Introduction

We had a number of new participants this year and it is thanks to them that we had a successful operation.

Starting a few weeks before the actual event we were beginning to have concerns over our antenna.

14 Element Beam in use14 Element Beam in use

This antenna has served us well for a very long time but 2014 saw the onset of a few problems with SWR. That year, which had a number of problems, we quickly re-made the feedpoint connection on site which was probably the start of the antenna issues. In 2015 we continued with the same setup but noted that we had a higher than expected SWR.

This year we decided a few weeks before the event to get the antenna up at the clubhouse and check it out. A sweep with an antenna analyser showed the SWR to be off with resonance points above and below 144MHz – 146MHz.

The feedpoint system which is a complex arrangement of 4 driven elements of varying lengths similar to a log periodic antenna was stripped down, labelled and cleaned and the fixing screws were replaced by stainless steel fittings.

However this, whilst a worthwhile activity, did not resolve the SWR issue fully. Coax checks showed that the Heliax we had traditionally used was not in the best of health and a number of the connectors on the feeder had also seen better days.

Although it went down to the wire thanks to the immense efforts of John M6GTT and Gary 2E0HCC we had a working antenna for the weekend which showed a very flat and highly acceptable SWR across the whole of 2m

Saturday was dry but on our exposed hilltop there was a lot of wind. Most of the time this wasn't much of a problem but when walking the antenna into the upright position it was a good thing so many of us had turned up to set-up.

The ShackMark M0SKV Operating with Henryk M0HTB LoggingLaptop and Yaesu FT-736

Our operation followed the precepts of previous years, our operating shack this year was kindly provided by John M6GTT and housed our operators, loggers, the Club's venerable Yaesu FT-736, a laptop running SDV for logging and the rotator controller. Outside our repaired and refurbished 14 element beam sat on a rotator at the top of an 8m tilt-over tripod mast. Power came from a 2.4kW 4 stroke petrol generator.

GeneratorSpare 6 element 2m beam, just in caseMark M0SKV checking locators

Sunday was similar to Saturday, weather-wise, but with less wind which was a bonus as there were fewer of us to de-rig the station than there was to rig it. Despite the lower numbers we were dismantled within about an hour or an hour and a half from contest end.

Thanks must go, in no particular order, to all of the Club members and friends who took part or assisted in the event: Mark M0SKV as Special Events manager and the builder of the standby 6 element beam, John M6GTT and his XYL for the provision of the operating shack and for working late into the night before the event repairing the 14 element beam and its feeder, Gary 2E0HCC for also working late into the night with John on the beam and feeder, Martin M0JEA for helping with the setup and operation, Fred G7LPP for the loan of the generator, Gary M0RCE for transporting the mast to site and supplying new guy-lines and Henryk M0HTB for helping out with logging on Sunday despite only having returned from Lundy Island where he had been part of the GB2BLE operation the previous evening.

Radio Hams CarsRadio Hams Cars

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 20 17.54% 145.61% 20 17.54% 20.00
15:00 – 16:00 2 21 18.42% 157.89% 41 35.96% 20.50
16:00 – 17:00 3 15 13.16% 84.21% 56 49.12% 18.67
17:00 – 18:00 4 9 7.89% 10.53% 65 57.02% 16.25
18:00 – 19:00 5 8 7.02% -1.75% 73 64.04% 14.60
19:00 – 20:00 6 9 7.89% 10.53% 82 71.93% 13.67
20:00 – 21:00 7 6 5.26% -26.32% 88 77.19% 12.57
21:00 – 22:00 8 1 0.88% -87.72% 89 78.07% 11.13
22:00 – 23:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 89 78.07% 11.13
23:00 – 00:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 89 78.07% 11.13
 
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00:00 – 01:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 89 78.07% 11.13
01:00 – 02:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 89 78.07% 11.13
02:00 – 03:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 89 78.07% 11.13
03:00 – 04:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 89 78.07% 11.13
04:00 – 05:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 89 78.07% 11.13
05:00 – 06:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 89 78.07% 11.13
06:00 – 07:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 89 78.07% 11.13
07:00 – 08:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 89 78.07% 11.13
08:00 – 09:00 9 2 1.75% -75.44% 91 79.82% 10.11
09:00 – 10:00 10 2 1.75% -75.44% 93 81.58% 9.30
10:00 – 11:00 11 4 3.51% -50.88% 97 85.09% 8.82
11:00 – 12:00 12 8 7.02% -1.75% 105 92.11% 8.75
12:00 – 13:00 13 4 3.51% -50.88% 109 95.61% 8.38
13:00 – 14:00 14 5 4.39% -38.60% 114 100.00% 8.14
TOTALS 114 100.00%  

This follows a pattern that we have observed in previous years, over half of the contacts are made in the first 4 hours.

