GB1PMG Gala Special Event Station

Saturday July 1st 2017 meant our members were operating another successful Special Event Station at our QTH. South Normanton Gala was registered as GB1PMG (Post Mill Gala). Apart from enjoying the showground events and most succumbing to the aroma of fresh made chips (not of the silicon type! ) we were treated to a Flypast by a Spitfire in D-Day livery.

Beautiful weather meant an enjoyable day for all. Mel M0RNU and Ray M0TVX started operating both HF and 2m  stations but once again, even with the new G5RV, had no success on HF so concentrated on 2M with a steady stream all day. David (2E0DAO) set up a display and demonstration of CW  equipment and Royal Signals QSLs. Barry G4PCL operated his QRP rig and was able to successfully test a new G-QRP antenna tuner. Lyn G0NNU tested his new HF vertical antenna with a new mobile stand. Tony 2E0TNY and Alan M0OLT also spent most of the day with Simon G4VAX joining for a few hours in the afternoon.

SNADARC have been attending the South Normanton Gala every year and we use it as an opportunity to promote amateur radio to our local community. We will be operating another special event station with the call sign GB1CSR in August at the Cromford Steam Rally. We look forward to seeing you there!

Photos and article courtesy of Alan M0OLT

Spitfire Fly-By in D-Day Livery

Our members operating our special event station

David (2E0DAO)

Mills on the Air 2017

A beautiful weekend for a Special Event at the historic Arkwrights Cromford Mill using callsign GB1AWM.
On Saturday morning Ray M0TVX , Mel M0RNU, Lyn  G0NNU  and Barry G4PCL set up the station followed by Alan M0OLT, Russell G0OKD and Amanda M0HLF who provided RSGB material. Mark was a welcome visitor with the dogs and several members of the public stopped for a chat. Unfortunately the HF conditions were very poor. After issues with the G5RV we managed to get on air with the vertical.
On Sunday Mel, Lyn and Barry started the set up with Russell and Alan then Trevor for the rest of the day.

Although very poor conditions we managed Holland, Belgium and Germany as well as UK stations on HF but only GB5HW at Heage Windmill on 2m (no surprise for the location !). In spite of this it was an enjoyable weekend so thanks to all for their efforts.
Hopefully as we climb out of the bottom of the propagation cycle next year will be more successful

73 Alan M6OLT

Special Event Station at Crich Stand Memorial

Last weekend, we setup a special event station at the Crich stand memorial.

Friday was very windy and the gazebo had to be lashed down with several ropes. Bryan M0OIC was active on HF and worked from his car for the Royal Signals ARS. He arranged his own QSL cards.

Denis M0DEN was our chief operator and made 38 contacts on 2 metres FM.

Denis M0DEN was our chief operator and made 38 contacts on 2 metres FM.

Saturday was a sunny day and we had several visitors. Operators Dennis M0DEN, Richard M3HDL, Russell G0OKD, and Lynn G0NNU worked 2 metres all day and made 76 QSO’s the furthest was Norfolk.


Every one enjoyed the day and we appreciated the help from club visitors who helped us pack up.


One visitor from Nunsfield House caught 3 buses from Derby and walked up to the monument just to say hello!



Friday: HF SSB 15 metres: 9 contacts.

Saturday: 2metres FM: 78 contacts (two called in twice)

EQSL cards have been sent and, QSL cards will be sent by Dennis