Radio Rallies 2016

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Here is a current and at the time of writing up-to-date list of Radio Rallies, fairs, car boots and relevant amateur radio sales being held in the U.K. in 2016.

If you are aware of any other electronics or radio related rallies scheduled for 2016 please inform the webmaster along with any amendments (organisers only).

17 JANUARY

RED ROSE WINTER RALLY, organised by West Manchester RC.

The George H Carnall Leisure Centre, Kingsway Park, M41 7FJ.

The venue is easily accessible from junction 9 of the M60 (opposite the Trafford Centre) and has disabled facilities with good access as it is all on one level. There is a large free car park and a café on site. Doors open at 11am. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. Details from John on 07840 389 427. [www.wmrc.org.uk]

7 FEBRUARY

31st CANVEY RADIO & ELECTRONICS RALLY

The Paddocks’, Long Road, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 0JA (southern end of A130).

The venue has disabled facilities, is served by public transport and also has free car parking. Doors open at 10.30am. There will be radio and electronic component exhibitors, special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. Details from Vic Rogers, G6BHE on 07957 461694, email Nvr1945@btinternet.com. [www.southessex-ars.co.uk].

12-14 FEBRUARY

70TH ORLANDO HAMCATION® HAM RADIO AND COMPUTER SHOW

Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, Florida, USA.

There will be a talk in station and the venue has free car parking. Doors open at 9am and admission is $15, There will be trade stands, special interest groups and a flea market. More information from Bob Nocero by email to info@hamcation.com [www.hamcation.com].

14 FEBRUARY

RADIOACTIVE FAIR, organised by Mid-Cheshire ARS.

Civic Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5DG.

The venue is served by public transport, has free car parking and disabled facilities. Doors open at 10.30am and admission is £4. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, an RSGB bookstall and catering facilities. Contact Roger, M0ROJ on 07747 618131 or by email to info@radioactivefair.co.uk. [www.radioactivefair.co.uk]

14 FEBRUARY

HARWELL RADIO AND ELECTRONICS RALLY

Didcot Leisure Centre, Mereland Road, Didcot, OX11 8AY.

The venue has free car parking, disabled facilities a licensed bar and catering. The talk-in station will be on 145.550MHz. Doors open at 9.45/10am and admission is £3 with under 12s free, There will be trade stands, a flea market and special interest groups. Details from Ann, G8NVI on 01235 816379 or by email to ann.stevens@btinternet.com. [www.g3pia.org.uk]

28 FEBRUARY

BRATS RAINHAM RADIO RALLY

Rainham School for Girls, Derwent way, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 0BX.

Doors open at 9.30/10am and there will be a talk-in station. There will be trade stands, special interest groups and catering on site. More details from Trevor on 07717 678 795 or by email to Trev@wig1.co.uk. [www.brats-qth.org].

28 FEBRUARY

PENCOED AMATEUR RADIO CLUB TABLE TOP SALE

Pencoed Rugby Football Club, The Verlands, Felindre Road, Pencoed CF35 5PB. Tables will be £5 each on a first come first served basis, please book with Madeline on 01639 885126. Doors open at 8.30am for sellers buyers at 9.30am. Admission is £2. Hot food will be available in the morning and at lunch time and hot and cold drinks will be available from the bar (non alcoholic drinks till lunch time). [WWW.MW0PRG.co.uk/events.uk]

5 MARCH

LAGAN VALLEY ARS ANNUAL RALLY

Hillsborough Village Centre, 7 Ballynahinch Road, Hillsborough BT26 6AR.

Doors open at 11am.

13 MARCH

DOVER RADIO RALLY

Whitfield Village Hall, Sandwich Road, Whitfield, Dover CT163LY.

There will be a talk-in station. Doors open from 10am to 2pm with disabled visitors having access from 9.30am. Admission is £2. Highlights include trade stands, an auction, a Bring & Buy, special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. There is catering available. Information from Peter Love, G0KOK on 07850 464 026 or by email to peterjlove@btinternet.com.

19 MARCH

41st DUTCH NATIONAL RADIO FLEA MARKET

The Autotron in Rosmalen (Den Bosch), Belgium.

