SRCC League Table

SRCC LEAGUE TABLE – AUGUST 2019

The number of entrants for August was up by one to seven, including one which was a null entry! The results are as follows:

 

ENTRANT

HEARD DXCC / SQUARE

HEARD IN CONTEST

HEARD

– SRCC MEMBER

WORKED DXCC / SQUARE

WORKED IN CONTEST

WORKED – SRCC MEMBER

POINTS

THIS MONTH

G4LZE

12

 

 

112

 

 

236

G4WGE

 

 

 

67

 

 

134

G4FYF

 

 

 

28

 

1

58

G3WRR

35

 

1

 

 

 

36

G3EUE

6

 

 

5

2

 

18

M0LEP

 

 

 

6

 

 

12

G3ZPB

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

The leading three stations this month are the same as in July, viz. first place Colin G4LZE, second place Alun G4WGE and third place Steve G4FYF. In fourth place is Quin G3WRR (following null entries in June & July) followed by Ted G3EUE, followed by a welcome re-entry from Rick M0LEP  (whose previous 2 months’ entries were not posted, having apparently fallen into a black hole). Bringing up the rear is Peter G3ZPB, whose other activities have had to take priority, necessitating a null placeholder entry.

Colin’s score was as usual a mixture of HF and VHF, and all on FT8. His HF contacts were pretty evenly balanced between 40m and 20m apart from four on 10m. As a result of the continuing poor conditions, 75% of his QSOs were with Europe with a sprinkling from Asia, North America, South America and Africa. His 6m log shows distances that one would associate with sporadic E (2828km to EA8 (Canaries) and 2034km to OH (Finland) being the best) but traditional wisdom is that August is rather late for the sporadic E season. So maybe some of these contacts were on extended tropo – or alternatively it was the ability of FT8 to get on with it without human intervention demonstrating the phenomenon that there are stations to work if somebody goes ahead and transmits!

Alun’s scoring contacts were all on HF, using a mixture of FT8 & FT4. “FT what?” I hear you asking (as I did). Well, it’s an experimental data mode based on FT8, but 2.5 times as fast (making it similar in speed to RTTY) and optimised for contesting. For more information, see http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_Protocol.pdf . 46% of Alun’s contacts were on 20m, a further 37% spread fairly evenly between 30m, 17m and 12m with the rest (a handful) on 80m, 60m & 40m. Again, the majority (73%) were with European stations followed in decreasing numbers by North America, Asia, Africa and South America. Best DX were VP8 (Falklands – or Las Malvinas if you’re Argentinian) on 20m and JA (Japan) on 30m.    

Steve’s contacts were also all HF, once again mostly (81%) European but also 3 Asians and one African.

Quin actually had no contacts because his auto ATU had a problem (now fixed), but did a bit of listening on his repaired Ten-Tec Orion. All bar one of the stations heard were on CW and perhaps surprisingly 46% were on the bands above 20m. However all were European except for a handful in Asia, North America and South America.

Ted’s time for radio was limited by visitors from Tasmania but he managed a number of contacts and stations heard. These were all within Europe except for one Asiatic Russian and took place on 30m, 20m, 15m & 10m. He promises to try harder next month!

Having had overseas visitors for most of the month, Rick’s operating time was limited to a bit of SOTA chasing, but he managed a number of European contacts on HF and a couple of squares on VHF FM.

The cumulative score table is shown below. There is no change in overall positions since last month, with Colin G4LZE retaining his place at the top.

No sign of cycle 25 giving us any sunspots yet. Rather depressingly the solar flux number (which is closely correlated with the sunspot number and much easier to measure – especially when it’s cloudy…) has been “bumping along the bottom” for a long while now at a value of 68, which is almost the lowest value achievable…every day I look at the website (http://www.solarham.net/ – always an interesting read) in the hope of a recovery but no signs yet. Let’s hope we’re not heading for another Maunder Minimum!

 

ENTRANT

JAN

19

FEB

19

MAR

19

APR

19

MAY

19

JUN

19

JUL

19

AUG 19

SEP

19

OCT

19

NOV

19

DEC

19

TOTAL

G4LZE

109

134

158

176

243

335

300

236

 

 

 

 

1691

G4WGE

115

144

126

152

212

 

115

134

 

 

 

 

998

G3EUE

111

106

139

99

153

80

63

18

 

 

 

 

769

G4FYF

34

31

66

67

53

48

80

58

 

 

 

 

437

G3WRR

2

27

62

29

138

0

0

36

 

 

 

 

294

G3ZPB

32

46

4

21

4

24

0

0

 

 

 

 

131

M0LEP

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

 

46

G7RUX

42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42

 

73, Quin G3WRR