People looking at trade stalls

Rosmalen Radio Rally 2018

This weekend saw a large group (17 of us) from the Camb-Hams and various friends going to the Dutch national radio flea market at Rosmalen in central Holland. I haven’t been for four years, but this is always a great event. Visitor numbers were notably down this year, and a few of the usual traders…

Part of the exhibition, explaining the electromagnetic spectrum

Arkwright Scholar’s day at Bletchley Park

The Arkwright Scholarships are awarded to 16 year olds who show promise to be future engineers, and are designed to help them through their sixth-form studies. As part of this, the current scholars had an opportunity to visit the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)’s National Radio Centre at the historic Bletchley Park today, where…

Laptop and computer showing a waterfall of the 20m band

ARRL DX SSB at GB2GP

Last summer, I spent a week at the UK Scout HQ, Gilwell Park near London, for the YOTA event. This weekend, I had the opportunity to return to the shack to help operate GB2GP – the permanent special event station for the Scouts – in the ARRL DX Contest. It was a really fun weekend,…

G3VFC with his 70th birthday cake

G3VFC’s 70th birthday party at GX5MW

This weekend I was fortunate to be invited to Terry G3VFC’s 70th birthday party with a difference. Planned by his sons Richard 2E1EVK and Rob M0VFC, the object was for a group of us to set up stations in a local Scout hall and to make QSOs with 70 DXCC entities. In the end, we…

Paths splitting

SOTA G/DC-001: High Willhays

A trip home to visit my parents in Devon gave me the opportunity for my first SOTA activation of 2018: High Willhays, the highest point on Dartmoor. It’s also the only SOTA summit on the moor, as most tors don’t have sufficient prominence to meet the P150 rule. This is a nice easy way to…

Gavin trying to fix the pre-amp mid-contest

RSGB 432MHz AFS from M1BXF

We always aim to have at least five stations on from the Camb-Hams for any of the AFS events, because it’s the top four scores in the team that are counted for the Super-league, and you never know when failure might befall one of the stations. Today, it was our turn to suffer from equipment…