St George’s Day Galleywood Common 2018

GB1STG Generic LogoMonday the 23rd of April 2018 is St George’s Day. To celebrate England’s national day, a group of patriotic Essex Hams will be active for two days with the callsign GB1STG from Galleywood Common. As this year’s event falls on a Monday, we’ll also be out in the field on Saturday the 21st to allow for some weekend activity.

The event, now in its 5th year, is organised by Charlie M0PZT, and is a great opportunity to play radio in the field and get some experience of outdoor amateur radio in action. All are welcome, and visitors to Galleywood field days are rarely disappointed!

We are planning to have several stations operating on HF (SSB and CW) as well as a 2m station.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy some radio at a noise-free and high location: HF is quiet and VHF goes for miles – so if you have kit, please bring it!  We have band-pass filters for 40/30/20/17m so multiple HF stations can run together.

For those with a Foundation/Intermediate licence, the special GB callsign allows you to operate with “Full” licence privileges.

If you’ve always wanted to try HF, set up a station, or get started with /P, then this is the event for you. Assistance with station assembly and operating will be given, as needed.

The aim is to be set up and on-the-air from 10am on Saturday and Monday until around 6pm.

All are welcome, regardless of club affiliation, the location is great for walking (150 acres) and the pub does a good lunch (12-2).

GB1STG Location: Close to Horse & Groom Pub, The Common, Galleywood CM2 8PJ  (Map)

Time: 10am to approx 6pm, Sat 21st and Mon 23rd April 2018

Charlie M0PZT has been running the event since 2014, and it’s proved to be a very popular outing – it’s ideal for newcomers to the hobby keen to get their first taste of a special event station, setting up an HF or VHF station in the field, or just soaking up the /P atmosphere.

Aerial view of GB1STG, Galleywood Common - April 2015
Aerial view of GB1STG, Galleywood Common – April 2015
Some of the GB1STG 2017 Team
Some of the GB1STG 2017 Team

Saturday the 21st is also International Marconi Day – Over 60 stations around the world will be operating IMD stations, so there should be lots of activity across the bands on Saturday. Locally, the Harlow & District ARS will be running a special event station for IMD, using the callsign GB0MGY. CARS will be operating from Sandford Mill under their club callsign  GX0MWT. For more on IMD, and a list of stations, see the IMD site


Keep an eye out for live updates via Facebook and Twitter, but ideally, come down and play radio on Saturday and/or Monday and support St George’s Day!

For more on the event, go to GB1STG at

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