • R.J. WY7AA
Buy One Get One Free Tabor^2
  • Andrew KE8FZT
  • R.J. WY7AA
Ol’ Roy
Ol’ Roy with Roy
People of Walmart
  • Adam K0FFY
  • Andrew KE8FZT
  • Brian KG5GJT
  • Ruth KM4LAO
  • Sharon KM4TVU
  • Kevin N4UFO
  • Neil WB9VPG
Mobility
  • Ruth KM4LAO
Straight Talk
  • Andrew KE8FZT
  • Neil WB9VPG
Sam’s Choice (QSO w/ an Op Named Sam)
Great Value (QSO while eating chicken obtained from the deli)
  • Neil WB9VPG
Faded Glory
  • Adam K0FFY
  • Brian KG5GJT
  • Ruth KM4LAO
  • Sharon KM4TVU
  • Kevin N4UFO
  • Neil WB9VPG

All photos on this site are attributed and owned by the amateur radio operator shown unless otherwise noted.

Acknowledgements

WMPLOTA is a community event. We are thankful for everybody in the satellite community that planned and participated in WMPLOTA. Here are some folks in particular that turned a zany idea into a real event. Thank you!

Contest Ideas and Planning:

  • Justin K5EM
  • Josh W3ARD
  • Ron AD0DX
  • Adam K0FFY

Promoters and Public Voices:

  • Adam K0FFY
  • Josh W3ARD
  • Neil WB9VPG

Thank you again to the numerous other brainstormers, pot stirrers, and zealoous participants that turned WMPLOTA into an extremely fun event!

Leaderboard – WMPLOTA April 2018

WMPLOTA April 2018 station logs are all in. All results shown below are final.

Top Awards

Early ‘Bird’ Award
  • Robert KE4AL and Joe KE9AJ for their Black Friday QSO at 00:00 UTC on XW-2C.
“MacGyver Works at Walmart” Award
  • Søren AK4WQ for his MacGyver “Toaster Marker” antenna, with which he made 4 QSOs in total, 1 on CAS4-B, and 2 each on two passes of AO-91.

 

  • Honorable Mention: Chris K0SIN and Avigail W0AVI for their curtain rod/paint roller/pool noodle 2m half wave dipole and garden stake 70cm yagi antenna, built and tested in a Walmart parking lot. No satellite QSOs were successful with them during WMPLOTA, but big props on the attempt and success with them on terrestrial repeaters!

 

Sam Walton (Most Store Activated)
  • 8 Stores | Patrick WD9EWK

Distance Record
  • Gustavo PU8MRS with Robert N6RFM for their 5,620 km QSO over AO-7 (GI77ul to FN41iq).
First Contact (First Ever Sat Contact during WMPLOTA)
  • Mike KB8ZYE
  • Scott WY1LIE

Top Scores

Associates

  • 9313 | Patrick WD9EWK (Gridline, Near Gridline,  Big Talker, Spelling Bee)
  • 4464 | Doug N6UA (Gridline x2, Near Gridline, Alaskan Shopper, Black Friday, Big Hop, Big Talker, Wall-E’s World)
  • 4365 | Andrew KE8FZT (Back to School, Black Friday, Big Talker, Good Samaritan, Spelling Bee)
  • 2040 | John KG4AKV (Black Friday, Big Talker)
  • 1541 | Gabe AL6D (Alaskan Activator, Alaskan Shopper, Black Friday, Big Hop x2, Big Talker, Zombie Apocalypse)
  • 1440 | Justin K5EM (Near Gridline, Alaskan Shopper, Back to School, Black Friday, Big Talker)
  • 1431 | Billy KM6NJL (Near Gridline, Black Friday, Big Talker)
  • 1408 | Ron AD0DX (Near Gridline, Big Talker, Spelling Bee)
  • 792 | Mike K2MTS (Black Friday, Big Talker, Good Samaritan)
  • 650 | Søren “MacGyver” AK4WQ (Big Talker)
  • 600 | Adam K0FFY (Back to School, Big Talker)
  • 576 | Don KB2YSI (Black Friday, Big Talker)
  • 390 | Dave AD7DB (Near Gridline, Big Talker)
  • 350 | Scott WY1LIE (Near Gridline, Back to School, Big Talker)
  • 304 | Sam N3ROY (Big Talker)
  • 240 | John KI4RO  (Big Talker)
  • 225 | John N7JY (Near Gridline, Big Talker)
  • 224 | Sean KX9X (Big Talker)
  • 204 | Marissa W4AQT (Back to School, Big Talker)
  • 204 | Jeff WE4B (Back to School, Big Talker)
  • 153 | Chris AA8CH
  • 132 | Chris K7TAB (Big Talker)
  • 128 | Jocelyn KD8VRX (Big Talker)
  • 110 | Roy K3RLD (Big Talker)
  • 105 | Kevin N4UFO (Black Friday, Big Talker)
  • 90 | Neil WB9VPG (Big Talker)
  • 80 | Robert KE4AL (Black Friday, Big Talker)
  • 60 | Scott N1AIA (Big Talker)
  • 56 | Gustavo PU8MRS (Big Hop, Big Talker)
  • — | Drew KO4MA
  • — | Alex N7AGF
  • — | Steve WL7YQ

