Thursday 19th August 2010

As part of Seniors Week the club created a display to inform the community about the club and the many different activities which interest our members.

Our aim was to inspire the retired (or those considering retirement) to take up the challenge of Amateur Radio by embarking on the Foundation course.

The Lifestyle Expo was held in the Parish hall adjacent to a Seniors Citizens display in the the Civic Centre.

The club display was a presentation of radio equipment through the ages from 1942, through 1960's and 80's up to the 21Century triband radio, analyzer etc.

The contrast in amateur radio gear of yesteryear and today was certainly evident when the equipment was lined up side by side.

The presentation of APRS on the screens showed the public the most up to date use of Amateur Radio and many marveled at the small size of the Tiny Track modem.

We look forward to hearing from those interested people who called in for a chat and collected our brochures and cards.


expo3 VK4UD & VK4JJ expo15VK4UD setting up APRS
expo13 expo12 expo11Display item with labels
expo9 expo8 expo5
expo6 QSL Card display
expo7Yaesu set up & photgraphs of club activities
expo1 VJ4JM talks to interested visitor
expo2 VK4UD gives a visitor a tour of the display expo17 expo21
expo26 Large tuner - it's a seat and fits under a bench
expo25Tuner of today - weighs a few grams

Equipment on display was provided by the following members;


  • Morse Key -Homebrew
  • Morse Key - From a Murmansk Arctic convoy ship (1941-1945)


  • Yaesu FT401 (circa 1960's)
  • ICOM IC-735 (circa late 1980's)
  • Under Bench Tuner
  • Aerials
  • 2M rig for APRS sound


  • No 19 HF/VHF Military Mobile Transceiver from 1942
  • Laptops and screen for APRS display


  • Computer and Screen for APRS display
  • Tiny track APRS Modem


  • Yaesu 857D Triband transceiver (in a Emcomm configuration - with power supply/tuner & meter)
  • Yaesu VX-7R Dual Band Handheld
  • Antenna analyzer
  • Dummy Loads (Homebrew)
  • Projects - Attenuator, Antennae etc


  • Flight simulator operating from his QTH - with APRS running - which provided "live" data to the Laptop in the Display


  • For being on hand to answer radio contacts


Our thanks go to the members who brought equipment to the expo, set it up, worked on the stall talking to the public and cleared it all away. Without your generous donation of time the club could not have mounted a professional display.

Thank you !

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