The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is a voluntary organisation set up in 1994 to restore a visual watch along UK shores after many Coastguard stations were closed. In 1994 when two fishermen lost there lives off the Cornish coast below a recently closed lookout, local people decided to open and restore the visual watch. When the first station was opened at Bass Point on the Lizard, NCI was born. Today some 50 stations keep a visual watch around the coastline of England and Wales.
In August 2016 NCARS operated special event stations alongside the lookouts at East Runton and Mundesley on the Norfolk Coast - to help raise awareness of the work of the NCI.
In 2017 NCARS will be operating Coastwatch stations over the weekend of 15/16 July and it is hoped that other clubs and individual amateurs will set up stations alongside NCI lookouts around the country. Not only will you be raising awareness of NCI but you will have a great day of radio - given the propogation you can experience with antennas set up close to the sea.
Additional to the NCI lookout there are a further seven on the East Coast of England operated by the Sea Safety Group - check if one of these is near to you -
Also check the Coastwatch stations in Scotland
Participating Stations 2017
Location Club Call
Mundesley Norfolk Norfolk Coast ARS GB2MCW
East Runton Norfolk Norfolk Coast ARS GB2RCW
Sheringham Norfolk Norfolk Coast ARS MX0NCA