Radio Society of Great Britain. Official HF Contest Results
Results. RSGB Commonwealth Contest 2011
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Only 3.5 hours available so all S&P. Heard 3D2A and P29CW..but not mutual!
100W into 80m doublet at 50ft for all bands. Thanks for the Qs.
Antenna on all bands was a vertical.
Ic-756 100 w hustler 5btv multiband vertical
Poor conditions on northern paths notably between VE and the UK resulted
in shorter band openings and weaker signals as compared with last year.
It was good to see 10M open on N-S paths but even with the bonus points
the extra contacts couldn't compensate for the loss of QSOs with the UK.
Open 12 hrs
Great contest. As always! Lousy conditions....not always.
Looking forward to 2012 event. Thanks to all the fellows who
activated some of the rarer places for us!
A fine contest, however, conditions were
not the best!
Poor conditions but enjoyed the contest anyway.
Lots of fun, lots of good DX
Good to have 10M open again. Seemed to be a lack of U.K stations this year. Very few heard or worked on 40 & 80 and only two on 15. Lots of noise on the low bands which made it difficult to hear the weaker stations.
I appreciate the opportunity to have some fun in this FB event working
fellow Commonwealth amateurs.
FT1000D AL-82 amplifier SteppIR 4-element 2-ele 7MHz yagi 3.5MHz delta loop
SDC was a pleasure to use - Nice to see 10M open
80M almost unusable QRN and few stns
Condx were terrible in the auroral zone.
Was single-op but used packet. 800 Watts to a SteppIR BigIR. Poor
participation here as openning to G was limited. Conditions also poor.
K of 5 at this latitude pretty well shuts down a lot of paths.
Horrible condx due to fast solar wind. Made half of last year's score but didn't put in as much time. Goal this year was to make 100 QSOs and listen to the VE3s work Europe. Highlights included working ZLs on 40m and on 10m.
I had a lot of fun with the limited time I spent on this Contest. This
is the weekend Daylight Savings time started in Canada and Saturday
was one of the rare nice days this Spring so I was outdoors quite a
bit. 10 opened to VK and ZL so I had a lot of fun using my Venerable
old FT-757GX on 10.
I enjoyed the contest very
much and I learned some new things through my
participation. SD worked well for me.
My first BERU contest. See you all next year!
What a pleasure to hear life on 10 and 15 metres after such a long time. Let's hope this cycle is well and truly underway and for those of us past out 'best before' date turns out to be a good one. Only two other HQ stations worked - VA3RAC and GB5CC.
FT 1000 Mk5 TH7 Tribander 80m Loop.
10m very poor yet again - but great to Europe a few days earlier and later.
Enjoyed using my new TS-590 and SD as usual was
Operation from a large retirement village complex.
FT897 100 Watts antenna home-made magnetic loop dia 1.4m
Great to be able to participate despite age (83) health and location!
Always great to catch up with friends.Condx seem improved but local QRM and PC issues causd me to abandon things and just go 12 hrs.
Thanks for running the contest. Got some good contacts for my QRP signal.
FT817 + 40m Half Wave Inverted L
FT-2000D 7MHz Dipole + 13-30MHz LP
Enjoyable until radio failed missed last 4hrs of test
SD Logger worked very well
Member of VK Team. Great to be back again...
Too much QRM due to Indonesian SSB intruders
Too much QRN due to thunderstorms in the area
As usual an enjoyable contest but wasn't motivated to stay on all day and
night. Conditions were not good and at times things were very slow as it seemed there was no one to work. Many persistent callers from Italy and Russia - who didn't seem to get the idea that they we not going to be worked.
Did poorly on 80/40 due to my regular dipole having developed infinite SWR
sometime during a recent storm. It is permanently affixed to the top of the
tower so no way to do a repair without cranking down and luffing the tower
which is not a recommended practise in winds and -2C!. I jury rigged an
existing 1/4wave 40/30M sloper to work on 80 by addition of a trap and pigtail.
