RNARS London (HMS "Belfast") Group

Easter Activity Week 2007

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HMS "Belfast"

Friday, 06/042007 till Sunday, 15/04/2007

The RNARS London (HMS "Belfast") Group held their usual yearly activity on board HMS Belfast. For this special occasion members travelled from many countries to be heard all across the bands worldwide with the call sign GB2RN. This is the amateur station which is situated in the bridge wireless office (BWO) on board the cruiser HMS Belfast.

EAW invitation 2007

Navigator for EAW2007:

Fri 06/04/07 25 years of Falkland Conflict    Arrival    New promotion poster
Sat 07/04/07 Easter bunny on board   or BWO
Sun 08/04/07 London city tour   or BWO
Mon 09/04/07 RAF-Museum   or BWO
Tue 10/04/07 Relax, free choise or BWO    Sea Cadets Wardroom
Wed 11/04/07 Tower of London   or BWO
Thu 12/04/07 Inspection by VIP    AGM
Social   and Relax, free choise or BWO
Fri 13/04/07 Canterbury   or Relax, free choise or BWO
Sat 14/04/07 Borough Market   or Relax, free choise or BWO
Mon 16/04/07 Departure


"2007 will see the 25th Anniversary of the Falkland Islands Conflict."

To commemorate this event and to remember those who lost their lives we shall be using the special Call sign GB2FIC (FALKLAND ISLANDS CONFLICT) from the Bridge Wireless Office.

from 6th April 2007 until 3rd May 2007 inclusive.

This as you can see will be operational during the Easter Activity Week. A special QSL card will be printed to confirm all contacts.


GB2FIC qsl card


Some members of the group arrived on Good Friday 06/04/07. We had a lot to talk about since our last meeting and soon formed into little groups for some chit chat. We also met in the Sea Cadets Wardroom for our welcoming drinks.

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In the Sea Cadets Wardroom


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HMS "Belfast" at Night

We would like to introduce our new publicity poster "The Belfast at Night". If you click on the picture it will enlarge the poster and will show off the very successful design.



Bunny Rabbit in the mess

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Even in England the bunny rabbit came to visit, and as he had quite a way to travel we were able to welcome him already on Easter Saturday.
For our Catering Manageress a delivery of flowers and a present as a thank you for all the work and effort to make us feel welcome.
In the evening we had a little social gathering in the Sea Cadet Wardroom.


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Silhouettes from London

Easter Sunday 08/04/07 presented us with beautiful weather, blue sky and clear air a perfect day for a stroll in London to get re-acquainted.
This time we went to see the legendary Ritz Hotel, Trafalgar Square and also a visit to the Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorial. In the afternoon we had a chance to educate ourselves in detective work at the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

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Silhouettes from London


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Aviation Museum of the RAF

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In order to use Easter Monday 09/04/07 for a useful purpose Chuck, Roger and myself decided to pay a visit to the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon. It is the only National museum dedicated wholly to aviation.
In five big hangers hundreds of flying exhibits, photos and history was displayed. You can find further info logging on to Aviation Museum of the RAF.
It was most impressive to see all the displays and a very well worthwhile trip.


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Tower Bridge and HMS "Belfast"

We were kept busy at our club station GB2RN as it was our activity week. The radio shack on board is known as the BWO.
Following are some photos from the BWO and some of the operators.

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BWO in action

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Sea Cadets Wardroom

After stress and hard work in the BWO we went to the Sea Cadets wardroom for a relaxing time.

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Sea Cadets Wardroom

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We were also honoured by a visit of some of the Sea Cadets staff in the wardroom.


On Wednesday 11/04/07 the weather was perfect, some of us went shopping others stayed in BWO others just took it easy.
The evening was crowned with the now traditional visit to the Tower of London and the highlight of the evening was the Ceremony of the Keys. This special parade has been performed without fail every night for the last 600 years and marks the ceremonial locking up and handing over of the keys to the resident governor of the Tower.
The Tower has many fabulous sights to offer and the Crown Jewels of the Royal Family is just one of the many items.

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London Group members visiting the Yeoman Warders’ ward room - Tower of London

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Assambled London Group members in the Pub

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The evening concluded with a little refreshment in the Tower Wardroom which was strictly by invitation only.


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This year the AGM was held first before the VIP arrived and the social followed in the Officers-Mess. Guests attending were Mick G3LIK MF334 RNARS-Chairman and many others from Scotland, Canada, America, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and of course Germany not to forget our veterans.

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work during the AGM

The slogan after successful elections of the committee was:


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ready for inspection on the quarterdeck


The VIP Captain Randy S. Durkopf USN, Naval Attaché of the American Embassy arrived at 12.45 precisely, he proceeded to inspect the Sea Cadets guard and then followed on with the inspection of the assembled RNARS members.


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Finally at 1330 all participants with a social ticket were able to participate in a well prepared lunch and of course plenty of liquid refreshments.
The new committee was celebrated in style. Angelika with a few helpers had again helped to make the party a big success. Everyone had a good time. A big thank you goes out to her.

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Friday 13/04/07 was earmarked for an excursion to all viewable sights of the country. Chuck, Harm and myself had chosen Canterbury in the county of Kent. Our destination was the famous cathedral which is also the seat of the archbishop. I encountered the real English fog for the first time during the drive on the motorway and saw for myself the fog signals flashing. We reached our destination safely. The trip was worthwhile and left us with a lasting impression of the county.

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Sometimes you find that the best things are very close. Saturday 14/04/07 I walked to London Bridge to visit the large Borough Market. It is laid out like a big open air shopping centre and you can buy every conceivable fresh food from all over the country. You need to go to experience it.

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Borough Market at London


Our happy time with friends passed far too quickly. Sincere thanks to our hosts who made it possible again for us all to have an unforgettable time.


A visit to our Hosts

London and HMS "Belfast": I shall return!

Responsible: Hans-Jürgen DK9OS, MF787 RN4636 LG609


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