The Autotron has its own exit with signs on the A59 motorway from ‘s-Hertogenbosch to Nijmegen. Doors open from 9am to 3.30pm. There are more than 330 stands and, in 2015, the show was visited by over 5,000 people. [www.radiovlooienmarkt.nl]

 

20 MARCH

31st WYTHALL RC RALLY

Wythall Radio Club HQ, Wythall Park, Silver St, Wythall B47 6LZ.

The venue has car parking as well as disabled facilities. Doors open at 9.30/10am and admission is £3.50. There will be trade stands as well as a licensed bar and catering facilities. Details from Mike on 07976 744 479 or by email to rally@g4vpd.com. [http://wythallradioclub.co.uk].

20 MARCH

DEVON & CORNWALL REPEATER GROUP AND CALLINGTON ARS RALLY

Callington Town Hall, New Road, Callington PL17 7BD.

Doors open at 10.30am and admission is £2. More information from Roger by email to 2e0rph@gmail.com

10 APRIL

NARSA EXHIBITION (Blackpool Rally) organised by Northern Amateur Radio Societies Association

Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre, Blackpool FY2 9AA.

The venue has car parking as well as disabled facilities. There will be a talk-in station and Morse proficiency tests are also available. Highlights include trade stands, a Bring & Buy, special interest groups, and an RSGB bookstand. There is a licensed bar and catering facilities. More information from Dave, M0OBW on 01270 761 608 or by email at dwilson@btinternet.com. [www.narsa.org.uk]

17 APRIL

WEST LONDON RADIO & ELECTRONICS SHOW (Kempton Rally)

Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ.

The venue has free car parking and disabled facilities. There will be a talk-in station and doors open 9.50/10am. Other attractions include trade stands, a flea market, a Bring & Buy, special interest groups and lectures. A raffle will also be held. Catering is available on site. Details from Paul, M0CJX on 08451 650 351 or by email to info@radiofairs.co.uk. [www.radiofairs.co.uk].

23 APRIL

RSGB AGM

Glasgow City Hotel, 36 Cambridge St, Glasgow G2 3HN.

A number of Board and Regional positions will be voted and announced. Various trophies and awards will be presented. [www.rsgb.org].

2 MAY

DARTMOOR RADIO CLUB RALLY

Tavistock College, Crowndale Road, Tavistock, Devon. PL19 8DD.

The venue has free car parking as well as disabled facilities but please note there is no talk-in station. Doors open at 10.15/10.30am and admission is £2. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy and special interest groups. Catering is available on site. Contact Roger Hann, 2E0RPH on 01822 840723. or by email to 2E0RPH@GMAIL.COM.

15 MAY

1st NEWTON-LE-WILLOWS ARC RALLY

Newton Boys and Girls Club, 19 Haydock Street, Newton le Willows, WA12 9AB.

There is a small car park outside the venue (20 – 25 cars) that is for disabled visitors and there are two very large free car parks nearby – one directly opposite and the other on the market square. Doors open at 10am with traders gaining access from 8am. There will be trade stands, special interest groups and a Bring & Buy. Catering is available on site and there is a large eating / meeting area. Traders please book via the website. More information from Chris on 07453 776 255 or by email to rallies@nlwarc.co.uk. [www.nlwarc.co.uk]

21-22 MAY

DAYTON HAMVENTION®

Hara Arena, Dayton, Ohio, USA.

There are large car parks as well as transport to the event from various locations. The venue also has disabled facilities. Doors open at 8am. There will be trade stands and a huge flea market as well as special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. A lecture programme will take place each day. There are multiple catering outlets and family attractions on site. US exams are available and there is a raffle. Details by email to international@hamvention.org. [www.hamvention.org].

4 & 5 JUNE

SUSSEX ELECTRONICS AND RADIO FAIR (SERF 2016)

Eastbourne Sports Park, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 2UF.

The venue has free car parking as well as camping and caravanning on site and there are disabled facilities. A talk-in station will be in operation as well as a special event station. Doors open from 10am to 4pm and admission is £3, children free. There will be indoor/outdoor trade stands and catering on site. More information from Dave, G8PUO on 07807 074 538 or by e-mail to admin@serf.org.uk [www.serf.org.uk]

12 JUNE

15th JUNCTION 28 RALLY

Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD.

