VK Shires 2014 Final results

Posted by Trent, VK4TS

G’Day,

Sorry for the delay in the results, having finishing our trip around Australia and relocating to Cowra where we have no mobile service or internet available until September next year.

The results are now on the VK Shires website  http://vkshires.vk2bo.com/2014-vk-shires-contest-results.html

I hope to have the WIA website updated soon as it takes a little more work to get it done.

Hope to hear you again next year.

-- 
Richard Neilsen
VK2BO

Topband: 19th Stew Perry Top Band DX Challange

Posted by Trent, VK4TS

Greetings to All 160M Denizens present and future,

   The Boring Amateur Radio Club reminds all Top Band and
potential Top Band inhabitants of the upcoming Stew Perry Top Band
Distance Challenge happening Dec. 27 and 28 of this year. Read more…

VK4KW CQ WW CW 2014

Posted by Trent, VK4TS

All in all, it was quite a weekend at VK4KW.

 

A team gathered to have some fun as a multi-multi for CQWW CW. The station is designed as an M/2, so it took a bit of persuasion to convince it that it needed to step-up to the mark and accept that M/M was required of it!

 

A nasty storm hit two days prior to the contest weekend – it was so severe that it made it onto the national news. This resulted in some last-minute repairs needing attention which consumed time and effort which would’ve been good to focus on some temporary station enhancements for the weekend, but such is life. We managed with what we had and lamented about aspects which could not come to fruition…..

 

A motley crew originally from ZL, G, DL and VK, the operators were: ZL2IFB, VK3IM, VK2IA, VK4BAA, VK4SN, VK4TS, VK4NEF, VK4NDX and VK4CT.

 

HF seemed to be the place to be, with 10m and 15m getting into the swing of things early. 20m took time to wake up, but it finally decided to come to the party and produced some good DX over the weekend.

 

A newly installed 160m vertical was put to the test, with some DX worked but not much to be found otherwise. EU and NA DX could be heard and several “?” received but we’d got onto the band a bit too late and missed a few mults as a result. One of the station enhancements was to try and capitalise on 160m but it wasn’t to be. 160m was very noisy indeed.

 

80m was noisy as hell initially, until Sunday night when the noise vale lifted to reveal EU mults and QSOs. Not in the same league as 10m for throughput, but good for a few mults anyway.

 

40m was the domain of Brian ‘Slugger’ Miller, VK3MI, who took-up the reigns and had sole occupancy of the operating position. Anyone attempting to sit in the chair was immediately ousted and gently informed of the error of their ways and then doubt cast upon their parentage. A superb effort, with plenty of QSOs in the log – nice one Brian!

 

CW virgin Dave VK4NDX, sat-in with Trent VK4TS to listen to the melee. A true gentleman, Trent was gentle – Dave loved it – and now has a hankering for more exposure to CW. It was a good time to ease-in gently as 15m was not too busy so talking Dave through CW operation was a good move.

 

The station generally behaved itself – only a 12v PSU death at 10 minutes from the contest end and a rotator which made some nasty mechanical noises on 15m, but the remainder worked well and gave no trouble for the station owner. Thankfully, the weather was good and no more storms experienced.

 

A big “thank you” to all of the operators who made this M/M possible. It was a great weekend and good to meet-up again after a gap of some years in some cases.

 

Score is in the region of 22.1 million, for a fraction over 10,150 QSOs – including dupes.

 

73,

 

Phil

VK4BAA / VK4KW

Selection Criteria for WRTC 2018

Posted by Trent, VK4TS

The selection criteria for WRTC 2018 has been published:

Looking briefly at it, the good news is that there are 2 teams from Oceania (OC-north and OC-south) again.  Let’s hope that it will not end up as in 2010 when the OC-north team decided not to go to Russia and that did upset others who were keen to go from other parts of the world.  I believe that that might have eventuated in the 2014 decision for only one team from Oceania.
ODXC has been dropped and WAG has been added.  Weighting has changed.  Assisted and non-assisted have been merged for all contests.  SO-HP and SO-LP are both 1.0 and all multi-op categories are now less than 1.0.
73
Vlad VK2IM

VK4 Annual Get together

Posted by Trent, VK4TS

Every year the VK contest club (VK4 Branch) has a Festive session -a  get together – between Christmas and New Year

This year we are seeking suggestions for a location – main ingredients are convenience to Rail Road and Air services.

Selling of good meals and alcohol also comes into it.

For the past two years we have met at the Kedron Wavell RSL but we are thinking somewhere smaller that we can take over as a group.

Maybe a pub somewhere in Boondall ? Chinese Restaurant ? Italian ? Park Bench ?

Any thoughts ?

