February Meeting – Report

The Table Top Sale on 21st February proved to be another popular and well attended meeting. The tables were well populated with items for sale, including antennas, linear amplifiers, hf and vhf transceivers, computers and test gear – plus lots of bits and pieces such as components, cables, tools and mast hardware. Something for everyone perhaps!

Some sellers were content but others reported that trade was disappointing. However that’s how it goes! Your reporter has often taken stuff to several rallies in succession without out any interest being shown in the kit, but then at the next one it sells easily!

We were pleased to welcome to their first meeting – Dom M7PKW and Shaun M6OII. We look forward to seeing them again soon.

The new venue again proved its worth, being comfortable with good acoustics.

The next meeting is the Constructors’ Exhibition on Thursday 21st March at the same venue, the Robin’s Nest, Cheltenham Football Club.

Derek G3NKS

February Meeting

Table Top Sale

Thursday 21st February at the Robin’s Nest, Cheltenham Football Club, Whaddon Road, GL52 5NA.  Doors open at 7.30 for a nominal 8pm start.

Sellers – please display your wares (related to radio or electronics) on one of the tables and sell to the assembled multitude!  Bring a large cloth, eg an old blanket, to cover the table to avoid damage.   Sellers must be members of CARA

Buyers – come with well loaded wallets and have some fun buying items you didn’t know you wanted!

Visitors and prospective members will be warmly welcomed.

January 2019 Meeting

Michael G3PCL has kindly agreed to tell us about Baluns, devices which connect unbalanced coax to a balanced antenna. Different types of Baluns are discussed together with circuit diagrams and constructional details. Suggestions are made as to which Balun type to use with a particular balanced / unbalanced antenna. There will be lists of suitable components to use to make your own Balun and several home made Baluns will be on display.

Thursday 17th January, 7.30 for 8pm. New Venue: The Robin’s Nest, Cheltenham Football Club, Whaddon Road, Cheltenham,, Post code: GL52 5NA

The Robin’s Nest is about half way down the right-hand side of the car park. Go through the main doors, cross through the bar, and into the meeting room. It’s possible that a door, a few yards further down the car park from the main entrance, which leads from the car park straight into the meeting room may be open, . Please note: the doors will not be open until 7.30pm

Christmas Lunch

There were 17 of us the CARA Christmas Lunch on 18th December, and a good time was had.  We enjoyed a three course meal accompanied but much lively chat.  Here are a few photos.

                                                   l-r Barry M0HFY   Tony G3YYH   Peter G4ENA   Ken G3LVP
                                      Some of the ladies.  l-r G3LVP/2   G3TEV/2   G4ENA/2   G3NKS/2

Annual General Meeting

The CARA’s 42nd AGM took place on Thursday 13th December 2018 with 32 members present.

Members at the AGM

Tony G3YYH, Chair, reported a successful year highlighting many notable events including two enjoyable Fun Field Days, Foundation and Intermediate courses with high pass rates, a fascinating visit to Ben Nock’s Military Wireless Museum and a good display of home-built equipment at our annual Constructors’ Exhibition. 

The Bernard King Memorial Cup awarded for noteworthy and praiseworthy on-the-air activities was presented to Tony G3SNN for his superb DXCC scores achieved over many years of sustained effort.  The John Holt G3GWW Award for exceptional work for the club went to Smurf M0URF for his outstanding contributions to Fun Field Days.

The Treasurer, given the healthy state of the Association’s finance, proposed that the annual subscription remain at £13.  Approved unanimously.

The Committee for the year 2019 was elected.  Chair – Tony G3YYH, Secretary – Derek G3NKS, Treasurer – Peter G3YJE, ordinary committee members – Andrew M0MVA, Alan M0NRO, Christopher M0YNG.  Accounts Examiner – Tony G3SNN.

Any Other Business.  Tim G8PZD queried whether a decision had been made regarding the move to a better venue for our monthly meetings.    Two venues were contenders, one tried in November and one suggested at the meeting.  The Chair asked that, following further investigations, the Committee be allowed to make the final decision regarding the move – this was agreed.   Tony G3SNN proposed a vote of thanks to the 2018 Committee for their good work and to  the Editor, Christopher M0YNG, for producing such excellent newsletters every month.

Following closure of the formal meeting members enjoyed a light finger buffet and lots of chat.

November Meeting

Two short talks.  Different venue.

Ken G3LVP will describe ADSB – if you don’t know what this means, come along and find out!  Hint – it’s nothing to do with Digital Voice or Network Radio!  But it does involve real radio.

Tony G3SNN will ask “Is QSLing Dead?”  With “Logbook Of The World” (LOTW), eQSL, Club Log etc perhaps the desire to exchange physical cards has disappeared.  Tony will discuss – perhaps with your help!

The meeting will be held on Thursday 15th November at the Cheltenham, Football Club in the Robin’s Nest – doors will open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.


October Meeting Report

The “Skills Evening” held on 18 October proved to be very popular, with one of the highest attendances so far this year. Six members manned tables around the room to demonstrate, explain and talk about an aspect of amateur radio – usually one which was a particular interest of theirs. Ken G3LVP explained how make properly make-off coaxial connectors such as BNC and N-type, with examples and supporting diagrams. Peter G3YJE demonstrated a “Tuna-Tin” QRP transmitter, showing the output waveform on a ‘scope. He was also promoting the American Radio History website to which he has been contributing for several years. Paul 2E0IFV had a display of DMR radios, including hand-helds, and demonstrated their use. Tony G3SNN showed his fine collection of exotic QSL cards for his 160m and 6m activities. Barry M0HFY had a live demonstration of FT8 (one of the latest data-modes which is currently very popular), making several contacts during the course of the evening. Mike G4GUG was extolling the virtues of Linux, and telling how well this Operating System would run on older machines. Each of the tables attracted a gathering of members for much of the evening, and much general and lively chat took place as well. Very many thanks to the six members who kindly “volunteered” to man the tables and indeed to everyone else who made an appearance; you all contributed to the undoubted success of the meeting. We were pleased to enrol Chris M6NZC as a new member and John 2E0GCR who re-joined after an absence of a year or two. Thanks once again go to Alan M0NRO for kindly manning the kitchen. Thanks also to the several members who, without being asked, helped clear away the tables and chairs at the end of the evening – your efforts are much appreciated.

October Meeting

The next CARA meeting will be held on Thursday 18th October at Brizen. Doors open at 7pm for an 8pm formal start.

A Skills Evening – tables will be set up around the room with the following demonstrations: DX QSLing – Tony G3SNN American Radio History website – Peter G3YJE.  Looking at the output of a Tuna-Tin QRP tx – Peter G3YJE.  Making off BNC and N type connectors – Ken G3LVP and Giles G0NXA.  FT8 – Barry M0HFY.  Linux and some apps – Mike G4GUG.  Come along and learn about something new and enjoy a good chat to fellow members. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available as usual.