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RADARS OPEN DAY - 17th March 2001

Congratulations to all who took part.
Rochdale Observer article

A really enjoyable day which I hope we can repeat in the not too distant future

The 'Special Event' callsign - GX0ROC was used during the event and QSL cards will be sent to all contacts.  QSL cards should be sent to G0ROC via the bureau or direct to our QSL manager, G3DTP

Andrew, G3DTP operating the HF rig.
The rig is an FT101ZD running, on 20m,  about 180 watts to a 5/8ths base fed vertical.
Here's Iain, a SWL (short wave listener) who is also operating the HF rig (under the supervision of a licensed club member, G3RIK).

Iain is currently attending the Oulder Hill Radio Club course for his amateur licence exams 

Dave's (G0PUD) portable HF rig.

The suitcase in the middle contains everything needed to run HF  (100w transceiver, 160m-6m, ATU, PSU and wire antenna) which he often takes on holiday with him.

Jeff, G7BRJ representing the local RAYNET group and operating on 2m from the comfort of the conservatory at the Bamford & Fiedhouse Cricket Club

The RAYNET mobile station and emergency antennas were located in the adjacent car park

The compact fast scan amateur TV station of Bill, G8TTU, was located indoors for this event but could be placed anywhere within range of its 23cm transmitter
Superb full colour video was received.
Dave's, G6GXK,  10GHz tx/rx shown here receiving the local beacon station.
Bill, G8TTU and Alan G4VVT are seen discussing design details with Dave, whilst one of our other Daves (G0PUD) can be seen in the background trying to feed his wire antenna through the conservatory window.
The 2m and 70cm QRP (low power) rigs seen here being set up before the doors opened
Merv, G0EUP with his sub millimeter receiver which created quite a stir.

Surprising to think that these devices are still our most sensitive receivers ever devised

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Article in the Rochdale Observer, Wednesday March 21st, 2001.

Observer Clubcall

RADARS, the Rochdale & District Amateur Radio Society held a very successful 'Open Day' on Saturday, 17th March and would like to thank all those who took part and supported the event

The live demonstrations of modern Amateur Radio included an amateur TV outside broadcast station transmitting full colour video, local voice communication on the Microwave, UHF and VHF bands and short wave communication on the HF bands with many contacts made throughout the world. All stations contacted during the event will receive a QSL card, which is a written confirmation of the contact.  There was also a demonstration by RAYNET, the radio amateur emergency communication network, of an emergency field station, together with poster displays of recently supported events. Other demonstrations included hands-on operation of modern short-wave radio equipment, computer monitoring of aircraft and satellites and operation of a high power, computer controlled, optical astronomical telescope.

The open day was part of the National Science Week program of events, which aimed to promote scientifically related interests and was sponsored in our case by the Radio Society of Great Britain, whose patron is HRH Prince Phillip.