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

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.

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.

CQ WW DX CW Contest – 2013

The annual, and very popular, CQ Magazine’s World Wide DX CW Contest will take place over the weekend of 23/24 November. It runs from 00.00utc on the Saturday to 23.59utc on the Sunday and covers all of the six main HF bands from 160m through to 10m. Exchange RST (invariably 599) and your CQ Magazine Zone (14 for the UK). We are hoping to get CARA listed in the Club section this year, so if you send in an entry please put your club as “Cheltenham Amateur Radio Association” – providing you are a member, of course! We need at least four CARA entries to achieve a listing. So please join in the fun!

Google “CQ Magazine” to find the rules.