International Lighthouse weekend 17/18th August 2013

Once again Brede Steam Amateur Radio Society (BSARS) took part in the Lighthouse activation weekend and put UK0059 (New) and UK0060 (Old) Lighthouses on the air.

The club set up their 3 element tribander, covering 10, 15 and 20 meters,  on top of the trailer/mast and a full size G5RV was attached to the top of the mast for the other bands.

This was all set up on the Friday at Dungeness lifeboat station and their website can be found at www.dungenesslifeboat.org.uk

The RNLI at Dungeness  allow the club to set up their equipment in the office at the back and the trailer/mast on the hard standing.  The crew are very welcoming and have accommodated the club for the past 5 years.

A few contacts were made on the Friday just to make sure all the equipment was working in readiness for the event.

On the Saturday the day started well and we finished with 150 contacts logged.
Unfortunately, the bands were not in our favour, and nor was the wind and the mast had to be lowered as the strain on the mast was too great which was lifting the back steady wheel off the ground.

On the Sunday again the sun shone and the wind was still very strong so the mast was not erected to its fullest height. Contacts were few and far between as the bands were still not in our favour, but the members of the club persisted and finally a total of 270 contacts were made overall.

The total number of lighthouses/ships was 59.  Total countries contacted were 42 including 1 Oil Rig in Singapore the operator was on look out for ships at the time.

The club wish to thank all the people who contacted the station during the weekend and hope to see you all next year.

The only down side of the weekend was that the trailer had a blowout on the way home but this was soon fixed with the spare and we were soon on our way again.

BSARS members would like to thank the RNLI at Dungeness for their hospitality again and look forward to next year’s event.

For more information on the BSARS club please see http://www.bsars.co.uk or email m0nuc@aol.com

Article by Steve M0SSR (BSARS).


Pictures of the Lighthouse weekend by Steve 2E0GHX.

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