Churches on the Air
Saturday 8th September was the allocated day for CHOTA this year. We were very fortunate to be allowed to operate from the Cloisters area of Peterborough Cathedral. This followed an impromptu visit by me (Tony) to the Cathedral office after using the Cathedral as shelter from bad weather one day last winter. Having been given permission to run the Sp/Event station we obtained the callsign GB900 PC in honour of the Cathedrals 900th anniversary.
Set up on the Saturday morning was achieved in 90 min's and we were on the air by 10am thanks to the efforts of the usual crew. Our set up was our usual off set dipole for HF and a white stick for VHF and the Gazebo was the shack, which was tested by showers. Because of our proximity to the Cathedral, we knew there would be difficulty in making contacts in certain directions and this proved to be the case.
However we persevered and managed nearly 50 contacts on HF and a dozen or so on VHF. The shielding by the mighty Cathedral virtually took away contact chances from east through north to west. It was pleasing to see 14 club members turn out to help or visit the station during the day and with a good deal of public interest it was a very successful event.