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As social distancing due to Covid-19 has stopped our usual set-up at the Naze and subsequently stopped our Mayday/SOS Week as well, and so the callsign was not a total waste, GB 6 WLB has still been on the air and will continue to be operational until the end of the month.

Very limited for antenna compared to the usual Naze set-up be determined to still put the call sign out there for the period of activation.

On the afternoon of Friday 10th May 2019,  amateurs of Colchester Radio Amateurs met on the Naze Tower site at Walton to set up GB6WLB, a Special Event Station in conjunction with SOS week and Mayday month, both highlighting the work of the RNLI.

This weekend was a good event to try out the new shack which was primarily designed for our contest efforts in the coming years but will also double as an event shack for club events.

George G1IPU, set up a data station in his motorhome awning, Nic 2E0XTN, Becki M7TZM, Caroline 2E0SXH, Vic M0VLL set up the club marquee while Mark M0LTG and Garry M0MGP set up the antennas and new mobile shack with Herbie G6XOU setting up a second main station and 12 m vertical in the shack.

Saturday proved a challenge with overcast weather and very low visitor numbers but we managed to pop a few in the log. The best feature of the weekend was finding out that the shack actually required very little heating with both Mark and I in tee shirts through the night while the outside temperature dropped to 5 degrees.

Thanks to everyone who assisted in setting up and getting the stations on the air. Caroline, George G0JWQ ang George G1IPU concentrated on FT8 but due to antenna conflicts George operated 40m while Caroline worked 30m.

The other 2 main voice stations worked the bands according to time of day and visiting operators included Kit G6FLW, Jonathan G0DVJ with Bruce learning a few more tricks with Skookumlogger, Becki, Nic,who also set up a SSTV station and many interested visitors on the Sunday..

Strip down and pack away was completed in a record 90 minutes, not bad for a station with 6 antennas, 5 radio positions, a hospitality marquee and generator to load up and a testament to those that assisted.

Total QSO count 528, 126 on voice 402 on FT8

48 different countries;
including Guantanamo Bay, Madeira Is, USA, Asiatic Russia, Kuwait and Europe.
Just over 38 hours of operating.

George G1IPU.....Mark M0LTG.....Caroline 2E0SXH.....Garry M0MGP.....George G0JWQ..... Jonathan G0DVJ..... Kit G6FLW.....Herbie G6XOU..... Nic 2E0XTN.....Becki M7TZM and last but not least Bruce G4EUW.

Thanks again to all concerned.

See you all next time.

Sun-up Day 2
Photo credit Becki.

Report, Log and Pictures on our Facebook Events Page........  EVENTS PAGE

On the afternoon of Friday 11th May, the intrepid amateurs of Colchester Radio Amateurs descended on the Naze Tower site at Walton to set up GB6WLB, a Special Event Station in conjunction with SOS week and Mayday month, both highlighting the work of the RNLI.

The event was the brainchild of Herbie G6XOU who obtained the SES NoV for the event assisted in the later organisation stages by Garry M0MGP, and Mark MO0LTG.

2 trailers, and 3 cars full of equipment, a 30ft trailer mast, 2 camper vans, a tent, 60ft mast and 6.5kva generator were unloaded and set up during the afternoon and evening by 10 volunteers from CRA and Louis from HARIG.

Despite several small setbacks during the day Herbie G6XOU opened proceedings on the Saturday morning and as it turned out, had the best Q's of the weekend. By 7-30 pm on the Saturday evening a 20m inverted L replaced the original MA5B which had failed and contacts were rolling in.

We had to admit defeat on the 2m FM setup after antenna problems but still managed to operate the 2M SSB band. Data was handled by George G1IPU in his dedicated data set up, operating on PSK 63&31 and FT8.

Many members of the public attended the event and made donations to the RNLI  and an equipment table was set up in the tent where amateurs had the pick of what was on offer from Herbie and Garry for a donation to the RNLI.

We also had 2 people who are considering taking their Foundation training after visiting and seeing us operating and one who signed up while they were with us. Another visitor said he was inspired by our setup and would now consider reviving his license.

More than 10 operators worked the stations and altogether we made 358 QSO's and made contact with 44 countries over the 30 hour period of operation which although less QSO's than last years GB6WLB event, more countries were worked.

The final QSO of the day was given to Stella M3LFO, wife of the event organiser Herbie as this was his last SES after handing the future events over to Garry M0MGP.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who attended, set up, stripped down, operated & gave their support  in getting the station operational, see you all for GB6NT. 


For pics and detailed report see our CRA EVENTS Facebook page.