August 20, 2012

Sands Contest Group IARU / The GB4TDF Special Event Station

Hi Folks,

The IARU Contest did not have the the best operating conditions but was enjoyable non the less.  Sadly Kev was not able to make the event due to illness which was a shame because it was a contest he was looking forward too taking part in.

I arrived at 9am to find that Paul 2e0ckc was already working on site in preparation for setting the antenna's up.

Oysterber Farm from the air

Rather than putting some of the normal pictures into the blog I though you might enjoy an aerial view filmed for Barrie and Kathy by Chris M5XYZ with the aid of a camera fitted to his radio controlled helicopter. 

The video does not show the rear of Oysterber Farm where you will find the meadow we site our antenna farm on or Hancocks Radio Hut our hub of communications activity for the weekend so I have added a few pictures here.

I took this picture of Sunrise around 04:30 on Sunday Morning 
Looking out from the front of Oysterber Farm
This picture was taken around dawn on Sunday Morning looking back into the meadow from Hancocks Radio Hut

Looking out over the meadow from Hancocks Radio Hut

IARU Station Operators

The operating team for the weekend were: Paul 2e0ckc, Ian g0vgs, Brian g0rdh Stephany g1lat, Steve g1tlq, Mike m0prl, Mark m0dgk

Tour de France 2012. (Information supplied by Barrie G1JYB)

Le Tour De France 2012 Celebrating the 99th year of the Tour de France
Supporting our cyclists Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish
Promoting cycling in general.

The GB4TDF SES was a real success for Steph and myself with Brad Wiggins coming first and Chris Froome coming second, we could not have asked for more and we certainly helped to raise the profile of Cycling in the UK and I feel that this next few years will see many more talented riders in the sport and more importantly, lots more money from companies wanting to sponsor both the Teams and Riders. Thanks to all SANDS members who made the effort and worked us.

There is a nice video link below worth watching. I apologise for The single advert before the video footage of Bradley Wiggins but it's not anything I could change.

Paul 2E0CKC operating GB4TDF Prior to the Morecambe Bay Net being run on 2m

The QSL Card 

Thanks to all the stations worldwide who worked us

For more in depth information please visit the GB4TDF page on QRZ.Com

The next blog will cover the groups activity at IOTA 2012 from Sunderland Point.

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