This coming bank holiday here in the I will be attending and volunteering at the Midlands Air Festival. Not only is it for aircraft, mostly historical types, but also hot air balloons. It is held in the beautiful setting of Ragley Hall, Alcester – Not too far from Stratford upon Avon.
The balloons fly early morning and in the evening so we are hoping for good weather, well not just for balloons but also all the other aircraft there, especially for the photographic opportunities. We are also happy to be the first air show that the great Red Arrows will be attending and displaying at, will look strange as they only have 7 aircraft displaying this year but I guess they will still be excellent and thrill the crowds. Also the Catalina and Sally B are displaying so 2 of my favourite historic aircraft to try and get some good images of – along with the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
I will be uploading my photo’s as soon as I get home into a gallery for them.
Throughout my amateur radio life, and especially in the last 18 years, I have always wanted to visit the big show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Well 3 years ago after the 2019 show I decided to book and go to the 2020 show with my mate Charles (M0OXO), Tim (M0URX), and others who we know from around the world. But sadly in March 2020 the whole world shut down as we know and the plans were kyboshed. Sadly Tim cannot make it this year, but we hope he will in the future.
Two years on and we are finally getting to go. So now the countdown begins. A long weekend in Germany with other like minded people from around the world, as well as a show with all the latest amateur radio equipment to drool over and covet. Not only this but good food, drink, and laughs with friends who I have only ever met on air previously. Hopefully this will be the first of many.
Not just the show but the journey will be fun. Starting with Charles picking me up in his car to go to London Heathrow. Overnight there for an early flight to Zurich, Switzerland. Then from Zurich a train to Romanshorn, on the Swiss side of Lake Constance, to catch a ferry across to Friedrichshafen. Ending in a taxi ride to the hotel. I guess I will have to make sure all my camera batteries are charged.
Below is the weekly calendar from the GPDX Group’s Facebook page. As can be seen there are a few IOTA’s going to be active and worth having a go at working over the next few months/weeks. I will be in the pile ups as the award programme is very popular amongst all licence classes and levels – from old timers to newly licenced and on the air for the first time.
The big ones are the top 2, Bouvet and Crozet, with Bouvet also being number 2 and Crozet number 3 (see Clublog website) most wanted DXCC for amateurs around the world.
I will be (trying) to keep this listing updated most weeks/months as they are published. Have a go and have fun, that’s what I have been doing since getting my licence.
Finally back on VHF and UHF bands, well 2m (144 – 145 MHz) and 70cm (430 to 440 MHz) with a Yaesu FT897D. The radio used to belong to a friend who sadly passed away earlier this year and was part of his estate sale. RIP Bob.
The local radio club held an auction to raise funds and sell off his equipment, and this is my reminder of a true gent that walked amongst us. Today (2nd May 2022) I have been integrating it into the shack and setting it up to my laptop for use both at home and out portable. A couple of QSO’s on 2M FT8 have satisfied me that it is working and will be a great addition to the G1VDP shack and tool box.