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Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club C/O Bob Glasgow

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GM2T is the contest callsign of Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club.

IOTA

CPSARC will operate from the Isle of Tiree (IOTA EU-008, IOSA NH04, WAB NM04), the most westerly of Scotland's Inner Hebridean Islands, during the RSGB IOTA (Islands on the Air) Contest which runs from 12:00 UTC on Saturday until 12:00UTC on Sunday on the last full weekend in July every year, using the clubs' special contest call sign GM2T.

GM2T achieved 3rd place in the World Dxpedition section of the 2010 contest and 6th in 2015 which is fantastic and is a testement to the entire teams dedication, effort and teamwork.

Here's our typical antenna farm at GM2T IOTA. The building you can see is actually a restaurant that we take over and the owner closes for the weekend to enable us to operate and to feed our team. The shack is actually the dining room.

You can see 6 elements on 10m, 5 elements on 15m, 4 elements on 20m and 3 elements on 40m all towers at 20m high. 80m is a Titanex 1/4 wave vertical with 40 radials installed on the beach.
Pre contest activity will be as MM0CPS/P

Here's a Time Lapse of the 20m 4 ele being built. Only 2 menbers build each antenna. while we have people who run coax and rotator cables. GM2T is a real team effort.

https://www.facebook.com/Ricey46/videos/10155798558065431/

This is the 3 ele for 40m being built and erected in 3 sections (We didn't see the squint element from so close)

https://www.facebook.com/Ricey46/videos/10155798566055431/

And here is the squint element being fixed.

https://www.facebook.com/Ricey46/videos/10155798569685431/

GM2T heavily supports newcomers to our wonderful hobby and has a large number of newly licensed members who are actively encouraged to participate in our contest effort, whether experienced or not. This way, not only does our hobby benefit from new operators, but contesting benefits as they invariably become bitten by the contest bug.


The 2017team will consistof :- Cambell MM0DXC, Bob GM4UYZ, John MM0JXI, Brian M0RNR, Alisdair MM0XAB, Geoff MM5AHO, Ellis GM4GZW, Cephas MM0INS, Gary MM0FZV, Matt MM3NQT, Robin MM0VTV, Steve MM0GZA, Brian G3UJE,Paul MM0VPR,Issy 2M0ISY and Lon WA6AEE / MM0WAE.Also pictured is Elaine MM3GOY who doesn't operate but provides all of the catering.

This is the 2016team in front of the yagis for 40m, 20m and 10m

15m working a pile up of Caribbean

Here's Brian (M0RNR) operating, as you can see the shack is a comfortable place to be

Jim G3VOU (SK) one of our "CW monsters" Sadly missed, RIP Jim.

He're Robin MM0VTV working the pile up on the run station in 2015 even though he was ill with a cold and Geoff MM5AHO steadily building up the mults.

https://www.facebook.com/Brian.Pickup1/videos/10153623305697873/

QSL route to GM2T via the Bureau, or our QSL Manager
GM4UYZ, Bureau, direct, LotW or EQSL

Once again, we're indebted to our friend Elaine Hutchinson at Elephants End for the wonderful support and hospitality she has shown us during 19 years of contesting from Tiree.

The new Multi Two section of the IOTA contest seems to suit us.

CQWW

GM2T are also active during CQWW SSB in October from Barns Ness Lighthouse approximately 30 miles East of Edinburgh. We have entered Multi Multi section on many occasions but now feel that Multi Two suits us best. As this station is on the mainland, we are happy to receive visitors to the station who will be given a tour of the station and a refreshment.

Here's an unusual view of our 20m antenna as viewed from above from the top of the lighthouse.

Our shack, kitchen and rest area are the old lighthouse workshops, bothy and washing areas in the outbuildings

This is an old image showing a short 4 ele yagi for 15m and 6 ele yagi for 10m on pipe masts, these are now on 20m towers. You can also see our 3 ele KLM yagi monobander for 40m, This is nolonger in use as it was destroyed in a subsequent year, we now use a Moseley 40m monoband yagi. If you look carefully, you'll see the radial mat for our 160m inverted L in the grass, orientated towards USA

Here's a sad picture of our KLM as it came down destroying the 20m Mast. Yes, the mast was properly guyed but what had happened was a freak gust and the direction the antenna was facing was just too much and over it went. Weather warnings were of storm force12. Lucklily no-one was hurt but we were mid QSO on 40m at the time. The mast was also the end support for 160m which had to be modified aswell. All sorted now

Another view from the top of the lighthouse, you can see our 80m Titanex vertical being dwarfed just to the left of the lighthouse shadow and above that on the horizon, you can see the famous Bass Rock bird sanctuary.

This year (2015) when we arrived on site, there was no electricity so had to turn this into a "Field Day" type operation and run everything from our small generator. This was unfurtunately recently destroyed in a fire at the place it was stored "Genevieve" as we called it will be very sorely missed. It was an absolute beast.

Nice shot of 15m and 20m (in the background) Both pointing at South America

40m pointing at JA

Nice view of the Yagis from 40m to 10m

This is the Titanex for 80m, as you can see, it gets very windy at Barns Ness

This is the Un - Un and radial mat for the "Inverted L" antenna for top band. 40 radials. The Titanex has exactly the same radial system.

VHF

We are also active on VHF and UHF where the contest allows the use of the callsign. We are always active for example in the 6M Trophy contest every year.

This page will be updated as newer pictures and information become available.

QSL route to GM2T via the Bureau, or our QSL Manager
GM4UYZ, Bureau, direct, LotW or EQSL

Please visitwww.cpsarc.comfor further info and club news of visit our Facebook Groupwww.facebook.com/groups/cpsarcorhttps://www.facebook.com/GM2T-678519578940572/



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