SOS Radio Week – Margate Lifeboat Station

Hilderstone Radio Society organized a Special Event Station at Margate Lifeboat
Station’s open day on 7th May as part of SOS Radio week, spreading the word of the
RNLI’s work worldwide.
We suspended our antenna between the top of the lifeboat station’s 10m high
flagpole and some railings on the cliff behind the lifeboat station. It worked pretty
well once we’d sorted out a tiny feeder issue.
We were able to work 95 stations throughout the UK and Europe – including other
SOS Radio Week Stations, and a cluster of Mills on the Air stations too. We were on
the 40m and 20m bands, SSB and CW.
The equipment used was an IC-7300, along with our Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier and
KAT500 tuner so we could run 300W comfortably.
There was a great turnout of club members, and we were delighted to help some
new licensees and members of the public to get on the air.
Other attractions on the day included: a tombola and raffle, refreshments, lifejacket
safety check, RNLI Face-To-Face fundraisers, a ‘wellie-wanging’ competition
organized by the crew and entertainment by the shanty band ‘The Snottledogs’. The
the day culminated in a rescue demonstration by Margate’s two lifeboats along with
their colleagues from Ramsgate who attended with their all-weather and inshore
The day was a great success for the club and the lifeboat station, and we’re already
looking forward to next year.