The early rates of 1 station every 3 minutes quickly falls after the first couple of hours and once the third hour is completed the QSO rate doesn't get back into double figures.

There is a secondary peak on Saturday evening but with the exception of that the rest of the operating time was far less productive.

In previous years we have seen a similar tertiary spike in QSOs on Sunday around lunchtime but this failed to materialise this year, although the 11:00 – 12:00 UTC hour on Sunday almost managed the average QSO rate for the contest.

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 2405 120.25 13.24% -24.52% 2405 13.24%
15:00 – 16:00 2 2662 126.76 14.66% -20.43% 5067 27.90%
16:00 – 17:00 3 2750 183.33 15.14% 15.08% 7817 43.04%
17:00 – 18:00 4 1130 125.56 6.22% -21.19% 8947 49.26%
18:00 – 19:00 5 1723 215.38 9.49% 35.19% 10670 58.75%
19:00 – 20:00 6 1182 131.33 6.51% -17.56% 11852 65.26%
20:00 – 21:00 7 1083 180.50 5.96% 13.30% 12935 71.22%
21:00 – 22:00 8 251 251.00 1.38% 57.56% 13186 72.61%
22:00 – 23:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 13186 72.61%
23:00 – 00:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 13186 72.61%
 
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00:00 – 01:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 13186 72.61%
01:00 – 02:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 13186 72.61%
02:00 – 03:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 13186 72.61%
03:00 – 04:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 13186 72.61%
04:00 – 05:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 13186 72.61%
05:00 – 06:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 13186 72.61%
06:00 – 07:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 13186 72.61%
07:00 – 08:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 13186 72.61%
08:00 – 09:00 9 294 147.00 1.62% -7.73% 13480 74.22%
09:00 – 10:00 10 577 288.50 3.18% 81.10% 14057 77.40%
10:00 – 11:00 11 1456 364.00 8.02% 128.49% 15513 85.42%
11:00 – 12:00 12 916 114.50 5.04% -28.13% 16429 90.46%
12:00 – 13:00 13 1036 259.00 5.70% 62.58% 17465 96.17%
13:00 – 14:00 14 696 139.20 3.83% -12.62% 18161 100.00%
TOTALS 18161 159.31 100.00%  

Although the first few hours appear frenetic in terms of numbers of QSO, they are not particularly valuable. Later hours although less productive in terms of numbers of QSOs capture more valuable long distance, even "DX" stations. Notable points in this analysis are hours 10 and 11 on Sunday morning which although only accounting for 5.26% of the number of QSOs are responsible for 11.2% of the points scored.

Distances Worked

Tables 3 and 4, below, present a summary of the distances worked. The best DX was F8KID at 681km

Distances Worked

Tables 3 and 4, below, present a summary of the distances worked. The best DX was F8KID at 681km

Table 3 – Distances Worked
Distance Number of Stations Worked Percentage of Stations Worked
Dist <= 1km 0 0.00%
1km < Dist <= 5km 0 0.00%
5km < Dist <= 10km 2 1.75%
10km < Dist <= 20km 6 5.26%
20km < Dist <= 50km 12 10.53%
50km < Dist <= 100km 31 27.19%
100km < Dist <= 200km 33 28.95%
200km < Dist <= 350km 17 14.91%
350km < Dist <= 500km 8 7.02%
500km < Dist <= 750km 5 4.39%
750km < Dist <= 1000km 0 0.00%
1000km < Dist <= 1500km 0 0.00%
1500km < Dist <= 2000km 0 0.00%
2000km < Dist 0 0.00%
TOTALS 114 100.00%

Distribution of Distances

Table 4 – Statistical Analysis of Distances Worked
Quantity Value Population
Mean Distance (km) 159  
Median Distance (km) 117  
Mode (km) 58 5
1 Standard Deviation 144.97 80.70%
2 Standard Deviation 289.94 92.98%
3 Standard Deviation 434.91 97.37%

