RNARS London (HMS "Belfast") Group

Easter Activity Week 2010

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HMS "Belfast"

Friday, 2nd Apr 2010 till Sunday, 11th Apr 2010 inclusive

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 2010

"2010 will see the 50th Anniversary of the RNARS."

To commemorate this event we shall be using the special Call sign GB5ØRNARS from the Bridge Wireless Office

from 1st April 2010 until 30th April 2010 inclusive..

A special QSL card will be printed to confirm all contacts.


GB5ØRNARS qsl card

Here is a special QSL card from the MARAC/Netherlands for this anniversary.


PC5ØRNARS qsl card

Cap tally

HMS Belfast cap tally

Navigator of EAW2010:

Wed 31/03/10 Impression around the HMS "Belfast" at night
Thu 01/04/10 Arrival
Fri 02/04/10 St Katharine Docks
Sat 03/04/10 Relax, free choice or BWO 1
Sun 04/04/10 Relax, free choice or BWO
Mon 05/04/10 Portsmouth Docks or BWO
Tue 06/04/10 Relax, free choice or BWO 2
Wed 07/04/10 City or Chatham Docks   Tower of London
Thu 08/04/10 AGM   Inspection by VIP
Social   BWO 3   Bills birthday
Fri 09/04/10 Relax, free choice or BWO 4
Sat 10/04/10 Relax, Borough Market and BWO
Sun 11/04/10 Last day or BWO
Mon 12/04/10 Departure


Some impression around the HMS "Belfast".


Impression of HMS "Belfast"

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Impression from HMS "Belfast" towards London Bridge


Impression from aboard towards Tower Bridge


Some members of the group arrived as usual till Good Friday. We had a lot to talk about since our last meeting and soon formed into little groups for some chit chat. We also met for our welcoming drinks.

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Entrance and BWO (bridge wireless office), the radio room of HMS "Belfast".

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Stations aboard HMS "Belfast"


On Friday we went to visit St Katharine Docks located behind the Tower Bridge. We relaxed at a well known pub "Dickens Inn", after then we updated our food in the nearby super market.


St Katharine Docks

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St Katharine Docks


A lot of action in our amateur radio club station GB2RN was announced, it was the Easter Activity Week. As known, the radio room is aboard in the BWO (bridge wireless office). In the following some insights, which show the small exhibition, the radio communication systems as well as the action at the stations.

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Activities at Bridge Wireless Office

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Activities at Bridge Wireless Office


Monday was earmarked for a first excursion to all viewable sights of the country. Vince and myself had chosen Potsmouth. Our destination was the Royal Naval base with their naval harbour and the Dock Yards. Using underground and train to Portsmouth, we reached our destination safely.

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Portsmouth Historic Dock Yard

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Portsmouth Historic Dock Yard

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Portsmouth harbour

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Portsmouth harbour

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Portsmouth HMS "Warrior"

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Portsmouth HMS "Warrior"

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Portsmouth HMS "Warrior"

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Portsmouth HMS "Warrior"

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Portsmouth HMS "Victory"

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Portsmouth Historic Dock Yard


Easter Activity Week at BWO

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BWO (bridge wireless office)


Wednesday was earmarked for an excursion to all viewable sights of the country. Some of us went to the city while others went to Chatham. Our destination were the historic Dock Yards of Chatham. Using underground and train, we reached our destination safely.

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City of London
A break-in at "Rolex"

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Chatham Historic Dock Yard
HMS "Cavalier" and club station GB2CAV

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Chatham Historic Dock Yard
HMS "Ocelot" and RN life boat



Tower of London

Wednesday 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 are just one of the many items.

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Preparing for the visit

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

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London Group members visiting the Yeoman Warders’ wardroom
- Tower of London -

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HMS "Belfast"


Visitors of DVARS at BWO



Annual General Meeting (AGM)

This year on Thursday the AGM was held first before scattering and the arrival of the VIP. The social followed in the Officers-Mess. We had a full house.

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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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Reports of the board

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After the AGM we celebrated a special in scattering the ashes of our comrade Len Borley to the river Thames.

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Scattering of Lens ashes


The VIP W.O. Tom Wood RM arrived at 1330 precisely, he proceeded to inspect the assembled RNARS members.

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VIP on board

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Inspection by VIP W.O. Tom Wood RM


Inspection of the London Group by VIP W.O. Tom Wood RM


Finally at 1400 all participants with a valid social ticket were able to participate in a well prepared lunch and of course plenty of liquid refreshments presented by Sodexo.

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Impression of the social
Our new Chairman Alan 2EØVAV presented a donation to VIP for "Help for Heroes"

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Impression of the social


After the "stressful" day with inspection, AGM and social there was again action at our club station GB2RN, we were still in the Easter activity week. The visitors were amazed over and over again that moves, nevertheless, a little bit here aboard. "Look there, they really move" we always heard this. On all other stations aboard were only dummies (wax dolls).

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Impression of the BWO


This year our comrade Bill GØELZ celebrated his birthday after the AGM at the sea cadets wardroom.

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Bills birthday

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Bills birthday


Sometimes you find that the best things are very close. Saturday we 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

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Borough Market at London


Action again at our club station GB2RN, we were still in the Easter activity week.

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Good bye at the BWO


The last stay on board and impression around the ship. A successfull activity week drew to a close.


Last greetings from aboard


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.


Tower Bridge at night

London and HMS "Belfast": I shall return!

Responsible: Hans-Jürgen DK9OS, MF787 RN4636 LG609


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