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Sands Contest Group was formed in 2004 in the Morecambe Bay area by amateur radio enthusiasts who wanted to be more active with their hobby and to improve their techniques and skills. Since then the membership has grown rapidly and we are now a well established group. Members have skills and interests in various fields of the hobby, including QRP, construction, antenna modeling, data modes and computing.
We operate mainly using an Elecraft K3 and a Ranger 811 amp. Audio is provided by Heil microphones. As a club we own a 3 band Spiderbeam, two 50ft aluminium telescopic masts and various telescopic fibreglass masts. Apart from the Spiderbeam, all the rest of the antennas are homebrewed. We use the excellent N1MM logging software and take part in as many contests and radio events as we can, favourites being the 80m RSGB Club Calls and AFS series, ARRL contests, IARU, IOTA and Field Days.
We also do DXpeditions. We have been active from Mull, Jura, Arran and Tiree so far, the latter three with our friends from the Workington Radio Club. Whilst these islands are not particularly on the most wanted list, they are great fun and Tiree gave us over 12000 contacts in the week! Our aim is always to improve. We are doing so with each contest and event and the learning curve is thoroughly enjoyable!
We tend to concentrate on portable/mobile operation including SOTA and WAB activities. We also enjoy construction and many of our members have built their own radios, transverters and ATUs. We are always interested to hear from Radio Amateurs who would like to join us and get involved with contesting or any other aspects of the hobby. Some of our members provide training locally for all three levels of Amateur Radio licence and are always happy to hear from anyone wishing to become an amateur or to progress through the licensing structure.
We are based in Morecambe, near the City of Lancaster, in the North-West of England.
If you hear us on the air using our Amateur Radio Club callsign, M0SCG/MX0SCG or our contest call, G1T, please give us a shout!
We would be very pleased if you would find time to make a comment in our guestbook and let us know who you are. Also please visit our online diary (blog) and follow our adventures on there.
From all at Sands ARCG
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