RadComm Basics – Free issue

With more than 1,000 remote invigilation Foundation licence students having passed, the RSGB is making the July 2020 edition of RadCom Basics a special free-to-everyone edition.

With many radio amateurs world-wide still affected by national lockdown restrictions, RadCom Basics is an opportunity to introduce elements of the hobby to newcomers in bite-sized pieces.

To read the July copy of this bi-monthly online publication, go to rsgb.org/radcom-basics.

CARA-On-The-Air Thursday 2nd July

Just a quick report on the 145.400MHz “COTA net” last Thursday evening.

An excellent turnout of members (13,  from Malvern, Chalford, Highnam etc).  Several subjects were discussed, have to admit only remembering the usual favourite – “antennas” – and therefore who can hear who! Should have made notes on my “Log” but that amount of multi tasking while being net controller was beyond me that evening! (how did I manage volunteering for that executive position). I think a couple of stations who are antenna restricted are off to experimen,t improving their “metal” in the air after the evening conversations, look forward to reporting on their signals in due course.

I certainly enjoyed the evening and after 1 1/2 hrs a wee dram was called for! Roll on the next on air meeting and of course face to face at the Robins Nest, when permitted!

Many thanks to Tim G8PZD for this report.

CARA On-The-Air

The next COTA evening will be on Thursday 21st May in place of the meeting at the Robin’s Nest.

 Suggested frequencies are 1933kHz, 3700kHz (or thereabouts), 28.450MHz, 50.220MHz, 70.475MHZ, and 145.400MHz as well as GB3CG and GB7RC.  

Start time 8pm.  Do join in the fun.

Special VE Day Nets – Report

On Friday 8th May we held two special nets, in addition to our usual nets, to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

The first was at 9am on 80m SSB. This was a last minute arrangement to include former CARA Secretary Alan G3HCO in our celebrations. Alan now lives in Hampshire and so is too far away to join in our 2m nets. He was one of some 10 members and ex-members who joined this special 80m net. Although several of us keep in touch with Alan during the club’s 80m Slow CW sessions on Tuesday evenings, it was a real pleasure to hear his voice on the airways again.

The second net took place, as advertised, on 145.400MHz – the club’s usual net frequency – at 10.30am . It was well supported with 15 members taking part – a good turn out considering the timing of the net. We paused at 11am for two minutes to join with the rest of the country in remembering those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice in WWII to preserve our freedom.

CARA On-The-Air

In place of our monthly meeting scheduled for 16th April we held another CARA On-the-Air evening to encourage members to get on the air from their own shacks.

Activity took place on 160m, 10m, 4m and 2m. On the latter band QSOs were made on simplex, via GB3CG and via the digital voice repeater GB7RC.

Support from members was good with some trying bands they had not used for some time. We’ll hold another such activity evening on Thursday 21st May in place of that month’s meeting.

CARA On-the-Air

Last night’s On-the-Air evening, held in place of the March meeting at the Robin’s Nest, was a great success. At least 20 members appeared on at least one band with several appearing on two or more bands Activity took place on 80m SSB, 10m SSB, 4m FM, 2m FM (simplex and GB3CG) and 70cm D-Star (GB7RC). Many thanks to everyone who took part, great to see so many members chatting to each other on the air.

Watch this space for announcements about further On-the-Air events.

Important Announcement

a. The March and April meetings at the Robin’s Nest are cancelled. Instead you are invited to come on the air at 8pm. Check 2m – GB3CG and 145.4MHz.

b. Decisions about meetings from May onwards will be taken nearer the time.

c. The monthly lunches have been cancelled until further notice.

d. The Monday morning coffee meet at the Aviator is an informal gathering, not sponsored by the committee. Each member should decide whether or not to attend depending on his/her circumstances and vulnerabilities.

The committee considers that these are sensible precautions to take to minimise the possible spread of the virus among members. Members are encouraged to heed government and professional advice regarding symptoms of the coronavirus and to take appropriate action. Thank you for your co-operation and forbearance.

