The 20th August 2020 was the 58th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Nuclear Ship Savannah. I was lucky enough to have operated K3SAV in May 2019 from onboard. On 22nd August a group of amateur put the K3S special call on the air from locations across Maryland to celebrate. As the Savannah is […]
Category: Special Events
On a couple of occasions in 2019 I was invited to operate from the Nuclear Ship Savannah, which at that time was docked in Baltimore undergoing decommissioning work. The vessel was the first nuclear powered passenger ship ever built, and in her operational life carried passengers and cargo. Owned by the U.S. Government she was […]
This special event was something very different. In fact NSS was not transmitting on amateur radio frequencies, but had a licence to transmit on Navy frequencies while listening to the nearest amateur radio band for the 68th annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test. It was held on 11th May and I had the pleasure of […]
As part of the FOC 80th Anniversary Challenge I was able to activate GC4FOC from various locations in Wales during the month. My planning for the FOC80 activity was frantic at times and I was keen that every one of the seven UK&CD regions be represented during the month. For various reasons covering Wales was […]
In 2018 the month of May saw the 80th anniversary of The First Class CW Operators Club, FOC. During the month the club had various special calls on the bands during an activity challenge run by the club. I was able to arrange the call GB80FOC and had the pleasure of activating it for 4 […]
The year is 1924 and Cecil Goyder 2SZ, at that time a final year student at Mill Hill School in London, made Amateur Radio history. With his antenna on top of a school building and around 80W of RF power he made the first contact between the UK and New Zealand using the 90M wave-band. […]
During the centenary year of the RSGB there has been a special callsign making its way around the UK and local radio clubs have been getting on the air. In late 2012 the Cheltenham Amateur Radio Association decided to partake in the activity and were offered a 3 day slot on 2/3/4th November 2013. The […]
In July 2013 the MV prefix was available for use to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RSGB. A total of 370 QSOs were made, all CW. QSL cards were sent via the Bureau and logs are on Clublog and LoTW.
During 2012 London hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Ofcom authorised the use of a special prefix character O throughout the period to celebrate this. In total 925 QSOs were made, mostly CW, and all QSOs were sent a special QSL card. Logs are also on Clublog and LoTW.
The MQ prefix had previously been authorised in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2012 it was authorised again and I was active as MQ0PCB for a second time. In 2012 just over 300 QSOs were made using RTTY and CW on the bands. All QSOs were sent the […]