Sunday 24th & Monday 25th – 10am – 5pm
Kew Bridge Steam Museum – http://www.kbsm.org this year (as last) welcomed the radio club to demonstrate amateur radio to the public and for this to be accomplished Kew kindly gave us open access to the museum to install the station and the antenna using the main feature of the museum the Water Tower.
The Museum opened in 1975, and is housed in a unique collection of listed buildings, some of which are let to local craftspeople. The Victorian brick tower stands 197 feet tall. The site was originally a pumping station, delivering water to West London.
As a result over the weekend using HF 274 countries where worked on HF
The GB0KEW station comprised of an Icom PRO 3 into IC2KL producing 300w into a full size G5RV. The G5RV was 100 feet at its centre with one end being 159 feet higher using the water tower for support.
Kew provided us with an excellent location within the main building which gave us the opportunity to promote our hobby and the radio club.
View from the top of the tower at Kew Bridge Steam Museum looking East along the Thames.
Throughout the day we were able to demonstrate our radio station using Single Side Band and Morse code, the latter attracting the public in considerable numbers.
The 274 Stations we contacted over the two days summonses into the following Countries;
BALEARIC ISL 2
CZECH REP. 1
NORTHERN IRELAND 13
RUSSIA (EUROPEAN) 4
SLOVAK REP. 2
A great weekend for the club members and its fingers crossed that Mick G1WIA can convince Kew for us to return next year for KEW3.
For those around the world who called us we would like to ‘thank you’ and your QSL will be displayed for the public to see at Kew3 as we displayed last years QSL cards.