Churches and Chapels on the Air – GB1SMB

GB1SMB – 9th September 2017

We were back again at St Mary’s Church, Buckden, Cambridgeshire to set up our station for the “Churches and Chapels on the Air” event.


The G5RV Antenna erecting team of Brian (G8CHC), Nigel (G6LSB) and Mervyn (G4KLE) arrived at 08:30 Saturday morning, with new throwing techniques demonstrated, the antenna was up in quick time, also with roof work being done on the church, we managed to get the builders to attach a rope to scaffolding at the tower end of the church.

With antenna hoisting completed, David (G4ETG) joined us and we moved into the Living Stones Room (part of the church) to set up the rig (Icom 7200 in NEW traveling frame) and display board.


The station was up and running by 09:30, Nigel (G6LSB) on the Mic having his first contact with GB4KMC (Kinver Methodist Church, Stourbridge – Geoff). We had a lively period up until midday with 4 other Churches and Chapels on the log then things went quiet.


We were visited again this year by Bishop David (Bishop of Huntingdon) who made a beeline for us, sat down and listened to a contact. The ladies of the church kept us refreshed with tea/coffee and homemade cakes throughout the morning, some came over and asked many questions about Amateur Radio.

We had a total of 13 QSO’s throughout the day, 5 being with other Churches and Chapels. Radio conditions were not good and even Hack Green was flat as a pancake most times.

Members who visited and operated on Saturday were – Brian (G8CHC), Nigel (G6LSB), David (G4ETG), Phil (G0AYX), Gerald (G8AKL), Carol (G1KGV), Sid (M0SRS), Malcolm (M0OLG), David (G7DIU) and Mervyn (G4KLE).

We would like to thank Brian (G8CHC) and Phil (G0AYX) for being our points of contact with the church and to the Revd Jes Salt and all members of St Mary’s Church, Buckden for making us very welcome once again, and could we do it again next year.

Mervyn S Foster


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Hunts ARS Rally at St Neots

Wow, what an excellent Huntingdonshire ARS Radio Rally this year, the WX was definitely on our side. We had over 300 punters thru the gate and 52 Traders in the hall and on the field.

We had traders from S Yorkshire, Essex, Lincolnshire and even Cornwall. Many of the traders had moved on to us from the Milton Keynes Rally on Sunday, and on arrival had started setting up their stalls as we arrived to arrange the hall and parking area.

We had 12 stalls in the Hall and 40 on the field. The Car park was filling up fast and the great job was done by the local RAF Cadets who were very smart and well looked after by their leaders. We supplied them with a burger and drink and we shall be visiting the Squadron soon to hand over a cheque for their funds.


A Big Thank You to those few who helped set up on the Sunday evening and all those members who put a lot of effort into helping from 7am Monday morning with Car Parking, Gate Operating, the Bring and Buy stall and just meeting and greeting on behalf of HARS.

HARS Rally Team

(M0OLG/ Rally Coordinator & G4KLE/HARS Chairman)
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Young People And Amateur Radio

With all the items last week on YOTA here in the UK, this shows what a young Amateur can do (7 years old but very interesting)

Coastal Ham Radio

As many of you know CHR has had many posts about young people and are they still interested in Amateur Radio. While looking for posts to put on the website I came across this interesting piece. Albeit the story dates back some seven years this post is about a girl and amateur Radio. Although her interest is in satellite communication this article is almost a primer for any new ham and what you need to get up and running.

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HARS Club visit to Mini Museum

On Saturday 12th August, 18 members of the Huntingdonshire Amateur Radio Society (HARS) and some Station Managers visited the Radio Display and Mini Museum of 2E0IEG (Marc).

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Rebecca (owner of Glebe Farm) and Marc (2E0IEG) kindly opened up their facilities and provided refreshments for us to view a large number of WW2 Radios and Post War equipment that Marc has collected over many years. We were impressed that he had managed to get a large number of his radios up and working.



A friend brought over an old Airfield Fire Engine called HENRY that Malcolm (alias Henry – M0OLG) sat in to have a play and ring the bell (boys and their toys). You know he is always looking for a new vehicle to go /Mobile.

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A Big Thank you from Huntingdonshire Amateur Radio Society to Rebecca and Marc (2E0IEG) for hosting and looking after us so well.


