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GB6NT Naze Tower 2020

This year marks the 23rd Anniversary of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend which is held in Memory of the late publicity officer Jim Linton VK3PC who passed earlier this year.

The objective is to encourage owners and operators of light houses and light ships to open up to the public with a view to raising the profile of the maritime heritage of these great institutions around the world.

Our aim as amateur radio operators is to contact as many of the lighthouses and lightships as possible from around the world as well as other manned radio stations and raise the profile of our own Naze Tower.

We aim to be operating fully from around 8am on Saturday morning    right through to Sunday afternoon at 4pm (weather conditions permitting) .

If you are able to come along and wish to operate, please contact Mark  M0LTG 
or Garry M0MGP so we can pop you on the logging software.

Members of the public welcome to come and have a chat with the operators and view the equipment. You may also be able to pass a message.
Pop along and see us.

AUGUST 22/23 2020

Call used during the event will be GB6NT, lighthouse number 

 UK0212,     Locator   JO01pu,  WAB   TM22.


TRANSCEIVERS:-         YAESU FT DX 101D For HF 80/40

YAESU FT DX 101D For HF 20/17/15/12/10

                                        YAESU FT 847  for VHF - SSB

                                        YAESU FT DX3000  for DATA Modes

YAESU FT 847 Running SSTV demonstration

 ANTENNAE:-               80 m Doublet sloping N from 80 to 40 feet AGL for HF

                                        G3XTQ HEXBEAM at 40 feet for HF 40 to 6 metres with   

                              associated GX 650 rotator and seeker software.

3 band Fan Dipole 80/40/20

                                        Long wire at 10m vertical with associated CG3000 ATU.

                                        41ft Vertcal multiband

Logging Systems:-       iMac 24" running Skookumlogger

                                       Mac mini running Skookumlogger

                                       Lenovo Z51 running FT8 & FLDigi

                                       Laptop logging FT8 on second digi setup.

(Please note that any or all of the above may be altered without notice depending on availability and conditions) 

For those of you not familiar with the Naze Tower,   it is an 8 sided brick tower some 87 feet high,  built in 1720, over a  ¼ of a mile inland, on the site of a former beacon in which a fire was kept alight all night every night.

To read more on the history of the tower visit GB6NT on QRZ.com

Three nearby cafes provided essential sustenance for the Special Event operation team.

Walton Lifeboat Special Event Station

May 11th & 12th 2019
GB6WLB Special Event Station

Every year May is the month to bring the sterling and brave work of the Lifeboat crews around the country to the fore during their MAYDAY month of activities. 

Originally the Special Event Station was operated by Herbie G6XOU from his home QTH but following the success of last years ILLW event, members of Colchester Radio Amateurs Club have joined Herbie and Harwich club members (HARIG) to bring this event to the public and hopefully raise some funds for the RNLI and support their work.

Come along and visit us over the weekend, see how amateur radio works, meet the operators and perhaps pass a message "over the air" with the help of one of our operators.

We will be located in the NAZE CAR PARK. WALTON. CO14 8LJ
Weather and conditions permitting.

LIVE Operating frequencies will be posted on our Facebook page

The station was opened on November 18th 1884 by Baroness Bolsover with the newly installed Honourable Artillery Company (ON 31), a 37ft x 9ft self righter built by Forrest of Limehouse. Her first call came that very evening to red flares spotted 12 miles off shore near the Sunk light vessel.
In her 16 years of service she launched 84 times and saved 132 souls.

6 further boats came and went on station in the following years and then in 2011 the current boat.

 Irene Muriel Rees (ON 1299) took station. This Tamar class boat is packed with electronics and has a pair of 10,001bhp Caterpillar diesels giving 25kts, 250 nautical mile range, is 16.3m long and 5.3m wide and is crewed by seven volunteer lifeboat crew.

For more information on the WALTON LIFEBOAT click here


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