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