It worked but was very noisey......used my K9AY effectively to pull out a few
of the weaker callers.
Missed 2100Z - 0200Z while attending a Soc. Nfld Radio Amateurs Supper & Song fund raiser to help support it by bringing my group along to play some
Used the cluster throughout the period to mainly look for rare DX. Was pleased to work 9M6/VO1AU .....hope I'm in your log Dave.
LotW & eQSL
73 Frank VO1HP
Thanks again for a fun contest although conditions were very poor.Nice to work some good dx without a lot of competition.73 Wayne
Definitely not the year to go North :=) Still lots of fun and already looking forward to next year!
My first BERU outside the UK and what a BERU it was! Our superb rental
villa at Cooten Bay Tortola was much further down the North facing
hillside than expected and I had fears of being badly blocked to VK/ZL
and South Africa but I needn't have worried as everything heard here
was way up the scale from back home. The strength of many G stations
was unbelievable with dozens of S9 plus ones on 80 and 40 metres. I
expected to have to work hard using Search and Pounce as my antenna
was a simple fan dipole for 80 to 10m and the IC706Mk2G gave only 100
watts. Such a station back home would have struggled .... not so here in
the BVIs! The location a steep hillside overlooking the Atlantic
seaboard of the island more than made up for the lack of a beam and
linear amp. Two short CQs and the pile ups started! To hear dozens of
G3s plus non BERU callers all screaming for a VP2V contact was quite
an experience.. You'd think VP2V was rare:-) So where to next year?
My first Commonwealth contest! Really enjoyed it!
Bad time with non-BERU callers. Congratulations to
all the VE's that turned out.
SD logging worked fine as usual.
Just activated as a HQ station in the little time I found to operate. 73.
Another beru down the log. One of vu contest group; not a good scorer of team asia.
Ts-140-s; multi band inv vee with single feeder; 40w
Trx 100w half g5rv
member of the roc team
Thanks to all concerned in running the contest.
Only managed to get Flexradio to send CW two hours before contest
Flexradio 5000A 80m dipole
Conditions generally OK to North America with openings on 10 and 15 metres. Poor to the UK especially on the low bands.
Strange "blackout" on Sunday on 40 metres - no usual early opening from 0400 - 0630 UTC. Poor on 80 metres.
No real runs of G's on 20 or 40 metres. Never even heard GB5CC.
No entry in 2010 as away from home in Bangkok attending Asia-Pacific (APT) preparatory conference meeting for WRC-12 on NZL delegation and as a Director supporting IARU Region 3.
Rig Yaesu FT-2000 plus FL-7000 Amplifier 450 watts PEP output.
Antennas: All band centre fed Inverted Vee plus 3 element triband yagi 10-15-20 metres.
A bit of a fizzler! Contact totals and score well down on 2010.Both polar paths to the UK sucked the life out of most G signals,especially on 40m.
As expected ZL activity was very poor, only 4 of us were sort of serious, at least another 7 ZLs made an appearance of some sort. VK activity appeared to be well down on on 2010 as well by a big margin.
But what about those VEs. They were every where and lots of them. For
the first time in thirty years worked more VEs than Gs including
ICOM IC7400 100W; half-size G5RV
At about 1330hrs the amplifier gave up. I made 3 QSOs with 70W but that was
hard work so went to bed. In the morning I found part of a primary winding
open-circuit so it's now running on one 117V and one 110V primary!
FT101B + FL2000B (300W). 14MHz vertical up 20ft over metal roof.
Trap dipole up 30ft.
Icom 706MkIIG 100W into 31 feet tuned vertical
Very poor condx from my location
A vast amount of background information, statistics and photographs related to the Commonwealth Contest may be found at www.beru.org.uk
Check logs are gratefully acknowledged from G0OTT G3GMM G3VDB G3WVG G4FKA G4VFG G7TWC G8MIA GM3WIJ GM4ZUK H2E M0AXP MM0GPZ VA3DF VP9HW
Very enjoyable as previous years. Thanks to all ops.
