Introduction

Whoever organised the weather for this years VHF National Field Day should be congratulated, and allowed to repeat the task next year. This year saw good weather across the entire weekend, not too hot on our exposed hilltop location, but generally very pleasant

Views to the Severn BridgesOverhead on Final Approach

We were quietly confident of our ability to get set up in good time for the start of the event and so we went for what is possibly our latest planned start to date with members of the Club arriving in our chosen field around 11:00. Our accommodation this year was something of a departure from the norm. Historically we have operated from a tent which ultimately succumbed to the canvas equivalent of rust, the back of a builders van, a caravan awning, a caravan and this year a horsebox!

Accommodation and Operating for the WeekendAccommodation and Operating for the Weekend

Although this was slightly unorthodox and viewed with scepticism by some taking part when they were told of the proposals it nevertheless proved to be a good solution. Despite being in the middle of some significant repair work following a prolonged water leak before coming into the current owners possession the horsebox provided operating space, catering space and overnight accommodation. And being wired for mains hookup it was a simple job to connect the generator and operate equipment.

Operating PositionCatering

It is hoped that this vehicle will be available again next year and that by then its repairs will have been completed giving a far more usable combination of operating and catering space. Despite the rather basic nature of the fittings however the vehicle proved its worth although the winds that we were exposed to on the Saturday did certainly test the stability of the arrangement, we could do with some Star Trek inertial dampers!

As we were set up and ready over an hour before the start of the contest we elected to contact our colleagues billeted near Abergavenny who had taken a 2m beam and at least one transceiver capable of 2m SSB amongst their activation equipment. This gave them a chance to do some fault finding ahead of the contest although it has to be said that their accommodation and catering arrangements were a cut above ours!

This is how the other half live

Our antenna arrangements were similar to most of the recent previous years and we seem to have restored the antenna to its full health and operating efficiency although some of the mast arrangements were a little on the strange side!

Unorthodox Mast ArrangementsThe Final Mast Arrangement

This years operation saw the first outing for our FT991 which certainly proved its worth, as did the various small upgrades we had performed to simplify cabling and connections for peripheral devices such as the rotator controller.

Andy G7KNA operating with Mark M0SKV loggingJoe 2E0EIC operating

And finally, as all news bulletins like to say, a couple of observations from the field. The photo on the left is a lovely landscape shot taken from our operating location looking more or less south east, marked are the Pensford Viaduct about 8 kilometres away and just visible, although the original full definition image is much better in this respect is the Westbury White Horse some 37kilometres away. The picture on the right was taken at about 06:00 on the Sunday morning, the owner of the legs shall remain nameless to protect his dignity but he was less than impressed with the time at which operations resumed!

View to the SE showing Pensford Viaduct and the Westbury White HorseYou want to resume operations at what time!

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 25 16.34% 177.78% 25 16.34% 25.00
15:00 – 16:00 2 26 16.99% 188.89% 51 33.33% 25.50
16:00 – 17:00 3 12 7.84% 33.33% 63 41.18% 21.00
17:00 – 18:00 4 4 2.61% -55.56% 67 43.79% 16.75
18:00 – 19:00 5 6 3.92% -33.33% 73 47.71% 14.60
19:00 – 20:00 6 5 3.27% -44.44% 78 50.98% 13.00
20:00 – 21:00 7 3 1.96% -66.67% 81 52.94% 11.57
21:00 – 22:00 8 1 0.65% -88.89% 82 53.59% 10.25
22:00 – 23:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 82 53.59% 10.25
23:00 – 00:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 82 53.59% 10.25
 
