Allen N2KW at K1P told me he hopes to be active from VP2V in BERU 2022
Posted today …
It is with regret that I share the news of Arasu VU2UR’s passing in Bangalore. VU2UR served as ARSI’s Contests and Awards Manager as well as IARU R3’s monitoring coordinator for a significant length of time and was a often a lone participant in many contests from this part of the world; most BERU regulars will remember him. He was recognised with the RSGB’s Commonwealth Medal in 2004 and remains the lone recipient from South Asia till date. His low power signals and bug fist will be missed!
Many thanks Arasu, for all the support to BERU and the many bonusses
Rest in peace
From: Mike Franklin
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 14:47:59 BST
having been a BERU traveller to a few places and enjoyed working the G HQ stations from little and big stations, I would agree with Dave VE9CB
not to change the G HQ idea, although I was originally against it ! It seems Teams needs more planning though, or more publicity ( mea culpa)
Hello Bob thank you for the stirring up.
As a long time 12 hour G participant in the contest with a less than optimum station I would like to comment on the HQ discussion.
I have found that even with good propagation there is a tendency to run out of stations to work towards the end of the contest and the HQ stations have provided a welcome lift to the proceedings. Especially welcome on 80m and I suspect that, when propagation is open on 10 and 15, 40m will also suffer. The number of stations as they stand seems fair enough and of course if we can get the rarer UK prefixes active so much the better.
My preference would be that to avoid confusion amongst the more casual participants UK HQ stations would have the HQ suffix and to try to encourage groups to initiate necomers into the contest. GB5CC should however continue as the RSGB super station which has reach to the far ends of the commonwealth working the little pistols as well as the top guns and should be set up as such.
I would remind some Gs that the contest is a way of bringing the commonwealth together as equals and not just for the benefit of UK. Also the skill of running a volume of stations, which is what VE and nearer commonwealth stations are in a position to do is also part of contesting thrills even if only a few G’s can manage that (apart from HQ stations).
In any event despite the miserable conditions in recent years the contest is always an enjoyable challenge and the only one for which I still upset the household regime here.
See you next year, old age permitting.
From: Don Beattie, G3BJ
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2021 11:02:31 BST
I must admit that I am with Dave to an extent on this.
First of all, I strongly disagree with any argument that we should drop GB5CC because people bust the call. Really!
I have been increasingly embarrassed at the proliferation of UK “HQ” calls. Let’s look at the pattern elsewhere.
Where there are large country geographies, we sub-divide the area for both QSO “Bonus” points and HQ stations. Here in the UK we have a small geography compared to Canada, Australia, South Africa although not New Zealand (but NZ divides for bonus points). So I feel it is a moot point that we run separate HQ stations for a geography that does not sub-divide for bonus points. I also note that the pattern for HQ stations elsewhere tends often to be [Pfx] [society abbreviation] = eg vk3WIA or VE7RAC. So I have sympathy with the GxnRSGB suggestion of we still plan separate calls for each constituent country.
But there is another reason I favour fewer UK HQ stations. There is no doubt that the number of UK band slots for bonus points available (potentially 35-40) can tilt the results in favour of particular locations in the UK. This is meant to be a DX contest, but it is essential to search out all the UK HQ stations to have a chance of a good score.
So bottom line, how about:
Don’t drop GB5CC or G6HCC or whatever.
If you must stick with an HQ per UK country use G[x]3RSGB (a permissible call under Ofcom guidance 2.2 in https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/86173/Policy-on-temporary-call-signs-and-call-sign-enhancement.pdf ) where [x] is the regional identifier. This mirrors the pattern elsewhere.
Keep GB5CC for England instead of G3RSGB for historic reasons.
Don’t use G6XX or G3DR – the significance is lost on most entrants.
But the number of HQ calls in the UK does very little for the issues of low activity from some areas. That is where we should be focusing more effort (building on the excellent work done by Bob).
One final point – I feel that if we are to change the HQ structure in the UK, it is a global issue and I would welcome a wider consultation than the UK HF Contest forum.
Don Beattie, G3BJ / G5W
President IARU Region 1
Church Stretton SY6 6QD
+44 7802 922 219
From: Frank Hunt ZL2BR – ZM2B
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2021 06:46:52 BST