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!
Operating at the usual Galleywood Common location – outside the pub (directions here). Our event typically sees a couple of HF stations (mixture of CW+SSB) plus 2m FM for local QSOs. Supported by Essex Ham, this event has run for 4 consecutive years.
Saturday 21st and Monday 23rd April : 10am-6pm(ish) with a QSY to the pub if the WX turns sour as well as a post-event drink/meal afterwards! Saturday is also International Marconi Day so we are hoping for good conditions on 40m as there should be a lots of other special-event stations on the bands.
We have band-pass filters for 40m/30m/20m/17m which permits several 100w HF stations to run in close proximity – Plus, there’ll be an all-mode 2m station with a Slim-Jim vertical and a 5ele yagi which operators will be able to assemble themselves…. Those with their own kit are welcome to bring it subject to QRM/conditions. Priority will be given to 40m SSB and 2m FM stations.
When Is It? Saturday 21st and Monday 23rd between 10am and 6pm
Where Is It? Galleywood Common (north car-park), outside the Horse & Groom pub. Use this map which also shows the alternative /P car-park we’ve used in the past. It’s about a mile from the A12 junction so easily accessible.
What Can I Do? If you don’t have your own radio, you can use ours: a 40m/30m/20m/17m SSB/CW station will be provided plus a 2m all-mode setup with “Slim-Jim” vertical and 5-ele yagi (for SSB). Whatever your licence, you’ll be using the GB1STG callsign so that means up to 400-watts although we typically run 100w on HF and up to 50w on VHF. 40m is great for making contact around the UK (and into France, Netherlands etc) and can get quite busy – or just speak to a few locals on 2m FM… it’s up to you!
We’ll provide an FT-857 for 40m/30m/20m/17m and 2m SSB, an FT-7900 for 2m FM and Peter G0DZB is bringing his IC-7300 (ask him nicely, you may get a go on it!). There’ll be a few spare patch leads/adapters, too. As this is a special-event rather than a casual field-day, there’ll be a rotation on operating so that everybody who wants to try a particular band/mode gets that opportunity.
Can I Bring My Own Kit? Yes! Subject to on-site QRM, you’ll be able to run up to 100-watts with the aid of one of our HF band-pass filters. Battery power is required, there is NO mains nearby!
Does It Cost? No, all our events are FREE although you’ll need to bring your own food/drink. The pub is open all day (cash/card) offering lunch 12-2 (plus evening meal) and there’s a newsagents about 500yrds away. Parking is plentiful and free, and the Common has a bit of history to it, so it’s well worth a visit/walk around.
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