Today I was active alongside Louise(M3TLL) and Phil(M1PAC) and other colleagues from my Workplace which is Park lane College Keighley. We were operating the STAR Centre Club Station which is part of the College and the Call Sign is MX0KSC which stands for MX0(ENGLISH CLUB STATION) and KSC(KEIGHLEY STAR CENTRE). The Location of our portable Station was at the grounds of The Keighley Agricultural Show, at Marley Stadium Keighley West Yorkshire in the North of England. The Videos below show our Station in Action. PART 1
We had a fantastic Day and I managed to test the new portable Hustler 6btv antenna system recently mentioned in this blog with an amazing first QSO of the day with JA7NVF from Japan. So I guess you could say that the new antenna and home brew mounting bracket is working just fine.
During the event we made contact with 58 stations from all around the World and all over over the U.K. We operated 40m,20m,2m on phone and some SSTV and PSK31 on 20M.The HF Bands were busy with lots of activity as there were at least 3 different Contests going on, however it was no surprise to find 2m to be dead with very few takers. The antenna stood out in the crowded show ground attracting many Radio hams whom we had the pleasure of meeting,We met 2 G0 stations from the local area of Keighley and we were also visited by 2E0PMM, G8IC, and G0GNU. We had at least 200 other visitors into our marquee with all ages Boys,Girls,Ladies and Gents. There was no shortage of interest and enthusiasm regarding radio and 3 young Ladys operated the Station making lots of QSO for the very first time, in fact they stayed in the marquee for almost 2 hours. The other STAR Centre staff had some interesting things like Rockets, Robots, Laptops and Space related things for the public to check out. The whole event was a big success and the Agricultural Show was very busy with lots of Stalls, and events which included Horse Show jumping as well as pet show competitions and other interesting Show Ground stands. Fortunately the weather was good, I am looking forward to next years event. A big thank you to all Stations that we worked under the Call Sign MX0KSC/p and also I worked quite a few as I was setting up under My home Call which as you know already is 2E0HTS/p. Also thanks to Phil(M1PAC) who is a Club Member and Volunteer for the Colleges STAR Centre and He also holds the Club Call Sign MX0KSC. 73 to all thanks for visiting my blog see you again soon. Simon