St. George’s Day GB1STG in 2016

GB1STG 2016 LogoSaturday 23rd April 2016, saw the Essex Ham team operating a special event station, GB1STG, for St. George’s Day – England’s national day.

In previous years, the event was held close to one of the main car parks at Galleywood Common, but with the weather pre-event looking a little unfriendly, there was a slight change of venue for this year’s event, result in the stations being set up close to the Horse & Groom pub.

Charlie M0PZT, event organiser, running GB1STB on 40m
Charlie M0PZT, event organiser, running GB1STB on 40m

 

In the end, apart from an expected 10 minute shower of hail, the WX behaved itself and we had a good day of operation on a number of bands and modes, with a pretty good turnout of local amateurs and SWLs keen to support St George’s Day…

GB1STG on-air in 2016
GB1STG on-air in 2016

In action on the day:

  • The main HF station, running on 40m
  • A second station running on 2m FM, or 20m when 2m was quiet
  • Tom G0SBW running an impressive mag loop on 17m and 20m
  • Steve 2E0UEH running on a mix of bands,and trying some PSK31
  • Peter G1FOA running a 4m station, and supplying the St. George’s flags
Tom G0SBW and his mag loop at Galleywood Common
Tom G0SBW and his mag loop at Galleywood Common

With Tim Peake making a schools contact from the ISS, we couldn’t miss the chance to tune in, and Steve M0SHQ (and others) were able to pull in a crystal-clear signal from Tim. A few members of the public, part of a walker’s group, came and had a listen too. Steve also managed to make a few contacts during two passes of the SO-50 satellite.

Steve M0SHQ working the SO-50 satellite
Steve M0SHQ working the SO-50 satellite

Other highlights included a couple of drone flights from Nick M0NFE, several visitors from outside the Essex area coming along to play, plus the opportunity for a few to try out the Essex Ham Top Trumps game!

Essex Ham Top Trumps in action
Essex Ham Top Trumps in action

We lost count of the number of amateurs attending, but it was in the order of around 20 – we also managed to talk to a couple of International Marconi Day stations, including CARS, who were operating at Sandford Mill.

Essex Hams supporting St George's Day
Essex Hams supporting St George’s Day

A cracking day – well done to Charlie M0PZT for organising another popular and patriotic event.

You can see Charlie’s write-up here GB1STG 2016

Dorothy M0LMR, working 2m
Dorothy M0LMR, working 2m

 

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