Location

Former TRINITY LIGHT VESSEL 55, the 'John Sebastian', is moored in Bathurst Basin in the centre of Bristol and has her own postal address, namely: 'The John Sebastian, Bathurst Basin, Bristol BS1 4RL'. However, there are some specific details that will be of interest to radio hams:

  • Lat/Long: 51.446579°,-2.595022°
  • IARU: IO81qk
  • IOTA: EU005 (UK Mainland)
  • WAB: ST57 – England

Google Map of Bathurst Basin

Introduction

This years International Lighthouses and Lightships on the Air weekend took place over the 15/16 August. Once again we were fortunate to be guests of the Cabot Cruising Club on the John Sebastian (Former Light Vessel 55) in Bathurst Basin, part of Bristols historic City Docks.

Our operation followed the principles of last years operation with the following equipment being employed:

  • Yaesu FT 840 100W HF Transceiver
  • MFJ 934 Manual ATU
  • Manson EP-925 25Amp PSU
  • Acer laptop running Ham Radio Deluxe for logging only
  • 20m Full Wave Delta Loop operable as a Half Wave Delta Loop on 40m

Set up followed a reasonably well established arrangements. As the weather was fine the station was established on the foredeck, power came from inside the club house and the antenna was supported by the gunwhale.

Former Trinity Light Vessel 55, the 'John Sebastian'Delta Loop AntennaFormer Trinity Light Vessel 55, the 'John Sebastian'

After a very brief foray onto 20m, we quickly reverted to type and after changing the antenna plugs switched onto 40m and were quickly rewarded by Tarbet Ness, North Foreland, Kilantringan and Dunnet Head around the UK followed by Irish stations.

GT8IOM operating from Point of Ayre on the Isle of Man gave us our only contact with the land of the D Regional Secondary Locator. Other Regional Secondary Locators collected over the weekend include: Northern Ireland thanks to MI0TGO/P, MI6SKG/P and 2I0DJM; Scotland thanks to GM4NFI/P, GM4JR, GM0AEG, GM0AEG, GM7ESM, MM3PDM/P and MM6PFT; Wales thanks to 2W0DSP. Sadly we missed out on the Channel islands this year and once again failed to collect representatives either special event or otherwise of all parts of the United Kingdom.

Delta Loop Band Changing ArrangementEddie M0LJT operating GB0CCC with Henryk M0HTB loggingHenryk M0HTB operating GB0CCC with Julian M0JCE logging. Eddie M0LJT observes and shades the laptop screen from the sun

On Sunday we changed our station replacing the clubs FT840 and ATU with a Yaesu FT991 complete with internal ATU recently purchased by a member who wanted to see it in operation on HF.

Although none of us were particularly familiar with the rig, it acquitted itself well and the internal ATU was well able to match the Delta Loop Antenna.

Yaesu FT-991Mark M6FKV operating GB0CCC with Gary M6HCC loggingMark M6FKV operating GB0CCC with Gary M6HCC logging

Thanks got to in no particular order: Cyril G3XED, Julian M0JCE, Eddie M0LJT, Henryk M0HTB, Mark M6FKV, Gary M6HCC, Andy G7KNA and anyone else whose name and callsign we have forgotten who turned up and supported, help set up or dismantle or operate the station or who provided equipment.

