SOS VOLUNTARY HEROES
So we have another full weekend here at HFDXARC.
SOS special event is actually held throughout the month of May, starting 12pm midnight 1st ending 12pm midnight 31st. It highlights and celebrates the work our volunteer heroes do all along Britain’s Coastline, including RNLI & NCA as well as numerous other lifeboat and coastal rescue groups. Our nearest/local being the Humber Spurn Lifeboat Station of which we are about 5 miles inland from.
HFDXARC made a weekend of it and welcomed members, visitors, guests and even family were invited to have a go, look round or simply have a brew. Our club mascot was in attendance as usual on these occasions – well done Scamp.
Andy G7LRR started the weekend off by welcoming everyone to the club Friday evening with the words ‘Lets get them radios fired up’. An executive decision was made to live stream on YouTube and Andy took charge of downloading the correct programme – or so we thought. It took a teenager to sort out and then tell Andy gently that he had downloaded the wrong one – nobody made fun or laughed much, was fun though – never been on telly before. My personal favourite station as everyone knows is 80m but it was very quiet so a little disappointed. 40m and 20m were awesome with our very own trooper ‘Norfolk Steve’ operating into the night and smashing the VK’S.
Saturday brought some stunning weather which makes a change for a bank holiday weekend I suppose. Various jobs were caught up on by members as well as operating all day. At some point in the day Chris G0urg and Linda (Mrs Andy) were dispatched to Tesco for supplies for a BBQ we had decided to hold for everyone on the Sunday. We wanted burgers, sausage (there are other supermarkets available!) . You do know what that means Chris – you are now chef. I myself had a go on 40m with Kev M0KVK sat at the side of me listening in (did that make me nervous!!). Steve M0EBJ was giving 20m another try (did he even go to bed?). At some point he did loose the will to live when people weren’t listening on the radio of what he was asking for – someone tell him we are live streaming lol. We had a couple of visitors, Shane & Mike who we encouraged gently to have a go. They got back in to it and nearly forgot they had over an hour’s drive home – it was 11pm by this time. Norfolk Steve and Andy did another stint in to the night again.
Sunday arrived and this was our grand BBQ day. Weather not as sunny as Saturday, little breezy but still very warm. Guess who was on 20m when I arrived. Yes, Norfolk Steve again – the man is a machine. Liam M7LCB was pounding the airwaves on 40m but I gave him a break at some point and showed him how it is done. Plenty of members and visitors in attendance. We even had better halves and special guest appearance from Andy’s Mum ( told you I would forget your name) lovely lady though. Mike, Andy and Chris prepared the bbq area and got the cooking underway, I was left with the salad – yes I did say salad.! Today was a good day to put faces to names of people I had operated but never met.
Special Tea Maker ceremony took place today. Liam s our newest attending member was given the dubious honour and title which came with a cowboy hat, apron and silver spoon, nothing but the best in our club let me tell you. We all have a real life outside of the club and sometimes it can be hard work. Being at the club and having a laugh can make things easier as well as making friends. I like to think the club has a special friend in Mike, the site owner, always ready to help and come up with great ideas, thank you.
Chris even did a little teaching/explaining regarding FT8, which was much appreciated. Lots of conversations about radios, aerials and other bits of kit as that is what Hams do when they get together. The whole point of the weekend really was fun and friendship.
Many thanks to all who came to operate help out and just generally have a laugh, lovely to see. Just a shame I had to go home because Mr T was going to Wembley.
Stay Safe Everyone