25-26 Sep 2021. Grampian Hilltoppers Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the annual Railways On The Air (ROTA) Radio Communications event. Railways on the air (ROTA) weekend usually takes place every year on the weekend closest to the 27th September. This date celebrates the anniversary of the first steam powered passenger railway which took place on 27th September 1825 – the first passenger train ran on a line in the North East of England from Darlington to Stockton. ROTA promotes radio contact between participating Heritage Railways around the UK and Europe. Details of participating Heritage Railways can be found @ Railways on the Air – Welcome (barac.org.uk)
During this weekend it is intended to operate two operating position at Dufftown Station, this will be open to the Public to meet and speak with the operators and listen to contacts being made. The visits will be permitted under Government COVID Guidance
The club will be putting up some information boards and will transfer the information board in the museum into the Training Room. The other operation will take place in the Brake-van (located Keith-side of ‘Spirit of Dufftown’.