Specially permitted UK Callsign issued by UK Ofcom for use at Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy and 400 years of Telescope Astronomy. The year-long event, known as IYA2009, was supported by UN, UNESCO, NASA and IAU. IYA2009 also celebrated 140th Anniversary of the discovery of Helium in our Sun by Sir Norman Lockyer of Sidmouth Observatory, 120th Anniversary of birth of Edwin Hubble, and 40th Anniversaries of Apollo 11 Moonlanding 20th July 1969 and Apollo 12 Moonlanding 19th November 1969.
GB400IYA was an independent “IYA” awareness project, managed by active full members of the Norman Lockyer Observatory Society who are astronomers and full licensed radio amateurs. Please note that the Special Event Station had no connection with a radio group which meets at the Observatory.
The Station was operated Saturday and/or Sunday each week through 2009 until 31st December.
Bands – 1.8MHz thru 430MHz capability. (Main Bands 3.5MHz – 7MHz – 14MHz)
SPECIAL DAYS Monday 20th July - Apollo 11 Saturday 8th August - IYA South West Astronomy Fair Thursday 19th November - Apollo 12 Sunday 29th November - Anniversary of birth of Edwin Hubble 1889 (Hubble Telescope named in honour)
QSL DETAILS For High Quality Personalised QSL Card Direct only: GB400IYA PO Box 2965 Calne Wiltshire SN11 8WQ England + UK50p (or UK SAE), $1US, ½ Euro, or 1 International Reply Coupon (IRC)
SELECT YOUR QSL CARD
Each GB400IYA QSL Card is individually computer generated with the unique details of the QSO and then commercially printed, therefore your return card may take a little longer than usual. GB400IYA has proven to be a very popular Event Station; we have made many interesting contacts and we thank you for helping to make the Station a success.
LIVE WEBCAM (Link live when webcam operating)
STATION TOTALLY OPERATED ON SOLAR POWER - SATURDAY 13th JUNE 2009.
100% Solar Powered Station GB400IYA for the Solar "Sunny Day" Event at Norman Lockyer Observatory, Devon.
Our Power Source - 1KW Mobile Solar Power Station, provided by Will Grafton of naturalwatt.
TX/RX: Icom IC-706Mk11G Kenwood TS450S Alinco DX-70TH MFJ-9420 (14MHz QRP)
ANTENNAS: Horizontal Monoband Dipoles @ 9m (30ft) - ATU FREE ZONE!!
LAT: 50° 41' 18" N (50.688° N) LON: 03° 13' 10" W (-3.219° W)
IARU LOCATOR: IO8ØJQ ORDNANCE: SY139883 WAB: SY18 ZIP: EX1Ø ØNY ITU ZONE: 27 CQ ZONE: 14
EVENT CONTACT E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest VA3PS Mike - Sat 2nd May 2009 operating "Al Fresco"
Nested Inverted V dipoles for 3.5MHz & 7MHz Bands @ 9m (30ft) - NO ATU
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