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00:00 – 01:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 82 53.59% 10.25
01:00 – 02:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 82 53.59% 10.25
02:00 – 03:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 82 53.59% 10.25
03:00 – 04:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 82 53.59% 10.25
04:00 – 05:00 Shutdown 0 0.00% -100.00% 82 53.59% 10.25
05:00 – 06:00 9 1 0.65% -88.89% 83 54.25% 9.22
06:00 – 07:00 10 10 6.54% 11.11% 93 60.78% 9.30
07:00 – 08:00 11 3 1.96% -66.67% 96 62.75% 8.73
08:00 – 09:00 12 5 3.27% -44.44% 101 66.01% 8.42
09:00 – 10:00 13 4 2.61% -55.56% 105 68.63% 8.08
10:00 – 11:00 14 7 4.58% -22.22% 112 73.20% 8.00
11:00 – 12:00 15 15 9.80% 66.67% 127 83.01% 8.47
12:00 – 13:00 16 12 7.84% 33.33% 139 90.85% 8.69
13:00 – 14:00 17 14 9.15% 55.56% 153 100.00% 9.00
TOTALS 153 100.00%  

There are some recurring patterns, compared to 2016 it took longer to reach half distance this year than last. When operating we were predicting around 120 – 130 QSOs over the weekend based on the first 3 hours which was exceeded.

As in all previous years there is the usual flurry of QSOs in the first 2 or 3 hours after which the number of unworked stations dwindles. We switched between calling and "hunt and pounce" throughout the operation.

Once the first 3 hours were passed the QSO rate in the following hours of Saturday was below the average for the contest which is a trend that recurs from previous years. Sunday morning was again kind to us, once again we were able to pick up useful contacts in the early hours of Sunday.

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 3454 138.16 12.13% -25.74% 3454 12.13%
15:00 – 16:00 2 3098 119.15 10.88% -35.96% 6552 23.02%
16:00 – 17:00 3 1841 153.42 6.47% -17.54% 8393 29.48%
17:00 – 18:00 4 657 164.25 2.31% -11.72% 9050 31.79%
18:00 – 19:00 5 1825 304.17 6.41% 63.48% 10875 38.20%
19:00 – 20:00 6 495 99.00 1.74% -46.79% 11370 39.94%
20:00 – 21:00 7 431 143.67 1.51% -22.78% 11801 41.46%
21:00 – 22:00 8 840 840.00 2.95% 351.47% 12641 44.41%
22:00 – 23:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 12641 44.41%
23:00 – 00:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 12641 44.41%
 
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00:00 – 01:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 12641 44.41%
01:00 – 02:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 12641 44.41%
02:00 – 03:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 12641 44.41%
03:00 – 04:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 12641 44.41%
04:00 – 05:00 Shutdown 0 0.00 0.00% -100.00% 12641 44.41%
05:00 – 06:00 9 671 671.00 2.36% 260.64% 13312 46.76%
06:00 – 07:00 10 2467 246.70 8.67% 32.59% 15779 55.43%
07:00 – 08:00 11 1702 567.33 5.98% 204.92% 17481 61.41%
08:00 – 09:00 12 1245 249.00 4.37% 33.83% 18726 65.78%
09:00 – 10:00 13 1526 381.50 5.36% 105.04% 20252 71.14%
10:00 – 11:00 14 1160 165.71 4.07% -10.93% 21412 75.22%
11:00 – 12:00 15 1600 106.67 5.62% -42.67% 23012 80.84%
12:00 – 13:00 16 1935 161.25 6.80% -13.33% 24947 87.63%
13:00 – 14:00 17 3520 251.43 12.37% 35.13% 28467 100.00%
TOTALS 28467 186.06 100.00%  

As in previous years although the first 3 hours account for over 40% of the total number of QSOs recorded, they only account for under 30% of the total points scored. By contrast 06:00 – 08:00 account for 14.5% of the points scored whilst only providing 8.5% of the total number of QSOs. Essentially the quieter bands in the early hours of Sunday morning allow some good DX onto the continent to occur when the band cooperates.