 

 

 

Rule Change Proposal White Paper 2014 – How the POMs do it …

Posted by Trent, VK4TS

http://www.rsgbcc.org/whitepaper2014.pdf

Interesting paper

Rule Change Proposal White Paper 2014

The new, revised process for rule changes for RSGB Contests is as follows:
1. Rules for the contest year will be “locked- down” and published no later than the date of
the RSGB Convention in October for implementation in the following year. No further
changes are permitted except for:
a. Typo corrections
b. Changes brought about by external events (e.g. license changes by OFCOM)
2. Proposed changes to contest rules will be considered at the Contest Committee (CC)
meeting in March/April.
3. A ‘white paper’ summarising the proposed rule changes will be published on the CC
website and publicised in the May CC newsletter.

 

 

CQWW CW this coming weekend, 29-30 Nov 2014

Posted by Trent, VK4TS

Hi all,

I guess quite a few of you are in the middle of your preparations for upcoming CQWW CW this coming weekend, 29-30 Nov, 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC. If you’re not in seriously, just give it a go. It is the biggest CW contest of the year – and the best! Read more…

CQWW SSB LOGS

Posted by Trent, VK4TS

Hi all,

Below is a list of log submissions for this year’s CQWW SSB from VK. A total of 58 logs were submitted, 12 of which mentioned ‘VK Contest Club’ in the club section which is about 20% of entries.

While 58 logs is a big increase from an average of 18 to 20 logs ten years ago or earlier, I am sure we got the potential for more entries. It doesn’t really matter whether the log contains 5,000, 1,000, 100 or 10 QSOs. VKCC is now a recognised entity, particularly after rule changes for clubs this year allow country-wide entries no matter what size the country is (used to be 500 miles around a defined club centre and our VKCC entries were accepted/tolerated in previous years) plus DXpeditions by club members which can be anywhere in the world. The new club rule will have more of an impact on large European contest clubs and their total scores.

Looking at Slovenia, S5 with a population of just 2 million (ie less than 10% of what we have in Australia), they submitted 70 logs, 50% of which were labelled as members of the Slovenian Contest Club. I must admit Slovenia has and always had a very active contesting community.

So please don’t forget to mention VK Contest Club when you submit your log next time, particularly in an international contest.

Our top year for log submissions in CQWW CW by the way was 2012 with 32 entries. Let’s beat it this year and increase the proportion of VKCC logs! At the bottom of this email is a list with the total of VK log submissions in CQWW SSB/CW each year.

73

Bernd VK2IA

CQWW SSB 2014 entries – VK

VK1OO SINGLE-OP ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK2BAM SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 20M LOW

VK2BCQ SINGLE-OP ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK2BYI SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK2CZ SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK2ELF SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 15M QRP ROOKIE

VK2GGC MULTI-OP ONE ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK2LEE SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW CLASSIC

VK2NR SINGLE-OP ASSISTED ALL LOW

VK2NRA SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 20M LOW

MANLY WARRINGAH RADIO SOCIETY

VK2PN SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW

VK CONTEST CLUB

VK2PR MULTI-OP UNLIMITED ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK CONTEST CLUB

VK2PWS SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW CLASSIC

VK2PX SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 20M LOW

VK2RT SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK2YW SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW

VK3ALZ SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 10M HIGH

VK3DGN SINGLE-OP ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK3GK SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK CONTEST CLUB

VK3MEG SINGLE-OP ASSISTED ALL LOW

VK3MSD SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW

VK3TZ SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW CLASSIC VK CONTEST CLUB

VK3VTH SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 20M LOW

VK3ZPF SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 15M LOW

VK4AFU SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 10M HIGH

VK4ATH SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW

VK4BRT SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL HIGH CLASSIC

VK4CAG SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK4CL SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW CLASSIC

VK4FFAB SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW

REDCLIFFE AND DISTRICTS RADIO CLUB

VK4FTWO SINGLE-OP ASSISTED 10M QRP

VK4GMH SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 10M HIGH

VK4KW MULTI-OP TWO ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK CONTEST CLUB

VK4LC SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 10M LOW

VK4MN SINGLE-OP ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK4NM SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 10M HIGH CLASSIC

VK4QH SINGLE-OP ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK4SDD SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK4SN SINGLE-OP ASSISTED 160M LOW

VK CONTEST CLUB

VK4SP SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW

VK4TJF SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 10M LOW CLASSIC

VK4UC SINGLE-OP ASSISTED 10M HIGH CLASSIC VK CONTEST CLUB

VK4VI SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK4YA SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 20M LOW

VK5DC SINGLE-OP ASSISTED ALL LOW

VK5MTM SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW

VK5ZZ SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW

VK6DXI SINGLE-OP ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK CONTEST CLUB

VK6LCK SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW

VK6NC SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 10M HIGH

VK6PXF SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED ALL LOW

VK6SMK SINGLE-OP NON-ASSISTED 20M HIGH CLASSIC

VK6WX SINGLE-OP ASSISTED 20M LOW

VK CONTEST CLUB

VK6XX SINGLE-OP ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK CONTEST CLUB

