Contesting - National Field Day

Pre-War Entries 1933-37

NFD Rules
1937 NFD rules p1.
NFD Rules
1937 NFD rules p2.
G2OP equipment.
G2OP Equipment, 1934 NFD.
Trophy 1936
1938 7 Mc/s winner's plaque

NFD was started in 1933 and before the war was run on a district basis. Entries were under the direction of the District Representative (DR). At first only two stations per district were required but 1937 this was increased to one per band - 4. Bristol was involved in the District 5 entries from the very first contest when Mr. R.A. Bartlett, G6RB/P was the equal first "A" station with 123 points, the District coming third.

G6RB card
G6RB's card

In 1934 the district won with a total of 361 points, G6RB again providing the "A" station and working 3 ZLs. At right is a picture of the equipment used at G2OP, the other district 5 station. In 1935 the district was 5th. and in 1936, 8th. G6RB/P operated from Dundry on all occasions. He was first in the 1938 7 Mc/s section.

My thanks to Dave, G3YNH, for the loan of Volumes 9-12 of the T&R Bulletin and the old QSL cards

The Post War Years 1947-1955

It appears that after the war entries were made on a town basis. I have not yet found a copy of the post-war rules. If anyone has the relevant copy of the "Bull" I would be most interested to consult it. From the minutes it seems that only two stations were required, the "A" station transmitting on 1.7 and 3.5 Mc/s and the "B" station on 7 and 14 Mc/s. The maximum power was 5 watts DC input! There was some discussion of returning to the higher pre-war power levels in 1949 but Bristol were opposed. The staus quo continued throughout this period.

The 1947 entry, the first since the war, consisted of two stations. Station "A" was at Toghill House Farm and operated 160 and 80 metres, Station "B" was at Hawkesbury Upton and operated 40 and 20 metres.

The Dundry site
The Dundry Site.

In 1948 permission was sought from HQ to use a site at Dundry for both stations. Separate teams were organised to manage the operating, tents and maintenance and aerials. A site behind Dundry Church in Home Field, Hill Farm, Dundry was used. An annual payment of 100 cigarettes to the farmer, Mr. J. Cave, became traditional. At left is an aerial view of what I believe to be the site used, now occupied by a small housing development. Money was raised to purchase two of the 40 ft. masts used at 3gns each.

An entry was made in 1949. G2IK and G6GN were involved with help from G6YA. The minutes are sparse and no mention of sites or callsigns was made. The results in the "Bull" give the calls shown below for this year.

In 1950 a subscription of 9/10/- was offered by members to defray costs. A ZL station reported G6RB/P the strongest G station in his area. Other claimed scores reported included Cranwell 900, Croydon 721, Lincoln 600 and others. A deficit of 3/10/- was recorded. Cheltenham won this year with Cambridge runners up. Congratulations were sent to Cheltenham.

Although we beat the previous year's winners, Cheltenham, 53 points were deducted from our claimed score for errors in recording times and signal reports received in 1951.

The 1952 NFD entry was again from Hill Farm, Dundry. Equipment used included an HRO receiver for the "A" station and an AR88 for the "B". Eight 40ft. masts were erected. Bristol were winners for the first time since the war.

After last year's sucess, efforts were redoubled with 12 masts being used to support 3 aerials per station, for the 1953 entry. The "A" station again used an HRO but the "B" used a Hammarlund 'Super-Pro' provided by G3CHW. A spare HRO was also provided in case of trouble. Bristol won again.

Plaque
1954 Plaque.
1954 NFD Winner's certificate
Winner's Certificates

In 1954 there was a difficulty caused by Bristol having a vacancy for TR, under whose direction all entries had to be made. HQ was consulted. They were adamant and G2FYT was nominated for the post. The result was a third consecutive victory for the group. In November a meeting resolved to present the Bristol Trophy to HQ to be awarded to the highest scoring single station entry in NFD, to mark the repeated sucess of the Bristol entries.

1955 NFD Team photo
1955 NFD Team.

The 1955 minutes give details of the aerials as follows :

Two petrol electric generators were used again and paraffin stoves provided for heating in the operating tents. There was some discussion of transport as few members had vehicles capable of transporting all the gear to the usual Dundry site. It was agreed that all the gear would be transported on the Thursday before the contest, and presumably left unattended. Those were different days! Congratulations were sent to the NFD winners and the first winners of the Bristol Trophy.

In 1956, the same site at Dundry was used again. An additional 40 metre dipole was used at the "A" station. The Bristol group won yet again.

Table of Results

Year Callsigns Committee Station Scores Place
1947 "A" G2UH/P, "B" G6GN/P G2IK, G5KT, G6GN, G8TC 378 ?
1948 "A" G5YK/P, "B" G6YA/P G6YA, G5YK, G8CC 276 + 385
661
6th.
1949 "A" G6RB/P, "B" G3GN/P No details minuted for this year 324 + 362
686
19th.
1950 "A" G6RB/P, "B" G6GN/P ** G3CHW, G6GN, G3RQ, G6RB, G3CTN, BRS-12716 394 + 331
725
19th.
1951 "A" G3YT/P, "B" G6GN/P G3CHW, G6GN, G3RQ, G2FYT, G5YK, BRS-18798, BRS-12716 545 + 301
846
6th.
1952 "A" G2IK/P, "B" G6GN/P G3CHW, G6GN, G6RB, G2FYT, G3GZA, G2IK, BRS-18798, BRS-12716 625 + 498
1123
1st.
1953 "A" G6GU/P, "B" G6GN/P G3CHW, G6GU, G3HSD, G6GN, G2IK, G6RQ, G3CHW, G2FYT, BRS-18798, BRS-12716 567 +487
1054
1st.
1954 "A" G2IK/P, "B" G6GN/P G2FYT - "A", G3IFV - "B", G3CTN, G3RQ, G6GN, G2IK, BRS-12716 1091 1st.
1955 "A" G2IK/P, "B" G3RQ/P G3CTN, G3RQ, G2FYT, G2IK, G3CHW, G6GN, BRS-12716 406 + 400
806
18th.
1956 "A" G2IK/P, "B" G3RQ/P G2FYT, G3CTN, G3RQ, G6GN, G3CHW, G2HDR, G2IK, BRS-12716 540 + 646
1186
1st.
1957 "A" G2IK/P, "B" G6GN/P I have no minutes after April 1956. 637 + 756
1393
2nd.
1958 "A" G2IK/P, "B" G6GN/P 675 + 504
1179
8th.
1959 - 1965 Apparently no entries were made
1966 "A" G6RQ/P, "B" G6GN/P 575 + 768
1343
18th.
1967 "A" G6GN/P, "B" G4UZ/P 675 +820
1495
10th.
1968 G4UZ/P single station 680 37th.
1969 "A" G2ATU/P, "B" G4UZ/P 635 + 1055
1690
10th.

Thanks to Geoff, G4FKA for searching old "Bull"s for the results.

** Geoff has the "B" station as '6GN, the minutes give '3RQ in 1950, the minutes are probably wrong, or the call was changed at a late stage and not minuted.

More recent results can be found at the Bristol Contest Group's results page .