January 23, 2012

All our yesterdays a review of our activities during 2011

Hello Folks,

We have just seen the end of the 2011 activity within Sands Amateur Radio Contest Group so I thought it would be nice to look back at the year and mix of a special event stations and a few words on a Dxpedition a few of our members we have been involved in.  The blog will finish with a few on our hopes and aspirations  for 2012.

You will notice that I have not added any pictures in this blog they are all available via hyperlinks I have added within the text in this blog.

Blogs going back through the years are available to new and old readers by clicking on a hyperlink for individual months that can be found in month order in the righthand column of the blog page.  There you will find all the pictures and blogs for Contests, Special event stations and DX-Pedition's going back through the years.  If your looking for a particular subject then you may find the search option a useful tool.

Special Event Station GB4HCM
In March we were asked by "Heron Corn Mill" to put an amateur radio station on air as part of the "National Science and Engineering Week" which this year was focused on communications.  

We put a series of antenna's up and stations were setup for both SSB and DATA.  and at the last minute I received the news that the schools had expressed a particular interest in Wartime Communications. They were covering WWII as part of their course work.  It was a very worthwhile event which took the children from passing greeting messages on SSB via modern radio's through to Digital communications and finally they learned about Bletchley Park and the Y stations finishing with hands on experience with vintage military morse keys.

Radio Cumbria joined us for the morning of the first day and a number of interviews with the Children and members of the group were broadcast and to our surprise  the interviews were re-transmitted the following day.  If you would like to read the blog and hear the interviews from this event then click on the link below.

The Royal Wedding Prince William and Kate Middleton 
The callsign for this event is GB4HRH
Our next special event found us at Oysterber Farm running two stations one in Hancock's Radio Hut and the other found members braving the elements.  Again this was a fantastic event to be apart of a little heath Robinson invention was called upon for the outside station because the wind would have damaged the parasol we would have liked to use. If you would like to read the blog and see what we got up too please click on the link below

The Isle of Tiree Dx-pedition 2011
In late September members of the group were invited to join with our friends in Workington to the Isle of Tiree where a good time was had by all.... Below are couple of a links to the Workington site. they are both well worth viewing


So what does 2012 hold in store for Sands Amateur Radio Contest Group? 
We have already got most of the equipment for contesting ready for use and we will be taking part in all the major contests including the RSGBCC monthly contest which are very enjoyable.

There is little doubt that there will be more experimentation done on antenna's and we may have something special to work with in Hancocks Radio Hut if everything works out.

Listen out for the special callsign GB4QDJ in June as we commemorate our Queens Diamond Jubilee and reign on the throne.

As for personal hopes and aspirations, each group member will have their own but one thing we will all have in common is to strive to improve on the skills they have nurtured along a willingness to embrace new skills as we all work together in the field of Amateur Radio.

Brian (G0RDH)

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