February Meeting

Table Top Sale – Thursday 20th February.

Please bring along items you wish to dispose of, find space on a table and sell to eager buyers. Please bring stuff that’s related to amateur radio – definitely no fluffy toys or chocolates!

If you can mark up the items with prices so much the better. However many members like to haggle over the asking price, so be prepared to do so – it’s all part of the fun! You will be responsible for taking home unsold items. Please do not leave them for the committee to deal with – unless they are worth lots of money! If you’re not selling please come along to buy.

Don’t forget to arrive with pockets full of cash and well loaded wallets! Visitors and prospective members will be warmly welcomed, as always.

Venue: The Robin’s Nest, Cheltenham Football Club, Whaddon Road, Cheltenham GL52 5NA. Doors open at 7.30 for a nominal 8pm start.

January Meeting

A talk by Christopher M0YNG on his latest projects, such as pagers on 70cm, packet radio and “radio shows via DMR” and Hamshack Hotline maybe with a live demo.  He’ll also update us on the projects he spoke about last year.

7.30 for 8pm on Thursday 16th January at the Robins Nest, Cheltenham Football Club, Whaddon Road, GL52 5NA.  Now that Boots Corner is open again to all traffic, getting their from the south and west of the town will be easier.

Visitors and prospective members will be warmly welcomed, as always.

Annual General Meeting – Report

CARA’s 43rd AGM took place on Thursday 12th December 2019 at the Robin’s Nest, Cheltenham Town FC, with Tony G3YYH in the Chair. Tony welcomed 33 persons to the meeting, There were 22 apologies for absence

The Minutes of the 2018 AGM were approved unanimously. The Chair’s Report, published in advance of the meeting, recorded another successful year for the club and highlighted many notable events including two enjoyable Fun Field Days, Foundation and Intermediate courses and the relocation of meetings to the Robin’s Nest. There were no questions. The Report was taken as read and approved unanimously.

Awards: The Bernard King Memorial Cup awarded for noteworthy and praiseworthy on-the-air activities was presented to Stewart G0LGS and Matt 2E0MDJ for their active involvement in VHF, UHF and microwave contests. The John Holt G3GWW Award for notable work for the club went to Rich 2E0KXL for his enthusiasm and services to the local amateur radio community through the provision of a 70cm digital repeater. A special award for the safe erection of antenna masts went to Stewart G0LGS and Matt 2E0MDJ.

The Treasurer’s Report, also published in advance of the meeting, was approved unanimously. There were no questions. Given the healthy state of the Association’s finance the Chair, in the absence of the Treasurer, proposed that the annual subscription remain at £13. Simon G4SGI asked why it had not been raised to £15, the Chair replied that there was no need. Simon then suggested that the subscription could be raised to fund major projects, the Chair replied that if there was a justifiable need then the Committee would review the case for an increase in the annual subscription. The Chairman reminded the meeting that the Committee was always open to feasible proposals for expenditure of club funds. The meeting then approved, unanimously, that the subscription remain at £13 for 2020.

Committee Elections for 2019: In the absence of other nominations, the following were declared duly elected: Chair – Tony G3YYH, Secretary – Derek G3NKS, Treasurer – James 2E0RLE, Membership Secretary – Andrew M0MVA. The Chair took the opportunity to thank the retiring Treasurer, Peter G3YJE, for his valuable services over an extended period. Ordinary committee members – Alan M0NRO, Christopher M0YNG, Rich 2E0KXL. Accounts Examiner – Tony G3SNN (not a member of the Committee).

Any Other Business: Christopher M0YNG proposed a vote of thanks to the Officers for their work during the past year. Approved unanimously with acclamation. The Chair commented that the Committee was always receptive to ideas for meetings and events, and would always welcome offers of help.

Following closure of the formal meeting at 8.30pm, members enjoyed a light finger buffet and lots of chat.