GB6SMD Special Event Amateur Radio Station.
The 2016 team : Colin (G6JVT), Edmund (M0MNG), Chris Spanton, Andy Oakes.
GB6SMD was on the air again for the Churches On The Air event on the 10th September 2016 and for St. Matthew’s church fun day on the 17th September 2016. Reception conditions on the Amateur radio bands during 2016 have been poor due to high levels of solar activity caused by the Sun.
Andy and Colin put up the antenna during the week leading up to the 10th September. This year we used a small fishing rod with a small weight to launch a line high up into the tree at the west end of the site, with great success. We managed to get the antenna up about 10 meters, and this made a significant difference to the stations performance.
Because of the poor reception conditions on the 40 Meter (7MHz) band, we decided to use Edmund’s language skills and move between 40M (7MHz – 7.2MHz) and 20M (14MHz – 14.350MHz) and 17M (18.068MHz – 18.168MHz) bands.