On Monday 8th October, 2013, with Rod VK5KFB and Steve VK5AIM, I attended the Strathalbyn Agricultural Show, which is a typical country show. We set up a small amateur radio display at the show on the edge of the oval under a marquee.
The display included a Yaesu FT-817nd, Steve’s portable Yaesu station, a Yaesu VX-6R hand held, a Hi Mound CW key, a selection of QSL cards, a selection of amateur radio awards, some portable antennas, and promotional material.
We did put up a 40m/20m linked dipole supported on a 7m squid pole secured to the tow bar of my car, and tried our luck on 40m, but the noise floor was S8-9, so that put a halt to any contacts. Unfortunately there were so many nearby generators running, and power lines, that it made any radio activity impossible.
During the day between about 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. we had about 25-30 people visit the marquee and collect some promotional material on the hobby of amateur radio, and chat with us. Many of these seemed genuinely interested in obtaining their amateur radio licence. So here’s hoping a few more amateurs join our ranks.