GB0MMH Men’s Mental Health Awareness

The Humber Fortress DX ARC proudly supports the 2024 International Men’s Health Initiative, advocating for men’s mental health awareness on a global scale. We will be operational from the Mill House during the weekends of May 17th-19th and June 14th-16th, utilizing the special call sign GB0MMH across all HF bands. We encourage you to listen to us and reach out; your support will significantly contribute to raising awareness of men’s mental health.

This year, GB0MMH will remain active throughout the duration, making it easy to identify us as we continue to raise awareness of MMH over the weekends. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the operators who have supported us in previous years and to those driving the initiative this year. 

For far too long, men have been hesitant to discuss their struggles and have lacked the necessary support systems. Fortunately, many organizations are now assisting men facing mental health challenges on an international level. It’s crucial to talk, and even better when support is readily available, which is being increasingly utilized by men in need.

Below are links to resources that offer in-depth information and support for those reaching out for help. If you or someone you know is silently suffering from depression due to financial or family-related issues, please share the information from the supportive community advocating for men’s mental health.

Mens Health Forum
Man Health
Man Up
Andy’s Man Club

This organization is especially meaningful to us, with one of our HFDXARC members, Liam M7LCB, heavily involved in providing support to men by encouraging them to open up about their struggles.

We invite you to explore our website, sign the guest book, and share your comments, feedback, or suggestions. Links are provided below.

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Remember, KEEP TALKING GUYS.

73 for now.

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GB0 Merry Christmas “LiveStreaming”

The Club once again is using the Xmas call sign of GB0MC throughout December, only this time many of the members have decided to really get in the spirit of things, by wearing Santa outfits for the activation.

This year is different however, as every time the call is activated from the club we will be LiveStreaming on the Clubs YouTube channel.

We began Sat 2nd Dec on the 40m band with full santa atire and LiveStreamed the whole activation which went down very well indeed. The pile up was very big as operators called into us throughout the day and the majority actually checked out the Live feed on YouTube.

As you probably know, a Live feed can’t be edited and can give some very funny footage of events. Well Sat was just that, as Andy 2E1TAP passed the chair to Chris G0URG for a change of operators, and as he was adjusting the headset he snapped them in half. It was very funny at the time, however not so much for Andy G7LRR as he had to repair them.

So we setup a Santa repair shop in the stream background, which went down very well but took a while as we were all constantly waving to operators on the Live.

Sean M0SLY operated the 20m station throughout the day under the Club Call sign with alot of success working DX.

The afternoon went down very well with everyone, and we will continue to activate the call throughout December. The GB0MC QRZ page has links to our LiveStream so please check us out when you hear us on the bands. The first Live is on the Club YouTube channel for anyone wishing to indulge in a bit of Xmas fun. The YouTube link is available on the website homepage, or look up humber fortress.

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CQWW 2023 Mast’s, Tents And Carrier Bags

I always want to start with ‘Friday Morning dawned bright and early’. The early part was true but no – it was raining AGAIN. Did we let it dampen our spirits though?

The first job of the day was to get the really big tent up. The space for catering and 3 lucky fellas sleeping quarters. It had heating, bug zappers, chairs, a table, and mats so what more could you possibly want? I must admit though standing on the outside when it was being erected, we heard some strange ‘goings on’. The Big one goes there, Chris, you put it in that hole, and so on ( not getting involved with that one). We also remembered Mike’s grass and put down some walkways to protect it while it was wet.

9.30 am arrived along with our lovely Norfolk Steve M0EBJ who had set off from his QTH at 5.20 am bringing with him the first of our mobile masts. Something he had made himself and I must say is a stunning piece of kit. Great care was taken with not only the mast but the grass too so it could be set up in the middle of the grassed area in front of the club.

We then had our own homemade mobile mast I believe known as ‘The Beast’. This was set up at the back of the club so we could hit it at all angles on the bands.

  I know I have mentioned more than once that the grass was wet and it was raining so obviously suitable footwear was needed. Maybe short notice caught some people out so we had our own in-house designer make and model our very own version of the waterproof shoe. Tappy did it the slightly wacky way and had blue on one foot and white on the other with never-before-seen fastenings made out of black electrical tape. Please see the photos and be advised other supermarkets may do striped bags.

