Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society Special Event Amateur Radio Station GB0BON – June 19th 2011
2011 is the 366th anniversary of the Battle of Naseby, the decisive battle of the English civil war. The battle took place on the 14th June 1645 in the small hamlet of Naseby just south of the town of Market Harborough in Leicestershire. In June 2010 a small group of locally based licenced Radio Amateurs, who were all members of the Welland Valley Amateur Radio society, decided to put a special event amateur radio station on air to commemorate the battle.
After the outstanding success of 2010′s field day at Rupert’s Viewpoint the Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society are to put a special event amateur radio station on in June 2011. We have obtained the same special call sign from the regulator Ofcom, GB 0 BON, and have again obtained permission from the land owners, to use the land to the rear of the car park to set up the the station and the antennas. The station is being run to commemorate the 366th anniversary of the Battle of Naseby that was won by Cromwell’s new model army and put an end to three years of civil war. This year our main day of operation will be the 19th June when we will be set up and open to visitors from 0900 British Summer Time (08:00 UTC) until the petrol in our generator runs out. Visitors will be able to see and hear Short Wave (HF) Amateur Radio in operation and talk to local Amateurs about the hobby. There will also be a small display of other radios and the opportunity for anyone who has an interest in radio to find out how to obtain a licence.
As in 2010 the station will be located at Rupert’s Viewpoint just south of Market Harborough in Leicestershire on the Clipston Road. Rupert’s Viewpoint is one of the highest vantage points in the area and was chosen by Prince Rupert because of the all-round field of view it gave him. It is also a superb location for a VHF and UHF station for the same reasons. It is also ideal for HF giving us as it does plenty of room to erect long wire antennas clear of trees and other obstructions. Another benefit is that we have permission to use the large flagpole to mount our antennas.
Rupert’s Viewpoint and the other areas of interest on and around the battle field are maintained by The Naseby Battlefield Project, a Registered Charity.
Secretary Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society
Tel.: 01858 432105 01858 432105
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