Another very interesting radio rally as far as meetings go, well for me it was. Quite a few bargains to be had and the usual fine display from Kenwood (who also gave away many freebies), Waters and Stanton, Moonraker to name a few of the major stands.
Then you have your sole trader who brings along those elusive parts you have been looking for…..well for years. I personally picked up a nice haul of 240v 12-0-12 transformers for those winter’y afternoon builds when its blowing a force 9 gale…”much like today as this blogger types” and its raining with the only thing to do stay inside. Quite a bit more emphasis seems to be on gadgets these days rather than your “build a radio” as it may have been in times gone by. I personally love to get parts, wait for a few weeks to get all the bits together and go for it.
Referring to a recent Dick Smith interview I found on YouTube, Dick talks about how he started out collecting components before branching out and actually selling them. Australia’s home grown entrepreneur also talks much about this days as a radio amateur and how it saved his life when he flew around the globe in a helicopter. Dick makes reference to using 20m while flying (not sure if we have /AM or Aeronautical Mobile – granted in the UK yet but I was sure it would be granted for HAB or High Altitude Balloons….however from my understanding…not yet).
So good to see some of the guys from LEFARS there, and a few faces I recognised from the Essex Repeater Group too. Not a lot of time to chat though……which is unusual for this particular ham, who can gas away until people start to cry.
So all in all, many good bargains to be had, and certainly something for everyone and not a million miles away so well attended as far as I can tell from radio clubs in the South East of England.
I found this rally quite moving too, as the time reached 11am GMT the whole place fell silent and there really was not a sound for over 5 minutes, in impeccable respect for our war dead. I was personally very moved by this. I think solidarity and an overall feeling that people really care…..
A link to the Dick Smith video: