Since publishing the results in the October/ November Break In & on the NZART Contests web page an entrant has contacted me & pointed out that I had allocated a branch count of 12 to 2 entrants but recorded a total of only 12 active branches. As we all know the maximum claim is always one less than the total since entrants may not claim their own branch.
I have carefully reviewed all logs & discovered that the 2 entrants concerned should both have been credited with 11 branches & not 12. The details I had overlooked were one claim for a non existent Branch 86 & the other for a low activity Branch 02 contact which I had not consistently deducted from all claimants.
This error is a basic one that I should have noticed long before publication.
The changes mean that Bill ZL3VZ moves into 1st place for 2012 and Sid ZL2BIF becomes 2nd equal with Barry Zl2LN.
Other awards are unaffected.
For the record I have submitted a fresh spreadsheet to record all of the changed positions.
Once again apologies to Sid & all contestants who deserve better accuracy.
73’s Glenn ZL2KZ
Report published 2012-10-07:
Thanks to all who took part this year. Numbers were up on last year but it seems many ( like myself) operated for only part of the time. Logs were received from 16 operators out of 21 active calls. Congratulations to Sid ZL2BIF (Opotiki) in winning the Sangster Shield – his first time on the podium – well done. Bill ZL3VZ (Blenheim – operated near Portage both nights) is second & Barry ZL2LN (Motueka) 3rd. Once again South Island stations fill 2 places in the Open Section. Bill ZL3VZ also takes the Arthur Stevens Trophy as top South Island Station with seasoned entrants Barry ZL2LN runner up & John ZL4IM 3rd. Wellington Branch 50 entered 4 logs this year & wins outright the Branch award. There were also no newly licensed entrants for the Transistor Trophy. Since there have been so few awards made in this category I am thinking of re-arranging this Trophy to be awarded to the highest scoring first time entrant in the Contest. The 12 qualifying active Branches were: - 8,16,22,24,27,28,29,50,69,72,87,88. I have deducted Branch 02 (3 entrants made 1 contact each with ZL1WAL), Branch 79 (1 entrant contacted ZL1BKI) & Branch 56 (1 entrant contacted ZL3UJZ). As always I have not deducted the contact points, just the multiplier claims. The 1st & 2nd Open Section positions reversed after making these changes. Gilbert ZL3UJZ was recorded as 2 watts – same as last year & maybe he gave up early this year due to conditions on Saturday night, likewise ZL1BKI was recorded as 1 watt & was logged only in the first ½ hour on Saturday. No stations were logged over 5 watts this year. A small number of VKs were worked but numbers worked had no influence on the results. Three stations worked LU5YF (Argentina). Comments received:- • Conditions poor on Saturday, much better Sunday • Weak signals Saturday, heavy QSB. Sunday OK till 2200, then gradually weaker • Getting less each year. Noisy atmospherics • ZL4s absent Sunday. No publicity of this contest • From a first timer; ‘Where were the VKs & ZL4s?” • Usual Stalwarts only. Noisy Saturday, QSB Sunday • Disappointing number of contestants. Suggest promoting in “Break In” & “Info Line”
From one comment received, please note that a DX contact is scored at 10 points, regardless of power used by the DX station. It is only necessary to record callsign & reported RST for each contact to claim the 10 points.
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