January 15, 2011

New RSGB CC 80m Contest season

Hello Folks

The first RSGB CC 80m SSB contest took place on Wednesday 12th January. Ian and Kev teamed up at Ian's QTH under Ian's Callsign G0VGS and it was great to see Martin M0ZIF and Damien enter their stations as part of the Sands Group contest station.

Martin recently moved QTH and had little room to put a HF antenna out so it was something of an experiment when he erected a Windom from plans in the latest Sprat.

Damien G0LLG is also limited for space and experimenting with various antenna's including verticals.

I ran the group callsign M0SCG from my QTH via a trap dipole.

As expected band conditions were not at their best, contacts were possible but had to be worked for and this was reflected in the RSGB Robot log. My only gripe relates to a station calling QRZ without putting his callsign out often enough for passing stations to check if the station had been worked.... Its something that just takes a few seconds extra to do. I know he had done nothing wrong but I would rather not wait the 15 minutes for an ID.

Brian G0RDH

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