Special Events News – 30 March 2014

| March 28, 2014

Worcester Radio Amateur Association will put GB1PER on the air today, 30 March, for the annual Airfields on the Air operation. This will take place in the grounds of the former Royal Air Force base at Perdiswell, from where the Kings Flight was based during the Second World War. GB1PER will be on the HF bands only. The club’s 60 foot tower will be in evidence on Bilford Road, putting Perdiswell alongside more famous participating RAF stations such as Scampton, Tangmere and Leeming. More details are on QRZ.com.

GB1BST, marking the start of British Summer Time, will be on the air today, 30 March, from Mount St Bernard Abbey in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire (SK41). The abbey is home to a community of Cistercian monks who have kindly given permission for the Special Event to operate from the abbey lawn. The station will be operated by the Phoenix Radio Group on the 40m, 20m and 2m bands plus others if conditions allow.

Riviera ARC are planning to run a club station in support of RAFARS Airfields on the Air event on 5 and 6 April. The intention is run from the site of Little Haldon, outside Teignmouth, Devon, which was a World War Two airfield, using the HF bands from 10 to 40m as well as 2m.

Dengie Hundred Amateur Radio Society will be active from Stow Maries Aerodrome in Essex, using the call sign GB0SMA, for Airfields on the Air next weekend. Stow Maries Aerodrome is one of the best preserved World War One aerodromes in the UK, with 20 of the original buildings still intact.

II1SWL will be on the air from 5 to 13 April using the HF, VHF and UHF bands with SSB, CW and digital signals. It is to encourage those new to amateur radio as either operators or listeners to take part in the hobby. A special QSL card is available, either via the bureau or direct to IW1EHL.

GB6RAF will be on the air from Rednal Air Field near Oswestry in Shropshire on 5 and 6 April. It will be operated by RAF Air Cadets from 2364 sqn (Welshpool), 2416 sqn (Newtown) and 1165 sqn (Oswestry), along with cadets from a number of other squadrons from around the region. The main operating band will be 7MHz with another stations working on 14 and 21MHz as time allows. Many Cadets on air will be new to amateur radio and it is hoped that this event will spark interest in the hobby.

To commemorate the centenary of the 1914-1918 war, a special activation will take place throughout 2014 in various departments of France. Activity runs from 1 March 2014 until 31 December 2014. Certificates are available for contacting the various stations. Stations involved will have a TM callsign, such as TM02REF and TM8FDA. More detail can be seen on QRZ.com under TM02REF.

Category: GB2RS Special Events