Everyone knows just how good a visit to a Sunday markets can be. There’s usually some good coffee and a spot of breakfast to be had, and undoubtedly something to have a squiz at (something of blokey interest, that is) whilst the better half strolls off to look at scented soaps and craft items.
So, on Sunday 20 September the Redcliffe Club went to Petrie Markets at the North Pine Country Park to provide a rescue service for men who needed a welcome distraction from the aforementioned soaps and craft. In fact what happened was that not only were some fellas interested, the first person was a lady who was overheard dropping a VK call sign at a nearby coffee stall. She wandered over and started telling her story of involvement (with her hubby) in JOTA for 35 years and how they came within a hairs-breadth of getting licensed themselves. She took the brochures and we did the best we could to encourage both she and her hubby to check us out. Like I said, this lady was not the only one who showed interest, a number of folks came by and took brochures…and they are all prospective future Hams and Club members.
The key things is that had we stuck with our normal Sunday routine (that’s church for this Vicar) and stayed at home, perhaps listening to the Coral Coast net followed up by the WIA News, then this valuable PR would never have happened. If we are going to encourage new folks into this wonderful hobby of ours, then we need to use any number of mechanisms to promote it – and this is one successful way to get our faces out into the public eye. And it was a good fun morning doing what we like to do best – talking on and about Amateur Radio.
A huge thanks to Jeff (VK4FNRS), Trev (VK4FEMO), Doug (VK4KET), Kevin (VK4UH) and Peter (VK4TAA) who came along, helped set up and pull down, supported by being present, worked the station and talked with the folks who wandered by.