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Radio hams send out SOS for charity funds

Members of the South Tyneside Amateur Radio Society broadcasting from the RNLI station, Marine Walk, roker, Sunderland on Saturday. Pictured l-r are David Harbron, Thomas Prince, Emil Harbron, John Bell and Gerard Thompson. Early contacts were mainly in the UK, but there was also one in Holland and one in Germany.

Members of the South Tyneside Amateur Radio Society broadcasting from the RNLI station, Marine Walk, roker, Sunderland on Saturday. Pictured l-r are David Harbron, Thomas Prince, Emil Harbron, John Bell and Gerard Thompson. Early contacts were mainly in the UK, but there was also one in Holland and one in Germany.

AMATEUR radio operators were on the right wavelength as they kicked off SOS Radio week with a broadcast from a Wearside lifeboat station.

South Tyneside Amateur Radio Society visited Sunderland RNLI’s old base in Roker on Saturday to help raise money for the volunteer lifesavers. This weekend’s event saw radio enthusiasts being sponsored to attempt to contact as many other like-minded operators as possible across the world.

South Tyneside Amateur Radio Society’s John Bell said: “We operated from the open boat bay, so anyone passing could come and have a look.”

Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, James Jamieson, said: “We‘re very grateful to the amateur radio enthusiasts for supporting our charity.”

The week ends on Friday with RNLI SOS Day, the biggest date in the organisation’s fund-raising calendar and which has raised more than £15,000 since 2009.

To find out more, visit www.sosradioweek.org.uk or www.rnli.org.uk/sos

 

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