Jim G4RGA Rally Calendar

Amateur Radio Rallies and Hamfests for 2017
April 2017
30 April Cambridge Repeater Group Rally
Foxton Village Hall, Hardman Road, Foxton, Cambridge, CB22 6RN.
Entry £2. Open 09:30/07:30 traders. Free on-site parking. Trade. B&B.
Car boot sale. RSGB books. Catering.
Details: Lawrence, M0LCM, 07941-972724,
Web: http://www.cambridgerepeaters.net
30 April West London Radio & Electronics Show (Kempton Rally)
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ.
Open 10:00/09:50. Free parking. Talkin. Trade. B&B. SIGs. Lectures. Raffle. On-site catering.
Details: Paul, M0CJX, 0845-165-0351, http://www.radiofairs.co.uk
May 2017
1 May 33rd Dartmoor Radio Rally [Bank Holiday Monday] Tavistock College, Crowndale Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8DD
Admission £2/kids free. Open 10:30/10:15. Free on-site parking. Trade.
Clubs. B&B. Catering.
Details: Viv Watson, G7AWG, 01752 823427,
6 May SERF 2017 Southern Electronics & Radio Fair – Eastbourne Rally [Saturday]
*** This event has been cancelled ***
See 6 May 2018 for next year’s event.
7 May Dambusters Hamfest
Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Tattershall, Thorpe, Coningsby, Lincs. LN4 4PL.
Entry £3/kids free (includes museum visit). Outside event with limited room inside. Hot food. NAAFI. RSGB books. Venue on one level with wheelchair access to all buildings.
Contact: Tony G3ZPU, 01507-527835, or Ant, M0HAZ, 07956-654481
7 May Scottish Amateur Radio & Electronics Convention
Braehead Arena, Kings Inch Road, Glasgow, G51 4BN.
Open 10:00 tp 16:00. Admission £4. Free parking. Talkin. Access to the Braehead Shopping Centre. Trade. RSGB books. GMDX Group. Talks.
Prebooked tables £10.
Contact: 07593-441518,
14 May 36th Lough Erne ARC Annual Rally Share Centre,
Smiths Strand, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, BT92 0JZ.
Open 11:30. B&B. Trade. RSGB books. On-site catering.
Details: Mark Mullaney, EI4HDB,
20 May RADARS Indoor Flea Market [Saturday]
St Vincent de Paul’s, Caldershaw Rd, off Edenfield Rd, Norden, Rochdale, OL12 7QR. Edenfield Rd is on the A680.
Open at 10:30/09:45 (08:00 sellers). Admission £2.50/kids <12 free.
B&B. Traders. Junk stall and amateur radio sellers.
Refreshments. Bacon & sausage butties.
Pitches (£5 each) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.
Dave, G3RIK, http://www.radars.me.uk
20 May Moray Firth ARS Surplus Equipment Sale [Saturday]
Forces Reserve Centre, Edgar Rd, Elgin, IV30 6YQ.
Entry £2. Open 12:00/10:00 for sellers. Tables £3. Refreshments. Raffle.
Details: Victor, 2M0JVR, 01343-820489,
19-21 May Dayton Hamvention, USA
** Change of Venue **
Greene County Fairgrounds & Expo Centre, 120 Fairground Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385
Very detailed information regarding this event can be found here:
Further Contacts: Hamvention, P.O. Box 964, Dayton, OH 45401-0964 001-937-276-6930,
21 May 34th Dunstable Downs RC Annual Rally & Car Boot Sale
Stockwood Park, London Rd, Luton, LU1 4LX.
All the usual facilities. Entry £3 (incl car park).
Details: http://www.ddrcbootsale.org
28 May Durham & District ARS Radio Rally
Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, Co Durham, DH6 5AT. On the A177 towards A1M.
Open 10:30/10:15. Admission £2. Trade. B&B. Talkin. Catering. Disabled facilities. Parking on-site.
Details: Michael, G7TWX,
28 May Causeway Coast Glens ARC Rally
Bushmills Community Centre, 14 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills, Co Antrim BT57 8QG.
Entry £3. Open 11:00. Parking. Trade. B&B. Catering. RSGB books. Disabled facilities. On-site catering. Parking.
Details: Stevie Morrow, MI0ULK, 07544-923956,
June 2017
4 June Spalding & DARS Annual Rally
Open 10:00. Free on-site parking. Trade. Outside car boot area. On-site catering.
Details: John, G4NBR, 07946-302815 or Graham, G8NWC, 07754-619701 or
Club website: http://www.sdars.org.uk
4 June 21st Red Rose QRP Festival
The Rose Centre, (Lowton Civic Hall), Hesketh Meadow Lane, Lowton, Warrington, Ches. WA3 2AH.