Distances Worked

Tables 3 and 4, below, present a summary of the distances worked. The best DX was DR9A at 840km

Table 3 – Distances Worked
Distance Number of Stations Worked Percentage of Stations Worked
Dist <= 1km 3 1.96%
1km < Dist <= 5km 1 0.65%
5km < Dist <= 10km 1 0.65%
10km < Dist <= 20km 8 5.23%
20km < Dist <= 50km 16 10.46%
50km < Dist <= 100km 31 20.26%
100km < Dist <= 200km 45 29.41%
200km < Dist <= 350km 26 16.99%
350km < Dist <= 500km 11 7.19%
500km < Dist <= 750km 10 6.54%
750km < Dist <= 1000km 1 0.65%
1000km < Dist <= 1500km 0 0.00%
1500km < Dist <= 2000km 0 0.00%
2000km < Dist 0 0.00%
TOTALS 153 100.00%

Distribution of Distances

Table 4 – Statistical Analysis of Distances Worked
Quantity Value Population
Mean Distance (km) 186  
Median Distance (km) 144  
Mode (km) 59 4
1 Standard Deviation 172.37 83.01%
2 Standard Deviation 344.74 93.46%
3 Standard Deviation 517.12 98.69%

Although the distances worked are good, there is still a feeling that locations in the centre of the Country or on the east coast are better served in the contest than those of us on the west side of the country. If you consider that the effective working radius of any station is probably in the region of 200 – 300km then in the Midlands it is possible to work 300km in all directions. Similarly on the east coast the distance allows a full 360 degrees of operation into the continent. For us we found that with the exception of EI9E, the Wexford Contest Group, there was nothing of particular note for us to the west, in fact we spent most of our time working from North to South East.

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 122 79.74%
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 0 0.00%
Gurnsey GU, GP, 2U, MU, MP 0 0.00%
RSGB 2013 Centenary Stations GV, 2V, MV 0 0.00%
Wales GW, GC, 2W, MW, MC 7 4.58%
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 129 84.31%
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 3 1.96%
Cyprus 5B, C4 0 0.00%
Czech Republic OK, OL 0 0.00%
Denmark 5P, OZ 0 0.00%
Eire EI, EJ 1 0.65%
France (inc Overseas Territories) F, TM, TO, TX 12 7.84%
Germany DA, DB, DC, DD, DF, DG, DH, DJ, DK, DL, DP, DR 5 3.27%
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 3 1.96%
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 24 15.69%
Table 5C – Summary of Stations Worked
Country Callsign Groups Number of Stations Worked Percentage of Total QSO
SUB-TOTAL United Kingdom Stations 129 84.31%
SUB-TOTAL Non United Kingdom Stations 24 15.69%
TOTAL MATCHED All UK and Non UK Stations 153 100.00%
Unmatched Callsigns Possible Log Errors or Foreign Special Event or similar Stations 0 0.00%
FINAL TOTAL All Stations inc Unmatched Callsigns 153 100.00%

There were a good proportion of European stations, typically 10% non-UK is the norm so managing over 15% this time shows that the bands were definitely with us this year. The average is well up on last year, although year on year comparisons are not that revealing since the condition are not directly comparable. Looking back over a number of previous years results although we have scored higher averages this years score is an above average performance, especially when it is remembered that in some previous years we have operated in the Restricted rather than Low Power class.

This year, although we had a good number of continental stations, our UK distribution was unusual. We worked a large number of English stations, a handful of Welsh stations and that was it, nothing in Scotland which is unusual, nothing in northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.

