2012 turned out to be an excellent contesting year for two of the radio clubs that I enter club contests with. I really enjoy the format of the various club contests because everyone in the team can contribute their various individual strengths while helping to build a great club/team spirit.
Camb-Hams finished in 1st place in the RSGB AFS Super League for Winter 2011-12. The league takes the combined results from six separate Affiliated Societies contests, so it’s a great team effort and a fantastic result. I took part in the three HF legs with the team.
RSGB AFS Super League - Winter 2011-12 50 1.8 144 3.5 3.5 432 Total 1 Camb-Hams 968 966 925 901 967 897 5624 2 Bristol CG 1000 983 800 951 1000 828 5562 3 Trowbridge & DARC 871 898 1000 568 856 1000 5193
De Montfort University ARS finished in 1st place in the RSGB 80m Club Championship 2012 (General Club). The series runs from February to July each year on the 80m band, with SSB, Data and CW legs each month, making a total of 18 legs. De Montfort University ARS won the championship for the first three years it was held, in 2004, 2005 and 2006, so it was great to return to the top of the table again. The Championship was split into two sections for the first time this year, with national clubs entering the General Club section and local clubs entering the Local Club section (with all their members operating within 35km of the club’s usual meeting place). Norfolk ARC won the Local Club section with a higher score than the De Montfort University ARS General Club score, so Norfolk ARC take the G5RV trophy. Many congratulations to Norfolk ARC – a fantastic effort involving a large number of their members.
I was really pleased to achieve my own personal goal of entering all 18 legs of the Championship this year to contribute to the De Montfort University ARS team score. Next year, I’ll focus on improving each of my individual scores.
RSGB 80M Club Championship 2012 General Club Scores 1 De Montfort University ARS 123,535 2 Bristol CG 117,974 3 Three As CG 108,191 Local Club Scores 1 Norfolk ARC 148,366 2 Tall Trees CG 71,977 3 Horsham ARC 68,498
De Montfort University ARS also finished in 1st place in the RSGB 80m Club Sprint 2012. The series runs from August to November each year on the 80m band, with SSB and CW legs each month, making a total of 8 legs. De Montfort University ARS have won the 80m Club Sprint series every year since it was formally run in 2008. I only managed a small contribution to the team score this year, but still enjoyed the legs I took part in.
RSGB 80m Club Sprint 2012 1 De Montfort University ARS 46,085 2 Three As CG 37,622 3 Travelling Wave CG 25,392
GM7WCO/P were operating from Hirta Island, St.Kilda EU-059 when I spoke to them 16 May 2012.
Andy M0VKG was recording them at the time and caught our QSO:
I had an excellent week with 16 other Camb-Hams on a DXpedition to the Isles of Mull (EU-008) and Lunga (EU-108) on the west coast of Scotland, using the call signs GS3PYE/P and GS6PYE/P. We also managed short trips to the Isles of Staffa (EU-008) and Iona (EU-008) using other call signs during the week.
My own personal highlight of the trip was the 24 hours I spent camping on the uninhabited Isle of Lunga, with four other Camb-Hams, two radios and lots of puffins. We visited the Isle of Staffa on the way back to Mull and operated for an hour as MM0MJH/P on 20m.
Another fine memory was carrying loads of kit up a hill on Mull so that I could witness my first (and only) ever 10GHz contact. Luckily there was some fantastic scenery to look at while waiting for contacts.
The weather during the week was great and the radio even better.
My Yaesu FT-897 and I are making the trip to the Isle of Mull (IOTA EU-008) with the Camb-Hams for another DXpedition in a few weeks time. The trip will also include 24 hours on Lunga in the Treshnish Isles (IOTA EU-108), under canvas and without many of the comforts of home – including tables and chairs [don't mention toilets]. This means that I had to find a way to key the radio when using my Heil headset because the usual footswitch arrangement just won’t work when you’re sitting on the floor in a tent. VOX isn’t an option either because we’ll have two stations working on different bands at the same time and it’ll be too noisy. So, it’s got to be a hand PTT.
I looked at the Heil HS-2, which is nice and ‘ergonomic’, but I didn’t like the idea of paying nearly £38.00 + p&p for one. There had to be a cheaper and maybe even better way. I don’t rush this sort of decision, so I thought about it for a while. I realised that the Yaesu MH-31 microphone which comes with the FT-897 is pretty ‘ergonomic’ itself, it has a PTT on the side which is designed for the job and it’ll be travelling with me anyway in case the headset breaks. I’m sure I could make an adapter.
I hadn’t got the necessary RJ-45 socket to fit the microphone connector, so I found a 1m ethernet cable extension with an RJ-45 socket moulded on one end and an RJ-45 plug (to be cut off) on the other, for £2.89 with free p&p on eBay.
I looked at the excellent Microphone Connections page by G4WPW and found that pins 2 and 3 on the microphone connector were ground and PTT, so I connected them to a phono plug (free because I cut it off something else) and tried it. It works a treat, fits in the hand nicely and I can use my PTT switch as a microphone again if rain gets in the headset or a puffin makes off with it on Lunga.
The UBN Reports are out for the RSGB 80m AFS CW Contest which took place on 8 Jan 2012.
My own UBN report is copied below. I’m really happy with only dropping 3 QSO’s (30 points) because I don’t really ‘do’ CW and need a lot of help and concentration to even follow the very predictable contest exchanges. Two of the ‘broken’ serial numbers are very understandable (85/95 and 28/128) but what was I thinking when I mistakenly logged 111 instead of 165 ?
I finished with 147 adjudicated QSO’s for 1470 points, to make a small contribution to the Camb-Hams B team for 26th place in the contest. The Camb-Hams A team did really well this year, finishing in 9th place. Both teams making a significant improvement over last years placings. A good contest and I’d encourage others to give it a try.
Adjudication report for M1ACB for AFS Contest CW 2012 Date Time Call RepTX SnTX RepRX SnRX CSnRX Band Mode Reason 08/01/2012 15:40 GM4SID 599 78 599 85 95 3537 CW Broken:Serial RX 08/01/2012 16:53 G3LIK 599 125 599 111 165 3563 CW Broken:Serial RX 08/01/2012 17:25 G3RKF 599 139 599 28 128 3548 CW Broken:Serial RX
The result of the RSGB 80m Club Sprint 2011 contests have been announced and I’m very happy to say that the team I play a small part in has finished first again. De Montfort University ARS have now won the contest series for four years in succession to retain the Newbury Trophy.
RSGB 80m Club Sprint 2011 Final Results Pos Club Name Total SSB CW 1 * De Montfort University ARS 48106 25157 22949 2 Newbury & DARS 46095 25141 20954 3 Travelling Wave CG 40296 26625 13671 4 Three As CG 33301 15659 17642 5 OSSETT ARO 21715 9301 12414
1st place in the RSGB 80m Club Sprint and 2nd place in the RSGB 80m Club Championship make this a pretty good year.
DMUARS have some really great contesters in the team and I’m very pleased to be able to share some of the glory with them once again.