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 taken place every year since 2014 and attracts several enthusiastic locals who wish to play radio and enjoy a social gathering.
Operations typically start from 6am on the lower HF bands (80m+40m) with higher bands, including 2m through the day. CW, FM, SSB and Digimodes feature as conditions/operators change.
ALL ARE WELCOME – If you have your own radio+aerial kit, please bring it. We have Bandpass Filters so multiple stations can operate together.
Sunday 17th June, from 12 midday : The 50MHz Trophy takes place on this weekend and we like to give 6m an airing as it shows what an interesting band it can be (yes, it can be just noise most of the time).
Thursday 21st June, 6am-9pm aka: The Longest Day. It’s expected that we’ll give 80m a go for the first couple of hours, probably using an Inverted-L before moving up to 40m and higher through the day. A all-mode 2m station will be available for local FM (and distant SSB) QSOs.
Saturday 23rd June : A futher day of operating is also planned. Also happening on this weekend is the ARRL Field Day. This isn’t a contest, but an activity where contacts are made, stations are operated from public places (raising the hobby’s profile) and there are even special categories for those who choose to run (from home) on a alternative power-source. It starts at 7pm our time (18:00UTC), so we may stay out a bit later if propagation seems good across the pond.
The Small Print : This is a special-event station so runs slightly different to our casual field events. We occupy a public area that is frequented by dog walkers and the occasional curious passer-by. Wires/cables should be clearly marked and effort taken to set your station up in a safe+sensible manner. Operating is at your discretion subject to on-site QRM – We have 40/30/20/17m filters which permits those bands to run at the same time, and other HF bands *may* be possible: If you wish to change band, you’ll need to exchange your filter for another.
Generally, a single 100w HF station (FT-857, 40m-10m) and an all-mode 2m 50w station (FT-857, Slim-Jim, 5ele yagi) will be provided for people to use but your own may be set-up and used if you wish (subject to the above safety/QRM rules).