From: Chris GM3WOJ
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:13:26 GMT

Hello all
Thanks to everyone who worked GB5CC during BERU.  About an hour before the contest started I discovered the rotator on my 10m yagi would not turn (a cable problem I think), so I had to rush outside, lower the tower and tilt it over, then attach a rope to the end of the boom for temporary rotation. As things turned out, I only made 2 QSOs on 10m anyway.
Most of the inter-UK QSOs on 20m and 15m from here near Inverness are on backscatter or scatter modes, so I don’t think the GB5CC UBN file will be very good because many signals were around the noise level, with some exceptions. Several stations sent me reports other than serial numbers e.g. QC, etc.  A number of stations could not copy the GB5CC callsign correctly – they insisted I was G6HCC, even with the HQ clue. I checked on another RX and there did not seem anything wrong with the sending of GB5CC.
Finished with 541 QSOs from 20 hours of operation – worked VO1, VO2, VP8, VU, VY2, ZB2,ZF2, ZL1, ZL2, ZL3, ZL4, ZL6, ZS1, 3B8, 5B, 9H, 9J, 9M6, 9V1, C6, V3, V5, VE1, VE2, VE3, VE4, VE5, VE7, VE9, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6, VK7.   This QSO total is well short of the 967 QSOs Vic G4BYG and I made in 2012 as GB75CC.
I appreciate the efforts made by the G_6XX operators – they are giving up 24 hours of their time to make the contest more interesting for everyone (well almost everyone!)  The same appreciation is extended to those who travelled to DX locations. Spare a thought for my friend Bob M0KLO who has held the SCC G6X for a number of years – he now keeps being accused of being a pirate.  G6X is not a pirate!
GB5CC made 348 UK QSOs, including 128 x G3, 75 x G4, 16 x G0  and 190 DX QSOs, of which 89 were with VE stns.
73  Chris