Location of Stations Worked

Map Showing Locations 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 2017 Log
Date Time (UTC) Station Band Mode Sent Received Locator Distance (km) Notes Points
RST Serial RST Serial
1/7/17 14:02 G0KHK/M 2m SSB 59 1 59 1 IO82XJ 118   118
1/7/17 14:04 G0IVR/P 2m SSB 59 2 56 3 IO91HB 95   95
1/7/17 14:05 G3VEF/P 2m SSB 59 3 59 2 IO90JA 183   183
1/7/17 14:06 G3IUZ 2m SSB 59 4 59 2 IO81QF 19   19
1/7/17 14:09 G4LOH 2m SSB 59 5 59 4 IO70JC 232   232
1/7/17 14:12 M0MDG/P 2m SSB 59 6 59 3 IO91MP 119   119
1/7/17 14:12 G5BK/P 2m SSB 59 7 59 6 IO81XV 69   69
1/7/17 14:15 G4DMC 2m SSB 59 8 59 3 IO81WI 35   35
1/7/17 14:17 M0HFC/P 2m SSB 59 9 59 6 IO93VR 307   307
1/7/17 14:21 G4FTC 2m SSB 59 10 59 6 IO91PI 133   133
1/7/17 14:22 G3LWT 2m SSB 59 11 59 5 IO91FJ 75   75
1/7/17 14:23 2E0WSR 2m SSB 59 12 59 1 IO81GE 62   62
1/7/17 14:25 G6IPU/P 2m SSB 59 13 59 5 JO02QV 320   320
1/7/17 14:26 M0XAC 2m SSB 59 14 59 3 IO81VU 59   59
1/7/17 14:27 G3BXF/P 2m SSB 59 15 59 13 IO92LI 152   152
1/7/17 14:28 M0CGL 2m SSB 59 16 59 6 JO03BF 277   277
1/7/17 14:30 M0WLF 2m SSB 59 17 59 31 IO81QJ 1   1
1/7/17 14:31 G4ABC 2m SSB 59 18 59 1 IO81RO 24   24
1/7/17 14:39 G6BDV 2m SSB 59 19 59 13 IO91SU 158   158
1/7/17 14:43 M0IPU 2m SSB 59 20 56 7 JO01HP 227 Correct Locator: JO01AP 0
1/7/17 14:44 M0MCG/P 2m SSB 59 21 59 8 IO80AQ 122   122
1/7/17 14:46 M0NDA/P 2m SSB 59 22 57 9 IO92FL 142   142
1/7/17 14:51 G8LNR/P 2m SSB 59 23 59 2 IO81UR 44   44
1/7/17 14:54 G8TA/P 2m SSB 59 24 59 11 IO82WM 130   130
1/7/17 14:55 G0UUU/P 2m SSB 59 25 59 2 IO94SG 351   351
1/7/17 15:00 G4EHT 2m SSB 59 26 59 10 IO92CQ 155   155
1/7/17 15:01 G0BUB 2m SSB 59 27 57 3 IO92RX 226   226
1/7/17 15:04 G0NJZ 2m SSB 59 28 59 1 IO82XL 127   127
1/7/17 15:05 G8CKK 2m SSB 59 29 59 1 IO81RK 7   7
1/7/17 15:09 M6TCU/P 2m SSB 59 30 59 7 IO82VK 119   119
1/7/17 15:10 G0KDV/P 2m SSB 59 31 59 20 JO01CJ 197 Reverse Error: Locator logged as IO81PI 197
1/7/17 15:11 G0PQB 2m SSB 59 32 59 4 IO91UP 164   164
1/7/17 15:16 M6YTH 2m SSB 59 33 57 1 IO81XW 72   72
1/7/17 15:18 G8PX 2m SSB 59 34 59 8 IO91JR 105   105
1/7/17 15:19 M0MSZ 2m SSB 59 35 59 5 IO91AI 47   47
1/7/17 15:21 G6GS/P 2m SSB 59 36 57 12 IO91RF 146   146
1/7/17 15:22 M6YTU 2m SSB 59 37 59 8 IO90WX 180 Correct Incoming RST: 55 0
