Introduction

It had been hoped that this page could be started with the strap line "We're back!". Sadly it is not thought that at this year will be that spectacular in terms of performance. Although the whole event went far more smoothly than last year we struggled to work a significant number of stations and felt that the conditions were fairly flat and that there was not as much activity as there had been in previous years.

We spent a lot of time calling "CQ" but had very few responses. This might have led us to believe that we had an output problem, but when we switched to "search and pounce" anything we could hear we could work even into Europe so there couldn't be that much wrong with our output.

Yaesu FT736 transceiver14 element beam at 8mSDV for logging

Setting up was a lot smoother than last year. Most of those involved in the Saturday operation were on site as agreed between 10:00 – 10:30 BST. There was a bit of a hold up on the A38 that caused the caravan and awning that would form the base of operations to be a little later than planned. Apparently someone had crashed a Range Rover and caravan on the A38 which blocked the road and forced our own caravan into a detour. Never the less everything arrived on site in good time, and following last years mishaps it was nice to find that all of the equipment had arrived and there were no omissions.

Operating shack4 stroke petrol generator

The SWR on the antenna was a little higher than we would have liked or expected but it was certainly operable. It is likely that we will have to do a bit of care and maintenance on the antenna in the coming months.

14 element beamRotator

Saturdays weather was good throughout the day although, as always in this location, there was a constant strong breeze that kept effective temperatures down. Sunday was a little less kind as the forecast rain arrived around midday and continued more on than off through the afternoon resulting in a wet dismantling session

Gary M0RCE operating

Results

The results presented below have been determined following analysis of the unadjudicated log, and will not be updated once results are known.

Number of QSOs

Table 1, below, presents the disposition of QSOs across the operating period and calculates both the average QSO/Hour and by how much each hour deviates from the average. This table when tracked over a number of years can provide an insight into the best times to operate.

Table 1 – QSOs Recorded
Day Time (UTC) Hour QSOs %age of QSOs Deviation from Average QSOs/Hour Cumulative QSOs Cumulative %age of QSOs Cumulative QSOs/Hour
 
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14:00 – 15:00 1 13 13.83% 135.11% 13 13.83% 13.00
15:00 – 16:00 2 9 9.57% 62.77% 22 23.40% 11.00
16:00 – 17:00 3 6 6.38% 8.51% 28 29.79% 9.33
17:00 – 18:00 4 9 9.57% 62.77% 37 39.36% 9.25
18:00 – 19:00 5 5 5.32% -9.57% 42 44.68% 8.40
19:00 – 20:00 6 1 1.06% -81.91% 43 45.74% 7.17
20:00 – 21:00 7 1 1.06% -81.91% 44 46.81% 6.29
21:00 – 22:00 8 1 1.06% -81.91% 45 47.87% 5.63
22:00 – 23:00 Shutdown 0 0.00%   45 47.87% 5.63
23:00 – 00:00 Shutdown 0 0.00%   45 47.87% 5.63
 
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00:00 – 01:00 Shutdown 0 0.00%   45 47.87% 5.63
01:00 – 02:00 Shutdown 0 0.00%   45 47.87% 5.63
02:00 – 03:00 Shutdown 0 0.00%   45 47.87% 5.63
03:00 – 04:00 Shutdown 0 0.00%   45 47.87% 5.63
04:00 – 05:00 Shutdown 0 0.00%   45 47.87% 5.63
05:00 – 06:00 9 5 5.32% -9.57% 50 53.19% 5.56
06:00 – 07:00 10 2 2.13% -63.83% 52 55.32% 5.20
07:00 – 08:00 11 5 5.32% -9.57% 57 60.64% 5.18
08:00 – 09:00 12 5 5.32% -9.57% 62 65.96% 5.17
09:00 – 10:00 13 8 8.51% 44.68% 70 74.47% 5.38
10:00 – 11:00 14 7 7.45% 26.60% 77 81.91% 5.50
11:00 – 12:00 15 8 8.51% 44.68% 85 90.43% 5.67
12:00 – 13:00 16 4 4.26% -27.66% 89 94.68% 5.56
13:00 – 14:00 17 5 5.32% -9.57% 94 100.00% 5.53
TOTALS 94 100.00%  

The table demonstrates how slow the event was overall for us. There was the usual flurry of contacts in the first 2 hours which accounted for just under a quarter of all contacts made over the weekend. A brief upsurge during hour 4 and some activity in the first part of Sunday morning were the only times we managed to exceed our average QSO rate. An overall rate of 94 contacts in 16 hours gives less than 6 QSO/hour overall.