Easy access from all directions. M6, M61, M60, A580.
Open 11:00 to 15:00. Admission £2.00 Children under 14 free.
Trade & individual stalls. Club stands. RSGB. GQRP.
Very low cost B&B. Sales of new and surplus equipment/components.
Large spacious halls at ground level. Free parking.
Disabled facilities. Delicious refreshments at QRP prices!
Some tables available at £8 but please book early.
Contact: Les Jackson, G4HZJ, 01942-870634,
11 June Junction 28 Amateur Radio Rally [Update]
Bowls Hall Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, Derbys. DE55 7BD.
Contact: Rally Secretary, 01159-307322
Website: http://www.snadarc.com/
11 June East Suffolk Wireless Revival (Ipswich Rally)
*NEW VENUE: Kirton Recreation Ground, Back Road, Kirton, Ipswich, IP10 0PW.
Venue is just off the A14. Open 09:30. Entry £2. Free parking. Trade stands. Car boot sale. Bring-and-Buy. SIGs. GB4SWR HF station and an RSGB bookstall.
Catering is available on site.
Contact: Kevin G8MXV, 07710 046 846
17 June South Lancs ARC Summer Rally [Saturday]
Bickershaw Village Community Club, Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, Wigan, WN2 5TE.
Open 09:00/07:30 for traders. Entry £2.50. Trade. SIGs. B&B. On-site parking and catering. There are a limited number of pitches available.
Details/Bookings: Jason, G0IZR, 01942 735828.
18 June 30th Newbury Radio Rally
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, RG18 9QZ.
by M4,J13 – follow the AA signs.
Open 09:00/08:00 sellers. Admission £2.50/£12.30 for car boot area. Free parking.
Exhibits. SIGs. Amateur radio display. Clubs & societies. No on-site catering or disabled facilities. Discounted advance bookings via the website:
25 June West of England Radio Rally
Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE.
Admission £3, kids free. Open 10:00 to 14:00. Free parking. Trade. RSGB books.
Café. Disabled facilities.
Details: Shaun, G8VPG, 01225-873098, http://www.westrally.org.uk
July 2017
1 July Bangor & District ARS Rally [Saturday]
Donaghadee Community Centre, Manor Street, Donaghadee, BT21 0HB.
From 11:30.
No further details.
Club website: http://www.bdars.com
8 July Stockport RS Rally [Saturday]
Walthew House, 112 Shaw Heath, Stockport, Cheshire, SK2 6QS.
Admission £2. Open 10:00 to 15:00.
Open 10am to 3pm. Admission is £2. Catering. Trade. SIGs. RSGB books. Raffle
Contact: Heather Stanley, M6HNS, 07506-904422,
8 July LAMFEST Rally in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance [Saturday]
Elsecar Heritage Centre, Wath Road, Elsecar, Barnsley, S.Yorks. S74 8HJ.
Admission £2. Doors open 10:00 to 16:30. Tables are free.
Contact: Clair Marsh on 01226-361700,
Club: http://tinyurl.com/lho2k7k
8 & 9 July Finningley ARS Microwave Round Table
The Hurst Communications Centre, Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster, DN8 5SX.
Presentations. Demos, Test lab. A buildathon of a nanowave optical transceiver.
Updates to this event and the 23 July Finningley rally are at:
and our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/g0ghk
9 July Cornish Radio Amateur Rally
Penair School, St Clement, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1TN Open 10:30. Admission £2. On-site parking. Traders. B&B. Club stalls. Catering.
Contact: Ken, G0FIC, 01209-821073 for more information
14-16 July Hamtronic Show, Friedrichshaven, Germany [Friday-Sunday]
Messe, Friedrichshafen, 88046, Germany
Open 09:00-18:00. Admission €9.00, (other ticketing formats available). SIGs. Trade.
IARU Member Societies’stands. Lectures, some in English. Large flea market. RSGB books.
Details: http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de
23 July Finningley ARS Rally
The Hurst Communications Centre, Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster, DN8 5SX.
Open 10:30. Free parking. Massive indoor/outdoor traders area. Hot food and drinks all day. Major traders and club stalls – microwave components to QRP kits.
All on one level. Admission £3
Contact: Kevin, G3AAF, 07831 614640,
30 July Chippenham and District Amateur Radio Club Rally
Kington Langley Village Hall, Church Road Kington Langley, SN15 5NJ.
Open 10:00 to 13:00/07:00 Sellers. Entry £2/kids free. Talkin S22-145.55 MHz.