Distances are down on previous years. We did not see any Sporadic E openings into Spain and Portugal that have favoured us before, and German contacts were notably absent from the log this year. The mean is above the median reflecting a slight skew towards longer distance 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 91 79.82%
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 0 0.00%
Scotland GM, GS, 2M, MM, MS 4 3.51%
Gurnsey GU, GP, 2U, MU, MP 1 0.88%
RSGB 2013 Centenary Stations GV, 2V, MV 0 0.00%
Wales GW, GC, 2W, MW, MC 9 7.89%
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 105 92.11%
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 1.75%
Cyprus 5B, C4 0 0.00%
Czech Republic OK, OL 0 0.00%
Denmark 5P, OZ 0 0.00%
Eire EI, EJ 1 0.88%
France (inc Overseas Territories) F, TM, TO, TX 4 3.51%
Germany DA, DB, DC, DD, DF, DG, DH, DJ, DK, DL, DP 0 0.00%
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 2 1.75%
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 9 7.89%
Table 5C – Summary of Stations Worked
Country Callsign Groups Number of Stations Worked Percentage of Total QSO
SUB-TOTAL United Kingdom Stations 105 92.11%
SUB-TOTAL Non United Kingdom Stations 9 7.89%
TOTAL MATCHED All UK and Non UK Stations 114 100.00%
Unmatched Callsigns Possible Log Errors or Foreign Special Event or similar Stations 0 0.00%
FINAL TOTAL All Stations inc Unmatched Callsigns 114 100.00%

Historically European stations normally account for around 10% of the contacts made, so this years result is a little down on previous years. Distances worked were down which precluded contacting any German stations but this is hopefully not an early symptom of BREXIT.

A map showing the geographic distribution of our contacts is shown below.

