PACOTA 2018 Event Report

Some of the antennae’s at GB0TGI

In all 6 stations took part in this inaugural year of Pubs and Clubs on the Air.

Staffordshire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Greater Manchester and Somerset were all represented.

Some stations had better results than others for various reasons, some were active for 3 days, some only for the Saturday.

GB4TRO, which the South Cheshire Amateur Radio Society operated in Harrisehead for the weekend had a great takeoff East, South and West, with just the local landmark of Mow Cop hampering VHF/UHF to the north. Unfortunately HF was not possible on the Sunday, however 3 contacts before the end on the Sunday we had M/VK6PA on 2 metres!!! Peter, 150 miles south of Perth in Western Australia, working remote from his Sisters farm near Nottingham!! Well it’s all radio.


GB0TGI, “Tuckers Grave Inn” near Bath, run by the Trowbridge and District Radio Club was very successful with 392 contacts. 400w on all bands – life’s too short for QRP. We were given many huge signal reports! Loud signals means more contacts – simples! reports Russ M0WYB.

Russ, M0WYB operates GB0TGI


In conclusion as the 1st time of operation it was well received, many thanks to everyone who worked any of the stations, and a huge thanks to the 6 Stations that put the event on. The participants would love to do it again, so make a date in your diaries for the weekend of May 11th/12th 2019, PACOTA will be back !!

South Cheshire ARS are Affiliated with the RSGB