VK7XX CHECKLOG · · ·

VK9LH SINGLE-OP ASSISTED ALL HIGH

VK CONTEST CLUB

VK9LM MULTI-OP UNLIMITED ASSISTED ALL HIGH

94% BAVARIAN CONTEST CLUB 6% VK CONTEST CLUB

VK9XSP MULTI-OP ONE ASSISTED ALL HIGH

CQWW Entries 1061 to 2013 – VK

Year SSB Entries CW Entries Total Entries

2013 51 24 75

2012 66 32 98

2011 56 27 83

2010 53 28 81

2009 46 26 72

2008 36 26 62

2007 31 16 47

2006 34 18 52

2005 26 20 46

2004 21 18 39

2003 19 19 38

2002 22 17 39

2001 22 13 35

2000 18 11 29

1999 19 10 29

1998 12 12 24

1997 17 24 41

1996 16 17 33

1995 14 18 32

1994 18 21 39

1993 15 13 28

1992 23 14 37

1991 17 10 27

1990 18 13 31

1989 11 13 24

1988 12 13 25

1987 15 10 25

1986 13 14 27

1985 10 9 19

1984 20 15 35

1983 21 15 36

1982 15 12 27

1981 11 12 23

1980 17 11 28

1979 16 12 28

1978 14 8 22

1977 23 17 40

1976 10 11 21

1975 15 13 28

1974 7 11 18

1973 14 11 25

1972 12 14 26

1971 11 17 28

1970 14 17 31

1969 9 17 26

1968 16 17 33

1967 17 17 34

1966 15 20 35

1965 12 21 33

1964 9 17 26

1963 13 20 33

1962 5 16 21

1961 6 16 22

2014 Oceania DX contest

Posted by Trent, VK4TS

Dear contesters

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 Oceania DX contest and to
those who have already submitted logs.

Conditions were good on both the PHONE and CW weekends but especially so on
the PHONE weekend. It looks like a new record will be set for activity in
the PHONE section.

All logs are to be emailed or postmarked NO LATER than Friday 31 October
2014. We encourage everyone who participated to submit their log, even if
only for one or two QSOs, or as a check log.

Computer generated PHONE and CW logs are to be in Cabrillo format and
emailed to ph@oceaniadxcontest.com and cw@oceaniadxcontest.com respectively.
Please include only your call sign in the email subject line. An email robot
processes all incoming logs and you should receive an acknowledgment from
the robot to confirm whether your log has been accepted. If you do not
receive an acknowledgment, or are having any other difficulty, then please
email a copy of the log and description of the problem to
info@oceaniadxcontest.com .

Paper logs are to be posted to “Oceania DX Contest, c/o PO Box 21088, Little
Lonsdale Street, Victoria 8011, Australia”. Alternatively, a scanned copy of
the log can can be emailed to info@oceaniadxcontest.com .

Special note for VK and ZL entrants: Remember to identify the club that you
belong to in the CLUB: field of the Cabrillo header information, so that
your log can be considered for the Australia Club Plaque or the New Zealand
Club Competition Plaque.

A list of the logs received and claimed scores is updated regularly on the
Oceania DX Contest web site at http://www.oceaniadxcontest.com/. Further
information about the rules and contest is also available on the web site.

73

OCDX Contest Committee
VK3MI/ZL1AZE, ZL3GA, VK2HN, VK3TZ, VK6DXI, VK7GN
www.oceaniadxcontest.com

Worked All Germany Contest

Posted by Trent, VK4TS

Reminder Worked All Germany Contest

This is the invitation and reminder for Worked All Germany Contest on the upcoming weekend of October 18/19th in CW and mixed on 80-10m (1500 to 1459 UTC).

With normally more than 2000 active stations from Germany there should be enough activity for contesters to enjoy at least some hours.

Therefore we kindly ask you to spread this invitation amongst your members. WAG is something for the seasoned operator enjoying running hours to Germany as well as for S&P-ops chasing still another DOK.

WAG is more than the final test for a WWDX-setup. Even for stations normally too far or too close for a TopTen-slot WAG will satisfy the award hunter, the “fresh meat” op from a sought after location or simply give a chance to refreseh ties to Germany and its hams.

So thanks in advance to those trying the difficult longhaul QSOs or scattering for close in contacts on the highbands! So we would be happy if you could send this invitation to your reflectors, newsletters, forums or mailing lists. And please let us also know opinions, wishes and proposals for improvement (other than for better condx).

All necessary info about WAG with rules, record and hints on our website: http://www.darc.de/referate/dx/contest/wag/en/

Thank you in advance, hopefully cu and best 73,

 

Chris DL8MBS WAG Contestmanager