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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.

Annual BBQ Field Day – Fairlight 22nd June 2014

This weekend members of the club will be attending Fairlight Country Park where they will be operating together and making distant (and local) amateur radio contacts on HF. The clubs callsign G6HH (Happy Hastings) will be used.

Setup will begin at 9am and a gazebo will be erected to protect the operators from the elements should the weather sway either side of fair which it most likely will and the operators will be there until around 9pm in the evening.

Fellow amateurs and members of the general public are more than welcome to visit us near the car park which sits at the North end of Fairlight Country Park near to the rangers office and entrance to the park.

If any public visitors are interested in amateur radio then please stop by to find out more as an RSGB approved trainer, Phil Parkman (G3MGQ), will be only to pleased to discuss AR licencing and provide advice for anyone who is interested in this fantastic diverse hobby.

Pop on your hats, pack your sun cream and see you there on Sunday!

Parking fee increase for BBQ Field Day

Rob M0LYD the Vice Chairman has just brought it to my attention that there is a price rise at Fairlight where the club holds its annual Field Day BBQ. The new car parking fee is £2 for the day, a rise of £1 over the previous charge which while a substantial increase also means that it has been very reasonable in years gone by.

So cram as many people as you can in your car along with your radio gear and don’t let the increase put you off. It will be a great day up at Fairlight this year and we hope to see as many of you there as possible for an enjoyable time on the air amongst fellow enthusiasts.

Here are a few pictures taken at the 2013 Field Day BBQ below where fine Summer WX stood up for the entire day. Suncream, caps and shade were certainly required!


The BBQ at work with Phil G3MGQ just out of shot working at the grill.


A variety of wire antennas which are unfortunately just out of shot worked well for the operators during the afternoon.


Wilf M0GYE on his Flex 500 SDR TX operating QRP with Phil G3MGQ. In the background Jakey G3JKY relaxes in the sun with his lovely wife.


Field Day & Club BBQ, 2013

Although it was a bit grey when I set out for Fairlight, by 10am the sun had broken through and, for a welcome change, we were blessed with fine weather for the Club BBQ & Field Day this year. In fact the wind was so light that it was insufficient for Mike M0EDU to fly the kite he’d bought from Roger G4ROG when he came over two years ago to demonstrate kite aerials. Held this year on a Saturday, the Field Day was attended by more members and, despite the good weather, we were not overrun by other members of the public, although we did get a few enquiries about what we were up to!

In all there were 6 stations on the air. I took up the Club’s FT980 for HF using the doublet antenna, kindly donated by Paul M6DEP, which we managed to hang between two trees at about 15ft, using my roach pole to get it up after our abysmal attempts to throw a line up there failed. In the event, operation with that rig was rather limited by what appeared to be RF feedback into the desk mic possibly due to only having a single earth stake. Due to work at home which required the shack to be emptied, I’ve not yet had time to try the rig out to confirm that was the problem. As usual I also took my tri-band VHF/UHF vertical and, not having my IC706 multi-band radio, used my Quansheng handie with only 5W to operate on 2m & 70cm. Wilf M0GYE set up his Flex1500 in the gazebo and tried out a 20m choked dipole with a matching section of 70 Ohm coax supported by a tripod at the feed-end & suspended from a bush at the far end. Also in the gazebo was Ian M0URN with his Flex5000 working 40m PSK using a Buddiepole and Rob M0LYD with his Flex1500 with his own version of the Buddiepole constructed from a whirligig washing line. Paul M0LRE tried 23cm with a 17el yagi on top of a 12ft pole using his TS2000X in his car, but couldn’t hear anything, not even the beacon on the Isle of Wight. So he then switched to 4m, using the unmarked halo he’d bought “on spec” at the last Auction, and managed to work a couple of stations in Essex.

Jakey G3JKY & Joyce joined us for a picnic lunch. Graham G6MAR & Agnes M6MEU came over from Eastbourne and were QRV using Graham’s FT817 with a Miracle Whip. It was particularly nice to see our President, Terry G4FET, who came in to see how we were getting on but couldn’t stop for long. Visitors included Mike Stevens G0GKL, a former Chairman of the Club, who was out walking his dog, and Dan Adkin M0HOW from the Brede Club who was collecting the generator for their Armed Forces Day station in Alexandra Park the following day. It was good that, being a Saturday, Peter G0FUU and Paul M6DEP both managed to grab some time off work to come up to join us. In the evening, we had two BBQs on the go. Dave G8PUO had brought his family over from Eastbourne and was busy on one with Paul while Mike, Rob & I  tested our culinary skills on the other.

In general, except for 40m which was pretty noisy, the bands were rather dead as they have been lately so radio-wise it was a bit disappointing. Nevertheless it was a good turnout and everyone enjoyed the day. Our thanks go to Peter G0FUU for providing his generator again this year to power the stations in the gazebo.

Looking forward to it next year.
73 Phil, G3MGQ

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