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A superb 45-minute video DVD produced by team member Fred, G3SVK is now available, at a cost of £10 Sterling, 15 Euro or 20 US Dollars, inclusive of postage. Payment by Paypal is preferred, via Fred's email firstname.lastname@example.org, please quote the reference 2O12L DVD. Alternatively write to M0MCV QTHR, enclosing a Sterling cheque for £10 payable to CVRS, or Euros/US Dollars.
2O12L closed down at 21:33z on 9th September having made 69,644 QSOs. QSLs have been printed, and by late January all direct QSL requests had been replied to. Many thanks for all the contacts, it has been a lot of fun!
At 23.05z on Friday 31st August, the QSO target of 60,000 was reached. There was a brief celebration, involving a bottle of champagne, then it was back to the pileups with the aim of putting another 10,000 QSOs into the log by the end of operations on 9th September.
A launch party for the Paralympics was held on Wednesday 29th August. Guest of honour was Simon Parsons from British Wireless for the Blind Fund. Contacts were made on 40m with the RAIBC HQ station and with several RAIBC members.
On Tuesday 21st August, the team at 2O12L claimed a new World Record for the greatest number of QSOs made by a Special Event Station. We believe the previous record was established by DQ200X for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. At 21:42z on 21st August we reached contact number 49,791, a new World Record. This takes the 2O12L team into new territory and towards our notional target of 60,000 before the end of the operation. 2O12L continues to be active daily until the end of the Paralympics on 9th September.
The regular Cray Valley RS club night on 16th August was held at the 2O12L venue, where a barbeque was organised by Paul M6BHU and Ann, and Martin M6MWI. Our grateful thanks to them for making everything go smoothly. Over thirty members and partners attended, and on a warm evening it was very pleasant to sit outside and chat, under the shadow of the antenna masts, while the keen ones inside ran up some more QSOs.
Congratulations to Wilf, G0WLF who is featured on the front page of September Radcom. He is seen operating station HF2, with the Olympic flags in the background.
By the end of the Olympic Games on Sunday 12th August, approx 41,500 QSOs were in the log. This is a fantastic result, especially given the indifferent HF conditions which have limited the number of QSOs we have been able to make on 12 and 10m. Our main bands have been 40, 20 and 17m. We have been overwhelmed by the huge number of Japanese stations that have managed to make contact with 2O12L. Thanks guys!
Operation of 2O12L continues during the two-week inter games period, then we will be operational right throughout the Paralympics and will close 2O12L at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the Paralympics on Sunday 9th September. We continue to be open daily to visitors 10am to 4pm, and at other times to licensed amateurs by appointment.
We got halfway to our target, making 30,000 QSOs, in just 11 days' operation. We have welcomed several overseas visitors, best DX was a visitor from ZL. Why not visit 2O12L and have a chance to operate one of the stations.
We are very grateful to Ray, G4FON for travelling down from Oxford on Wednesday 1st August to bring the Newbury club's two Yaesu Quadra amplifiers for our use. Ray installed one on HF1 in place of the Acom 1000 loaned temporarily by Dave G3RGS, and installed the other on HF2. This station had been using the CVRS FL2100z amplifier, which was originally owned by club member G3VLX, SK. The 2100 had been in almost constant use for seven days and had seen us through thousands of QSOs without missing a beat, somewhat to our surprise!
Two important events on Tuesday 31st July. The new RSGB General Manager Graham, G0NBI visited the station, met the operating team and made some QSOs from the station on both 40m and 20m. And in the afternoon, only a little more than six days after we started operation, we passed the 20,000 QSO mark. Conditions were good for the first three days of operation but are rather poor at present, and we know we need to pay more attention to 15, 12 and 10m. CQs on 80m have gone unanswered, but we will give the band more attention at the weekend. Follow the Log Check link to see QSO statistics in Clublog.
We are starting to get coverage on Youtube. Pete M0PSX from Essex Ham visited, and put together this great video which you can watch on Youtube. Also watch here to see how the 17m CW pileup sounded in Japan!
There was a very successful launch party on Wednesday 25th July. In attendance were Clive Efford MP, the Mayor of Greenwich, representatives from the District scouting organisation and from the Royal Borough of Greenwich. After the inaugural contact which was made with Don Beattie G3BJ, the station hit the airwaves. Our first 1000 QSOs were made in just 150 minutes, and we finished the day with over 3,000 QSOs in the log. There is a real-time feed to Clublog; follow the Logs link to see QSO statistics and confirm that you're in our log!
Our Operations Manager Mark, M0DXR brought along the Olympic Torch that had been carried in the relay by his sister-in-law, Lisa Weston. Visitors were photographed holding the torch and we raised £150 in aid of Lisa's chosen charity, St Clare's Hospice.
With only a few days to go until 2O12L starts transmission, the team were on-site on Sunday 22nd July to start building the station. M0MYC brought the first tower on site, followed by G0UKN with the big one, then G4AXX arrived with the tower from Plextek. By the end of day all antennas HF and VHF were rigged and up in the air. Meanwhile the crew inside did a great job, it's looking good to complete the build tomorrow. Follow us on Facebook!
Our publicity officer John G4IRN has issued the last press releases and is now fielding questions.
Here is a report from Dave M0BGR of the 'clean team' who went into the hall on Saturday 14th July to give it a spring clean:
Members of the Cray Valley Radio Society assembled at the Royal Greenwich District Activity Centre this morning to start the preparations for the 2O12L amateur radio special event station that will run throughout the Olympic and paralympic games. Armed with cloths, buckets and mops the members spent the morning cleaning the rooms that will be used for this prestigious special event station to ensure all is spick and span when the station opens on 25th July.
Bob Treacher, the Cray Valley Radio Society President said: “ This is a very important event for amateur radio and it is essential we make a good impression on the dignitaries and members of the public who come to see the station. There is still much to do, before the station opens, but I would like to thank the members who came along on this wet Saturday morning so we were able to complete this first stage of the preparations”.