GB2DRA Museums On The Air

The Bittern DX Group activated the Special Event Station callsign GB2DRA on 17th June 2018. DRA standing for the DESERT RATS ASSOCIATION and we were located at the Desert Rats Memorial and Museum, near Mundford, Norfolk.

A Very Motley Crew but the Desert Rats will soon have them in shape

We were at the annual Memorial Open Day organised by the association to help tell the story of the Desert Rats from WW2 to the present day.

A memorial in the form of a WW2 Cromwell Tank stands in remembrance to the men of the British 7th Armoured Division, “The Desert Rats”, who trained in this part of Norfolk ready for the Normandy Campaign, also known as D-Day, in 1944

2018 marked 80 years since this famous units creation in the Deserts of North Africa in 1938. As well as commemorating this special anniversary the association is also celebrating the opening of its Museum which tells the story of the Desert Rats over the years. More about the Association can be found at

Operating SSB on 40m and 20m FT8 on 40m 17m 20m (one band at a time), there was a lot of QRM on site from generators supplying power to stalls and food vendors.

However, a good number of contacts were made with quite a few other museum special calls being logged. We also had a satellite station running and a Morse table for the younger folks to try their hand at sending their name in Morse.

All participants who took up the challenge took the up challenge and received a certificate for their efforts and agreed that it was all good fun.

BBC Radio Norfolk’s Treasure Quest had trusted us with Clue 2 and the ‘hunter’ for the day was the very bright and bubbly Julie Reinger who is often seen on BBC Look East presenting the weather.

Julie was excellent at the Morse trial and received a certificate and the team went on to find the ‘treasure’ for the day. You can see the BBC’s take on the day by clicking here