Amateur radio rallies and events in the North West of England
Here is a summary of forthcoming amateur radio rallies and events in the North West of England and the UK.
6 JULY 2019 (Saturday) STOCKPORT RS RALLY
6 JULY 2019 (Saturday)
STOCKPORT RS RALLY
Walthew House, 112 Shaw Heath, Stockport, Cheshire SK2 6SQ
Doors open 9.30am to 4pm with disabled visitors gaining access at 9.15am. Admittance is £2. There will be trade stands, special interest groups and an RSGB Bookstall. Catering is available on site. A talk-in station will be on the air. Nigel Roscoe, G0RXA, 07506 904422, email@example.com.
14 JULY 2019 23rd RED ROSE QRP FESTIVAL
14 JULY 2019
23rd RED ROSE QRP FESTIVAL
St Joseph’s Hall, Mather Lane, Leigh, WN7 2PR.
Free car parking, all on one level halls. Doors open 10.30am (traders 8am). Bring and Buy, RSGB bookstall, refreshments, bar. Details from Colin M0IQY on 07419363131 or on firstname.lastname@example.org.
00.01 UTC 17th August to 2400 UTC 18th August 2019 (48 hours) International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend
3rd Full Weekend in August since 1998 – International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend – ILLW https://illw.net/
Saturday 24th – Monday 26th August 2019 British Inland Waterways On The Air
The event is open to all Amateurs who are boaters, cyclists, walkers and other users of the canals, rivers, towpaths, riverbanks for work or recreation. Even lakes and reservoirs that are used for recreation uses classify as an inland waterway, so there are many places for activating. Many clubs and individual Amateurs on or near the UK inland waterways obtain Special Event Station (SES) callsigns. Others operate mobile or portable using their own callsigns. Many more like to contact the BiWota stations. It is also a good chance for WAB enthusiasts to get some rare WAB squares. The primary bands will be 40m (7MHz) and 2m (144MHz SSB and FM) but all bands will be acceptable. The aim of the event is to bring together Radio Amateurs who regularly use the waterways to celebrate their hobby and raise awareness of the UK waterways. Please check out the event Facebook page for current information: https://www.facebook.com/BIWOTA/
31 AUGUST 2019 TELFORD HAMFEST BUILDATHON
31 AUGUST 2019
TELFORD HAMFEST BUILDATHON
Event to be held in the evening of 31 August in Telford. Details to follow. Contact Martyn on 01952 255 416.
1 SEPTEMBER 2019 (new venue) TELFORD HAMFEST & G-QRP CONVENTION
1 SEPTEMBER 2019 (new venue)
TELFORD HAMFEST & G-QRP CONVENTION
Harper Adams University, near Telford, TF10 8NB
More information and e-mail details may be found on the Telford HamFest website www.telfordhamfest.org.uk or by contacting Martyn, G3UKV on 01952 255 416.
16 NOVEMBER 2019 ROCHDALE & DISTRICT ARS WINTER RALLY
16 NOVEMBER 2019
ROCHDALE & DISTRICT ARS WINTER RALLY
St Vincent de Paul’s, Caldershaw Road, off Edenfield Road (A680), Norden, Rochdale, OL12 7QR.
Doors open to the public at 10.15am with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. Admission is £2.50 with those under 12 years free. £5 per pitch (for traders with own tables) or £10 for a pitch with table provided. Refreshments available including bacon and sausage butties. Further details: Robert M0NVQ, by contact form https://m0nvq.me/contact/ or 07778113333.
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Next RADARS Rally
Rochdale And District Amateur Radio Society (RADARS) Winter Rally
Date: 16 November 2019
Venue: St Vincent de Paul’s, Caldershaw Road, off Edenfield Road (A680), Norden, Rochdale, OL12 7QR.
Time: Doors open to the public at 10.15am with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier.
Admission: £2.50 with those under 12 years free.
Traders: £5 per pitch (for traders with own tables) or £10 for a pitch with table provided.
Refreshments: hot drinks and snacks available including bacon and sausage butties.
Further details: Robert M0NVQ, by contact form https://m0nvq.me/contact/ or 07778113333.
What is amateur radio?
Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service. As a radio amateur, you can transmit and receive radio signals on frequency bands allocated for use by amateur radio amateurs. Amateur radio operators use these designated bands of radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications. A 1910 announcement by the then HM Postmaster General licensed “experimental wireless”, which still uniquely gives radio amateurs the ability to innovate without commercial or statutory controls even in the closely regulated environment of the 21st century. Amateur radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.
Amateur radio operators use the amateur radio bands for a variety of purposes:
- Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international friendships
- Competing in international competitions to test the effectiveness of their equipment and their skill as a radio operator
- Technical experimentation — many of the leaps forward in radio technology have been initiated by radio amateurs
- Communication through amateur space satellites or with the International Space Station (which carries an amateur radio station)
- Providing communications at times of emergencies and undertaking exercises to maintain that capability
There is no better way to explore the fascinating world of radio communications than by becoming a radio amateur.