Thinking Day On The Air Raywell Park
HFDXARC had been asked to assist in the above event which helps the Girl guides and younger packs (brownies, rainbows) get their communication badge.
The event organizer this year was Carol Fenteman, and may I say at this point, many thanks to you and all the staff (Leaders) for the many cups of tea and bacon and egg baps (could be a bread cake) at dinner time.
The day started at about 8-30 and once in, the lads from the Humber Fortress Fast Action Response Team (F.A.R.T.) had unloaded the vans and were ready to start erecting the antenna system that would be used for the next 8 hrs.
Well done to all involved, however I did notice the mast nearest to the building was 2 degrees out, hopefully by next year we can get this right. This completed it was just a case of setting up the radios and waiting for the influx of the guides.
Time for a quick cup of tea before the hard work begins.
With all the guides settled in, Bob Lane gave a brief intro to explain what today was about and what we as club members would be doing today, Bob then did an introduction to the club members who were on site.
This done it was time to switch all the equipment on and get started with the candidates. A steady flow meant that all members were kept on their toes throughout both sessions am and pm, all guides/juniors and leaders were presented with their Certificates at the end of both sessions.
Andy G7LRR ran the HF station within the building whilst Andy M0TTL operated HF mobile. This gave the candidates great confidence in operating for the first time, and of course whilst this was happening Jon M6HDX and John G6LNV alone with Kevin 2E0KVK were in fact doing the introduction on the 2 meter hand held’s.
By 4Pm and it was time to close down and pack away all the equipment which I can say did not take long.
This done it was time to say our good byes to staff and Raywell, pity it was persisting down with rain by then but never mind a good day was had by all.
Mr. Chairman Kevin 2E0KVK would like to thank the following members for their help and assistance.
Mr. Roger G4SEF who lives on the wrong side of the river, but did a very nice job designing the QSL cards for this event.
Mr. Trevor G1TDN who suggested this and followed it through to the printing and distribution. The girls were very pleased Trevor, thanks.
Mr. John C. who designed and printed off the very nice Certificates which were presented to all the candidates.
Mr. Geoff M6INA who designed and printed the help/information sheets that the candidates used.
Chairman Kevin 2E0KVK (Said that)
Deputy Chair Jon M6HDX
Treasurer Andy G7LRR (Now listen boys)
John B. M0JBA RSGB rep
John C. G6LNV Liaison with RSGB
Steve .2E0NSQ (there`s only one in the pack)
Andy.M0TTL (He`s good never saw his white stick once to-day)
Bob M0RWL (must try harder with my map reading)