RSGB Commonwealth Contest 2015

As I had been on a trip to C5X in January I wasn’t able to set anything up for the Commonwealth contest for 2015. Hopefully I’ll be out in the Commonwealth again in 2016. This worked out fine in the end as although I was active on the bands I did not submit a log for this contest. This was as a protest to the way the RSGB Contest Committee handled the AFS CW adjudication.

Nevertheless I thought it worth supporting the guys who did travel for the Commonwealth contest this year so gave them points to make their trips all worthwhile.

        Band     QSOs     Pts  Cty   Sec
         3.5      12     260    9    1
           7      33     645   22    2
          14      55    1075   39    1
          21       7     175    7    0
          28       5     125    5    0
       Total     112    2280   82    4

I didn’t crank up a huge score in limited time on the bands, but did fill some band slots with some of the travellers in Africa. A particularly good find was Nigel V5/G3TXF who moved to 10m at the request of another competitor, and I managed to pounce before Nigel went back to 15m.

Hopefully things will be back to normal for 2016 with a more serious entry from outside of the UK.

RSGB 1st 1.8MHz Contest 2015

Another new contest for me this year. I don’t have a big signal on 160m by any means, the antenna is a 26m Inverted-L with two radials, one 73 feet long, the other 46 feet long running round opposite fences of the garden. This is fed with a Mydel CG-3000 remote ATU, which limits me to Low Power on the LF bands.

 Band     QSOs     Pts
   1.8      25     162
 Total      25     162
Score: 162

I only worked 25 QSOs, though that’s 25 more than previously. Limited time during a short contest but it was good fun to try out a relatively new band for me and give some points away.

FOC Marathon 2015

The FOC Marathon is an annual contest which runs within FOC, it’s a closed contest for members – unlike the QSO Parties.

With around 500 members and activity on the six contest bands 160m to 10m there is potential for a large number of QSOs in the 48 hours of the contest. The idea is to work as many other members as possible on as many bands as possible.

Claimed score is:

 Band     QSOs     Pts  DXC   Con
   1.8      32      85    1    0
   3.5      83     145   18    3
     7      60     107    3    0
    14      94     141   13    2
    21      54      61    3    0
    28      71      88    6    1
 Total     394     627   44    6

As usual I tend to come somewhere in the middle of the table, given low power entries with wire antennas, but nevertheless I had fun entering.

RSGB 80m AFS CW Contest 2015

I have been taking part in AFS CW for a few years now and it’s always been quite fun. Usually a missed opportunity to improve with SO2V techniques, and that was the same this year. Pretty similar performance to last time, with 100W from the K3 and the 26m Inverted-L antenna working well on 80m.

Contest         : RSGB Affiliated Societies Team Contest
Callsign        : M0PCB
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single Operator (SO)
Band(s)         : Single band (SB) 80 m
Class           : Low Power (LP)
Operating time  : 3h56

   80   190   2    1900 10.00 
TOTAL   190   2    1900 10.00 
     TOTAL SCORE : 1 900

ARRL 10m Contest 2014

This was my first entry into this contest. I entered Low Power, CW Only. This was from home so was using the K3 with 100W into the Cobwebb at ~33 feet.

Claimed score:

Contest         : ARRL 10 Meter Contest
Callsign        : M0PCB
Mode            : CW
Category        : Single Operator (SO)
Overlay         : ---
Band(s)         : Single band (SB) 10 m
Class           : Low Power (LP)
Zone/State/...  : 001
Locator         : IO81UT
Operating time  : 5h42

   CW   168   0  20   39     672  4.00 
  SSB     0   0   0    0       0  0.00 
TOTAL   168   0  20   39     672  4.00 
         TOTAL SCORE : 39 648

CQWW CW 2014 – G5W

For the 2014 leg of CQWW CW I was invited by Don G3BJ to join the team at G5W in a M/2 HP entry, gunning for the G record.

The team comprised myself, Don G3BJ, Mike G3WPH and John G4DRS. As ever Hilary G4JKS and Don were great hosts and the contest was great fun. M/2 certainly kept the interest up on both radios. As we all know mult hunting can be hard work. Of course with M/2 there is a balance to be struck to find the multipliers. They don’t all find you.