GB0CCC Log

Date Time (UTC) Station Worked Band or Freq'cy Mode RST Name QTH Notes
Sent Rec'd
15/08/15 10:35 OZ5ESB 20m SSB 59 59   Saeddingstrand Mellemfyr DK0014
15/08/15 10:50 GB0BCK 20m SSB 59 59 Andy Buckle UK0053
15/08/15 11:12 PA25SCH 40m SSB 59 59   Zuidelijke Havenhoofd NL0025
15/08/15 11:39 GB2TNL 40m SSB 59 59 Richard Tarbet Ness Lighthouse UK0151
15/08/15 11:39 DL1WH 40m SSB 59 57 Volker    
15/08/15 12:06 GB0NFL 40m SSB 59 59 Ian North Foreland Lighthouse UK0128
15/08/15 12:22 GB2LK 40m SSB 59 59 Jim Kilantringan UK0164
15/08/15 12:31 GB1DHL 40m SSB 57 59 Danny Dunnet Head Lighthouse UK0187
15/08/15 12:40 EI0CAR 40m SSB 59 59   Strove Lighthouse IE0011
15/08/15 12:47 ON6UJ 40m SSB 59 59     42
15/08/15 12:57 GB2WLH 40m SSB 59 59 David Withernsea Lighthouse UK0013
15/08/15 13:22 GB0NLH 40m SSB 59 59 Peter The Needles Lighthouse UK0067
15/08/15 13:40 GB2PF 40m SSB 59 59 Fred    
15/08/15 13:46 GB2ELH 40m SSB 58 59   Eshanness Lighthouse (Shetland) UK0058
15/08/15 13:50 GT8IOM 40m SSB 59 59   Point of Ayre Isle of Man IM0001
15/08/15 13:54 G4HEE 40m SSB 59 59 Bill Melton Mobray  
15/08/15 14:01 GB4EUL 40m SSB 59 59 Alan East Usk Lighthouse UK0159
15/08/15 14:38 GB1DLH 40m SSB 59 59 Tony Dungeness UK0059 and UK0060 (Old and New)
15/08/15 14:42 2W0DSP 40m SSB 59 59 Andy Llanethlli  
15/08/15 14:47 G4VFL/P 40m SSB 59 59 Andrew    
15/08/15 14:48 M0XDX 40m SSB 59 59 Paul Lincolnshire  
15/08/15 14:50 G4CLN 40m SSB 59 59 Philip Paington  
15/08/15 14:53 M0KRR 40m SSB 59 59 Alistair Cornwall  
15/08/15 14:57 EI1NC/P 40m SSB 59 42   Roches Point IE0010
16/08/15 11:08 DM9JH 20m SSB 59 59      
16/08/15 11:11 G4WZI 20m SSB 59 59 Dick South Yorkshire  
16/08/15 11:13 G3YRO 20m SSB 55 57 Roger Newcastle upon Tyne  
16/08/15 11:15 EI6HIB 20m SSB 59 59      
16/08/15 11:16 G4VHM 20m SSB 59 59 Mike Kingston upon Hull  
16/08/15 11:17 DL1LQC 20m SSB 59 59 Claus    
16/08/15 11:19 GM4NFI/P 20m SSB 57 55   Chanonry Point UK0196
16/08/15 11:23 DL8FQ 20m SSB 57 59 Rolf   Kenwood TS870 G5RV
16/08/15 11:25 EI5DR 20m SSB 59 59 Edward    
16/08/15 11:28 G4WBV 20m SSB 59 59 Roger Sea Mills  
16/08/15 11:30 DL5RF 20m SSB 59 59+10 Friedhelm    
16/08/15 11:32 DF1LEO 20m SSB 57 58 Henrik    
16/08/15 11:34 GB2PUL 20m SSB 43 59   Portland Bill Upper Lighthouse UK0019
16/08/15 11:36 PB7Z 40m SSB 59 59 Bernard    
16/08/15 11:38 PI4ZHE 20m SSB 57 59 Len Noord Hinder Lightship NL0036
16/08/15 11:39 GB0NHL 40m SSB 57 59   Noss Head Lighthouse UK0039
16/08/15 11:41 MM3PDM/M 40m SSB 45 59   Peterhead  
16/08/15 11:46 GM4JR 40m SSB 59 59 Andy   NX98
16/08/15 11:50 PA1AT 40m SSB 58 55 Gerry    
16/08/15 11:56 PA7JC 40m SSB 57 59      
16/08/15 12:01 ES5QD 40m SSB 59 59 Vello    
16/08/15 12:04 DL0DMB 40m SSB 59 59      
16/08/15 12:06 ON8ODK/P 40m SSB 43 59      
16/08/15 12:26 F4ECJ 20m SSB 59 56 Eric South West France Quarter Wave Vertical TS590
16/08/15 12:43 TM0PDC 40m SSB 59 59      
16/08/15 12:47 MI0TGO/P 40m SSB 59 59 Brian    
