This year the group I am associated with M0LFG Leicester Fun (Radio) Group Were involved with Railways on the air. We operated from the parcel office of the old railway station in Rothley on the Great central Railway which Is a Heritage Railway. Using the call sign GB0GCR. We were using a half sized G5RV into my Yaesu FT-990. The bands were very busy and on Saturday we could not find a slot and ended up band hopping. Sunday we were a bit luckier and found a slot and found our set-up was doing really well, but favouring north/south.
These pictures were taken from one of the video’s and I apologise for how dark they are. The area where we were operating was the parcels office of Rothley Station and this area and quite a few others areas were lighted by gas lighting. In keeping with the historical aspect of the railways and it was very difficult to get bright shots in this area, even with a flash. Using a phone video camera on which these shots were taken it is next to impossible to get a nice bright shot inside the parcels office. I wanted to include the photos here to show that the station was run entirely by people who wanted to operate and no one was pushed into operating. I myself did not do much operating as there was no shortage of people wanting to operate and I would have operated more if required. but wanted to give others every opportunity to operate when they wanted to.
I tried to brighten these pictures up using Gimp, but there is just not enough colour information contained in the pictures to improve the images.
For 2m we were using a Yaesu FT817 into an Home made 2m slim Jim made of ladder line. and this antenna was really cracking out. We tried qrp over the 2 days, but the bands were just to busy and we could not get enough hight. We didn’t have the ability to erect a full sized antenna and were using a wonder want wide bander and a wonderwand mag loop which were unfortunately being knocked about far to much.
It was our first ever Special event station and we learned a few lessons, but are generally very pleased with how the event went. and we owe a huge thanks to the staff at Rothley Station who were fantastic to work with and very accommodating.
We had about 2 and a half pages of call signs in the logs, no I don’t know how many contacts that was. I don’t think any of us were particularly interested in playing the numbers game and I do not think any of us bothered to make a count. We are the Fun radio Group and numbers of contact have little relevance to us.
I have to say something about the RSGB news on GB3CF on a Sunday morning who completely messed up the announcement of our event and credited it to Leicester radio society. IT WAS NOTHING WHATEVER TO DO WITH LRS AND THEY HAD NO INVOLVEMENT IN THIS EVENT WHATEVER.
I and G4ZTD both corrected the announcement at the end of the news, but I saw the script and all it said was GB0GCR will be operating from Rothley station for railways on the air. THERE WAS NO MENTION OF OUR GROUP AND CERTAINLY NO MENTION OF LRS ON THE SCRIPT.
When I corrected the news reader instead of saying Oh sorry chaps I made a mistake. He instead proceeded to try and blame everyone else.He blamed our publicity where the fault was with the RSGB announcement. The newsreaders back peddling did concern me and I fail to understand what was so hard in saying sorry guys I made a mistake.
We were advertised on qrz. and eqsl, our own sites, the railways on the air site and LRS. So we had done quite a bit of advertising ourselves , but when it gets to the RSGB they cock it up.
In truth If the script had been followed by the RSGB newsreader we would not have got our names mentioned (I suspect because we are not and never will now be affiliated to the RSGB) but then neither would LRS be given credit for our efforts arranging the event.
I am not having a pop at LRS here, but as part of our NOV conditions we have to publicize our event and we did our bit on this condition. The RSGB were contacted to help with that advertising and they completely cocked it up at thier end.
I have serious doubts that in future we as a group will have any further involvement with the RSGB in any way and certainly not for publicity, as they only cock things up, they just seem totally incompetent in all the dealings not only I have had with them. But a few of us have has similar experiences of this so called organisation (business) that say it helps radio amateurs, But the fact is they just don’t. Not unless they can make money out of it anyway.
It is typical of them though, no money in it for us so we wont do it. I am afraid this episode is the last straw for me with the RSGB. As fas as I can see they have never done any of us who have had any dealings with them any favours and as to publicity we don’t appreciate our efforts being credited to another organisation.-
This was the RSGB’s last chance as far as I am concerned and they messed up the PR and advertising, so I will be giving no more chances to the RSGB and my vote is that we will never ever affiliate to this business.
I think one or two of us are members of the RSGB at the moment, Which is fair enough and individuals choice, But I can almost guarantee that they will gain no new members from our group. Partly because of this advertising fiasco, Because make no mistake about it, a business is all they are.
BEWARE OF http://www.hamqth.com/ CALL SIGN SITE
I would like to mention this site http://www.hamqth.com/ and I would suggest all radio amateurs check to see if you have had an entry added about you on this site by the site owner.
A friend in Biggin Hill mentioned that this chap was transmitting using RTTY on 2om on a constant loop advertising his site. In this country that is against the rules anyway, but I can’t speak for the rules in the country he is in.
So being curious I went and had a look and to my surprise I found both my call signs were on this site and so were many of my friends. This I would not have minded, but my full postal address and personal details copied from QRZ (He denies this but it has been proved he has filched info from QRZ) and other places and all our full postal addresses were all there out in the open for everyone to see. I did not give this character permission to use my data and as it transpires nor did any of my friends.
Now to cut a long story short I mailed him and asked him to remove all data on me and he did so, reluctantly. I had to ask him twice to remove my m6 call. But I will be checking periodically to make sure my wife’s call sign and details do not appear and nor does the information for our group call. Many people including myself have told him he is treading on eggshells, but he will not listen. He doesn’t seem to care and makes out the people who ask for their calls to be removed as the villains of the peace. Many people wanted him taken to court under European law and he has come very close to being taken that route, but not I hasten to add by me.
I understand you now have to log in to see the full details. but they should not really be there at all, unless added by the call sign owners themselves
The RSGB just did not want to know unsurprisingly , no money in it for them is there? They said as he is based overseas there is nothing they can do apart from advice people to have him remove their data. This is yet another reason why I will never join the RSGB. Every time I have known anyone to ask them for any help (and I have known a lot of people ask them for help only to have the usual bullshit and eventually they say that they can find no record of being asked to do anything) they are just not interested they only care about money and not the Amateurs the say they are there to help. I have seen absolutely no evidence they help anyone except themselves to the contents of radio amateurs wallets. I have been on to this business for some time and no way I would give this organisation 50 odd quid a year to do absolutely nothing. Of course if they told the truth and said we don’t give a damn about radio amateurs they are just a meal ticket as far as we are concerned. I doubt they would have many members left.
I would be curious to know though that of all the people who signed up last year for a £1 how many have renewed? Not many I suspect?.