HERC Annual BBQ Field Day – 19th June 2014

Following the increased attendance at this event on a Saturday last year, this year’s event was held on a Sunday so that hopefully even more members would be able to participate and that seemed to be the case. So Peter, G0FUU, was able to spend some time with us, again kindly lending us his generator to power the gear in the gazebo which he also provided this year. With his help, Rob M0LYD, Dan M0HOW & I soon had the gazebo up and the G5RV lent by Paul M6PWD strung at about 20ft between a couple of trees. Rob set up his ILER40, which had won him the construction trophy in May, with a Direct Digital Synthesiser, 7MHz end-fed wire via a matching unit and powered by a 12v jell lead-acid battery, purchased for only £1 at a Club auction. Fortunately it was “Museums on the Air” weekend on what was otherwise a rather flat 40m band. Using the Club callsign G6HH with only 5W, he worked 13 stations, including one each from Scotland, Holland & Belgium, although very few signal reports exceeded S5 in either direction.

Meanwhile I had set up the Club’s FT980 through my ATU to the G5RV. After locating a break in the braid connection in one of my patch-leads, which was replaced by one Paul M6PWD kindly popped home to get, we started listening on 80m for the Museum stations but conditions were poor and we were unable to raise anyone. While Rex G3ROC & Mike M0EDU checked the FT980, I’d put up my tri-band co-linear and, with only 5W from my Quansheng handie, called into the Sunday morning Hastings & district net on 2m. In the afternoon, we tried 15m where US & Canadian stations were heard but again no contacts were made. As we were not getting any joy with the FT980, I made some contacts using the Quansheng through the repeaters in Kent & Sussex, both on 2m and 70cm, but had no takers on simplex on either band. Mike, M0EDU, also set up on VHF with his FT817 & a 30W solid-state linear, but only make a few contacts with the vertical he set up beside his car.

As we had set up by 10am, there was no problem with other users of the Country Park, and even attracted some enquiries from dog-walkers & families holding birthday parties & enjoying their BBQ. Visiting amateurs included some of my Intermediate class featured on the cover of Vital Spark in July 2011; Dan 2E0FRT, Hollie 2E0HOZ & Jamie 2E0JBS, who I hadn’t seen for quite a while. Martin 2E0EAO, who’d helped me with that course, came up with his XYL and expressed an interest in going on to get his Full licence. Our Chairman, Wilf M0GYE, came up in the morning to see how we were getting on, and came back with his XYL for the BBQ in the evening. Steve, G7KMA, came with his Yaesu handie and stopped for the BBQ with his XYL. Whilst not very productive radio-wise, everyone enjoyed the day in the sunshine & gentle breeze.

73 Phil, G3MGQ.


Steve’s XYL with Rob & Mike at the BBQ.


Rob and Rex with Mike on the rigs, with Jamie & Paul looking on, and Steve with his XYL seated, enjoying the sunshine.


G6HH at Fairlight 2014.

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