On Sunday 13th October, 2013, David VK5KC and I set up an amateur radio display at the Port Elliot Show on the Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide. This was the 135th year of operation of show. The first show was held at Middleton and shows were run at various venues along the south coast for the next twenty years. In 1889 the Society purchased a plot of land near Port Elliot and annual shows have been held there ever since, with the exception of the Second World War and one other year.
We set up a small display in the Perry Hall, which included a Yaesu FT-817nd, a Yaesu FT-450, an Icom 706, and a Yaesu VX-6R. We also had a few portable antennas on display, along with some digital modes, and a laptop showing a slideshow of amateur radio photographs. We also had the WIA’s promotion brouchures ‘Calling CQ’ and some newly printed AHARS brochures.
Once the weather cleared, we also improvised and set up the FT-817nd outside of the hall, alongside the dog obedience area. A nearby collection of ‘junk’ produced a heavy metal chair and some heavy pavers and besser blocks which we used to secure the 7m squid pole and the legs of a 40m/20m linked dipole.
We were joined in the afternoon by young 15 year old Andrew VK5FACE. Congratulations are in order for Andrew for volunteering some of his time. Andrew enjoyed his time making a number of contacts, on 40m SSB with some interested onlookers.
Despite some very inclement weather and a not so favourable position in the show grounds, we still managed to attract some attention, with some very interested visitors to the display.
The following stations were worked by Andrew:-
Barry, VK3LBW; Den VK3FDAS; Graham VK3GRK; Frank VK3GFS; Larry VK5LY; Craig VK3CRG; Brian VK5FMID; Kevin VK3VEK; Alan VK5AR; Grant VK3GRR; and Gordon VK3EJ.