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Gloucester calls out on national radio airwaves

By citizenmike  |  Posted: October 17, 2013

  • Expert Anne Reed on the airwaves

  • Andy Lodge with an aerial feed

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Gloucester calling! Anyone out there on the radio waves?

People as far as Scotland picked up radio messages sent out using an antenna on the rooftop of Gloucester Cathedral on Tuesday.

The event station was set up by a 48-strong team from the Gloucester Amateur Radio and Electronics Society, which has been on the airwaves for an incredible 92 years.

Expert Anne Reed said: “The weather conditions were fantastic so we even received some foreign messages.

“I’ve been doing this since I was aged about 10. It was my grandfather Charles Maurice who got me hooked on it.”

The special event was organised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Radio Society of Great Britain.

Members spent out radio signals for almost eight hours throughout the day at a makeshift station in a gazebo at the main entrance to the cathedral.

Mrs Reed added: “The activities of the group have become incredibly popular. Our membership is stronger than ever.

“We have one member who is 93 years old.

“Sometimes you can get a response almost instantly and other times you have to wait a few hours. It’s pot luck really.”

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