Essex 2m Activity July 2020

Saturday the 18th of July 2020 was another Essex 2m Activity Afternoon. The event is organised by the Thurrock Acorns and Essex Ham is a big supporter of this initiative, as we need more activity on the 2m band.

The Essex Ham club callsign had a good airing. Here’s a copy of the log for 1pm to 5pm local time:

Essex Ham MX0SXA Log for 18-July-2020

Callsign Mode Freq Time (GMT) Name QTH
G4HCK FM Simplex 145.450 1209 Nicholas Grays
G3CTI FM Simplex 145.450 1220 Alan Gillingham
G8MLQ FM Simplex 145.450 1255 Andy Gravesend
M7IDH FM Simplex 145.450 1300 Ian (Studied with Essex Ham) Gillingham
M0LMR FM Simplex 145.450 1340 Dorothy Basildon
M5YRG FM Simplex 145.450 1355 Gary (Just!) Medway
M0WJL SSTV 144.500 1410 Gordon Grays
M0SCJ FT8 144.174 1436 r: -14 s:-12 IO91
G4LPP FT8 144.174 1436 r: -15 s:-03 JO02
M6OAB FT8 144.174 1449 r: +5 s:-01 JO01
G0JEI FT8 144.174 1452 r: -16 s:-17 IO93
M0DHO FT8 144.174 1454 r: -06 s:+01 IO91
G4VQZ FT8 144.174 1457 s:-18 (incomplete QSO) IO90
G0ROG FT8 144.174 1459 r:-07 s:-17 IO90
GX0HKO FM via GB3DA 145.125 1520 Rachel Grays
M0LMR FM via GB3DA 145.125 1524 Dorothy (2nd contact) Basildon
2E0JBU FM via GB3DA 145.125 1528 James Brentwood
G7BND FM via GB3DA 145.125 1538 Barry Witham
G0BKL FM via GB3DA 145.450 1552 Eddie Grays

Topics discussed on 2m simplex:

  • Clubs during the lockdown, and clubs post-COVID
  • Minibus hygiene and sterilising mic windshield muffs during COVID
  • The old RAE exam
  • 146-148MHz experimentation
  • Amateur radio in Malta
  • Lighthouses on the air
  • Online exams
  • Being stopped by the police whilst operating amateur radio
SSTV QSO with M0WJL - Essex 2m Activity 18-Jul-20
SSTV QSO with Gordon M0WJL – Essex 2m Activity Day 18-Jul-20

All in all, a good fun afternoon – not as many people on-air as we might have expected (given the lockdown), but it was a nice day outside. Lots of support from Kent. Sadly, little support from some of the other clubs in Essex, who could perhaps have got on air or online to promote the initiative, but well done to those to took the time to get active on 2m.

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