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Every year on the first Sunday of October, Dartmoor Radio Club provides assitance and radio communications for the Abbots Way Walk which takes place for various local (and not so local) schools teams and follows a route from Buckfast on the east side of Dartmoor to Tavistock on the west of the moor.
DRC set up regular checkpoints to record not only the order of the walkers, to sign the walkers sheets confirming they visited each checkpoint but also to check that all the walkers are well, on the correct route and so that no-one gets lost. The first DRC checkpoint is normally set up at South Hessary just near Princetown, then at Hessary Tor itself and then regular intervals the rest of the way into Tavistock. There are usually one or two 'rovers' as well, mobile stations who provide support and additional resource where it is needed on the day.
Dartmoor Radio Club are proud to be associated with this as well as various other local events, and of course it gives everyone the opportunity to 'play radio'!
Ron G0LSG on checkpoint duty at lower South Hessary ready to sign sheets certifying that the walkers came to the checkpoint.
Viv G7AWG at the checkpoint at South Hessary