Sep 032018
 

LSWC was once again at the FirPark Wings & Wheels event. The Club was there from Friday afternoon through to Monday evening of the August Bank holiday weekend.

 

Friday

Friday afternoon Les G1LQB, Peter 2E0FGA, Stephen 2E0SSM, Steve M5ZZZ set off for FirPark from their various starting locations. Les arrived first and started setting up and putting the masts up, the great thing about the masts we use are that they are designed to be erected by one person.

In addition to previous years Steve brought down his 2m / 70cm beam and along with Les’s special rotator, aquired at a previous FirPark event, we had 2m / 70cm SSB available using the icom ic-910. We also had the usual fan dipoles covering all of the HF bands and Les’s X30 collinear for 2m / 70cm FM.

 

By Night fall on the Friday the antennas were ready to lifted into position in the morning for operation to begin.

 

Saturday

Saturday morning saw the antennas raised into position and operating began.

Image thanks to Les G1LQB

Image thanks to Les G1LQB

LSWC portable at FirPark Wings & Wheels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some contacts were made using various modes, Including CW, FM, Via Satellites and SSB on HF and 2m. One of which being an SSB contact to America. We were also joined by Mick, M6OYP and his dog for the morning.

 

2E0SSM working satellites. Image thanks to Les G1LQB

2E0SSM working satellites. Image thanks to Les G1LQB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pam G4STO also joined us and brought with her the usual sausages and burgers, although an unfortunate dog incident occurred with the burgers, and cooked us a late breakfast and then some lunch. We were also joined by Barry G4DBS who spent some time on the radio.

 

During the day we had a number of people come and speak to us with a couple taking away Foundation books and some magazines. We hope we will hear from them again to do there Foundation licence.

As the day come to an end Les, Stephen and Peter were left to camp over and were treated to a nice sunset.

Sunset at FirPark Wings & Wheels Sunset at FirPark Wings & Wheels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

After a chilly night the three campers arose on Sunday morning ready for another day.

 

Sunday we were joined by Tom G4OSB, who took up the key on HF making a few contacts in the morning. By 11am though the weather had turned and the rain began to fall. The public had left and some stall holders had packed up and headed for somewhere warmer. Les, Stephen, Peter, Steve and Tom braved the weather before Tom and Peter had to depart leaving just three to continue. Band conditions started to improve with some good contacts made two of which to other special even stations in other parts of Europe.

 

Monday

Soon Monday arrived and reading a post on the internet Stephen read that the digipeater on the ISS was surprisingly back up and running. So to see if this was true he got out his Tape measure Yagi and hooked it up to his handheld radio. Using the built in TNC / APRS he transmitted the packets not expecting to get a reply.

 

2E0SSM working the ISS with APPRS. Images thanks to Les G1LQB

2E0SSM working the ISS with APPRS. Images thanks to Les G1LQB

2E0SSM working the ISS with APPRS. Images thanks to Les G1LQB

2E0SSM working the ISS with APPRS. Images thanks to Les G1LQB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After just his second transmission he got a reply back acknowledging his message and once the pass had finished he checked the received calls log on the internet and was delighted to see his callsign listed.

 

As the day went on we were joined for a brief period by Roger G3PVU & Jackie. Conditions on the bands were still quiet with mainly UK stations on 80m with one or two further afield on 40m. With the weather being better the other stall holders returned and so did the public. More people come to ask questions and see what was involved. As the winds picked up it was soon just Stephen, Les and Steve remaining but when Steve had to head off for other reasons Les and Stephen decided it was time to pack up and head home.

 

Next Time

The LSWC will be back at FirPark with some potential improvements to the station there being worked on next year.

Jun 192018
 

GB5FPS at Fir Park.

LSWC put on a special event station, GB5FPS, at Fir Park during the weekend of 9th/10th June.

The setup of two Fan Dipole antennas and Verticals allowed use of a wide range of bands from 160m through to 70cm’s. Numerous contacts were made over the two days both on HF, SSB and CW and on VHF/UHF FM. A number of satellite contacts were also made using 2m’s (Downlink) and 70cm’s (Uplink) simultaneously. A pleasant surprise came from a visit from someone on the Sunday who we had made contact with via Satellite on the Saturday.

In addition to radio activity we were treated to model aircraft displays and then the ‘real’ thing when light aircraft landed; took off and then performed a few acrobatic movements.

Helpers and visitors over the weekend were Stephen 2E0SSM, Les G1LQB arriving on Friday to start setting up; they were joined Saturday morning by Pam G4STO, Barry G4DBS, Tom G4OSB, Fred G4HNQ, Neal G8ZHL, Steve M5ZZZ, Jim G0EJQ and Stewart G3YPS.  On Sunday Roger G3PVU and Jackie called in to lend a hand.

Here are some images taken during the weekend.

 

 

The Club will be at Fir Park again on the 25th – 27th August for their Wings and Wheels Event. Add it to your diaries as it’s usually a good long weekend.

May 152014
 

Dambusters Memorial Station GB5DAM

OPERATION CHASTISE
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.

Apr 272013
 
Dambusters QSL Card

OPERATION CHASTISE
On the16th/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 lead by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC The aircraft took off in three groups, Group One lead 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 70 years ago you could have watched the aircraft take off and count them back in again.

On the 16/17th May 2013 the Lincoln Short Wave Club are operating a Special Event Station in memory of the Air Crew and German civilians killed during the now famous 617 Squadron’s raid on the great Ruhr dams of Germany. The station will be on RAF Scampton’s bomb dump which is where Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb would have been delivered on 16th May 1943. The station will start at 15.00 local time on 16th May 2013 and transmit through the night on 40 and 80 metres 3.617 MHz band conditions permitting. Transmissions will cease at 15.00 local time on the 17th May 2013. A sked has been arranged with an amateur who will be visiting the Mohne Dam on the 17th probably the first time a qso has taken place between the dam and RAF Scampton since the raid. A very special Limited Edition QSL card will be available of the Dambusters raid details on QRZ.com

Latest Update: Operations will now start on the CW DX section of the 40mtr band at 1300 UTC.  Ian G4XFC will operate for at least 1 hour +- pileup , when 80 opens about 20.20 UTC when the first wave would have been taking off we will use 3.617 will also transmit at some point on AM. We will also be sending a signal via 23cm to GB3VL to allow video to be broadcast via the BATC stream .