GB4SLB celebrates 150 years of lifeboats at Selsey

Visit the GB4SLB Gallery (June 2011)

Visit the GB4SLB Gallery (June 2011)

M6PAP & G4LKW operated GB4SLB from Selsey RNLI Lifeboat Station during the weekend of 4/5th June 2011 to celebrate the station’s 150 anniversary.

Pete (M6PAP) writes…

“I just want to say thank you to everyone that made this weekend a success, not just the team on the ground but those that called the station as well.

We arrived on-site on Friday at about 17:00 to erect the W3DZZ antenna with the feed point on a mast at 45 ft with a dual band collinear above that for 2m/70cms.

Owing to work commitments we were not able to get our ‘new’ club caravan on-site until Saturday morning – the first outing for the new club shack. Oh what a joy putting an awning on a caravan for the first time, and the first time the van had been used in at least three years!!

We had just over 300 QSO’s over the weekend despite the static crashes on Sunday, those of note a VK7 on Saturday night who gave us 59 and a VY2 early on Sunday morning also 59. Others of note includes a submarine and a Dutch lifeboat station.

We operated using an Icom IC-756 Pro 3, 100w in to a 45′ high W3DZZ antenna.

Our Catering Manager (Rod) was up to the task as normal keeping us fed and watered.

The Lifeboat station was more than happy with us (in fact he was happy enough to leave us there Sunday evening as long as we wanted) and there is every chance that we could be invited back again for another event there – they have an annual open day with fun fair etc!

I think we even got a new recruit our for Foundation training and we could well get a new member after a visit on Saturday – someone just returning to the Amateur Radio hobby.

Thanks to the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society (LARS) members that called in – I wish I could remember who you were but as you can guess my old brain cell was throbbing!!

So thanks again to everyone 73 de GB4SLB/M6PAP &  G4LKW”

It sounds like it was a great day and we’d like to thank you for promoting the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society so well.

If you want to see more images of the event, please have a look at the gallery.

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