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Annual Christmas Do

Good food, drink and company at the Bristol Contest Group annual party - 21st Dec 2012

2012 Christmas Do
Tom G3OLB, Ian G4FSU, Dave G3WGN, Geoff G4FKA, Phil G3SWH Robin G3TKF, Russ M0WYB, Colin G3YHV, Steve G3ZVW Alan G3XSV, Clive G4NAQ, Roger G4WBV, Wilf M0WLF, Matt M0MAT, Bob G4BWB (9V1RA)



Team GJ - GJ6YB on IOTA 2012

Update Oct 2012: GJ6YB second in Multi-op Island secion to IS0/OM8A > Results

Team GJ 2012 - The IOTA contest team at GJ6YB

At the end of July it was off to Jersey again for IOTA 2012.  We were defending our position as Multi-operator Island and overall winners, a title we have now held for three years in the last four.  Competition was fierce and prior to adjudication we are in second place on claimed scores.  Results are normally announced around the RSGB Convention.  Our number of QSOs and Multipliers was slightly higher than last year, though the scoring system has changed making comparison difficult. Our claimed score this time was:

3281 QSOs  626 Mults  28880 Points  Total Score 18,078,880

Thankfully the weather was sunny and pleasant most of the time we were there and we were able to put up some new antennas.  Conditions were about about the same as last year, and our new beams worked well especially on 10m and 15m. Some technical problems hit the Multiplier Station making it difficult to hit reach the target set last year. But we were very close.

Sadly or catering manager, Andy M1EBV, had gone silent key earlier this year.  His presence, knowledge and humour were greatly missed by all.  However the catering was ably handled by Roger G4WBV and Dave G4NKT who did a great job of feeding the hungry hoard.


Bristol CG win 144MHz AFS and AFS Super-League

Bristol CG entered the 144MHz Affiliated Societies contest this year spurred on by the new AFS Super-League.  Excellent results set the group up well for an overall win in the the Super-League. 

This is the first year that the Super-League has been run. It encourages groups to expand the scope of there contest interests across the HF and VHF spectrum.


Here are the top scores. A full roundup can be found on the RSGB CC site at:

Pos Team Total 144MHz 80m CW 80m SSB 432MHz
1  Bristol CG  3873 1000  967  965   941
2  Camb-Hams  3464  951  747 942  824
3  Cray Valley RS  3291  878  560 1000   853
4  Trowbridge & DARC  3267  976  593  698 1000 


The G3MEH Trophy was awarded for our 144MHZ success:-

G3MEH Trophy for the 144MHz AFS contest


SSB Field Day 2011

After a couple of excursions to Jersey for 50MHz and IOTA it was back to the home turf for this year's SSB FD. The usual site near Bath became our home for the weekend and with generally good weather and an experienced build team the station was set up and taken down in record time. This was particularly true of the take down where we had everything de-constructed, packed and back at the storage location within 3.75 hours. 5 minutes later we were in the pub for a celebratory drink. No burst tyres this time either!

Antennas at Dusk - G6YB/P SSB Field Day 2011

Two of our trailer towers hosted the usual range of beams and dipoles and a couple of verticals were thrown in for good measure to give us a selection of antennas and polarisation on each of the 5 bands. In fact the configuration was the same as the IOTA run station earlier in the year. Propagation on the high bands wasn't quite as good as Friday nights conditions (21 MHz open well after midnight) might have suggested and we had a bit of a slow start but things got better so there was plenty to keep us busy throughout the 24 hours.

We had plenty of food and drink on site. Our caravan (also known as event control) has a fridge and microwave oven built in and we supplemented those with gas stoves, tea and coffee in the awning to keep everyone well fed. The local fare was topped up by the traditional run to the local fish and chip shop on Saturday night.
The log doesn't show a great deal of rare DX but we had good general coverage of planet earth. Pick of the bunch was definitely Macquarie Island; as one of the usual VKs chipped in just after we worked VK0, "you don't get one of those every day!". 14MHz was (as ever) the bread and butter band with over 1000 QSOs and around a third of the mults. We also gave 7MHz more attention than usual with over 500 Qs. 21MHz came and went and although open quite often didn't deliver too many good runs so a fair amount of S&P here. 3.5 MHz delivered the highest average points per QSO with good runs of EU portables overnight. 28MHz never really got going and only delivered a few QSOs, mainly S&P. Those of you who heard us on Sunday morning will have heard us hit the magic 2000 QSOs but sadly there were quite a few dupes so the final tally has us missing that mark by a small amount.
So how did we do? Post dupe QSO count was 1991 and with 189 mults gives us a raw score of just over 1.3 million. Thanks to all for the QSOs and keeping us gainfully employed.

Trophies Presented at RSGB Convention

Several Bristol CG members attended the RSGB Convention on 9th/10th October 2010.  During the HF Contest Forum it was announced that GJ6YB were overall winners of the IOTA Contest 2010 and in particular the Island Multi-op High Power Section.

Here are  G3XSV G4FKA G3YHV G4FSU G4CLA and G3TKF at the convention collecting trophies awarded for our 2009 and 2010 successes.

Trophies were for: NFD 2010 Restricted section runners-up, SSB Field Day 2009 Restricted section winners, Club Champions 2010, IOTA 2009 Top UK station (GJ6YB).


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