CHOTA 12/09/2015

Newton-le-Willows Amateur Radio Station has just returned from it’s very first Special Event Station.

The club ran GB3LI from Lowton Independent Methodist Church as part of CHOTA on 12/09/2015.

The Club Banner Outside The Church
The Club Banner Outside The Church

They arrived on sit at 08:30 and immediately set about setting up the station (after the obligatory cup of tea). Disaster struck when the home brew 2m antenna (ably constructed by Keith G1HIP some 30 years prior) snapped at the base due to old age. After a quick search for a possible solution it was suggested that we use a wooden walking stick! Alan Nixon G1EFU surrendered his walking stick to the cause, and so it was that Newton le Willows Amateur Radio Club hoisted a members walking stick into the air (see attached picture).

G1EFU's Walking Stick!
G1EFU’s Walking Stick!

Conditions weren’t the best but our operators Chris (M0ZLK), Amanda (M6BWV) -HF Voice, Dave (M0NZR) – HF Data modes, and Alan G1EFU on 2M and 70cm voice did a sterling job and managed around 40 contacts.

M0NZR on Data Modes
M0NZR on Data Modes
Alan G1EFU, and Peter G3XRI operating the VHF / UHF station.
Alan G1EFU, and Peter G3XRI operating the VHF / UHF station.

They also took the opportunity to carry out some of the requirements of the Foundation Exam for new member Francis.

Several members of the public attended, including local Scout Megan, and local Amateurs Tony G7HOA and his son, Terry M0NTA along with his wife and grandson, and Keith M3LUE.

All members are looking forward to our next event which we are planning as a HF day by the beach in October.

The members would like to thank Lowton Independent Methodist Church for use of the Church.