In March we set off from Edinburgh in our smart hire car to visit Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire over just under a fortnight. I brought with the amateur radio gear, consisting of the Yaesu FT857D, 9AH battery and the Yaesu ATAS-120A antenna.
We were due to visit a number of coastal areas of England and I was looking forward to plenty of mobile sessions during the trip. Fortunately I managed one good radio session from Blakeney on the North coast of Norfolk on the morning of March 16.
As you can see from the photographs, Blakeney is located on the north coast of Norfolk and you can see out to the North Sea for miles and miles. I was QRV for just over one hour from around 07:15 UTC. We were staying with a friend in Holt about 5 miles away from Blakeney so an easy drive down the Norfolk country lanes.
As I’ve explained in my post about my time at Granton Harbour in Edinburgh, my sessions from there were mainly on 15 metres on the shortpath so it was good to operate from England via the long path on 20 metres with some contacts into VK. During this session I spoke with Steve VK4KUS, John VK6WC, VK5ZM and Duncan EA5ON/M.
Sadly this was to be my sole session on this short trip where I made any contacts because the propagation took a dive. I tried operating from Skegness in Lincolnshire and also from a magnificent location on a cliff top in Whitby, Yorkshire and did not hear a single station from either location, so a big disappointment.
It was great to meet a number of local ham operators that I have spoken to from VK6 in Norfolk, .Lincolnshire and Yorkshire on this trip and it was great to spend time with the following people:-
- Mal M0BZH near Barnsley, Yorkshire
- Rick G3VZT near the Norfolk Broads – also great to meet Rick’s wife Lynda G0VDR
- Peter G2YT – near Thetford Forest – thanks for taking time from the deer stalking Peter
- Dave G3MWV – Cromer, North Norfolk
- Glenn M0ZRQ – Lincolnshire – thanks for coming to meet us in Lincoln Glenn!
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