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.
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).