CHIRK 2003 - Sunday (by 'MDH)
Sunday, was a somewhat different affair.....
(The 6M Moxon - at about 4am Sunday)
I put another cuppa on for Steve, when he surfaced about 6am, I even managed to find a station at almost 7am, on 2m - I also clocked a QSO with Stan M1HLL, who I don't think I have as of yet worked under my own callsign!
The troops arrived on site at about 8am, and the day got under way - the plan was to stop at midday, regardless, In the meantime, while Steve got set up for the morning shift - I worked Geoff GW0EMB - Having talked to him on 2M FM on the Saturday - it was a turn-around to work Geoff on 2M - the only time I've worked him as well! - I really need to get back on the bands - It has since been suggested, that I give out QSL cards for CQ calls, as I'm that rare !
Sunday, just happened to co-incide with PWs QRP Contest and Backpackers - the problem was we could only hear about 8 stations - so I decided to work them, but every 10 minutes or so - in order that I didn't exhaust the supply of people to talk to!
Steve had got the HF station going, after breakfast !!! - And so off he went! - Although the stations worked on that day was minimal, it was quite warm, and even with the windows open in the van, we couldn't go for more than an hour, without it becoming uncomfortable - We weren't all that concerned for equipment failure - a 102 and 736 are quite robust bits of kit - We were concerned about operator failure though!
(Steve....In full-flow on Sunday)
Over the course of the day, I would work a few more 2M stations, although admittedly calling CQ on S20 didn't bring much joy.
Sunday was more laid back - We also had a fair amount of visitors throughout the day - We did operate on occasions :) - Many thanks to Pete 2W1FJZ/MW3PET for dropping by! - One of the other people to drop by was Mel (M3BBM) and Barry - Mel had dropped in to visit the the Car-Boot sale - and also offered to take the Cherry Bakewells off me (trust me, it is possible to overdose on Jaffa Cakes, Mini-Rolls and such like!!!)
And so - at midday - Steve switched off the 102, and his linear, and we started undoing everything - And it all came apart in the same way it went up - only backwards!
Pete had dropped by again (having done the rounds at the car-boot) - and helped us pack back up - and fairly soon we were all ready for the off - the RAYNET van had to stay put, Malcolm was otherwise engaged that afternoon, and so would have to pick the van up on Monday!
And so to the end of Chirk 2003 - A somewhat hectic and to some degree laid back event but a good one nonetheless - and what about next year ????
Wait and See :)
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