Thats the operating over now for the hard work

GB4LBC has now shut down, we’ve amassed quite a few contacts over this weekend to add to our haul from last weekend as well. The loan of the old shop from St Bees lifeboat was very much appreciated by all of us that got involved. I managed to get a couple of 2m FM contacts from the top of the headland before the battery died on me and fired up the Monday night intercontinental special (loosely based on just about every other vertical but with one exception – It wasn’t resonant on the band it should have been). I’ll check it with the analyser shortly to see what I’ve managed to do with it but even when it was tuned by the autotuner and at an awful efficiency no doubt I managed a couple of DX contacts to add into the book.

Over the next few days I’ll be collating all the log sheets we have and totting up all the contacts. I’ve got quite a few to do. We seemed to be more popular than we bargained, so it’ll take a bit of effort to sort out the QSL cards and awards.

Norman, G7MRL, Noel, G4PEW, Liz M6EPW and myself will undoubtedly be back next year and hopefully colin, M0XSD can do better with his lurgy timing with our muddy antenna installation and modest transceivers to do battle with high winds and rain as well as frozen soil so thanks to everyone who answered our calls, forgave our ability to forget your callsign, call you by someone else’s name or listened without switching off to us repeating ourselves with the same facts and figures that we’d handed out in the previous over. You’ve all made our 2 weekends of SOS Radio week enjoyable and most of all memorable.

GB4LBC going QRT

Alex Hill, G7KSE, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, UK. Contact him at [email protected].

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