Welcome to the hosted page for GBØTWT, a special events station set up by Andy, GØJLX, specially for The Twyford WaterWorks Trust (hence TWT) in Twyford, Hampshire, SO21 1QA, just south of Winchester, off J11 of the M3.
The Special Events Amateur Radio Station GBØTWT is typically set up twice a year, once for the Edwardian pumping station's own "Open Day" usually held at the beginning of August, and once for the "International Pumping Stations on The Air" day at the end of August (weekend of the bank holiday usually).
The Special Events Station was first set up in 2008 for the 2nd International Pumping Stations On The Air day, and was established again for only its second airing on 2nd August 2009. There are a few pictures below of both events, by year.
I am very grateful to MØHOD (Fred) for his help and assistance in 2008, as well as the use of his 'bus' for the station, and I am most grateful to M6COR (Will) for his help and assistance during the 2009 events as I managed to twist my ankle during set up and was limping about during pull-down afterwards. . . . . youch ! Mind those rabbit holes
GBØTWT will be on the air again on 30th August 2009, to celebrate the 3rd International Pumping Stations On The Air day.
In 2009, due to illness, Fred, MØHOD was not able to be present, or to bring his bus along, so we improvised a bit and used my off road land rover (designed to be a go-anywhere comms rig) and ran the stations from that instead.
In 2010, due to his ongoing illness, Fred, MØHOD was
not able to be present, or to bring his bus along, so we improvised a bit again
and used my off road land rover (designed to be a go-anywhere comms rig) and ran
the station from that instead.
We were operating 2m and HF. 2m was on the GP3 white stick and HF was on a Barker & Williamson 90 atop a 10m fibreglass mast we guyed out on top of the old underground water tank we park up besides.
I must apologise for the state of these photos, we were just packing up and I suddenly realised that we had not taken a single photo of the 2010 Open Comms Day ops - so these three are just a taster of what it was really like !
Site last updated 15 June 2010