The meeting started with a short auction of Silent Key items. There were about a dozen lots including an elderly FT-102 HF transceiver, an external VFO and speaker units for the FT-102, two scopes, two AVO multi-meters and two power supplies. A couple of the lots failed to reach their reserves but the rest went for good hammer prices (for the benefit of the family).
The main activity that evening was the “Table Top Sale” where members brought along items no longer wanted to sell. There was plenty of interesting stuff up for grabs, some at very low prices, Andy M0JLY was disposing of several of his home-brew projects several of which were quickly snapped up. Other sellers included Tony G3SNN, Colin G3VTS, Jon G0FJT and Peter G3YJE (apologies to anyone missed). Reports suggest that both sellers and buyers were pleased with the outcome even though some of the tables didn’t empty as well as was hoped. As usual there was lots of chat – it’s great to see members getting together seeking advice, swapping stories and enjoying each others company. Surely that’s what clubs are all about! Finally, many thanks to Colin G3TA for manning the kitchen.
Thursday 15th February will see our annual sale of members’ surplus equipment, now called a “Table Top Sale” to reflect the nature of the event. Members are invited to bring from their shacks stuff they no longer need, find space on the tables and sell to the multitude! A bit of haggling will no doubt be the order of the day!
There may well be a short auction of a few items from recent SK disposals.
So please come with well-oiled wallets loaded with plenty of cash! The Treasurer may well take cheques from members for auction lots.
Doors will be open by 7.30 for a nominal 8pm start.
Visitors and prospective members will be made welcome, as always.
Venue: Brizen centre, Up Hatherley Way. Located between Morrisons and the Shurdington Road.
Beware of the height barrier when entering the car park.
The meeting saw one of the largest attendances for a talk for some time, no doubt because of the popularity of the subject matter, Data Modes, and the speaker, Barry M0HFY.
The meeting began with a couple of presentations carried over from the AGM in December.
The Bernard King G3CEG Memorial Cup, for noteworthy and praiseworthy on-the-air activities went to Simon G6AHX in particular recognition of his VHF DX successes.
The John Holt Award, for exceptional services to the club, went to Jon M0JMM in particular recognition of his work creating and managing the CARA Fun Activity Challenge.
Barry began by explaining how radios and computers could be connected together for working data modes, starting with the simplest form of inter-connections to more sophisticated arrangements using interface units. He then spoke about popular modes such as JT65 and FT8 – noting that the latter is rapidly becoming the data mode of choice for very many operators. Several screen-grabs of JT65 and FT8 in action where shown. A fuller report will appear in February’s CARA News.
Many thanks to Barry for a really interesting talk, as evidenced by the many questions asked of him, and to Alan M0NRO for manning the kitchen.
This is a brief report on the AGM. A fuller report will appear in an early issue of CARA News.
Twenty-five members and one visitor (who subsequently signed-up as a member) attended the meeting.
The minutes of the 2016 meeting were approved followed an amendment
The Chairman’s and Treasurer’s reports were approved unanimously.
The proposal to keep the annual subscription at £13 was approved.
The following were elected unopposed to serve on the committee for 2018:
Chairman: Tony G3YYH
Secretary: Derek G3NKS
Treasurer: Peter G3YJE
Committee members: Christopher M0YNG (Editor of CARA News)
Graham G8URP who will continue to act as Membership Secretary.
Accounts Examiner (non-committee post): Tony G3SNN
It was suggested that the club should buy equipment, especially test gear, for loan to members. Another suggestion was that a survey of members’ opinions about the club and its activities should be conducted. The Chairman said both these suggestions will be considered by the 2018 Committee.
It was confirmed that the committee was still seeking a better venue for our monthly meetings, two had been considered but rejected as being unsuitable.
The meeting closed at 20.18 following a vote of thanks to the committee for doing a good job during 2017.
After the formal meeting, we enjoyed much chat and a generously provided finger buffet and a bar.