Ean Pestano has now passed his Advanced exam, obtaining Full Licence call M0LXI
This event took place on Saturday (10th October) between 2000-2300 UTC. With G8DXU, M0KIL, M6GND and 2E1PJJ all included in the SARS team.
Frequencies used were between 1890-1992kHz LSB with a limit of 32W pep. Entry in the competition was from our Beachy Head site using the club call GX1KAR/P with scores counting towards the AFS series of events. Despite having to lower the mast and replace a faulty feeder in the driving rain, we managed to contact 36 stations. The RSGB HQ station GB3HQ and stations in the Channel Isles being amongst these,
Exercise Blue Ham was founded a few years ago to encourage communications between Military Cadets and radio amateurs.
The most recent event “Exercise Blue Ham 100” being held over the weekend of 13-14th October from 0800-1600 UTC with operation on a number of spot frequencies in the 60m Band.
G8DXU/P assisted by M6EYO and M6ONX entered the event from Drewsteignton in the Dartmoor National Park. Operations were from a military Land Rover 110 Defender FFR using Clansman RT321 running 40W pep into a Resonant Dipole supported from a Racal 8m Mast. We also used an ICOM IC-7300 to scan the band for activity. After the first six successful contacts with the Clansman equipment we used the IC-7300 for the rest of the event with 80W output.
SARS members Bob G0UOI and Ian G7HFS also participated in the event from the Eastbourne area. Both G0UOI and G8DXU/P have gained sufficient contacts with cadet stations to gain certificates.
The next Blue Ham event is to be planned for March 2019 Please see http//alphacharlie.org.uk for more information.