Radio Rallies 2014

Here is a current and at the time of writing up-to-date list of Radio Rallies being held in the U.K. in 2014.

If you are aware of any other electronics or radio related rallies scheduled for 2014 please inform the webmaster.


51st NORTHERN AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETIES ASSOCIATION EXHIBITION (Blackpool rally) – Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre, Blackpool FY2 9AA. TI, CP, OT 10.15/10.30. TS, B&B, SIG, MT, LB, C, DF, RSGB book stall. Dave, M0OBW, 01270 761 60801270 761 608, [].


DEVON & CORNWALL REPEATER GROUP AND CALLINGTON ARS Radio Rally – Callington Town Hall, New Road, Callington PL17 7BD. OT 10am. CS. Bookings & info Roger, 2E0RPH,


CAMBRIDGE REPEATER GROUP RALLY – Foxton Village Hall, Hardman Road, Foxton, CB22 6RN. OT 10.00 (traders 07.00), £2. TI, TS, B&B, C, DF. Lawrence, M0LCM, 07941 972 72407941 972 724, []


HACK GREEN BUNKER Radio Rally – Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8AL Sale of electronic equipment, amateur gear, components, military radio sets and vehicle spares. OT 10.00, TS, C. Lucy, 01270 623 35301270 623 353, []


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE AMATEUR RADIO RALLY Regrettably the decision has been taken to cancel the 6th South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Rally due to be held on 13th April, due to the unfortunate clash of rally dates resulting in insufficient table bookings to offer a worthwhile rally, combined with potential bad weather causing site problems. A decision will taken in due course on whether to hold a rally in 2015. Support given by traders and the public to the South Gloucestershire Rally over the years is greatly appreciated by the Rally organisers.


WEST LONDON RADIO & ELECTRONICS SHOW (Kempton Rally) – Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ. TI, free CP, OT 9.50/10am. TS, FM, B&B, SIG, C, DF, WIN, LEC. Paul, M0CJX, 08451 650 35108451 650 351, [].


RADARS RALLY AND SURPLUS EQUIPMENT SALE – The Hugh Ripley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 2TP. TI, OT 10.00, stallholders 7.30, £2. C, tables £10, Raspberry Pi demonstrations and sales. Details from [].


ANDOVER RADIO AMATEURS CLUB SPRING BOOT SALE ?? Wildhern Village Hall, Andover. CP, TS, FM, C, DF, WIN, CBS, OT 10.00. []


30th YEOVIL QRP CONVENTION – Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AA (adjoining the central shopping car park). TI S22, CP, OT 9.30-3.00. TS, LEC, B&B, C, DF. Steve, G7AHP, 01803 666 40701803 666 407,


DAMBUSTERS HAMFEST – Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Coningsby, Lincs LN4 4PE. TI S22, GB3FR, £3, B&B new for 2013 free parking, Pitches free but size is limited if not pre-booked. RAF heritage centre on site. Overnight camping by appointment. C, OT 10.00. [].

5 MAY (Bank holiday Monday)

DARTMOOR RADIO RALLY – Tavistock College, Crowndale Road, Tavistock, Devon. PL19 8DD. No TI. OT 10.15/10.30, £2, Free CP, TS, B&B, SIG, C, DF. Roger Hann, 2E0RPH, 01822 860 61901822 860 619,

11 MAY

LOUGH ERNE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB ANNUAL RADIO RALLY – Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh BT92 0EQ, N Ireland. Access from Erne/Shannon Waterway. OT 11.30, CP, B&B, TS, LB, C, DF. Iain, 028 6632 6693028 6632 6693,

16 – 18 MAY

DAYTON HAMVENTION® – Hara Arena, Dayton, Ohio, USA. CP, OT 8am, $20-$25, TS, huge FM, SIG, DF, LEC, C, CBS, WIN, US exams, FAM. [].

18 MAY

31st DUNSTABLE DOWNS RC NATIONAL AMATEUR RADIO CAR BOOT SALE – Stockwood Park, Luton. All usual facilities. [].


