Wednesday evening brought this spectacular rainbow to Aisthorpe;
we were lucky not to get the storms associated with it.
You probably haven’t noticed it’s gone but if you have noticed, have you wondered what happened to it, that’s the pile of rubbish that was left at the west end of the shack. Well I took it home and practiced being an arsonist! I left the container of grease for others to deal with.
I suggest nothing is left lying around or it may end up at the bottom of my garden!
I met Steve M5ZZZ at the shack at 0830 on Saturday to pick up the equipment for Boultham Park Fair; why do we always leave everything we do to the last minute? I got there early so emptied the shed to get to the generator then, after getting the generator out, replaced everything I had got out only to see the white board we needed behind what I had put back, it stayed there! Both cars full we set off for Boultham about 0850.
We arrived at Boultham Park soon after 0900 where Tom G4OSB and Ian G4EVK were waiting for us; it wasn’t long before Peter M0EJL, Andy M6LCN and Roger G3PVU with his grand-daughter Laura, arrived to help. We soon got the Coleman shelter up shortly followed by the mast.
Radio connected Peter was the first operator followed by Andy, then Tom on CW. Do we have a prospective licencee with Laura seen below having a tune around.
We were privileged to have a flypast by a Spitfire:
Other members and former members that visited the station were Jim G0EJQ, Don M0CES, Pete G8HMZ and Derek & Kath Seeds. If I’ve missed anyone out sorry.
1500 hours arrived so we decided to pack up, that is Tom, Peter, Roger and Pam. Pam is sorry but she was not able to cart stuff to the shed or up in the loft so left them in the shack for someone else to put away!!!
Since posting the above pictures I have received another two photographs the one on the left shows most of us just sit around drinking tea and coffee and the one on the right shows we didn’t check the mast to make sure it was straight!! It also shows we had an almost cloudless day.
Several members took part in VHF NFD again this year; I think tempers were a little fraught whilst setting up in the morning but things had calmed down by the time I returned to prepare the sausages and burgers with help from Louise 2E0LOT in the evening.
We did wonder where the frying pan had disappeared to only to find it being used as an antenna!!!!
Another successful Sausage and Burger Night was held at the Club on July 2nd. Unfortunately it was almost dark before I got my camera out!
Featured below are Tom G4OSB, James G0EUN and Chris 2E0NDT
Steve M5ZZZ clearing up
The evening was so successful it was decided to hold another Sausage and Burger Night at VHF NFD.
Ian is planning an Intermediate Course for the end of July and all places have been filled for this course.
The Surplus Equipment Sale on 30th April was well attended by both club members and other amateurs from around the county. Surplus equipment was a little down on previous sales but there were still many bargains to be had.
Ian G4XFC assisted our resident auctioneer Bob G7AVU by finding the items for sale and Mark M0ZLE our Chairman and Roger G3PVU our Treasurer happily accepted payments and made payments at the end of the sale.
You will see from the photographs that the equipment for sale isn’t necessarily associated with radio; I used to work in the publicity department of a semiconductor factory and saw ‘top hat’ transistors and I don’t remember them being anything like the hats we had for sale!
It is hoped to hold another Surplus Equipment/Junk Sale at the end of October.
On the 16th /17th May 1943 19 Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron RAF took off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire armed with the now famous Bouncing Bomb invented by Barnes Wallis. The raid was led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC The aircraft took off in three groups, Group One led by Gibson took off in three waves of three aircraft at ten minute intervals starting at 21.39,, their mission was to attack the Mohne and Elder dams. Group Two consisting of 5 aircraft took off at 21.28 taking the longer northern route to attack the Sorpe dam. Group Three also consisting of five aircraft took off later at 00.09 they were a reserve group if the Mohne, Elder and Sorpe were breached they were to attack the Lister, Ennepe and Diemel dams. The code words sent back in Morse code to the operations room in Grantham were “Goner” meaning bomb dropped “Nigger Gibson’s Black Labrador who was run over by a car on the evening of the mission” meaning the Mohne was breached and “Dinghy” meaning the Sorpe was breached. Five bombs were dropped before the Mohne was breached. The Elder dam took three bombs to breach it and Sorpe despite several attacks was only slightly damaged. Only eleven aircraft returned to Scampton out of the nineteen aircraft which took off.. Of the survivors, 34 were decorated at Buckingham Palace on 22 June, with Gibson awarded the Victoria Cross. There were five Distinguished Service Orders, 10 Distinguished Flying Crosses and four bars, two Conspicuous Gallantry Medals, and eleven Distinguished Flying Medals and one bar. The Lincoln Short Wave Club shack is less than 1 mile from RAF Scampton 71 years ago you could have watched the aircraft take off and count them back in again.
The Memorial Station will be active on 40 & 80 mtrs from 2100 hrs on Friday the 16th May till 0900 hrs on Saturday the 17th of May from the LSWC Shack in Aisthorpe and any club member can operate the GB5DAM station as it will be a relaxed and informal atmosphere.