Riviera Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event station at Beacon Quay, Torquay Harbour, Devon, England, between 21st and 29th January 2012 as part of SOS Radio Week, raising awareness for the RNLI, the RNLI SOS Day and Torbay Lifeboat station’s SOS Day.
We are pleased to announce that Riviera Amateur Radio Club will be operating a Special Event Station (SES) with the callsign GB4TBL at Beacon Quay, Torquay Harbour on 28th January 2012 in support of SOS Radio Week, an event in which radio hams raise awareness and funds for the RNLI and which coincides with the RNLI SOS Day fundraising events at lifeboat stations around the country.
SOS Radio Week runds from 21st January til the 29th January 2012. Although we may operate during this week for short times, our main event is on Saturday 28th January 2012. We shall be operating on the 2m band and HF on 40m. Our expected operating frequencies include 145.500MHz / 145.425MHz and also Torbay repeater GB3TR on 145.650MHz, as well as the Sidmouth repeater GB3SW on 145.7125MHz along with Echolink via MB7IEX at Exmouth and MB7ITB at Paignton. We are currently looking into using digital modes and APRS via the International Space Station (ISS).
For up to date information on our operating frequencies follow our @RivieraARC Twitter account.
RNLI SOS Day
The 2012 Torbay Lifeboat Crew SOS Day Challenge aims to raise £10,000 for Lifeboat crew equipment. The Torbay Lifeboat crew aim to row a heritage 38ft wooden lifeboat from St Mary's Bay, Brixham to Beacon Cove, Torquay, via Paignton. Meanwhile, the wives and girlfriends of the crew will 'pull' an inshore lifeboat by road from the lifeboat station through Brixham to Paignton Pier and then on to Haldon Pier to meet the rowing crew. This event takes place on 28th January 2012.
SOS Radio Week Award
An award is available to radio amateurs that contact registered SOS Radio Week stations (including ours): see SOS Radio Week Awards for details.