16/08/15 12:49 DL6SDA 40m SSB 55 57      
16/08/15 12:51 DL0RWE 40m SSB 55 58   Old Lighthouse Borkum DE0046
16/08/15 12:57 F4CZV 40m SSB 57 59 Richard Montauban  
16/08/15 13:02 DF6SU 40m SSB 59 56 Stephen    
16/08/15 13:06 EI0M/P 40m SSB 59 59   Blacksod Lighthouse County Mao IE0008
16/08/15 13:12 DJ9FK 40m SSB 57 57 Claus Uslar Icom 761 Dipole QSL via Buro
16/08/15 13:17 MI6SKG/P 40m SSB 55 59 Steve   QRP Portable from Land Rover Icom IC 703 Dipole
16/08/15 13:20 GX3YRC 40m SSB 59 59 Paul    
16/08/15 13:22 F5PTA 40m SSB 58 59      
16/08/15 13:25 DL8LAH 40m SSB 56 58 Fred    
16/08/15 13:29 GB2EVR 40m SSB 58 59 Mike Cumbria  
16/08/15 13:33 EI2GBB/P 40m SSB 59 59 David   90W Icom IC706
16/08/15 13:38 GM0AEG 40m SSB 44 59 David    
16/08/15 13:40 DL6YAO 40m SSB 57 59 Peter    
16/08/15 13:42 G1YFF 40m SSB 59 59 Jake    
16/08/15 13:43 2I0DJM 40m SSB 57 59+10 Joe    
16/08/15 13:45 2E1TAF 40m SSB 59 59+10 Dave    
16/08/15 13:47 DL5AWI 40m SSB 56 59      
16/08/15 13:48 DF3QG 40m SSB 59 59+10 Arno    
16/08/15 13:49 DL9HL 40m SSB 53 59      
16/08/15 13:49 DF1NP 40m SSB 59 59 Willie    
16/08/15 13:50 HB9TTR 40m SSB 59 58 Dan    
16/08/15 13:51 M1CDL 40m SSB 56 59      
16/08/15 13:53 M3GJA 40m SSB 59 59+20 Trevor Norfolk  
16/08/15 13:55 EI0CAR/P 40m SSB 58 59 Tommy Strove Lighthouse IE0011
16/08/15 13:57 G4WIA 40m SSB 59 59 Ivan Lizard  
16/08/15 13:59 DK01 40m SSB 57 57   Lightvessel 'Fyrskib' No 15 DE0061
16/08/15 14:00 DL5XL 40m SSB 59 57 Felix    
16/08/15 14:00 DJ7FM 40m SSB 57 57      
16/08/15 14:02 IZ2BQF 40m SSB 59 59 Luigi    
16/08/15 14:02 OE8HIK 40m SSB 59 59 Heinz    
16/08/15 14:03 M6KVJ 40m SSB 59 59 Dave    
16/08/15 14:03 HB9BQR 40m SSB 55 57      
16/08/15 14:04 PE1DUG 40m SSB 55 57      
16/08/15 14:05 DL2ASK 40m SSB 55 59      
16/08/15 14:06 DK1KBB 40m SSB 56 55 Gerd    
16/08/15 14:08 HB9FNE 40m SSB 57 58 Stefan    
16/08/15 14:08 DL6KR 40m SSB 59 59 Martin    
16/08/15 14:09 ON4CAS 40m SSB 57 59      
16/08/15 14:10 DJ2KD 40m SSB 59 59 Dieter    
16/08/15 14:10 ON6PJ 40m SSB 59 59      
16/08/15 14:11 DK4DS 40m SSB 56 59      
16/08/15 14:12 DK9QD 40m SSB 59 59 Dieter    
16/08/15 14:12 IZ2QDQ 40m SSB 57 59      
16/08/15 14:13 DG1NPM 40m SSB 57 57 Nobbi    
16/08/15 14:14 DH1PAL 40m SSB 57 59 Werner    
16/08/15 14:16 DL6FD 40m SSB 59 59      
16/08/15 14:18 GB1DHL 40m SSB 59 59 Danny Dunnet Head Lighthouse UK0187
16/08/15 14:19 M0TRJ 40m SSB 59 59      
16/08/15 14:21 DJ4JZ 40m SSB 59 58 Joe    
16/08/15 14:23 GM0AEG 40m SSB 59 59 David    
16/08/15 14:26 DL1HXB/MM 40m SSB 57 57 Utta    
16/08/15 14:28 OZ3XFS 40m SSB 57 55      
16/08/15 14:31 G3PXT 40m SSB 56 57 Gordon    
16/08/15 14:32 F4VPL 40m SSB 59 57 Dave    
16/08/15 14:34 GB2BML 40m SSB 59 59 Thomas Blakeney Mariners Light UK0084
16/08/15 14:36 PA2VTC 40m SSB 55 55 Harry    
16/08/15 14:38 G4DXW 40m SSB 59 59 Ron    
16/08/15 14:41 MM6PFT 40m SSB 55 57      
16/08/15 14:44 GM7ESM 40m SSB 56 59