VHF NFD 2015

Members of West Kent ARS took part in the 2015 VHF NFD, held over the weekend of the 4th/5th of July (the first full weekend in July). The primary aim was to establish once again the integrity of the clubs 144MHz amplifier, and to use both of the new 11 element beams.

On this occasion the club station used both of the new 11 element Tonna beams in a stacked formation, using the newly purchased splitter to feed them, which was fed from the 144MHz amplifier that was run at around half the legal power output on this occasion.

No effort was made to put and entry into the 4m or 6m categories though we did have a token entry in the 70cm and 23cm bands, as available operators allowed.  While the club entered primarily the 144MHz section, it has been placed 12th overall out of 14 clubs. Given that we didn't compete in the 6m and 4m sections, and our 70cm and 23cm operations were limited, the result as a first for many years is a good one.  

The best DX on 144MHz was with OZ5GX early on the Sunday morning (early mornings, often a good time for enhanced propagation on 2m) being a distance of 953km. Looking at the 2m section specifically, West Kent ARS has achieved 8th place out of 16 clubs, most of which were running double our power on 144MHz, so in all a good result and one we would hope to build upon for next years VHF NFD.  

Full details of results for this years VHF NFD can be found at http://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin//vhfresults.pl?Contest=VHF NFD&year=2015