Jaycee Open Day – Best Ever! September 26th, 2008
On Friday 19th September, I drove the 485 miles from Waters & Stanton in Hockley to Glenrothes in Scotland in order to attend the annual Open Day at the Waters & Stanton shop @ Jaycee.
Also making the trip was John Turner and Chris Ridley from Icom UK, Sam Ruddy and his wife from Yaesu UK, David Wilkins from Kenwood UK and Peter Waters and his wife from Waters & Stanton. This gives you some idea of the importance of the occasion!
By 10am on the Saturday when the event was declared open, hundreds and hundreds of visitors arrived at what is considered to be the best rally in Scotland!
The shop is not large enough to accommodate the crowds, so the adjacent village hall had been well prepared for them in advance. Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu and W & S all had wonderful displays of their wares. In addition, there was an excellent live demonstration of D-STAR. Raynet had their emergency vehicles outside the hall on display and were welcoming everyone to go inside them and have a look. Raynet added to their funds by selling a wide variety of items on their stall, as did the local Glenrothes Amateur Radio Club.
There was plentiful free food and drink, which was served by some very nice ladies. Everyone thought that they worked very hard, even though they made it look effortless.
Also free to everyone was the raffle. Star prizes given away including brand new rigs very generously donated by Yaesu, Icom and Kenwood. I have never seen such a warm welcome for a raffle! A free rig just for turning up!
Business was brisk, but in a very pleasant way. It was wonderful to realise that I had met a lot of the visitors before, whether at rallies or open days or sometimes just on the phone. It is good to put a name to a face. I noticed the noise level in the hall was high all day and that was simply down to people chatting and renewing acquaintances. Encouragingly, many new faces were noticed which can only bode well for the hobby.
New models, as usual, caused a lot of interest. The AV-MAP, which is sat-nav, and APRS combined was popular. The new Black-Box near field air band receiver amazed listeners as it automatically found aircraft to listen to. And the stand that had too many bargains to list was surrounded by customers all day long.
As the show ended after the raffle was made at 4pm everyone slowly drifted away. Everyone looked contented and, no doubt, looking forward already to next year’s event.
Bill, his wife Betty and their son Scott who run Jaycee had really done us all proud. I organise our Open Day down here at Hockley and I know about how much hard work needs to be done to make the event a success. But I can tell you that I learned a few things from these lovely people. They start planning a long time in advance to ensure that it all went well, and the success of the day is all down to them. Well done and thank you for such a memorable day.
Congratulations John September 17th, 2008
John Southee has recently had another grandchild. His daughter Joanne and her husband Chris had Ella Rose Lushey on the 11th of September 2008 at 12:56pm. She was born weighing 6lbs 13oz. Their son Harrison now has a little baby sister to play with.
Heil Microphones September 9th, 2008
We had an urgent request from Bob Heil in the USA to assist his customer who was in London. New microphone parts were needed urgently at a London hotel. They were for use by Paul Rodgers the new lead singer with rock band Queen who were just about to start a new tour in Russia ending in London in November.
Heil are currently supplying around 50 music tours around the world with their PR series microphones. We were pleased to play our small part.
Essex Air Ambulance Motorcycle Run 2008 September 9th, 2008
Sunday the seventh of September saw the motorcycle run set off from the Ford motor company
Dunton site to cover the 60 miles to Harwich. At Harwich a family fun day with the many sponsors of the event having stands Essex FM road show, the Air ambulance put in an appearance. Among those riders were some of our staff, Zippy’s even sported a model of the helicopter over the headlight. This event usually attracts 3-4000 bikes and many people line road in support.
Well Done Joe! September 8th, 2008
Joe Thurogood of our Saturday shop staff received a Jack Petchey Achievement Award in March of this year, along with a certificate, he received £300 which he donated to the ARKII Charity. ARKII is a local charity that is trying to help the local community. The money that Joe donated is going to go towards a local youth centre.
“I felt very privileged to receive this award an I believe that the money is going to a worthy cause to benefit us all in the local community.”