CARA Christmas Lunch

On 19th December seventeen of us gathered for lunch at the Toby Carvery in Brockworth. The men sat at one table:

l-r: G3TEV, G4ENA, M0HFY, G3YYH, G3YJE, G3LVP, G3KII. Photo by G3NKS

And the ladies at another:

l-r; G3YYH/2, G4ENA/2, G3NKS/2, G3YJE/2, G3TEV/2 G3LVP/2, M0HFY/2

We enjoyed good food and good conversation. A great time was had.

AGM REPORT

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

l-r: Peter G3YJE, Tony G3YYH, Derek G3NKS

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.

Barman Tim G8PZD sampling his wares!

ADVANCED LICENCE EXAM

If there are any of our intermediate members interested in progressing to a full licence we can run an advanced exam along with the foundation exam on Sunday 11th March.

Please contact Barry at training@g5bk.uk for more information.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

This year’s AGM will take place on Thursday 14th December at the Brizen centre, Up Hatherley Way, Cheltenham starting at 8pm prompt.   Doors will be open by 7.30pm.

Thje Brizen centre is located between the Shurdington Road and Morrisons,  Beware of the height barrier when entering the car-park.

Visitors and prospective members will be made welcome.

 

INTERMEDIATE LICENCE COURSE

Further to the earlier posting here, the course being held in January is now full, but we’re happy to take names to be put on a waiting list should any of the current candidates drop out.

Please email Barry at training@b5bk.uk if you’d like to go on the waiting list.

 

November Meeting

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.

 

Intermediate Licence Course

CARA is pleased to announce that the next Intermediate Licence Course will take place over the weekend of 20th/21st January 2018 with the exam on Sunday 28th January.

A Full Licence exam will also be held on 28 January if there is a demand for it.

We hope to announce soon the dates of the next Foundation Licence course and exam.

Candidates on these courses are offered free membership of CARA for a period of 12 months.

For more information about any of the above please contact Barry at training@g5bk.uk

October Meeting Report

The “bring and show something from your shack” meeting on 19th October produced a wide and fascinating display of exhibits. Here’s a list, in no particular order, of the items on show and their owners:

Baofeng 70cm handheld costing £15 new! Graham G8XRS.

Tytera MD-380 DMR radio talking to a Bluestack hot-spot. Malcolm G0TMP.

GCR9 (“Angry 9”) military HF AM/CW radio, Codar AT5 (160 & 80m AM/CW transmitter) with PSU, Heathkit HW-9 QRP HF CW transceiver with tuner and watt meter, Heathkit HW-12 80m SSB transceiver, laptop accessing old radio magazines. Peter G3YJE.

Pye PCR2 (WW2 vintage LW/MW/SW “domestic” receiver as used in NAAFIs etc). Derek G3NKS.

Vertical hand-drill, modified for some unknown purpose (any suggestions?) Tim G8PZD.

Icom IC-706 HF transceiver with matching unit and power supply. Christopher M0YNG.

High Power ATU type BC-939A for BC-610 AM transmitter, ex-US military. Tony G3YYH.

ETM9COG Morse memory keyer, paddle and Morse reader. Giles G0NXA.

Step-ladder steady made using scaffolding clamps bought at a recent CARA sale. Small computer HP260. Colin G3VTS.

Display of Morse paddles, mostly home-constructed. Colin G3TA.

FreeSat receiver type V7HD, costing £20. Simon G6AHX.

Demonstration of how to unsolder quad packaged ICs using “magic” metal. Ken G3LVP.

A good evening with much interest being shown in the exhibits – and lots of chat.

Many thanks to Tony G3YYH for manning the kitchen.

Foundation Licence Course

CARA is please to announce that all four candidates who completed the recent Foundation Licence course and exam run by the club were successful. We offer them our congratulations and hope to meet them on the air and see them at future meetings of the club.

If you are interested in joining CARA’s next Foundation or Intermediate courses and exams, please contact Barry at training@g5bk.uk