Location of Stations Worked

Map showing location of stations worked

Submitted Log

Below is the full log submitted following participation in this years 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 2016 Log
Date Time (UTC) Station Band Mode Sent Received Locator Distance (km) Notes Points
RST Serial RST Serial
2/7/16 14:02 MW0ZVR 2m SSB 59 1 59 1 IO81GQ 66 Correct callsign MW0ZVR/P 0
2/7/16 14:02 GW4RKZ 2m SSB 59 2 59 2 IO81GN 61   61
2/7/16 14:03 G3KMI/P 2m SSB 59 3 59 1 IO81GI 58 Correct Locator IO91GI 0
2/7/16 14:04 G4YNM 2m SSB 59 4 59 2 IO81TJ 17   17
2/7/16 14:06 M0MCG/P 2m SSB 59 5 59 1 IO80AQ 122   122
2/7/16 14:08 G4CTU 2m SSB 59 6 59 3 IO82UJ 114   114
2/7/16 14:19 G4DMC 2m SSB 59 7 55 3 IO81WI 35   35
2/7/16 14:22 G3RCV/P 2m SSB 59 8 59 8 JO01HH 226   226
2/7/16 14:23 G4PRS/P 2m SSB 59 9 59 4 IO80XS 81 Reverse Error: Contact logged with G4WAW 81
2/7/16 14:24 G6DOD 2m SSB 59 10 59 7 IO90JR 124   124
2/7/16 14:28 G0IVR/P 2m SSB 59 11 59 8 IO91HB 95   95
2/7/16 14:29 M0VPN/P 2m SSB 59 12 55 2 IO80UU 65   65
2/7/16 14:30 G4KRJ 2m SSB 59 13 59 4 IO81ST 48   48
2/7/16 14:31 G3TKF 2m SSB 59 14 59 3 IO81TJ 17   17
2/7/16 14:31 G6AHX 2m SSB 59 15 59 6 IO82WA 78   78
2/7/16 14:43 GM4JJJ 2m SSB 59 16 55 7 IO86GB 522   522
2/7/16 14:46 M6JJV 2m SSB 59 17 59 1 IO81SQ 34   34
2/7/16 14:47 G4CIB 2m SSB 59 18 59 3 IO81VX 71   71
2/7/16 14:52 GM3UCI 2m SSB 59 19 57 2 IO85BR 489   489
2/7/16 15:04 2W0JYN 2m SSB 59 20 55 8 IO83LA 183   183
2/7/16 15:07 GW3SRT/P 2m SSB 59 21 54 13 IO82LQ 146   146
2/7/16 15:12 G3NFC/P 2m SSB 59 22 59 22 IO92EQ 159   159
2/7/16 15:13 M0ICK/P 2m SSB 59 23 59 30 IO83RU 273   273
2/7/16 15:15 G3RCW/P 2m SSB 59 24 57 18 IO93EP 259   259
2/7/16 15:17 G4DQB/M 2m SSB 59 25 59 3 IO82SU 163   163
2/7/16 15:18 G8KOD 2m SSB 59 26 59 2 IO91FS 86   86
2/7/16 15:20 G6EED 2m SSB 59 27 59 6 IO81KA 54   54
2/7/16 15:22 G0CCB 2m SSB 59 28 59 1 IO81OK 12   12
2/7/16 15:24 G1POS 2m SSB 59 29 59 3 IO81WV 65   65
2/7/16 15:28 G4EHT 2m SSB 59 30 59 15 IO92CQ 155   155
2/7/16 15:29 G4CXQ/P 2m SSB 59 31 59 1 IO81MH 25   25
2/7/16 15:32 M0HFC/P 2m SSB 59 32 59 17 IO93VR 307   307
2/7/16 15:34 G0GMS 2m SSB 59 33 57 4 IO92AT 164   164
2/7/16 15:36 G3ZNH 2m SSB 59 34 59 3 IO81VE 37   37
2/7/16 15:37 G1WAC 2m SSB 59 35 59 12 IO92BJ 123   123
2/7/16 15:44 G0NUN 2m SSB 59 36 59 3 IO81VS 51   51
2/7/16 15:49 G0NES 2m SSB 59 37 59 11 IO92BJ 123   123
2/7/16 15:53 G7RAU/P 2m SSB 59 38 59 15 IN79JX 241   241
2/7/16 15:54 G0IUE 2m SSB 59 39 59 2 IO81VK 29   29
2/7/16 15:56 G8CKK 2m SSB 59 40 59 2 IO81RK 7   7
2/7/16 16:02 M0NDA/P 2m SSB 59 41 59 19 IO92FL 142 Reverse Error: Contact logged with G4WAW 142
2/7/16 16:06 G3RSC/P 2m SSB 59 42 59 33 IO92FM 145   145
2/7/16 16:08 G3ZXX 2m SSB 59 43 57 3 IO81TB 41   41
2/7/16 16:14 2E0JWJ 2m SSB 59 44 59 2 IO81VG 32   32
2/7/16 16:16 ON4WY 2m SSB 59 45 59 17 JO11LC 390   390
2/7/16 16:18 G4FTC 2m SSB 59 46 59 12 IO91PI 133   133
2/7/16 16:19 M0OTL 2m SSB 59 47 59 4 IO81WI 35   35
2/7/16 16:22 G2XV/P 2m SSB 59 48 59 51 JO02AD 202   202
2/7/16 16:24 G3TCR/P 2m SSB 59 49 59 17 IO91JG 99   99
2/7/16 16:25 G3VEF/P 2m SSB 59 50 59 27 IO91JA 107   107
2/7/16 16:27 G4GBP 2m SSB 59 51 53 6 IO90DX 79 Reverse Error: Location logged as IO80QJ 79
2/7/16 16:29 PE1HWO 2m SSB 59 52 59 14 JO21GV 497   497
2/7/16 16:53 G3SAD 2m SSB 59 53 59 18 IO91VW 177 Correct callsign G3SAD/P 0
2/7/16 16:54 M0SWL 2m SSB 59 54 59 5 IO91DI 64   64
2/7/16 16:59 ON4MPA 2m SSB 52 55 54 9 JO20XO 607   607
2/7/16 17:00 G4RFR/P 2m SSB 59 56 59 73 IO80ST 66   66
2/7/16 17:08 G3ZME/P 2m SSB 59 57 59 74 IO82NN 131   131
2/7/16 17:16 G3PIA 2m SSB 59 58 57 18 IO91IN 94   94
