Some of you may know that I am a news reader for GB2RS, ‘The News Broadcasting Sevice of the RSGB’.
Most weeks it is a case of downloading the script on Saturday night, editing it for the local region and entering it ionto the autocue software I use for the next mornings reading. Then in the morning run downstairs into the shack, power up the radios, and key up on 145.525 and 433.525 Mhz at 09:00 to provide a simulcast for GB2RS.
Because the 2m frequency is used by the news reader from Ipswich at 09:30, I QSY to the local club frequency 144.725 Mhz to take signal reports.. and this weekend, I was suprised to hear ON3POJ pop up and say hi from Belgium!
This is not the first time either. I recently submitted a news story to RADCOM, the RSGB members magazine about unusual contacts I have had during the Signal Reports:
“Some amateurs go to great legnths to listen to GB2RS News but on the 11 March Hainault News reader Dave, M0MBD got a post-broadcast reception report from Steve M5BXB via his remote stationn in the Canary Islands.Steve often listens to GB2RS from home and gives reports, but this time he was using his phone to remote into his shack. Dave is used to DX reception of his 2m & 70cm broadcasts, often ghetting reports from French stations and last December Johan, ON3POJ popped up with a report from Belgium.”
I would have loved to have scanned a copy of the news item and posted it here, but sadly copyright considerations prevent me from doing so.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the stations that call in with ‘Sig Reps’ (whichever Country you call from!) as it really make the news reading worthwhile. There is nothing worse than spending all the time prepping and being chained to the mic every Sunday morning if you are not sure if anyone is listening, or, worse still, no one is listening!