Members of the King’s Lynn Amateur Radio Club set up their aerials and masts on the cliff top near Hunstanton Lighthouse on Friday, ahead of an around the clock weekend communicating with other lighthouses around the world.
Set up in 1994 as a Scottish event, 11 stations were established for the first year’s weekend and over the next few years other countries joined in. By 2011 469 stations in 55 countries were taking part.
Members talked to radio enthusiasts from Germany, France, Argentina, Thailand and South Australia among others.
Three radio sets were used with four club members on duty at any one time for this non-stop event. A special licence had to be obtained from Ofcom.
Team member and newly qualified radio communicator Marshall Groves, 32, was taking part in his first International event and is pictured here with experienced operators Steve Coleman and King’s Lynn Club chairman Olly Mills.
Olly explained that in this centenary year of the Radio Society of Great Britain as well as radio communications, the club was broadcasting both live TV pictures of the Hunstanton operation and digital data communications. He added that many of the club’s 45 members were taking part in the weekend’s activities and they hoped to encourage new members to join the Club that meets every Thursday at the Scout HQ at North Runcton Common.