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.
We are pleased that former CARA member Andy G0EVX has kindly agreed to talk to us this month. The title of his talk is “A Modern Approach to Amateur Radio” and he’ll be describing some of the modern technologies which can be used today such as SDRs (don’t know what they are? Come along and find out!).
Thursday 16th November, 7.30 for 8pm, at the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way.
Beware of the height barrier when entering the car-park.
Visitors and prospective members will be welcomed, as always.