HARS Chairman


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Evelyn Glennie, Musician and Businesswoman hosts HBN’s Out and About

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Huntingdonshire Business Network (HBN) had a fascinating visit to see Dame Evelyn Glennie, renowned solo percussionist – and discovered that there was also a surprising amount of business acumen needed to be an independent artist in the modern world.

Having literally created the concept of a solo percussionist, Evelyn found herself increasingly in demand and rushing around the globe at the behest of agents and events. In one of the few breaks in a hectic schedule, the moment of enlightenment came on a simple post-it note on the wall at a meeting with her small dedicated team. It simply asked, “Who owns your business?”

It was time to answer “Evelyn Glennie”.

Stopping to think about where you wanted to be, what you wanted to achieve and how to get there was that key stage at which so many of us small businesses fail. Even artists have to deal with the practical realities of when to get paid, logistics of moving material and products around, and most of all, business development.

Used to having shattered preconceptions of what a percussionist does, Evelyn and her team began to change the rules in how an artist finds work and gets paid for it. Rather than relying simply on agents, Evelyn increasingly used social media to reach out both to the audience, the venues and promotors who organised events. Facebook and particularly Twitter overtook paper advertising – and also reached out to new audiences.

Taking control of her own business also meant being open to new opportunities and collaborations – with dance groups, scientists and of course other musicians. There was also space to engage in more socially minded activities. And of course there are the masterclasses, speaking engagements etc.

A lovely vignette was the story of The Letter. It had been a busy tour and Evelyn returned tired and expecting the usual mass of accumulated letters. Her desk, however, was empty, bar a tray with a solitary letter and a cup of tea. Oh my, what could this portend? Bad news perhaps? It was the letter from the Palace notifying Evelyn that she had been chosen to be Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2007 New Year Honours. And this year, she was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the 2017 New Year Honours.

When the tables were turned and we recounted our varied business interests, Evelyn was not only genuinely interested but saw connections and links either to her experience or possible useful connections.

It was a relaxed, personable meeting as conversation and questions bounced across the room, intermingled with laughter. Unpretentious, unselfconscious, Evelyn Glennie was a gracious host and we all left grateful for an informative, educational and entertaining couple of hours in conversation shared with other local small businesses.

And a special thanks for being game for our group photo with the newest, if apparently reluctant, human percussion instrument!

Re-Print by kind permission of Dr Chris Thomas of Milton Contact Ltd

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GX0HSR – HARS at Buckden Village Fete

Village Fete Logo

Another outing on Saturday 1st July 2017 for Huntingdonshire Amateur Radio Society, this time to support Buckden Village Hall and their Village Fete. We have our club meeting here on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month.

We had been given our location on the sports field by the Festival Committee about a week in advanced, but on arrival at 8am on Saturday 1st July, M0VTG and G4KLE we were informed that we had now been allocated a new pitch between the Girl Guides Gazebo and the extra-large Trampoline Frame. Unperturbed we did a quick recce, changed our plans and started to lay out our Gazebo. We had expected Steve (G1KWF) to join us but he had been directed to the old location and watched M0VTG & G4KLE fighting in the wind to keep the Gazebo on the ground, he decided to join us after it was up with Malcolm (M0OLG) not far behind.


The antenna was erected at the rear of the Gazebo, an Off Centre Fed Dipole (OCFD) made by M0VTG, safety tape around Masts and the trusty IC7200 was fired up and tested. We decided to use Battery power and Steve brought along a large 12v battery he took off a tractor we think. Our first contact was at 09:16 with PA3GFY (Rob – Netherlands) on SSB giving us 5/7.

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Throughout the day we were visited by Brian (G8CHC) and Phil (G0AYX) plus  visits by Richard (M6TXR), Clive G3NKQ – after we worked him on the key from his QTH in Perry) and Stig (G1MVF). We even had a Radio Amateur from South Africa – John  ZR6ART – who was visiting his son in Buckden.


We managed to total up 26 contacts in all, with 22 CW – working into Norway, European Russia, Hungary, Czech Rep, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, South France and even Hartford (G4LHI). Bands use 40m, 80m, 20m and 30m.

Our last contact was at 16:37 on 30m CW with Knut – DL1DTX (Dresden), and then M0VTG, M0OLG, G1KWF, G1MVF and G4KLE dismantled the station and cleared up the site until next year.


Mervyn S Foster – G4KLE

Chairman, HARS

(Photos by Brian (G8CHC) and Stig (G1MVF))


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