MURPHY GOT THE BEAM SO HAD TO USE VERTICAL! OPERATED between storms. Heavy QRN! Rig FLEX-5000A Hygain DX-88 vertical ANC-4.
Disappointing condx after great week preceding All bands very noisy - just love the Equator!!. First time to cut a new antenna at 2 am by windup torch. Hard work - not much arund in middle of night. Disappointed in my score but good fun!
Amazed so many G's with so few QSO's made so many dupes
IC 746 Drake L4B 400W
3-ele tribander 7MHz sloping dipole 3.5MHz Inverted Vee
It was fun to enjoy BERU from the DX end. Sadly the disturbance made this more of a struggle. I discovered that being a long way from the most active Commonwealth countries can make this a much more challenging event. I hope to be on from an even rarer Commonwealth territory in 2012. If Japan was in the Commonwealth I could have won!
ICOM IC756 100W Hustler 6BTV vertical
Great conditions this year but a pity that ten metres was not well open to the north.
Loss of 80m antenna was a big handicap. The major solar storm spoiled cndx, not only propagation but bands were incredibly noisey. Disappointed to be well below last years score but - hey this is an annual party where we meet up with old friends around the world, what can be better than that.Beru rules - roll on 2012.
Limited time available this year. Condx seemed poor.
Super Duper SDC worked well post contest.
Hard work this year due to solar storms hitting the bands not so many VK and ZLs on the lower bands and 15m and 10m only starting to recover at the very end of the contest.
Real hard work with 10m a big disappointment after expectations of the week before. 40m failed to deliver during the night as the MUF dropped below 7MHz too. Some good moments though.
Amazing what you can work with antenna at 15 feet.
Entered 12 hour sectionm High Power. Propagation here was quite bad much qsb on all bands and a real struggle hence the low qso count. worked a total of aprox 11.5hrs took 1 -3/4hrs off watched FA cup Football on saturday afternoon the bands were dire. Station K3 acom 1000 400w steppIR beam wires for 40/80m. WinTest 4.7 Microham keyer mk2. Ken.G0ORH
A little frustrating this year - couldn't hear Caribbean on Saturday at all and only briefly on Sunday morning. Still always good fun to work some rarer entities. Thanks to all the hardy souls that go to far flung places to give us this privilege. Well done all. 73 Nigel
Conditions not so good this year.
Dank conditions - half last year's QSOs
Band conditions had gone off from a few days ago- but not bad - except for ten metres ! Missed a few Sunday morning ones - had to stop too early - a good contest though.
TS520S + 96ft end-fed wire up 20ft.
Tough - conditions moving nicely up all week, Friday down.
Rig - ic756 pro iii - 100 watts
antennas - 85' lw
Conditions and signal strengths seemed down compared to earlier in the week.....Typical hi even so we worked some decent dx looking forward to better conditions next year
The contest different to all others even under such bad conditions.
Conditions much worse than last year on all bands
Missed any opening there might have been to Caribbean on 15m which was otherwise managed to open at times in most directions - a surprise indeed.
Poor propagation but still worked some nice DX. Pity ten didn't open at all.
FT2000 + rhombic
There were flashes of good conditions but 10 and 15 did not live up to their promise of the previous week. I really struggled unless I'd been lucky enough to find somebody before the pack. Very few responses to CQs unless targetted. Nevertheless enjoyed as always!
Very hard going on QRP band conxs very poor for it. But enjoyable for the first QRP go at BERU Thanks to the good ears of everybody.
Condition on HF not that good this year
Always at the back of a queue with 100W & no beam
Good to hear some familiar callsigns.
Crazy conditions after such a great week.
