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8 May

The 2017-18 'season' of the Robin Hood Award 2018 will end on 13 May

The Robin Hood Award has been running on HF for 3 years and on VHF for 6 months.

In total, more than 2000 contacts have been made, principally on VHF by the Aries ARC, and approximately 130 'chasers' have downloaded around 600 award certificates at all levels. Many 'chasers' have achieved this due to the great popularity of the 'VHF Special Awards' which Aries ran most weekends from January to April 2018.

While poor HF conditions have presented on-going difficulties in running the award, its success on VHF shows that a large number of people are very appreciative of our weekend activities, bringing both a novel topic and an easy-to-do award on to the 2m band, possibly for the first time since the band's heyday in the last century.

Nevertheless, Aries & Phoenix consider that the RHA has now more or less run its course on VHF. Conditions on HF mean that it can't be sustained there either.

Consideration has been given to moving the RHA VHF programme back to 'Robin Hood Country' (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire), but oddly there has been no significant support for from clubs or individuals in those regions.

The natural and timely conclusion is therefore that Robin Hood Award will end on 13 May 2018, but there may be some seasonal activities on HF if and when conditions improve: this may be in the autumn or winter.


21 April

The Robin Hood Mayday & Beltane Special VHF Award finishes on 6th May, and there are no plans for other VHF Special Activities until the Autumn.

The main Robin Hood Award will continue throughout 2018 on VHF.

However, during the summer months personal commitments and other factors will mean that our VHF activities may not always be planned more than a few days ahead and may be undertaken from a variety of locations including (at times) Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

Although the HF bands are usually not particularly good in summertime, RHA activities will also return to the 20m, 17m, and 15m bands during the summer, especially on weekdays and some weekends. Due to summer propagation conditions, it will be difficult to work UK stations on the 40m band. Operations on HF do not need to be from hilltop locations, so the likelihood is that MX0YHA and MX0PHX will mostly operate from club shacks.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Robin Hood Award activities so far.


6 February

Extending the RHA?

Some 'chasers' are collecting points very quickly and outline proposals are being discussed with several participants about how the RH Award can be extended in 2018.

The Main Award will comprise eight individual award certificates based on 4 points per level (incremental). Excluding the Special Awards, that means a total of 32 contacts with RHA stations will complete the Main award. Keen 'chasers' could achieve this in a month or so if they actively hunt for RH stations.

Consideration is being given to an RH Advanced Award which will be much more challenging, requiring more points to be collected on different bands. An example, might be for a 'chaser' to collect 20 points in total but with at least 5 being on the HF bands or on the 70cm or 6m bands.

Details will be worked out once we have information on how 'chasers' are progressing with the Main Award.


2 February

The Three Musketeers

Ray G6HMN, Art G4MYU and Wally G2IF all located in N.E Lancashire have all reached the 16 points mark in the RHA, earning them the Maid Marian Award.