Avro Lancaster 1st Operational Sortie - 80th Anniversary
On 2nd March 1942 the 1st operational sortie of the Avro Lancaster took off from RAF Waddington. The mission was to lay naval mines in Heligoland Bight.
As I am sure you are aware the Lancaster went on to become the mainstay of RAF Bomber Command with 7377 built at 10 locations in the UK and Canada. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of this event I have acquired the callsign GB80LAN to be used from 1st to 28th March 2022. I have also obtained permission from Ofcom for this call unusually to be used at 4 different locations, RAF Waddington, RAF Cosford, RAF Halton and RAF East Kirkby. Each location has already confirmed they are happy to host the call but unfortunately planned operation from BBMF at RAF Coningsby is unlikely, as we have been unable to obtain permission from the station at this time.
The RAF club stations at Waddington, Cosford, Halton and the Lincoln Short Wave Club, who control the shack at East Kirkby (home of Lancaster “Just Jane”), will control operations at their locations. The event has the full backing of RAFARS. A QRZ.com page has been set up and will be updated as more information is received. I can also confirm that the callsigns VK80LAN and VE(3)80LAN will be on the air to commemorate the anniversary. The Canadian crew have permission to operate VE380LAN due to their location in call area "3", but they are still negotiating. Plans are also underway that the three commemoration stations will try to establish contact via echo link to start off the event.
The Guys out in Australia have confirmed that they have the callsign VK80LAN for the whole of March and are hoping to transmit from the cockpit of their Lancaster at the museum at Bull Creek.
QSL cards are currently going through the design process with the printers and it is planned that we will answer all cards received via the RAFARS and RSGB bureaus. Direct cards may also be sent via myself G0KUC qthr, SAE and donation toward postage costs would be appreciated where possible. I also plan to upload all logs to QRZ.com, eQSL.cc and HAMLOG.online.
Dave – G0KUC
GB80LAN QSL via the RAFARS QSL Manager
QSL BUREAU MANAGER RAFARS 898
Andrew Humphriss 2E0NDZ
44 Bishops Close
Stratford upon Avon