1996 Summer Contest Results!Click here to go to the home page
Report by David Whitaker BRS 25429, UKSMG Contest Manager

Review:

4X1IF operating portabele - Were youusing circular polaraisation Ralph?Although the UK could not match last year's excellent band conditions, all was not gloom! Those chasing counties, for example, would have been pleased to have had good tropo conditions on the day. At one time I kept thinking I was on 144 MHz with a slight lift! Thank you to all 70 members who sent in contest entries this year. This was a fine effort and your committee are very grateful for your support. A check log from G3MY was also much appreciated. Looking at the logs it seems conditions favoured a certain island half way between England and Ireland! And yet another island from a much warmer spot in the Mediterranean. Yes, GD4IOM seemed to do what HV3SJ did last year. Are you going to share your secrets with us, Andrew?

I have attemped to analyse the number of contacts Andrew made in the contest by the hour in graph form. This may interest some of you. Having just mentioned HV3SJ, does anyone know what happened to the station this year? The callsign was shown in some of the European logs between 06.30 and 09.30 and then vanished. Perhaps the Pope had something to say around that time!

Congratulations go to all our section winners on a fine performance in difficult conditions. GD4IOM, 9H1PA, EH9IB, OZ5W/P, GWNL/P, 2E1AFN/P and NL 213, please all stand up and take a bow. This year I have summarised some of the equipment used by members participating in the contest and I have included your comments. Andrew, who operated the IOM club station, kindly gave me some information on the club. Ralph, 4X1IF also sent me two photographs of his attempt to go portable in the contest. Not very successful on this occasion as the sun umbrella kept taking off thereby losing valuable contest time!

Participation by the members remained satisfactory with 282 showing in the logs. A further 13 "ex members" decided to exchange their old membership number in the contest. This represents just under 40% of the European membership. The UK participation was also good with 182 members but, sadly, like the previous year, only 30 bothered to send an entry in. At 16.5% this was only one percent better than 1995. From your comments most of you like the present set of rules, but please remember to enclose a signed declaration form when you send your entry in. In most cases this is usually an oversight but does form part of the rules. Apologies to the member who forcefully complained that the date of the contest had been changed YET again. I appreciate this can mess things up when people are on shift work or have to give plenty of notice to their employers to have the day off, but we do endevour to give members the date at the earliest opportunity. Because of poor conditions in Central Europe one member requested that we have a new section, "Low Power Group" because of his country's power limitations. Personally, having seven sections already, I really feel we have enough, but if there is further support for a QRP section this will be considered by your committee.

Results:

Section 1. Single Operator

Station QSOs Mbrs QRA DXCC Total Pstn
GD4IOM 573 143 81 22 1275912 1
GAEV 234 108 47 17 273258 2
G1IOV 147 90 45 16 170640 3
GW3JXN 129 65 41 16 127264 4
G3OIL 101 61 37 16 95904 5
G3HBR 116 66 30 12 65520 6
GW0GEI 78 45 36 14 61992 7
G8DVR 85 48 33 10 43890 8
G4IGO 47 25 34 16 39168 9
GUYC 70 36 22 8 18656 10
G6FQZ 67 37 24 7 17472 11
G3COJ 32 21 20 9 9540 12
G4AFJ 33 21 19 8 8208 13
G8ZRE 45 29 18 6 7992 14
GW6VZW 22 14 15 9 4860 15
GM4IGS 20 8 16 9 4032 16
G4DCJ 30 22 12 5 3120 17
GIMG 27 22 15 4 2940 18
G8XTJ 23 16 11 5 2145 19
G7RRD 34 16 14 3 2100 20
G1LMC 28 13 10 3 1230 21
GSUQ 15 8 9 4 828 22
G4OBK 16 10 10 2 520 23
G8CDW 10 7 7 4 476 24

Section 2. SWL

Station QSOs Mbrs QRA DXCC Total Pstn
NL213 115 51 63 21 219618 1
BRS32525 139 76 35 14 105350 2
BRS25429 102 56 32 12 60672 3

Section 3. Novice

Station QSOs Mbrs QRA DXCC Total Pstn
2E1AFN/P 93 49 25 9 31950 1

Section 4. Multi Operator & Portable

Station QSOs Mbrs QRA DXCC Total Pstn
GWNL/P 384 129 54 20 554040 1
GGZI/P 195 86 37 13 135161 2
G1KTZ/P 87 33 48 19 109440 3

