April 14, 2010
Sands Contest Group at The Norbrek Rally 2010
Sunday the 11th of April was the date of this years amateur radio rally held as in years past at the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool. As many who have attended this event regularly will remember the event always took place in March on or around Mothering Sunday which caused a bit of a problem for some within the Sands group. The move to an April date seems to have been better all round.
Ready for when the doors open
Ian G0VGS put his Elecraft display on showcasing the K3 which has been the workhorse of the Sands Contest group since it was built not long after the K3's official release and Kev G6FKE took his K2. As always a great deal of interest was shown in both transceivers and both Ian and Kev were able to talk about their experiences in both building and using the radios.
Some members of the group were able to help out with stewarding at the rally including Steve G1TLQ who will be infamous in the eyes of one of the attendees but I'll say no more about that!
As with all rallies it was good to be able to meet friends old and new, none more so than the members of (Workington & District Amateur Radio and IT Group) who we've had contact with practically since our group was started.... It was good to meet up with Paul M1PAF, Steve G0MTD and Peter M0IFF to name but a few.
The Workington Stand
In 2008 Paul, Steve and Mark M0WCR joined us for what was a memorable DXpedition to the Isle of Jura and it will be good to have them join us again for our 2010 DXpedition to the Isle of Arran in September.
It was a great rally and our thanks go out to NARSA and all the Radio Amateurs who made this rally such a success.