SOS Radio Week special event station at Lytham Lifeboat Station

Come and visit the Quantum Technology Club on the 28th January when its members will be running an SOS Radio Week special event station to celebrate the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Lifeboats on the Fylde Coast

Lytham’s inshore lifeboat station, on Lytham’s East Beech, will be hosting the special event station which will use the callsign G7LFC; the callsign’s suffix standing for Lifeboats on the Fylde Coast. Members will be on-site from 8:30 – 8:45 so that the station can start operating at 09:30 and will probably shut down at around 17:00. The station is one of at least 20 stations that will be on the air between the 21st and 29th January.

Please donate to keep our lifeboat crews operational

M6BUB raising money for the RNLI during SOS Radio Week
M6BUB raising money for the RNLI during SOS Radio Week

For the last few years one of our younger members, Rebecca (M6COV), has taken it upon herself to stand outside on Lytham’s sea front dressed in an ‘interesting’ onesie.  For the last few years it’s been a bright orange fox and some passers-by have commented that she must be certifiably mad and we’re not going to argue with that. However, during those few years she has raised a couple of hundred pounds so, mad or not, please do make a donation if you see her; especially if it’s a typically freezing and wet/snowy January day.

The only question that remains is; since the ‘fox’ has been pensioned off due to old-age, what will she look like – why not come along and find out (and don’t forget your money).

SOS Radio Week & the RNLI

The SOS Radio Week 2017 is the latest in a series of annual events organised by Derek and David Hughes (G7LFC and M3LFC respectively). The event was conceived to raise awareness of the amazingly selfless work that RNLI crew members perform. 24 hours a day, 365/6 days a year, the RNLI crews make sure that they are available to rescue anybody who is at risk on the high seas and around the coasts of the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Whilst some of the more intensely used stations are paid, the majority of these crews are voluntary and not paid for the daring and potentially dangerous tasks they undertake. In 2015 the brave RNLI crews rescued, on average, 22 lives every day of the year and launched 8,228 times.

Derek and David established SOS Radio Week back in 2005 when David was just ten since David had recently completed, on his own, a three month sponsored marathon to raise money for the RNLI by making 100 contacts on the air. This was no mean feat for such a young person but he completed it and this grew in to the annual event that it is now.

Come and visit us

You will be made most welcome at the station to view the lifeboat, speak to the lifeboat crews and visit the special event station; you can even have a go at sending a message over the radio if you wish. Do please remember to bring a donation to help continue the valuable work of the RNLI.