Category Archives: Competition Results

Easter Bunny – 2013

Competing Stations
Position Unit Name Scored
1 Bridlington School CCF 5505
2 Hants & IOW ACF, C Coy 4865
3 Churchers College CCF 4540
4 1213 Sqn (Andover) ATC 4305
5 Maidstone Grammar School CCF 4215
6 Net Monitor – CW 1805
7 Clwyd & Gwynedd ACF 1435
8 Hants & IOW ACF, B Coy 1050
9 Essex ACF, C Coy 805
10 Humberside ACF 780
11 Airdrie & Coatbridge SCC 410
12 1132 (Statham) Sqn ATC 240
13 name score

Comments from the Organiser

With the last log arriving after the start of the summer term and one e-mailed log only opening on the 3rd computer I tried (and this with no printer) I’m afraid results have been delayed more than I wanted. Crosschecking the logs takes time and its much easier if stations total their claims for each station contacted. The winning station had to be marked down around 500 points – is this because other stations are not as meticulous with their log keeping?

Well done to all the stations which took part. Some could only operate for an hour or two on one day only but the operators gained valuable experience and hopefully will want to be there for the whole time in future competitions. It was also good to welcome some new stations to the competition and hopefully this will be the first of many competitions.

The scoring is designed to encourage stations to operate on as many of the frequencies as possible hence the contacts between some stations was worth 800 points. Worth thinking about when planning your entry for next year.

A number of stations were unable to operate, I hope that will not put you off entering next year, I would much prefer entries from stations which discover they cannot operate than for you to miss out on the opportunity of participating because you never entered.

Competition Organiser – Lt Col J Clarke

Christmas Cracker – 2012

Competing Stations
Position Unit Name Phase Scored
1 2 3 4
1 Hants & IOW ACF, C Coy 25 20 57 45 147
2 Bridlington School CCF 38 12 54 34 138
3 Essex ACF, C Coy 17 10 27 17 71
4 Maidstone Grammar School CCF 19 6 21 24 70
5 Hants & IOW ACF, B Coy “B” 15 18 21 13 67
6 Warwick School CCF 3 8 27 27 65
=7 Hants & IOW ACF, B Coy “A” 13 18 21 6 58
=7 1213 (Andover) Sqn ATC 16 2 9 31 58
9 Sutton Valence School CCF 1 0 39 14 54
10 Humberside ACF 21 0 15 17 53
11 Net Monitor – CW 8 0 21 11 40
12 Essex ACF, D Coy 14 6 6 9 35
13 Churchers College CCF 13 0 6 10 29
14 Norfolk ACF 11 0 0 8 19
15 Essex ACF, B Coy 8 6 3 0 17
16 Net Assistant – Basingstoke 4 4 0 0 8
=17 Sir Roger Manwood’s School CCF 4 2 0 0 6
=17 Dollar Academy CCF 1 2 0 3 6
Active & No Log
Beds & Herts ACF, 1 Coy
Merseyside ACF

Comments from the Organiser

This years competition appears to be grouped into distinct areas across the results table. It is always interesting to see how one extra contact would affect each of the positions. I have always found this to be a great motivator for the following year as the accuracy of every contact counts!

The deadline for the results was extended from last year as well as only accepting electronic logs. Although the plan was to have a computer check all the logs, this didn’t materialise so each log was checked by hand as previously. Having all the logs typed meant I no longer had to decipher poor handwriting and meant messages were either right or wrong as the deciphering had been done by yourselves. I could tell where some stations may have had poorly handwriting as logs often had a ‘V’ in one station log and a ‘U’ in the other. Similar things happened with ‘Z’ and ‘2’ as well as ‘O’ and ‘D’! Please double check your logs when they are being written and please write them clearly as someone will have to decipher your scribblings. Timing throughout the competition was generally okay and I believe only 5 or so exchanges were disallowed as they fell out of the 5 minute grace period allowed between logs!

Conditions appeared to be good throughout the competition and many stations made more exchanges on the Sunday morning than they had on the Saturday afternoon and early evening. It was good to see a few stations managing to exchange on almost all the frequencies throughout the 24 hours.

Hopefully everyone learnt something from taking part in the competition and I hope next years competition will have a few more stations fighting for the top spot. As always, it is good to have ACF, CCF and ATC stations competing on a regular basis.

