On Friday 12th June Mel, Alan, Barry Lynn and Peter arrived at the Belper Steam Rally showground and erected the gazebo in glorious sunshine.
On Saturday the 13th June we all arrived after a night-long rain fall to a very muddy quagmire. Mel and Barry were earlier enough to get their car on site, Peter and Alan were not allowed on site due to the muddy conditions, later in the day Bee Keeper Peter arrived and went on air.
Shall we, Shan’t we go ahead the stalwarts won and we set up the yaesu 2 metre rig with full 2 metre antenna. Mel’s arms are now longer after carrying the battery from Peter’s car outside the gate, through the site to our gazebo!
Actually we all enjoyed ourselves and had over 20 contacts during the day. Very few visitors to the show but many thanks from those who called in for putting on the station. We used the club callsign and Alan is sending out EQSL and QSL cards.
At 5pm Mel was escorted off site and managed the atrocious conditions due to his training as a heavy haulage recovery driver.