January saw our first ever “Skills Evening” meeting when several members manned tables to demonstrate or give advice on aspects of amateur radio.
We had eight tables around the room dealing with the following:
RSGB – manned by Giles G0NXA, the RSGB’s the Deputy Regional Manager for Region 5. He promoted the RSGB and offered advice.
Programming hand-helds and mobiles – Stewart G0LGS was programming VHF and UHF FM channels into members rigs.
D-Star and DMR Mobile Access – a demonstration by Matt 2E0MDJ.
Workshop Techniques – a practical demo and display of tools and jigs by Colin G3VTS.
American Radio History – a promotion of the American website by Peter G3YJE.
DATA modes – a live demonstration of, eg, JT65 by Barry M0HFY.
SMD Techniques – Ken G3LVP showed examples of how to mount Surface Mounted Devices.
DXing – Tony G3SNN offered advice on working DX and displayed useful publications.
This turned out to be a very popular meeting with many members commenting how much they enjoyed the evening, with plenty to see and learn, and plenty of time to chat.
Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the evening the success it undoubtedly was, and especially to those who took turns manning the kitchen.