Shoppers

  • 635 | Dave K5IX (Black Friday, BOGO)
  • 400 | Brian KG5GJT (Big Talker)
  • 250 | Chris K7TAB (Big Talker)
  • 192 | Robert KE4AL (Big Talker)
  • 54 | Scott N1AIA (Big Talker)
  • 32 | Anthony VE2HEW (Big Talker)

DX Associates

  • 1541 | Gabe AL6D (Alaskan Activator, Alaskan Shopper, Black Friday, Big Hop x2, Big Talker, Zombie Apocalypse)
  • 56 | Gustavo PU8MRS (Big Hop, Big Talker)

Packet Rat Associates

  • 132 | Chris K7TAB (Big Talker)

Awards

Express Lane (1 QSO)
  • Gustavo PU8MRS (DX)
Checkout (2-4 QSOs)
  • Roy K3RLD
  • Chris K7TAB (Associate)
  • Jocelyn KD8VRX
  • Scott N1AIA (Associate and Shopper)
  • Kevin N4UFO
  • John N7JY
  • Marissa W4AQT
  • Neil WB9VPG
  • Jeff WE4B
  • Scott WY1LIE
Greeter (5 QSOs)
  • Chris AA8CH
  • Dave AD7DB
  • Adam K0FFY (Associate)
  • John KI4RO
  • Sean KX9X
  • Sam N3ROY
Store Manager (10+ QSOs)
  • Ron AD0DX
  • Gabe AL6D
  • Mike K2MTS
  • Justin K5EM
  • Dave K5IX
  • Chris K7TAB (Shopper)
  • Don KB2YSI
  • Andrew KE8FZT
  • John KG4AKV
  • Billy KM6NJL
  • Doug N6UA
  • Patrick WD9EWK
District Manager (Associate at more than 1 Walmart)
  • Adam K0FFY
  • Andrew KE8FZT
  • Billy KM6NJL
  • Sean KX9X
  • Doug N6UA
  • Neil WB9VPG
  • Patrick WD9EWK
Regional Manager (Work at least one station in 4 major alpha grids e.g. EM EN DM DN)
  • Ron AD0DX
  • Mike K2MTS
  • Chris K7TAB (Shopper)
  • Billy KM6NJL
  • Patrick WD9EWK
Overnight Stocker
  • Gabe AL6D
  • Justin K5EM
  • Don KB2YSI
  • Andrew KE8FZT
  • Billy KM6NJL
  • Sean KX9X
  • Doug N6UA
Ol’ Roy
  • Roy K3RLD (see also Ol’ Roy with Roy)
  • Justin K5EM
  • Don KB2YSI
Ol’ Roy with Roy
  • Roy K3RLD
People of Walmart
  • Ron AD0DX
  • Dave AD7DB
  • Gabe AL6D
  • Adam K0FFY
  • Mike K2MTS
  • Roy K3RLD
  • Justin K5EM
  • Chris K7TAB
  • Andrew KE8FZT
  • John KG4AKV
  • John KI4RO
  • Billy KM6NJL
  • Sean KX9X
  • Kevin, N4UFO
  • John N7JY
  • Neil WB9VPG
  • Patrick WD9EWK

Shown here is Sean KX9X enjoying his morning coffee while working Store #5095 in Hartford, CT.

Mobility
  • Gabe AL6D
  • Adam K0FFY
  • Justin K5EM
  • John KG4AKV
  • Sam N3ROY

Straight Talk
  • Neil WB9VPG
Sam’s Choice (QSO w/ an Op Named Sam)
  • Roy K3RLD
Great Value (QSO while eating chicken obtained from the deli)
  • Ron AD0DX
  • Andrew KE8FZT
Faded Glory
  • Dave AD7DB
  • Mike K2MTS
  • Justin K5EM
  • Andrew KE8FZT
  • John KI4RO
  • Sean KX9X
  • Sam N3ROY
  • Kevin, N4UFO
  • John N7JY
  • Marissa W4AQT
  • Neil WB9VPG
  • Patrick WD9EWK
  • Jeff WE4B

All photos on this site are attributed and owned by the amateur radio operator shown unless otherwise noted.

