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GB6NT Naze Tower 2018

This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend which is held in Memory of the late publicity officer Jim Linton VK3PC who passed earlier this year.

The objective is to encourage owners and operators of light houses and light ships to open up to the public with a view to raising the profile of the maritime heritage of these great institutions around the world.

Our aim as amateur radio operators is to contact as many of the lighthouses and lightships as possible from around the world as well as other manned radio stations and raise the profile of our own Naze Tower.

We aim to be operating fully from around 10am on Saturday  right through to Sunday afternoon at 4pm (weather conditions permitting) .

If you are able to come along and wish to operate, please contact Mark  M0LTG or Garry M0MGP so we can pop you on the logging software

AUGUST 18/19 2018

Call used during the event will be GB6NT, lighthouse number 

 UK0212,     Locator   JO01pu,  WAB   TM22.



                                        YAESU FT 847  for VHF - SSB

                                        YAESU FT 480D  for DATA Modes

                                         KENWOOD TS 590S  For HF

 ANTENNAE:-               80 m Doublet sloping N from 80 to 40 feet AGL for HF

                                       MFJ 1775 6Band rotatable Dipole at 60 feet  for HF with                                        associated GX 650 rotator and seeker software.

                                       40m Long wire at 10m facing N/S For Data Modes                                                   with associated CG3000 ATU.

                                       Twin directional 9 element Yagi for 2m SSB  mounted on                                        a 60 foot Versatower.

Logging Systems:-       iMac 24" running Skookumlogger

                                       Mac mini running Skookumlogger

                                       Lenovo Z51 running FT8 & FLDigi

                                       Toughbook running Log4OM

                                       Lenovo Z51 running a £10 SDR & Spectrum software

M0MGP will also be showing the £12 panadapter set-up running on a laptop

(Please note that any or all of the above may be altered without notice depending on availability and conditions) 

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.

Please come along and say hello and of course not forgetting the Carnival Procession which starts off from The Naze on Saturday afternoon.

If you come along on Sunday morning there will be a surprise visit from a special radio operator!


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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