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September Meeting

Roger G4BVY will be visiting CARA this month to talk about his expedition to Suriname last year to take part in the popular CQ Magazine’s Worldwide SSB DX Contest. In his words the talk “will contain many items from being a travelogue, bits of radio and antennas, what we did while we were there, and some local sights and history and, most importantly, there will be no equations!”. He’s previously given this talk to several other club where it’s was very well received.

Roger is a much travelled, enthusiastic and interesting guy. He has just returned from a three week trip to the USA “eclipse hunting”! So whether or not DXpeditions appeal to you, Roger’s talk promised to be wide ranging and entertaining. As he’s travelling some distance to visit us, let’s have a good turn out please to make his trip worthwhile.

Thursday 21st September at the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way, Cheltenham, located between Morrisons and the Shurdington Road. Beware of height barrier when entering the car-park. Doors will be open by 7.30 for an 8pm start.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

Visitors and prospective members will be welcomed.

August Meeting – Report

In August we saw yet another auction of, mainly, Silent Key (SK) stuff. It was another success with, from memory, all the lots being sold thanks to the persuasive powers of Tony G3YYH who once again did a superb job as the auctioneer and entertainer! It’s been suggested that the next auction should be advertised as “An evening of hilarious entertainment accompanied by some selling of equipment”! Tony was ably assisted by Barry M0HFY who kept track of the successful bidders, Peter G3YJE who collected the monies due, Tim G8PZD who acted as gatekeeper whose job was to ensure that everyone took away everything they bought (believe it or not, some do forget to do so!) and Derek G3NKS who collected and catalogued the lots beforehand.

Thanks also to everyone who turned up and so helped to make the evening the success it undoubtedly was. Colin G3TA manned the tea bar, thanks go to him too.

August Meeting

Another auction sale of (mainly) SK items. Lots of other interesting stuff including antennas, antenna bits, cables, components, nuts & bolts, soldering irons, speakers, test gear, tools, transformers and wire. Plus several boxes of irresistible collections of miscellaneous items.

Doors will be open by 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start. If you intend to bid, please collect a bidding card from Peter G3YJE on the way in.

Payment – cash only.

Please read the terms under which the auction will be run – see:
The Club/Auction Rules on left side-bar.

Only members of CARA and invited guests may bid. However, visitors and prospective members will be made welcome.

Date: Thursday 17th August. Venue: Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way located between Morrisons and the Shurdington Road.

Beware of height barrier when entering the car-park.

JULY MEETING – REPORT

Iain M0PCB is probably the club’s most travelled and experienced DXpeditioner. His experiences range from his first solo trip in 2007 to Jersey when he made just 90 QSOs to the big DXpedition to Ghana earlier this year when as part of the 9G5X team he made several thousand QSOs. At the meeting on 20th July he spoke to us about planning and preparing for such a trip. He suggested starting by considering the following points: Where to go, people to take with you, time of the year to go, what kit to take, travel arrangements, definition of success (which may be simply to have fun). Other factors include: how easy is it to get a licence? Is a visa needed? How easy is it to find a site and what’s the QRM/EMC situation like? Can radios be easily imported? Is the country safe to visit? When considering the best time to go, a study of propagation forecasts is necessary to pick the optimum band conditions between the DX location and the parts of the world you wish to work most. Finally Iain showed photos of various DXpedition stations and locations. A really interested talk which was well received by those present. Many thanks to Iain for his time and trouble.

Jon M0JMM reminded us about the CARA Fun Activity Challenge which started on 1st July and announced the leaders to date – top of the table was Simon G6AHX.

Derek G3NKS then lead a short discuss on communications within the club. Were members satisfied with current methods of communications. Could communications be improved, if so how? Unfortunately time did not allow a full discussion, so this topic will be probably be raised again at a future meeting.

June Meeting Report

Another two-part meeting.

Jon M0JMM introduced a new challenge for club members. This challenge was initially devised for newly licensed members but was widened to included all members of CARA. Its aim is to encourage members to get on the air more often by trying new activities such as different bands, different modes and different locations. It’s known as the CARA Fun Activity Challenge and has a start date of 1st July 2017. Regular reporting by members is encouraged, and a leader board will be displayed at the monthly meetings and on this website. (Subsequently, an email describing the challenge in detail, along with a score sheet, was sent to members by email. The contents of that email will be posted on this web-site shortly.)

Derek G3NKS then displayed and spoke about the three project kits which have been described in CARA News and invited members to place orders. If there is a demand, Assisted Construction meetings will be held later in the year where members can build the kits with help and advice.

AUCTION REPORT

Over 30 people attended the auction on 18th May. With some 120 lots it was a busy meeting and the auctioneer, Tony G3YYH, did well to get through that number of lots in the time available. He worked hard, encouraging bidders to come forward and may be even to bid when hesitant to do so! Some of us think that Tony could even sell snow to those living within the Artic Circle! However, several of the transceivers remained unsold as the reserve prices were not reached. These items may well be advertised for sale here
– so watch this space,

Barry M0HFY did a super job recording bidders and prices, and Peter G3YJE a super job collecting monies owed. Thanks to those who arrived early to help set-up the room and to those who stayed on to help clear away at the end of the evening. Their efforts were much appreciated.

It was a very successful and entertaining evening, with Tony and others injecting much humour into the proceedings. As we have a lot more SK stuff to dispose of, we’re planning another auction on 17th August – put this date in your diary now.

May Meeting

Thursday 18th May – Auction sale of (mainly) SK items. Some 100 lots including HF transceivers, 2m FM rigs, VHF and UHF hand-helds, antennas, test gear and components.

Doors will be open by 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start – please note earlier times.

Payment – cash only.

Please read the terms under which the auction will be run – see:
The Club/Auction Rules on left side-bar.

The auction is open to members of CARA and invited guests only as space is limited.

Venue: Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way located between Morrisons and the Shurdington Road.

Beware of height barrier when entering the car-park.

Foundation Licence Course

CARA’s next Foundation Licence course will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August with the exam on Sunday 20th.

Location: the Hatherley area of Cheltenham – see under Training on this website for more details.

For further information, and to book a place on the course, please email Barry at training@g5bk.uk

April Meeting

On Thursday 20th April Ken G3LVP will explain the vagaries of radio propagation in a talk entitled “The Next Solar Cycle?”. His explanations will cover such terms as Maximum Useable Frequency (MUF) and Critical Frequency, as well as how signals are refracted by the various ionospheric layers depending on the time of the day, the seasons and the state of the nominal 11-year sun-spot cycle. If time permits he may also mention propagations modes such as Sporadic E (Es). We look forward to an interesting meeting.

Brizen Young Peoples’ Centre, Up Hatherley Way, Cheltenham, located between the Shurdington Road and Morrisons superstore.

Beware of height barrier when entering the car park.

Door open by 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Tea, coffee and biscuits should be available after the talk.