2/7/16 17:18 G8SRC/P 2m SSB 59 59 59 70 IO91CJ 58 Correct Locator IO91CL 0
2/7/16 17:19 M0JEA 2m SSB 59 60 59 1 IO81RL 11   11
2/7/16 17:38 M0BAA/P 2m SSB 59 61 59 190 JO01KJ 243 Reverse Error: Serial Sent logged as 62 243
2/7/16 17:40 MW0TWC/P 2m SSB 59 62 59 102 IO82JG 105   105
2/7/16 17:48 EI9E/P 2m SSB 59 63 59 106 IO62OM 312   312
2/7/16 17:52 G8IYP 2m SSB 59 64 59 4 IO82VI 110   110
2/7/16 18:06 MM0GPZ/P 2m SSB 59 65 59 75 IO85AK 458   458
2/7/16 18:09 G6IPU/P 2m SSB 59 66 59 35 JO02QV 320   320
2/7/16 18:28 G0BBB 2m SSB 59 67 59 27 IO91PK 133   133
2/7/16 18:42 G8DND 2m SSB 59 68 59 6 IO91GF 83 Correct callsign G8NDN 0
2/7/16 18:48 2E0OUT 2m SSB 59 69 59 5 IO81WO 42   42
2/7/16 18:49 G3CKR/P 2m SSB 59 70 59 104 IO93AD 200   200
2/7/16 18:51 M0NFD/P 2m SSB 59 71 55 69 IO94MJ 352   352
2/7/16 18:57 G2DX/P 2m SSB 59 72 56 23 IO91PF 135   135
2/7/16 19:00 M1CJE 2m SSB 59 73 59 3 IO91CJ 58   58
2/7/16 19:19 M0MDG/P 2m SSB 59 74 59 100 IO91MP 119   119
2/7/16 19:22 G3PJP 2m SSB 59 75 59 13 JO02AE 203 Correct callsign G3PJT 0
2/7/16 19:38 G5LK/P 2m SSB 59 76 59 201 JO01QD 280   280
2/7/16 19:40 G3HEJ 2m SSB 59 77 59 14 IO91PH 133   133
2/7/16 19:43 M0DDT 2m SSB 59 78 58 12 IO91JR 105   105
2/7/16 19:45 G0JPS 2m SSB 59 79 59 1 IO81RL 11   11
2/7/16 19:49 G4WGE/P 2m SSB 59 80 59 96 IO91XG 180   180
2/7/16 19:50 G4RUW 2m SSB 59 81 59 3 IO91IJ 93   93
2/7/16 20:01 2E0WSR 2m SSB 59 82 59 3 IO81GE 62   62
2/7/16 20:11 G4ADV/P 2m SSB 59 83 59 18 IO70NK 190 Correct Serial Received 17 0
2/7/16 20:18 G5TO 2m SSB 52 84 59 93 IO93FL 243 Correct callsign G5TO/P, Correct RST Received 51, Correct Serial Received 53 0
2/7/16 20:22 F5SGT/P 2m SSB 59 85 59 130 IN88KD 363   363
2/7/16 20:29 GU6EFB 2m SSB 59 86 55 2 IN89RK 218   218
2/7/16 20:36 2E0GHT 2m SSB 59 87 59 2 IO81RI 7   7
2/7/16 21:08 G0FBB/P 2m SSB 59 88 59 123 JO01LD 251   251
3/7/16 8:47 G4ZAP/P 2m SSB 59 89 55 321 JO01PU 275   275
3/7/16 8:49 G2BQY/P 2m SSB 59 90 59 142 IO81RF 19   19
3/7/16 9:06 GW3ZTT/P 2m SSB 59 91 59 158 IO82KW 175   175
3/7/16 9:42 GM3HAM/P 2m SSB 45 92 41 69 IO74WV 402   402
3/7/16 10:24 G3TA 2m SSB 59 93 59 16 IO81XS 58   58
3/7/16 10:35 F6KCP/P 2m SSB 59 94 59 338 JN18OU 503   503
3/7/16 10:48 F8KID 2m SSB 59 95 59 358 JN38AT 681   681
3/7/16 10:59 G3PYE/P 2m SSB 59 96 59 173 JO02CE 214   214
3/7/16 11:13 GW1YBB/P 2m SSB 59 97 59 16 IO81KW 69   69
3/7/16 11:18 G4XZL/P 2m SSB 59 98 59 7 IO90JO 133   133
3/7/16 11:21 M0BAO/P 2m SSB 59 99 59 9 IO80LV 63   63
3/7/16 11:23 M0JCE 2m SSB 59 100 59 1 IO81MJ 23   23
3/7/16 11:29 M0XIG 2m SSB 59 101 59 9 IO90EX 84   84
3/7/16 11:36 GW8JLY 2m SSB 59 102 59 27 IO81JM 43   43
3/7/16 11:45 GW4IDF/P 2m SSB 59 103 59 19 IO81NV 58   58
3/7/16 11:51 F6KRK/P 2m SSB 58 104 55 137 JN18AS 443 Correct callsign F6KRK 0
3/7/16 12:00 PA1T 2m SSB 59 105 59 454 JO33JF 671   671
3/7/16 12:33 G8NPH/P 2m SSB 59 106 59 136 IO92TH 185   185
3/7/16 12:35 G1MDG/P 2m SSB 59 107 56 29 IO91LT 119   119
3/7/16 12:36 G8CMU 2m SSB 59 108 59 7 IO81RW 61   61
3/7/16 13:07 M0VUC/P 2m SSB 59 109 59 69 IO91OQ 131   131
3/7/16 13:10 G0OLE/P 2m SSB 59 110 59 132 IO93PX 315 Reverse Error: Contact logged with G4WAW 315
3/7/16 13:30 G4GFI/P 2m SSB 59 111 59 34 IO80QR 74   74
3/7/16 13:50 G4TCU/P 2m SSB 59 112 59 85 IO82QJ 111   111
3/7/16 13:57 G3NKS 2m SSB 59 113 59 2 IO81WV 65   65
3/7/16 14:00 M0PAR 2m SSB 59 114 59 10 IO82UC 82 Contact logged outside of time limits 0
TOTALS 114 18161 10 Contact(s) lost due to Log Errors 16558
Best DX (Pre-Adjudication) F8KID 681km Error Rate = 8.77% -8.83%
Best DX (Post-Adjudication) F8KID 681km  
Submitted Logs