The venue has car parking available and disabled facilities. There will be trade stands, special interest groups and a raffle will take place, there is also a licensed bar. More information from Anya Lawrence on 01159 307 322 or by email to adylawri@btininternet.com.

19 JUNE

29th NEWBURY RADIO RALLY

Newbury Showground, next to M4 J13.

There will be a talk-in station operating on S22 (V44). The venue has free car parking and disabled facilities. Admission is £2.50 and doors open at 9am. Car boot pitches cost £12.50 and sellers have access at 8am. There will be trade stands, a car boot area, a flea market and special interest groups plus a demonstration marquee with display of amateur radio on air. There are catering facilities on site. A raffle will be held during the event. Details from rally@nadars.org.uk [www.nadars.org.uk]

26 JUNE

WEST OF ENGLAND RADIO RALLY

Cheese & Grain, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE.

The venue has car parking available and disabled facilities. Doors are open from 10am to 2pm and admission is £3 with under 14s free. There will be trade stands and an RSGB bookstall, There is catering on site. More details from Shaun, G8VPG on 01225 873 098 or by email to rallymanager@westrally.org.uk. [www.westrally.org.uk].

9 JULY

STOCKPORT RADIO SOCIETY RALLY

Walthew House, 112 Shaw Heath, Stockport SK2 6QS.

There will be a talk-in station on the air for help with directions. Doors open 9.45/10am and admission is £2. Highlights will include trade stands, a Bring & Buy and an RSGB bookstall. Catering is available on site and a raffle will take place during the day. Other information available from Nigel Roscoe, G0RXA on 07450 904422 or by email to info@g8srs.co.uk.

29-31 JULY

AMSAT-UK COLLOQUIUM

Holiday Inn, Egerton Rd, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XZ.

14 AUGUST

FLIGHT REFUELLING ARS HAMFEST

Cobham Sports and Social Club Ground, Merley, Nr Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3DA.

The venue has car parking on site and camping is available (Saturday night only). Talk-in will be provided on S22. Gates open at 10am and admission is £3.50. There will be trade stands, a car boot sale and indoor and field pitches for traders. Lectures will take place during the day. A licensed bar and catering facilities are on site. More details from Tony Baker, G3PFM by email to hamfest@frars.org.uk. [www.frars.org.uk ]

4 SEPTEMBER

TELFORD HAMFEST

Enginuity Technology Centre, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DU.

Doors open at 10am. More information from Martyn, G3UKV on 01952 255 416. [www.telfordhamfest.co.uk].

23 – 25 SEPTEMBER

WACRAL FELLOWSHIP WEEKEND

Elim Conference Centre, De Walden Road, West Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 4DG.

Guest speaker on Saturday evening Don Field, G3XTT (Editor of Practical Wireless. Details from Shirley on 01924 229630.

30 SEPTEMBER & 1 OCTOBER

NATIONAL HAMFEST

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 2NY.

Brought to you by the RSGB in association with the Lincoln Short Wave Club. The venue has free car parking and has disabled facilities. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, car boot area, flea market, special interest groups and RSGB bookstall. There will also be representatives from the RSGB Services and committees. Morse proficiency test will be available. The venue has catering outlets and a seating srea. [www.nationalhamfest.org.uk]

4 OCTOBER

BRITISH VINTAGE WIRELESS SOCIETY AUTO JUMBLE

The Angel Leisure Centre, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1SF.

Doors open from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Stalls £30, admission £5 with early admission from 9.30am available at £10. For bookings/enquiries please ring 01892 540 022 (8pm to 9pm only). [www.audiojumble.co.uk].

4 OCTOBER

BLACKWOOD ARS RALLY

Rougemount School, Newport NP20 8QB.

The venue has free car parking. A talk-in station will be on 145.550MHz. Door open at 10am. There will be trade stands a car boot sale, a Bring & buy, special interest groups and a lecture programme. There is catering available on site. Details available from Andy on 01495 220 687 or by email to andy@mw0mwz.co.uk.

4 OCTOBER

HORNSEA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB RALLY

Floral Hall, 7 The Esplanade, Hornsea, East Yorks HU18 1NQ.

