CHOTA - 2012
St. Osmunds Church on London Road in Derby was the Society’s home for a day and a half in September when we put on a station for the annual “Churches on the air” event.
Again we were able to operate with the callsign GB1SOC (SOC = St Osmunds Church) and we used a home-made 40m dipole at about 16 feet at the feed point and a Yaesu FT-990 providing the RF from the ‘shack’ located in the aisle at the side of the Church. This was the first time we have used this rig and we had some lovely reports on the quality of the audio. Please remember we were in a Church with the usual echo and how much that added to the transmitted audio I don’t know, but it was very nice indeed to get such good reports from a majority of the 69 contacts we made.
A good number of members were on hand to help in many ways - Clive 2E1HVZ, David G7GJI/G8QZ, Chris G4AKE, Ian G4EAN, Martin G3SZJ, Jenny G4EYM, and your scribe, all of us enjoying the cups of tea that made their way down from the Church Ladies.
By the time we’d got on air and with a close-down time of 16:30 we didn’t seem to have that long to have a play to get used to the rig and get some contacts into the log, so we went back again on the Sunday afternoon for another three hours of operating. Another good haul of contacts, the 40m band really coming good again and over the weekend we managed a word with Harry Hogg, G3NGX, who was assisting at the Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford and also a member of the Society. All in all a very successful weekend with the number of contacts made, the condition of the band was excellent, and a big thanks to the members who came along in support.
Dave G1VAB (Photo - Dave in full flow)
Churches on the Air - 2010
For the last few years, the club has run a station from St Osmund's Church on London Road Derby to support Churches on the Air(CHOTA). During 2010 we used a special event callsign GB1SOC, which stands for "St Osmund's Church".
GB1SOC operated by our Honorary Secretary Clive 2E1HVZ
In 2010, the event was held on Saturday 11th September and coincided with Heritage Day and Historic Churches Trusts’ events put on by church of England churches. This was good opportunity both to show off amateur radio to the general public and advertise WACRAL (World Association of Christian Radio Amateurs and Listeners) who put on CHOTA which is organised by their member John, G3XYF.
For this event we used a dipole mounted on a pole in the gardens of the church grounds and a Yaesu FT897. The event was well supported and fun was had by all who attended.
For 2011 it was decided to operate from the Club’s HQ – Carlton Road United Reformed Church – in Derby as it was the Churches 80th Anniversary since the laying of the Foundation Stone on 12th September 1931. So whilst the members of the Church celebrated with one or two events and a tea during the afternoon of 10th September, other members of our Club were operating GB1OOD as our contribution to the WACRAL event.
Using only a standard 100W into the feeder going to our Comet H-422 dipole we managed a few contacts with other Churches but again HF conditions weren’t at all helpful. It is hoped that when we operate from St. Osmund’s again in 2012 with, hopefully, GB1SOC, that the HF bands are in better shape.