Previous Events

 

The Society has a varied and interesting programme of events throughout the year as illustrated by the photos below. Older archive material can be accessed by clicking here. The most recent pictures are at the top of the page.

 

2017

 
     
On 28th February we received a welcome visit from Colin 9H4CT who gave an excellent run down on Amateur Radio in Malta together with a very interesting presentation on the restoration of an Eddystone 640. An evening of nostalgia for some! Colin is pictured describing his QTH in Gozo.  
 

2016

 
     
We held our annual Xmas Social on Tuesday 6th December with a good turnout of members, partners and other guests. Pictured right are Society President Brian Austin G0GSF presenting the Alan Warne Rosebowl to Phil Gould G4FVZ for his contribution to the success of the Society in 2016. Pictured far right are guests assembling and enjoying the traditional festive meal. Photos courtesy of Dave G4JMF.
     
On Tuesday 29th November we held our regular inter club quiz with the Wirral & District Radio Society. The photo right shows the two teams deep in thought as they wrestled with both technical & general knowledge questions. As Usual a very tight contest ensued with, on this occasion, Chester managing a narrow win. Pictured far right is the WADARC Secretary Chris, G6XHF, presenting the G3PYU Trophy to Paul G3TZO from the Chester team who also comprised Bruce M0CVP and Phil G4FVZ.
     
Keith GW4OKT in unusual mode with a microphone on SSB Field Day 3rd September with Phil, G4FVZ logging. Our efforts were sadly curtailed on the day due to a malfunction of the operating tent in a fairly stiff breeze. Pictured far right are the 60ft trailer mast and mono element beam, DCP5 Vertical and our two doublet antennas plus members sheltering from the deluge in the refreshments tent.
     
Despite much promise of meteorological doom we enjoyed another successful "Radio Picnic" at Llyn Brenig on 2nd August. We operated two QRP stations on the day mostly on 40m and 20m. Callsigns used were GW0TPA/P and GW4JMF/P. Pictured right is Keith GW4OKT who decided he'd like a 4lb 4oz Trout for tea - the trout doesn't look too pleased! Thanks to our visitor Dave who supplied the pics.
     
We enjoyed our annual "end of season" Pie & Pint Evening on Tuesday 26th July at the Plough Inn, Waverton. Pictured right are just some of the large turn out of members and XYL's who attended.
     
On 5th July we had a run through in preparation for entering SSB Field Day in September. Pictured right are attempts to stop the operating tent blowing away and the top section of the 60 ft tower on the trailer mast. We hope to full full legal power in the contest with two Doublets, a Vertical and a rotary dipole at 60ft.
     
On Tuesday 28th June the Society was visited by Rebecca Hughes M6BUB (r) who talked about the work of the RSGB Youth Committee in stimulating younger people to take up the hobby. She was ably supported on the night by Cath Wilson, M1CNY, RSGB Region 3 Representative, Dave Wilson, M0OBW, (l) and Derek Hughes, G7LFC, who talked to us about education & training initiatives from the RSGB.  
     
Wednesday 27th April saw the annual rematch between Chester & the Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club competing for the G3PYU Trophy. Thirty very testing general knowledge questions were followed by 30 impossible radio questions needing a tie break to separate the well matched teams. Just the one point was enough for Chester to regain the trophy. Pictured are the Chester team of (l to r) Dave G4JMF, Paul G3TZO & Bruce M0CVP. Also pictured 2nd from left is Daniel M6CUL who posed the GK questions.  
     
Our Annual Construction Competition was held on 26th January with our Judge Howarth, GW3TMP (centre), not able to separate the top two entries resulting in a shared first place for Keith GW4OKT (left) and Alistair G3NHP (right). Photo courtesy of GW4OKT.  
     
