A small team of five BDXG members turned up at 9am on Sunday morning at the Paddock to set up the special event station for Trunch Village Society Open Gardens and Scarecrow Day. This year the weather was overcast but very warm, so we were glad of the shade provided by the gazebo. The good weather encouraged a large number of visitors to the village and the various exhibits were fairly busy.
Our participation in the event was mainly to promote the hobby and spend time with visitors to the station. The band conditions were very poor and as is often the case with these sorts of public events there were occasions when we suffered quite a high level of noise from some of the local stalls who were using electrical devices. We operated SSB on HF and as an added interest Adam, 2E0OWX set up his radio to demonstrate APRS to the public. We received quite a number of visitors to the station including some local amateurs.
Despite the lack of DX the band conditions improved towards the end of the afternoon and we managed to work quite a few European stations on 40m before closing down at 4.30pm.