Tuesday, 14 August 2012

R.A.T.S. Radio Rally

The R.A.T.S. Real Radio Rally is this Sunday. 'Rugby'.

We will be there weather permitting.

Talk-in GB5RRR
Sunday 19 August 2012

We hope all who attended in 2011 enjoyed the day, despite the damp start.  However, it soon brightened up and got warm.  As seems to be our tradition, it was a bit squally setting up the afternoon before and then wet in the evening!  There were no complaints so we assume the improved road signage in the vicinity was adequate.  A few used the talk-in on S22 but none on GB3ME.  The APRS experiment worked well with good range.

Please note our Rally is still on a SUNDAY

Princethorpe College is about 7 miles south-west of Rugby.  This new open-air site has well kept grounds with proper porcelain loos nearby and we have direct control over the food provision,which will be there as usual!  Access roads are good and the site is not far from the A45.

As usual a talk-in station on 2m (S22 145.550 MHz) and 70cms GB3ME (RB06) will be provided from 08:00 until 12:00, to aid navigation to the venue.  It is also intended to run 2m APRS again, once we are setup on Sat 18th until the end of the Rally on the Sunday afternoon

The Society Committee have always emphasised that this is a REAL Radio Rally.  Therefore we don’t have any of the big traders and positively encourage the smaller specialist traders to attend.  The Rally is the best place to get all those little items that you always run out of, plus it’s a haven for homebrew enthusiasts with loads of “junk” that will get that project finished at the right price.  There are always some good value computer bits and pieces.  Don’t forget to visit the club stand, (the one with the RATS Banner!) exchange greetings and get a great bargain - you’d be surprised what we collect over the year(s) and have to sell, to make space for more stuff!  Please note that there is no provision for waste disposal on site, so all traders and visitors must take their rubbish home with them.

Full details of the booking arrangements and contact details are available on the linked RATS Rally 2012.pdf and a complete set of excellent instructions on how to get there are here: - New Dir to Princethorpe.pdf

Please note, access to the College is from the B4453 road which passes to its south, not from the the A423.  CV23 9PY is the suggested postcode to use for your ‘satnav’ to get you onto the B4453 (please see Directions link above).  If coming from Princethorpe village, carry on about 200 yards to the west, where the College entrance will be found on the north side of a 45 degree left hand bend.

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