Section 5. Rest of Europe

Station QSOs Mbrs QRA DXCC Total Pstn
9H1PA 145 48 89 31 532487 1
9H5EE 133 43 81 30 427680 2
EH7CD 177 58 70 22 361900 3
EH5DIT 80 33 46 20 103960 4
SV1EN 68 20 46 19 76912 5
F5JKK 55 26 39 17 53703 6
F6BSJ 51 15 37 15 36630 7
PA2TAB 66 24 28 14 35280 8
ON4PS 53 22 27 12 24300 9
EH7DUW 56 26 29 9 21402 10
YT1AU 38 14 25 13 16900 11
CT4LV 50 22 28 8 16128 12
PE1EWR 41 14 17 8 7480 13
IK2GSO 18 9 16 10 4320 14
DJ6TK 15 10 13 8 2600 15
IKVAQ 16 5 12 10 2520 16
I7CSB 13 7 11 7 1540 17
OZ7M 14 5 8 5 760 18
SP5QWB 9 6 6 6 540 19
PE1EBJ 10 5 9 4 540 19
SP2NJE 6 5 5 5 275 21
SP5XMU 5 4 5 5 225 22
PA3BHK 5 3 5 4 160 23
OZ8T 7 4 4 2 88 24

Section 6. Rest of World

Station QSOs Mbrs QRA DXCC Total Pstn
EH9IB 125 61 51 15 142290 1
4X1IF 80 16 53 22 111936 2
N8AXA/QRP 22 0 10 1 220 3
VC2PIJ 3 0 1 1 3 4

Section 7. European Multi-op & Portable

Station QSOs Mbrs QRA DXCC Total Pstn
OZ5W/P 117 41 58 22 201608 1
EH1TA/P 88 33 59 23 164197 2
IC8/IK0FTA 76 26 47 19 91086 3
IK5RLP 72 33 44 18 83160 4
I2ADN/3 79 23 35 13 46410 5
IA5/OE5EBO 47 19 35 16 36960 6
9A6V 38 15 28 17 25228 7
OZ6MTR 42 15 26 14 20748 8
YO7VJ/P 33 15 21 13 13104 9
YO7VS/P 19 9 13 12 4368 10

Facts and figures:

Here is the list of station equipment I promised you, followed by some of your comments. And finally for those who like statistics there is a little section all for you! My thanks again to all members who have supported our annual Summer contest. Dont foget we would like you all on parade again for our two Winter contests. Do let me know what you work or hear as this input is valuable when people start making noises about no activity on six metres. We must be seen to be using the band at all times.

Equipment used in contest

Call TX Watts Antenna
SV1EN Tvtr H.M. 25 5 ele F9FT - 200m ASL
GD4IOM FT 650 400 7 ele Create x 4
G1IOV FT 690 150 6 ele Yagi - 217m ASL
G8CDW FT 690R 69 H/B Turnstile in Loft
GWGEI IC 575A 100 1x6ele Create - 100m ASL
OZ6MTR TS 60 90 8 ele LPY Yagi - 81m ASL
N8AXA   3- 5 6 ele Yagi @ 15'
GM4IGS TS-830S/Spectrum Tvtr   5 ele Tonna @ 30' ASL
G7RRD FT 736R 10 5 ele Tonna - 15m ASL
G8ZRE FT 690R 10 5 ele Tonna - 30m ASL
OZ7M TS 680S 60 4 ele Yagi - 30m ASL
G6FQZ FT 736/HL 166 100 5 ele Tonna - 12m ASL
OZ8T TS 950+LT 6S 10 3 ele Yagi - 25m
G4OBK IC 736 10 3 ele Yagi - 22m ASl
I2ADN/3 TS 60 10 HEL.H.M.
G8DVR IC 706 100 5 ele @ 45'
9H1PA TS 680S 10 3 ele Yagi
IK5RLP IC 726 10 9 ele Yagi - 22m ASL
CT4LV FT 209R   4 ele Yagi
EH5DIT FT 7   5 ele Yagi - 700m ASL
9A6V TS 690S 50 4 ele Quad
G1KTZ FT 726 40 6 ele Yagi - 275m ASL
I7CSB IC 706 10 5 ele Tonna - 80m ASL
SP5QWB IC 706 10 6 ele Yagi - 125m ASL
SP5XMU TS 60S 10 A50-58 Cushcraft- 125asl
DJ6TK IC 726 10 6 ele Yagi - 120m ASL
PA3BHK ? 100 3 ele Yagi - 42' agl
PE1EWR TS 680S 10 HB9CV - 8m ASL
IC8/IKFTA TS 680S 10 5 ele Yagi - 60m ASL
IKVAQ IC 736 10 5 ele Yagi - 35m ASL
YT1AU FT 225 100+ 5 ele QQ
OZ5W/P IC 736+ 500+8874 2x6 ele - 148m ASL
EH9IB ? 5 5 ele - 6m ASL
GIMG TS 690S 250 5 ele Tonna
SP2NJE Tvtr 8 10 ele Yagi

