Final Results of the Trans Tasman 80M Only Contest 2014

Final Results of the Trans Tasman 80M Only Contest 2014

Single Op

Overall winner was Roger Crofts VK4YB with a score of 2486. Roger used a double extended Zepp and a K3 to power away from all competitors. Roger was even in front of the multi operators so this year the claim of the best 80M station undeniably  belongs to VK4YB. Bill Main VK4ZD was always loud on the band and took out second spot on 1689 points while Tony Hambling VK3VTH was the highest scoring standard call on 1533 points.

Top ZL was Bill Cousins ZL3VZ on 1335 literally pipping Mike Mather ZL2W (ZL2CC) on the post who had 1329. It was also good to see Rob Glassey ZL3AKM putting in a log with 1099 points

 Top F Call went to the Bundaberg based Brett Finger VK4FTWO with 397 points.

Multi Op

In the  Multi Op category the Girls Guides Callemondah team VK2GGC of VK2ZMT and VK2PV cranked out a total of 2,293 with Lou and Jenny Blasco at VK3ALB hot on their heels scoring 1,806 points, ZL3UR came in First ZL and third overalll for their efforts.

QRP Category

QRP Category – the winner was VK2IG/QRP Mike Downer with a very credible 997 points in front of VK3LM Michael Binz on 307 Points


Callsign: Name: Category: Place Points Claimed
Multi Op
VK2GGC Girl Guides Callemondah 80m – Ph,  Multi-Op 1 2293
VK3ALB Lou and Jenni Blasco 80m – Ph,  Multi-Op 2 1806
ZL3UR Graham and McRobie 80m – Ph,  Multi-Op 4 1522
VK4WIL LOCKYER VALLEY ARC 80m – Ph,  Multi-Op 5 1424
VK2CU Mountain Toppers Contest Team 80m – Ph,  Multi-Op 6 1314
VK3FRC F.A.M.P.A.R.C. 80m – Ph,  Multi-Op 7 1233
VK5ARG  Amateur Radio Experimenters Group Inc. 80m – Ph,  Multi-Op 8 1205
ZL4AL Eastern Southland Br 08 NZART 80m – Ph,  Multi-Op 9 969
VK2AFA 80m – Ph,  Multi-Op 10 656
VK2AOJ Port Stephens Amateur Radio Club Inc 80m – Ph,  Multi-Op Entrant 568
VK2AWA VK2AWA GROUP 80m – Ph,  Multi-Op Entrant 419
VK6WI WIA VK6 80m – Ph,  Multi-Op Entrant 316
Single op
VK4YB Roger Crofts 80m – Ph,  Single-Op 1 2486
VK4ZD Bill Main 80m – Ph,  Single-Op 2 1689
VK3VTH Tony Hambling 80m – Ph,  Single-Op 3 1533
VK4GH Catherine Hammond 80m – Ph,  Single-Op 4 1480
VK2IO/P Gerard Hill 80m – Ph,  Single-Op 5 1444
ZL3VZ Bill Cousins 80m – Ph,  Single-Op 6 1335
ZL2W Mike S Mather 80m – Ph,  Single-Op 7 1329
VK2AOR Robert Hudson 80m – Ph,  Single-Op 8 1235
ZL3YOK Quentin Pooke 80m – Ph,  Single-Op 9 1105
ZL3AKM Rob Glassey 80m – Ph,  Single-Op 10 1099
VK2ELF Rowan Dollar 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 1056
VK5LJ Lawrie Mew 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 1036
ZL1YE Bruce Steel 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 1003
ZL1BHD Steve Wright 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 966
VK4NP Norm Greenaway 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 931
VK4ATH Tom Hatton 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 755
VK4MDX David Olsen 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 648
VK2IUW Hilary Bridel 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 593
VK5DT Darren Jury 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 538
VK4DMC Dale McCarthy 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 515
VK7GN Martin Luther 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 511
VK6DXI Mirek Rozbicki 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 408
VK4FTWO Brett Finger 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 397
VK3TZ Tony Burt 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 391
VK2LEE Lee Noonan 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 284
VK3GK Lee Moyle 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 230
VK4TS Trent Sampson 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 175
VK4MON Mark Curry 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 156
VK2PN Patrick Novak 80m – Ph,  Single-Op Entrant 78
VK2IG/Q Mike Dower 80m – Ph,  Single-Op,  QRP 1 997
VK3LM Michael Binz 80m – Ph,  Single-Op,  QRP 2 307





2014 Claimed Scores of the Year #1 VK4QH SOAB SSB

New Record SSB SOAB record Oceania Dx Contest

Oceania DX Contest Results for VK4QH

Band QSOs Pts Pfx
1.8 4 80 4
3.5 18 180 17
7 209 1045 116
14 389 389 251
21 475 950 309
28 953 2859 434
Total 2048 5503 1131
Score: 6,223,893


Equipment :

Radios: Yaesu FT1000MP MKV, Yaesu FT1000MP MKV Field, Yaesu FT920, Yaesu FT847, Yaesu FT100D.

Amplifier: Yaesu VL1000 Quadra.

Microphone/Headset: Heil Pro-set Plus!, Heil Pro-Set-4, Yaesu MD-1

Rotators: Yaesu G-1000DXA, Kenpro KR600RC.

Antenna’s: TET HB443DX Quad Band Yagi 3 Elements on 40 Meters and 4 Elements on 10, 15 & 20 Meters on Tower No. 2

Hy-Gain TH6DX Waiting to go up on tower No.3

6 Element 10 Meter OWA Yagi on a 10.7 meter Boom Design by www.g0ksc.co.uk on Tower No. 1

160 Meter Loop.

40 meter 4 Square with 256 radials, controlled by Array Solutions phased controller.

80 Meter Loop.

80 Meter DX Window 1/4 wave vertical with 48 radials ATM ..More to be added soon.

6 Meter Home Brew 5 element Yagi.

2m/70cm Diamond GP9 Vertical.

WX0B StackMatch which allows up to 3 antennas to be used at the same time.

Tower No 1: 2 Stage 13.7 meter Nally Self supporting, Tilt over Tower.

Tower No 2: 2 Stage 14.5 meter Home modified Tilt over Tower.

Tower No.3 :3 Stage 18 meter in process of being modified to tilt over.

Interests : Chasing DX and Contesting On my own and with my club The Lockyer Valley Amateur Radio Club VK4WIL.

Member of the VK Contest Club

Club Website: www.lvrec.org

My Facebook Page http://facebook.com/VK4QH Add me if you like !!!

My Email Address: vk4qh@wia.org.au


VK Shires 2014 Final results


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


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.







Selection Criteria for WRTC 2018

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.
Vlad VK2IM

VK4 Annual Get together

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 …


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.