The annual interclub quiz with Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club was held on Tuesday 19th January with a reversal of last years fortunes securing the G3PYU Trophy for Chester. Pictured is the Chester team of (left to right) Bruce M0CVP, Dave G4JMF and Paul G3TZO receiving the Trophy from WADARC Secretary Chris G6XHF who also set the Radio Questions. John G0KKO pictured far right set the General Knowledge Questions. Photo courtesy of Chris G0PJX.  
     
 

2015

 
     
The Society's Annual Xmas Social took place on 1st December at the Stamford Bridge Inn, Chester. Pictured right are members and guests enjoying their Roast Turkey with all the trimmings. It looks like someone needed to cheer the Chairman up!!
     

On November 17th the Society hosted a visit by Dr John Gould G3WKL who talked about the work of the RSGB. John is Pictured right presenting the 2015 Alan Warne Rosebowl Trophy to Alistair, G3NHP. The gallery right includes pictures from the evening with visitors from both Wrexham Club and the Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club. Also present were Mark Harper MW1MDH, RSGB Deputy Regional Rep for N. Wales and Kath Wilson M1CNY, RSGB Regional Rep for the North West.

  • John Gould, G3WKL, RSGB President John Gould, G3WKL, RSGB President John explains the work of the RSGB.
  • Dave Wilson M0OBW. Dave Wilson M0OBW. Deputy RSGB RR for Greater Manchester, Dave Wilson, chats with Bruce M0CVP and Bill M3SHK.
  • Paul G3TZO opens the meeting. Paul G3TZO opens the meeting.
  • John G3WKL with a rapt audience. John G3WKL with a rapt audience.

     
On 28th July we met to enjoy a "Pie & Pint" evening at the Black Dog in Waverton. A good turn out of members, including some past Society members from further afield, enjoyed a convivial evening together.
     
On 12th August the Society made its regular pilgrimage to Lake Brenig where we operated on HF using various modes including QRP CW. Pictured right is Dave G4JMF operating on 40m using his Racal military man pack on a tactical dipole antenna. Check the gallery right for more photos taken on the day. Click on the larger thumbnail for a full size image.
  • Fishing Pole Antenna Fishing Pole Antenna Tony M0TPA erecting his fibreglass fishing pole mast and antenna.
  • Gone fishing! Gone fishing! Keith GW4OKT off duty catching supper.
  • At ease. At ease. Members relaxing in the warm summer sunshine.
  • Erection problems. Erection problems. Bruce M0CVP and Tony M0TPA sort out the guys for the mast.
  • Chairman on the air. Chairman on the air. Paul, G3TZO, operating on 40m.

     
Tuesday 27th January was the occasion of our Annual Construction Competition with a high standard of entries judged by Howarth, GW3TMP. Howarth was unable to separate the two best entries and is pictured handing over the G3FNV Shield to Les G0NMD and Dave G4JMF. All entrants will be describing their projects at the Societies meeting on 17th February.  
     
On 20th Jan we met again with our friends from the Wirral & District Radio Club to play for the G3PYU Trophy. Fiendish questions on Amateur Radio and General Knowledge resulted in a narrow but convincing win for Wirral. Our Chairman, Paul G3TZO, is pictured handing over the trophy to the victorious Wirral team.  
     
 

2014

 
     
Our Annual Xmas Social took place at the Stamford Bridge Inn, Chester on 16th December. Members are pictured enjoying the seasonal fayre.
     
On 23rd April we renewed intellectual battle with the Wirral & District Radio Society at their Irby Cricket Club HQ. A tense contest was unresolved after 30 questions and went to a tie break which also proved inconclusive. The stalemate was finally broken by going to sudden death questions with Wirral clinching the G3PYU from us. The victorious Wirral Team are pictured right. The Chester team was Dave G4JMF, Bruce M0CVP and Les G0NMD. Thanks to all who took part.  
     
On 21st Jan we held our Annual Construction Competition. Pictured right is Dave G4JMF being presented with the G3FNV Shield by our esteemed judge for the evening Howarth GW3TMP. Dave's successful project was a Universal Aerial Matching Unit which has 5 different modes of operation capable of handling 100w and equipped with an RF current meter. As Dave says you just "tune for maximum smoke". All entrants of the competition will describe their projects at our meeting on 4th February.  
     
