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25-26th Oct 2014, Cambridge University Wireless Society shack

Here are the soapbox comments, (by Dominic M0BLF).

Call: M4A
Operators: 2E0IZW 5B4AIP G3ZAY G4AXX G4EAG G4KNO M0BLF M0GXM M0HSW M0NCG M0TOC M0VFC M0WUT M1ACB M1BXF
Station: G6UW

Class: MS HP
QTH: Cambridge, UK
Operating Time (hrs): 48

Summary:
 Band   QSOs  Zones  Countries Dup  Points   Avg
------------------------------------------------
  160     48    7       35       0      55  1.15
   80    686    15      71       9     970  1.41
   40    342    21      86       1     603  1.76
   20    579    31     112       5    1257  2.17
   15   1464    37     120      11    3501  2.39
   10    375    37     139       0     682  1.82
------------------------------------------------
Claimed 3494   148     563    Score = 5,025,348
Awarded 3444   147     554    Score = 4,763,996

Less setting-up time and less equipment available to us this year, hence switching to 
M/S instead of our normal M/2 entry. We missed having a 40m 4-square especially. 
The dipole wasn't as good at all. We had fun, though.

I'm really pleased we managed to top 5 million points. The last benchmark we have to 
compare to was our last entry in M/S, which was in 2009. That year we claimed 4.5 million
points. There were fewer sunspots back then, but we had the 4-square and also 20m 
monobander on the Plextek trailer mast at 80ft, so I was kind-of aiming for around 
4.5M again this year.
 
As last year, I've submitted the log without any edits post-contest, other than two 
QSOs that were flagged to me during the contest as needing deletion. There's only 
one QSO in there which doesn't comply with the 10-minute band-change rule, so we'll 
certainly lose points for that one but otherwise the log looks fairly sane after a 
cursory inspection.
 
We were obviously lucky that 15m was so wide open, and choosing the 15m monobander 
for the trailer tower seems to have been the right choice. We obviously struggled on 
the lower bands, and I know a number of you commented that we really missed the 40m 
4-square this year. The low number of QSOs on 40m seems to bear that out. 
Please put Saturday 24th October 2015 in your diaries now so you can help us put up 
the 4-square ahead of next year's contest on 30-31st October 2015!
 
No UK stations have published claimed scores for M/S yet this year, but the 
Northern European stations that have are typically claiming around 9 to 
12M points, so it's doubtful that we'll get a certificate this year.
 
I hope you had fun nonetheless.
73 and thank you
 
Dom M0BLF.


The MS scores for England

Here's the certificate from CQ magazine, 1st in England.



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