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.
The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday 25th/26th April was wet and very windy, not quite what we needed for our annual on-the-air event at Crich.
However, a stalwart group of club members turned up and the gazebo was erected under the direction of Hazel, who supervised well. After the tables, antenna and equipment were set up, we went on air.
The Yaesu FT4700 VHF/UHF received our first contact at 10.30 with Mark GB1AVR in Pontefract. The Kenwood TS-5700 HF received our first HF contact at 12.50 with Rob EI0IMD in Cork.
The weather was kind to us on Saturday and Sunday and most of our members operated mainly on VHF 2 metres.
As always we enjoyed a walk down to the Forrester cafe where we could look out across the shires of Derby, Notts, Lincoln and Leicester whilst sampling the home made ginger cake.
We had visits from many club members and the highlight of the weekend was club secretary Anya who operated on Sunday afternoon, whilst some of us sloped off for another drink!
We made 42 VHF calls on Saturday, and 37 on the Sunday. 10 HF calls were made on the Saturday (we did not operate HF on Sunday). We sent out 19 EQSL cards, and 9 QSL cards to people requested them.
It was an enjoyable two days and we hope that even more club members will join us at our next event at Crich, our 30 years anniversary on 18th and 19th July, using our club call MX0HQG
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.
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
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.
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.
We had 20 recorded HF calls on 40 metres including contacts from N Ireland, Stornaway and Germany.
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.
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.
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