Walmart Parking Lots on the Air

Welcome!

WMPLOTA is a special event and award scheme for amateur radio satellite operators that encourages the practice of portable operation in the ubiqitous and easily accessible location of Walmart parking lots.

The first ever WMPLOTA took place April 28 and April 29, 2018.

Be safe and operate in a way to that is in no way impactful to the Walmart store or its customers. Participation in WMPLOTA, just like SOTA, is at your own risk.

Follow us on Twitter @WMPLOTA and post using hashtag #WMPLOTA!

Get ready for a WMPLOTA Encore on July 2, 2018!

Brace yourselves. A one-day WMPLOTA Encore takes place on July 2, 2018 from 00:00 UTC – 23:59 UTC!

July 2 is the birthday of Walmart, with Sam Walton opening the first store in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962. July 2 is also World UFO Day, where people gather together and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects, just in case…

WMPLOTA July Poster

Activations

Click here for Scheduled Activations. Listen for additional popup activations on the air over the WMPLOTA Weekend!

Leaderboard

Leaderboard – WMPLOTA July 2018

QSL Cards

QSL Cards for WMPLOTA are available. See here for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Is this for real?

Oh, yes! We are doing this event and awards scheme as described. How seriously the participants are taking it is perhaps another matter.

How do I participate?

Walmart Parking Lots on the Air begins at 00:00 UTC on July 2.  To participate in this scheme you do not need to register in advance or pay any dues. You simply need to operate an amateur radio satellite station, and then choose to be an WMPLOTA Associate (activator), who operates portable from any Walmart parking lot, or a Shopper (chaser) operating from another location and contacting Associates.

When making amateur radio contacts, it is common practice to exchange your callsign and grid square during the contact. WMPLOTA Associates are encouraged to simply mention “Walmart” or their Walmart Store Number on-air during the contact, which will be used by anyone participating in the awards scheme. The Walmart Store Number can be found on the store receipt or through the Walmart Store Finder online. We no longer recommend using the /wm suffix, as this was confusing entries into LoTW.

Associates, please take a picture of your operating location, including a branded shopping cart or a recognizable portion of a Walmart (or Sam’s Club) branded store. Selfies are encouraged, and extra points will be awarded for any operating picture that includes a Walmart greeter or security staff member. Big points and notoriety is yours if you operate shopping cart mobile /wm/m/p, but be careful and wear a high-vis vest!

Pictures and logs can be submitted for award credit. More to follow on this later.

 What is the awards scheme for WMPLOTA?

Please view and also participate in defining the awards scheme on the WMPLOTA Wiki.

How did this all get started?

On April 14, Chris K7TAB operated from the EM99/FM09 gridline, which just happened to run through a Walmart parking lot in Morgantown, WV. When Chris posted this activation to Twitter, many other rovers in the amateur satellite community mentioned how they also had operated from Walmart parking lots across the country, which also happened to be conveniently located on gridlines.

 

K7TAB Operating at Walmart
K7TAB Operating a Gridline in the Walmart Parking Lot
Lot Location on the Gridline
Walmart Parking Lot Located on the Gridline

Walmart parking lots make a decent portable operating location in general, especially when pressed for time, as the wide open space allows for working satellite passes of varying elevations without needing to drive into a more remote location in the countryside. Walmart stores also offer a location that is friendly to longterm parking, are a place where unconventional dress code and accessories like strapping on SSB radios and waving purple antennas at they sky are still considered inconspicous and unremarkable, and have the convenient availability of snacks and refreshments at everyday low prices.

DN31-41-Walmart
DN31/DN41 Gridline Walmart
EN82/EN83 Gridline Walmart
EN82/EN83 Gridline Walmart

Acknowledgements

WMPLOTA is a community event. We are thankful for everybody in the satellite community that planned and participated in WMPLOTA. Here are some folks in particular that turned a zany idea into a real event. Thank you!

Contest Ideas and Planning:

  • Justin K5EM
  • Josh W3ARD
  • Ron AD0DX
  • Adam K0FFY

Promoters and Public Voices:

  • Adam K0FFY
  • Josh W3ARD
  • Neil WB9VPG

Thank you again to the numerous other brainstormers, pot stirrers, and zealoous participants that turned WMPLOTA into an extremely fun event!