 

2013

 
     
The Society held its Annual Christmas Social on 17th December at Cheshire View in Christleton. A good turn of out members, XYL's and guests enjoyed a festive meal and good company. Pictured right Dave Hicks (G6IFA) is presenting the Alan Warne Rosebowl Trophy to Keith Williams (GW4OKT) for meritorious service to the Society over a number of years.  
     
Tuesday 29th October saw the return of the popular inter club quiz between the Chester & DRS and Wirral & District ARC at Burley Hall, Waverton. Two crack teams battled it out over two rounds of Radio & General Knowledge questions. Chester just kept themselves ahead at the end with Paul, G3TZO, C&DRS Chairman pictured right receiving the trophy from WADRC member Gordon, G8MMM. The Chester team consisted of Bruce M0CVP, Dave G4JMF and Paul G3TZO.  
     

A nice article which details the activities at Fort Perch Rock back in May (see below) appeared in the September issue of Practical Wireless.

Pictures were supplied by David G3UFO and Neils M0WBG. The text demonstrates quite clearly how much work David G3UFO and others put into this event to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.

 
     
The 6th of August saw the Society head over the border to GW operating from the shores of Llyn Brenig. A good turn out of members was rewarded by fine weather for a picnic lunch and a little HF operation. Pictured right is Bruce, M0CVP, with his IC706 Mk 2 transceiver feeding a Home Brew multiband vertical antenna. Pictured far right are a small selection of other photos taken on the day.
  • Steve, G6FDK, operating a little CW on the KX3.
  • Llyn Brenig provides a super venue for portable operations.
  • Dave, G4JMF, operating 40m SSB with his military man pack equipment to a tactical dipole.

     
On Tuesday 23rd July we visited Delamere Forest for a spot of QRP operating. Pictured right is Keith GW4OKT demonstrating his Elecraft K2 transceiver and far right Les G0NMD with his Elecraft K1 rig. An ultra light weight portable dipole antenna was used which used shorting sections to adjust the length of each leg of the antenna as necessary. CW was the predominant mode with success working into N America and Europe on 17m.
     
On Wednesday 22nd May the Society took part in operations to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. Pictured right are Society members outside Fort Perch Rock where the station was located. Far right Paul G3TZO operated the Societies Elecraft K3 on 40m SSB with Brian G3TXH keeping a watchful eye on proceedings. The event was managed by David G3UFO.
     
Wednesday 11th April saw the annual challenge to secure the G3PYU Trophy between the Chester & DRS and Wirral & District ARC at the Irby Cricket Club. A Super evening was had with WADRC providing great hospitality to their visitors. Despite fiendishly difficult Radio & General Knowledge questions (again) Chester just took the honours. Pictured right is WADRC Chairman Steve G7BBF handing the G3PYU Trophy to the Chester & DRS team comprised of Paul G3TZO, Bruce M0CVP and Dave G4JMF. Photos Keith GW4OKT (Left) & Ken M0DDD (Right)
     
Tuesday 22nd January saw intrepid members gathering at 09.00 at a snow covered Waverton Institute to take part in the RSGB's Centenary celebrations. Seen here (left) erecting the HF doublet antenna are Andy MM6KLB, Dave G4JMF, Chris G0PJX, Bruce M0CVP and Keith GW4OKT. Pictured right are society members operating our Elecraft K3 rig using the special call G100RSGB. A total of 169 contacts were made on HF with VK, W6 as best DX. Modes used included SSB, CW and PSK31.

     
A video shot by Andy MM6KLB depicting operations at the Waverton Institute on 22nd Jan can be viewed in glorious HD here. It should stream without any problem if you select a resolution of 720p or if like M0CVP you have BT Infinity then 1080p !!
     