The closing date for log submission was 10/7/2016. By this time some 104 individuals and organisations had submitted logs in the various classes on 2m. Comparing those who took part with our log reveals:

Table 6 – Participating Stations Worked
Class Number of Submitted Logs Worked
Number Percentage
Open (O) 21 14 66.67%
Restricted (R) 20 14 70.00%
Low Power (L) 10 6 60.00%
Mix and Match (M) 0 0 0.00%
Single Transmitter (MS) 4 1 25.00%
Fixed Station Sweepers: Open (FSO) 6 2 33.33%
Fixed Station Sweepers: Restricted (FSR) 35 8 22.86%
Checklogs 8 5 62.50%
TOTAL 104 50 48.08%

The headline analysis of this information is as follows:

  • We worked 50 or 48% of the stations taking part or submitting checklogs
  • 64 or 56% of the stations we worked did not submit a log
  • Our best proportion worked was the Restricted (R) category where we worked 70% of the participating stations
  • Our lowest proportion worked was the Mix and Match (M) category where we worked 0% of the participating stations

Some of the participating or checklog stations submitted logs with relatively few contacts in them. On this occasion 29 stations (28%) submitted logs with less than 20 contacts. These stations may have only been operational for a short period of time and therefore the probability of running across them or of them running across us is reduced.

We worked 5 of these sub 20 QSO operations.

Table 7 – Participating Stations with 20 or More QSOs Worked
Class Number of Submitted Logs Worked
Number Percentage
Open (O) 19 14 73.68%
Restricted (R) 17 13 76.47%
Low Power (L) 9 6 66.67%
Mix and Match (M) 0 0 0.00%
Single Transmitter (MS) 3 1 33.33%
Fixed Station Sweepers: Open (FSO) 4 2 50.00%
Fixed Station Sweepers: Restricted (FSR) 18 5 27.78%
Checklogs 5 4 80.00%
TOTAL 75 45 60.00%

Ignoring our 5 contacts and the 29 sub 20 QSO operations increases our "hit rate" to 45 out of 75 or 60%.

In addition, Fixed Station Sweepers are not permitted to call "CQ", they have to operate in "hunt and pounce" mode responding to CQ or QRZ calls form other participating stations. Our CQ calls struggled to elicit much response and therefore we would have missed out on these stations as a result.

