The ROA and its Radio Amateur branch ROARS are commemorating the end of World War One with a special event over remembrance weekend at South Foreland Lighthouse in Kent. The event has been organised by ROARS Chairman Peter Gavin and his right hand man Robin Powell, both ROA stalwarts, and a full operating rota has been drawn up and the station will operate for a minimum of 24 hours over the weekend, including overnight on Sunday 11th November. Organising this event has had its problems and we had to have two goes at getting the special event licence, however, with the cooperation of the National Trust we got there in the end. It is our intention to honour the hundreds of Radio (Wireless) Officers, and thousands of Merchant Seamen, who lost their lives in the conflict.
Following our earlier setbacks at Chelmsford we are delighted with the progress currently underway with our new QTH at South Foreland Lighthouse owned and managed by the National Trust. All necessary documentation has been approved and we have received our requested callsign from Ofcom – GB100WWI. Following a site survey, we now expect to have the station installed and tested on Saturday 10th November and to run the station for 4 hours on Saturday PM and for 24 hours from Sunday 11th November AM to Monday 12th AM. QSLs will be via EQSL.cc and Logbook of the World only. Please listen out for us and try a QSO. We expect to be mostly on the 80/40/20 Metre bands or others if conditions permit. You can see more details on the QRZ.COM website.