MORE than 500 radio fans better used to speaking to each other over the airwaves met face-to-face in Didcot.

The radio enthusiasts from all over the UK gathered at Didcot Leisure Centre in Mereland Road for an amateur radio and electronics rally on Sunday.

Organiser Ann Stevens, from the Harwell Amateur Radio Society, said: “It was full of people.

“Quite often, you talk to people over the radio but you don’t ever see them, so people were having a chat and discussing things. It was very sociable.

“It went really well. We were very pleased.”

Thousands of parts to build amateur radios were on sale during the rally.

Harwell Amateur Radio Society, which has about 30 members based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, hosted the event.

The hobby means radio amateurs can communicate with each other using radiowaves on different frequencies all over the world.