On July 19th the RSGB - 70 MHz Trophy Contest took place. I was out active with The BlackSheep Contest and DX Group under the callsign "M0BAA/P" from Locator square JO01KJ. Mike G8TIC, Bill M0BTZ, Andy 2E0IBF and I arrived on site on the Saturday evening and set up the antenna system which was a 8 element Yagi on our Versa Tower at 20m, we finally setup the Yaesu FT5000DX with a DB6NT Transverter and a 4CX250B valve linear amplifier producing 160 watts and once everything was prepared we had a quick listen on the bands, had a few QSO's on SSB & CW working CT & PA to then discover that there was some 144MHz Sporadic E's building over France, so we quickly threw together a 7 element Yagi into an FT897 at 50 watts and Mike G8TIC had a Play on the 144MHz band, unfortunately we were too late as we missed the opening that built up over France so we decided at that point to call it a day and go for a beer and some food then get some sleep before the start of the contest at 10:00UTC.
The contest was hard work with very little Sporadic E or Tropo conditions throughout the contest, We finished the contest at 16:00UTC with a claimed score of 115 QSO's 32,214 points with 69 Multipliers and our ODX was Keith CT1JAD at 1752Km.
Thanks once again to everyone who called us in the contest, look forward to the next one.
EI5IX / M0XII
70 MHz Trophy 2015
The number of entrants for this event continues to show a healthy increase with 59 this year. In general the weather was kind to the portables but the further north you ventured, the wetter you became!
There was a sporadic-E opening from the start of the contest until 12:06. In this period there were 64 QSOs greater than 1000kms with three CT and two EA stations. The best contact was between GM4ZUK/P and CT1JAD at 2249kms. Comments regarding the tropospheric conditions varied from reasonable to poor. In total there were 6 DL, 2 EI, 1 LX, 2 ON and 19 PA stations together with all G prefixes except GD. The best QSO was between G3TCU and DK5YA at 737 kms. There were 24 QSOs in excess of 600kms. In total there were 217 stations in the logs with 152 G, 30 from other G prefixes and 35 non UK stations.
Logging standards were generally good with only 2.8% of contacts being judged as not valid. In all three sections the top two stations were separated by very small margins and logging accuracy was key.
Congratulations go to:
The Blacksheep CG, M0BAA/P, for winning the Open Section and being awarded the VHF Managers Trophy;
Erik, G8XVJ/P, who won the single operator (others) section and, as the highest scoring single operator entry, is awarded the Four Metre Cup;
Fred, G4BWP for winning the single operator (fixed) section;
Also to the other stations identified in results who will all receive certificates.
Roger - G4BVY
EI5IX / M0XII