February Meeting

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.

January Meeting – Report

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.

Photo by Peter G3YJE

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.

Simon G6AHX receiving the G3CEG Cup from Secretary Derek G3NKS. Photo by G3YJE.

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.

Jon M0JMM receiving the G3GWW Award from Derek G3NKS. Photo by G3YJE.

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.

Intermediate Licence Course

CARA will be running a course in Cheltenham for the Intermediate Licence over the weekend of 4th/5th August with the exam on 12th Sunday August 2018.

For more information please contact Barry at training@g5bk.uk

January Meeting

To judge by the amount of activity around the designated data mode frequencies, such modes are very popular these days, with more being introduced as the months go on.

Barry M0HFY has kindly agreed to tell us about a few of the more popular modes such as PSK, JT65 and FT8. He will also explain the best way to interface our computers with our rigs.

This should be a very interesting meeting which will appeal to a wide range of club members.

Thursday 18th January, 7.30 for 8pm at the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way, located between Morrisons and the Shurdington Road.

Beware of the height barrier when entering the car-park.

Visitors and prospective members will be welcomed, as always.

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.


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!


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.


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.



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.