The antenna team, Ray G3HRH, Ray 2E0DHG, Paul G6MCX, Brian G0UKB and Liz M0ACL arrived at Foxlease early afternoon on Saturday and with cold but dry weather (apart from a hail storm) got the station up in just over 3 hours: the station being the club trailer with the 2 element Steppir for the higher HF bands, a G5RV for 80m/40m and a 2m colinear. The site was tricky but apart from carnivorous brambles didn't present too difficult a challenge.
The activity itself took part from 10:30 Sunday through to 15:30 and the team of Colin G4GBP, Emily M0MBJ with M0ACL and G0UKB worked non-stop to ensure that 76 Brownies achieved everything necessary to gain their Communicator badges, including ensuring every Brownie made a quality on-air contact and learned about the basics of 2-way radio communication.
Where possible communication was with other TDOTA stations in the UK, namely GB0HDG (Horsham and District Guides), GB5AG (Ayrshire Guides) and a first for TDOTA, one of Girlguiding's 4 World Centre's GB0PAX (Pax Lodge in London). However when HF contacts dried up or on Sunday afternoon when 40m was getting too noisy for the girls to hear comfortably we had to rely on 2m. Here GB2FOX was privileged to find 3 fantastic local operators who really engaged the girls in conversation and were very generous with their time. So, a huge Thank You to Peter G0RUD, Andy G0JZW and Rodrey 2E0CZT - we would really have struggled without your help.
All work and no play etc., late Saturday and Sunday evening and Sunday breakfast time gave us a little down time to 'play radio' and see what DX a 2-ele Steppir could provide. Contacts to the US, Brazil, Azores, Japan, Uruguay, Aruba, Dominican Republic and Argentina were the more notable ones.
So a big thank you to everyone who helped - we know the girls enjoyed it and several of the leaders thanked us for this opportunity to introduce the girls to something totally different.