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Her Majesty's'Royal Mint Experience'Special Event, GB4RME,31 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 31 July and 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.


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.


Due to the sensitive electronics and computersused at the Mint we will be limited to 100Wouput from each of our transceivers. We will try to optimise our antennas to take account of this.

QSL Info

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

News;6 July

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

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 an Endfed Balun Wire 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.


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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