Having been a traveller for past 4-years nice to be
Wanted to do 24hrs but body said no way - had to take
no less than 5-breaks each 2-3 hrs long.
Used DX Summit so multi-op entry but only single
operator and 100w to simple aerials!
Saturday - conditions poor and noisy.
Sunday - better!
Strange conditions one minute favouring horizontal and
then vertical.Poor conditions all round. Problems with SDC logging.
Terrible cold and hacking cough dramatically reduced effort this year :-(
Some DQRM from EU stations on 40 metres when operating above 7010 KHz
TS850SAT + 2 x 813 amplifier - 400W; 132' Inverted Vee doublet
Not a very good effort this year domestic duties took preference I'm afraid.
28MHz did not come up to expectations and 7MHz was just noise at this QTH.
Hope for a better go next year.
Limited operating time nice to hear 'the regulars'!
Pretty dire conditions. The gardening took priority visiting the shack for a rest .. Good fun and will put in a bigger effort next time!
Such hard work. Never heard QRN on 15M so high in UK EVER.
RIG - TenTec Orion + Ranger 811H Amp - 400W
ANTENNAS - Tribander + wires
Conditions so disappointing after previous weekend !!
First BERU. Sadly found beam stuck to the west so not much Asia.
Enjoyed the contest in spite of it being a bit slow at times also missing the French being beaten at Rugby.
I like this contest!
Some nice new ones but pity the sunspots did not live up to their promise!
Conditions were very poor
Good fun though
99% S&P didn't manage to get a run going every contact a bonus. Surprised to catch Peter VP2V/G3PHO on 20m when the band had been closed for an hour and then took 10 mins out to work N1NSB/CY0 pity they were not competing in BERU no sign of Mike VP8NO on any band. Nothing again on 10m shame about prop. as things were really looking up on Friday. Perhaps the earth's crust cracking and the axis shift caused too much magnetic disturbance. Signals weak and very QSB on 20 & 15m.
Poor condx at times especially Sat eve
Thanks to all the expeditions!
Decided too late to be 12 hrs so missed sunday!
At last some 10m dx!
Conditions seemed disappointing in view of the recently improved behaviour of the sun.
Signals way up then way down over a period of 10 seconds or so - had difficutly
copying incoming serials in many cases so I fear very high error rate (well that's
my excuse....). But enjoyable as always.
Casual play with the DX Cluster so Multi-Op for me.
Great fun working the DX.
FT1000 + TL922 running 400W
Dipoles for all bands at 45ft
Best contest of the year
Conditions terrible due to geomagnetic activity on Friday night. Doubly hard on QRP of course and very disappointed there was no VK/ZL opening on 40m on Sunday morning.
73 Dave G3YMC
40/20m half size g5rv up 18ft
15/10m fan dipole at 18 ft also 10m verticle
conditions way down on last year
no zl station heard on 80m which a first for years
but an enjoyable contest as usual
Conditions didn't seem as good as last year
All signals seemed down in strength
Hoping for better conditions next year!
SD fine. Winkey connector broke 10m before start!
80m noise floor up 6dB on previous years
Usual good fun.
No time to put up antennas this year just a token single band entry.
Another enjoyable BERU despite "challenging propagation". Do all VE's live in VE3 call area in March ?
Noisy bands and weak sigs with me but great satifaction in making the qso's under these conditions lost much time with visitors and family.New sd worked well most helpfull with the callsign check
Enjoyable as always
I had to stay at home this year so operated from Lincolnshire with an A3S at 60 feet and 40m and 80m dipoles at about 75 feet. There were very strange conditions on Saturday. It sounded like the participants were sending CW with their mouths full! It was disappointing that the higher bands were disrupted by an incoming solar flare – the ups and downs of better sunspot activity. There were some great signals from the Caribbean and Africa but also from the Far East and India. When the propagation was there the signals were excellent. Thanks to all those who travelled to or participated from home in those wonderful pink coloured countries – at least Commonwealth countries are mostly pink on my map of the world! I am not sure how much point there is in running from the UK but I probably missed a few contacts as I spent the majority of the time S&P.