Congratulations to the winners, claiming the top spot for two years in a row now. Many Thanks to the station who read out the results at 1200 on Christmas Day. I was away with family and it is unlikely I will be able to read the results out in successive years. Should any station require a Certificate of entry, they can be sent out on request.

Competition Organiser – Flt Lt A May

Summer Whine – 2012

Competing Stations
Position Unit Name 1400-2359 0001-0659 0700-1400 Score
1 Bridlington School CCF 63 170 102 335
2 Essex ACF 50 115 80 245
3 Hampshire & IOW ACF 53 90 98 241
4 Sutton Valence School CCF 43 115 72 230
5 1213 Sqn ATC 38 80 64 182
6 Merseyside ACF 39 80 62 148
7 Reading School CCF 50 40 90 180
8 Sir Roger Manwood’s School CCF 36 50 62 148
9 Humberside ACF 21 78 42 141
10 Dyfed & Glamorgan ACF 22 55 40 117
11 Churchers College CCF 17 40 36 93
12 RAF Halton ATC 27 40 10 77
13 Dollar Academy CCF 10 25 30 65
Devon ACF Unplaced: Closed down for safety

Comments from the Organiser

Moving this exercise to the last weekend of June certainly proved more popular with entrants this year and the poor radio conditions didn’t dampen your enthusiasm. Bridlington School CCF were the clear winners by some 90 points, with only 15 points between 2nd (Essex ACF), 3rd (Hampshire & IOW ACF) and 4th (Sutton Valence School CCF). 1213 Sqn ATC, Merseyside ACF and Reading School CCF (in 5th, 6th and 7th respectively), were separated by just one point – and log sheets were cross checked and very closely scrutinised. Sir Roger Manwood’s School CCF put in their usual appearance and it was good to see Humberside ACF taking part again after an absence of several years.

Our ‘Western extremities’ were represented by Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF and what a pleasure it was to hear that lone voice from Dollar Academy CCF finally get off the starting blocks. (Early in the exercise, when the skip distance was relatively short, his signals reached Northern England only.) One ATC station submitted their log sheet from RAF Halton and Devon ACF took the very sensible decision to close down in view of extremely heavy lightning strikes.

The standard of log keeping showed a marked improvement and I commend, particularly, Hampshire & IOW ACF on their excellent presentation.

My thanks to Col(retd) Townend and Mr Wresdell for their most helpful and very detailed check logs.

Some of Your Comments

Essex ACF – This year’s competition was run by the County Signals Wing and supported by 10 cadets (4 girls & 6 boys). The team’s skill base ranged from Flaggies through to VHF and HF advanced signallers; we also had 3 of our “Rolling Thunders” on the team.

Cadets used our newly allocated County callsign for the first time and set up on Friday Woods PTA at Colchester. We operated out of a 10 x 10 tent and rigged a 4-antenna array. We had no generator for the night phase, so we were in “Cylume Order” during the graveyard watch. The weather was fine during the day, but at from 2200hrs to 0600hrs Sunday rain hammered down. The rain was followed by very strong winds – and at times we were hanging on to the tent for all we were worth, otherwise it would probably have ended up in Belgium! Conditions were good right up until 10.00hrs on Sunday and then things seemed to get difficult. The team totally enjoyed the competition and cannot wait for the next one.

Bridlington CCF – Bridlington CCF deployed to their field location at Bracey Bridge Farm, East Yorkshire for the exercise duration. The weather held off most of the time and never dampened the cadets’ willingness to participate fully in the competition. The whole weekend was a training success.

Devon ACF – At the weekend we were using a PRC320 and dipole set up. The young cadets with little experience in signalling, gained a great understanding of HF radioo experience in this exercise. Rain, wind and more rain. We had to close the net from 2359hrs to 0800hrs Sunday due to lightning. I praise the cadets and adults for their hard work and attitude over the weekend.

