LARS supports RNLI Reindeer Run whilst two crews battle the gales

RNLI Reindeer Run through the grounds of Knowsley Hall

RNLI Reindeer Run through the grounds of Knowsley Hall

Three members of the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society braved the elements today marshalling on the RNLI Reindeer Run which was held at Knowsley Safari Park, on the outskirts of Liverpool, and which ran through the grounds of neighbouring Knowsley Hall.

Gordon (M6CWA), Chris (M6XJP) and Derek (G7LFC) were on station at 08:00 and finished just before 11:00. Fortunately, the worst of the rain had passed by the time they arrived, but high winds continued but failed to dampen the spirits of the eight hundred competitors.

Two courses ran throughout the event, a 10Km and a shorter 5Km one. All competitors did extremely well and it is hoped that they will have raised lots of money for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) which, traditionally, around £15,000 for the  each year from the event.

Whilst the event was in progress, other members of the RNLI team were battling the elements in an altogether different environment. Earlier in the morning a cargo vessel sank in the Irish Sea in gale force winds off the nearby North Wales coast. Two lifeboats from Porthdinllaen and Pwllheli, together with four rescue helicopters from the RAF and Irish Coastguard, are currently searching the area for six crew members who have entered the water – two were winched to safety by RAF chopper earlier.

Our thoughts are with the crews of the two lifeboats at this time.

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.

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

Meet us at the National Hamfest

National hamfest logoDon’t miss the Lifeboat Amateur radio Society at this weekend’s National Hamfest at Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire.

Derek (G7LFC), Simon (MW0GSR) and David (M3LFC), together with other founding members will all be in attendance.

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