Peter D Rivers
1ST APRIL 2018 - 28TH APRIL 2018
WellandValley Amateur Radio Society "Lest we forget"
In 2016, one of our members Paul G1FJH, decided to research one of his relatives (Harry) who had lost his life in the trenches of the First World War. During his search, he turned up British Army Records including the Regimental Diary which detailed what happened on the day of the battle which took Harrys life. He also managed to obtain copies of the German Hospital records of which gave details of his injuries and the eventual cause of death. He was also able to locate the grave site at which he was buried. This prompted a field trip to the Somme, France, to see for himself what the battlefield looks like today.
In June 2017 Paul gave a very moving talk to club members on what he had discovered on his search, and with the help of a Power Point presentation containing images from 1918 next to images taken recently, he managed to bring the horrors of the great war to life. He also put a number of items he had discovered while walking the battlefield that had been brought to the surface by recent ploughing. This is known as the iron harvest. Some of the tens of thousands of used and live rounds, empty bullet cases, buckles, shrapnel and shell parts that still litter the area 100 years after the final battle.
Following the talk members of the club decided to put on a series of special event stations in 2018 to mark the end of the War to end all wars, and in remembrance of the 18 Million who lost their lives and the 24 million injured on all sides. A total of 12 special call signs have been applied for and will be put on air during the year.
GB1GW JANUARY 2018 LOC IO92 WAB SP78
GB1FWW FEBRUARY 2018 LOC IO92 WAB SP78
GB2GW MARCH 2018 LOC IO92 WAB SP78
GB2FWW APRIL 2018 LOC IO92 WAB SP78
GB4GW MAY 2018 LOC IO92 WAB SP78
GB4FWW JUNE 2018 LOC IO92 WAB SP78
GB5GW JULY 2018 LOC IO92 WAB SP78
GB5FWW AUGUST 2018 LOC IO92 WAB SP69
GB6GW SEPTEMBER 2018 LOC IO92 WAB SP69
GB6FWW OCTOBER 2018 LOC IO92 WAB SP78
GB8GW NOVEMBER 2018 LOC IO92 WAB SP78
GB0AD NOVEMBER 10/11 2018
A special QSL will be sent out for all contacts at the end of 2018, we will also be confirming viaLoTWand EQSL. Details can be found on QRZ.com, OQRS via Club Log.
Four on line certificates will also be available for amateur stations who have worked the required number of special event calls at the end of 2018. These will also be available for SWL's who confirm receiving the required number of special call signs.
BRONZ AWARD WORKIN/HEARING 4 STATIONS
SILVER AWARD WORKING/HEARING 6 STATIONS
GOLD AWARD WORKING/HEARING 10 STATIONS
PLATINUM AWARD WORKING/HEARING 12 STATIONS
Up to 5 missing special calls can be substituted with WVAES members calls or the WVARS club call sign, a list of these can be found bellow.
Members of the club also run a number of internet gateways. QSO's through the gateways are also accepted for the awards.
Local Internet Gateway's
Requests from amateurs and SWL's should be sent by email with the time, date, band, call sign and name to appear on the certificate email@example.com. All details can be found on QRZ.com and on the WVARS web sitewww.wvars.com
We hope to meet you all on air during 2018.