The venue has car parking on site and disabled facilities. Doors open at 10am. There will be trade stands, a Bring & buy, special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. A lecture stream will form part of the day. Catering and a licensed bar are on site. A raffle will be held. Details from Rick, M0CZR on 01964 533 712 or by email to R106221@aol.com. [www.hornseaarc.co.uk].

7-9 OCTOBER

RSGB CONVENTION

Kent’s Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Swallow House, Timbold Drive, Kent’s Hill Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK7 6BZ.

The Convention programme of lectures for all interests will be available on the website. Principal sponsor Martin Lynch & Sons. [www.rsgbevents.org].

9 OCTOBER

HORNSEA AMATEUR RADIO RALLY

Floral Hall, 7 The Esplanade, Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire HU18 1NQ.

The venue has car parking on site and the doors open at 10am. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. A raffle will be held on the day. There will be catering on site. Details from Rick, M0CZR, 01964 533 712, R106221@aol.com.

11 OCTOBER

HACK GREEN BUNKER RALLY

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 8AL.

Doors open at 10am. There will be electronic equipment, amateur gear, components, military radio sets and vehicle spares as well as trade stands. More information from Lucy on 01270 623 353 or by email to Lucy@hackgreen.co.uk. [www.hackgreen.co.uk].

16 OCTOBER

HOLSWORTHY RADIO RALLY

Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6JD.

Doors open at 10am. There will be traders, a Bring & Buy and catering. The venue has disabled access. Details from Howard, M0MYB by email to M0OMC@YAHOO.CO.UK

22 OCTOBER

The G-QRP Club Mini-convention

(In conjunction with the Halifax Radio Society)

The Rishworth School – HX6 4QA
On the A672 from junction 22 of the M62

Traders, large social area, bring & buy, components, kit traders

Food & drink all day, with the famous pie & peas at lunchtime

The lecture stream this year:

Roy Llewellyn W7EL – a talk on antenna topics with Q & A
Rex Harper W1REX – home construction – QRP on the kitchen table
George Dobbs G3RJV will wind up this, our last mini-convention, here in Rishworth

Doors open 10.00am – admission £3.50
More information from g3mfj@gqrp.co.uk

6 NOVEMBER

WEST LONDON RADIO & ELECTRONICS SHOW (Kempton Rally)

Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ.

The venue has free car parking and disabled facilities. A talk-n station will be in operation. Doors open at 9.50/10am. There will be trade stands, a flea market, a Bring & buy, special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. A raffle will take place during the day and a lecture stream will be available. There are catering outlets on site. More information from Paul, M0CJX on 08451 650 351 or by email to info@radiofairs.co.uk. [www.radiofairs.co.uk].

5 NOVEMBER

BANGOR & DARS ANNUAL SURPLUS EQUIPMENT SALE – Groomsport Boat House, 19 Harbour Road, Groomsport BT19 6JP. Table spaces are free to sellers but must be reserved in advance, entry is £2 at the door. Doors open 7 to 10pm. Refreshments available. Harry, 02890 422 860, norman.newell@yahoo.com

8 NOVEMBER

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 650 351, info@radiofairs.co.uk. [www.radiofairs.co.uk].

15 NOVEMBER NEW VENUE

CATS RADIO & ELECTRONICS BAZAAR – Coulsdon Community Centre, Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 3BE. Limited on site parking (50), street parking available. Nearest bus stop Coniston Rd on the 166 bus route. OT 10am-2pm, £1 including a complimentary tea or coffee, B&B, C, DIS. Glenn, G4FVL, bazaar@catsradio.org.

15 NOVEMBER

PLYMOUTH RADIO CLUB RALLY – Harewood House, The Ridgeway, Plympton, Plymouth PL7 2AS. CP, TI, OT 10am, £2, TS, C. Sheila Hart, 2E0YSH, 07815 542 477, sheo@fsmail.net.

21 NOVEMBER

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. Dave, G0PUD, 0161 285 1600, dave.shaw1@sky.com. [www.radars.me.uk].

5 DECEMBER

SOUTH LANCS WINTER RALLY – Bickershaw Labour Club, Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, Wigan WN2 5TE. OT 9am, traders 7.30am. £2.50, B&B, C, DIS, CP, SIG, DF, TS, LB. Jason, 01942 735 828.

6 DECEMBER

BISHOP AUCKLAND RADIO AMATEURS CLUB 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 606 396.

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