Year on year comparisons are not that informative as conditions are rarely equal across the years but 94 QSO is low by our recent standards. You have to go back to 2008 to find a similar total number (if last year which had its own problems is excluded). We finished 3rd in class in that year, so if conditions were as flat as we think they are the number of QSOs might not be such an issue.

Points Scored

Table 2, below, presents the disposition of points scored across the operating period and calculates both the average points/QSO and by how much each hour deviates from the average. This table when read in conjunction with the QSO rate above can provide an insight into the best times to operate, as it is not always the most frenetic periods that yield the best distances.

Table 2 – Points Scored
Day Time (UTC) Hour Points Average Points/QSO %age of Total Points Deviation From Average Points/QSO Cumulative Points Cumulative Percentage of Points
 
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14:00 – 15:00 1 2124 163.38 13.55% -2.02% 2124 13.55%
15:00 – 16:00 2 2708 300.89 17.28% 80.45% 4832 30.83%
16:00 – 17:00 3 1644 274.00 10.49% 64.32% 6476 41.32%
17:00 – 18:00 4 1434 159.33 9.15% -4.44% 7910 50.47%
18:00 – 19:00 5 597 119.40 3.81% -28.39% 8507 54.27%
19:00 – 20:00 6 562 562.00 3.59% 237.04% 9069 57.86%
20:00 – 21:00 7 770 770.00 4.91% 361.78% 9839 62.77%
21:00 – 22:00 8 62 62.00 0.40% -62.82% 9901 63.17%
22:00 – 23:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00%   9901 63.17%
23:00 – 00:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00%   9901 63.17%
 
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00:00 – 01:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00%   9901 63.17%
01:00 – 02:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00%   9901 63.17%
02:00 – 03:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00%   9901 63.17%
03:00 – 04:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00%   9901 63.17%
04:00 – 05:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00%   9901 63.17%
05:00 – 06:00 9 979 195.80 6.25% 17.43% 10880 69.41%
06:00 – 07:00 10 1225 612.50 7.82% 267.33% 12105 77.23%
07:00 – 08:00 11 516 103.20 3.29% -38.11% 12621 80.52%
08:00 – 09:00 12 693 138.60 4.42% -16.88% 13314 84.94%
09:00 – 10:00 13 720 90.00 4.59% -46.03% 14034 89.54%
10:00 – 11:00 14 544 77.71 3.47% -53.39% 14578 93.01%
11:00 – 12:00 15 654 81.75 4.17% -50.97% 15232 97.18%
12:00 – 13:00 16 239 59.75 1.52% -64.17% 15471 98.70%
13:00 – 14:00 17 203 40.60 1.30% -75.65% 15674 100.00%
TOTALS 15674 166.74 100.00%  

Again year on year comparisons are not very instructive, but ignoring last year, which had its own set of problems, you have to go back to 2008 for a similar points haul and 2006 for a similar average points per QSO.

Half our score was achieved in the first 4 hours, indicating the comparative slowdown in QSOs as it became progressively harder to winkle out unworked stations or elicit a response to a CQ call.

Interesting hours were 2, 3, 6, 7 and 10 where high value stations were worked, particularly in the last 3 of those hours. However, in the case of hours 6 and 7 only a single QSO was recorded in those hours and whilst they were certainly significant in terms of this years performance the statistical importance of a single high value QSO is mis-leading. Hour 10 included 2 QSOs but one of these was our best DX so again a slightly skewed average results.

The early Sunday morning shift was again fruitful all be it not quite as good as we had found in 2010 when we first stumbled on the fact that this time period can be quite lucrative as some UK stations have yet to get back on air and the continent which is generally 1 hour ahead of us is already up and operating.

In fact for most of the contest the logging software was reporting over 200 points per QSO which would have been quite normal based on previous years operations, it was only during the last hours that we worked a flurry of shorter distance stations that reduced our overall score. In fact the final average of 167points/QSO is only 8% down on the average of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. 2013 was an abnormally good year, 2012 we didn’t operate and 2009 we were in a different class.