1/7/17 15:23 G4TSQ 2m SSB 59 38 59 21 IO90QT 154   154
1/7/17 15:27 M0MWS 2m SSB 59 39 53 2 IO91CC 66   66
1/7/17 15:30 2E0HBV 2m SSB 59 40 59 3 IO81UF 30 Reverse Error: Callsign logged as G4WAW 30
1/7/17 15:31 G4MKW 2m SSB 59 41 59 15 IO91UB 167   167
1/7/17 15:32 G3CTR/P 2m SSB 59 42 59 10 IO91JG 99 Correct Callsign: G3TCR/P 0
1/7/17 15:33 G4MJC 2m SSB 59 43 57 18 JO00BT 203   203
1/7/17 15:35 G1ITE 2m SSB 59 44 59 5 JO00DX 208   208
1/7/17 15:36 G4NKT 2m SSB 59 45 59 2 IO81SH 15   15
1/7/17 15:38 G0NUN 2m SSB 59 46 59 2 IO81VS 51   51
1/7/17 15:39 G4PTT/M 2m SSB 59 47 59 1 IO81XK 41   41
1/7/17 15:40 M0MPM/P 2m SSB 59 48 59 4 IO91GI 81   81
1/7/17 15:42 G4DFI 2m SSB 59 49 59 2 JO01BL 191   191
1/7/17 15:46 G0LTG 2m SSB 59 50 59 21 IO81QJ 1   1
1/7/17 15:56 2E0DGP/P 2m SSB 59 51 59 36 IO83RO 246   246
1/7/17 16:07 G3NFC/P 2m SSB 59 52 59 57 IO92EQ 159   159
1/7/17 16:09 G0HDV/P 2m SSB 59 53 59 3 IO93QN 276   276
1/7/17 16:15 G4RFR/P 2m SSB 59 54 59 51 IO80ST 66   66
1/7/17 16:16 G8OHM/P 2m SSB 59 55 59 104 IO92GB 109   109
1/7/17 16:21 M0HRF/P 2m SSB 59 56 59 137 IO91GI 81   81
1/7/17 16:26 G3YFE 2m SSB 59 57 59 8 IO91CE 62   62
1/7/17 16:29 F6KCP/P 2m SSB 59 58 59 75 JN18OU 503   503
1/7/17 16:34 G8SRC/P 2m SSB 59 59 59 10 IO91CL 59   59
1/7/17 16:39 M6BJL 2m SSB 59 60 59 6 IO81NH 20   20
1/7/17 16:41 F6KBF 2m SSB 59 61 59 9 JN18BW 435   435
1/7/17 16:47 2E0VTT 2m SSB 59 62 59 1 IO81QJ 1   1
1/7/17 16:49 G0ARC 2m SSB 59 63 59 98 IO91EH 70 Correct Callsign G0ARC/P 0
1/7/17 17:06 2E0IEI 2m SSB 59 64 59 5 IO81VU 59   59
1/7/17 17:09 G3VLG/P 2m SSB 59 65 59 14 IO92IM 155   155
1/7/17 17:17 EI9E/P 2m SSB 59 66 59 119 IO62OM 312   312
1/7/17 17:26 G3ZME/P 2m SSB 59 67 59 98 IO82NN 131   131
1/7/17 18:02 G3PYE/P 2m SSB 59 68 59 105 JO02CE 214   214
1/7/17 18:05 G4NPH/P 2m SSB 59 69 52 64 IO92TH 185   185
1/7/17 18:33 G0SAC/P 2m SSB 59 70 59 103 IO91XG 180   180
1/7/17 18:38 G4ZAP/P 2m SSB 59 71 55 175 JO01PU 275   275
1/7/17 18:51 DL0GM 2m SSB 59 72 59 108 JO31UB 720   720
1/7/17 18:57 G0FBB/P 2m SSB 59 73 59 189 JO01LD 251   251
1/7/17 19:20 G2BQY/P 2m SSB 59 74 59 80 IO81RF 19   19
1/7/17 19:25 G3CKR/P 2m SSB 59 75 59 165 IO93AD 200   200
1/7/17 19:32 G3YDD/P 2m SSB 59 76 57 134 IO82QL 120 Reverse Error: Callsign logged as G4WAW 120
