The weekend of 16th & 17th of May 2015, We were operational on 144MHz (2m) from Locator Square “JO01KJ” under the call-sign “M0BAA/P“.
We arrived on site on the Friday the 15th and began to set up our station, weather conditions were reasonable on the Isle of Sheppey for the weekend as we worked hard into the evening on Friday. Saturday morning we got up early and finished off the rest of the station builds.
Conditions were more-or-less “flat” for the whole of the event with slight enhancement towards south-west France. Activity very low on Saturday after the first couple of hours – picked up slightly on Sunday. Seemed few UK stations were on and mults were hard to find!
We finished this contest with 467 QSO’s and 105 multipliers with an ODX from EA2KK @ 946Km, once again thanks to everyone who called us in this contest, looking forward to the next one.
Conditions in this year’s event were reported as ranging from “Good”, through “Poor” to “Dire”.
A number of stations mentioned the high winds which for some meant their mast was lower than usual. The problem was particularly acute for G4FZN and G8HQW operating G4G in the Yorkshire Dales, who reported :- “Dangerously windy so couldn’t set up on the summit – had to settle with south side where it was lower but more sheltered”
The number of active stations was slightly down on last year, but the number of entries was slightly up. The 6S Section continues to be popular with 37 entries this year compared to 28 in 2014 and 2013.
It looks like you have to be in JO01 to do well in the Open Section, headed again the year by the Blacksheep CG, G8T on the Isle of Sheppy, from the Colchester RA, G0VHF/P just up the coast on The Naze. Both stations had very similar scores to last year.
The top three stations in the SF section were more geographically disbursed, Roger, G3MEH won top spot from his QTH in Tring in Hertfordshire. In 2nd place is Tony G4NBS near Cambridge, who noted “30 Years since I last did this contest from Home”, welcome back Tony! Richard, G4HGI is in third place, with the highest score using 25W and a single yagi, from his location near St Helens in Merseyside.
For the 2nd year running Michael, M0ICKL/P and Andrew, GW4XZL/P (running only 3w) are 1st and 2nd in the SO section, both operating from IO83 square.
In the 6S section, Richard, GD8EXI once again managed to top the table, despite operating for only 4½hours, proving you can do well from the far west of the UK. Bob, G1ZJP, operating as M1MHZ was in second place, who did operate the full 6 hours, but still found time to mow the lawns, displaying excellent time management skills! I wonder how many lawns Bob has? Certificates and congratulations also go to Mike, M5MUF, the highest placed 25w/Single yagi entrant, Frank PE1EWR, the highest placed non-UK entrant and Chris, 2E0XJP, the highest placed intermediate licensee.
In the 6O section, G4G, operated by Chris, G4FZN and Pauline, G8HQW move back to 1st place this year from 2nd last year, despite having to set up in a less than optimal spot on their site. M3P, the Harwell ARS are in 2nd place this year, operated by another family team ,that of Mike, G8CUL, and Ann, G8NVI helped by Michael, G0MJW from their site near Didcot.
Pete Lindsay, G4CLA.