Contest : CQ World Wide DX Contest Callsign : M4A Mode : PHONE Category : Multi Operator - Single Transmitter (MS) Band(s) : All bands (AB) Class : High Power (HP) Zone/State : 14 Operating time : 47h59 BAND QSO CQ DXC DUP POINTS AVG -------------------------------------- 160 90 6 48 2 98 1.09 80 679 19 86 10 1165 1.72 40 597 30 110 10 1256 2.10 20 1398 37 133 21 3269 2.34 15 352 32 109 3 888 2.52 10 19 5 19 0 22 1.16 -------------------------------------- TOTAL 3135 129 505 46 6698 2.14 ====================================== TOTAL SCORE : 4 246 532 Dupes are not included in QSO counts Operators : DL5RB, G3ZAY, G4AXX, G4EAG, G7VJR, M0BBB, M0BLF, M0DEG, M0FFX, M0HSW, M0MLG, M0RLM, M0SCH Soapbox : A very successful contest for a large team of operators of various experience levels from the Cambridge University Wireless Society. For once this year, we had no major problems and even the weather was kinder than in previous years. A pity that 15m wasn't anywhere near as good as last year. Thanks for all the QSOs. Run station: FT-1000MP, DVK, Quadra linear, Dunestar band-pass filter Mult station: FT-1000MP, Tokyo Hi-Power linear, Dunestar band-pass filter Antennas: For 160m: Dipole; For 80m: 3x slopers; For 40m: 4-square array; For 20m: 4 element monoband yagi at 80ft and TH3 triband yagi at 40ft; For 15 & 10m: Stepp-IR 3 element yagi at 50ft and TH3 triband yagi at 40ft Computers: Win-Test for logging, networked via cross-over cable with packet cluster link on 4m. The Cambridge University Wireless Society's annual entry in the CQ WW DX SSB contest using the special contest callsign M4A has two principle aims. Not only do we aim to maximise our score, but we also aim to encourage newly- licensed and inexperienced students by introducing them to contesting at a fairly well-equipped station alongside more experienced contesters. This is the reason that we always have very large numbers of operators and this year was no exception with thirteen people on the rota, of which seven are current students. We are especially grateful this year to Mark G4AXX for providing use of Plextek's 85ft trailer mast, to Andy G4KNO for the loan of the Granta Contest Group's 80m slopers and to Martin G3ZAY for supplying a 4 element 20m monobander to mount on the tower.Our increased score this year (up from 2.7M claimed, 2.3M checked, in 2007) is probably mainly due to this extra equipment and indeed our 20m QSO total is up over 50% on last year. On the downside, it was disappointing not to have good runs on 15m this year because of propagation and we made less than half of last year's QSO total on that band. Our more experienced operators were, however, able to take advantage of the prevailing conditions, with one 7 QSOs/minute minute and ten 6 QSOs/minute minutes. These were rates never achieved in recent years at M4A. After losing many points last year due to the M/S band-change rule not being understood by all of our operators, I am very pleased to note that we have a clean log in this regard this year. We were also fortunate that (in the South-East of England at least!) the weather for the contest was much better than in recent years and the winds gusted less strongly than initially forecast. This allowed us to have the towers slightly higher than usual. Our commiserations to those in the North of England who were affected by storms. The only problem encountered can, as usual, be put down to the fact that the station is rather hastily assembled on Friday evening. Such is the nature of a student club! We did not have a gender-changer for the serial CAT control lead (whose idea was it to use a male on the back of the FT-1000MP?!) and so rig control on the mult station was done through more leads than would otherwise have been necessary. This, of course, proved susceptible to RF, meaning that the mult occasionally lost rig-control. Hopefully, we will remember that we need to check the cables next year! The quick installation of the station also meant that ergonomics could certainly have been improved. As it was, the mult operator had to lean past the run operator to change antennas and the run operator had to reach across the mult operator to change direction on the 80m slopers, which was less than ideal. We also found ourselves lacking a PTT footswitch on the mult station, and so the 'dah' side of a CW paddle was wired in for the purpose. Another thing to consider in the future. Finally, thanks to everyone for the QSOs. See you next year!Click on a thumbnail below to see the picture.
We came 1st in England, and 20th in Europe. Here's the certificate from CQ magazine. We lost 8.24% of our initial claimed score after checking.
Dominic M0BLF setting up
Phil M0DEG laying out the guy ropes
There was a new storage unit, more to guy to, hi hi!
Phil & Dom fitting the elements to the 4-ele 20m monobander
Before raising the tower
Winding up the tower
Simon G4EAG winding the winch
Checking the SWR, spot on!
A helicopter flies overhead
The 4-element 20m monobander and 80m slopers
The SteppIR with the 30m & 40m dipoles.
The two towers
Taking N-types off the 80m dipoles and replacing with PL259s
Hugo M0HSW & Michael G7VJR
Hugo M0HSW on mult, Dom M0BLF on run
The 40m 4-square
Dom taking it down on Monday morning after the contest
The tower shortly before lowering it
One set of guys was tied off to a barn
The ropes were tied to a cross brace
The tower lowered
Phil M0DEG dismantling the 20m beam
Christian M0SCH removing the guys
Phil M0DEG taking the 20m boom off the tower
Preparing to leave
Back in the Plextek car park