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IOTA Contest   2016   Jul 30   Claimed Score

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Call: GM5TO
Station: G5TO

Class: M/S HP
QTH: Isle of Arran EU-123
Operating Time (hrs): 23
Location: Island

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCW QsCW MultsPh QsPh Mults
Total:2814886899Total Score1,259,055



Comments:     [email]     2016-08-02 17:03:42
A joint expedition of members from the Sheffield & District Wireless Society, the Worksop Amateur Radio Society and the 93 Contest group, this was our second attempt at IOTA from this location and saw an improved contacts score but a reduced multiplier total. This was perhaps due to the poor conditions and/or the lack of cluster assistance or perhaps we spent too much time running a frequency! Well over 94% of our contacts were with Eu stations but we managed at least one Q with every continent except Antarctica. The best band was 20m but we were pleasantly surprised to make QSOs on 10m this year! We had eight operators, myself with a lot of HF contest experience while all the others were well-seasoned VHF contesters ... not used to the QRM and pile ups :-) Most of the operating was on SSB with CW being left to the only CW op in the team (me again!) who chose to do the long, overnight "red eye" shift from 0000 to 0500utc on the key. However this paid off with hundreds of Qs and valuable multipliers in the log that we would not otherwise have had. We were blessed with excellent WX for the 4 day expedition. An added pleasure was a visit from Ed, G3SQX, who was running his own EU-123 IOTA contest station, GM7O, just north of Brodick, some 14 miles north of us (we were located at Seal Shore campsite at Kildonan on the southern coast of Arran). Ed came down to see us erecting the Spiderpole verticlas and then joined us at the Lamlash Bay Hotel on Sunday evening for our customary celebration dinner. Great to see you Ed! The trip would not have been the success it was without the invaluable on site support from our four good ladies, Judy, Jane, Pat and Sue (M6XAK) who kept us fed and watered for the four day period we were on Arran. We are lucky to have such supportive wives or partners. We all enjoyed it so much that we have already booked the campsite for next year's contest! Antennas: 40m quarter wave groundplane with 2 elevated radials, 20/15/10m vertical closed spaced (3") fan dipole, inverted V fan dipole for 80 to 10m. The verticals were located within a few feet of high tide mark at the excellent Seal Shore campsite on the southern tip of Arran. Radio Equipment: FT5000MP. 200w output. We were impressed with how the verticals performed.