THE BIG EVENT From 2018 to 2029
250 years ago, on 25th August 1768, Yorkshireman Lt. James Cook, Captain of HM Bark “Endeavour” sailed from Plymouth into History. The official reason for the voyage was to observe the Transit of Venus from Tahiti, but also he carried secret orders to search for the mythical Great Southern Continent. The Endeavour carried a brilliant scientific team, lead by (later Sir) Joseph Banks.
Pontefract & District ARS are pleased to announce that they have been given permission by Ofcom to use the special Special Event Call-sign GB 250 CC to use to mark this event, and we also will re-apply for this call to mark significant events that occurred on the voyage. We intend making “skeds” with specific countries at these times, so we may call “CQ VK”, for example. As conditions on the bands may be difficult over the next 3-4 years that we intend using this call, please observe these CQ requests.
ARRL Confirmation of DXCC for Captain Cook call-sign, 1st September 2021.
PDARS have many years experience of SESs, operating them at around 10 events every year. Our biggest SES previously was GB 800 MC in 2015 to mark Pontefract’s connection with Magna Carta 800 years earlier.
SOME OF THE MANY EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, our annual SESs at steam rallies, etc, had been cancelled for the duration. We are just starting to operate again.
GB4SL Space Lectures (See their Web Site)
Many famous Astronauts & Cosmonauts have visited Pontefract area to give talks. There is usually at least one every year.
GB1AVR Ackworth Vintage (Steam) Rally
Held Twice each year at the Water Tower Field, Ackworth.
GB4CON (gBACON !!) Fun Day at Farmer Copleys
An annual Fun Day out for all the family, complete with Hog Roast sarnies
GB0YD Yorkshire Day 1st August
1st August for those not born in God’s County. We talk to anyone, even those from the wrong side of the Pennines.
GB4BOB Battle of Britain September
Battle of Britain First 3 weeks of September every year to commemorate all who fought in this important battle.
GB2TFF (GB 2 The Final Frontier)
The call that will be used whenever there is a British Astronaut in Space. Was also used to mark the visit of Tim Peake’s Soyuz spacecraft to the York Railway Museum
One-Off and Old Calls
GB6CG Chequerfield Guides Up to 2003
GB0FPS 1st Pontefract Scouts October 2004
GB0BUZZ Visit of Buzz Aldrin to Pontefract March 2008
GB1JRC Pontefract Junior Radio Club January 2009
GB1SS One Small Step (Apollo 11) July 2009
GG100FEV Guide Centennary Featherstone February 2010
GG100UG Guide Centennary Upton Guides February 2010
GG100AG Guide Centennary Ackworth Guides October 2009/10
GB0PCP Opening Pease Park Pontefract May 2010
All QSL cards will be sent via the RSGB bureau, but only on receipt of your card. LOTW and eQSL confirmations will be sent out after the events.
Anyone wishing to QSL direct, please send a SAE (or addressed envelope with $2) to G0BPK.