The Society held its annual construction competition on January 15th with many interesting and well constructed entries. Judging was undertaken by Howarth, GW3TMP, who adjudged the Portable Delta Loop Antenna built by David, G3UFO, as winner. David is pictured (R) receiving the G3FNV Shield from our Chairman G3TZO. All entrants will have the chance to describe their projects at our meeting on 5th March.  
     
 

2012

 
     
The Society held its Christmas Social at Cheshire View on 18th December with guest of honour Brian Austin G0GSF with his XYL Pam Austin in attendance. Once again the event was well attended with everyone getting into the early Xmas spirit. Pictured here is Brian (right) handing over the Alan Warne Rosebowl Trophy to this years recipient Paul G3TZO.  
     
On 30th May we accepted a challenge from the WAB Group to activate GX4WAB in recognition of the Olympic Torch passing through Chester. Pictured right are Brian G3TXH (with mic) ably assisted by Bruce,MOCVP in working a massive 40m pile up. Picture far right (top) is Keith GW4OKT operating from his car on 6m with super results. His vehicle and dipole antenna are pictured far right. Also captured for posterity was Society President Dave, G6IFA, encouraging former Secretary Barbara to do a few running repairs on the doublet antenna. The Society was rewarded for it efforts by WAB with a certificate of thanks.
     
The weekend of May 18/19 May saw another successful Foundation Licence course taking place at the Society's Burley Hall HQ. Pictured right are the three successful candidates Duncan, Mike and Andy. Prize for the furthest to travel had to go to Andy who lives in Kinlochbervie Sutherland (QRA IO78LK and WAB NC25). Andy hopes to be operational on HF later in the Summer. Well done again to course tutors John G0KKO and Bruce M0CVP. Photo courtesy of Andy Dawson, MM6KLB.  
     
The Society held its Annual Dinner on 15th May at Cheshire View. Once again a great evening was had by all with a good turn out of members, wives and visitors including RSGB Region 3 Representative Kath Wilson, M1CNY. The evening proved to be a notable one for the Society with Guest of Honour, RSGB President Dave Wilson, M0OBW, presenting Society Chairman Paul Holland, G3TZO, with the RSGB Region 3 Club of the Year Award for 2011. Excitement grew in the latter part of the evening as the raffle took place with Society President Dave Hicks, G6IFA, pictured far right, reading out one of the lucky winning ticket numbers. Photos courtesy Brian G3TXH.
     
The Society once again pit its wits against the finest brains from Wirral & District Radio Club on 11th April. Despite fiendish general knowledge questions, which left both teams in disarray, Chester came out narrow winners. Superb hospitality was provided by Wirral once again with the event enjoyed by all who attended. Paul, G3TZO, C&DRS Chairman is pictured right receiving the G3PYU trophy from WADRC Chairman Gordon, G8MMM. Pictured far right are the Chester team comprising Dave G4JMF, Bruce M0CVP and Paul G3TZO. Photos courtesy Brian M6OXO.
     
27th March saw the launch of our "Operating Afternoons" which coincided with the early but brief Summer we are apparently having this year. Superb weather provided an excellent opportunity to play with the Doublet Antenna and operate HF and 6m. Pictured right are some of the members who attended during the afternoon at Waverton Institute. Pictured far right is Keith, GW4OKT, trying a little CW on the Society's K3 transceiver. Photos courtesy Brian M6OXO.
     
Success once again for the dynamic duo of John G0KKO and Bruce M0CVP as 6 more successful candidates pass the foundation licence course held over the weekend of 24th/25th February 2012. Pictured left to right are the happy candidates Christopher Wilsher, Graham Thomas, Anthony New, Michael Wilsher, Paul Hutchings and Nicholas Wrigley. Those wishing to take part in a future Foundation Licence course should contact the Society's Hon Sec.  
On February 21st we were joined by guest speaker Brian Austin G0GSF (formerly ZS6BKW) who gave a fascinating talk on all things relating to propagation and antennas. A packed lecture room was enthralled at learning the mysteries of naval ELF communications, how the military use trees as radiators and much more. Brian talked about his own ZS6BKW Multiband antenna and how it compared to the less efficient G5RV. Check the Noticeboard for useful links. Brian is pictured left with chairman Paul, G3TZO. Pictures courtesy Brian M6OXO.
 

