The Southport & District Amateur Radio Club ran it’s now annual special event station to celebrate Lancashire Day earlier today. St. Marks Church Hall was the venue for the station and Amateur Radio operators all over the world were contacted to share in the celebration.

I was able to work several DX countries including the USA and Argentina using various PSK digital modes. Alison provided a really tasty Lancashire Hot Pot for lunch too.

Equipment used was a Yaesu FT-897 HF transceiver, HP G61 laptop, Buxcomm Rascal digital interface and Snowdonia Radio Company (SRC) vertical HF antenna mounted at about 10′ – 12′ above the ground.

The SRC antenna is almost perfect for this type of station, being quick and easy to erect and very economical with space.

As an aside, it is with sadness that we have witnessed the demise of SRC as they produced a great range of cost-effective wire and vertical_HF antennas that really do work.

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