GB2EVR and ROTA
The Eden Valley Railway has it's own amateur radio station, GB2EVR, situated on the old loading dock at Warcop and operated by one of our volunteers, Mike (G0NRK). It is an established station capable of world wide communication, and it has been invaluable in giving out information about the Eden Valley Railway.

GB2EVR initially consisted of a table and two chairs and then graduated to a rather cosy, wooden Radio Shack. This served GB2EVR well for over a decade but succombed to the all too frequently wet Cumbrian weather and has been replaced by a much larger shack in the form of a small portakabin, as seen above.

Our thanks go to Procter & Gamble Technical Services of Newcastle for the donation of the portakabin. 
  
Members of the public may pass their greetings to a responding radio contact. 
 
 
Railways On The Air Weekend: 22nd & 23rd September 2018 
 
GB2EVR is involved with Railways on the Air (ROTA), co-ordinated by the Bishop Auckland Radio Amateurs Club: my thanks to Bob Dingle for providing a brief description of the event, reproduced below. 
  
The Railways On The Air (ROTA) weekend celebrates the anniversary of the first steam powered passenger railway which took place on 27th September 1825, on a line in the North East of England from Darlington to Stockton. Bishop Auckland Amateur Radio Club is coordinating this event. The Club operates a special event station at the Eden Valley Railway every year, which was part of the Stockton to Darlington Railway before the North Eastern Railway took over. 
 
This celebration is not a contest. We organise this so that radio hams can have a good time and promote Amateur Radio while helping to celebrate the unique position railways hold in our national heritage. Radio amateurs take part by running a radio station, approaching their nearest preserved railway, asking if they are celebrating the birth of passenger railways in this country and would they like to have an Amateur Radio Station as part of their event to promote awareness of their railway. They then apply for a special radio license with OFCOM. 
 
More details and information can be found on the Railways on the Air website 
 
 For anyone planning ahead, this year’s Railways on the Air Event will be on the 22nd and 23rd September 2018

Page last updated on 14th January 2018 by Caroline Mitchell