2011

 
The Society held its Annual Christmas Dinner at Cheshire View near Chester on Tuesday 13th December. Pictured right is guest of honour RSGB President Dave Wilson, M0OBW, presenting the G4EZO Rose Bowl to Bruce Sutherland M0CVP. Also pictured far right are some of the many guests who enjoyed the evening including RSGB Region 3 Representative Kath Wilson, M1CNY.
Very pleased looking members of the Chester team accept the plaudits and trophy following another close match in the biennial inter club quiz with Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club on 4th October. Pictured left (left to right) are Gordon G8MMM (Chairman WADRC) with the Chester team comprising Bruce M0CVP, Dave G4JMF and Paul G3TZO. Pictured right (left to right) are the WADRC representatives featuring Gordon G8MMM with his team comprising Brian M6OXO, Phil G6IIM and Bob G4NCI.
The weekend of 30/31 July saw the Society taking a very active part in the British inland Waterways on the air event (BiWota). Operating stations on VHF and HF we were active for 6 hours each day using the call GB0NWM on SSB,CW, FM and PSK31. The various photos right show the barge "Bigmere", located at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, from which we operated. Over 125 stations were worked during the event for whom there will be a special event QSL card. Operations from Bigmere
Our meeting on 7th June saw an excellent turnout of members to greet Roger Alexander 2E0WWZ, GM Raynet Controller, and Chris Moulding G4HYG who gave an interesting and well illustrated talk on all matters RAYNET. Details are now on the Noticeboard for links to some very interesting software used by the GM RAYNET group which stimulated much discussion during the evening. Pictured left to right are Chris and Roger during their talk last night.  
The Society held its ever popular Annual Dinner at Cheshire View on Tuesday 17th May with Practical Wireless Editor Rob Mannion G3XFD, EI5IW as guest of honour. An excellent turn out of members and guests heard Rob give his first ever after dinner speech to a Radio Society. Rob regaled us with a humorous recounting of his many visits to Societies around the country and displayed his enduring enthusiasm for the hobby. Pictured right our President Dave Hicks, G6IFA, invites Rob to "say a few words". Photo - Keith GW4OKT Annual Dinner 2011 Rob Mannion G3XFD
Proving inconclusively the myth that Amateur Radio is not a glamorous pastime the photo (right) shows Paul G3TZO, Bruce M0CVP and Dave G4JMF erecting a portable mast during operations at the Hanmer Arms on May 3rd. David G3UFO and his team are pictured in the distance working a little HF CW. A beautiful day provided the opportunity to combine a nice lunch for YL's and XYL's with some relaxed radio operating. Photo courtesy of guest photographer Janice Sutherland. Hanmer Arms May 2011  
Chester & District Radio Society and the Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club joined battle again in the biennial inter-club quiz held at Irby Cricket Ground on 13th April. A well supported evening saw a close contest with both sides evenly matched. Chester came out with their mobile whips just in front with Paul, G3TZO, pictured right receiving the G3PYU trophy from Gordon, G8MMM.  
The Society organised a radio operating weekend for 610 Squadron Air Training Corp (Chester) at their ATC premises in Abbots Park, Chester over the weekend 19th-20th March. The Society operated on various bands demonstrating Amateur Radio to the Cadets present. The weekend also featured a display of military radio equipment of mixed vintage. Thanks to John Langan G0KKO who liaised with the Cadets to make this day the success it was.
During our Operating Evening on 29th March Alistair Peacock, G3NHP, led an informal discussion on the proposed L/C Meter Kit Project. Pictured right are some of the members keen to take part in the project. Designed as a low cost introduction to home brew construction the prototype L/C meter demonstrated by Alistair performed exceptionally well. Details of the project will be confirmed after the next Committee Meeting on 12th April. L/C Meter Project Group L/C Meter Prototype
     
