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Naze Tower Activation

The Naze Tower Activation

On August 19th / 20th 2017 Colchester Radio Amateurs activated the Naze Tower, near Walton on the Naze during the  International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend  (ILLW).

HF & VHF stations were on the air from around 11:00 hrs. on the Saturday until around 17:00 hrs on the Sunday.

There was some PSK and some JT65 activity as well.

The Call used during the event was GB6NT,    lighthouse number UK0212,     Locator   JO01pu,  WAB   TM22,

For those of you not familiar with the Naze Tower,   it is an 8 sided brick tower some 87 feet high,  built in 1720, over a  ¼ of a mile inland, on the site of a former beacon in which a fire was kept alight all night every night.

To read more on the history of the tower visit GB6NT on QRZ.com

Three nearby cafes provided essential sustenance for the Special Event operation team.

Equipment used :

Transceivers :-       Yaesu FT-1000mp Mk.V  for HF

                                Moonraker Mt-270 for VHF FM

     Yaesu FT-847 for VHF - SSB

     Yaesu FT-897 for Data modes.

     Yeasu FT-891 for JT65    

Antennae :-            80 Metre Doublet  for HF at 10 metres in height

              Watson W-510  for VHF at 10 metres high

              HF-360  for Data modes

                                 A G4YKB 5 metre vertical for JT65 on 20 metres

                                A directional 9 element Yagi was employed for                                      2m, about 60ft above the ground.