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report from RAF100
The club organised a Special event station to celebrate 100 years of the RAF on 1st April, from Market Deeping Scout and Guide HQ, Wellington Way, Market Deeping, which is the original Mess hall at RAF Langtoft Radar Station. The callsign was GB0LRS. Chip, who lives in Market Deeping, had been doing some research and found out that the Scout Hall on the north side of Market Deeping was part of the old mess hall complex at RAF Langtoft, a WW2 and early Cold War RADAR station.  For the event, the Events Team decided to use the larger front hall for display, meet and greet and Morse training and testing. The smaller back hall was to be used for the operating area.  On Sunday April 1st 8 am local time, the gang turned up, The Club Kenwood TS590 SG was used for HF and my Icom IC 7400 was used for VHF. Andy supplied a 40 metre MOXON fitted to his mobile tower at about 60 ft. Above that, was the Club 2/70 white stick. A very good antenna set up with the RAF Ensign flying from the top. Because of current propagation, local ( GB ) contacts on 40 were sparse but the operators persevered using phone and later on DATA mode. VHF conditions were better however, because we had such a high antenna and we ran 100 watts, some distant stations could hear us very well but didn't have the power to get back to us. We reduced power to make things more equal. A total of 74 contacts were made, 46 on HF and 28 0n VHF, with 15 countries worked. Not bad for 6 hours.  During the day we had a steady influx of visitors including a press photographer from a local magazine called, I'd Rather Be in Deeping. Also a local resident who said she played in the camp after it finally closed in the 1960's. The Events Team would like to express their thanks to Market Deeping Scouts for the use of their hall, a great venue. Thanks must also go to Alan and Liz Huchins, who are re-enactors for turning up in 1940s RAF uniform to add atmosphere. A big vote of thanks to all who turned up to help, (See photos in gallery)
 

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