Comments:

4X1IF catches his umbrella - or is it a parabolic reflector?G3HBR: "For once it was worth hanging around to the bitter end. Rather more stations than usual came on for the last hour to cheer our flagging spirits!"
GWNL/P: "Pleased to see so many UK stations on the air and I'm happy to have logged the highest number of contacts since the contest inception."
SV1EN: "Only one QSO within the DX-window. Unable to persuade him to QSY!"
4X1IF: "The band was amazingly open for single hop Es to Central Europe. We'll try in the coming years to activate some new squares."
GW3JXN: "Wife had to have a Dinner Party that day. Lost six countries!" (I know the feeling! - Ed)
G1IOV: "Conditions not as good as last year but that sums up this years Es season!"
GWGEI: "My first serious go after just giving away points in previous years. See you next year with 400w and 6x6y!"
N8AXA: "A GW station was heard by W4CKD/8."
GM4IGS: "I found that signals via tropo were stronger than normal. Lots of meteor pings, not enough Sporadic E!"
OZ8T: "During the few hours I could participate it was a dull business."
GUYC: "The contest went well for me early on but the Es did not appear as it did last year."
G8DVR: "Nice to see more stations from Scotland but signals were weak and needed a good pair of ears to complete."
9H1PA: "Best DX - SM3GSK in JP81. HV3SJ worked for a new one."
IK5RLP: "Propagation poor. Many stations heard via MS but not worked."
GAEV: "Excellent contest - very enjoyable."
G4AFJ: "What a shame conditions were so poor!"
G3COJ: "Propagation during the contest was disappointing - no double hop."
YO7VS/P: "Conditions disastrous in KN15!!"
G1KTZ: "Could have done with an opening to Eastern Europe. This QTH (IO70) not so good for working into G."
SP5XMU: "This year in the contest conditions were really bad in Poland. Only two hours of edge sporadic E supported by some MS."
ON4PS: "Never worked so many stations in IO91!"
PA2TAB: "I could be QRV for only six hours. Nice QSO with 4X1IF."
YT1AU: "Best DX " heard" - 4L6PA in LN21DW. 1965kms."
OZ5W/P: "Only little Es activity. We had to use troposcatter, MS and ionoscatter. Hard work to pass membership number and locator on MS.

Statistics:

The European Squares worked in the Contest
- IL18, IL28, & IL13 were also worked -

47 DXCC countries were active in the contest. They were:- EI, G, GI, GW, GM, GD, GJ, GU, F, ON, PA, DL, OZ, LA, SM, OH, LX, HB9, HV, I, IS, SP, OK, OM, OE, 9H, SV, SV5, YU, YO, Z3, 9A, S5, T9, LZ, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, CT, CT3, CN, ER, 5B4, 4X. W and VE were worked from North America. Of these 47 countries 22 sent in entries.

A total of 198 squares were worked from Europe with a further 11 squares from W / VE. The map on page 32 opposite shows which grid squares were active during the contest.

Country participation (does not include G and GW stations):

EI-5, GI-6, GD-8, GM-17, GJ-4, GU-1, F-68, ON-18, DL-63, PA-78, OZ-32, SM-10, LA-1, OH-4, LX-2, HB9-7, HV-1, SP-12, OK-3, OM-2, OE-8, I-117, IS0- 3, 9H-18, SV-7, SV5-1, YU-7, YO-3, Z3-3, 9A-5, S5-10, T9-1. LZ-1, EA-32, EA6-3, EA9-1, EA8-2, CT-15, CT3-1, CN-3, ER-3, 5B4-1, 4X-4, W-22, VE-4.

In closing it appears two QSOs were made in the contest at a QRB of just under 4,000 kms. 4X1IF and EH1YV was the furthest at 3993 kms whilst Ralph's QSO with EH1TA/P was measured at 3906 kms.

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