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Walton Lifeboat Special Event Station

May 12th & 13th 2018
GB6WLB Special Event Station

Every year May is the month to bring the sterling and brave work of the Lifeboat crews around the country to the fore during their MAYDAY month of activities. 

Originally the Special Event Station was operated by Herbie G6XOU from his home QTH but following the success of last years ILLW event, members of Colchester Radio Amateurs Club have joined Herbie and Harwich club members (HARIG) to bring this event to the public and hopefully raise some funds for the RNLI and support their work.

Come along and visit us over the weekend, see how amateur radio works, meet the operators and perhaps pass a message "over the air" with the help of one of our operators.

We will be located in the NAZE CAR PARK. WALTON. CO14 8LJ
Weather and conditions permitting.

                RADIOS                                                                ANTENNAE
   Yaesu FT-1000mp, Mk5                                      80m Doublet   for 40/80
       Kenwood TS-590S                                   Cushcraft  MA-5B 20/17/15/12/10
    Reserve Icom IC-7100                                             30ft Trailer Tower
           2Off 5B4AGN Filter Sets & 2 Off CG3000 Antenna Matching Units
  Logging Macmini and iMac 24 late 2009 
both running Skookumlogger software 
              RADIOS                                                                ANTENNAE
          Yaesu FT-847                                               Diamond X-510 Colinear
           Icom  IC-7100                                                 Twin Yagi Beams(stc)
Logging, Lenovo Z51 & Log40M            60ft wind up tower with rotation
              RADIOS                                                                   ANTENNAE
          Yaesu FT-897D                                           10m Vert & Long Wire Antenna
          Yaesu FT-100D                                           Snowdonia 360 vertical + radials
                                     SGC - 237 ATU & Yaesu FC - 20 ATU

LIVE Operating frequencies will be posted on our Facebook page

The station was opened on November 18th 1884 by Baroness Bolsover with the newly installed Honourable Artillery Company (ON 31), a 37ft x 9ft self righter built by Forrest of Limehouse. Her first call came that very evening to red flares spotted 12 miles off shore near the Sunk light vessel.
In her 16 years of service she launched 84 times and saved 132 souls.

6 further boats came and went on station in the following years and then in 2011 the current boat.

 Irene Muriel Rees (ON 1299) took station. This Tamar class boat is packed with electronics and has a pair of 10,001bhp Caterpillar diesels giving 25kts, 250 nautical mile range, is 16.3m long and 5.3m wide and is crewed by seven volunteer lifeboat crew.

For more information on the WALTON LIFEBOAT click here
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