 

2010

On Tuesday 14th December the Society held its Annual Christmas Dinner at Cheshire View near Chester. Pictured right is our guest of Honour RSGB President Dave Wilson, M0OBW, presenting the 2010 Construction Contest winner Bruce, M0CVP, with the G3FNV Shield. Also pictured right is Dave Hicks, G6IFA, welcoming guests, Dave Wilson, M0OBW with XYL Kath, M1CNY, responding to guests, Keith Williams, GW4OKT receiving the G4EZO Rose Bowl and some of the many guests who enjoyed the evening. M0CVP receives his award    
G6IFA welcomes guests Dave Wilson M0OBW
GW4OKT Some of the guests attending
On Sunday 17th October the Society held it's final "Radio Picnic" of the year at the Chester Motor Boat Club in Sandy Lane, Chester. Operation took place on all HF bands plus 2m. The event was well supported by members who enjoyed a reviving bowl of soup at lunchtime to keep them going. Pictured here (front) is Paul GW0WTT operating HF on the Society's K3 transceiver and Phil G3SES assisting Dave G4JMF on the FT897 2m operation. See also the additional pictures in the gallery (right) courtesy of Brian M6OXO Chester MBC Oct 2010
 
 
Our meeting on 5th October took the form of a re-match in the ever popular inter club quiz series with Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club. This time the Chester & District Amateur Radio Society took the honours with team captain Dave, G4JMF, pictured here being presented with the trophy by Eric, G6HWD. Presentation  
Pictured at our last Committee Meeting on 8th June was Treasurer Brian G3TXH presenting the Society's cheque for £450 to Chairman John G0KKO in support of the RSGB's Spectrum Defence Fund. Look out in the July Radcom for publication of the photo and our press release. Cheque Presentation June 2010  
The Society held it's Annual Dinner on Tuesday 25th May at Cheshire View in the delightful village of Christleton near Chester. A beautiful May evening provided the backdrop for an excellent meal which was enjoyed by members and visitors alike. Annual Dinner 2010  
The Society's new Moonraker portable 40ft mast had it's first outing on Tuesday 18th May at the Waverton Institute. Pictured congratulating themselves after successfully hoisting the 80m dipole aloft are Dave G4JMF, Bruce M0CVP and Derek M1SUM. The new venue for Operating Evenings (which is immediately adjacent to the Society's normal meeting venue at the Burley Hall) proved a great success. Waverton Institute  
Pictured here operating from the Conservatory of the Waverton Institute is Keith G4OKT operating the Elecraft K3 on 80m. Conditions on 80m proved to be excellent with many stations being worked with good reports during the evening. G4OKT  
Tuesday 11th May saw the Society once again descending on the Hanmer Arms near Whitchurch for a session of outdoor radio operating and a very pleasant lunch. The day was blessed by excellent weather and was enjoyed by all there on the day. Pictured right is Bruce, M0CVP, operating his IC706 Mk II with a centre loaded vertical on 40m. His best contact of the day was central France running 100w. M0CVP  
An admiring crowd gathered to listen to Dave, G4JMF, working into Europe on 40m using a centre fed dipole on 40m. The antenna was held on a temporary 20ft mast with the antenna ends supported by a conveniently located lamp post and fence. Dave was using his Collins military man pack running off batteries. We look forward to another Hanmer trip in the future. G4JMF  

Wednesday April 15th saw the latest round of the fiercely contested inter club quiz series between Chester & DRS and Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club held at Irby Cricket Ground. On this occasion a narrow points win saw our friends from the Wirral lift the trophy. Pictured here is Gordon G8MMM handing the trophy to team captain Phil G6IIM. (Photo G3TZ0)

Prize Giving  
Pictured right are the two teams. Left to right are John G0KKO, Bruce MOCVP, Dave G4JMF (Chester team) and Bob G4NCI, Tom G4BKF and Phil G6IIM (Wirral team). Question Masters Simon 2E0BDO and Paul G3TZO are not pictured. The Chester team were well looked after on the night with a superb buffet provided by our hosts. (Photo G3TZO) Wirral & Chester Teams  

Dateline Tuesday 2nd February.

