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Contest News 2005
RADARS Contest Caravan

The bad news:
Our old contesting caravan (owned by Martin, M3ULL and Dave, G3RIK) has just about had it - and will be going for scrap next month.
 

The good news:
It has been replaced by a slightly more modern Swift Doublette caravan.

We also now have a trailer mounted winch up mast.

The trailer chassis was donated by Richard, M0EIQ, the crank-up mast came from Alan, G4VVT and the whole lot was built and put together over the last few months by Mervyn, G0EUP.
 


 

The first outing will be the weekend of 2nd and 3rd July 2005 for VHF NFD at our usual location on top of Rooley Moor with operations on 6m, 4m and 2m.  Also on 70cm if enough operators turn up on the day.

The next planned contest is SSB Field Day in September 3rd/4th.
 

So - How did we get on in VHF NFD 2005.

A first run through the log sheets shows the following score, together with a comparison to previous years.
 

Year 6m 6m 6m 4m 4m 4m 2m 2m 2m

contacts score position contacts score position contacts score position
2005 143 110,133 3
63 10740 4
251 58,505 8
2004 97 35,739 2 55 10536 4 132 18,872 13
2003 107 58,676 4 67 10800 8 139 21,879 16
2002 83 12,008 9 58 10,501 3 (LP) 154 23,331 9
2001 Cancelled F & M






2000 113 125,456 2 (LP) 36 4,769 9 (LP) 219 50,433 11




















   (LP) = low power section.  The others were in the restricted section

To summarise:
6m - Opened with Es for about half the duration.  Not quite as good as in 2000 but contact numbers where higher (Saturday 14.00 - 22.00z)
4m - Very poor conditions throughout the duration and no Es (Sunday 08.00 to 14.00z)
2m - Opened on Saturday afternoon and evening to Europe but Sunday was poor. (Saturday 14.00 to Sunday 14.00z)