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Castles and Stately Homes On The Air

International Museums Weekend


Point Clear Martello Tower



Locator: JO01mt

Due to the terrible conditions on the HF bands on the weekend of the 28th/29th May 2011, we have rescheduled GB4MTG and the station will now be QRV on Tuesday evenings throughout the month of June 2011 from around 20:00 (local time) onwards and during International Museums Weekend.

GB4MTG is an official Castles and Stately Homes On The Air (CASHOTA) station with the reference G272 and QSOs with GB4MTG are valid for the CASHOTA awards scheme. For more details please go to the CASHOTA website either by clicking the logo above or here.

We are also QRV during International Museums Weekend as the station is located at the East Essex Aviation Society and Museum at the Martello Tower - For more info please see the link lower down this text.

GB4MTG is operated by members of the Martello Tower Group, more details about the group can be seen on their website here.

The Martello Tower where GB4MTG is operating from is located in the holiday resort of Point Clear, near St. Osyth on the east coast of Essex in England. The Martello Tower was built in 1806 as part of a line of defensive fortresses stretching from Point Clear up to Aldburgh in Suffolk.

Although the towers were never tested in combat during the Napoleonic wars they were used later to deter smuggling and were very effective in this role.

During the second World War the tower was again used for the defense of the realm and was used as an Observation Platform and fitted with two Anti-Aircraft guns on the roof. It was ocupied exclusively by female members of RNXS, the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service. There is much evidence of these modifications still visible and the radio shack is in a small alcove on the roof which was constructed during WWII.

There were over one hundred Martello Towers built in England and less than half of those are still standing, most of them are in a state of disrepair but the Point Clear tower has been taken over by the East Essex Aviation Society who opened a museum in the tower in 1986. We will also be using the Special Event callsign to celebrate International Museums Weekend.

Our original plan was to operate on Saturday 28th May only but due to a huge solar storm, the whole of HF was blanked out pretty much all day and we only managed to complete six QSOs. Because of this we are hoping to get the station on air for some extra time over the next month as the callsign is valid for 28 days.

We will be QRV on Tuesday evenings in June from around 20:00 with two stations, one on 40m and the other running between 10m, 15m and 20m depeding on activity for those looking to work us.

All contacts will be sent QSL cards via the bureau and all cards will be gratefully received. If you wish to QSL direct, please send cards via G0MBA.


Point Clear Martello Tower - Image (c) Keith Evans

The tower at Point Clear - Image (c) Keith Evans


Some of the aerials on top of the tower, an RAF roundel can clearly be seen

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