This station is operating from a now permanently moored historic lightship in Gloucester Docks, UK.
The lightship is the ex-SPURN and was on station in the Humber estuary close to the Spurn sandbank from 1959 till 1985. She was a museum ship on various location before ending-up in Gloucester Docks. (IO81UU) (SO81)
The ship is now owned by Jan (me) and Agnes who now run a Holistic Centre on it and made it their new home. The ship was renamed "SULA" which means 'a little bit of peace'
I picked-up the CB hobby some 35 years ago but abandoned it again soon after. Many years later I got my proffesional Marine Radio Operator license when I was working on offshore oil rigs.
During the 2010 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, the Cheltenham HAM radio club CARA hosted the event here on board the SULA. One of their members, Giles G0NXA got me 'infected' again with the radio hobby and so I got my license.
Below some pictures of the "Wireless Office" on board the light-ship. This room is almost original (exept the HAM radios of course) and still has lots of authentic equipment in it. Only radio missing is the beacon radio. Does anybody has one? Doesn't need to be working, just look nice! ;-)
Although I started with an HF radio, I found myself more and more using the 2M band on a borowed rig to chat with our local stations, so I bought a vintage Trio TS-700G This All-Mode 2M tranceiver is a bulky piece of kit and fits perfectly in the old radio-room. I LOVE the look and feel of this radio! NO complicated menus: GREAT ;-)
The TS-700G 2M rig.
2E0UPA is using a good old Trio (Kenwood) TS-830S for HF feeding a Doublet antenna in-between the two masts of the ship, about 30M high, and can be found mostly on the 40m band. The 830 has an external VFO for dual freq operations. I also purchased a 2nd hand Kenwood AT230 manual antenna tuner and LOVE it! It tunes everything from 160m-10m absolutely flat! A Bird dummy-load, used during the tuning process of the valve PA completes the HF set.
I couldn't resist buying a good-old Yeasu FRG-7 receiver.. I mainly use it listen to AM radio stations! Nothing beats a Golden-Oldies station on AM..
The Marconi is the jewel in the Wireless Office! This is the original ship's radio. It has a receiver from the Guadian-II series and a Gannet-II transmitter. This year, we will try to get it up-and-running again, ready for the International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend in August. Stay tuned!
I also have various Sailor Marine-band radios, including a 2182khz Watch-keeper receiver.
WARNING:There are no items being offered for sale under these call signs. Various scams currently exist which falsely claim goods are for sale from a legitimate amateur but that are not. I do not sell on the internet using my call sign so be warned; do not send money up front to any such advert using my call sign.
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