SPALDING & DARS ANNUAL RALLY – The Sir John Gleed Technology School, Halmer Gardens, Spalding, Lincs PE11 2EF. TI S22, free CP, OT 10am. TS, C, CBS. John, G4NBR, 07946 302 81507946 302 815, [].


CENTRAL SCOTLAND MINI HAM RADIO CONVENTION – Crofthead Farm Community Education Centre, Templar Rise, Livingston EH54 6DG. OT 9.50/10am, TS, FM, B&B, LEC, RSGB, WIN, C. [].


13th JUNCTION 28 QRP RADIO RALLY – South Normanton Alfreton and District Amateur Radio Club in association with the G QRP Club. Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7BD. 10 mins from M1 J28 and the A38. TI S21, OT 10am. TS, SIG, C, LB. Anya Lawrence, 2E0BQS, 0115 930 73220115 930 7322, [].


ROCHDALE & DARS SUMMER FLEA MARKET – St Vincent de Paul’s, Caldershaw Rd., off Edenfield Rd (A680), Norden, Rochdale OL12 6BU. OT 10.15am (8.30am traders), £2.50, TI S22, C. Pitches £5 bring your own table. G0PUD, 0161 285 16000161 285 1600,


27th NEWBURY RADIO RADIO RALLY – Newbury Showground, next to M4 J13. TI S22 (V44), free CP, OT 9am (visitors), 8am (sellers). Visitors £2.50, CBS pitch £12.50. TS, C, CBS, WIN, DF, FM, SIG.Huge radio, electronics & computing boot sale including demonstration marquee with display of amateur radio on air (SSB, CW, & DATA), air traffic radar, plus clubs and national society stands. Contact [].


SOUTH LANCS SUMMER RALLY – Bickershaw Labour Club, Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, Wigan WN2 5TE. OT 9.00 (traders 7.30). £2, B&B, C, DIS, CP, SIG, DF, TS, LB. Jason, G0IZR 01942 735 82801942 735 828. [].


EAST SUFFOLK WIRELESS REVIVAL (Ipswich Radio Rally) – The Orwell Crossing Lorry Park, A14 Eastbound, Nacton, Ipswich, IP10 0DD. TI S22, CP, OT 9.30, £2, CBS, B&B, SIG, LRC, RSGB book stall, GB4SWR HF station, Kevin, G8MXV, 07710 046 84607710 046 846. [].

27 – 29 JUNE

HAMTRONIC SHOW, FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – Messe, Friedrichshafen, Germany. TS, FM, CP, SIG, LB, C, DF, LEC, CS. Large RSGB book stall. [].


WEST OF ENGLAND RADIO RALLY – Cheese & Grain, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE. CP, OT 10am-2pm, £2.50. TS, RSGB book stall, C, DIS. Shaun, G8VPG, 01225 873 09801225 873 098, [].


BANGOR AND DISTRICT ARS RALLY – Donaghadee Community Centre, County Down BT21 0HB. OT 11.30, £3. TS, B&B, SIG. Peter, MI6NID, 028 9188 9 018028 9188 9 018, [].


CORNISH RAC 51st MOBILE RALLY – Penair School, St Clements, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1TN. TS, B&B, C, TI, CP. OT 10.30, £2. Steve, 01209 844 93901209 844 939, [].


18TH RED ROSE QRP FESTIVAL – Formby Hall, Alder Street, Atherton, Manchester M46 9EY. Free CP, OT 11.00, £2 (U14 free). TS, SIG, B&B, DF, LB, C. Les Jackson, G4HZJ, 01942 870 63401942 870 634,


BARFORD NORFOLK RADIO RALLY – Barford Village Hall & Green, Barford, Norwich NR9 4AB, TI S22, CP, OT 9.00 £1.50 (U16s free). C, DF, WIN, TS, B&B. Contact [].


