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!