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2017 RSGB VHF FIELD DAY

This year we had a plan and it worked!!!

The idea was simple to give everybody who wanted to attend the weekend a responsibility.

The trailer was taken out of storage for the second time this year and delivered by Andy G7LRR to the field.

 Andy M0TTL and Sean M0SLY started setting up the scam mast while Andy G7LRR and TAFFY M6XPW Started on the radios and laptop.

 The station was set up in record time giving us time to make some alterations to the antenna and rotator, we even managed to get a big breakfast in the bar cooked by carol to just set you up right before the contest started.

 John M0JBA joined us in the cafe after he had set up his QRP station on 70cms.

The hooter sounded and we were off Andy G7LRR making the first contacts, swiftly passing the mike on to the other members to take part in the fun.

 Contacts were made and logged throughout the day. Some members even turning up on the day with their family to show off the station and setup.

Time passed away all too quickly, Graham M6IHT did the chip shop run and we all sat down for a well-earned break and a chat about the bands. Contacts made into the early evening slowed down so it was decided to have an early night, the station was shut down for the night.

Andy G7LRR and Mike G7TYT had returned to the Clubs workshop to repair Mikes Ft-1000mp, this was found to be just a small dry joint, and was up and running in no time.   

Sunday started early with Sean M0SLY working stations into Europe although he did not claim the furthest distance contact, as that belonged to Taffy M6XPW Working a whopping 891 km well done to him.

Many operators turned up to work the radios on the Sunday in fact we had chairs outside the mobile shack with people waiting to take their turn Linda M6LGN been one of them (we have a photo as evidence Andy you owe me £10). All to soon the event was over and we all started to strip down the station working as a team, proof been the last man left the field to go home 42 mins after the last contact. Fantastic, well done to everyone MASSIVE club effort.

Thank you to all club members this turned out to be a great short notice event.

Operators

Andy G7LRR, Sean M0SLY, Andy M0TTL, Taffy M6XPW, John M0JBA, Jon 2E0ZRO, Patrick M1CBC, Jase M0MGF, Graham M6IHT, Mike G7TYT

Best contact made

By Taffy M6XPW : 891 km JN48EQ

QSO :    63

Countries : 9

Points : 20200

 

Writer

 Sean M0SLY.

Hex Beam Install at Spike’s G0CVL

Couple of weekend ago saw a team go up to Spike’s G0CVL QTH near Selby.
Spike had brought a Hex beam and required help installing it, along with some new nested dipoles the club had made for him.
The day started as always with the team meeting up at McDonalds near Goole for a breakfast as it is going to be to a long day.
we was at Spike a little after 11am and work got under way each team member a has own task to do.
With great team work Mike G7TYT working on the Hex beam great progress was made quickly as always Spike was in his supervisors roll keeping an eye on us all.

Mid afternoon we stopped again for food and drinks, with us all fed and watered the new Hex Beam was in the air and Spike made a good number of contacts as a test JA and VK among a few to brag about.

The two Johns M0JBA and G6LNV had the job of working out North by means of using the Sun and a watch we was impressed as it worked spot on this was to setup the rotator.

The time was quickly running out and the nested dipole are not tuned 100% as yet but working never the less with the ATU, we will be returning later in the summer to finish tuning Spike dipole array.

Spike would like to thank the team
Andy G7LRR , Kevin M0KVK , Mike G7TYT , John M0JBA ,Jon 2E0ZRO ,John G6LNV, Sean M0SLY , Oliver SWL, Lenny M6LRR,

Here are a few pictures of the day enjoy we did.

 

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