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Old 26th Aug 2019, 5:58 am   #1
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Default Anyone going to the Telford/G-QRP rally on 1-9-2019?

I intend to be at the buildathon and the rally on Saturday and Sunday

I haven't been to one since the G-QRP doo left Rishworth.

I'll try to find one of my GM4ZNX badges....

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Old 28th Aug 2019, 10:26 pm   #2
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David,

Yes, I'll be in the buildathon too and the rally. I hope you have a good trip down there. I went to the buildathon and rally last year too, and found it exceptionally enjoyable.

It's a thoroughly good weekend. The exhibitors have really interesting stuff, especially if you are into building things (as I'm sure you are), and the talks are well worth going to too.

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Old 29th Aug 2019, 8:45 am   #3
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Confused here - the website only refers to Sunday, which I can't make - what's the position about Saturday?
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Oops! Helps if you actually read the website...
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Old 29th Aug 2019, 1:12 pm   #5
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I am planning to go to the rally on Sunday. Hopefully the new venue isnít quite as dingy as the Enginunity hall!!

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Old 29th Aug 2019, 9:57 pm   #6
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Default Re: Anyone going to the Telford/G-QRP rally on 1-9-2019?

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and the talks are well worth going to too.
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Couldn't possibly comment I gave a talk or did a stand-up technical Q&A session at every G-QRP doo at Rochdale and Rishworth, except for the last one, when George used the last talk slot to explain about it being the last.

It was quite good fun AND you got to find out which subjects people were interested in, or felt they needed help with.... usually antennae, feedlines and ATUs but the subjects could vary widely (or should that be wildly?)

Anyway, I've found an old callsign badge. if I can persuade the safety pin to work non-lethally.

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David,

I hope you enjoyed it.

Myself and Vic got the joint award fro the driftiests VFOs. I was quite happy with that really!

It was interesting in that we were guinea pigs of the VFO project. Very interesting. I enjoyed the day after too, but spacing between the stalls probably needs a bit of fettling.

I went to the talk by Peter Parker too. It was excellent.

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It was good seeing so many people, heads down, building something. If I'd thought, I should have brought the portable spectrum analyser along for the buildathon.

The rally, as many do, had tables in big squares with tons of space inside the square, while in the aisles between the squares, the punters couldn't move. But one of the Telford club people was making notes, so it may be improved next year.

Will I be back?

Not sure.

The G-QRP aspect was fine, but it's a long way for me, and the rally itself was almost all component or junk stalls. I thought the agents for the big-three turned up at rallies south of the border! There was a lack of the variety I'd expected. In the end, I'd only bought food and water. Maybe I'll try Blackpool next year.

Stayed at the Queen's in Horton, just a few miles away. Seemed a bit pricy but it came out cheaper than the internet price including an evening meal. Quality was top notch. I was travelling for fun not business, so I was in holiday mood not cheapskate mode. I'd recommend the place highly.

I enjoyed Colin 'VTTs talk on offshore pirate ship life.

Many years ago, i think it was on 'ROO's 50th birthday, George Dobbs and myself had gone down to Dover and along with Dick Pascoe we were having a wander round the area. We called in at KW (which was still going then) and VTT was working there. We wandered in and the usual banter and leg pulling ensued, then we realised VTT wasn't joining in. He'd just been given his redundancy papers that morning, and it had been a job he'd loved. Colin is a really nice chap and has given a number of interesting and amusing talks at QRP doos.

A birthday present for ROO was a bit of a problem. Just what do you get for the chap who has almost everything on the radio front? I thought him unlikely to have a hand-cranked CB power microphone (see, ecologically sound!) but one couldn't be found in the shops, so I had to make one.

All told, a great bunch of people.

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