Unable to do an entry this year so just worked a few on Saturday afternoon. Conditions not as good as last year although 28 popped into life a few times.
Slower than last year. 21+28MHz disappointing after increased sunspot activity of late. But BERU was never a high rate contest!
Aurora kind of spoilt things but if it was easy etc !
It's a shame we have to wait another year for the next one! Much improved score a result of a more serious effort and CW practice.
100W from TenTec Orion to single multi-band ground-mounted vertical using 40ft Spiderbeam pole.
Usual lack of time. A few QSOs grabbed here and here. Conditions seemed quite poor
K2/100 + PA 400W. 160m Dipole @ 18m
Terrible conditions pity after all the good conditions the previous week
Enjoyed the time spent condx fair.
Poor propogation and high qrn
My first entry in Beru.
FT857 - 5 WATT QRP. Ant: 66ft end-fed wire up 9m
In 30 years of activity I have never entered BERU for 'real' - after the last 24 hours I can understand why! Sincerest thanks to all those exotic calls that were active and those who travelled great distances - your efforts a truly appreciated.
Running QRP 5W from IC-7400 to a trap vertical. Very strange conditions with the SFI @ 123 and A-index @ 25
Could hear just VK ZL VP8 and VE stations but way down in strength.
Most just above the noise and unable to hear my 5W. Even listening to other G stations working the DX they were nearly all at noise floor levels compared to the usual S5 to S9+ I hear.
Poor conditions made this a very frustrating contest!
Tough conditions for most of the contest. Actually really awful conditions for most of the contest. The aurora was way up and that killed Western Canada on 40 and 80 and with it most of my competitive advantage due to local terrain and better LF antennas. The SP opening on 40 and 80 was the worst I have ever heard. However things did brighten up in the early hours with an excellent long path opening on 40/20/15 and a bit of SP action to VK on 15. Never even heard the VKs Justin worked from G0KPW on 15. That's why he wins the Rose Bowl and deservedly so - a great operator at a great station. With the exception of ZL6QH, ZL1AIH is the loudest ZL I have ever heard on 80 and unlike all the other ZLs was peaking to the NW rather than the expected SW. I expect to lose quite a few points as the severe distortion made copying serials difficult at times and I can spot a number of obvious busts in the log.
Dire conditions here. Nice to work a couple of new DXCC entities. Flex3000 and used CWget for assistance.
Assisted entry. Shame that the condx on the higher bands weren't up to last year, but still a great opportunity to work DX!
It was a strugle this year. Conditions were poor with weak signals.
Condx poor this year - 200 QSOs less than in 2010. Very unusual weather conditions meant 20m and 10m
antennas iced up and could not be used on Sunday morning which meant
some lost QSOs and mults. Thanks to everyone who worked GB5CC.
IC756 PRO III 240ft Doublet up 35ft
Poor band conditions but still some nice surprises
K3 and 35m circumference horizontal delta loop at 12m
Condx Poor but Nice to work some DX
Another excellent event, pity about conditions!
Sadly one of our ops (GM4WLN) couldn't make it as he was snowed in! We entered the Multi section as we wanted more than one of our club to get their first experience of BERU. We didn't really want to do 24hrs we ended up doing about 14 hrs. We found it a very different contest from the usual "RUN" type contests. We really needed a 12Hr MO High power/unassisted section - especially for us ! We didn't use the cluster at all as we all agreed that we find that point and shoot operating style pretty boring! We have to admit we found it hard work but were somewhat cheered afterwards to hear that others found the condx pretty dire compared to last year. So maybe we didn't do quite so badly after all. Thanks to all who worked us. Will we back next year?......Dunno the jury is still out.
Only a very limited time due to work but thanks to all
who managed to copy my QRP. It was hard going!!!
