Author - Chris Cloclough G1VDP

Royal International Air Tattoo looms

WOW, that has come around quick. 3 years since the last one due to COVID and all the restrictions we will soon be on our way to Fairford and RIAT for a week of fun and aircraft.

This is the biggest air show in the UK and is another I volunteer and work at. It has aircraft from around the world attending, not just flying but also on static display, with the chance to meet the aircrews and have photo’s taken with them. It also means I will see friends that I have not seen for 3 years, enjoying a cold beer and fun with them. Seeing the team I work with and again having fun with them while still enjoying my photography hobby, yes if previous years are anything to go on I will have somewhere in the region of 2000+ images to sift through and choose my favourites (they will appear in the gallery in the week following).

Most days are almost sold out so get in quick if you think you would like to attend this event, that’s how I started by visiting the show and then volunteering

Junction 28 Rally

Today, 12/06/2022, I attended my first radio rally in over 3 years – the Junction 28 Radio Rally. And what fun it was, meeting old friends and new. I was there in my capacity of Beyond Exams Coordinator introducing attendees to the Brickworks scheme. Hopefully we have drawn some interest, and we will get some new clubs signing up, see the Brickworks pages of the RSGB website for full information.

The image shows a partially full hall, with some of the first visitors looking at the stalls.

Weekly IOTA Update

Again we are sharing the calendar from the GPDX Groups Facebook page. Remember to keep an eye on these expeditions and work them if you can.

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GQ1VDP Jubilee Call Update

Just a quick update on how the GQ1VDP call is going. I have been exclusively working on FT8 for now, maybe some RTTY next week before I go to Friedrichshafen. 

So after just a few days, and getting on air around my work schedule, I have made over 300 contacts using just 100w from my TS590SG into a Dual Beam Pro at 20ft – it still amazes me how well this antenna works. The contacts range from across Europe to the Middle East and Asia, North and South America. 

Keep looking for me around the usual FT8 frequencies, and on the RTTY frequency around 14088/21088 give or take QRM.

GQ1VDP – Special Call for Queens Platinum Jubilee

Well I have returned from the Midlands Air Festival absolutely shattered but having had a fantastic time and so much fun, making new friends and renewing old friendships. But it is now time to start with the special call for our Queens 70 years as our Monarch. I will be operating on digital modes using GQ1VDP until 30th June 2022, with a short break to visit Friedrichshafen. Please listen out for me and give me a call. Please follow the instructions below and on for details.

DO NOT SEND GQ1VDP THROUGH THE BUREAU!!!!! Follow route below ONLY! Any cards sent through the bureau will not be collected.


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Midlands Air Festival – 2nd to 4th June 2022

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.

Less than 1 Month to Ham Radio, Friedrichshafen

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. 


Weekly IOTA Calendar

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.
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Back on VHF/UHF

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.

Welcome to G1VDP Amateur Radio and Photography Pages

Hello all and welcome to the new website. Still under development but will be updated weekly at the minimum with news and information about my hobbies of Amateur Radio and photography. There will also be a Gallery of my images, with an option to purchase the image on a variety of mediums (Canvas, Poster, framed or unframed) via an external site that will be linked. 

There will be news about my local radio club, my old radio club in the North, the RSGB, and DX News on DXpeditions, IOTA activations, & New Products I think will be useful. If possible, and with permission from the authors, I will include websites and information from their sites. 

So for now thanks for looking, and please keep an eye on the site.