Friday afternoon was mostly taken up with radio leads and bandpass filters being tested.

 last minute Coax runs put in by Sean M0SLY and Andy G7LRR.

Oh yeah, and the odd cup of tea usually when Chris had nothing to do – for god’s sake someone keeps him busy or we will all drown in tea.

Friday evening was BBQ time. Lots of food was cooked by Head Chef Chris G0URG and his new Sous Chef Charlie 2E0CIK. Well done lads Chris G0URG And Steve M0EBJ by the BBQ.

CQWW started at 1 am Saturday (clocks fallen back!) Many of us were not there to see the start but we had the usual hardy bunch of night workers taking on the task of getting us off to a good start.

 

As usual with this contest, it began pretty slow but began to pick up speed into the early hours with 80m and Top Band wide open. We ran 5 stations through the night but as predicted 15 and 10 meters did not come alive until mid-morning. The ops were working to a rota that had been drawn up to provide ample breaks and relief ops during their 8-hour stint. The roster was tossed out of the window by Saturday afternoon as operators and band conditions changed constantly, however, it proved a very helpful tool for the weekend.

It has to be noted that the 10-meter band was pretty bad for us, as it was one-way traffic. We could hear the USA and South American stations but they struggled to hear us. Just the band conditions as other stations around the northeast UK confirmed.

The Morning team started at 7ish, we have to go with ‘Ish’ as not all know what 7 am looks like. Did someone mention breakfast butties well you will have to wait for Chris and Charlie to finish their stint of operating.? Bacon, eggs, and sausage were offered along with toast with either jam or marmalade. Someone put the kettle on, please. Night-time lads drifted off to their various sleeping quarters, be it a tent, a pod, or a caravan, and good lord you should have heard the snoring.

Trevor G7IWE trying to warm up after his unusual showers. Poor Trevor had his airbed up against the tent wall so he got flooded out of bed but all clouds have a silver lining as he got upgraded to a caravan. One of our most senior operators deserves the best.

Saturday mid-morning called for our catering crew to start food in slow cookers for the crew to eat later in the day. Linda had made 2 big pots of Beef Stew or casserole whatever you prefer to call it. There was also a pot of Chicken Curry, Poppadum, bread rolls, and rice were supplied. They had to cook their own rice because of the health and safety of re-heating and we didn’t want to kill off any operators or else we would be down on numbers. I should really say we did not just give them brekkie and tea; they had sarnies for lunch too again made by Linda. Our catering crew did include our only female operator so she was kept busy all weekend.

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They call her Queen of 80m but this weekend saw her have a go at every station, getting her first contact in Peru and another in Thailand which made her a happy bunny.

As we started to rack up the points, we quickly saw our previous best score appear on the main projector screen with still a full day of contesting in front of us.

BUT THEN……….. Our 10-meter PC had a fit and died on us, causing panic and sweaty palms. Another PC was set up very quickly by Andy G7LRR as this was an “anticipated” event from the contest planning stage. Andy announced “panic over” as he had got the backup running, but upon checking the score we had lost 2 million points from the total. Now I really don’t need to write the panic mode we were all in at this point, with certain ops crying openly into their tea (the crying is a tall tail lol).

After a lot of worry and panic the old HD produced the goods, and the scores were all reset to as they should be. Panic over but was certainly a squeaky bum time.

Saturday afternoon brought about a very special visitor Bob who is one of the ‘youngest’ founder members and I for one was very proud and pleased to meet him. We had a small ceremony with Mike Wood being given a certificate for honorary membership of the club for all the hard work he puts into helping us and for putting up with us for so long, well done Mike. There were also 2 other certificates given out for Lifetime membership of the club. Both of these are founder members of the club and therefore fully deserved due to the commitment, time, blood sweat, and tears put into maintaining the running of HFDXARC. Congratulations to both Bob M0RWL and Andy G7LRR who both shed a tear but don’t tell anyone as they will only deny it. Well, Done to everyone.

More operating, more tea drinking, and lots of eating was the order of the day. And then the bell ringing started. 4 million, 5 million, and so on. We even got to ring it for some rare callsign or a PB for the operator. We love a bit of bell ringing. More night operations with again our stalwart crew of night guys although I am convinced some of them forgot to get some sleep.  

