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Old 28th May 2019, 7:56 pm   #1
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Default Spalding & District Amateur Radio Rally - Sunday 2nd June 2019

This coming Sunday it's the The Spalding Amateur Radio Rally, first held in the early 1970ís. Until last year it was was held at the Sir John Gleed School, which is now an Academy and no longer hosts third party events. Spalding & District Amateur Radio Society have had to find new premises and the new location is:

Holbeach United Youth FC,
Pennyhill Road,
Holbeach,
Lincs,
PE12 7PR.

http://sdars.org.uk/spaldingrally/

I don't have any connection with this or any other amateur radio organisation, but as we lived in Spalding back in the late 1960s, my wife and I use the rally as an opportunity to visit friends, so I'll be there on Sunday, will wear my name badge, and maybe happen across a few other forum members.

Hope that might be of interest.
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Old 28th May 2019, 10:01 pm   #2
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I see no dogs are allowed... it always annoys me when unnecessary bans are made like this. Dogs are allowed in pubs and pub gardens where food is served without any risks to health so why they are banned from a field is beyond me! Elf an safety gone mad as usual!
I think most dog owners these days are responsible.
When I grew up in the 1970's there was far more dog (and horse) poo on the streets than there is now, no one died...
Moan over, I doubt I will miss much!
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Old 29th May 2019, 8:08 am   #3
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I see no dogs are allowed... it always annoys me when unnecessary bans are made like this. Dogs are allowed in pubs and pub gardens where food is served without any risks to health so why they are banned from a field is beyond me! Elf an safety gone mad as usual!
I think most dog owners these days are responsible.
When I grew up in the 1970's there was far more dog (and horse) poo on the streets than there is now, no one died...
Moan over, I doubt I will miss much!
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I hear you. I wanted to bring my pet Tiger, he's friendly. Can't see the problem with it.
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Old 29th May 2019, 8:33 am   #4
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its a 9.30Am start time and about 33 miles from me so I shall go
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Old 29th May 2019, 8:44 am   #5
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Default Re: Spalding & District Amateur Radio Rally - Sunday 2nd June 2019

If there isn't a clause "except for guide dogs" they could be digging a very deep pit for themselves.

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Old 29th May 2019, 8:47 am   #6
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Default Re: Spalding & District Amateur Radio Rally - Sunday 2nd June 2019

I'm not certain, but I think the "playing fields" referred to may actually be the football pitches, I don't think there's an open field there as such (I drive past it almost daily).

There's also a warning on the SDARS Rally link in David's post above, re. the A17 / Pennyhill Road junction, just near the rally site - I'd advise anyone attending to check it, it IS a very bad junction, with regular accidents.
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Old 29th May 2019, 10:13 am   #7
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If there isn't a clause "except for guide dogs" they could be digging a very deep pit for themselves.

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I cant see how they're digging a pit. To he fair not everyone are dog lovers. Plenty of other events which allow dogs and plenty of people will attend without dogs.
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Old 29th May 2019, 10:16 am   #8
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The reason is clearly stated in large red letters on the SDARS site - the venue is a youth football club:

"Please note that as the rally is being held on playing fields used by young people, dogs are not permitted anywhere within the site including the car park".

Unfortunately, not all dog owners are responsible. One in five recreational areas in England report that dog fouling is a problem, and poses serious health risks of toxocariasis.

https://www.kingdom.co.uk/articles/i...g-dog-fouling/

Back on topic, I've always enjoyed this rally, have been many times over the years and it sounds as though there will be just as much space for tables in the open as there was at the previous venue, where there were lots of outside stalls. Entry to the Rally is £3.00, and for tables booked by the end of April, the tables cost £8.00 including entry for two people, so that's just £2.00 for the table.

Weather forecast is good too!

Hope to see a few forum members there - saw Christopher, 'High Vacuum House' last year - rather a long way from home!
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found a few bits so glad I went
an Advance Q meter type T2
and a nice old Russian tester meter U4313 that I could not resist at a pound

and an assortment of odds and ends
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Default Re: Spalding & District Amateur Radio Rally - Sunday 2nd June 2019

Two good finds.
I think those Russian multimeters have a taut-band movement, and Q meters are great for measuring RF inductance at the actual frequency of interest.

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Old 3rd Jun 2019, 9:31 am   #11
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Default Re: Spalding & District Amateur Radio Rally - Sunday 2nd June 2019

The weather was very favourable and there were far more stands than I'd imagined. Loads test gear of all types in various states of disrepair and hard not to resist. Lots of second-hand receivers, transceivers, antennas etc for anyone so inclined. A lot of effort for a small club in a small rural town to organise, deserving of much credit.

The blustery wind was very welcome or it would have been sweltering.

Had my badge on, but only came across one forum member - Christopher - High Vacuum House (again!).

A few pics attached. (There was a small indoor hall too). The rally was very well attended as was evident from the large number of cars. The first pic shows just a part of the car park and was taken from where I had to park, quite a long way from the entrance, having arrived at 10.30am to find the rally in full swing.
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Old 3rd Jun 2019, 11:30 am   #12
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Didn't see you there David. I had Janet's car as mine was hit and written off on 30 May. So, I couldn't take much at all in her immaculate little 208. Your middle picture is the stand that had all the test gear. Some nice bits as well very cheap. It was a shame that on the Saturday afternoon the site owners put up the tape barrier to keep all pitches clear. This had not been a condition for the club until then. This severely restricted the car boot area compared with last year and also meant visitors had further to carry their goodies to the car, compared with last year. Some I spoke to blamed the club for the congestion, but I tried to give them the true facts!
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A nice day and had quite a few natters. Back home by 1pm though.
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