Essex Hams at Shoebury East Beach 07 Sep 14

Following a successful gathering of Essex Hams in Galleywood yesterday, another get-together took place today, this time in the south of the County at Shoebury East Beach.

Essex Hams at Shoebury East Beach 07 Sept 2014
Essex Hams at Shoebury East Beach 07 Sept 2014

With the Southend Bikeathon in full effect, the normal operation spot was not available, so the team gathered at the far end of the Shoebury East Beach field. The operation point may be an even better spot for radio, due to the numerous raised wooden posts which are perfect for securing fishing pole antennas.

James 2E1GUA, Mark M6RKC, Pete M0PSX, Steve 2E0UEH and Nick 2E0DVX
James 2E1GUA, Mark M6RKC, Pete M0PSX, Steve 2E0UEH and Nick 2E0DVX

The event was put together at the last minute today – with a series of tweets and texts. Yesterday’s field event was all about experimentation and data modes – today was all about voice… both on-air making contacts, and off-air promoting the hobby to passers-by.

Thanks to Rob and his sister Paula for popping by to see what we were up to. After having a tune around the bands and look at the stations running, Rob was able to send his first guest message courtesy of Pete M0PSX – He spoke to Jim 2E0RMI on 2m simplex and is hopefully now “hooked” – We hope to see him on a Foundation course very soon, to join the world of amateur radio.

Pete M0PSX helping Rob with his first Guest Message
Pete M0PSX helping Rob with his first Guest Message

Best DX of the day most definitely goes to Steve 2E0UEH, who settled on 15m as the band of choice, and racked up contacts with Japan, Brazil and the US. We’re convinced it was all done with mirrors…

Steve 2E0UEH, pleased with his results on 15m
Steve 2E0UEH, pleased with his results on 15m

By contrast, Pete M0PSX was on 40m giving away a few points in the SSB Field Day contest. As well as a few contacts with Germany and Belgium, Pete was pleased to speak to MX0LTC (the Norman Lockyear Observatory – featured in TX Factor Episode 1), as well as to be the penultimate contest contact for G3PYE (the Cambs Hams who’d been working solidly throughout the night)

Pete M0PSX working G3PYE for the SSB Field Day
Pete M0PSX working G3PYE for the SSB Field Day

Best PR of the day award went to Mark M6RKC, who made firm friends with the family we pitched up next to – It seems Mark may have got some new recruits to the hobby, as some of the family are keen to find out more – we can expect to see them at a local club event soon! To cement the agreement, they offered us a few tasty ribs, straight off the BBQ!

Mark M6RKC taking it easy after some 40m contesting
Mark M6RKC taking it easy after some 40m contesting

The ribs complimented the excellent super-strength Nero cafetiere coffee lovingly prepared by local author Sarah Smith (Author of the excellent adventure featuring Southend Pier: The Secret of Aldwych Strand – The End of the Pier Affair). Sarah opted to continue work on her next novel, letting the lads continue to work Brazil, Japan and Cambridge!

Local Slim Jims

Thanks very much to Nick 2E0DVX and his other half for popping along for the afternoon. Nick’s QTH is in Westcliff and he can struggle to hit GB3DA from home. Nick built his first Slim Jim after seeing Essex Ham’s new guide on making a 2m Slim Jim antenna – and brought it along to try out. The antenna was tested using Mark M6RKC’s MFJ antenna analyser, and showed a very impressive 1:1.1 match on 145MHz. Connecting the antenna to Pete’s FT857, Nick was able to hit GB3DA with a solid 59 (two S points higher than Pete’s Jim Slim!)

Nick 2E0DVX, pleased with his 2m Slim Jim
Nick 2E0DVX, pleased with his 2m Slim Jim

Honourable mention to James 2E1GUA for making the very long bike ride from Chelmsford to Shoebury – that’s dedication!

Thanks to everyone who popped down for a fun afternoon of radio in the sun, as well as to those who made contact with us. Great fun, great people, great coffee.. oh, and great DX (at least for those called Steve…)

Steve 2E0UEH giving an ant the Ice Bucket Challenge
Steve 2E0UEH giving an ant the Ice Bucket Challenge

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