Durrington Show 2017

We went along to the Durrington Show at the weekend. We’ve visited it a couple of times in the past, admiring all the classic cars and steam engines. A couple of years ago I met the local amateur radio club and they were very kind to offer a few introductory lessons here. It was nice to see them there again this year, putting on an interesting display of wartime spy equipment.

This yer I met people of a club I haven’t heard of before, the Salisbury Model Engineering Society. I really enjoyed chatting to these guys and seeing what they make. I’ll be popping along to their next meetup in a couple of months time.

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Car Booting

I’m wanting to start selling retro consoles and games as I think it’s about time to get rid of the majority of my console collection. I’ve been trawling the car boot sales over the last month in a bid to supplement my product range and this has been a bit hit and miss but a great deal of fun. As well as a few games and consoles, I have come away with a few other retro purchases.

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Cheddar Gorge

This weekend saw us camping in Cheddar Gorge with a number of families from our village. Hot, hot, hot but at least the caves were nice and cool when went exploring in them.

Sandwiches at the top of Jacob’s Ladder.

Ice cream reward.

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The Signalman

I found an old rusty Signalman train badge and thought it would be perfect to fix to my ham radio receiver and
Morse decoder. I always like to name my projects and Signalman is perfect.
I burnt my finger whilst cutting the clasp off the back but it covers a nasty scratch on the box (the dangers of taking projects out and about I guess) and that is how the Signalman got its name.
Still loving the handset despite some funny looks when I’m out with it. Today whilst out walking I was able to pick up a couple of old gentlemen talking about building their own radios. I love listening in to snapshots of people’s lives like this. It’s like I’m fishing for good conversations with the Signalman being my net.

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