Category: Special Events

K3SAV – The Nuclear Ship Savannah

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 […]

NSS – Armed Forces Day 2019

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. […]


While I was an active member of the Bishop Auckland Radio Amateurs Club we were active annually for the Mills On The Air weekend from the Killhope Lead Mine at the top end of Weardale. We operated from the building next to the water mill at the museum.