On-site parking. Disabled facilities. Tables inside £8, car-boot pitches £6 for cars & vans, payable on entry. On-site catering.
Details: Brian,
Club website: http://G3VRE.org.uk
August 2017
6 August 28th King’S Lynn Great Eastern Radio Rally
Gaywood Community Centre, Gayton Road, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. PE30 4DZ.
NGR is TF639204
Talkin 145.550 MHz. Open 09:00. Admission £2. Free parking. Trade. B&B.
Amateur Radio pitches outside and tables inside. Onsite catering.
Details: Ted, G4OZG, 01553-768701, 07946-838656,
Website:- http://www.klarc.org.uk
6 August Lorn Radio Rally
Crianlarich Village Hall, Main Street, Crianlarich, Perthshire, FK20 8QN.
Open 10:30. Admission £2. B&B. Trade. Raffle draw 13:30. On-site catering.
Tables are free but a raffle prize would be appreciated).
Details: https://gm0lra.wordpress.com/whats-on/
13 August Flight Refuelling ARS Hamfest
Cobham Sports & Social Club Ground, Merley, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3DA.
Open 10:00. Admission £3.50. Free parking. Talkin S22. Car boot sale. Trade at Indoor and outdoor pitches. Lectures. Catering with bar. Adjacent camping available Saturday night only.
Details: http://
Club website: http://frars.org.uk
20 August Rugby Amateur Transmitting Society Annual Radio Rally
Princethorpe College, Princethorpe, Rugby, CV23 9PY
NGR: SP395710. Lat/Long: 52.336N 01.421W
Admission £3. Open 10:00 (08:30 for sellers) to 16:00
Car boot sale. Catering.
Details: Tony, G0OLS, 23 Sycamore Drive, Lutterworth, Leics LE17 4TR. Tel: 07759 684411
Web: http://www.rugbyats.co.uk
27 August Milton Keynes MKARS Rally
The Irish Centre, Manor Fields, Watling Street, Bletchley, Bucks. MK2 2HX.
(Opposite Dobbies Garden Centre.)
Entrance fee £3.00. Free parking.
Further details: https://www.mkars.org.uk
September 2017
2 & 3 September Telford HamFest & G-QRP Convention
Enginuity, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Salop, TF8 7DU The venue is about 3.5 miles South of the M54/J6. Details on the website.
This year, the annual Telford Hamfest will be combined with features of the erstwhile G-QRP Convention. As well as guest speakers and numerous exhibition stands, on Saturday, a ‘Buildathon’ and social event is planned at a local hotel. Details will be published later, but we hope that many Rishworth exhibitors and attendees will come and see what Telford has to offer as we hope to continue the unique atmosphere of that well-established G-QRP event.
Details: http://www.telfordhamfest.org.uk or from Martyn, G3UKV, 01952-255416
9 September Caister Lifeboat Rally
[Saturday] Caister Lifeboat Station, Tan Lane, Caister on Sea, Norfolk, NR30 5DJ.
Open 09:30 (08:00 for sellers) until 15:00. Tables indoors £10, outside pitches £5 per table. Raffle with great prizes. Café and gift shop onsite.
Contact: Zane, 07711-214790 http://www.m1bfidx.wixsite.com/cl-radio-rally
10 September 44th Blackwood ARS Rally
Change of date – see 8 October 2017
10 September Andover ARC’s Wildhern Rally
Village Hall, Wildhern, just north of Andover, SP11 0JE. Map reference: SU350510 Open 10:00/Sellers 09:00. Admission £2. Tables in the hall £10, £8 per Boot.
Free Raffle. See also 23 April.
Club Website http://www.arac.org.uk
10 September Torbay Annual Communications Fair
Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon, TQ12 3AF.
Open 10:00/09:30. Admission £2. B&B. RSGB books. Raffle. On-site parking and catering.
Bookings: Pete, G4VTO, 01803-864528 or Mike, G1TUU, 01803-557941
17 September Weston-Super-Mare Rally
The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-sur-Mer, BS24 7DX
Open 10:00. Admission £3. Large car park. B&B. Trade. Auction. Lectures.
Family amusements, competitions & contests, interactive displays and fun activities. On-site catering.
Details: 01278-786684, http://www.G4WSM.club
29-30 September The National Hamfest [Friday & Saturday] Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts. NG24 2NY.
Trade. B&B. Free parking. Disabled facilities. SIGs. Car boot sale. Flea market.
RSGB books. Morse tests. Catering.
