Army Rumour Service

Register a free account today to become a member! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!

Loan or donation wanted - PRC-320 set-up, for charity walk


War Hero
Hi All,

I know this is somewhat cheeky! But please bear with me, and yes, i'm sticking this post all over the site and many others! Trying to get as much exposure as blatantly possible! The post below is a cut and paste, were are pair of sad geeky radio hams planning to do some good for the less fortunate!

Myself Martin G7MRV (ex-8LI/KOYY(LI) ), and Bob M1BBV (ex-5 Rifles/7RHA) are planning to walk the Lyke Wake Walk (40 miles in 24h over the North York Moors) in mid-summer, in aid of MAG, the Mines Advisory Group. MAG carry out demining and UXO clearance operations, and mine awareness education, in many of the poorest and most war torn parts of the world.

We will be seeking sponsorship not only for the walk itself, but we also intend operating HF portable all along the route, and seeking sponsorship per contact made, and donations for QSL cards. I am hoping to persuade Ofcom to allow a slight variation to the special event rules and allow us to have a Special Event callsign for the walk.

However, we have one problem - we cannot afford the radio!

I would therefore like to ask if anyone would be willing to provide us with a long term loan of a PRC-320 and necessary ancillaries?

We would require the radio, carrier, headset and pressel, batteries, gooseneck and whip antenna, and possibly the handset and other bits and bobs. The intention is to use the set whilst walking, so we do not require wire antennas, coax etc, but spare batteries are most likely needed. Essentially, everything needed to run the set on-air for 40miles!

The walk is intended for late june, about a week after solstice, to give us maximum daylight. The reason I would like to request a long term loan, starting as soon as is practical, is in order that we can use the radio for training in advance. This is both physical training to accustom us to the weight of the equipment on long distance hill walks, which will comprise a good number of 10, 20 and 30 mile walks, inlcuding a number of SOTA activations, but also operational training in how to set up and operate the equipment. Neither myself nor Bob were signalers!

Any loan equipment will of course be looked after as if it were our own! And a signed agreement provided if required.

Of course, anyone who can lend us any equipment, will be acknowledged on our page and our QSL cards. If anyone would like to go that bit further and donate a set-up to us, then not only will you be acknowledged as our equipment sponsor, but the equipment will be put to good future use on SOTA and many future Special Event Stations.

I look forward to hopefully hearing from you!

Martin G7MRV


War Hero
If were going to get sponsorship per contact made, it is necessary weight! Anyway, i'll be offloading it onto Bob...


War Hero
Suit yourself, you was warned, hope you're super fit. Oh and it's really, really boring.

? Ive seen troops of scouts do the LWW, along with countless thousands of old codgers every year

As for boring, its 40mile of moorland, with fek all on it!


Gallery Guru
? Ive seen troops of scouts do the LWW, along with countless thousands of old codgers every year

As for boring, its 40mile of moorland, with fek all on it!
They do tend to have back up teams, sorting food and taking the injured away. I think it's more than 40 miles, nearer 50 I thought.
Surely you would be better served speaking to a museum.

Either that or your man Emmet Brown might be able to get hold of one for a small fee.
Are you a Witch or a Dirger?
Dirger but I don't recall that being an option when we did it. We walked down into Ravenscar and filled a book out there in a little shop, got the badge and a small certificate thing. Badge given to some bird not long after and certificate lost somewhere in transit. I presume they will have the book somewhere so I could get them replaced if i wanted them. Nah.. This was early 1974.
Well, I've got one, but I'd rather use it to make a contact with you during your walk. I think that sending it over from Krautland would be too much of a hassle. But if you'd PM me your sched, I could try to work your station.
I just don't want to publish my call sign here in the open.


Latest Threads