Successful RADARS Winter Rally 2019
Rochdale And District Amateur Radio Society (RADARS) recently held a very successful Winter Rally. A record 227 guests attended, which exceeds greatly exceeds the attendance of the Summer Rally held earlier this year and the Winter Rally held last year.
Furthermore, many people commented about how they enjoyed the rally and a number of traders reported good takings.
Instead of the usual burst of people coming in and then disappearing after a short visit that was seen at previous rallies, this time people seemed to stay for quite a time and the crowd did not really thin until about 1:00pm.
A major contributor to the success of the rally was guest speaker Keiran Wilkinson, IT Director at Hack:Oldham. He spoke about how you can use Computer Aided Design, 3D printing and laser cutting to create project enclosures and casings involvement.
So popular was his talk that it was delivered three times: the first at 10:30am and then twice more. And I am sure Keiran also generated interest for Hack:Oldham.
What is amateur radio?
Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service. As a licensed amateur radio operator, you are permitted to 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.