GB1SMB – 9th September 2017
We were back again at St Mary’s Church, Buckden, Cambridgeshire to set up our station for the “Churches and Chapels on the Air” event.
The G5RV Antenna erecting team of Brian (G8CHC), Nigel (G6LSB) and Mervyn (G4KLE) arrived at 08:30 Saturday morning, with new throwing techniques demonstrated, the antenna was up in quick time, also with roof work being done on the church, we managed to get the builders to attach a rope to scaffolding at the tower end of the church.
With antenna hoisting completed, David (G4ETG) joined us and we moved into the Living Stones Room (part of the church) to set up the rig (Icom 7200 in NEW traveling frame) and display board.
The station was up and running by 09:30, Nigel (G6LSB) on the Mic having his first contact with GB4KMC (Kinver Methodist Church, Stourbridge – Geoff). We had a lively period up until midday with 4 other Churches and Chapels on the log then things went quiet.
We were visited again this year by Bishop David (Bishop of Huntingdon) who made a beeline for us, sat down and listened to a contact. The ladies of the church kept us refreshed with tea/coffee and homemade cakes throughout the morning, some came over and asked many questions about Amateur Radio.
We had a total of 13 QSO’s throughout the day, 5 being with other Churches and Chapels. Radio conditions were not good and even Hack Green was flat as a pancake most times.
Members who visited and operated on Saturday were – Brian (G8CHC), Nigel (G6LSB), David (G4ETG), Phil (G0AYX), Gerald (G8AKL), Carol (G1KGV), Sid (M0SRS), Malcolm (M0OLG), David (G7DIU) and Mervyn (G4KLE).
We would like to thank Brian (G8CHC) and Phil (G0AYX) for being our points of contact with the church and to the Revd Jes Salt and all members of St Mary’s Church, Buckden for making us very welcome once again, and could we do it again next year.
Mervyn S Foster
G4KLE – WACRAL #435