Monday, March 22, 2010

An afternoon in Clogherhead Lifeboat Station

A number of members of Dundalk Amateur Radio Society had the pleasure of a tour of the Clogherhead Lifeboat Station on Sunday afternoon after presenting the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute) with a cheque for 325 euro, the proceeds of the recent Special Event Station EI7DAR to highlight the work of the lifeboats.

Society Chairman Thos Caffrey EI2JD handed over the cheque to RNLI PRO Peter Walsh. He was watched by Peter EI4HX, Jeff EI6CW, Pat EI2HX, Ben EI4IN, Tony EI4DIB, Aidan EI5KB, Peet EI7JQ, Jim 2I0SBI, Tom EI9CJ, and yours truly, Anthony EI2KC. The photo shows (L-R): EI2HX, EI4IN, 2I0SBI, EI2KC, EI9CJ, EI4DIB and EI7JQ with the cheque.

While on board the vessel, the Doris Bleasdale, there was particular interest in the boat's radio equipment, and the other most important life-saving piece of kit. (What, the lifebelts, you ask). No, the kettle. Pat EI2HX looked particularly parched!

The special event station was held over a recent weekend at the nearby QTH of Thos EI2JD who lives in view of the sea and the lifeboat station, and who has a long association with the RNLI. Some members retired to Thos' shack after the presentation, where Tom EI9CJ worked Monk Apollo SV2ASP/A and TL0A in the Central African Republic. Well done Tom.

See video from the Special Event Station here:

And see the lifeboat being brought onto shore here:

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