The first day of the G100RSGB operation by CARA on Saturday 2nd November resulted in a grand total of 677 QSOs in spite of some bands being crowded with various contest for much of the time. All of the allowable bands between 160m and 10m were used, using four modes: CW, PSK31, RTTY and SSB with CW producing most contacts.
Some 51 DXCC entities (countries) were worked across the 9 bands, the best DX being VK and VP8 (Falkland Is). A good number of club members made contact; some on several, and a few on many, bands.
The operators were Martin G4ENZ, Ian G3TDT, Iain M0PCB and Derek G3NKS. The station consisted of a K3 transceiver plus P3 spectrum-scope, a KPA500 amplifier and a KAT-500 auto atu feeding either an R8 vertical or a doublet for the LF bands.
Many thanks to Martin G4ENZ for hosting the operation and to his XYL Penny for sustaining the operators with tea, cake and biscuits!
CARA will be hosting the RSGB Centenary Callsign G100RSGB on Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th of November from the stations of G4ENZ (on the Saturday and Monday) and G0LGS (on the Sunday). The station will be active on all bands (except 60m) from 160m down to 70cm, on SSB, FM, CW and Data. We hope to be on the air for most of the 24 hours each day.
On Saturday the operation will be on HF on SSB, CW and Data with most of the SSB during the early afternoon. Sunday will see the main VHF/UHF operation, as well as some HF operation on SSB. On Monday the operation will be on HF on SSB, CW and Data with most of the SSB operation taking place between 10.00 and 14.00 hrs.
Follow the operations by monitoring spots on the DX cluster network, or on the Centenary Station Alerts page of the RSGB website, or on Twitter. The Twitter feed can be monitored at caranet.org – the CARA website.
For this year’s JOTA the Sevenhampton Scout Group camped in a field near the masts on Cleeve Hill. The Scout Leader Stuart G7IHN was assisted by Giles G0NXA who provided much of the equipment.
CARA made available an 80m loaded dipole which also resonated on 40m and this was strung between a convenient telegraph pole and a 42′ portable mast. Used in conjunction with a TS570 this offered good performance on both bands. The following morning a Capco SPC matching unit was added which extended the coverage from 80m through to 10m.
On 2m operations commenced with an IC271e feeding a mag mounted car aerial, coverage was never satisfactory. On Saturday, this was altered to use the pump up mast on Stuart’s Vauxhall Frontera to support a rotator and J Beam quad. Performance fell below expectation but some local contacts were made, so effort was concentrated on HF. This is perhaps to be expected as there was no testing prior to the event.
All the Scouts who attended the site were able to talk to other stations and several were heard talking to their parents about Foundation Courses. Stuart, the Scout Leader, is going to follow this up in the immediate future.
Simon G6AHX, Tom M6TWR and Rick G6UZT assisted Adrian G0VLG in running JotA station GB0TWY at Twyning School.
They ran various laptops with Skype and path profile programs, and operated on hf and vhf/uhf. Adrian is a scout leader in the village and has a pump-up mast for his job. This mast was set up in the school playing field adjacent to the school. Rick had made a 2m/70cm aerial for the top and Giles produced a 40m dipole. Simon produced a PSU and rig for 2m/70cm.
They had visits from various local groups staggered by an hour each. This allowed the visiting scouts to speak with GB2SSG and GB1GLO during the day until 1600 when the station was closed.
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.
A new distance learning course for the amateur radio advanced exam will be starting in January
The course, which starts in January 2014, runs until July.
There are no course fees but students are required to make a deposit towards their exam up front, as an incentive to keep going; if they drop out, the money goes to a radio charity, if they see it through they get it back to pay for their exam.
Each week students will receive directed reading instructions and a set of revision questions, every three weeks they will also receive a progress test and mock exams at the end of the course. Students’ answers are marked and worked solutions provided. Allocated e-tutors are available to fill in gaps and provide clarifications when required.
You will need your own copy of the Advanced textbook, a non-programmable scientific calculator and access to the internet; material is distributed via a dedicated Yahoo Group.
You will need to set aside at least two hours a week. Applicants should not underestimate the commitment required to do this home study option, but those that have seen it through to the end have had a very high pass rate (over 95%).
The course team are based in Bath but have a growing number of remote tutors across the UK.
Further details and enrolment forms can be obtained by contacting Steve Hartley, G0FUW, by e-mail: hartley_steve<at>hotmail.com