Operated for a few hours on Saturday only target
was 100 Qs for a token entry. Made that OK although conditions
Digging out weak signals from the high noise levels on practically dead bands was very hard work. I had intended to do the full 24 hours but by 22:15 I retired hors-de-combat due to an extreme headache. Incidentally I run a very traditional station: straight key and pen-and-paper logging ... not a computer in sight. Alinco DX77 <100W + Long Wire
Really looked forward to this one, then I get told my cw signal is "very bad". Couldn't find the reason for this so had to give up. Ho hum, there's always next year.
Rig K3 Antennas 10m CF vertical doublet for HF and 30m CF doublet for LF. See www.beru.org.uk for more info
Propagation to UK was very disappointing - it had been excellent on 10 & 15 all the week before - and recovered again within hours of the end of the Contest
Terriffic participation from Canada although numbers from VK & ZL seemed down.
Some good signals from ZL & VK on 10m and very nice to work P2 on several bands.
IC7000 100 Watts. 3-el tribander dipoles for 40 & 80 all at 30 feet. Also R8 Vertical.
Condx unfavourable this time.
Needed more power than expected to work some stations.
Nevertheless a few new areas in the list.
Limited hours of operation
Higher bands disappointing.
Well, a bit of a struggle but thanks to all those with excellent hearing who picked out my sigs. No thanks to the station who sent "No BERU today" (but sent no callsign) on 40m on Saturday... Good job nobody else took any notice
My first BERU very enjoyable will do better next time!
FT1000MP MK V FIELD with 200' DOUBLET
Nice to see the bands busy with lots of participants. But why do many ignore the OP requests for BERU ONLY and cause DX station pile ups?
My first real attempt at the Comonwealth Contest, though I was not able to do as long as I wanted to. Enjoyable for the times that i operated. Thanks and see you next year
Great way to get some nice DX in the log! Could only manage a few minutes but some very good fun. Thanks to all.
Solar condx promised much but delivered little round these parts! Ah well I got my VKs.
Poor conditions but still fun It seems that the cluster
generated pile ups is spoiling the peace of BERU
An enjoyable contest from a jungle Dxpedition location on the Fly River in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea.
Yaesu FT897D transceiver (100W) AT120 tuner and single element inverted-vee antennas for 20M and 40M with an inverted-L for 80M.
Conditions were extremely disappointing after hugely improved conditions the previous few days.
For the first time ever in BERU I failed to beat my previous best score.
Thanks to the organisers for their continued work in making this a fascinating contest.
I suffered a greater than usual amount of non-BERU callers this year possibly as a result of auto-spotting by RBN/skimmers?
Lost just over six hours due to three separate thunderstorms which forced me to unplug all antennas and equipment. S9 QRN made 80m operations very difficult. As usual though I enjoyed the contest.
Marginal conditions at times
QRP K2 5w verticals. Once again a lot of fun to work other ops in the Commonwealth. My sincere thanks to those pulling out my weak signal. Working a QRP station from VK and ZL on 40m must be difficult. And once again GM3POI was an 80m contact for me. Glad to work 5H and VP8 for the first time.
Vy tough condx. Gave it my best shot. Ant dipole
Equipment - ICOM IC-746 at 100 W Output. Antenna - multi-band dipole
Conditions were very poor on the west coast of Canada
Nevertheless it was very gratifying to work 5H3EE AND V51YJ
And as a Liverpudlian good to work those 'G's'
Very poor conditions here for the last half of the contest; otherwise I had been doing slightly better than last year. I eventually QRT when hopelessness became evident.
I like this contest a lot because of the antenna limits of the Restricted category which, having only single element radiators, means that BERU is one of the few instances where I can take antenna considerations off the table and obtain a more meaningful measure of the station's performance against my peers.
Conditions poor, but QRM very low. Nice contest. Thanks to contest committee.