The claimed score is:

Call: G5W
Operator(s): G3BJ G3WPH G4DRS MØPCB
Station: G3BJ

Class: M/2 HP
QTH: Woolston
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Location: Northern Europe

Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 364 16 70
80: 1078 30 110
40: 2044 40 134
20: 1718 39 140
15: 1327 39 152
10: 901 35 145
Total: 7432 199 751 Total Score 14,689,850

The record was far surpassed and we were placed 1st in England, 9th in Europe and 23rd in the World. On top of that we set a new England record, which after adjudication is set at 13,974,317 points.


CQWW SSB 2014 – G9V

We nearly pulled the plug just after arriving at site, after finding we were down to half complement due to illness, car failures and family holidays. Nevertheless, we decided to push on but set-up took significantly longer with only 3 people. Given the extended set-up time and lack of our usual night-time ops, we decided not to put up the 80m vertical, but to focus on the high bands as long as they were open, then 40m in darkness.

It was a good thing we did we press on, the high bands were in superb shape despite several large solar flares during the contest. Sunday seemed to be better than Saturday. Had some great runs into the US and JA on 15m, and got called by AH0 and ZL. 10m was a little tougher with not the anticipated number of JAs but was still good, with a great run into the US late on Sun. This was the first outing for our mobile tower and Spiderbeam together, using an NN4ZZ hexlock.

We exceeded our score from last year despite the team only being at half capacity and with no operation in the early hours.

Call: G9V
Station: G9V

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Glos
Operating Time (hrs):
Location: Northern Europe

Band QSOs Zones Countries
40: 407 16 64
20: 687 28 76
15: 869 24 72
10: 756 29 103
Total: 2719 97 315 Total Score 2,263,116

Some photos:

The antennas at G9V, 5-band Spiderbeam on the tower and the 40m vertical behind it.

The antennas at G9V, 5-band Spiderbeam on the tower and the 40m vertical behind it.

Steve M0SPF at the helm.

Steve M0SPF at the helm.

FOC QSO Party – September 2014 – G4FOC

During September 2014 I was active on the bands with the FOC Club callsign G4FOC. This covered the Bill Windle QSO Party, and although not a contest, is a time of great activity from both FOC members and non-members having CW QSOs with each other.

While my time on the bands was limited during the day itself I managed 232 QSOs in the log and the club call seemed to be sought after during that time.

As always looking forward to the next BWQP under my own call.

IOTA Contest 2014 – MU0HTJ

Yet again in 2014 the MU0HTJ team were active in the IOTA contest from Guernsey, EU-114.

We improved on our previous scores and for a 2nd year in a row won our section, which was Fixed this time due to the kind support of the Guernsey Amateur Radio Society. We ran 100W from an Elecraft K3 on the Run station and 100W from an FT-450D as a Multiplier station. The antennas, provided by Louis 2U0FER, were single band quad loops for 20/15/10m and full size quarter-wave verticals for 40m and 80m. They all worked exceptionally well from our spot at Rousse Point.

L-R: Louis 2U0FER, Iain M0PCB, Chloe M0GEJ (with Clive the contesting Penguin), Pete 2E0SQL, Colin MU0FAL and Paul M0TZO.

L-R: Louis 2U0FER, Iain M0PCB, Chloe M0GEJ (with Clive the contesting Penguin), Pete 2E0SQL, Colin MU0FAL and Paul M0TZO.

Chloe M0GEJ keeping an eye on M0TZO (foreground) and Iain M0PCB (background)

Chloe M0GEJ keeping an eye on M0TZO (foreground) and Iain M0PCB (background)

The claimed score:

Station: MUØHTJ

Class: Multi-Op LP
QTH: Guernsey
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Location: Island

Summary:   Compare Scores
Band CW Qs CW Mults Ph Qs Ph Mults
80: 38 13 85 24
40: 216 24 212 40
20: 663 42 464 58
15: 185 31 81 36
10: 4 4 6 6
Total: 1106 114 848 164 Total Score 3,961,500

IARU HF Contest 2014 – GR2HQ

In 2014 I joined the UK national team as GR2HQ. I was operating mostly on 15m CW, with a short foray onto 160m CW.

15m kept going all through the night and we made over 2000q on there. Hopefully we managed to pull our weight for the GR2HQ team.