Thurrock Acorns at Davy Down

Thurrock Acorns ARC LogoOn the 17th of May 2015, the Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club, were active for a field at the Davy Down Pump House in Grays.

A number of TAARC members visited the Davy Down Pump House and set up a radio station. The reason for the event was the annual ‘monuments on the air’ activity that takes place in May each year. During the course of the day the club had three stations operating and using a special call sign GB2DD (Davy Down) made contact with other radio stations located at different monuments around the UK. One of the early contacts established was with another pumping station located in Somerset.

In total around 60 contacts were made during the day to stations located both in the UK and overseas. The countries contacted included South Africa, Italy, Poland, France, and Belgium with the remainder within the UK. Visitors were encouraged to send greeting over the air whenever possible.

The chairman of the radio club Nicholas Wilkinson said “the day had been a huge success and he was delighted at the number of contacts made all which were designed to raise the name of the ‘Davy Down Pump House’.

The picture below shows Stella one of the radio operators talking to a South African station from the pump house.

TAARC at Davy Downs - May 2015
TAARC at Davy Downs – May 2015

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Thanks to the team at Thurrock Acorns for submitting this story.

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