STOCKPORT RALLY – Walthew House, 112 Shaw Heath, Stockport SK2 6QS. OT 10am, £2. TS, DIS, CP, C, TI 145.550MHz. Tables available £10 each. Bernard, G3SHF, 01625 850 08801625 850 088 (day) or Nigel, G0RXA, 0161 428 84130161 428 8413 (eves).


McMICHAEL RADIO RALLY & CAR BOOT SALE – Reading Rugby Football Club, Holme Park Farm Lane, Sonning Lane (B4446), Sonning on Thames, Reading RG4 6ST. TI, free CP, £2, LB, C, SIG, WIN, TS, CBS, OT 9:30. Pete, G8FRC, 01189 695 69701189 695 697. []


FINNINGLEY ARS SUMMER RALLY – The Hurst Radio Communications Centre, Belton Road, Sand toft, Doncaster DN8 5SX. Easily accessible from the M180 Jct 1 / Jct2. OT 10am, TS,CP, B&B,TI, RSGB bookstall. Kevin, G3AAF, 07831614640. []


HORNCASTLE SUMMER RALLY – Horncastle Youth Centre, Lincolnshire LN9 6DZ. OT 10.00/10.30, £1.50, DF, C, free CP. Tables £5, free power. Tony, G3ZPU, 01507 527 83501507 527 835,


25th KING’S LYNN ARC RALLY & CAR BOOT – Gaywood Community Centre, PE30 4DZ. OT 10am, £2, CP free, TS, CBS pitches, C, CS (by prior arrangement), TI 145.550MHz. Ted, G4OZG, 01553 76870101553 768701, [].

8 AUGUST (Friday)

COCKENZIE & PORT SETON ARC 21ST MINI-RALLY – Community Centre, Main Hall, Port Seton. Bring along your own ‘junk’ and sell it. Tables free, first come first served. OT 6pm, £2. C, DF. [].


RUGBY AMATEUR TRANSMITTING SOCIETY ANNUAL RADIO RALLY – Princethorpe College, Princethorpe, Rugby CV23 9PX. Stephen, G8LYB, 01788 578 94001788 578 940, [].


FLIGHT REFUELLING ARS HAMFEST – Cobham Sports and Social Club Ground, Merley, Nr. Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3DA. TI S22, CP, OT 10.00, TS, CBS, LB, C. Details [].


MILTON KEYNES ARS RALLY – Longueville Hall, Hammond Park, Whaddon Road, Newton Longville, Milton Keynes MK17 0AT. Why not combine a visit to our rally with Bletchley Park and visit the National Radio Centre (NRC) as well? Modern venue with large indoor and outdoor areas. Free CP, OT 10am, £3, TS, FM, CBS, LB, C, RSGB book stall. Steve, G6KJU, 07866 673 19207866 673 192. [].

25 AUGUST Bank Holiday Monday

HUNTINGDONSHIRE ARS RALLY – St Neots Community College, Barford Rd, St Neots PE19 2SH. OT 10am, £2, TI S22 (V44), CP, CBS, B&B, C, TS, DF. Clive Burchell, G3NKQ, 01480 810 47301480 810 473,


TELFORD HAMFEST – Enginuity Technology Centre, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DU. Martyn, G3UKV, 01952 255 41601952 255 416. [].


HALTON & DISTRICT RADIO AMATEURS RADIO RALLY – Manley Mere. OT 10am, £1.50. TS, B&B, C £2, LB, SIG, FAM. All proceeds after costs to charity. George Low, G0RLF, 07919 935 72507919 935 725 (daytime), [].


TARS 50th ANNUAL COMMUNICATIONS FAIR. Newton Abbot Race Course, Devon TQ12 3AF. All indoors, TS, B&B, C, DF, WIN, RSGB book stall. OT 9.30/10am £2. Mike Dixon, 01803 557 94101803 557 941,


WEST KENT ARS RADIO AND ELECTRONICS FAIR – Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9XB. TI, CP, £2.50, 10am, TS, B&B, C, DF, WIN, RSGB Bookstall. Dave G4OTV,


NATIONAL HAMFEST – brought to you by the RSGB in association with the Lincoln Short Wave Club. George Stephenson Pavilion, Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark NG24 2NY (close to junction of A1/A46/A17). Free CP, TS, B&B, CB, C, SIG, Morse proficiency tests on demand, RSGB book stall, RSGB Services & Committees, DF, FM. [].


