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Top-Band DF Competitions

There are many competitions run by local clubs as well as the national ones run by the BTBDFA. The following list gives a few details of each.

BTBDFA National Championship

Each year, the BTBDFA runs a series of eight qualifying rounds and a final. The first two competitors in each round, who have not already qualified, go forward to the National Final. There are two transmitters to find in each round and three in the Final. The rules of the National Championship can be found here. The BTDFA publishes a document giving advice to organisers of national events. A list of the winners of the national final can be found here. The winner receives the RSGB Trophy plus the Derek Newman Memorial Trophy and the runner-up receives the Trevor Gage Memorial Trophy. In addition, a separate scoring system (rather like that used by Formula 1 racing) across the entire series of events determines the winner of the Rose Bowl. A list of the winners of the Rose Bowl can be found here. Some clubs offer trophies for the winners of qualifying rounds.

The Collier Cup and The Gage-Tyler Cup

These two events are run by the Mid-Thames Radio Direction-Finding Club. Each consists of a series of evening events through the year. The winner of each is determined by a complex scoring system based on placing and time margin. A simpler scoring system across both series of events determines the winner of the Bill North Memorial Trophy. A list of the winners of these three trophies can be found here.

The GT Peck Memorial Trophy

This event is run in the early spring by the Mid-Thames club and uses national rules. A list of the winners can be found here.

The Eric Mollart Memorial Trophy

This event was previously known as the Triple Night and is run by the Mid-Thames club. There are three stations to find and the event usually starts at 5:50 pm on the night when the clocks go back. A list of the winners can be found here.

The High Wycombe Trophy

The High Wycombe Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Mid-Thames qualifying round. A list of the winners can be found here. If anyone has any information on the missing entries please let the webmaster know.

The High Wycombe Double NIght Trophy

The High Wycombe Double NIght Trophy was was competed fro in the sixties, seventies and eighties. It became the Triple Night at some point and, in 1988, the Eric Mollart memorial Trophy replaced it. A list of the winners can be found here.

The Banbury Shield

The Banbury Shield is awarded to the winner of the Banbury qualifying round. A list of the winners can be found here.

Events Run by Chelmsford and Colchester Radio Clubs

The Chelmsford and Colchester Radio Clubs run two series of evening events through the year one starting at Tiptree Heath and one at Fordham Heath. In addition the two clubs run the Snowman Event (February) and the Mid-Essex Double (October); these are run under national rules.

Events run by the South Manchester Radio Club

No information available at present.

The Slade Double Midnight Event

This event was run by the Slade Radio Society, which has now closed down. The event was very popular but is no longer run. The whereabouts of the shield are not known.