1/7/17 19:54 G4ALY 2m SSB 59 77 59 17 IO70VL 151   151
1/7/17 19:57 G0JCC 2m SSB 59 78 59 4 IO81QI 5   5
1/7/17 20:04 2E0IFC 2m SSB 59 79 55 2 IO80GV 80   80
1/7/17 20:44 G5LK/P 2m SSB 59 80 59 323 JO01QD 280   280
1/7/17 20:59 G4CIB 2m SSB 59 81 59 15 IO81VX 71   71
1/7/17 21:44 DR9A 2m SSB 59 82 59 516 JN48EQ 840   840
2/7/17 5:53 PA1T 2m SSB 59 83 59 397 JO33JF 671   671
2/7/17 6:01 ON4KHG 2m SSB 59 84 59 76 JO10XO 469   469
2/7/17 6:07 ON2WG 2m SSB 59 85 59 41 JO21BD 470   470
2/7/17 6:13 GW3SRT/P 2m SSB 59 86 57 83 IO83LQ 256 Correct Locator: IO82LQ 0
2/7/17 6:16 F4HRD 2m SSB 59 87 59 62 JO00XX 323   323
2/7/17 6:27 F1CBC 2m SSB 59 88 59 35 JN09BO 278   278
2/7/17 6:28 G3PIA/P 2m SSB 59 89 59 144 IO91IN 94   94
2/7/17 6:29 M0NFD/P 2m SSB 59 90 59 104 IO94MJ 352   352
2/7/17 6:39 GW8JLY 2m SSB 59 91 59 13 IO81JM 43   43
2/7/17 6:42 GW4SHF 2m SSB 59 92 55 39 IO82HP 148   148
2/7/17 6:48 2E0GCK 2m SSB 59 93 59 7 IO81VN 34   34
2/7/17 7:03 DL0VR 2m SSB 59 94 59 189 JO31MI 671   671
2/7/17 7:08 DF0MU 2m SSB 59 95 59 427 JO32PC 687   687
2/7/17 7:32 F1FPL 2m SSB 59 96 59 29 JN09LH 344 Correct Locator: JN09LE 0
2/7/17 8:09 G0OLE/P 2m SSB 59 97 59 115 IO93PX 315   315
2/7/17 8:10 G5TO/P 2m SSB 59 98 59 175 IO93FL 243   243
2/7/17 8:30 F5JFU 2m SSB 59 99 59 34 JN17WI 650   650
2/7/17 8:55 M0JCE 2m SSB 59 100 59 1 IO81MJ 23   23
2/7/17 8:59 G0PID 2m SSB 59 101 59 1 IO81QM 14   14
2/7/17 9:13 G3RSC/P 2m SSB 59 102 59 74 IO92FM 145   145
2/7/17 9:30 F8KID 2m SSB 59 103 59 478 JN38AT 681   681
2/7/17 9:34 G3SVJ/P 2m SSB 59 104 55 90 IO91SX 163   163
2/7/17 9:44 ON3CF/P 2m SSB 59 105 59 232 JO20MW 537   537
2/7/17 10:29 G4CTU 2m SSB 59 106 57 24 IO82UJ 114 Correct Incoming Serial: 34 0
2/7/17 10:31 G3RCW/P 2m SSB 59 107 59 54 IO93CE 207   207
2/7/17 10:35 G4PIQ 2m SSB 59 108 55 48 JO02OD 277   277
2/7/17 10:39 M1AQX/P 2m SSB 59 109 57 19 IO92LJ 155   155
2/7/17 10:40 G3MEH 2m SSB 59 110 59 4 IO91QS 144   144
2/7/17 10:43 G4PDS 2m SSB 59 111 59 7 IO80LR 80   80
2/7/17 10:49 G4WED/M 2m SSB 59 112 59 6 IO90JA 183   183
2/7/17 11:02 GW0UQT/P 2m SSB 59 113 59 1 IO81MS 48   48
2/7/17 11:03 GW0ECM/P 2m SSB 59 114 59 2 IO81MS 48   48
2/7/17 11:16 G4GFI/P 2m SSB 59 115 59 7 JO01AG 186   186
2/7/17 11:17 G3ZNH 2m SSB 59 116 59 7 IO81VE 37   37