The Society's annual construction competition was held on 15th December with prizes being awarded in two categories. Dave Ollerhead G4JMF is pictured here being presented with the G3FNV Shield by Dave Hicks G6IFA. This trophy was awarded in the Semi Professional category for Dave's impressively enhanced AR3030 receiver. Derrick Sumner M1SUM (not pictured) was awarded the G3EWZ Award in the Kitchen Table category for his one valve HF TRF receiver. (Photo Courtesy of Chris G0PJX)

Prize Winner  
Tuesday 26th January saw the re launch of Operating Evenings. Chris G0PJX and Bruce M0CVP erected a doublet antenna using a portable mast erected just outside of the club room. Keith GW4OKT brought his Elecraft K3 transceiver to allow members to see him put it through its paces. Alan G8OJQ is pictured deep in concentration as he works the DX (Upton I think?) Derek M1SUM is poised to assist with logging. (Photo courtesy of Keith GW4OKT)
Operating Night January 2010
 
 

2009

Tuesday 1st December was the date for the Society's Annual Christmas Social.This year saw an excellent turn out of members and guests at the Whitby Sports & Social Club in Ellesmere Port. An excellent meal was followed by the usual raffle and an entertaining general knowledge quiz organised by Alan, G8OJQ. (Photo courtesy of Ray Williams, G1PRL) Xmas Social Dec 09  
On 27th October Chris Pearson,G5VQ, a trustee of the RAIBC and Editor of their Radial Magazine traveled from Pontefract to talk to us. Chris outlined the history of RAIBC and provided an excellent summary of all the good work they undertake on behalf of disabled radio amateurs in the UK. Chris Pearson  
On 1st September Roger Howell's, G8GWX, gave a very interesting lecture on the procurement and deployment of new analytical systems at the Countess of Chester. Roger Howells  
Members of the Society in wrapt attention listening to Roger as he described his involvement in the introduction of the new NHS systems that tests blood and other samples taken from patients which is now operational at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Attentive members  

 

During the Month of August there were no formal meetings although as the pictures below show we still made time to get together and enjoy the summer weather.

Our June excursion to the Hanmer Arms proved so popular members clamoured for a repeat performance which took place on Tuesday 18th August at the same venue. The weather was again kind to us and this time ALL the equipment performed well!! Photos courtesy of Brian G3TXH.

Lunchtime at the Hanmer proved very popular - we did get back to operating the Radios eventually though.

Lunch time at the Hanmer Arms
 

Chris G0PJX operating his portable set up on 40m using a long wire antenna. It looks as if operating a radio station can be thirsty work!

G0PJX Portable
 

The neat and effective portable set up for Brian G3TXH who used a mobile whip designed by Moonraker. It's all very tidy in there........

G3TXH Mobile  

Highlighted below is the "Radio Picnic" which took place at the Hanmer Arms, Near Whitchurch on June 30th 2009. A beautifully warm morning turned into a showery afternoon with a good turn out of members enjoying the pubs hospitality. Photos courtesy of Brian G3TXH

Operating a combination of military and commercial HF equipment Dave G4JMF tries a call on 80m using a tactical dipole antenna in the pub gardens.

Pictured are (left to right) Dave G6IFA, John G0KKO, Dave G4JMF, Andy (SWL) and Paul G3TZO

Dave G4JMF
 

Looking very cool and organised is Bruce M0CVP pictured setting up his IC706 Mk II for a spot of 2m operation.

Bruce M0CVP  

A view of the Hanmer Pub gardens and Chris G0PJX (right centre of photo) who appears to be the only member to have spotted the UFO just about to attack the tactical dipole antenna!

Chris G0PJX