SRCC League Table

SRCC LEAGUE TABLE – DECEMBER 2019 & WHOLE YEAR RESULTS

 

The number of entrants for December was again seven (all the usual suspects). The results for the month 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

G4WGE 72 144
G3EUE 17 3 37 16 110
G4LZE 12 37 1 88
G3ZPB 5 5 7 29
G3WRR 9 9 1 29
G4FYF 11 3 28
M0LEP 5 2 14

 

Most entrants’ scores for December were down on November. There was no change of position at the top of the table, with Alun G4WGE, Ted G3EUE and Colin G4LZE retaining their first, second and third places respectively. At the other end Peter G3ZPB moved up from seventh place to fourth, displacing Quin G3WRR from fourth to fifth and Rick M0LEP from fifth to seventh, with Steve G4FYF retaining his sixth position.

In a significant change of behaviour, all Alun’s December contacts were made using FT4 or FT8 and included no contest activity. 43% were on 80m, followed by 17m, 40m, 30m, 20m 160m & 60m, with none on 15m or 10m. Almost two thirds were with European stations, followed by Asia, North America, Africa and South America but nothing from Oceania of Antarctica.

Ted’s contacts were as usual all on CW and made between 40m & 10m, the majority in Europe but with a handful of African, Asians and South Americans. But, as often noted, the list of heard stations contained a higher proportion of “interesting stuff” !

Once again, all but one of Colin’s contacts were on FT4/8. A large proportion (75%) were on 40m, followed by four each on 80m and 20m plus a singleton – his regular JS8 sked with Peter G3ZPB – on 10m. The great majority were European with a (small) handful of African and North American stations. But as with Ted, some useful “gotaways” were heard – mainly in Asia but including one (YB – Indonesia) in Oceania.

Peter, true to his word, put in a larger entry than he had done in November. It was wholly on VHF, with a number of “big squares” supplemented by QSOs with several SRCC members – from the callsigns involved probably made on one or more of the SRCC nets.

Quin’s entry was, uncharacteristically, based entirely on VHF SSB, and with one exception, all in contests – 2m AFS, a 70cm UKAC session and the 6m Christmas Cumulatives on 26/27/28/29 December. The first two of these were made using the Club’s new IC9700 which performed very well.

Steve’s contacts were all European and made on the HF bands, including three SRCC members.

Rick’s contacts were as usual focussed on SOTA stations – in this case in five European countries. He also worked two SRCC members.

The whole year scores are tabulated below. Although it might be exciting to be able to report a last minute “dash from behind” to take the prize, in fact the positions of the leading stations have not changed for at least seven months. So congratulations to the leaders for consistent effort over the year, with particular congratulations to Colin G4LZE who wins the SRCC Club Cup for the second year running. And thanks too to all those who put in entries to make participation a worthwhile challenge!

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 109 134 158 176 243 335 300 236 140 90 152 88 2161
G4WGE 115 144 126 152 212 115 134 114 59 200 144 1519
G3EUE 111 106 139 99 153 80 63 18 123 123 152 110 1277
G4FYF 34 31 66 67 53 48 80 58 50 10 8 28 533
G3WRR 2 27 62 29 138 0 0 36 51 31 123 29 528
G3ZPB 32 46 4 21 4 24 0 0 0 10 4 29 174
M0LEP 34 12 20 10 16 14 106
G7RUX 42 42

 

A few changes to the rules have been made for the 2020 season, the major one being the separation of the League Table into two separate sections for “Heard” and “Contacted”. The aim of introducing points for heard stations in 2019 was to allow non-licensed members to participate. A further decision to allow licensed members to claim points for stations heard as well as for those worked did not sit comfortably with all entrants, so the two activities have been split this year. The “Heard” section is not restricted to non-licensed members: licensed members may also enter it, and this may appeal to those not able to erect effective transmitting aerials. However, once an entrant has opted for a section this may not be changed change during the course of a year. The only exception is for ”Heard” section entrants who gain a licence during the year and are permitted to transfer to the “Contacted” section, carrying their “Heard” points forward.

Copies of the new rules have been sent to all regular entrants, and although at the time of writing these have not appeared on the Club website, they are expected to have done so by the time you read this!

I don’t propose to put my head on the block by making any predictions about conditions for next year as most of my predictions in the last year have been seriously adrift! I will merely conclude by saying “it’s only a hobby” (as Geoff G4FKA makes a point of saying to me at least once every time we meet at the RSGB Jolly Junket in October) and that whatever the propagation – be it HF or VHF – throws at us, will be interesting, as will our efforts to make sense of it all. To those who have participated in the League, thank you for doing so:  and to those who haven’t – why not come on in 2020 and give it a try?

 

73, Quin G3WRR (SRCC Leaguemeister)