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2023 Rally and Open Day – Sunday 22nd October 2023

Lost and Found: Found a pair of glasses with grey translucent frames left at the Canny Components stall. GDARS club has them, contact us by email if they’re yours.

NOTE (21/10/2023): Rally still on! Not badly affected by Storm Babet, just a little soggy and windswept. All weather and flood warnings finished on Saturday.

This year’s Galashiels Rally and Open Day will take place on Sunday 22nd October 2023. Venue is the Volunteer Hall, St John Street, Galashiels TD1 3JX.

Note that this is NOT the weekend of changing the clocks as previous years but is the weekend before to avoid the CQWW SSB contest weekend.

Doors open for general admission at front doors at 11:00 BST.

Disabled/accessible entry and early book-in of Bring and Buy items only at 10:45 BST at rear door.
(Table traders entry at rear door from 08:00.)

Admission will be £2.50 per person, with free entry for under 16s accompanied by an adult.

CASH ONLY at the door. Change will be given but we appreciate having correct change for faster entry.

A sticker will be provided for exit and re-entry.

Confirmed traders (as of 18th October):
Bob McClements GM4CID (Club Stall, Used equipment)
Alan Clegg (valves etc)
Mirfield Electronics
Canny Components
Mick Hunter (Batteries, Memory cards etc)
Tony Kruszelnicki from TK Electronics in Lincoln
Perth Repeater Group
Pete Bates GM4BYF
RSGB (Books, Memberships)
Ken Elliott GM4NTX
Dave Bagshaw
Michael Wills
Gavin Chalmers GM0ALW
Fraser MM0HCD
DX Maps (Michael Whitehead)
John 2M0YTN
Paul GM0EDJ (Elderslie ARS, SK equipment)

Bring & Buy Stall (50p Book-in charge, 10% Commission up to £10 maximum)
Catering with hot and cold refreshments.

Any trader queries or traders not already booked but wanting to check table availability please email Jim Keddie GM7LUN (

The Volunteer Hall
St John Street
Scottish Borders
(Google Plus Code 9C7VJ57R+WV )

Access to Galashiels by road from A7, A72 or A68 (via A6091), by bus ( or by train (

Railways On The Air 2023- Whitrope Sat 23rd/Sun 24th September 2023 – GB0WRH

Club members will be taking part in this year’s Railways On The Air event, with a station being set up at the usual place of Whitrope Heritage Centre near Hawick on the weekend of 23/24 September.

The callsign used will be GB0WRH (Waverley Route Heritage) operating on HF bands. Dave MM0HTL will be arriving around 9am on Saturday and setting up, and then along with other members will be operating through the day and evenings until late Sunday afternoon.

All club members and visitors are welcome to come along and see the stations (radio and railway) and help with operating or just come along to chat with us.

The Whitrope Heritage Centre is run by the Waverley Route Heritage Association who have restored a length of track and sidings on the old Waverley line (1849-1969) between Hawick and Carlisle. Further details here:

Whitrope Heritage Centre, Whitrope, Hawick, Roxburghshire TD9 9TY
Location: 11 miles south of Hawick on B6399 (Hawick to Newcastleton road).

Maidenhead Locator: IO85PH 00co
55.294320, -2.748944 (55°17’39.6″N 2°44’56.2″W) 1034ft (315m) asl
NGR: NT 52540 00279
Google: 9C7V77V2+MC

Satellite image showing location of Whitrope Heritage Centre carpark

PW 144MHz QRP Contest 2023 – Sunday 11th June 2023

Again members of the club will be going up the hill to operate a portable station for the Practical Wireless 144MHz QRP contest on Sunday 11th June. We will be using the callsign GM4YEQ/P.

(See next post for how it went.)

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2022 Rally and Open Day – Sunday 30th October – Volunteer Hall Galashiels

The Galashiels and District Amateur Radio Society Rally and Open Day will take place on Sunday 30th October 2022 at the Volunteer Hall, St John Street, Galashiels.

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2022 Open Day – Sunday 30th October 2022 – Confirmed Traders

Our 2022 Open Day and Rally is booked and being organised for Sunday 30th October 2022.

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