Results

Overall Results Section Low Power
Club 50MHz 70MHz 144MHz 432MHz 1.2GHz Total
Warrington CG         G3CKR/P 1000 G3CKR/P 1000 G3CKR/P 1000 3000
Lagan Valley ARS GI4GTY/P 1000 GI4GTY/P 1000 GI4GTY/P 361         2361
Loch Fyne Kippers GM3TAL/P 233 GM3SHK/P 499 MM0HCE/P 290         1022
Mid-Sussex ARS     G5RV/P 178 G5RV/P 202 G5RV/P 279     659
Nuneaton and District ARC M0NDA/P 130     M0NDA/P 178 M0NDA/P 120     428
Fareham and District         G3VEF/P 294         294
South Bristol ARC         G4WAW/P 281         281
Sutton Coldfield RS G3RSC/P 20     G3RSC/P 247         267
Poole RS G4PRS/P 0 G4PRS/P 49 G4PRS/P 34         83
Northampton RC "B"         M6OCR/P 25         25

The overall results, being an amalgamation of the performance on all bands, never favour us with our single band entry. We have finished 7th in this table which is a similar performance to last year. Of more interest or note is that we are the second highest single band entry and the margin between us and the highest placed single band entry Fareham and District ARC who finished 6th, 1 place above us, is quite small.

Results Section L 144MHz
Group Callsign Locator QSOs Score Best DX
Actual Normalised Station km
Warrington CG G3CKR/P IO93AD 232 59123 1000 HB9N 924
Lagan Valley ARS GI4GTY/P IO74AI 65 21354 361 F5SGT/P 718
Fareham and District ARC G3VEF/P IO91JA 75 17353 294 DA0FF 788
Loch Fyne Kippers MM0HCE/P IO75IU 43 17135 290 G5LK/P 684
South Bristol ARC G4WAW/P IO81QJ 104 16600 281 F8KID 682
Sutton Coldfield RS G3RSC/P IO92FM 92 14575 247 GM0HTT 740
Worksop ARS G3RCW/P IO93EP 105 13551 229 DL0GL 615
Mid-Sussex ARS G5RV/P IO90WV 64 11942 202 DA0FF 712
Nuneaton and District ARC M0NDA/P IO92FL 62 10541 178 GM3WOJ 611
Poole RS G4PRS/P IO80XS 17 2027 34 F5SGT/P 303
Northampton RC "B" M6OCR/P IO92LI 15 1465 25 M0NFD/P 228

The performance within the single band we entered is more revealing. Here we finished 5th overall

Warrington CGs position at the top of the table is unassailable. 232 confirmed QSOs is over twice the next highest number of contacts (Worksop ARS with 105 QSOs followed by ourselves with 104). On top of that their points score of 59,123 is over twice their nearest competitor (Lagan Valley ARS with 21,354).

Warrington do have a very good setup, reportedly they were operating a 17 element beam on 144MHz 10m above ground on a site that was 465m above sea level.

Loch Fyne Kippers 4th place is impressive, more so as they managed this with only 43 confirmed QSOs giving them an average distance per QSO of just under 400km some 21% better than the next highest average distance per QSO and the best in class. This was achieved with a reasonably modest setup making the achievement even more impressive as they operated a 10 element beam 8m above the ground from a site only 37m above sea level.

Our performance can be summarised as:

  • 5th place, a good result but not as high as in our heyday
  • 104 QSOs confirmed out of 114 logged, a loss of 10 or 8.8% which is an improvement on previous years
  • 16,600 points confirmed compared to our claimed 18,161 a loss of 1,561 or 8.6%
  • The average Best DX was 688.9km making our 682km only 1% below the average
  • The average of the Average kms per QSO was 204.6 making our 159.6 22% below the average

Our errors are more or less random both in type and in distribution. A cluster of errors in a short space of time could indicate an individual operator requiring training and development. A repeated error could indicate a systematic fault. As it is it would appear that most of our errors fall into the "oops" category simply mis-heard or mis-typed, although the contact with G5TO at 20:18 on Saturday evening was something of a disaster!

Despite this, the importance of careful and accurate logging cannot be overemphasised. Had we logged F6KRK/P at 11:51 on Sunday and the aforementioned G5TO at 20:18 on the Saturday correctly we would have picked up an additional 686 points, enough to jump us over Loch Fyne Kippers and into 4th place.

If, in addition to F6KRK/P and G5TO, we had also correctly logged G3PJP at 19:22 on the Saturday then we would have picked up a further 203 points giving us an additional 889 points, enough to take us ahead of Fareham and District ARC into third place equalling our best recent result and improving our overall position in the combined table by 1 place as well.