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MX0WRC Blackpool Success!

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned to TW (The Wife) and my youngest daughter that I was taking them off for a fun packed weekend to the jewel in the British seaside heritage crown that is Blackpool.  This bumper offer culminated in free entry to a radio rally, …..wow…., life does not get much better in my opinion!  After a difficult few days of my daughter feigning rickets and my wife mumbling about divorce,  I decided  to abandon the family and make the journey with other like-minded adults from the club instead.

So last Sunday myself and intrepid bunch of club members braved the mist, drizzle and hen parties to travel down to Blackpool for the annual NARSA Radio rally at the Norbreck Hotel. This bunch of stalwarts included Steve, Norman, Peter, Noel, Duncan and me…Glyn.  The “no show” contingent included Mark and Barry, the latter of which, rumor has it, has been abducted by aliens.

This year we set up the MX0WRC stand in a slightly different position to previous years but were in good company with old pals from the Sands Contest Group and the Furness Amateur Radio Society on hand.  We brought with us our usual array of high tech kit to sell (junk) and made £107 for the club from this sale… nice one Peter (his Celtic roots shone through as he held out for a decent price on all items whilst the rest of us “south of the border softies” caved in at the merest wiff of a haggle!).  The money has gone towards 100m of co-ax for the club which Steve got at a good price.

There was the usual array of traders selling everything from fudge (expertly packed) to K3 transceivers.  I even treated myself to a bag of dog bones and some hardware for my latest antenna project

We were of course gutted when we failed to pick up any of the prizes such as best stand of the rally or club of the year, however, on reflection this was to be expected as our attempt at the former was a little too amateurish to be a serious contender and in the case of the latter we were not even entered, so we can’t complain…as they say it’s the taking part that counts and there is always next year!

As an observation, it has to be said that the number of people at the event felt down on previous years, which hopefully is not a continuing trend.

All in all though, it was a really good day with all the usual attributes such as tea that tasted like a diluted homeopathic remedy, the reassuring constant smell of burgers and the general odour of semi-washed radio amateurs.

What more can you ask for?  Long may it continue!

Cheers

Glyn

M0XUH

 

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TX Factor

Tx Factor is a 30 minute ‘TV’ programme that comes through YouTube and is all about ham radio. The blurb on their website says….

‘TX Factor is a brand new series of high definition TV shows covering all aspects of the hobby which is amateur radio. Our presenters explore the history of amateur radio, rigs, antennas, operating modes, propagation, sport radio, training, club news, RSGB news, world news – in fact, anything and everything! TX Factor is a professionally produced programme presented by radio amateurs for radio amateurs – so watch our latest episodes and find out what the TX Factor has to offer’

The programmes are excellent and beat Eastenders hands down. Have a look on the TX Factor YouTube Channel

 

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Homebrew Project and BEC Fab Lab

This years homebrew project will be the 20m version of the popular Hans Summers, G0UPL Ultimate QRSS kit. The kits are low cost and easy to put together. The finished article will allow you to send out WSPR, CW, QRSS and a multitude of other AF modes through a qrp PA. Build time should be a couple of hours.

To add an extra element to the build there is and opportunity to team up with the new BEC fab Lab in Cockermouth to make use of their facilities to fabricate your own case and finish off the kit with a laser cut acrylic case. The Fab Lab has only been open a few short weeks and is looking forward to sharing our hobby and knowledge with them.

If you’re interested then drop me an email. Once we have numbers etc we’ll set a date and book ourselves in with the Fab Lab

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Foundation training

We will be running a series of foundation classes that will lead up to the the exam. Due to the numbers we have decided to run these on the usual club nights starting on the 31st March.

There will be 2 intensive tuition sessions on the first two nights followed by a recap and exam on the 3rd. Hopefully this should sit well with those who want to take part.

Please get in contact with Glyn and make sure you’re on his list

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LX1WC Surprise

One of the harder tasks we have after a successful special event station or DXpedition is to run through the many qsl cards that people spend the time and effort to produce. The vast majority come in pretty soon after the events but every now and again we get one or two that give us a bit of a surprise. Normally they are several months if not years after the event and it always make us chuckle and reach for the stack of older cards we have for these moments.

There is one card that we received just this week and we think it deserves a special mention, not because it was one of the first we received but more over it was what was inside it.

A very generous donation to the SOS Radio Week fundraising.

From Luxembourg….not noted for its proximity to the sea

So Claude, LX1WC our thanks for your donation and I hope you enjoyed working us.

ps. Sorry for the poor scan

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