Sunday, the final day. Again, the breakfast butties were on the go all done with the usual care and attention to detail (eat it or do without!). Linda had made another 6lts of Beef stew because let’s face it who doesn’t love a good stew? She also made 2 giant quiches, 1 rather sticky-looking chocolate cake and my personal favourite 2 fruit tea loves. Yum yum.!! Also supplied were 6lts of Bolognese with the usual load of biscuits, crisps and sweeties.  And yes, a good few men helped with the washing up.

The afternoon of napping, chatting, tea drinking, and operating. Then the run down into the final few hours of the competition. Obviously, some had to go home as they apparently had real lives outside of the club and had to go to work the next day. Thanks all.

We plodded on to the very end trying as always to grab that one last contact and reach that 5th Million mark. Again, we had the Queen of 80m sat at her usual station refusing to move until the bitter end – 4.5 hrs she sat there for and god help anyone who tried to take over. Andy came in with the usual ‘it’s time to stop gesture’ and the radios fell silent.

Monday was clean-up day and as usual, everyone that could get mucked in and got the site back to as near normal by lunchtime.

Thank you so much to everyone, whether you are a member or a guest. Whether you did the whole weekend or just a couple of hours, all of it was appreciated. Our crew consisted of many Guest operators, some of whom drove all the way from Gatwick, Northampton, Somerset, and Norwich to whom we are truly grateful. It was a real pleasure meeting and operating with some of them for the first time and joining up with regular ops who gave their time to the club and contest again.

The team for the 2023 CQWW were :

Lyns G0AZE : Nick G0VQO : Rob M0KPD : Arek M0VQP : Steve M0EBJ : Kevin M0KVK : Andy G7LRR : Sean M0SLY : Andy (Tappy) 2E1TAP : Rich M0RKK : Chris G0URG : Sue M6URG : Shane 2E0EPB : Mike G7TYT : Bob M0RWL : Trevor G7IWE : Johnathon M1CAV : Dave 2E0TKO : Steve M7EYP.

Regards

Sue M6URG

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CQWW 2023 What we have done in preperation

CQWW CountDown Has Begun

 

There’s a buzz this month around the members of the Club as preparation begins for the CQWW contest. This Year we are doing it all different, with new antenna and masts, and 5 stations operating around the clock.

10m and 15m can now be run from upstairs making five stations able to operate all at the same time. Achieving this was a huge task as we needed new masts that can be deployed for the contest only. But the club pulled this off earlier in the year with the creation of the Beast trailer, built by G7LRR and Mike who smashed it out of the park with this one and installed a fully portable ready to go Scam mast 50.

M0EBJ also built a similar trailer with a Scam 40 installed and is bringing it to the club for the contest. Another superb build which gives this years contest team a totally different strategy and more options.

We will be operating 3 beams (HY-Gain TH3mk3, Jaybeam TB3, 9 element OB9-5 Optibeam) along with 2 dipoles (66ft height), 185ft 3/8 wave inverted L (66ft height), along with verticals to give us the edge we are looking for. The phased verticals for 40m are as yet not finished, but we hope to have completed by the contest start time.

All these have been maintained, tested and tuned and coax runs made to measure for the trailer masts.

We will also be trying out a new radio to the club, a Yaesu DX10, but standbye radios are also in place should we require them. All bandpass filters have been redone and tested along with the coaxial stubbs on each band to Null out any interference from other bands.

The recent storm payed the club a visit of course and indeed made some slight damage to our dipole and inverted L array which was swiftly rectified by the members.

This year also sees the HFDXARC operating from a Rosta system, where Ops have given available days / times and ensures a full coverage of the bands that are open throughout the weekend.

The event also sees us with a huge catering tent for the operators to endulge in a plentyfull feast of delights, all created by Linda M6LGN and Sue M6URG who have planned to keep the club watered and fed, as well as operate the radios.

Wish us luck, and if you hear us please call in, but remember though a contact made UK to UK gains ZERO points in the contest for either operator.

Unfortunately this event is not open to the general public but if you would like to visit us at the club in the future, please contact us via the website in advance.

 

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