UAV shot of 2017 rally

Sunday 14th July 2024

Open: 09:00 to 15:00 (Traders 08:00)

Location: Reading Rugby Club, Sonning Lane, Reading, RG4 6ST

The McMichael Radio & Electronics Rally and Car Boot Sale is an established, popular and growing annual event for Radio Amateurs and Electronics enthusiasts in the South. Whether looking for that special component, a new project, a retail bargain or to meet fellow enthusiasts, the McMichael Rally is the event to attend.

Being held in mid-summer the weather is usually warm and dry and the Reading Rugby Club venue offers a good Bar and Catering, including a BBQ (weather and demand allowing) and has ample FREE parking.

2024 Rally

Times: 09:00 entry (08:00 for Trader Set-up)

Entrance fees for 2024 are £4 (16s and over) per person and £10 per table for traders (includes addmission for 2).
Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue are providing a first response service. No Dogs other than assistance dogs are allowed on the events field.


The McMichael Rally Committee is delighted to report that once again the Reading and District Amateur Radio Club (RADARC) ,Burnham Beeches Radio Club (BBRC) and the Bracknell Amateur Radio Club (BARC) are working together to run the rally.

Contacts / Social Media

General enquiries, email: rally (at)

Trade enquiries, email: traders (at)

Facebook: McMichaelRadioRally

Instagram: @mcmichael_radio_rally

Twitter: @McMichaelRally

For information, photos and the history of McMichael Radios, visit:

Thank You

Thank you to all the visitors, traders and Car-Booters that joined us at this years event. Although the weather forecast was worrying, the event stayed dry throughout and the Sun even decided to shine for us a lot of the time.

Thanks also to all the volunteers, helpers, Club Members and of course the Reading Rugby Club Staff for making this such a successful annual event.

See you in 2024

Thames Valley Repeater Group – Radio Offer

Thames Valley Repeater Group Logo


Key Radio KM3000/4000 VHF mobile radios with all U.K. analogue 2m repeaters.

This year, TVRG will be selling a number of Key Radio KM3000 (and some 4000) VHF mobile radios. These are programmed for 2m and have all the simplex channels and all the U.K. analogue repeaters with corresponding CTCSS access tones. Yes, that’s right, all U.K. analogue 2m repeaters listed alphabetically. The radios have a capacity for 256 channels. The latest radios have updated firmware, which changes the direction of the microphone buttons and also speeds up the scanning. The radios can be modified for packet radio use and have these frequencies now included.

Single radios cost £20 but for the duration of the McMichael Rally on Sunday 16th July, we are offering two radios, bought at the same time for only £30 (£15 each). Please note, this offer is only valid at the McMichael Rally.

You can read all about the radios, either at or under the For Sale section at  We’re pleased to say that the updated TVRG website is back up and running.

McMichael Radio Rally – GB6MMR ‘Talk-In’

This year’s McMichael Radio and Electronics Rally will be on air throughout the morning of the event on 145.550 MHz FM. The rally Talk-In has been allocated the Special Event Callsign GB6MMR and will be manned by Steve Baugh G4AUC and David Ferrington M0XDF.

If you are visiting the rally then please give us a call, either while en route to the event or while at the rally. We’d also like to hear calls from anyone in the area and to add you to the log.

The Rally will be open from 09:00 to 15:00 (opens 08:00 for traders) at the Reading Rugby Club, Sonning Lane, Reading, RG4 6ST.

Entry is just £3 per person or £10 per Trader Table.

Martin Lynch and Sons donate Rally Raffle Prize

A big thank you to Tony and the team at ML&S Martin Lynch & Sons for their kind donation to the McMichael Radio Rally and Electronics Fair Raffle again this year.

ML&S have been a regular and generous supporter of the Rally, attending most years and have donated many great raffle prizes. This year Tony has kindly donated a Wouxon KG-639E for our main prize.

You can visit the ML&S Website here:

British Amateur Television Club (BATC) will be demonstrating a QO100 downlink at this years Rally.

The British Amateur Television Club (BATC) actively promotes the hobby of Amateur Television and covers all aspects of Television transmission on the amateur radio bands.

The BATC have kindly confirmed that they will be joining us at the 2023 McMichael Radio Rally in Reading, Berkshire, on Sunday 16th July 2023. As part of their display the BATC will be demonstrating a downlink from the QO100 Satellite. Detailed information on the QO100 Amateur Television capabilities can be found HERE

Remember to visit the BATC Gazebo to see what can be achieved using Amateur Television on the Amateur Bands.

Telonic Instruments Confirmed

We are happy to confirm that Doug and the team from Telonic Instruments in Wokingham will be joining us in the Traders Hall at this years McMichael Radio Rally. As a regular advertiser in RadCom you will already have seen some of the huge range of test equipment available from them.

Be sure to visit their stand in the Traders Hall while at the show to see and discuss some of the latest equipment they have in stock,

Visit the Telonic Website at: or give them a call on 0118 978 6911

Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue in attendance

Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue logo

We are happy to confirm that Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue will be in attendance at this years Rally to provide First Aid assistance to anyone requiring it during the Rally.

Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue (BLSAR) is a local organisation that is the primary search resource for Thames Valley Police in Berkshire. We are a team of highly trained volunteers who can use specialist skills to search for high-risk vulnerable missing persons.Lowland Search and Rescue is one arm of the United Kingdom’s Search and Rescue (UK SAR) provision comprising many other capabilities such as Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Mountain Rescue, Cave Rescue, and more. All of which share similar features under a charitable structure.
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