Summer Whine – 2013

Position

Unit

Run Total

Fd Stn
Bonus

Bonus point photos

Group

Station

Visitor

Score

1

Bridlington CCF

391

391

 –

25

50

857

2

Reading School CCF

349

349

25

25

50

798

3

Sir Roger Manwood’s School CCF

307

307

25

25

50

714

4

Hants & IOW ACF – B Coy

284

284

25

25

50

668

5

Essex ACF

281

281

25

25

50

662

6

Hants & IOW ACF

261

261

25

25

50

622

7

Maidstone GS

245

245

25

25

50

590

8

Dollar Academy CCF

231

231

25

25

50

562

9

Humberside ACF

224

224

25

25

50

548

10

Churchers College CCF

352

0

25

25

50

452

11

1213 Sqn ATC

92

92

25

25

50

284

12

Kg Ed VI GS CCF Louth

39

39

25

25

50

178

Comments from the Organiser

Fine weather for some, atrocious for others; rain, thunder and lightning deemed conditions unsafe for two stations to operate for the whole period. Conditions varied considerably and this made operating a real challenge.  At one stage I could hear two nets operating independently on the same frequency, yet neither interfered with the other.

What a delight to have Dollar Academy CCF with us again, waving the sole banner from North of the Border.  As you will see in the comments below, their nearest station was 230 miles away.

Congratulations to this year’s winner – Bridlington CCF with 857 points.  Reading School moved up the ladder 5 places from last year into 2nd place and  Sir Roger Manwood’s climbed five places to finish 3rd.  Hampshire & Isle of Wight and Essex ACF fought hard to gain positions 4, 5 and 6 with 668, 662 and 622 points respectively.

A special word of praise to Churcher’s College for a superb performance.  If only they had ventured ‘FOXTROT’, their score of 352 points would have doubled to 704 and their 100 photo bonus would have placed them 2nd  –  6 points ahead of Reading School CCF! Another steady performance from Humberside ACF, whom I was able to visit.  A net assistant visited 1213 Sqn ATC and was impressed with their set up.

Welcome to Exercise Summer Whine to King Edward VI GS CCF; it was good to have you on board and thank you to Warwick School who were able to participate for a short while.

Some stations may be disappointed that the scores they submitted were not recognised as such.  I was looking for ACCURACY and it is surprising how many messages did not cross check accurately.  Many messages bore no resemblance whatsoever to the record in the distant station’s log and in each case these messages were disallowed, meaning neither station was credited for the contact.

Some of your Comments

Mr G Collier – I visited Dollar on both days and they were in very good form. The setup was a 40m doublet with twisted wire feeder and running E-W, supported by 2x8m masts, Z-11Pro II auto ATU and using a 12×12 tent.  All in all, the perfect station.  Being 230 miles from the nearest cadets in Bridlington and 400 miles from the major activity south of the Watford Gap, one has to squeeze the last milliwatt out of the system. On the Sunday there was only a skeleton staff present, as all the rest of the contingent was at church. From reports at endex at 14.00, there were many tired but happy cadets who had enjoyed the experience and learned a lot. That’s what it’s all about.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight ACF – This year the Company put two teams into the competition although we were oversubscribed for the event and if we had enough equipment could have fielded another complete team. The level of expertise amongst the cadets ranged from those who had been to course at Blandford and some who had just passed their CRU; there was an even level of experience in each team. The teams operated from a hill feature on Longmoor training area in Hampshire, they operated from two 12×12 tents separated by a good 500m real estate to allow for antennas to be erected using trees as masts, both teams erected half wave and quarter wave dipoles, each team operating a PRC320 & PRC138. Lighting to the tents during the dark hours by using Clansman batteries to 24v Landrover lights.   The cadets thoroughly enjoyed the event, conditions were better than in past years and to have very good comms with Dollar Academy CCF in Scotland for the duration pleased them no end. Logging got a bit out of shape, one of the teams following the score sheet and only putting in received messages.

Competition organiser – Maj(Retd) T Sugdon