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International Marconi Day 21 April 2018

Report from Tony G7ETW

We took part in IMD from 11.00 using a G5RV which is still in place above the next hut.  We made some good contacts on 40m and 20m, and tested John’s MFJ mag loop.  So we now have a temporary antenna up which can be used at 5 mins notice and is invisible.

We took part in IMD from 11.00 using a G5RV which is still in place above the next hut.  We made some good contacts on 40m and 20m, and tested John’s MFJ mag loop.  So we now have a temporary antenna up which can be used at 5 mins notice and is invisible.

A simple lunch was available, organised by Linda.

We had 18 people throughout the day, including one member who travelled 7 miles on a mobility scooter to get there (recharging the scooter at the hut).  We were very pleased that Ian Barnes was able to join us for part of the day.  A couple of non-members visited, at least one of whom is considering joining the club.

It was a very social occasion, with much tea drinking, talking and various technical projects: David brought a DAB radio to destroy for bits, and I was repairing club coax which ‘fell to bits in me hand guv’.

Examples of contacts were: GB4IMD, IY6GM, PA6IMD, GB2GM, GB8MD, EI6YXQ, 9H1MRC, G2NM, EI1IMD.  We had hoped to operate for longer period, but didn’t have enough operators to go on later than 18.00.

The atmosphere was lovely – a radio club meeting to do radio things.  A sunny day transforms the place.