A visit to Telford Hamfest & the GQRP club

My amateur radio activity has been very much on the back burner during the last few months due to other commitments.

However, rather than cut the lawns, wash the car on a Sunday morning and look forward to a roast beef lunch, sandwiches were a better offering this last weekend. I had arranged to go to the Telford radio rally and maybe pickup a few items. Don't bring back any junk, said my wife! Ugh!



                                        So it was time to get up early dig out the badge.


The Telford radio rally had always been hosted in the centre of Telford town centre for many years, but about 10 years ago it was moved to the Enguity Centre at Coalbrookedale  museum, in the centre of Shropshire where the industrial revolution started.





We arrived quite early and people were certainly up with the larks to get a place in the queue, and maybe grab a bargain? 



This year the rally had teamed up with the GQRP club which had moved it's famous annual QRP convention from Rishworth. Most of the team were there, including George (G3RJV) and Graham (G3MFJ). Bringing along their wealth of experience with the rest of the crew from the hub of the club, giving members free advice, sales, and trying to recruit a few new ones to the fold:



Sadly my snap of the club stand came out blurred and I don't have another replacement, much to my disappointment! If anyone has a photo, please send me a copy and I will edit it in..

However I did purchase the mug to prove my support for the GQRP club.

If you didn't visit the convention you can always join the GQRP club, at £6 for a year's UK membership and not much more for international, it is really an amazing bargain! Including 4 Sprats  (the quarterly magazine of the club) posted to your home! Sprat is packed with designs, QRP circuits, membership news etc. Edited by George Dobbs since the formation of the club in 1974. How can many say they have done a job like that for over 40 years, again amazing!


                                                            Join the GQRP club here.








 
The RSGB had also popped along to offer their helpful sales team with some exciting new publications to read.










Even though I didn't buy much this year it proved to be a very good social event, meeting up with quite a few other Amateurs who share the same interest which I know from around the country.We all picked up a few ideas, hints and tips, and learning news which we wouldn't of heard of online.





The rally was well supported by an excellent showing of folk, quite a few good traders had also showed up for the event. But, I can't help feeling that the Internet has taken over many aspects of the supply of components for our hobby, which are now available very quick and cheap from our friends in the far East.




It was time to have a look outside at a few traders that had setup shop, and grab a cuppa before returning back home late afternoon.




Maybe see you there next year, or you never know where I am going to pop up next!







Steve, G1KQH, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from England. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “A visit to Telford Hamfest & the GQRP club”

  • Jim Soete WA3YLQ:

    Enjoyed this write up. I am chair person for the RF Hill ARC Hamfest, coming up in
    October. Several Club members, including myself, live in Telford, PA, USA. About
    35 miles north of Philadelphia. I agree that the internet has stifled some hamfest
    activity, however the social aspect is still a BIG attraction. We have about 350
    visitors each year.
    best 73
    Jim, WA3YLQ

  • Steve (G1KQH):

    Good to hear from you Jim,

    A Telford coincidence!

    Yes the social aspect is still the big draw. I wouldn’t miss that, even if I didn’t bring anything back from a rally. Contact in the flesh is far better than being a zombie online.

    73 Steve

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