It is difficult to try to rationalise what we are finding. Certainly the number of QSOs and the average value of those QSOs is down on many previous years. Did everyone suffer or was our station deficient in some way? As was stated earlier there seemed to be a lower level of activity on the bands, a fact other people we have spoken to since submitting our logs confirm, yet we managed some good DX all be it not at the levels seen in 2013

Distances Worked

Tables 3 and 4, below, present a summary of the distances worked. The best DX was PA1T at 986km.

Table 3 – Distances Worked
Distance Number of Stations Worked Percentage of Stations Worked
Dist <= 1km 1 1.06%
1km < Dist <= 5km 0 0.00%
5km < Dist <= 10km 6 6.38%
10km < Dist <= 20km 7 7.45%
20km < Dist <= 50km 14 14.89%
50km < Dist <= 100km 16 17.02%
100km < Dist <= 200km 23 24.47%
200km < Dist <= 350km 15 15.96%
350km < Dist <= 500km 6 6.38%
500km < Dist <= 750km 4 4.26%
750km < Dist <= 1000km 2 2.13%
1000km < Dist <= 1500km 0 0.00%
1500km < Dist <= 2000km 0 0.00%
2000km < Dist 0 0.00%
TOTALS 94 100.00%

Distribution of Distances

Table 4 – Statistical Analysis of Distances Worked
Quantity Value Population
Mean Distance (km) 167  
Median Distance (km) 119  
Mode (km) 7 3
1 Standard Deviation 179.04 87.23%
2 Standard Deviation 358.07 94.68%
3 Standard Deviation 537.11 97.87%

As noted above average distances were a little lower than in previous years, although our best DX would stand comparison with almost every previous year except 2009.

As would be expected, given the mean of 167km, the largest grouping of contacts is in the 100km – 200km band. More or less equal umbers are in the distance bands immediately above (200km – 350km) and below (50km – 100km). The typical bell curve distribution is then skewed by the large cluster of 20km – 50km contacts.

Countries Worked

The tables below show the number of stations from each country with a specific breakdown for UK stations. The tables are generic allowing flexibility in the website code rather than aspirational in terms of the countries we expect to contact.

Table 5A – UK Stations Worked
Country Callsign Groups Number of Stations Worked Percentage of Total QSO
England G, GX, 2E, M, MX 75 79.79%
Special Events GB 0 0.00%
Isle of Man GD, GT, 2D, MD, MT 0 0.00%
Northern Irelend GI, GN, 2I, MI, MN 0 0.00%
Jersey GJ, GH, 2J, MJ, MH 1 1.06%
Scotland GM, GS, 2M, MM, MS 2 2.13%
Gurnsey GU, GP, 2U, MU, MP 1 1.06%
RSGB 2013 Centenary Stations GV, 2V, MV 0 0.00%
Wales GW, GC, 2W, MW, MC 5 5.32%
Club Stations (included above) GX, MX, GT, MT, GN, MN, GH, MH, GS, MS, GP, MP, GC, MC 0 0.00%
SUB-TOTAL United Kingdom Stations 84 89.36%
Table 5B – Non UK Stations Worked
Country Callsign Groups Number of Stations Worked Percentage of Total QSO
Andorra C3 0 0.00%
Austria OE 0 0.00%
Belgium ON, OO, OP, OQ, OR, OS, OT 2 2.13%
Cyprus 5B, C4 0 0.00%
Czech Republic OK, OL 0 0.00%
Denmark 5P, OZ 0 0.00%
Eire EI, EJ 1 1.06%
France (inc Overseas Territories) F, TM, TO, TX 4 4.26%
Germany DA, DB, DC, DD, DF, DG, DH, DJ, DK, DL, DP 2 2.13%
Gibralter ZB, ZG 0 0.00%
Greece J4, SV 0 0.00%
Hungary HA, HG 0 0.00%
Italy I, IA, IB, IC, ID, IE, IF, IG, IH, IK, IL, IN, IP, IR, IT, IV, IW, IX 0 0.00%
Liechtenstein HB0 0 0.00%
Luxembourg LX 0 0.00%
Monaco 3A 0 0.00%
Netherlands (inc Antilles) PA, PB, PD, PE, PI, PJ 1 1.06%
Norway LA, LB, LC, LG, LI, LJ, LN 0 0.00%
Poland HF, SN, SO, SP, SQ, SR 0 0.00%
Portugul (inc Azores) CT, CU 0 0.00%
San Marino T7 0 0.00%
Sardinia IM, IS 0 0.00%
Slovak Republic OM 0 0.00%
Slovenia 7S 0 0.00%
Spain (inc Overseas Islands, Territories, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla) AM, AN, AO, EA, EB, EC, ED, EF, EG, EH 0 0.00%
Sweden 8S, S5, SH, SI, SJ, SL, SM 0 0.00%
Switzerland HB, HE 0 0.00%
Vatican City HV 0 0.00%
SUB-TOTAL Non United Kingdom Stations 10 10.64%
Table 5C – Summary of Stations Worked
Country Callsign Groups Number of Stations Worked Percentage of Total QSO
SUB-TOTAL United Kingdom Stations 84 89.36%
SUB-TOTAL Non United Kingdom Stations 10 10.64%
TOTAL MATCHED All UK and Non UK Stations 94 100.00%
Unmatched Callsigns Possible Log Errors or Foreign Special Event or similar Stations 0 0.00%
FINAL TOTAL All Stations inc Unmatched Callsigns 94 100.00%

