Report from EGB Horse Ride Ringstead 17/18 June 2017

Thank you to all the team that were available to assist with communications at this two day event.

It turned out to be the hottest weekend of the year so far with temperatures peaking in the PM at  over 30C in places.

Thankfully incidents were limited and mainly related to heat or riders getting misplaced.

RF wise we ran the usual frequency of 144.650MHZ using 5W and locally provided cover to all but one of the locations directly. We struggled at times on Saturday with another event taking place on the eastern side of Norfolk that were using the same frequency. There appeared to be one station that was either running sub-tones or had a very deaf receiver – as although they were a good  signal they did not hear our replies from the control location even after increasing our power levels briefly to 50W.

HF was attempted on Sunday but unfortunately either due to RF noise or location proved unusable.

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Report from Samaritans Charity Cycle Ride 14 May 2017

Thanks to the members that were able to support this event.  We had a good turnout of riders considering the preceding weather (heavy rain).

We used the Red Barn watering point as the RF control for this event as this location could hear all the outstations -the event control at start always has difficulty into the hollows at Fring and Sedgeford. This worked well and critical messages were relayed as needed.

St John Ambulance had a couple of minor issues to deal with but overall no great problems.

Event Control – doing what we do best – setting up in the middle of a field!

Event check-in and some of the riders

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Report from Sandringham Charity Horse ride Sun 07 May 2017

Thank you to the members that were able to assist at this event. Even though the weather was somewhat cool in a brisk Northerly breeze around 250 riders took part over this popular multi-distance pleasure horse ride.

We had a revised course which was covered well from the control location in the middle of the route. We also had to amend control arrangements due to the setting up of a caravan rally in the adjoining field which added some challenges and the use of a compact antenna arrangement.

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Report from Houghton Charity Horse Ride 23rd April 2017

Thank you to all the members that were able to assist at this event.  We ran a good net on 2m with coverage easily on 5W from the control location.

Just over 200 riders took part on a cool but at times sunny day.  A couple of riders decided to come off their horses but thankfully no major injuries.

Control station at the ride

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Thanks re support for High Tides 12/13 Jan 2017

Thanks to all group members that were able or on standby, to assist with the operations relating to the recent high tides.

In the end the Environment Agencies forecasting bought the initial flood warnings down to flood alerts on both the Fri AM and Fri PM tides.  This did not trigger the planned precautionary evacuation in the Hunstanton, Heacham & Snettisham areas.

The forecasting was absolutely spot on for this part of our coast and although damaged in parts, the defences stopped serious flooding issues.  Further tides in this current series of tides are not expected to cause a problem.

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Update re group called to assist with supporting comms Hunstanton 12 Jan 2017

Thank you to members that were able to offer support for this activity.  In the end due to changes in forecasts and weather the planned deployment did not take place. Members need to remain on standby as further activity is planned for the tides on Friday 13th Jan. Additional requests via email or text from Martin G4OKH.

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Group called to assist with supporting comms Hunstanton 12 Jan 2017

The group has been requested by West Norfolk Emergency Planning unit to assist with communications on Thursday 12 Jan.  This is to support operations in the Hunstanton/Heacham/Snettisham areas relating to high tides.

If available members should contact Martin G4OKH who will coordinate.

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Website Back

After some issues with an automated upgrade the groups website has been returned to normal operations – http://north-anglia-raynet.org.uk

Further work is ongoing to avoid this occurring in the future.

 

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Report from group AGM 6th Nov 2016

The groups AGM took place on Sunday 6th November. There was a good turnout of members and the committee were re-elected en-bloc.

Items discussed included purchasing a trailer for transport of equipment, use of CTCSS tones, digital modes, mapping software and the unification of Raynet.

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Report from Sandringham Charity Horse Ride 09Oct2016

Thank you to all members that turned out to assist at this event.  We had a very large number of entries with over 200 riders taking part.

We ran a shortened mast with a 2m Slim Jim used to provide the coverage. This was fed from the trusted Kenwood 732 in dualband talk-through mode with 5W on both bands.

Unfortunately the weather got somewhat rainy a couple of times and I know several of the team got more than a little wet!

Thankfully no safety issues of note other than a missing rucksack and a bike that developed a puncture!

 

 

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