Railways on the Air – Nene Valley Railway

GB0NVR – 23rd & 24th September 2017
Railways on the Air – Nene Valley Railway

The Huntingdonshire Amateur Radio Society once again this year took part in Railways on the Air as GB0NVR at Wansford Station on the Nene Valley Railway near Peterborough. The NVR management this year invited us onto the main platform where Mervyn G4KLE, David M0VTG, Malcolm M0OLG, and Gerald G8AKL erected our gazebo and antenna on the Friday afternoon. This year ROTA coincided with Thomas the Tank Engine weekend and so we were able to enjoy the look on the children’s faces as Thomas came steaming in. Thomas at NVR is, of course, the only true Thomas as the Reverend Audrey the author of the books of our childhood and living as he did in Stilton just 5 or so miles away personally named Thomas at NVR many years ago.

   Photo by Scott Gilbert 2E0KFI

Mervyn G4KLE and David M0VTG arrived on site at 0830 on Saturday and the station was set up and operating by 0915. We were joined shortly later by Malcolm and Sid M0SRS who took turns to operate throughout most of the day. Scott 2E0KFI, a professional photographer, arrived with his son Billy during the afternoon and took many photographs. We were visited by Ed N3US who was staying in the area with his son and other radio amateurs from the Peterborough area also looked in. Saturday realized some 46 QSOs on 40 and 80 metres. The WX was fine after a very light shower at around 0930 after which it was warm and with sunny intervals. All in all a very enjoyable day.

Sunday brought equally fine weather and David M0VTG activated the station again by 09.15. The morning was slow with only regular nets seeming to be around and with few replies to CQ calls. However, things picked up later when David was joined by Mervyn G4KLE at 12:45 after his regular 7 mile Nordic Walk. Around mid-afternoon following another period and a visit to the Station Cafe for a cup of tea we decided to have a final go before packing up. Needless to say, Mervyn was then faced with a large pileup for the next hour. We worked another 36 stations that day.

Altogether we had contacts with 82 stations, twelve of which were other ROTA stations. The equipment used was the Society’s ICOM IC-7200, LDG 100 Pro II, and G5RV at about 20 feet roughly east-west. During the weekend we also watched 92 Sqn Battle of Britain class ‘Spamcan’ haul trains to Peterborough while Thomas chuffed his way through the tunnel to Yarwell and back.
Written by David Howlett

About Mervyn S Foster

Being semi-retired my hobbies are Amateur Radio and I hold a full UK transmitting licence (G4KLE), Chairman of Huntingdonshire Amateur Radio Society and Pyrography (Wood Burning Art). I am an INWA Nordic Walking Instructor having trained with British Nordic Walking, I organise Nordic Walks for those who wish to improve their Fitness and Health. I hold full Liability Insurance and am a trained First Aider. I am also a Business Mentor and Public Speaker.
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