As in previous years about 10% of all contacts were outside the UK. It was noticed that there was a paucity of GI/2I/MI stations as well as EI stations.

Unusually we managed a contact with both Jersey and Guernsey (although it is thought that the GU contact was actually on Alderney) which is quite rare. Once again we missed out on collecting all of the UK RSLs.

Submitted Log

Below is the full log submitted following participation in this yeas event. If any information is received post submission updates will appear in the "Notes" column.

We normally get round to uploading our Field Day contest logs to eQSL.cc, but otherwise do not exchange QSL cards in this event. If you wish to QSL traditionally please send information via the RSGB Bureau.

VHF National Field Day 2015 Log
Date Time (UTC) Freq (MHz) Mode Station Sent Received Locator Distance (km) Notes Points
RST Serial RST Serial
4/7/15 14:11 144 SSB G2BQY/P 59 1 59 11 IO81RF 19   19
4/7/15 14:14 144 SSB G4RFR/P 59 2 59 3 IO80ST 66   66
4/7/15 14:17 144 SSB MW0TWC/P 59 3 59 20 IO82JG 105   105
4/7/15 14:20 144 SSB M0MCG/P 59 4 59 5 IO80AQ 122   122
4/7/15 14:22 144 SSB G3ZME/P 59 5 59 12 IO82NN 131   131
4/7/15 14:25 144 SSB M0BYL/P 56 6 57 5 IO81WD 45   45
4/7/15 14:30 144 SSB G0BWC/P 57 7 57 10 IO83RO 246   246
4/7/15 14:38 144 SSB M0NFD/P 59 8 59 21 IO94MJ 352   352
4/7/15 14:42 144 SSB MM0CPS/P 56 9 55 27 IO84BT 389   389
4/7/15 14:44 144 SSB G1WAC/P 59 10 59 14 IO92BJ 123   123
4/7/15 14:47 144 SSB GW2OP/P 59 11 59 44 IO71OP 152   152
4/7/15 14:56 144 SSB G3FJE/P 56 12 55 20 IO92XA 191   191
4/7/15 14:58 144 SSB G5RV/P 59 13 58 13 IO90WV 183   183
4/7/15 15:08 144 SSB G4ZAP/P 59 14 57 72 JO01PU 275   275
4/7/15 15:12 144 SSB G0IVR/P 55 15 55 15 IO91HB 95   95
4/7/15 15:20 144 SSB F4HJC/P 59 16 59 62 JN19SI 493   493
4/7/15 15:22 144 SSB G0FBB/P 59 17 59 55 JO01LD 251   251
4/7/15 15:26 144 SSB ON4WY 59 18 59 54 JO11LC 390   390
4/7/15 15:32 144 SSB F6KCP/P 54 19 59 77 JN18OU 503   503
4/7/15 15:51 144 SSB F4GYG/P 59 20 59 53 JO10GK 377   377
4/7/15 15:55 144 SSB G4WGE/P 59 21 59 45 IO91XG 180   180
4/7/15 15:57 144 SSB M0HRF/P 54 22 51 31 IO91QS 144   144
4/7/15 16:05 144 SSB G3WKS/P 59 23 53 42 JO01ED 211   211
4/7/15 16:14 144 SSB G4DMC 59 24 59 3 IO81WI 35   35
4/7/15 16:29 144 SSB G3PYE/P 59 25 59 70 JO02CE 214   214
4/7/15 16:38 144 SSB DF0MU 59 26 59 162 JO32PC 687   687
4/7/15 16:48 144 SSB EI9E/P 59 27 59 27 IO62OM 312   312
4/7/15 16:57 144 SSB G8NPH/P 59 28 52 92 IO92TH 185 Correct Received Serial Number: 61 0
