□ When the contest was and where I operated from
The aim of the RSGB Affiliated Societies contest is for members of local radio clubs across the UK to compete with members of other clubs. Although there is a Cambridge University club entry this year, the rules say that all operators must be within a 50 mile radius of the club, which unfortunately I am not. So, I'll be submitting a checklog this year unless I make enough contacts to warrant an entry on behalf of Dartmoor Radio Club.
I operated as M0BLF in the RSGB AFS SSB Contest on 16 - 16 January 2010, from my home QTH in Yelverton, Devon, England (IO70wl) (Co-ordinates: 50.49697°N, -4.09073°W).
□ The Rigs and Antennas used in the entry
Icom IC-706Mk2G, 100W, very long wire at about 3m AGL with ATU. (No, I'm didn't expect a big score!) Logging software: Win-Test
□ The summary of points I made during the contest (subject to adjudication)
Contest : RSGB Affiliated Societies Team Contest Callsign : M0BLF Mode : PHONE Category : Single Operator (SO) Overlay : --- Band(s) : Single band (SB) 80 m Class : Low Power (LP) Zone/State/... : Locator : IO70WL Operating time : 2h30 BAND QSO DUP POINTS AVG ------------------------------ 80 35 0 350 10.00 ------------------------------ TOTAL 35 0 350 10.00 ============================== TOTAL SCORE : 350 Dupes are not included in QSO counts neither avg calculations Operators : M0BLF Soapbox : Powered by Win-Test 4.2.0 http://www.win-test.com
□ My comments about the contest
Having not participated in AFS since 2004, my first comment must be how much easier it is now that club names aren't part of the exchange. It was one of the things that slowed me down the most in my previous attempts and I have viewed the contest as frustrating ever since. It's so much more pleasant now and the 4 hour duration makes taking a few hours off to participate does not require much commitment. I just wish my local club would enter!
Given my lack of decent antenna at this QTH, I was never going to make a fantastic score this contest, and was quite content to mainly give out points. Apologies and thanks for persevering to those whom I annoyed with my weak signal; I know how frustrating it can get.
The only major issue that I encountered was the failure of my rig-control when I came to set-up Win-Test. Something to look at before a more major contest entry but otherwise everything seemed to work OK.
□ How to get a QSL-Card for a Contest QSO
QSL is OK direct or via the bureau to M0BLF. About my QSL Card
□ My last entry in this contest
I last took part in AFS in 2004, when I operated from G3PJT on behalf of Cambridge University Wireless Society.
2010-01-16: Page launched
2010-01-16: Live-Log removed and replaced with log-search at end of contest. Other text moved to the past tense. Added score table and write-up.