Plans for CARA’s activation of the RSGB’s Centenary Callsign G100RSGB on 2nd, 3rd and 4th November are well advanced. Martin G4ENZ will host the station on Saturday 2nd and Monday 4th assisted by Derek G3NKS, Ian G3TDT and Iain M0PCB. Stewart G0LGS will host the station on Sunday 3rd assisted by Matt 2E0MDJ and Nick G4WLC. Twenty-four hour operation over the three days is being planned. More details nearer the time.
For this year’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTAJOTI) Simon, G4SGI, provided an HF receive station and a 40m transceive station at 1st Hatherley scouts. Doug, G4IGN, kindly provided him 40m portable vertical antenna.
This was some of the hardest work of the year, but also the most rewarding because of the enthusiasm from the scouts, their energy and interest in what was going on. At 1st Hatherley (@1stHatherley) almost every scout who wanted to talk on the radio did so, and we had several expressions of interest from both scouts and parents on how to get licensed.
The transatlantic rowing team (@OceanRowing2013) were also there and had a lot of custom from the scouts. Watch this space for further developments regarding their ambition to include HF amateur radio on their trip.
The CARA meeting on Thursday 17th October 2013 featured three short talks by club members.
Iain, M0PCB, described ClubLog – a website for analysing your log.
Nick, G4WLC, talked about “Excursions with Elsie” – Elsie being a van he has equipped for use as a portable shack.
Simon G6AHX related his experiences working through satellites.
Chairman Doug G4IGN talked about the new club project: a computer-radio interface unit for data-modes built from a kit. Several members expressed interest in buying and building the kit.
Some 15 people attended the CARA Summer Garden Party on Sunday 25th August kindly hosted by Rosemary and Ken G3XSJ at their delightful QTH near Wotton-under-Edge. The gathering was blessed by warm and sunny weather and plenty of excellent food. So a good time was had by all. Our grateful thanks go to Rosemary and Ken for their generous hospitality.
As usual, our August meeting is a Natter Night with a theme. This year members are invited to bring along equipment relating to data-comms modes to put on tables for display and for demonstration if so desired.
We look forward to seeing, among other things, computer-radio interface units and laptops running data-modes programmes. Paul M0UTC has kindly agreed to bring along his mobile set-up and demonstrate PSK31 and may be DRM (digital pictures) – regarding the latter, he asks if another member could set-up a DRM station in the building so that pictures could be exchanged between the two of them. Any offers please?
Come along and chat to other club members, introduce yourself to our newer members and enjoy the displays and demonstrations. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available as usual.
The meeting will take place on Thursday 15th August, 7.30 for 8pm at the Brizen Young People’s Centre, Up Hatherley Way, between Morrison’s and the Shurdington Road, Visitors and prospective members will be made welcome, as always.
Derek – G3NKS