2/7/17 11:21 M6KYB/P 2m SSB 59 117 59 9 IO81QG 14   14
2/7/17 11:22 G7GVV 2m SSB 59 118 59 19 IO91IR 99   99
2/7/17 11:23 M0BAO/P 2m SSB 59 119 59 9 IO80LV 63   63
2/7/17 11:29 GW1YBB/P 2m SSB 59 120 59 28 IO81KW 69   69
2/7/17 11:30 G0TKZ/P 2m SSB 59 121 59 11 IO90WV 183   183
2/7/17 11:34 G4FJH/P 2m SSB 59 122 59 11 IO80RQ 79   79
2/7/17 11:37 M0TTE/P 2m SSB 59 123 57 10 IO91CM 59   59
2/7/17 11:40 F4VPL/P 2m SSB 59 124 55 11 IN87VS 404   404
2/7/17 11:42 G2FHF 2m SSB 59 125 59 1 IO80SN 93   93
2/7/17 11:46 G0FAJ 2m SSB 59 126 55 4 IO80XR 85   85
2/7/17 11:59 G4XZL/P 2m SSB 59 127 59 20 IO90JO 133   133
2/7/17 12:01 G8CMU 2m SSB 59 128 59 11 IO81RW 61   61
2/7/17 12:02 GW4IDF/P 2m SSB 59 129 59 20 IO81NV 58   58
2/7/17 12:05 G3WJG/P 2m SSB 59 130 59 18 IO91RP 147   147
2/7/17 12:08 G4TCU/P 2m SSB 59 131 59 46 IO82WJ 116   116
2/7/17 12:10 G3WZD 2m SSB 59 132 59 6 IO81UF 30   30
2/7/17 12:24 F6HMQ 2m SSB 59 133 59 48 JN18GP 479   479
2/7/17 12:25 M0IMS 2m SSB 59 134 57 2 IO81UI 24   24
2/7/17 12:30 F0EAZ/P 2m SSB 59 135 59 87 IN98NB 391   391
2/7/17 12:34 G4GNX 2m SSB 59 136 59 14 IO90UU 174   174
2/7/17 12:43 G8XTJ 2m SSB 59 137 59 18 IO91PQ 136   136
2/7/17 12:48 G8LED/P 2m SSB 59 138 59 72 IO93LE 226 Correct Locator: IO92LE 0
2/7/17 12:53 G8MWU 2m SSB 59 139 59 9 IO91IJ 93   93
2/7/17 13:04 DK5EZ 2m SSB 59 140 59 13 JO31NH 677   677
2/7/17 13:07 F0DMU 2m SSB 59 141 59 22 JO10LP 399   399
2/7/17 13:08 F2YT 2m SSB 59 142 59 102 JO10GK 377   377
2/7/17 13:11 PA3HFJ 2m SSB 59 143 59 87 JO11VL 445   445
2/7/17 13:28 PA0GSM 2m SSB 59 144 59 143 JO21VU 583   583
2/7/17 13:32 2E0JWJ 2m SSB 59 145 59 14 IO81VG 32   32
2/7/17 13:33 2E0STD 2m SSB 59 146 59 1 IO81RL 11   11
2/7/17 13:38 G4BVY 2m SSB 59 147 55 18 IO82UD 86   86
2/7/17 13:40 2E0OUT 2m SSB 59 148 59 30 IO81WO 42   42
2/7/17 13:42 G8FKH 2m SSB 59 149 55 18 IO91SN 151   151
2/7/17 13:48 M0TFO/M 2m SSB 59 150 59 1 IO81TI 18   18
2/7/17 13:52 G1PPA 2m SSB 59 151 59 43 IO93OJ 255   255
2/7/17 13:53 G6UBM 2m SSB 59 152 59 15 JO01CE 198   198
2/7/17 13:58 G8HXE/P 2m SSB 59 153 59 48 IO83RO 246   246
TOTALS 153 28467 8 Contact(s) lost due to Log Errors 26951
Best DX (Pre-Adjudication) DR9A 840km Error Rate = 5.23% -5.33%
Best DX (Post-Adjudication) DR9A 840km  
Submitted Logs

