The Friedrichshafen Rally - 2007
This year, nine members of Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club made the journey to the HAM RADIO International Rally at Friedrichshafen. Five club members flew to Basel and picked up a train direct to Friedrichshafen, three drove all the way through France and spent a few extra days in the locality whilst Andy flew from Edinburgh to Munich and drove down from there.
Once again we were extremely lucky with some fine (but not too hot) weather on most of the days, with one mother of all thunderstorms on one of the evenings damaging a number of trees and some furniture on the lake front promenade. Our Club Chairman Gordon G8MMM made his first visit with us and we took the opportunity to take him on our traditional day on Lake Constance to Bregenz and a visit to the top of the Pfander on what proved to be an absolutely perfect day.
A breakdown to the Echolink repeater OE9XVJ on the Pfander meant we could only use DB0FIG in the suburbs of Friedrichshafen. With 18,000+ amateurs descending on the locality we thank the repeater keeper for the use of the excellent facilities and all those involved in providing such a great service. We hope OE9XVJ is soon repaired and back in service.
Once again it proved a most enjoyable few days away to a truly beautiful part of Germany and an excellently run Ham Radio Rally. I have no doubts our Wirral & District ARC contingent is likely to increase in numbers again next year !
Here's but a selection of photos for you to enjoy:-
73 de Neil, G4OAR
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