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Rosmalen Radio Rally 2017

 

Once again I attended the radio rally in Rosmalen with George M1GEO, Chris G8OCV, Peter G0IAP and Dave M0MBD. We traveled up from Essex to meet George and Chris in Norfolk and then to Harwich to meet the boat.We boarded the overnight ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland at around 8pm, and this left us a little time to chat and sample some of the onboard facilities. The boat sailed around 11 pm and arrived in Holland about 6 am the next morning.

 

The trip includes your own cabin, and breakfast the next morning with an “eat as much as you can buffet”. We always like to take this literally, and with carefully planning the breakfast can include toast, jam, bacon, eggs, beans, cereal, and fruit.  Once arrived at the Hook of Holland you leave the boat around 8 am local time, and the drive to Rosmalen is around 50 minutes.

 

The rally was held once again at Autotron, Graafsebaan 133, 5284 NL Rosmalen.

 

 

 

 

 

Ample parking is provided on site, although you often find the walk can be 5 minutes or so to the conference center. I assume they have more local parking for mobility impaired guests, but this is something to consider if you purchase anything large and heavy.

The selection of previously owned equipment was immense, covering everything from old army surplus equipment to modern computer spares and most things in-between. Some of the main dealers did attend, so it was possible to purchase new equipment as well as old.

It was also nice to meet up with other amateurs from around Europe, here you can see (center) George M1GEO chatting to (Left) Neils PA1DSP and Pieter-Tjerk de Boer PA3FWM

We left the venue around 4 pm and headed back to the hook of Holland. The trip home was equally enjoyable, with a 3-course evening meal on the boat and time to relax after a busy day searching for bargains.

 

 

 

 

 

We car shared with George M1GEO who provided all of the motor vehicle transportation, and the cost for the ferry, breakfast on both mornings, 2 nights cabin and a 3-course evening meal was around £160. Altogether great value, and a very enjoyable weekend.

Special thanks to Lin (George mum) for organising us all and sorting out all our travel arrangements 🙂

Friedrichshafen Ham Radio Rally

This was my first visit to Friedrichshafen so could be considered a beginners guide ! Friedrichshafen is located on the southern side of Germany, the local airport is Friedrichshafen. While the town has a local airport it only has limited flights from the UK so this wasn’t the route I opted for.

My route flew from Gatwick to Zurich, I then took the train to Romanshorn and then the ferry to Friedrichshafen. This route allows you to see some of the local area before you arrive, the train and ferry combined costs around £27 each way. The train takes around 1Hr, and the ferry around 45 minutes, providing you with a great opportunity to take some pictures on Lake Constance.

Ferry from Romanshorn

An alternative route is to take the train from Zurich to Friedrichshafen, this take around 2 hrs and costs around the same at £25.

The ferry and train seem to be coordinated, so the ferry leaves shortly after the train arrives (and vica versa) . Its only a short walk through the underpass to access the ferry, and the boat delivers you right into the centre of Friedrichshafen, be sure to check out the viewing platform close to the harbor entrance during your visit.

The train can be booked online, using the SBB website and the ferry here. Its possible to purchase combined tickets, and the train leaves Zurich airport every 60 minutes.

The exhibition centreThe main event is of course the rally, spread over 3 days and comprising of over 4 main halls. The halls are split into 3 main areas, projects and construction area, flea market and commercial exhibitors. The rally website contains all the information needed to plan your visit.

The rally entrance tickets are cheaper online, so ordering in advance will save you money and time. You can order you tickets by visiting the rally website, a 3 day pass is around £15. Parking is provided on site, cost is around 4 EU per vehicle. The rally can be accessed by using the free shuttle bus, details are published on the rally website and the bus usually collects from the harbour and main station.

The rally has an extensive collection of previously owned equipment (and some junk) with objects as diverse as a £4k HP spectrum analyser to electronic scales used to weigh fruit in your local supermarket.

LunchThe rally provides a great opportunity to meet radio friends from all over the world, with ample time for eating and drinking. Most of the radio societies and DX groups have stands in the main hall, and it was nice to see the RSGB working hard on their stall. We even shared (metaphorically) lunch with Steve M1ACB the RSGB General Manager and President Nick G3RWF.

With this number of halls and exhibitors it really does take days to take everything in and explore the various stalls and new products.

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One to definitely add to your bucket list, and by far the largest rally in Europe. Thanks to George M1GEO for vehicular transportation, Chris G8OCV, Dave G7UVW and Peter G0IAP for showing me the ropes and Lin (George mum) for booking my travel and flights !

Dave M0TAZ

 

Rosmalen Dutch National Amateur Radio Rally

This year I attended for the first time the Dutch National rally in Rosmalen. George M1GEO, Chris G8OCV, Dave G7UVW, Peter G0IAP and myself left via Harwich ferry port for the overnight crossing. The ferry journey was excellent, with a full English breakfast to set you up for the day.

George M1GEO and Chris G8OCV sample the excellent breakfast

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The rally is located in a large hall, with all the stands in one single location. The space also has an elevated section, with a number of traders selling from the balcony.

The rally and flea market is mostly populated with previously owned equipment and parts, with a wide selection of new and second hand components. Here is a view inside the hall. The rally was very well attended with thousands of amateurs from the Netherlands and beyond.

A view inside  the hall at Autotron, Graafsebaan 133, 5284 NL Rosmalen.

25869219541_dbf122d637_k (2) Although the hall was in the main filled with second hand and components sellers you could find some new equipment on sale, including a working display model of the IC7300 at  the Hamshop NL.

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Here are a selection of pictures from around the site. Dave G7UVW purchased a very nice large 23cm aerial that needed a new home.

No rally would be complete without a stop for refreshments, and Rosmalen has a good selection of fast and not so fast food. I selected a healthy fruit based snack.

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I purchased a waterproof / outdoor mounting box and some antenna hardware. As one amateur said to me, i’ve had fun and purchased more than my entrance fee! It was much busier than I expected, and the scale and attendance was much better than anything I have seen in the UK. Thanks to George M1GEO who completed the driving and aunty Google for her navigation. On the route home we even had time for a 3 course dinner and a beer on the overnight ferry.

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Here you can see us sharing a drink with the some of the  Cambridge Hams, Gavin M1BXF, Rob M0VFC and Martin G3ZAY.

73 Dave M0TAZ

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