Jock White Field Day 2009 Report

Thanks again to all of you who participated, especially those teams that had appalling weather. This is the second year running that we have had bad weather and has kept activity down on 2007, despite that there were 6 more field stations than last year.

There were no reports of splatter this year, and positive comments in general about operating standards.

Many entries included comments which are always nice to receive and pass on in this report.

It was great to see an increase in the Midland region with two Field stations in Christchurch, there were none in Christchurch last year. It was good to see Southland active, I think this is the first time for them in a while. The Tauranga Emergency Communications Group, branch 88 fielded their first station, with a team of eleven.

There were three VK entrants, the most Australian entries for a while including the stalwart, Chris VK2LCD. Eighty metre conditions seemed very good this year, in contrast we have had another pretty average year on forty. Whangarei have finally edged out Papakura and Auckland to win the Montgomery cup while Hastings Havelock North made over 700 contacts on 80 metre phone.

Forty Metres and Branch Points

Many field stations did not reach the required 25 CW contacts or 50 phone contacts to meet the criteria for branch points. In the non qualifiers there were two clear groups: those with literally only one or two contacts and those that nearly made the grade. In view of the poor conditions and low number of stations due to the weather I relaxed the criteria a little.

Forty Metre Activity

Weather and propagation aside, activity on forty has been falling over the last few years.

Feedback on the following ideas would be appreciated:

o Relax the branch point contact number criteria for 40.

o Increase the points for contacts on 40 e.g. 4 for phone, 6 for CW.

o Introduce a forty metre only section (or do we have enough sections?)

Junior Operators

There were at least four junior operators that I am aware of:

Alison ZL2KID (Manawatu), Brendon ZL1CC (Raglan), Joshua ZL2JSW (Marlborough) and Kelan (Whangarei).


o 190 operators at 34 field stations, up from 28 last year. (41 in 2007)

o Manawatu had 14 operators.

o Seven home stations

o Three overseas entrants, up from usually one.

o First log received: ZL2AUA

Rule Issues

One important reason for following the rules is to make my job easier in processing the logs I receive.

Please use correct sheets for scoring, especially the branch point check list.

These can be downloaded from:

Look down the page under the Jock White section.

Several stations just listed a series of branch numbers with no callsigns. One station did not submit any branch numbers. This is not acceptable and requires a lot of checking on my part, I may disqualify these sort of entries next year.

There is no need for separate score sheets for each band, in fact I nearly released the results minus one band for one station because of this. You may only claim a branch point once for a particular band/mode, even if there are multiple field stations using that branch number.

Please choose a section to enter: "eighty metres phone only" written in the section entered part of the summary sheet is a little ambiguous!

Valid Branch Points (Multipliers)

There were a total of 76 available for field stations, 80 for home stations: (four less for field stations, as they cannot claim their own branch number)

80 Phone (32) 01 02 03 05 08 10 12 13 17 18 20 22 23 25 27 28 34 37 40 42 46 48 50 51 56 63 64 65 69 79 83 88

80 CW (18) 01 03 05 12 17 20 22 25 27 28 40 42 50 51 65 69 79 88

40 Phone (21) 01 02 03 05 10 12 13 18 20 22 25 27 28 34 37 40 51 56 64 65 83

40 CW (10) 01 02 03 05 12 20 25 27 28 65

Team Comments

o 183 mm rain on Saturday (TEC)

o Good activity for team building

o Noisy two stroke generator: must do something about that next year

o Set up camp in pouring rain

o Erected tents and aerials in a gale

o Good operating and signal standards.

o Grateful for the patience and courtesy of many of our contacts in digging our QRP signals out of the murk

o Mast blew down at 11pm in horizontal rain but it was 'fun' so they tell me.

o Eighty metres was amazing, even in the usually quiet periods

o Weather absolutely shocking here in the North: strong winds and incessant rain

o Just about every member of the club turned out at some stage

o Forty metre propagation was poor but eighty was excellent

o Set up in heavy rain which carried on through the night.

o Why were Hutt valley using different callsigns on 80 and 40?

Stuart Watchman ZL2TW