On November 27th, Lancashire Day, Lancastrians celebrate all that is great about their amazing county and toast Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Lancaster. This year the Quantum Technology Club established an Amateur Radio special event station using the callsign GB8LD. During the event they promoted Lancashire Day throughout the “real” county of Lancashire; that’s the original county that includes great towns and cities like Liverpool, Manchester, Southport, Bolton, Wigan and the southern end of what is now known as Cumbria.
GB8LD Logbook & QSL cards
You can view all of the stations that were worked on the GB8LD on-line logbook. Please do visit it to see if your contacted is listed.
All the stations worked received an eQSL card. If you don’t have an eQSL account then pop over there, set up an account and get all the other QSL cards that are waiting for you too.
GB8LD at Booths in Burscough
In 2016 the station was run in the Booths Supermarket in Burscough where the management and staff were very helpful and accommodating.They gave us a corner of the store right next to the main entrance so we had lots of interest in what we were doing.
Novel operation – cross-band repeating
Unfortunately there was nowhere we could get a feeder cable out of the building to the antenna so we had to come up with a novel way of operating the station. That solution proved to be a handheld on the 70cm band in the store and a Yaesu FT-8900 out in the car park attached to a mag-mount antenna. The Yaesu and Barry (G4HDU) did a great job cross-band repeating our signal on to the 2m band.
Saturday was cold, very cold, but Barry did a sterling job out in the car park in his shorts and shirt sleeves – he likes the great outdoors. Meanwhile, Derek (G7LFC) and Paul (M0SET), on Saturday, and Derek and William (M6WIQ) operted from the relative warmth of the store and amassed 46 good quality contacts over the two days; being heard over in the Isle of Man and working down into Telford – not bad for a mag-mount installation.
Thanks to everyone who made the event worthwhile – and a great thanks to Booths for their hospitality.