GB50 at Windsor Castle - 29 May to 9 June, 2002
Celebrating the Golden Jubilee with Amateur Radio
Sunday evening 9 June saw the GB50 operation draw to a close.
The station was very successful and introduced thousands of visitors to amateur radio. During the eleven days of the operation, several hundred visitors were able to speak on the radio and send a greetings message from Windsor Castle. We expect to see many new people take to the air later in 2002.
Over 24,500 contacts were made in some 130 countries, using this special GB50 call, using SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK31. The station was also activated on APRS.
Now that the event is complete, the next task for the team will be QSL cards and awards.
Our sincere thanks to all those stations who called GB50. Without your calls, things would have been a little quiet.
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The GB50 Awards
We are delighted to announce two special awards for contacting GB50. One contact is all you need for the GB50 Golden Jubilee Award. Add a few more contacts and you can add our GB50 Jubilee Points Award. Discover more here.
The Patron of RSGB, HRH Prince Philip, visited the station on Monday morning 3rd June. He was introduced to RSGB staff and Board members and to representatives of the Cray Valley Radio Society, and viewed exhibits including a Marconi transmitter dating from 1901.
Prince Philip went on to tour the operating area and observed a contact with Jeff Morris 9H1EL located in Rabat, Malta. He was also shown a morse contact in progress by John Linford, G3WGV.
On display at GB50 is a video of a contact between girls at Harrogate
Ladies' College and the International Space Station. Some of the girls in the radio society had travelled down that morning to be introduced to Prince Philip and they were able to tell him something of their contact with the space station.
The pictures shows His Royal Highness, Dave G4BUO operating, SWL Simon seated and Station Manager Tim G4VXE, standing.
Read this special greetings message from The Duke of Edinburgh.
Read the latest news release here.
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