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January Meeting

To judge by the amount of activity around the designated data mode frequencies, such modes are very popular these days, with more being introduced as the months go on.

Barry M0HFY has kindly agreed to tell us about a few of the more popular modes such as PSK, JT65 and FT8. He will also explain the best way to interface our computers with our rigs.

This should be a very interesting meeting which will appeal to a wide range of club members.

Thursday 18th January, 7.30 for 8pm at the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way, located between Morrisons and the Shurdington Road.

Beware of the height barrier when entering the car-park.

Visitors and prospective members will be welcomed, as always.

CARA Christmas Lunch

On 19th December seventeen of us gathered for lunch at the Toby Carvery in Brockworth. The men sat at one table:

l-r: G3TEV, G4ENA, M0HFY, G3YYH, G3YJE, G3LVP, G3KII. Photo by G3NKS

And the ladies at another:

l-r; G3YYH/2, G4ENA/2, G3NKS/2, G3YJE/2, G3TEV/2 G3LVP/2, M0HFY/2

We enjoyed good food and good conversation. A great time was had.

AGM REPORT

This is a brief report on the AGM. A fuller report will appear in an early issue of CARA News.

Twenty-five members and one visitor (who subsequently signed-up as a member) attended the meeting.

The minutes of the 2016 meeting were approved followed an amendment

The Chairman’s and Treasurer’s reports were approved unanimously.

The proposal to keep the annual subscription at £13 was approved.

The following were elected unopposed to serve on the committee for 2018:
Chairman: Tony G3YYH
Secretary: Derek G3NKS
Treasurer: Peter G3YJE

l-r: Peter G3YJE, Tony G3YYH, Derek G3NKS

Committee members: Christopher M0YNG (Editor of CARA News)
Graham G8URP who will continue to act as Membership Secretary.

Accounts Examiner (non-committee post): Tony G3SNN

It was suggested that the club should buy equipment, especially test gear, for loan to members. Another suggestion was that a survey of members’ opinions about the club and its activities should be conducted. The Chairman said both these suggestions will be considered by the 2018 Committee.

It was confirmed that the committee was still seeking a better venue for our monthly meetings, two had been considered but rejected as being unsuitable.

The meeting closed at 20.18 following a vote of thanks to the committee for doing a good job during 2017.

After the formal meeting, we enjoyed much chat and a generously provided finger buffet and a bar.

Barman Tim G8PZD sampling his wares!

ADVANCED LICENCE EXAM

If there are any of our intermediate members interested in progressing to a full licence we can run an advanced exam along with the foundation exam on Sunday 11th March.

Please contact Barry at training@g5bk.uk for more information.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

This year’s AGM will take place on Thursday 14th December at the Brizen centre, Up Hatherley Way, Cheltenham starting at 8pm prompt.   Doors will be open by 7.30pm.

Thje Brizen centre is located between the Shurdington Road and Morrisons,  Beware of the height barrier when entering the car-park.

Visitors and prospective members will be made welcome.

 

INTERMEDIATE LICENCE COURSE

Further to the earlier posting here, the course being held in January is now full, but we’re happy to take names to be put on a waiting list should any of the current candidates drop out.

Please email Barry at training@b5bk.uk if you’d like to go on the waiting list.

 

November Meeting

We are pleased that former CARA member Andy G0EVX has kindly agreed to talk to us this month.  The title of his talk is “A Modern Approach to Amateur Radio” and he’ll be describing some of the modern technologies which can be used today such as SDRs (don’t know what they are?  Come along and find out!).

Thursday 16th November, 7.30 for 8pm, at the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way.

Beware of the height barrier when entering the car-park.

Visitors and prospective members will be welcomed, as always.

 

Intermediate Licence Course

CARA is pleased to announce that the next Intermediate Licence Course will take place over the weekend of 20th/21st January 2018 with the exam on Sunday 28th January.

A Full Licence exam will also be held on 28 January if there is a demand for it.

We hope to announce soon the dates of the next Foundation Licence course and exam.

Candidates on these courses are offered free membership of CARA for a period of 12 months.

For more information about any of the above please contact Barry at training@g5bk.uk