Apr 272013
Dambusters QSL Card

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 .

  17 Responses to “Dambusters Special Event Station GB70DAM”

  1. Come on, why only 40 and 80 mtrs, for such a VERY special event.
    Terry EA3EWO

  2. Communications from aircraft to base were by CW between 3 & 6 Mc/s I believe, using the famous R1155 T1154. At the dams it was R/T on VHF. SO Lincoln Club, why are you not using CW?

    Sorry to say I am away on 16th/17th so you will not hear my T1154 on air in those men’s honour! I am devastated, as were those dams.

    Andrew GW3OQK.

  3. Guys is there any chance of trying 20m cw for us in Australia and Alaska who own Lancaster ‘bathtub’ keys and would love to be part of this event? Not sure 40m will work for us….though we will try! But 20m would be FB! We’ve all seen the movies and know the history and love getting our bathtubs on air to blow bubbles in peace hihi! – lyn VK4EI , Col VK4CC, Tomm WL7HP and others!

    • Sorry Guys we had problems getting the callsign and were only allowed it for 48 hours only on 40 & 80mtrs we run this event every year so hopefully we will not be so restricted next year

  4. As an avid SWL I have been listening in this afternoon, I am based in Andover Hampshire, on the edge of what “was” RAF Andover I am listening in using a vintage Eddystone 800 receiver..:)

    How can I go about getting a card as an SWL please… its now 17:26 and I believe you have some thunder on the way .. Best of luck


  5. Thank you, I looked on QRZ but the link on event stations brought me back to here, sorry new to all this
    qrz stuff 🙂 can I send you a SAE .. my email dgwooldridge@googlemail.com if you want to email me info directly ?

  6. To Recieve QSL card, limited to the first 1000 SAE to
    Stephen Burke
    17 The Crescent, WRAGBY

  7. Sent my copy of logbook page off plus sae (no qsl cards as awaiting delivery from RSGB still) but Not recieved GB70DAM a qsl card.Disapointed GM8JET

  8. Me to 🙁 sent in the reports and SAE on the day of the event, as a SWL I enjoyed listening to the event for the day


  9. In fairness though it would take a good bit of time in dealing with a 1000 cards i guess,so i live in hope.

  10. Sorry :O( to all that have waited patiently to receive their special Dambusters QSL Card but there were delays in printing and we have now received the cards and they are being dispatched as I write this. You will find that they were well worth the wait.

    Thank you for your patience

  11. Thank You so much for that,i am still waiting for my qsl cards from the order with the RSGB and will of course send one direct as soon as they arrive,hence in the mean time i sent a log book copy.

    Guess the GB70DAM cards are indeed superb and well worth waiting for.

  12. Good Evening
    I received the cards on Wednesday 19th June and I will get them written out as quick as I can, as someone said a 1,000 will take some writing . Many thanks for your patients but I am sure the wait will be well worth while.

    73 de Steve M5ZZZ
    If you haven’t received your card within a month please contact me direct at stephenburke659@btinternet.com .

  13. Superb card arrived today,Thank You.Mine have arrived also from RSGB who have managed to put GV8JET instead of as required GM8JET!

    As i will not be using NOV during July i am a bit annoyed.Looks like i will have to alter the the “V” to “M”.

    73,s David GM8JET

  14. Are thry still coming, I have had nothig as yet? Sent in SAE on the day

    Dg_w tomos


  15. Yes as Steve stated if you have not got yours within a month contact him.As above mine arrived the other day and its excellent.

    David GM8JET