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  Our first event of 2014 was on 10th May when we set a demonstration station at the Church of the Good Shepherd where we meet. Due to the weather, which was cloudy with heavy showers, we set up the station in the meeting rooms so we can't really claim this as a /P event! We used our 40m Off-Centre Fed Dipole and a vertical 2m/70cm aerial on top of an 8m pole.
The station set up for the event
We made a number of QSOs - mainly on 40m and 2m - but also had a couple on 20m and 17m when the bands opened during the afternoon. John M0JPA set up his rig and displayed real-time weather satellite pictures but unfortunately we don't have any pictures of the set-up.








On 20th May we had a /P evening at Roils Head Playing Fields, Halifax. Although the weather was good, the radio conditions were poor and we made few contacts. However, with plenty of space, we were able to try out several different aerials but the wind was far too light to try a kite aerial.
Ronnie M6HXI watched by Vicky 2E0VRD and Deb
Ronie M6HXI tries without success to make a QSO watched by Vicky 2E0VRD and, at back, Deb.











Paul G8SJA gives up on radio communications and tries his mobile phone

Paul G8SJA seems to have given up on radio communications and has resorted to using his tablet!












On 14th June we set up a demonstration station at Halifax Charity Gala. Again, the weather was good and we ran an HF and a VHF station. On 40m we worked about 20 stations but switched to 17m for a short while and worked an Albanian, a Portugese and several Greek stations. On 2m we worked about 10 local stations. We had some good interest from the public which could lead to new club members and possibly other amateur radio-related activities. Colin 2E0HQJ mans the 2m station


(Right) Colin 2E0HQJ ponders his next action whilst manning the 2m station.








(Below) John M0JPA and Dick G3TIX at the mike of the HF station. In the background, Eric 2E0JCK enjoys a cup of coffee. Colin 2E0HQJ mans the 2m station
















On 17th June we met at Blackshaw Head, Hebden Bridge for a /P evening and again the weather was very good. I was hoping to try a 40m half-wave end-fed vertical (the aerial is 20m long) supported by a kite but the winds were too light to lift the kite let alone 20m of aerial wire. In the end, I used a couple of poles to set up the aerial as an inverted-L end-fed. Using low power I was able to make QSOs to London and Ullapool.
A group discussion about the aerial
















Above, from left to right, Jeanette, Martin M0GQB, Colin's son, Colin 2E0HQJ and John G7ELX doing something to the end of the inverted-L half-wave end-fed. G3TIX helps to erect the G5RTVKen G0ITI and Peter G0JKW












Above, left, Dick G3TIX helps to erect the G5RV used by John M0JPA, right, Ken G0ITI and Peter G0JKW are amused by the goings-on.

On 15th July we met at Lower Wyke for a /P evening and there was a large turnout of members and friends. Yet again, we had good weather although the wind was still too light for our kite aerials. After QSOs with Spain and Austria, the highlight of the evening for me was a contact with K8YN on 17m and several of us took the opportunity to add him to our log books. We were running 100W from a battery-powered FT-890 into an inverted delta loop with the peak at about 10m whereas K8YN was using 1200W and a 3-element beam!
A couple of the vertical aerialsM0GQB on the mike













As always at the /P evenings, we forget to take informative or interesting photographs and so this webpage has to make do with whatever pictures anyone has bothered to take. On the left, is a view of some of the verticals which we used and above, Martin M0GQB is busy on the microphone.

On 19th August we met at Roils Head Playing Fields, Halifax for a /P evening. We were lucky with the weather yet again. Despite the previous couple of weeks having been dosticntly un-summer-like with lots of rain and cloud, Tuesday was fine and in the evening we had clear skies and sun although it was cool with a variable breeze.

About a dozen of us turned up and most seemed to be using 2m for local contacts. However, Martin M0GQB was testing a doublet in preparation for the Churches On The Air day in September and, despite problems with the battery supply for his radio, had QSOs on 40m with stations in Southampton and Newquay and on 80m with Belgium. This last QSO demonstrated the excellence of the location which is about 300m above sea level with few higher hills in the close vicinity. The Belgian station was running 400W to over come QRM at his end, he gave us a 57-58 signal report even though we were running only 10W whereas we gave him a 59+20dB report but experienced very little QRM.
Martin M0GQB operating, Darren M0WIT greeting the cameraman

Martin M0GQB operates the rig from the boot of his car, Darren M0WIT greets the cameraman












Some of the aerials in use
(Right) In the foreground by the open side door of the white van is the 40m Sotabeam dipole erected as an inverted-v by Malcolm 2E0UGX. Behind the rear of the van is the centre support of a 30m long doublet with one of the (bending) end supports visible behind the red Peugeot - the other support is way off to the right out of the picture. Unlike the Sotabeam dipole, the wire for the doublet is a lot thicker and so more readily visible in the picture. The mast in the far distance is nothing to do with us but belongs to the Water Board is is about 50m high - if only we could use it...!

Colin 2E0HQJ prepares his roof-mounted aerial for his PSK31 activities

Colin 2E0HQJ prepares his roof-mounted aerial for his PSK31 activities. In the background on the left, the Water Board tower and mast is more readily visible.









On 13th September as part of the Churches and Chapels On The Air event, HADARS operated two stations: GB4ASC at All Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax and GB4BMC at Bethesda Methodist Church, Elland.

All Souls Church is a grand Victorian building which was commissioned by local industrialist Edward Akroyd and designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott who coincidentally designed Halifax Town Hall and the Houses of Parliament in London. Sir George considered All Souls to be his finest church building but thought that "it could be finer yet". The building opened for worship in 1859 but due to the adverse mutual effects of its construction materials - limestone and sandstone - deteriorated to such an extent that it closed for worship in 1979 and passed into the care of the Church Conservation Trust. The Trust has restored the structure of the building which is now open on certain days for public viewing and the occasional concert.

The current building of the Bethesda Methodist Church was opened in 1880, replacing an earlier chapel of 1824. The church, designed by William Hill is in Gothic Revival style and the main facade includes a round-headed double doorway and a four-light wheel window, These are flanked by pilasters rising to turrets topped with decorated pyramidal spires. The building is currently in use and the Reverend C Sherwood is a member of HADARS.

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