JOCK WHITE MEMORIAL FIELD DAY CONTEST
Last full weekend of February
This annual contest has been named to honour Jock White ZL2GX, NZART Contest and
Awards Manager for over 40 years, for the service that he gave to NZART during that time.
This contest, like many others, results from Jock's initiatives. See Full rules
and the latest results.
Team: ZL1BRC, ZL1FS, ZL1WAL, ZL1AJR, ZL1LS, ZL2ATD and with help from ZL1JJN
Northern Region - 4th Place with Total Score = 154048
For reasons associated with Committee elections and two absences overseas the Branch was unable to plan in detail for JWFD 2010 until mid-February.
With few experienced phone contest operators and no CW operators available, available at such short notice, we decided to mount Phone operations only on 80 and 40 metres, which took us out of familiar Montgomery Cup (Northern Region) territory into all ZL competition, with the inevitable disadvantages of being near the northern corner of ZL operating areas, relatively distant from the centres of activity..
Team members were Selwyn ZL1BRC, Steve ZL1FS, Wallace ZL1WAL, Ray ZL1AJR, Peter ZL1LS, Ian Robinson ZL2ATD and with help from Japie ZL1JJN
80 METRES SUMMARY
TRANSCEIVER – Club’s Yaesu FT-1000MP at 100 watts
ANTENNA – Folded dipole, after diagnosis and repair of faults apparently carried over from 2009.
Fairly high levels of local man-made noise were experienced, in addition to ionospheric factors.
COMMENT: Better antenna needed for next year
TEAM consisting of ZL1FS, ZL1WAL, ZL1AJR, ZL1LS, ZL2ATD shared operating duties between them..
370 local and 11 VKs on Phone with 37 (out of 38 possible) Branch multipliers
Compare this result with 480 Phone, 257 CW and 3 DX in 2007 contest
And with 433 Phone, 206 CW and 5 DX in 2008 contest
And with 527 Phone , and 11 DX in 2009 contest
40 METRES SUMMARY
TRANSCEIVER – ZL1AJR’s IC-756 Pro 3 at 100 watts
ANTENNA – Horizontal full-wave loop at low height, fed with open wire line through a balanced tuner, seeking NVIS effects while reducing dominance of 40 metres DX stations late at night an in early morning. This antenna worked very well at all wanted distances, given band conditions, but is capable of modifications to enhance directivity and radiation angle. The usual poor propagation between 0600 and 0800 NZDT on Sunday occurred because the critical propagation frequency was obviously below 7 MHz.
TEAM ZL1BRC for 12 hourly sessions with occasional relief operators ZL1FS, ZL1AJR and ZL1LS
309 local and 26 VKs on Phone only with 27 (out of 27 possible) Branch multipliers
Compare this result with 391 Phone, 165 CW and 29 DX in 2007 contest
And with 201 Phone, 88 CW and 18 DX in 2008 contest
And with 164 Phone, 61 CW and 53 DX in 2009 contest
We tried at short notice, but can do better next time. Thanks to all who took part.- ZL1BRC