Belper Steam Rally

SNADARC attended the Steam event for the two days Trevor (M0WYT) and Lynn (G0NNU) They both stayed at the Rally field from Friday until Monday.

On Friday Peter M0KEF Trevor and Lynn fought the prevailing wind and eventually managed toput Lynn’s Gazebo up. This had to have additional ropes as at one stage the cross bars were bent when Peter held the unit from disappearing towards Upper Marehay.

We erected two aerials one HF tuned to 40 metres and a 2 metre dipole

We erected two aerials one HF tuned to 40 metres and a 2 metre dipole

On Saturday morning Denis (M0DEN) arrived and promptly took over Operating duties on VHF (thanks all club members that called in) and then 40 metres.

During the two day event we had 24 recorded VHF contacts, many from Club members (thanks) and some (almost) DX from Ludlow Shropshire and the Worcestershire Steam Rally.

Trevor and Lynn rigging the battery power supply.

Trevor and Lynn rigging the battery power supply.

We had 20 recorded HF calls on 40 metres including contacts from N Ireland, Stornaway and Germany.

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Denis showing his feelings towards a 40 metre pile up!

90% off all calls were operated by Denis but Tony 2E0TNY worked 40 metres on Sunday. Saturday Peter made some FM contacts but the hit rate increased when Operator M0DEN returned.

Table display including an AVO meter

Table display including an AVO meter

We had several inquires from Scout groups Cadets and many school children we hope we have encouraged some to take up Amateur radio.

Denis had several contacts with the lady in the next tent who was spinning her time away, however he failed to get a free knitted pullover.

Denis hard at work while Lynn and Trevor relax

Denis hard at work while Lynn and Trevor relax

Lynn and Trevor cleared the site on Monday and we all enjoyed ourselves. No more planned rallies this year but We would like more help in 2013

Radios Used

Yaesu FT 840 HF

Yaesu FT 840 HF

Yaesu FT 4700 VHF

Yaesu FT 4700 VHF

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