4/7/15 17:06 144 SSB G6IPU/P 57 29 54 37 JO02QV 320   320
4/7/15 17:13 144 SSB M0DEP 59 30 57 11 IO90CR 94   94
4/7/15 17:27 144 SSB GW8JLU 59 31 59 39 IO81JM 43 Correct Call: GW8JLY 0
4/7/15 17:28 144 SSB G3VEF/P 59 32 59 39 IO91JD 102 Correct Locator: IO91JA 0
4/7/15 17:29 144 SSB G0DRX 59 33 59 1 IO81RJ 6   6
4/7/15 17:34 144 SSB M0LJT 59 34 59 1 IO81RL 11   11
4/7/15 17:40 144 SSB G0ROC/P 59 35 59 29 IO83VQ 256   256
4/7/15 17:42 144 SSB GM0HAM/P 59 36 58 59 IO74WV 402 Correct Call: GM3HAM/P 0
4/7/15 17:56 144 SSB G3CKR/P 59 37 59 101 IO93AD 200   200
4/7/15 18:09 144 SSB GW3ZTT/P 57 38 59 12 IO82KW 175   175
4/7/15 18:36 144 SSB M6IOK 59 39 59 1 IO81RL 11   11
4/7/15 18:40 144 SSB G4KKG 59 40 57 15 IO80QW 51   51
4/7/15 18:42 144 SSB GU8FBO 59 41 59 6 IN89QK 218   218
4/7/15 18:57 144 SSB G6MKC/P 59 42 59 45 IO91PU 142 Correct Call: G8MKC/P 0
4/7/15 19:55 144 SSB ON5LL 53 43 59 101 JO21RF 562 Not in Log 0
4/7/15 20:21 144 SSB DG7TG 59 44 59 172 JO34WE 770   770
4/7/15 21:03 144 SSB M6DUN 59 45 59 5 IO81GE 62   62
5/7/15 05:24 144 SSB M0MSZ 59 46 59 6 IO91AI 47   47
5/7/15 05:27 144 SSB G4CIB 59 47 58 14 IO81VK 29 Correct Locator: IO81VX 0
5/7/15 05:34 144 SSB G0PQB 59 48 57 32 IO91UP 164   164
5/7/15 05:36 144 SSB G8OFA 59 49 59 7 IO91DC 72   72
5/7/15 05:51 144 SSB F4EEJ/P 59 50 55 75 JN05GS 667   667
5/7/15 06:18 144 SSB G1ZJP 59 51 53 37 IO92WV 239   239
5/7/15 06:57 144 SSB PA1T 59 52 59 386 JO55JF 986 Correct Locator: JO33JF 0
5/7/15 07:18 144 SSB M0BAA/P 59 53 52 479 JO01KJ 243   243
5/7/15 07:36 144 SSB G4WBV 59 54 59 4 IO81QL 9   9
5/7/15 07:39 144 SSB G8MKC/P 59 55 55 53 IO91PU 142   142
5/7/15 07:41 144 SSB G4NNS 59 56 59 6 IO91FF 78   78
5/7/15 07:42 144 SSB G6MYH 59 57 57 12 IO81LC 44   44
5/7/15 08:28 144 SSB G8DTF 59 58 58 34 IO83SM 237   237
5/7/15 08:35 144 SSB G4NKT 59 59 59 9 IO81SH 15   15
5/7/15 08:50 144 SSB G4FKA 59 60 59 28 IO81SM 18   18
5/7/15 08:54 144 SSB G6DOF 59 61 59 46 JO01HN 226   226
5/7/15 08:58 144 SSB G0KDV/P 59 62 59 54 JO01CJ 197   197
5/7/15 09:00 144 SSB G8GRS 59 63 59 24 IO81QJ 1   1
5/7/15 09:01 144 SSB G0GQT 59 64 55 58 JO01GJ 220   220
5/7/15 09:04 144 SSB G0FUW 59 65 59 4 IO81TJ 17   17
5/7/15 09:18 144 SSB GJ3YHU 59 66 59 18 IN89VE 247   247
5/7/15 09:20 144 SSB G4TCU/P 59 67 59 11 IO82WJ 116   116
5/7/15 09:21 144 SSB M0ZMB 59 68 59 2 IO81TM 22   22
5/7/15 09:48 144 SSB M0JCE 59 69 59 1 IO81MJ 23   23
5/7/15 09:59 144 SSB G1YFC 59 70 54 5 IO82QB 74   74
