GB2JAM ... the Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club
JOTA Weekend 20th & 21st October 2007
It must be said that one of the outstanding features of JOTA 2007 was the superb weather we enjoyed, and not only for the weekend itself .. but the lead up was equally fine and dry, and so caused us no problems at all in keeping the worm casts, out of the cricket pavilion !!
I'm also glad to report that the planned improvements to the performance of the antennas, by adding home-built baluns, appeared to do the trick. So this year we not only received good audio reports but considerably stronger signals reports as well.
The bands were in quite good condition, and this year we took advantage of using frequencies agreed not to be used by the 'Worked all Germany' contest, which made a considerable difference.
Scouts from the 10th Birkenhead Scout Group joined us on Sunday morning and all of them had the fun and excitement of speaking to scouts around the UK via amateur radio.
Vic G4UDR and I thank Irby Cricket Club for their hospitality in making the pavilion and real-estate freely available for our use and for the support of the many Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club members who gave up their time from Friday lunch time until Sunday afternoon to come along and help in erecting and dismantling the antennas, setting up a Wi-Fi link for the webcams, operating, logging, making cups of tea and generally helping out all round. This contributed to a very successful weekend. Also our thanks to the small group who stayed overnight to ensure security of the site and equipment.
73, Neil G4OAR
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