1st RSGB 144MHz Backpackers portable contest

Last Sunday (19th May) I took advantage of the sun and entered in the first back packer series of the year. The series is all around operating outdoors with a battery and low power. If you can trek up a mountain or a hill that’s fine, but you don’t have to in order to take part. The contest is suited to M3 and M6 operators, the power category is either 3 or 10w.

Read the rules online, its not complicated the exchange is serial, location and first two letters of your postcode.
http://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/contest_rules.pl?year=2013&contest=144backpack1&seq=

A typical exchange would be “you 57 001 in JO01DP postcode CM”

I took part from Brentwood, hardly a hilltop and setup a station, with John M0UKD. All operators have to be RSGB members, if you are not a RSGB member then you can take part, give away points and submit a check log but you can’t enter the contest “as such”

The other advantage of this event is it only lasts 4 Hrs, they usually start at 12 and finish at 4.

The basic setup used was Icom 7000, 6m pole, 9E portable beam. Power was from a battery. We operated in the 10w category.

IMG_0292 (Custom)

We worked 43 station including 2xDL, GD, GW, MM and ON best DX for the day was DF0WD at 560Km.

IMG_0293 (Custom)

You can see our claimed score, and how others done  here
http://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/claim.pl?Contest=1st%20144MHz%20Backpackers&year=2013

Be sure to check out the contest calendar, and even if you can’t get out /P maybe give some points away…
http://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl

73 Dave

M0TAZ (email: m0taz@lefars.org.uk)

About M0TAZ

Dave enjoys all aspects of the hobby from contesting in a wet cold field (OK enjoys is a bit strong) to building beams and working big DX. Portable VHF and HF can provide lots of opportunity to try new things, test out antenna and enjoy a field day based curry.
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1 Response to 1st RSGB 144MHz Backpackers portable contest

  1. George Smart says:

    Dave, G7UVW, and I did the contest too as G3XBF/p. We did the RSGB VHF Cup which was over two days, Saturday and Sunday, but operated only on the Sunday after the rally. We run 100W from an IC7000 and a BNOS 100W linear.

    Our exchange was “59 001 in JO01cq, postcode RM” (because RM is always a rare postcode – little tip for you all! 😉 – people will wait for it).

    We had 48 QSOs, 6 DXCCs, 19 Postcodes. Our best DX was HB9CLN, 706 km. The full map is attached, and can be found here: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://www.rsgbcc.org/vhf/kml_files/2013/f3zJYmPaXYRjmbJCP9JmWlq5jSGF9R3

    Just for anyone’s interest.

    George, M1GEO.
    dah-di-dah. sk sk.
    Email: m1geo@lefars.org.uk

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