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Her Majesty's'Royal Mint Experience'Special Event, GB4RME,30 July - 5 August 2017

The Special Event

Members of the Barry Amateur Radio Society will be active from the Royal Mint at Llantrisant, South Wales, UK with the callGB4RMEbetween Sunday,30 July and Saturday, 5 August 2017.This special event station is aworld first,operating from withina Mint, and a Royal one at that.

Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint Experience comprises a welcome area and pre-show, aninteractive exhibition, a guided factory experience, gift shop and cafe, and you can strike your own coin too. We have a large room off the exhibition area toinstall our stations, as well as a large screen display of all the countries we have contacted. Children have the chance to win a Morse Code Certificate if they learn to send their name on a straight key. We would encourage you to come and visit us at the Royal Mint Experience, why not make it a day trip with the family.

The Royal Mint Experienceis open seven days a week from 09.30 - 17.00hrs and we will be operating during these times.Click on the Royal Mint Experience Logo for their website and full details.

Team Members

Glyn GW0ANA, Team Leader,BrianGW0PUP,BobGW0WKR, NigelGW1CUQ,KenGW1FKY (Satellite),RichGW4BVJ,Phil MW0DHF,Bernie MW0GBW, ChrisMW0XFU,Ken 2W0KPH &Jack SWL.


Activity will be on CW, SSB, DATA, RTTY and JT65, plus Satellite operations.Ken with his satelliteoperations will have a few anxious moments waiting for the right pass. We are expecting to download messages from FUNcube daily.


We are using Rich's Ten Tec station for CW with SDX logging, Bernie's Icom with Ham Radio Deluxe for the digital modes, Phil's Yaesu station for SSB with Wintest for logging, and Ken's satellite equipmet. We will all have the facility to run nearer 200W+ in view of the poor conditions.


We have a 40ft pump-up mast supporting a Comet H422 antenna, a 35ft Spiderpole with one end of a 67ft long wire with balun, other end to pump-up, we have a multi-bandvertical antenna and hope to have a G3TXQ Hexbeam by Ant MW0JXE at 40ft with an Alfa Spid RAU rotator.

QSL Info

QSL via GW0ANA, Direct, by the Bureau, LoTW and ClubLog. Logs will be uploaded after the event.

News:6 July 2017

Glyn has informed us that the QSL Card has been finalised, as have the Polo Shirts.

We will be offering thiscertificate to children who learn to send their namein morse code, after a short training session.

News:11 July 2017

I have received the following from Glyn GW0ANA;

The Hustler in the river with radials & purpose built grounding stand. (Great bit of engineering). Rich and Chris on this workingCW, as hard as you can.The Comet H422 on a 40 foot military mast clearing the wire fence. We use this for SSB (Customer greetings via phone).A Spider Pole up 35 feet with a 67ft Endfed Wire with balun from this to my 40 foot Mast.This will be used for RTTY & JT65, also greetings if needed.

We have a final planning meeting at the club on the 18th July and we will post more information following thatmeeting.

News: 18 July 2017

Tonights meeting wasattended by most of the team and Chaired by Glyn GW0ANA. We discussed howimportant and prestigeous this event is for BARSand the RSGB and that our primary goal is to promote the Royal Mint by getting the public and especially children involved. We do encourage you to visit us.

We will be identifiable by our special event polo shirts as photographed above. We discussed layout, desks, power, logging programmes, equipment, antennas, cabling and operators. In view of the rather poor conditions we are going to maximise our output as necessary and we are visiting the site again on Monday 24 July 2017 to run through the install a final time andsee if we can use a Hexbeam in place of the Hustler vertical.

News: 21 July 2017

Glyn GW0ANA recieved this amendedjoint Press Release this morning from The Royal Mint and the RSGB. We must thank Claire Evans, Marketing, The Royal Mint and Heather Parsons, RSGB Communications Manager.


We trust this collection of photographsshow you why the Royal Mint Experience is so popular, and well worth a visit.Photographs courtesy ofthe Royal Mint Management apart from the front of building photo by 'James F',coins by 'Zoe J' and I stuck this coin by 'Globetrotter'.

RSGB Support

The RSGB is backing us totally, Heather Parsons, RSGB Communications Manager has been superb with advice and guidance. They will be officially contacting National Radio Societies around the world with a view to their membershipcontacting us.A theme we are building, as the Mint makes coins for over eighty countries around the globe, so we want to contact as many of these countries as we can by radio. Click on the logos for the relavant websites.

More photographs from the Royal Mint Experience, thank you to Nick T, Sign, Melody T, Animal & Mrs Brenin, Medals.
See you on the bands and 73, the GB4RME Team.
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