GB1JSS June Summer Solstice

GB1JSS June Summer SolsticeOur 2017 event returned to the usual Galleywood Common QTH for 3 days of operating fun.

  • Sunday 18th : 10am opposite the Horse & Groom pub  Done!
  • Wednesday 21st : 6am onwards (if you’re really keen!)  Done!
  • Saturday 24th : 10am opposite the Horse & Groom pub  Done!

Pictured below is my setup during Sunday’s activation – temperatures reached 29.6c and even with the tarp providing some shelter, it was hard going!  Band conditions were best described as “meh”.

Using a 2m Slim-Jim and an Inverted-V Dipole, I made about a dozen contacts on each band during the day.  Another station was running 20m SSB which offered a bit more (and reliable) activity.

GB1JSS operating on 40m and 2m from Galleywood Common [M0PZT]Wednesdays actual Solstice activation went well – a good number of people came to see us despite it being a “working” day.  Although the bands were still not great, an initial run on 40m by myself on both CW+SSB gave a good mixture of some “inter-G”, a few DL/F/PA stations.  20m was quite a struggle; Despite 100w on both CW+SSB, it was a little slow going although we did hear a station near New York at around 53/55 but with a big pile-up of EU.  We made do with a variety of close-in EU – In fact, my first CQ on 20m SSB was answered by an S9+20dB German!

GB1JSS operating on 40m from Galleywood Common

What/Why? The idea behind this event is simply an excuse to operate “portable” on the longest day of the year, the June Summer Solstice.  We are fortunate to have a prime operating location just south of Chelmsford at Galleywood Common (this page lists QTH info, facilities etc) which also plays host to our casual /P get-togethers.  Supported by Essex Ham, this event has run for 3 consecutive years and attracts several enthusiastic locals who wish to play radio and enjoy a social gathering..