A visit to the Telford Hamfest & 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 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, 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 G-QRP club.

If you didn't visit the convention you can always join the G-QRP 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 sales team with some exciting reading and some new publications.










 





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







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 g1kqh@arrl.net.

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