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#1

A good spread on SOTA again in the October edition of Radcom. Page 74 covers Tom M1EYP’s amazingly resilient exploits in contests on The Cloud, SP-015.

73

Richard
G3CWI


#2

In reply to G3CWI:

There is a sting in the tail, as the last paragraph reads -

“Unfortunately Tom was the only entrant in each of the first three sessions. Not wishing to flog a dead horse any further, the Contest Committee has therefore declared the event defunct for 2012.”

Obviously it wasn’t an event that appealed to contesting’s self-appointed elite, so it had to go …

Les, G3VQO


#3

In reply to G3VQO:

That struck me as contradictory, Les, a full page spread and then the chop, what was the point of that? Surely a full page like that is designed to drum up more support?

73

Brian G8ADD


#4

In reply to G3CWI:

I suspect they airbrushed his photo! :wink:

73

Brian G8ADD


#5

In reply to G8ADD:

It is a shame that the 50MHz backpackers contest will not be around next year, I entered this myself a couple of years ago when it was a separate contest run alongside the 50MHz trophy I think. There were not many entrants that year if I remember rightly, & the power limit was only 3 Watts, with no 10 Watt “Hilltoppers” section, which did make it quite a challenge as the band was open that day. My best DX was 1888KM into the Ukraine, which I was quite pleased with using 2.5 Watts & a dipole.

Although the backpackers section my now be defunct there should still be a low power section (10 Watts maximum)in the UKAC in my opinion as it does give foundation licence holders a chance of competing with similarly equipped stations. If this is going to be the case Tom should still have the advantage of his excellent location.

Best 73,

Mark G0VOF


#6

In reply to G8ADD:

Certainly looks like it Brian! The original is on this page:

http://tomread.co.uk/the_cloud_2010_(2).htm

In reply to G0VOF & G3VQO:

I would have thought that a new format needs more than one year to test out properly. But it has been a bit daft me being the only entrant in the 10B section on UKAC 6m nights. Thankfully, my scores got duplicated into the AL section as well, so there was still a reason to compete!

I wonder if the 50MHz BP contest will revert to weekend daytime sessions, or if that is it now? If the latter, I wonder if I get to keep the trophy? :wink:

Tom M1EYP