The station was to celebrate the commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. The club managed to work 25000 QSO in a week using 3 HF stations and 2 VHF stations. As well as the club running the station other amateurs from Scotland came and help run the station over the week.
The club in 2014 put on a special event station to celebrate The Battle of Bannockburn 24 June 1314 was a significant Scottish victory in the First War of Scottish Independence, and a landmark in Scots history. The Special callsign was active for the whole duration of Bannockburn Live event from the actual site of the battle.
The callsign is traced through the 1950's with a couple of sources one being a 1951 Callbook, second being 1949 Short Wave Listener article in America and thrid an America Callbook 1946 from these I also found now a more detailed address and name this will be come important to story. Doug. Harrower, 22 Waverley Crescent, Stirling
As the war began the Radio Security Service was formed as part of that 6NX (confirmed by GM4BDJ Bruce) as well as over members in area who amateurs and part of the RSGB were drafted in as part of a UK listening network to record all Germany traffic. This enable the people at Bletchley park to decode the messages and reduce how long the war would have gone on and ultimately win the war. However as part of the listening service there were regional office’s and in Scotland the office is closer to home then people think as the main office for Scotland was in the centre of String. ( please see below on example log)
In the 1930’s we pick up the callsign one in a news paper article in 1937 but more importantly with a lot more information we also pick up the callsign in the T&R Bulletin by the RSGB this was the Radcom of the day and it shows an import link between the RSGB and the callsign. As it does not only show that before the war Doug Harrower lived in Stirling but at a different address Forthbank Cottage. It also shows that he was also a RSGB District Manager but unlike today the District where not numbered so he was in charge of District F with Scotland
As part of the tracing the callsign I want to see proof of the callsign in operation for as may years as possible this is not a easy challenge in the time period as the amount of resources reduce in number as the Hobby gets going. However thanks to a regular part of the QST Mag with a Heard section this enabled me to track the callsign in 1936 , 31, 30 and 1929. This was all well and good but it only gave the callsign and nothing else so only proofed it had been on air so the search went on for more information of the time.
The QSL Cards above show the callsign active in 1927 it also show the person holding the callsign has changed and that also the address had change to another part of the country. J T. McDADE 8 Monteith Row Galsgow Also the second card shows they also may have been a trip to wales at some point
In 1926 article which has a report in Scotland District 1 (RSGB back to numbers they can’t make there mind up) which mention the callsign and person of the station and the DX they have worked in 1926 which was the UK and Italy at the time R7. Also found is that in same article the one of the club members callsign had worked the club callsign back in 1926, 2TT (Sorry Stevie no name in the article for you to research)