GB6GEO Global Geopark Radio weekend at Occombe Farm, Devon

PUBLISHED: 23:17 19 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:24 20 February 2013

Visitors to Occombe Farm on the English Riviera over the Bank Holiday weekend on 28 and 29 May will be able to broadcast live from Paignton all over the world.

GB6GEO Global Geopark Radio weekend at Occombe Farm

Visitors to Occombe Farm over the Bank Holiday weekend on 28 and 29 May will be able to broadcast live from Paignton all over the world.

As part of the English Riviera Global Geopark Festival, this years International Global Communication Event is celebrating its 4th year and using the special event call sign, GB6GEO, transmitting from Occombe Farm, Paignton.

For the last 3 years the event has been run from Kents Cavern. The broadcasts will go out all over the world, exchanging greetings with other worldwide radio hams and Geopark stations set in Britain, Europe and around the world. Radio hams contact with GB6GEO will receive the English Riviera Global Geopark certificate signed by the patron of the British Amateur Radio Society, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

There are now 78 UNESCO endorsed Geoparks in the world but this special radio event is being coordinated from Occombe Farm. Visitors will be able to link up with other Geoparks by radio over the weekend, including Araripe Geopark in Brazil; Kanawinka Geopark in Australia; Langkawi Geopark in Malaysia; the Petrified Forest of Lesvos Geopark in Greece, the Brecon Beacons in Wales, Nature Park Terra Vita, Germany, Hateg Country Dinosaur Geopark Romania, Naturtejo Geopark Portugal, and to the Copper Coast Geopark in Southern Ireland.

Nick Powe, Chairman of the English Riviera Global Geopark and of Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust which runs Occombe Farm added:

Interest in the Global Geoparks Network and its tourism potential is rapidly gaining momentum around the world. Globally, the Geopark designation is recognised as a way to bring economic benefits through the development of tourism activities related to the geology of an area and promoting its Geodiversity. Im delighted that Occombe Farm will be at the heart of this global radio link up as visitors to Occombe can clearly see the connection between our rich red soil of our natural environment and sustainable local food grown on it.

Martin Foster, (G3VOF) global coordinator for GB6GEO says:

While the internet and mobile phones are a major global communication platform today, there is still something exciting about establishing contact with someone the other side of the planet using a length of wire hung between two poles!

Amateur radio is an exciting hobby and if you want to get started, come along and have a chat with the members of Torbay Amateur Radio Society and other amateur radio hams at Occombe Farm during the event.

The event runs from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May 2011. The event is free. The Occombe Caf and Farm shop are open from 9am until 5.30pm on both days.

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