Category Archives: CARA

Website Updates by G0TMP (edited 24/02/2014)

With the help provided by WillHosts Ltd, we now have the latest installation of Bootstrap, which makes front-end web development faster and easier.

We have added drop-down menus and as you can see, an image carousel. Simon G4SGI is kindly going to provide has provided some images in the form of montages, of photos from various CARA events. The CARA logo needs a tidy up and that is on my ‘to do’ list. A new shiny logo has been provided by Graham G3VKV.

On mobile devices the body of the site now proceeds the left column. You will also notice that we now have a sticky nav bar.

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

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.

CARA Christmas Lunch

Twenty three members and spouses/partners had a very jovial time at the Toby Carvery at Brockworth on Tuesday 17th December partaking of their special Christmas menu. We enjoyed good food, lively chat and much bonhomie. The place was very busy, probably full to capacity, so we had to wait a bit for food especially at the carvery itself. But this did not really mar an otherwise very successful and greatly appreciated event. Many thanks to Chairman Doug G4IGN for booking us in and to Treasurer Peter G3YJE for handling the finances so efficiently.

Here are a few photos (left click to enlarge and see full picture):

G3SZS G3LVP G3KII G4IGN l-r Ron G3SZS, Ken G3LVP, Derek G3KII, Doug G4IGN

G3XSJ and G4RFU l-r Ken G3XSJ, David G4RFU

G3YJE M0HFY G0TMP l-r Peter G3YJE, Barry M0HFY, Malcolm G0TMP

G6OTP G3TEV l-r Michael G6OTP, Michael G3TEV

The Ladies! The Ladies!

Photos and report by Derek G3NKS

Annual General Meeting 2013 – A Report

Twenty nine members, and two prospective members, attended the 37th CARA AGM held on 12th December 2013 at the Brizen Young People’s Centre. The Reports from the Chairman and Treasurer were approved, and the following were elected to form the 2014 Committee: Chairman: Doug G4IGN. Deputy Chairman: Giles G0NXA. Secretary: Derek G3NKS. Treasurer: Peter G3YJE. Ordinary Committee Members: Malcolm G0TMP, Ron G3SZS, Simon G4SGI and Tom M6TWR.

Accounts Examiner (non-committee): Tony G3SNN.

On the recommendation of the Committee, the annual subscription remains at £13. Membership Renewal Forms will be sent to members shortly.

The best part of the AGM is the awarding and presentation of trophies, awards and certificates.

The John Holt G3GWW Award goes to a club member who during the previous year or two has performed exceptional work for the club and its members. This year it went to Matt Wilkinson, 2E0MDJ, for his work in developing the club website up to the recent changes.

The John Holt, G3GWW, award was won by Matt, 2E0MDJ (on the right)
The John Holt, G3GWW, award was won by Matt, 2E0MDJ (on the right)

The Bernard King G3CEG Cup is awarded to a club member for his/her noteworthy and praiseworthy on-the-air activities. This year it went to Martin Church, G4ENZ, for his success on the G100RSGB Leaderboard.

The Bernard King, G3CEG, memorial award was won by Martin Church, G4ENZ (on right)
The Bernard King, G3CEG, memorial award was won by Martin Church, G4ENZ (on right)

This year special certificates were also presented to the winners of the three sections of the CARA G100RSGB Challenge: Phone, CW and Data.

Stewart, G0LGS
Stewart, G0LGS – Data
Derek, G3NKS
Derek, G3NKS – Phone
Colin, G3VTS
Colin, G3VTS – Data

The evening concluded with an excellent buffet provided by Victoria and Margaret, to whom go our grateful thanks.

Here’s a photo gallery…

The club members gather for the Annual General Meeting
The club members gather for the Annual General Meeting

 

The Cheltenham ARA Annual General Meeting 2013 gets under way
The Cheltenham ARA Annual General Meeting 2013 gets under way
Enjoying a chat before the AGM
Enjoying a chat before the AGM
The buffet
The buffet

A full report will appear in January’s CARA News.

November Meeting – Bring something ‘new’ from your shack

Members were invited to “Bring and Show Something New” from their shacks. Not necessarily brand new, but new to them. We had a wide range of different equipment and demonstrations, as well as a good natter.

It was a lively meeting with several new people dropping to have a look.

A great time was had by all.

 

Colin, G3VTS, showing a Picoscope USB oscilloscope borrowed from Martin, G4ENZ
Colin, G3VTS, showing a Picoscope USB oscilloscope borrowed from Martin, G4ENZ
Peter, G3YJE, with his Icom IC-7600
Peter, G3YJE, with his Icom IC-7600
Graham, G4FUJ, showing a JRC Marine Morse Key
Graham, G4FUJ, showing a JRC Marine Morse Key
Iain, M0PCB, showing his limited edition RSGB Centenary morse key
Iain, M0PCB, showing his limited edition RSGB Centenary morse key

G100RSGB from CARA – Final Report

Well, what a lot of fun we all had! Not only the operators of G100RSGB but also the many club members who worked the station, some on many bands and modes.

The CARA operation took place on 2nd, 3rd and 4th November 2013, with Martin G4ENZ hosting the station on the 2nd and 4th, and Stewart G0LGS, ably aided by Matt 2E0MDJ, on 3rd November. Over the three days we made a total of 1677 QSOs across the bands from 160m to 70cm. We worked 27 CARA members who made 141 QSOs in total. The leading CARA QSO maker was Don G3ZKN who accumulated 23 contacts, closely followed by Derek G3NKS with 20 and then Stewart G0LGS with 10. A full list of members who worked G100RSGB will appear in an early issue of CARA News.

Here is a summary of the results. A fuller report will appear in CARA News.

Sunday 3rd November:
G100RSGB made 423 QSOs that day, with 376 on HF mainly by Matt 2E0MDJ on 20m, 15m and 10m and with 87 on VHF and UHF mainly by Stewart G0LGS. A total of 51 DXCC entities (countries) were worked including CE, CO, ER, FO, KP4, PY, TG, TI, UA0, VP8 (Falklands), VU, XE, YB and ZF. An impressive list! 15m was the most productive band as far as DXCC entities are concerned with 31 worked.
A total of 61 QSOs were had with CARA members on various bands and modes, including AM!

Saturday 2nd, Monday 4th November:
G100RSGB made a total of 1255 QSOs over the two days, with operators Derek G3NKS, Ian G3TDT, Martin G4ENZ and Iain M0PCB. Of these QSOs, 264 were on SSB, 893 on CW, 91 on PSK31, 1 on PSK63, 1 on RTTY and 5 on JT65. The DXCC entity count came to 61, including 5T, ER, HZ, JA, KP2, KP4, PY, UA0, VK, VP8 (Falklands), XE, ZL, and ZS. The most number of entities worked on a single band was 36 on 40m.
A total of 80 QSOs were made with CARA members.

Many thanks go to Martin G4ENZ and Stewart G0LGS for hosting the callsign. Special thanks to Penny (XYL of Martin) for sustaining the operators at G4ENZ with coffee, tea, cake and biscuits. Many thanks also to all the club members who sought out G100RSGB across the bands and made QSOs. It really was a superb club effort all round.

Our grateful thanks go to all the hundred of operators around the world who called us and helped to make the G100RSGB operation from CARA such a great success.