Bucks County Rally
Mon, 12 Jul 1993 16:41:25 +0100
It's taken a week to post this message but it is at last.
Buckinghamshire County Scout Rally 1993
Well at long last our turn has rolled round for a County Rally at Gilwell
Park (this only happens every four to five years). It took some 18 months
of planning to get groups there from all over the county. The early birds
arrived on thursday to start setting everything up. I went down on the
friday morning (with PC and Laser Printer) to help set up the radio shack.
Fri afternoon and eve the remainder of the 2000+ participants turned up.
The weather was kind to us all weekend (hottest weekend of the year so
I was trying to use packet radio for the first time, and show easy it is to
connect into systems anywhere in the world. Only problem was the equipment
was built literally the day before, with only one set of chips. So we
could only connect into one frequency, which appeared to be the one most of
the nodes where using to talk to each other, so we had lots of fun trying
to get a connection. When we did get a connection, and finally got through
to a system in the states, we ended up talking to a guy 30 miles down the
road from us.
The radio side was more successful, we made contact with some 30 countries.
From places as far a field as both American continents, Africa, Europe,
Asia and Oceania. We had two of particular note, one from the old
Russian/Chinese border, but the most unusual was from the flight deck of a
commercial Airliner in flight over the Black Sea.
All in all the weekend was a roaring success (although the organizers were
hoping for at least another 1000 to take part). The two Milton Keynes
Districts formed the biggest contingent with approx 600 people camping.
We hope to have another County Rally at Gilwell in 1997.
I only heard of two 'major' accidents over the whole weekend (both from
Milton Keynes). The first was a lad who walked around all day saturday with
no shirt and ended up with severe sunburn (large blisters), who then ended
up at the local burns unit once he got home. The second being a leader who
'twisted' his ankle in a pot hole, which when his doctor looked at it turned
out to be a broken ankle.
The number of people visiting the Radio Shack was a bit disappointing, but
those who did come in seemed to get something out of it.
The next big event on the Radio Scouting front is JOTA, which we are now
starting to gear up for. We may even be setting up a slow scan tv link
with two other camp sites.
I think I have rambled on enough for now so I will finish here.
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