As usual I attended the Kempton Park Radio Rally on 4th November. It was an early start for me as the person who was giving me a lift had to leave at 04:45am. Ouch.
So alarms were set and I woke up an hour early thinking I may have missed alarm and could get back to sleep. Instead I played a couple of games of bejeweled with my friend JW on MSN.
We arrived at Kempton about 5:30 and I helped set the tables with the info displaying where the vendors and clubs would be.
After 6am one of the big Vendors arrived with their Transit stuffed full of Amateur Radio items to sell. I helped them un-pack as I normally do and then other traders and clubs started turning up. After the 2nd large vendor was unpacked with my assistance I went to our clubs tables and added my 2 items with prices. I put up for sale my Icom IC-E90 handheld radio and my Squeezebox wireless music player.
At 10am the punters were let in to spend their hard earned cash and I was busily checking that everyone had a ticket. When someone could cover the door I went and brought 2 copies of the RSGB Prefix guide (one for M0BOV) and went back to keep on checking the tickets.
A while later I had a call on the radio that someone was interested in my radio. The person was tempted and the haggling began. Eventually we settled on a price and the sale was made.
Time for some more shopping. As I had helped one of the vendors I got a good price on some items. Alas the music player was unsold and when I arrived home was unpacked and back in old position.
RSGB Prefix Guide
2x High quality patch leads
Yaesu FT-897 battery – FNB-87
Yaesu MD-100a8x Desk Microphone
All in all apart from being knackered when I got home was another great day. And the M0TZO shack is getting better.
Today my Granddad visited and brought with him some books he said he would get for me.
The books are for the Amateur Radio courses, but I have had little luck so far in finding somewhere near me that does the courses. I will be attending the SCRS next week, and hope that they will know somewhere locally.
The Books, “Foundation Licence Now!” (Alan Betts (G0HIQ)) and “Intermediate Licence – Building on the Foundation” (Steve Hartley (G0FUW)), are available from RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain). Amateur Radio Training can be obtained Directly From Here