5/7/15 10:03 144 SSB 2E0JWJ 59 71 59 6 IO81VG 32   32
5/7/15 10:14 144 SSB G4PDS 59 72 59 13 IO80LR 80   80
5/7/15 10:15 144 SSB G0FVH/P 59 73 59 5 IO80UU 65   65
5/7/15 10:17 144 SSB G0FKY 59 74 57 7 IO80XS 81   81
5/7/15 10:53 144 SSB G3TCR/P 59 75 59 89 IO91JG 99   99
5/7/15 10:58 144 SSB G4WDE/P 59 76 59 240 IO91XG 180 Correct Call: G4WGE/P 0
5/7/15 10:59 144 SSB G8CKK 59 77 59 3 IO81RK 7   7
5/7/15 11:01 144 SSB G4TRN 59 78 59 1 IO81QL 9   9
5/7/15 11:02 144 SSB G7NJX/P 59 79 59 1 IO81JD 49   49
5/7/15 11:05 144 SSB G7KXZ/P 59 80 59 3 IO91GI 81   81
5/7/15 11:06 144 SSB G4XZL/P 59 81 59 3 IO90JO 133   133
5/7/15 11:14 144 SSB M0BAO/P 59 82 59 3 IO80LV 63   63
5/7/15 11:34 144 SSB G0TRB 59 83 59 35 IO92EO 151   151
5/7/15 11:38 144 SSB G3TPP 59 84 55 15 IO82VM 128   128
5/7/15 11:57 144 SSB 2E0SST 59 85 58 4 IO81MC 40   40
5/7/15 12:13 144 SSB G4NFS 59 86 59 7 IO81RK 7   7
5/7/15 12:15 144 SSB G4FSU/P 59 87 59 1 IO81QG 14   14
5/7/15 12:27 144 SSB G0LGS/P 59 88 59 31 IO81XW 72   72
5/7/15 12:44 144 SSB GW3SRT/P 59 89 59 80 IO82LQ 146   146
5/7/15 13:23 144 SSB G4KVT 59 90 59 18 IO81RK 7   7
5/7/15 13:24 144 SSB G3ZLQ 59 91 59 2 IO80QX 46   46
5/7/15 13:25 144 SSB G4GFI/P 59 92 59 29 IO80QR 74   74
5/7/15 13:55 144 SSB G4PPT/M 59 93 57 3 IO91AI 47   47
5/7/15 13:58 144 SSB G0IUE 59 94 59 25 IO81VK 29   29
TOTALS 94 15674 9 Contact(s) lost due to errors 13043
Best DX (Pre-Adjudication): PA1T 986 Error Rate = 9.57% -16.79%
Best DX (Post-Adjudication): DG7TG 770  

Results

We lost 9 contacts to errors in logging which at 9.5% of the contacts is marginally better than previous years. Sadly this included our claimed best DX of PA1T. Points loss was closer to 17% partly as a result of the hit on high scoring stations such as PA1T.

We finished 7th overall in the low power class but were the highest scoring single band entry in the class.

On 144MHz alone we also finished 7th, which is exactly mid table, but were only 495 points behind the 6th place operation (Loch Fyne Kippers), so clearly had we logged PA1T correctly we would have finished 6th. Interestingly Loch Fyne Kippers who finished just above us managed this on only 31 QSOs compared to our 85 indicating that they were averaging 438points/QSO compared to our 154points/QSO.

Stations above the Loch Fyne Operation were several thousand points ahead of us, although only one operation managed better than 150 QSO so perhaps the number of participating stations was down on previous years.