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Silent Keys

It is with much sadness that we record the deaths of two local radio amateurs:

Roger G0UPU at the age of 72, a CARA member, an avid experimenter and talented constructor of “home-brew” equipment.

Douglas (Gerry) G3BCC at the age of 95, a long term Cheltonian, journalist and past member of CARA.

Tributes will be published in CARA News.

We offer our heartfelt condolences to their families.

G3NKS

80m Club Championship Contests

This year’s RSGB 80m Club Championship has been running for a couple of months now. CARA is climbing up the league table but more support would be much welcomed. The next contests are:

7th April: CW 1900 to 2030 utc
16th April: SSB 1900 to 2030 utc
24th April: Data 1900 to 2030 utc

Full rules may be found on the RSGB’s website.

Please get on the air, support your club and have some fun!

G3NKS

Railways On The Air

Advance Notice! This year Chairman Doug G4IGN is planning a big operation for Railways-On-The-Air. As usual we’ll be at the Cheltenham Racecourse Station of the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway. However this year we’ll have two stations on HF plus tower and beam so there will be plenty of operating opportunities. He hopes that many club members, and especially those newly licensed, will wish to take part and join in the fun. The event takes place over the weekend of 27th/28th September with set-up on Friday 26th. Please earmark these dates in your diary now!

March Meeting – Report

The annual CARA Constructors’ Exhibition took place on Thursday 20th March. A primary aim of the meeting is to demonstrate that home construction, or “home-brew” if you like, is alive and well in the Cheltenham area. This is certainly true as there was a massive turnout of projects, many of a very high standard.

The CARA constructors' exhibition 2014
The CARA constructors’ exhibition 2014

Two trophies were presented: The Bill Brown G5BK Cup for the “Best in Show” and the Pat Moore G3IKR Memorial Cup for “Innovative Construction”. Judges this year were Bob, M0NQN, and Jon, M0JMM.

Judges Jon, M0JMM, (left) and Bob, M0NQN, (right)
Judges Jon, M0JMM, (left) and Bob, M0NQN, (right)

Here’s some of what was put on show…

Doug, G4IGN's, halo antenna
Doug, G4IGN’s, halo antenna
Colin, G3TA's, brass key made from scrap
Colin, G3TA’s, brass key made from scrap
Derek, G3NKS, finished his project after 29 years
Derek, G3NKS, finished his project after 29 years
Bob, M0NQN's, ladderline 4:1 balun
Bob, M0NQN’s, ladderline 4:1 balun
A selection of Andy, M0JLY's, QRSS projects
A selection of Andy, M0JLY’s, QRSS projects
Peter, G4ENA's, 4m transvertor and dual band portable yagi
Peter, G4ENA’s, 4m transvertor and dual band portable yagi
Ken, G3LVP's, portable Pic-a-star project
Ken, G3LVP’s, portable Pic-a-star project
Jon, M0JMM, beats the commercial competition
Jon, M0JMM, beats the commercial competition

The winner for “Best in show” went to Colin, G3TA, for his Morse key constructed from scrap metal.

Colin, G3TA, being presented withthe Bill Brown, G5BK, cup for best entry
Colin, G3TA, being presented withthe Bill Brown, G5BK, cup for best entry

The prize for “Innovative Construction” went to Andy, M0JLY, for his magnetic loop made with under soil heating pipe.

Andy, M0JLY, with his innovative loop
Andy, M0JLY, with his innovative loop
Andy, M0JLY, being presented the G3IKR cup for best innovative construction by Doug, G4IGN
Andy, M0JLY, being presented the G3IKR cup for best innovative construction by Doug, G4IGN

February Meeting – Report

A short talk and demonstration by Roger, G3REB, of a potential extra project for all those who completed the FoxDelta antenna analyser club project.

The February meeting about to start
The February meeting about to start

Roger described a graphical interface and controller to go with the FoxDelta SWR Analyser which some 20 members built from a kit last year under the club’s “Assisted Build” project. The Graphics Adaptor appears to be a very useful addition to an already very useful piece of test gear and, like the SWR Analyser, it is available as a kit so is a contender for another “Assisted Build” project.

Roger, G3REB, describing the graphics display and controller for the FoxDelta antenna analsyer
Roger, G3REB, describing the graphics display and controller for the FoxDelta antenna analsyer
A 'walkabout demonstration' of the FoxDelta SWR analyser display
A ‘walkabout demonstration’ of the FoxDelta SWR analyser display

Unfortunatelty the advertised talk entitled “A Day in the Life of an Air Traffic Controller” did not take place due to a last minute change to Tom’s work commitments.

CARA January Meeting – Surplus Equipment Sale

This is an extremely popular annual event and a great opportunity to meet up for a chat and restock the shack at the same time. Members brought along their unwanted radio equipment, components, aerials, and all sorts of items, found a free table, and sold to the multitude over lots of friendly haggling and a cup of tea. Everything offered for sale had some relevance to radio or electronics, and as usual there was a very wide selection on offer. A great time was had by all.

 

A quiet chat over some bargains
A quiet chat over some bargains

I never knew anyone could eat so much margarine
I never knew anyone could eat so much margarine
Derek, G3NKS, getting busy with customers
Derek, G3NKS, getting busy with customers
Tony, G3SNN, with a big selection of items on offer
Tony, G3SNN, with a big selection of items on offer
A bargain being negotiated
A bargain being negotiated

RSGB 80m AFS Contests – 2014

Once again CARA will be taking part in these annual contests for clubs affiliated to the RSGB.

Clubs may enter one or more teams of up to four stations in each team.

CW: Sunday 12th January 1400 to 1800utc.

Band:  3510 – 3560kHz.    Note change from previous years.

SSB: Saturday 18th January 1400 to 1800utc.

Band:   3600-3650 kHz and 3700-3775 kHz.   Note change from previous years.

In each contest, exchange: RST plus serial number starting at 001.

The full rules may be found on the RSGB website at www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2014/rafs.shtml

A summary of the rules appeared in December’s CARA News.

Although among club members we now longer have any really  “big gun” stations, we are still capable of putting in a decent team score, particularly for the CW session.   So please support your club and join in the fun.

Derek – G3NKS

A Message for 2014

The CARA committee wishes everyone a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

May your RF propagate around the world and all your reports be 59 (they will be if you take part in HF contests!).

CARA Christmas Day Net

At the recent AGM it was suggested that we should reinstate the Christmas Day Net. So let’s gather on 145.400MHz FM at 10am on the 25th to exchange seasons greetings and may be to tell what we’ve found in our Xmas Stockings! As many of us will be busy with families, please try to keep the overs short, particularly if the net is large.

With best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from your committee.