This operating event took place on Sunday 23rd April 2107 at the usual Galleywood Common location. Supported by Essex Ham, the day of Hamming started around 9:30am and went on until about 5:30pm local time.
The weather was expected to be around 15c and party cloudy which is what it was for most of the day although there were some brief warm clear spells – Luckily no rain (or hail) like last year’s event!
Not only blessed with some nice WX, we also saw some new faces who got stuck into the operating and we had 7 stations active in total. Making the most noise was the 2m station which was geared-up for FM using a Slim-Jim or SSB via a 5ele yagi. A stream of contacts were made on 30m and 20m CW plus a fair amount on 40m SSB – conditions were not so great and it was observed that 7MHz was rather long for much of the day so very little inter-G was heard. In short, we ran 80m, 60m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 4m, 2m and 70cm from a variety of home-brew aerials/wires.
You can also see more pictures on Essex Ham’s GB1STG 2017 page here…
Who, What, Why?
St George’s Day celebrates the patron Saint of England, Saint George. On St Patrick’s Day, people like to wear green and drink Guinness – We just play radio…and hopefully in some reasonable weather, too!