The closing date for log submission was 9/7/2017. By this time some 105 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) 17 12 70.59%
Restricted (R) 21 17 80.95%
Low Power (L) 9 5 55.56%
Mix and Match (M) 0 0 0.00%
Single Transmitter (MS) 5 4 80.00%
Fixed Station Sweepers: Open (FSO) 8 4 50.00%
Fixed Station Sweepers: Restricted (FSR) 31 9 29.03%
Checklogs 14 6 42.86%
TOTAL 105 57 54.29%

The headline analysis of this information is as follows:

  • We worked 57 or 54% of the stations taking part or submitting checklogs
  • 96 or 63% of the stations we worked did not submit a log
  • Our best proportion worked was the Restricted (R) category where we worked 81% 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 16 stations (15%) submitted logs with less than 12 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 3 of these sub 12 QSO operations.

Table 7 – Participating Stations with 12 or More QSOs Worked
Class Number of Submitted Logs Worked
Number Percentage
Open (O) 17 12 70.59%
Restricted (R) 21 17 80.95%
Low Power (L) 8 5 62.50%
Mix and Match (M) 0 0 0.00%
Single Transmitter (MS) 5 4 80.00%
Fixed Station Sweepers: Open (FSO) 6 4 66.67%
Fixed Station Sweepers: Restricted (FSR) 24 8 33.33%
Checklogs 8 4 50.00%
TOTAL 89 54 60.67%

Ignoring our 3 contacts and the 16 sub 12 QSO operations our "hit rate" becomes 54 out of 89 or 61%.

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
Loch Fyne Kippers GM3TAL/P 1000 GM3TAL/P 1000 MM0HCE/P 256         2256
Sutton Coldfield RS G3RSC/P 570     G3RSC/P 176         746
South Bristol ARC         G4WAW/P 377         377
Glenrothes and District ARC GM4GRC/P 77     GM4GRC/P 104 GM4GRC/P 6     187
Fareham and D istrictARC         G3VEF/P 173         173
Hornsea ARC         G3XYF/P 34 G3XYF/P 58     92
Maidenhead and District ARC         G3WKX/P 25         25
Ardiffery VHF Group             GM8ZKU/P 1     1

As a single band entry, even if we were the highest scoring station we are limited to 1000 points. Given that a maximum of 3000 points is available to multi-band entries we are clearly at a disadvantage. This year despite this we have finished as the best single band entry beating some multi-band entries.

Results Section L 144MHz
Group Callsign Locator QSOs Score Best DX
Actual Normalised Station km
Warrington CG G3CKR/P IO93AD 275 71564 1000 DL2ARD 969
South Bristol ARC G4WAW/P IO81QJ 145 27011 377 DR9A 841
Loch Fyne Kippers MM0HCE/P IO75IU 40 18344 256 G5LK/P 684
Worksop ARS G3RCW/P IO93CE 75 17137 239 DA0FF 861
Sutton Coldfield RS G3RSC/P IO92FM 92 12583 176 DL1KFS 589
Fareham & DARC G3VEF/P IO91JA 51 12360 173 DR9A 734
Glenrothes & DARC GM4GRC/P IO86JF 26 7414 104 G5LK/P 641
Nuneaton &DARC M0NDA/P IO92FL 42 5746 80 DR9A 817
Hornsea ARC G3XYF/P IO94TA 10 2438 34 M0MCG/P 444
Maidenhead & DARC G3WKX/P IO91PN 19 1768 25 G0OLE/P 269

Finishing second in class is our best ever result so well done to everyone who took part. Our score of 27011 is clearly ahead of the third place entry and the few errors that we did make would not have allowed us to overtake Warrington Contest Group.

A quick look at the average points per QSO is informative:

Group Callsign QSOs Score Average Points/QSO
Loch Fyne Kippers MM0HCE/P 40 18344 458.60
Glenrothes & DARC GM4GRC/P 26 7414 285.15
Warrington CG G3CKR/P 275 71564 260.23
Hornsea ARC G3XYF/P 10 2438 243.80
Fareham & DARC G3VEF/P 51 12360 242.35
Worksop ARS G3RCW/P 75 17137 228.49
South Bristol ARC G4WAW/P 145 27011 186.28
Nuneaton &DARC M0NDA/P 42 5746 136.81
Sutton Coldfield RS G3RSC/P 92 12583 136.77
Maidenhead & DARC G3WKX/P 19 1768 93.05

When looked at in this light our performance is a little less impressive, our lower average score being offset by a greater number of contacts. Interestingly Warrington Contest Group have a similar if less obvious condition; despite topping the table their average score is not the highest and once again the sheer volume of contacts has helped their position.

However, hats off to Loch Fyne Kippers who have managed a truly outstanding average points per QSO some 1.6 times greater than the next highest average and over twice the average for the class.