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