Great weekend at National Hamfest

The 2011 National Hamfest - a great weekend for the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society

The 2011 National Hamfest - a great weekend for the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society

The Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society attended the recent National Hamfest at the Newark Showground and had a great weekend.

An late start south for our Chairman (Derek, G7LFC) saw him arrive at the show ground a little before midnight on the Thursday evening but his friends from other exhibitors had kindly erected his tent for him earlier in the evening so a good night’s sleep was not an issue.

Up bright and early on the Friday morning (he reckons that he didn’t realise there were two six o’clocks in a day) to set the stand up and the atmosphere was starting to buzz with other exhibitors setting up their stands and doing last-minute pre-show deals.

We ran a Lifeboat Station prize draw during the weekend – visitors to our stand chose their favourite lifeboat station and paid a £1 to enter. Half the money raised was to go to the RNLI and the other half was the prize. We raised £51.50 for the RNLI through the draw, but the winner (Francis Worrall of Tamworth) very kindly donated his winnings to the RNLI and his prize money and other donations added in (including money raised by the Bedford Amateur Radio Society at their recent local rally) brought the total to be donated to the RNLI to over £137.

During the weekend we managed to sign up three new members, to whom we extend a warm welcome, and meet up with the Humber Fortress DX Amateur Radio Club who recently raised £510 for the RNLI during a sponsored operating weekend at Fort Paull – the club’s HQ.

Rebecca (M6BUB) did a great job on the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society stand - raising over £60

Rebecca (M6BUB) did a great job on the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society stand - raising over £60

A special mention must be made of Rebecca (M6BUB). Twelve year old Rebecca only obtained her Amateur Radio license in November 2010 but she really joined in with the spirit of the Hamfest and spent a lot of the time on the stand talking to visitors and encouraging them to enter the draw. She was single handedly responsible for raising over £50 on the Saturday which is a great effort for someone so young.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who visited the stand and either took part in the draw, or made a donation. They will all go to help running the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in due course.

The Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society would like to thank the organisers of the National Hamfest, the Lincoln Shortwave Club, for managing the event so well, making us so welcome and agreeing to let us hold our first Annual General Meeting at the 2012 National Hamfest next year.

You can see more images from the National Hamfest in our 2011 Hamfest Gallery.

Meet the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society this weekend

The Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society will be on the road this coming weekend as we visit Sunderland (Fog on the Tyne Rally on Saturday, 17th September) and Barnsley (Great Northern Hamfest on Sunday, 18th September). You can find us on the stand of Snowdonia Radio Company, one of our principle sponsors.

Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society visits the Stafford & Districts Amateur Radio Society

The Stafford & Districts Amateur Radio Society invited Simon from Snowdonia Radio Company to present a talk on his range of Amateur Radio Antennas last night. Being the Vice-Chairman on the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society, and having SOS Radio Week founder David with him on five weeks work experience, Simon invited Derek to come along too to give a short talk on the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society and SOS Radio Week.

We’d like to thank the Stafford & Districts Amateur Radio Society for a warm welcome and taking an interest in our activities and we look forward to working with you during SOS Radio Week 2012. We’re also very grateful for the donation made which will be presented to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in due course.

If you’d like the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society to come and talk to your club then please contact us now.

Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society visits the Marches Radio Society

The Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society attended the Marches Radio Society in Chirk last night to introduce the group to the activities of the Society and our annual fund-raising event, SOS Radio Week.

The evening was well attended by Marches RS members during which time they watched a video presentation and listened to both Derek (Chairman) and Simon (Vice Chairman) explain about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society’s foundation and mission and how they can take part in SOS Radio Week as a club.

David, the founder of SOS Radio Week, was also in attendance and answered some questions from the floor.

We’d like to thank Marches Radio Society for their hospitality, the new members for joining on the evening and the very generous donations made by the members, all of which will go direct to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

M6XJP walks walks across Morecambe Bay for the RNLI

The RNLI Cross Bay Walk, also known as the Morecambe Bay Walk, took place on the 25th June.

The Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society established a special event station at Holker Hall, the finishing point for the walk, under the callsign GB5RNLI. However, we also, rather fiendishly, thought it would be a good idea to send Chris (M6XJP), our Treasurer, on the walk as our roving reporter. He and his wife bravely tackled the event and here is his story (also have a look at his image gallery) – thanks Chris (and Mrs Chris)… read more