Huw goes /MM
The Chance of going on a one night cruise does not come around to often, but it does mean a night to get together with some family members for a drink or two (and Im thinking play radio.)
The XYL was not overly impressed so I tucked away my Yaesu FT60 and thought yep I`m going to go marine mobile.
Now as we all know THE 2MTR AND 70CM bands are not overly active on any Friday afternoon but at least wifey does not know this.
Boarding the MV Magellan (Pictured) at Tilbury Dock I was eager to get the handheld going. As per the conditions of our Licence you have to gain the Ships masters permission to operate on the vessel. Running off, I go the the reception and ask them to contact the Captain for my authority to transmit.
Two and a bit hours later I return to the Reception and good news, permission granted. Intending to use the club call sign MX0XYD, I’m now fit & ready to use /MM (Marine Mobile)
Refueling problems meant the ship delayed its departure until 4PM some 3hrs later than scheduled (no need for my spare battery) Only wanting to use the /MM suffix for the day meant having to wait until we was under way heading east along the Thames Estuary.
So on the top deck and at the stern of the Magellan I managed to get just five contacts using VHF and the repeaters GB3DA & GB3ER. The cold wind, shed loads of QRM that Friday, Sunset and a double Rum calling meant that it was time to stop being a Ham and revert to being Hubby again for the remainder of the voyage.
Was it worth the hassle from the XYL? Was it worth the trouble getting the ship masters permission for 1hr 10Mins of radio operations?
Dam right it was…
PS, A big hello to the G6 station who come and said hello whilst I was operating, Sorry I did`nt catch the remainder of the call sign or even your name, but if he reads this he will know who he is.
Logbook entries as follows;
G7BNZ Huw. 73`s