BLACKWOOD AND DISTRICT ARS RALLY – Rougemont School, Llantarnum Hall, Malpas Rd, Newport, NP20 6QB. TI V44 (S22), CP, OT 10am, £2, TS, SIG, CBS, RSGB Bookstall, B&B, C. Andy, MW0MWZ, 01495 220 68701495 220 687, [].


RSGB CONVENTION – The full convention programme of lectures for all interests will be available on the website later in the year. Principal sponsor Martin Lynch & Sons. [].


HACK GREEN BUNKER RALLY – Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8AL Sale of electronic equipment, amateur gear, components, military radio sets and vehicle spares. OT 10am, TS, C. Lucy, 01270 623 35301270 623 353, []


HORNSEA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB RALLY – Floral Hall, 7 The Esplanade, Hornsea, East Yorks HU18 1NQ. OT 10am, CP, TS, B&B, SIG, RSGB, RAFARS, LB, C, DF, WIN. Details from Rick, M0CZR, 01964 533 71201964 533 712, [].


CARRICKFERGUS AMATEUR RADIO GROUP RADIO RALLY – Downshire Community School, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DA. OT 11:30am, £3. TS, B&B, CP, C, DF, SIG, RSGB, MT. Details from Tim, MI0TBL, [].


GALASHIELS AND DISTRICT ARS RADIO RALLY – The Volunteer Hall, St Johns Street, Galashiels, Scottish Borders TD1 3JX. OT 11.30 /11.15, £2.50. B&B, TS, WIN, C. Jim, GM7LUN, 01896 850 24501896 850 245,


24th GREAT NORTHERN HAMFEST – Barnsley Premier Leisure Complex, Queens Road, Barnsley S71 1AN or follow the brown Metrodome signs. GNHF in association with SYRG. OT 10.30, TS, SIG, C, FAM. Ernie, G4LUE, 07984 191 87307984 191 873. [].


WEST LONDON RADIO & ELECTRONICS SHOW (Kempton Rally) – Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ. TI, free CP, OT 9.50/10am. TS, FM, B&B, SIG, C, DF, WIN, LEC. Paul, M0CJX, 08451 650 35108451 650 351, [].


ROCHDALE & DISTRICT ARS TRADITIONAL RADIO RALLY – St Vincent de Paul’s, Caldershaw Rd., off Edenfield Rd (A680), Norden, Rochdale OL12 6BU. OT 10.15/10.30, £2.50 (concessions U12 & Seniors), TI S22, C. Pitches £5 bring your own table. Dave, G0PUD, 0161 285 16000161 285 1600, [].


CATS RADIO & ELECTRONICS BAZAAR – 1st Coulsdon Scout HQ, r/o Council Car Park, Lion Green Road, Coulsdon, Surrey. OT 10am-1pm, £1, B&B, C, DIS, free CP. Glenn, G4FVL,


SOUTH LANCS WINTER RADIO RALLY – Bickershaw Labour Club, Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, Wigan WN2 5TE. OT 9am, traders 7.30am. £2, B&B, C, DIS, CP, SIG, DF, TS, LB. Jason 01942 735 82801942 735 828.


BISHOP AUCKLAND RADIO AMATEURS CLUB RADIO RALLY – Spennymoor Leisure Centre, Co Durham DL16 6DB. CP, TI S22 (V44), OT 10.15 /10.30, £2 (U14 free). TS, B&B, C, LB, DF, FAM. John, G4LRG, 01388 606 39601388 606 396.

2014 is now sadly over! You may wish to view the list of Radio Rallies 2015.

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