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 (mail@gm7lun.co.uk).

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 (bordersbuses.co.uk) or by train (scotrail.co.uk).

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  1. What time does this rally/open day start at as I and a few of my mates are intending to come down from Glasgow.

    • Hi Edward, doors open at 11am for general admission, 1045 for disabled access and early Bring & Buy booking-in.
      Mike MM3NTX

  2. One more thing I should have asked, Is there any local parking for myself (A blue badge holder) or even a paid car park if there’s nothing else local.

    • The nearest parking is on the street if there are spaces. There are some disabled bays on the nearby Bank Street or the nearby Tesco carpark free for up to 3 hours.

  3. Graeme Christison

    Hi, long list of names but no indication of what they trade in. Some are self explanatory such as Mirfield Electronics. for example what does Bob McClements GM4CID trade. I have done some searches but can find no info. It would be helpful if a short sentence could be given after each trader name with what they sell. Regards. Graeme

    • Hi Graeme. Traders book tables without giving us information on what they are selling but we trust it will be amateur radio or electronics related. Bob GM4CID is one of our club members and will be selling second-hand radio equipment or accessories on behalf of himself, club members or silent keys. Some traders sell several specific types of items but others are just clubs or indivduals selling whatever assortment they bring on the day from “shack junk” to modern transceivers.
      Mike MM3NTX

  4. John McIlwraith

    Hi wondering if there is any motorhome parking near by?
    Is Gibson Park in Melrose nearest?
    John GM4ZTO

    • Hi John. Yes Gibson Park in Melrose is the nearest with facilities. There are also sites at Carfraemill Oxton, Hawick and Jedburgh.
      Mike MM3NTX

  5. Hi,
    Hope to be down on Sunday.
    I have some (quite a bit) of SK gear to sell, ok to bring along?

    all the best
    Paul Temple
    Secretary – Elderslie Amateur Radio Society

  6. Does anyone know the name of the vendor whose large stall was the first on the left as you enter the main door of the venue. As I paid for goods but forgot to pick them up.

    • Hi Allan, that would be Mirfield Electronics to the left of the front entrance to the hall. His contact details will be online or the back of the RadCom.
      Mike MM3NTX

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