Essex 2m Activity Day November 2018

On Saturday the 17th of November 2018, it was another “Essex 2m Activity Day”, organised by Thurrock Acorns ARC. This is an initiative to get Essex amateur onto 2m and create some local activity. As with previous Activity Days, members of Essex Ham were showing their support and getting on air.

Whilst members of Thurrock Acorns were in the warm operating the TAARC club callsign (GX4HKO), over a dozen amateurs descended on Shoebury East Beach for some radio fun. Looking back on last November’s event – it was a chilly one… this year’s was even more chilly, with a really strong breeze making any sort of outdoor station just not viable. All of the operations on 2m were from cars, and much of the activity involved staying warm and drinking tea or coffee.

Some of folk attending the Essex 2m Activity Day - 17 Nov 2018
Some of folk attending the Essex 2m Activity Day – 17 Nov 2018

The group had plans for SSTV, FT8 and Echolink, but in the end, kept it simple with 2m FM using a home-made Slim Jim (Dorothy M0LMR and Pete M0PSX), plus some SSB action from Geoff G0DDX and Linda G0TPX (who travelled all the way from Cambridgeshire to bask in the South Essex chill)

Dorothy M0LMR, working 2m simplex in a warm toasty car
Dorothy M0LMR, working 2m simplex in a warm toasty car
Geoff G0DDX searching for 2m contacts at Shoebury East Beach
Geoff G0DDX searching for 2m contacts at Shoebury East Beach

For such a chilly day, it was great that so many turned out to say hello, including a few folk we’ve not seen for a while, and a couple of new faces. Sadly, 2m was very quiet – we had more people make the effort to turn up than call in to help keep 2m warm. Special thanks to those who did call us, including Brian G0UKP, John G4LTH, Kevin G0PEK, Jo M0JOZ and others. We did try to make contact with Rachel operating GX4HKO – we could hear her station, but just couldn’t make the trip, even with Geoff’s beam.

Geoff G0DDX's antenna - not quite up to moonbounce
Geoff G0DDX’s antenna – not quite up to moonbounce

Great too, to be joined by Nick M0NFE and Majbritt M6YAX, with their two-week old addition… who slept all the way through his first field day!

Nice to be joined by Vic G6BHE, visiting in his capacity as the RSGB District Rep for Region 12 – getting a taste of a chilly Shoebury Field Day – hopefully he’ll join us next summer… in shorts!

Vic G6BHE and Pete M0PSX at Shoebury East Beach (Nov 2018)
Vic G6BHE and Pete M0PSX at Shoebury East Beach (Nov 2018)
Safety first - proteting coax to the car
Safety first – protecting coax to the car

Well done to Thurrock Acorns for championing the Essex 2m Activity Days, and thanks to everyone who came down, called in or sent us a message on social media.

 

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