Langdon Hills Coastguard Talk Nov 2018

Well done to the Langdon Hills Amateur Radio Club for their first club talk night, which took place on Friday the 9th of November 2018.

Speaker for the first night was Rob M1EGP, on the subject of his time with the coastguard service.

Rob M1EGP, presenting his coastguard talk at LHARC in November 2018
Rob M1EGP, presenting his coastguard talk at LHARC in November 2018

This is one of the better talks I’ve been to in recent years, as it’s clearly a subject that Rob’s passionate about, and there were some interesting radio connections thrown in.

The talk included discussion of the various marine frequencies, the differences between the various agencies that travel and police our local waterways, plus a good mix of anecdotes and stories about personal experiences.

Popular theme, and subject of a number of questions from the floor was the SS Richard Montgomery – this US vessel is a wreck off the coast of Sheerness, packed with 1,400 tonnes of explosives – and if (or should that be “when”) it goes off – it won’t be a lot of fun for those living on the Essex and Kent coasts.

There was also talk of the remains of the last missing US aircraft, just off the Essex coast, an interesting set of ‘sightseeing’ equipment from a WWII vessel, and a cameo of Rob’s appearance in EastEnders!

Also under discussion, flares, Trinity lightships and EPIRB (maritime distress beacons).

The evening didn’t rely on the typical Powerpoint show, but a selection of photos to give us a behind-the-scenes insight into his time in the coastguard.

Langdon Hills ARC Club Meeting November 2018
Langdon Hills ARC Club Meeting November 2018

Sadly, the club night wasn’t as well attended as this talk deserved, but there were tea & biscuits, a club station… plus the raffle.

Langdon Hills ARC Club Meeting November 2018
Langdon Hills ARC Club Meeting November 2018
Langdon Hills ARC Club Meeting November 2018
Langdon Hills ARC Club Meeting November 2018

Well done to Langdon Hills ARC for a great evening, and to Rob M1EGP for an enlightening talk on all things maritime.

Pete M0PSX

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