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LEFARS and SNBCG Big Radio Weekend

Once a year the LEFARS crew and SNBCG come together at the Secret Nuclear Bunker Kelvedon Hatch for a big radio weekend.

It’s the last chance to play some radio over a bank holiday weekend in 2018 before winter arrives!

On Saturday we had a BBQ for 25 people, giving everyone a chance to catch up over a burger.

The radio was split into a number of tents, VHF/UHF and 50 and 70 Mhz for LEFARS, with SNBCG running 2 HF stations. George M1GEO looked after the triband beam 14/21/28 MHz while I concentrated on 7 MHz using my vertical.

Band conditions could best be described as variable, at times allowing some big DX to be worked, and at other times presenting no signals at all due to a solar storm.

7 MHz on FT8 mode on HF helped work in the poor conditions, allowing me to work several stations from Indonesia, Brazil, West Malaysia, Argentina, Cuba, Australia, Oman, China and Arizona USA. Not bad for a 7 MHz vertical antenna with elevated radials.

I took the drone up to capture some nice aerial shot of the setup.

We had attendees from lots of local clubs including Camb-Hams, Essex Ham, LEFARS, SNBCG. A very well attended event, really nice to see everyone having fun and enjoying both the social and radio event.

 

Suffolk RED Sunday Radio and BBQ Social

Sunday 23rd July was a Suffolk RED outdoor event, a chance to play some radio and put on the special event call GB0RED. The team at Suffolk RED had a nice gas BBQ and kindly provided a selection of healthy and not so healthy snacks (Chocolate cake was lovely BTW)

The Camb-Hams were in attendance with Flossie the CRG shack complete with 20m mast. The team came equipped with a selection of antenna to cover the HF bands on both phone and CW.

The field was large enough to support a number of station, Peter G0DZB was active on 10 MHz CW.

Steve M1ACB was active on satellites, giving a demonstration and working Rob M0VFC on a narrow boat!

We also had time for a chat, it was nice to meet a selection of amateurs from around Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. I had a chance to operate GB0RED from Flossie.

I also had a chance to fly the drone, and captures some panoramic views in between the odd rain shower.

A special thanks to Sarah 2E0ISJ for pulling the event together and looking after everyone on the day.

© 2015 Dave, M0TAZ