Details: http://www.nationalhamfest.org.uk
October 2017
8 October 44th Blackwood ARS Rally  [* Change of Date from 10 September*]
Rougemont School, Newport, Gwent, NP20 6QB.
Open 10:00. Entry £2.50. On-site free & disabled parking. Trade. SIGs. B&B.
Raffle. RSGB bookstall. Talks & lectures. On-site catering.
Contact: Mike Rackham, GW4JKV, 01495-226149, http://www.GW6GW.co.u
13 to 16 October The RSGB Convention [Friday to Monday] Kent’s Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Swallow House, Timbold Drive, Kent’s Hill Park, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK7 6BZ.
Details: http://www.rsgbevents.org
15 October Holsworthy ARC Rally
Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6JD.
Trade. B&B. Catering. Free on-site parking. Disabled access.
Details: Howard, M0MYB,
15 October Hornsea Amateur Radio Rally
Floral Hall, 7 The Esplanade, Hornsea, E.Yorks, HU18 1NQ.
Open 10:00. Admission £2/kids free. Trade. B&B. SIGs. RSGB books.
Raffle. Parking. On-site catering.
Details: Rick, M0CZR, 01964-533712,
22 October Galashiels Rally
The Volunteer Hall, St John Street, Galashiels, Borders, TD1 3JX.
No further information.
November 2017
5 November West London Radio & Electronics Show (Kempton Rally) Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ.
Open 10:00/09:50. B&B. SIGs. Talkin. On-site parking. Lectures. Raffle. Catering.
Details: Paul, M0CJX, 0845-165-0351, http://www.radiofairs.co.uk
11 November Fog on the Tyne Rally [Saturday]
Whitehall Road Methodist Church Hall, Bensham, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 4LH.
Open 10:30. Admission £2. Trade. RSGB books. Junk stall. On-site catering.
Car parking (entrance is on Whitehall Road).
Details: Nancy Bone, G7UUR, 07990-760920,
12 November Great Northern Hamfest
Barnsley Premier Leisure Complex, Queens Road, Barnsley, S.Yorks. S71 1AN.
Follow brown Metrodome signs)
Open 11:00. Trade. SIGs. RSGB books. Free car parking. Disabled facilities.
Organised by South Yorkshire Repeater Group Ernie, G4LUE, 07984-191873 http://www.gnhf.co.uk
18 November RADARS Traditional Radio Rally [Saturday]
St Vincent de Paul’s, Caldershaw Rd, off Edenfield Rd, Norden, Rochdale, OL12 7QR. Edenfield Rd is on the A680.
Open at 10:30/09:45 (08:00 sellers). Admission £2.50/kids <12 free.
B&B. Traders. Junk stall and amateur radio sellers.
Refreshments. Bacon & sausage butties.
Pitches (£5 each) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.
Dave, G3RIK, http://www.radars.me.uk
19 November Plymouth Radio Club Radio Rally
Harewood House, Ridgeway, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 2AS.
Open 10:00/09:50 to 14:30. Admittance £2. Trade. SIGs. B&B. RSGB books.
Raffle. Parking. Disabled facilities. Raffle. On-site catering.
Details: David Beck, 2E0DTC, 0777-7664822,
26 November Bishop Auckland Radio Amateurs’ Club 2017 Rally
Spennymoor Leisure Centre, 32 High Street, Spennymoor, Co Durham, DL16 6DB.
Open 10:30/10:15. Admission £2. kids <14 free. Parking. Disabled access. Access to a large ground floor hall. Radio, computer & electronic stands. B&B. On-site catering with bar.
Details: John, G4LRG, 01388-606396.
December 2017
8 December S. Bristol ARC’s Winter Tabletop Sale (Thursday)
Novers Park Community Centre, Rear of 122 to 124 Novers Park Road, Fillwood, Bristol,
BS4 1RN.
Open to all from 19:30. Sale between 20:00 and 21:00.
A chance to clear some shack items and pick up new ones.
Please bring equipment, cash and your bartering skills.
Details: http://www.sbarc.co.uk
Amateur Radio Rallies and Hamfests for 2018
January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
6 May SERF 2018 Southern Electronics & Radio Fair-Eastbourne Rally
Eastbourne Sports Park, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, E.Sussex, BN21 2UF
(Buses from Sussex Downs College on Cross Levels Way and Kings Drive.
Rail: Hampden Park station 10 mins walk from the Centre)
Main hall inside for dealers, traders and clubs). Outside car boot & table- top sale.
Track area reserved for catering, camping and caravanning.
Further details on updated website in about a week: http://www.serf.org.uk
Suggestions & feedback: Dave Williams, G8PUO, 07807-074538,
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018


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