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Newbury Radio Rally

Sunday 18th June 2017

Advance bookings for 2017 now being taken......
The Newbury Radio Rally has been taking place every year since 1987.
It is organised and run by the Newbury And District Amateur Radio Society (NADARS) and attracts visitors from all over the country. This highly popular event provides the ideal venue for anyone interested in radio, electronics or computing. Themed around a 'boot sale' it offers the opportunity to buy and sell everything from the smallest components used for making equipment or projects, through to complete communication systems. Whether you want the very latest full featured transceiver from the world's biggest manufacturers, or simply something second-hand at incredibly attractive prices, there are more than 100 stalls waiting to help you.

But buying or selling is not the only thing on offer, as there are other attractions too!

Each year NADARS provides it's 'Demonstration Marquee' where you will see live amateur radio stations in contact with amateurs all over the world using voice, Morse code and data communications.

Also, there have been a number of national societies who have previously displayed (hopefully returning in 2017) including:

  • Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society, (RAFARS)
  • Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society
  • Royal Signals Amateur Radio Society
  • Radio Officers Association (ROARS)
  • British Amateur Television Club (BATC)
  • Chiltern DX Club
  • UK Six Metre Group
  • Worked All Britain Awards Group (WAB)
  • Castles and Stately Homes on the Air (CASHOTA)
  • Reading Hackspace
  • Vulcan To The Sky Group
  • Group for Earth Observation
  • Restored Police command truck and support vehicle
  • And other organisations and clubs all displaying their special interests

The Newbury Radio Rally really is 'the one not to be missed' and ensures a great day out for everyone.

Opening Times

Sunday 18th June 2017

  • Open to visitors from 0900hrs until about 1530 or 1600hrs
  • Open to sellers/traders from 0800hrs

Note: No access to the site is possible on Saturday 17th June or overnight.


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Price*

  • Visitors £2.50 per person (children under 16 free, no other concessions). Free Parking.
  • Trades / sellers £12.50 per plot (5m x 5m). (click here for Advance Booking - with discount)
    This space is suitable for a car or small van. If you have a car with trailer or a large van etc you will need two or more plots. You are welcome (as many do) to have multiple plots.

Please note that for safety and space reasons everything must be within the plot(s) purchased (i.e. 5mx5m or multiples thereof) - - this means everything, including the vehicle and all your tables etc, so please take this into account when deciding if one plot is big enough for you.


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Location + Map + Directions

The Rally takes place at one of the biggest showgrounds in the south of England.
Newbury Showground is located right next to junction 13 of the M4 Motorway.
Nearest Post Code: RG18 9BB
Lat: N51:27:33 ( 51.45911), Long: W1:18:19 ( -1.30521).
LR: SU483734

Talk-in on S22 (145.550MHz) with GB4NR

Directions:
A34 South bound
Continue to J13 M4 and follow signs for showground. As you go around the roundabout at the motorway, you start to head north again (i.e. as if you are going back up the A34) but shortly after leaving the M4 roundabout, and before you rejoin the main carriageway of the A34, take the slip road for Chieveley. At the 'T' Junction turn right. The entrance will be found on the right.

From the A34 North bound
Continue to J13 M4 and follow signs to showground. As you go around the roundabout at the motorway, you start to head north (i.e. as if you were continuing north up the A34) but shortly after leaving the M4 roundabout, and before you rejoin the main carriageway of the A34, take the slip road for Chieveley. At the 'T' Junction turn right. The entrance will be found on the right.

From M4 West bound
Leave at Junction 13 and follow signs for showground. As you go around the roundabout at the motorway, you start to head north (i.e. as if you were continuing north up the A34) but shortly after leaving the M4 roundabout, and before you rejoin the main carriageway of the A34, take the slip road for Chieveley. At the 'T' Junction turn right. The entrance will be found on the right.

From M4 East bound
Leave at Junction 13 and follow signs for showground. As you go around the roundabout at the motorway, you start to head north (i.e. as if you were continuing north up the A34) but shortly after leaving the M4 roundabout, and before you rejoin the main carriageway of the A34, take the slip road for Chieveley. At the 'T' Junction turn right. The entrance will be found on the right.


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Facilities

  • Free car park, including a reserved area for disabled blue-badge holders.
  • Toilets, including disabled access.
  • Catering (freshly cooked beef burgers, bacon rolls etc.)
  • Ice cream, ice lollies etc.
  • Tea, coffee and soft drinks.
  • Talk-in on S22 (145.550MHz) with GB4NR

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Activities

Each year NADARS provides it's 'Demonstration Marquee' where you will see live amateur radio stations in contact with amateurs all over the world using voice, Morse code and data communications.

Also, there have been a number of national societies who have previously displayed (hopefully returning in 2017) including:

  • British Amateur Television Club (BATC)
  • Castles and Stately Homes on the Air
  • Radio Officers Association
  • Reading Hackspace
  • Restored Police command truck and support vehicle
  • Royal Signals Amateur Radio Society
  • Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society
  • Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society
  • UK Six Metre Group 
  • Worked All Britain (WAB) Awards Group,
  • And other organisations and clubs all displaying their special interests

The Newbury Radio Rally really is 'the one not to be missed' and ensures a great day out for everyone.

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Talk-In

Talk-in is provided by the Newbury And District Amateur Radio Society.
Listen for GB4NR on S22 (145.550MHz)


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Local Accommodation

There are many hotels and guest houses in the Newbury Area. The best idea is to visit the Newbury Tourist Information Office or use a company like www.Expedia.com or www.hotels.com.

The nearest hotel (almost walking distance, but not quite) is Hilton Newbury North hotel

Please note that it is not possible for anyone to remain on the rally site over night (access is only available from Sunday morning as the site is used for another event on the Saturday)

Click here for camping sites


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Contact for further information

We hope that we have included everything you need to know on this web site, but if you have any questions then don't hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to reply within 24 hours

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Advance Booking

If you are planning to sell your treasured possessions, or you are a commercial trader, we recommend that you book your space(s) in advance. Although it is not essential to book in advance, it has a number of advantages for you:

  • Discounted price of £10 for your space in the boot sale area (each plot is 5m x 5m). Normal price on the day is £12.50 each
  • Faster access when you arrive - so no waiting for payments and tickets etc

**Click here to book online**


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