Competition organiser – Maj(Retd) T Sugdon

Easter Bunny – 2012

Competing Stations
Position Unit Name Points
1 Essex ACF, C Coy 4885
2 Hampshire & IOW ACF, C Coy 4745
3 Sutton Valence School CCF 4240
4 Bridlington School CCF 4005
5 Essex ACF, D Coy 3485
6 Maidstone Grammar School CCF 2785
7 Humberside ACF 2755
8 Hampshire & IOW ACF, B Coy 2365
9 Merseyside ACF 2110
10 2425 (Nottingham) Sqn ATC 1840
11 1132 (Stalham) Sqn ATC 1745
12 Dollar Academy CCF 1390

Competition Organiser – Lt Col J Clarke

Christmas Cracker – 2011

Competing Stations
Position Unit Name Phase Scored Claimed
1 2 3 4
1 Hants & IOW ACF, C Coy 29 30 66 35 160 255
2 Bridlington School CCF 33 24 57 35 149 253
3 Hants & IOW ACF, B Coy 27 16 42 32 117 215
4 Maidstone Grammar School CCF 28 2 60 25 115 209
5 1213 Sqn (Andover) ATC 28 14 30 42 114 168
6 Warwick School CCF 16 20 36 33 105 167
7 1003 Sqn (Leighton Buzzard) Sqn ATC 26 14 38 20 98 220
8 Sir Roger Manwood’s School CCF 8 8 45 19 80 184
9 Essex ACF, B Coy 11 10 33 22 76 138
10 Essex ACF, C Coy 22 4 15 29 70 105
11 Merchant Taylors’ School CCF 13 2 27 26 68 146
12 Royal Russel CCF 29 2 30 5 66 152
13 1474 (Wickford) Sqn ATC 9 2 36 6 53 81
14 Dollar Academy CCF 14 4 30 3 51 93
15 Essex ACF, C Coy 11 2 6 21 40 110
16 2484 (Bassigbourn) Sqn ATC 14 14 28 45
17 Humberside ACF 2 7 9 28
Adult Operators
Position Unit Name Phase Scored Claimed
1 2 3 4
1 Net Assistant – Blandford 16 27 43 63
=2 Net Monitor – CW 2 0 18 3 23 38
=2 Net Assistant – Basingstoke 14 9 23 30
4 Net Monitor – South 15 15 16
5 Net Assistant – Eastleigh 4 2 6 16

Comments from the Organiser

This years competition was nicely spread across most of the table. It is always interesting to see how 10 of 15 points would affect each of the positions. I have always found this to be a great motivator for the following year as the accuracy of every contact counts!

The deadline for the results was as generous as last year yet there were still some missing logs. I was disappointed to see the general quality of the logs had deteriorated from last year as exchanges were written on differing frequencies on different logs! Please double check your logs when they are being written and please write them clearly. One log came back in a different format to the log sheet that was distributed. This caused quite a bit of hassle as the logs couldn’t easily be checked against all the others. Timing throughout the competition was generally okay however two stations clocks differed by 3 hours within 45 mins! If a single clock is used throughout the competition and the time when the messages have been sent is written straight into the log, the times shouldn’t differ by any more than a few minutes throughout the competition. On the whole, there were higher points scores than last year which must mean something went well.

Conditions appeared to be good throughout the competition despite the following from NOAA:

2011-11-26 16:23 Minor Solar Radiation Storm in Progress

An S1 (minor) solar radiation storm began a few hours ago and continues. The source of this event is not clear, although there has been CME and very small long-duration x-ray flare activity that preceded it. SWPC forecasters are looking for a return to more normal conditions over the next 24 hours.

It was obvious from the logs that the lower frequencies were only useable from 0001-0400 and no-one had much luck using them during the first day. The higher frequencies appeared to be working well, possibly due to the radiation storm.

Hopefully everyone learnt something from taking part in the competition and next years competition will be closer across the whole table. It is always good to have ACF, CCF and ATC stations competing regularly.

Congratulations to the winners. They have pipped Bridlington to first place after working their way up the table over the last few years. Next years competition should be very close with other stations edging up the table to join the group at the top. Should any station require a Certificate of entry, they can be sent out on request.

I may not be running the Christmas Cracker competition in 2012 as I am now heavily involved in the organisation and running of The CCF (RAF) South West Region Air Squadron Trophy and Section Commanders Conference. However, there may be some changes next year including electronic submission of logs and changes to the format and scoring to hopefully make logging and checking easier. Your comments are always welcome on possible improvements.

Competition Organiser – Flt Lt A May