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Amateur Radio

HF beam with straw bale

Amateur Radio Aerial just visible above the trees at Theddlethorpe when fully extended for use in a radio competition

What's it about?

Amateur Radio is a unique and fascinating hobby that captivates the interest of millions of people around the world.

Many Radio Amateurs are operating at the cutting edge of technology and some have been responsible for the communications developments that we now all take for granted.

Amateur radio can be enjoyed by people of all ages, all of whom can make friends around the world, from their own home. In excess of 55,000 people in the UK are licensed radio amateurs.

 

Radio Barbeque

Open Day at Brickyard Lane Theddlethorpe September 2010

Tom Bonnett's Introduction

Listen to a short audio clip which was prepared by Tom Bonnett as part of his coursework for his masters degree in radio.

 

Meridian Line in Louth

Theddlethorpe is east of the Greenwich Meridian - seen here marked in Louth

Contesting

Our particular interest is in radio competitions. These involve contacting large numbers of people in a short period, either by voice or by morse code. Some of the competitions are restricted to specific frequencies when only one aerial is required; others use five or six short wave frequency bands – all of which require different aerial configurations. Most competitions are at weekends and the aerials are only fully erected for the competition period.

An attraction of Amateur Radio in Theddlethorpe is that the village is in a rare map square, 'JO', which is east of the meridian line. The complete Maidenhead Location is JO03ci and the Worked All Britain square is TF48.

 

It's Nothing New

G3PBX QSL Card from Theddlethorpe, image courtesy of J Cowell

F.B. Sear, who had the radio callsign G3PBX, lived at Twyford House, Sea Lane, Theddlethorpe, certainly from 1966 to 1982 and possibly for a longer period. By 1991 he was still in Lincolnshire but his address was withheld; he may well have still been living in the village. Mr Sear's QSL card, shown here, was used to confirm radio contacts with Theddlethorpe and therefore he certainly had aerials at his house that enabled long-distance shortwave communication.

Twyford House is only a short distance from the White House. Amateur Radio has a history in Theddlethorpe of at least some 50 years.

G100RSGB 1 October 2013

Operator Team

Operating G100RSGB from Theddlethorpe

2013 is the Centenary of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), the body that represents Britain’s radio amateurs. Starting life as the London Wireless Club the RSGB has since its inception brought together people with an interest in radio communication. The Society provided the framework within which the pioneers and experimenters of radio technology have thrived.

The RSGB has been issued with a very special callsign with which to celebrate the Centenary - G100RSGB. The callsign has been operated by groups in thirteen regions of the UK - each region having 4 weeks allocated.

We had the use of G100RSGB for 24 hours from 00:00 UTC on Tuesday 1 October 2013. For this event we assembled 3 complete stations and had aerials for 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m & 10m.

Six experienced radio operators; Peter G3PHO, Chris G3SJJ, Vic G4BYG, Andy M0GAV, George G4EBK and Nick G4FAL, took turns to operate the three radios.

 

G100RSGB Contact Summary
BAND
SSB
CW
160
67
135
80
29
212
40
159
376
30
-
803
20
162
425
17
82
186
15
24
342
12
69
114
10
10
155
Total
602
2748

 

World Flora Fauna

WFF Diploma

World Flora Fauna Diploma

World Flora Fauna is an International Award Program which unites concern for the conservation of the environment with Amateur Radio. It is organised to focus attention on the problems of protected areas and to provide them with feasible practical support, to build a feeling of pride in our natural and cultural heritage, and to encourage visiting National Parks and Nature Reserves and making radio contacts with them using Amateur Radio.

The Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve qualifies for the WFF program as GFF-149. Logs of radio contacts from Brickyard Lane are submitted to the program and assist award program members with qualification. The program raises the profile of the nature reserve both in the UK and Internationally.