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The only way is Essex Ham

Spent a very enjoyable Sunday with the crew from Essex Ham. The operating site is at Gallywood common near Chelmsford, and the operating is outdoors and subject to weather. The sun was shinning, and alfresco portable operating was possible.

Stations included 2 HF, 1 VHF/UHF and 1 on 70 MHz. I opted for the 70 MHz station, using a Icom 7100 and a slim Jim supported on a spidebeam roach pole.

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Here you can see various various roach poles supporting HF and VHF aerials.

Over the afternoon I worked 12 stations on 70 MHz, they ranged from Southend, Colchester and Waltham Abbey so around 20 miles.

Band conditions on HF left a little to be desired, although this didn’t stop Peter G0DZB from working CW on 10 and 14 MHz.

 

Many thanks to the Essex Ham team for their hospitality, bacon sandwiches and tea. I hope to see you again soon on another sunny afternoon for some further portable operating.

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Peter has some further pictures and operating report on his blog.

73 Dave M0TAZ

Operating GB0SNB special event call from the Kelvedon Hatch SNB

On Saturday I operated from the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker near Ongar. The bunker is a large 3 level underground site, with a 50 meter mast on the roof. The bunker was active until 1994.

The bunker has a permanent special call sign GB0SNB and is open to the public as a museum.

Working with George M1GEO we completed some QSO on 5 MHz, 14 MHz and some VHF contact on 145 MHz.

You can read more about the bunker online, and if you’re local why not plan a visit. The current owner Mike Parish gives you a virtual video tour below.

The Icom 7100 provided HF and VHF. To the left is the TYT MD380 and right Icom E92

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Operating is completed from the original home office radio room, although this equipment is on the back wall its only for show.

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Here you can see George M1GEO tinkering with the IP and the co-located GB7KH DSTAR repeater.

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70 MHz from Bedsford Park

An afternoon in the sun looked like an ideal opportunity to work some station on 70 MHz. Bedsford park is the highest point around at the dizzy height of 100m ASL. I decided to take the 12m roach pole and Icom 7100 and the slim jim.

The portable trolly, battery and antenna.

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After setting up the radio, powered by a 90Ah leisure battery my first visitor was the local parks patrol. They have recently been kitted out with a look alike “emergency” response vehicle, complete with blue lights and checkerboard markings. We had the usual chat that started along the lines of “Have you asked permission” … (oh this isnt going so well.) I didn’t quite work out why I need to ask permission to sit in the park with a fishing pole and Icom radio, it seemed like the local dog walkers with their poop machines or the kids throwing sticks into the conker tree was just fine but thats another story. He was quite amicable once I told him I was a licensed amateur radio operator, either that or he was just confused by the term.

 

Sitting on the park bench

21357600008_0e239187d3_kAnyhow, after the passing of the parks police enforcement team. I got down to some operating, calling CQ on 70.450. It was great to hear so much activity, and I quickly worked 12 stations.

I managed to work.

M1COI – Henry- Belvedere

G3XFE – Chris – Eastbourne / Tunbridge wells

G8YNC – Peter – Alexandra Palace

G3VSJ – David – Hoddesdon

G4UAQ – Ian – Maidstone

The Slim Jim up 12m on the roach pole.

M0KSJ – Kevin – Chislehurst 21519234286_b96ad94059_k

G3VPS – Peter – East Grinstead

G3RQZ – Peter – J6 M25 Godstone

G8NDL – Ken – Swanley

G8KQA – Roger – East Sussex

G7CRQ – Adam Wallington.

 

 

 

 

 

A very enjoyable afternoon, thanks to everyone I worked 73 M0TAZ

 

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