This year was an even better year than 2005. Conditions were excellent, with most of the activity taking place on 40 and 80 metres, and we had the greatest number of participants since 1993! Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the Contest, with many comments about how friendly it was. After all, that’s how we want it to be. One big change this year was the number of logs received by email – 26 out of the total of 37!
As usual, unfortunately, there were quite a number of calls heard for which no log was received. It doesn’t matter how small the number of contacts, the log is welcome.
Some of the comments made this year: "Most enjoyable"…"I had a ball"…"A really great Alara Contest"…"A great time on air"…"So pleasing to hear so many Alara members and great to work the new callsigns too"…"Good to hear so many people contesting"…"It was great to hear the foundation licencees in the thick of it"…"Just a mini log but still enjoyed the opportunity"
I am sure that those Foundation licencees who took part can be very proud of their efforts. As can be seen, an Alara Foundation licence member had the second top score – well done Catherine VK4FRED! You will be receiving a special trophy to celebrate your achievement. The top score of 1169 points was truly terrific – congratulations to Diane VK4KYL. We welcome a new OM winner this year – Gerald VK2HBG – hope you try again next year. Unfortunately there was very little participation from DX members, but much of this is probably due to the bands, which are not brilliant for DX.
However Elizabeth VE7YL, Elva ZL1BIZ, Celia ZL1ALK & Bev ZL1OS were heard and we all welcomed our contacts with them.
The earlier closing date of September 30 does not seem to have inconvenienced anybody, and it certainly means that I can get the results out much sooner than before.
Now we all hope that 2007 will be as good if not better than 2006, with even more taking part. The 2007 Contest will be held on August 25/26, so mark it is your diary, and we’ll all catch each other again then. Until then, best wishes to all, and thankyou for taking part this year.
33, Marilyn VK3DMS
|Diane||VK4KYL||1169||Top overall, Top phone, Top VK YL non-member|
|Catherine||VK4FRED||911||Top VK Alara member, Top Foundation licencee, Top VK4 Alara member|
|Pat||VK3OZ||514||Top VK YL CW, Top VK3 Alara member|
|Rose||VK2HOP||466||Top VK2 Alara member|
|Gerald||VK2HBG||455||Top VK OM|
|Rosanne||VK7NAW||416||Top VK7 Alara member|
|Michele||VK3FEAT||398||Top VK SWL|
|Bev||ZL1OS||141||Top DX Alara member|
|Jenny||VK5ANW||137||Top VK5 Alara member|
|Elizabeth||VE7YL||35||Top VE Alara member|
|Alara members||21||(DX members 3)|