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Contest News from somewhere East of Norwich.
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80m Club Championship:

The 80mCC SSB contest results have now been published, the first event of the 2020 Club Championship Series.

In the internal NARC battle it was first blood to NELSON over BOUDICA, but not by an enormous margin at 3364 points to 3084 points, a difference of 280 points or +8.3%.

The teams appear to be quite evenly balanced with 11 logs from each, the relative positions of the two may or may not change after the next contest which is DATA.

Band conditions were quite poor to begin with on that first Monday night, but towards the end inter-G propagation did improve.

But we are still in winter, Spring and the later Sunset usually heralds easier 80m inter-G operation in these evening events, once we are into March (we hope!).

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In the GENERAL section it was a predictable runaway win for De Montfort University ARS, their 12 logs gained them 5280 points, 57% more than the second placed contest team, Norfolk ARC NELSON.

The efforts of both of the NARC teams achieved very good results with NELSON in 2nd and BOUDICA in 3rd places.

As predicted last week, the Three As CG with only 3 logs made it to 4th place, followed by Bristol CG and Verulam ARC.

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Incidentally, if the two NARC scores had been combined then the De Montfort University team would have been in second place, but only 18% behind, not a large difference at this early stage of the competition, something which could easily be overturned.
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Wednesday 12th February was the next 80m CC event, DATA (PSK63/RTTY only).
Propagation conditions for inter-G working were indescribably poor for the whole contest, the foF2 critical frequency reported by the Propquest website failed to reach above 3.5MHz for the duration of the contest.
This meant that the skip distance was longer than ideal for a UK localised contest, but signals from a few active GM stations were quite strong and well clear of the noise and many EU stations became good targets for gaining QSOs.
Analysing my own miserable log I worked 7 EU stations (PA, DL, SM and LB), 4 GMs and only 6 G stations !
The moans and groans about the lousy propagation were abundant and just a glance at the claimed scores shows that most parts of the country suffered with lower than normal numbers of contacts.
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Looking at "NARC wars", the number of logs dropped only slightly to 10 logs entered for BOUDICA and 9 logs for NELSON - not too far, still a good balance, but then not every station has a set-up for RTTY/PSK.
It is too early yet to make any definitive predictions since the entry deadline is not until 23:59:59utc on Thursday night, which is later than the deadline for content in this newsletter.
Looking at just RAW total numbers of QSOs, it appears that even with only 9 logs NELSON has a tally of 260 Qs to BOUDICA's 214 Qs. Could this be another win for NELSON?
It is unknown how many entrants worked the bonus station GM6XX and if worked on both RTTY and PSK63 then it will count for a double bonus which could have a marked effect on the final scores between both teams. Not forgetting our old enemy the UBNs and Penalties of course.
We shall see how divided it is becoming when the official results become available.
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There is nearly a two week gap until Thursday 27th February for the first CW event of the 80m CC series, hoping that propagation will be more conducive to inter-G working.
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The Contest Net still runs every Friday evening at 2000utc on 145.250MHz for anyone needing help and guidance setting up for N1MM+ Logger and getting started in RTTY/PSK or just doing on-air tests to blow the cobwebs out of their data interfaces.
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RSGB AFS Contests Update:
Since last week's news we have at long last had published results for the 144MHz AFS contest, which surprisingly shows NARC with a better score than expected - not ridiculously low for only two log entries when most other clubs had full teams of four.
Declared results so far for NARC in the RSGB AFS Super League:
70MHz AFS (September 2019) - no entry.
50MHz AFS (October 2019) 23rd place.
144MHz AFS (December 2019) 24th place.
Club Calls 1.8MHz AFS (November 2019) 6th place.
CW AFS 4th place.
SSB AFS 5th place.
DATA AFS 5th place.
432MHz AFS (February 2nd 2020) - no entry.
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However, overall in the Super League NARC have still maintained a 5th position in the Local Category, largely due to the 4 strong entries in the HF AFS events. We may drop a few more places because we are waiting for the adjudication for the 432MHz AFS and then AFS Super League will be over for the 2019/20 season.
The new 2020/21 Series begins on 20th September 2020 with the 70MHz(4m) AFS followed on 18th October with the 50MHz(6m)AFS. We shall again enter in the Local Category, unless it is decided to move to General before the first event in September.
For next year much more interest in the VHF events would be very welcome.
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Something for the Weekend:
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ARRL INTERNATIONAL DX CW Contest, starting 0000utc on Saturday 15th February and ending 2359utc on Sunday 16th February. Operation on all contest bands 160m to 10m, not WARC bands.
This may be a good opportunity if you're chasing the Worked All States Award, especially for the Mountain States like Montana, Idaho or Wyoming which are not heard as often as the Eastern Coastal States.
DX stations work only W/VE and W/VE stations work only other DXCC entities (not each other), so they'll be looking out for YOU, if propagation permits.
Rules at:
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx
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Russian PSK WW Contest organised by the Russian Digital Radio Club RDRC.
Starts 1200utc on 15th February and ends 1159utc on 16th February.
Operation will be using BPSK31, BPSK63 and BPSK125 on 160m through to 10m, except WARC.
Advisory frequency limits to operate are detailed in the rules at the link below.
Rules at:
http://www.rdrclub.ru/russian-ww-psk-contest/49-rus-ww-psk-rules
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A useful calendar of other contests can be found here in Bruce's (WA7BNM) weekly listings:
https://www.contestcalendar.com/weeklycont.php#9858
Always download and study the rules.
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Monday 17th February is the first of nine RSGB FT4 Contests on 80m.
Rules at:
https://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/
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VHF UK Activity Contests.
Thursday 13th February is the 6m (50MHz) UKAC.
Thursday 20th February is the 4m (70MHz) UKAC.
Tuesday 3rd March is the 144MHz UKAC.
Tuesday 10th March is the 432MHz UKAC.
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Last weekend:
I had an enjoyable time casually giving a few points away in the RSGB 1st 1.8MHz contest (CW), lots of good signals on 160m.
In the PACC contest I worked a few Dutch stations in CW for their PACC contest mainly on 80m and 160m, just one of the 12 Provinces, Flevoland, eluded me but I scored 11 multipliers on each of 160m & 80m.
The remainder of the weekend was dominated by the CQ WPX RTTY contest, propagation on other than the 80m and 40m bands made high scoring very difficult, but I did manage to contact a few unusual prefixes out of those that were active on the bands.
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73 until next week.
John G8VPE
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