Our 2017 event returned to the usual Galleywood Common QTH for 3 days of operating fun.
Sunday 18th : 10am opposite the Horse & Groom pubDone!
Wednesday 21st : 6am onwards (if you’re really keen!)Done! Saturday 24th : 10am opposite the Horse & Groom pubDone!
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.
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!
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..