Author Archives: Andrew Thornton

Talk on “Summits on the Air”

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 19th January, at Hudswell Village Hall. We’ll be using the large room, with well spaced seating, and encouraging everyone to social distance where appropriate.

Andy, G6PJZ, will be hosting a talk about “Summits on the Air” (SOTA), an award scheme for operating portable amateur radio stations in mountainous locations. Andy is a keen SOTA operator, and will be sharing his experiences of mountain-top operations, such as his recent trip up High Stile in the Lake District, where he was operating on a variety of HF and VHF amateur bands.

Change of Arrangements for Radio Club Christmas Party

The Radio club Christmas Party was originally going to be held this coming Wednesday (15th December) in Hudswell Village Hall, and the room had been booked.

However, with the number of COVID cases escalating, and the new Omicron variant in circulation, it has been decided that the meeting will not take place in person, and will instead be held via. Zoom. The meeting will take place at the usual time of 19:30 on Wednesday 15th December.

Dave, G8YPN, will still be running the Christmas Quiz. Everyone is also asked to bring along something radio-related, to show to members and talk briefly about for a few minutes. Unfortunately, the virtual nature of the meeting does mean you’ll have to provide your own drinks and mince pies this year.

Upcoming Meetings

The Club’s Christmas meeting will be on Wednesday 15th December, and this will be a new idea for a meeting. You are asked to bring something interesting along connected with radio, and tell us a bit about it. Maybe bring a rig along, maybe a QSL card, maybe something else that’s a little more unusual. There will also be the usual mince pies available.

Going forward into next year, the club will continue to meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month, with a break in August, when many of our members are away. Wherever possible, we’ll try to arrange some sort of talk or event for the third Wednesday of each month, whilst the first Wednesday will be more of a casual meet up, chat, and “on the air” night. The meetings page has been updated accordingly, and will be amended as we start booking in events for 2022.

After the last 18 months, the committee is trying hard to get the club up and running and back up to strength again, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Notice of 2021 Annual General Meeting 3rd November

The 2021 Annual General Meeting will now be held on Wednesday 3rd November at Hudswell Village Hall.

We will review the minutes of the last AGM in 2019, as no meeting was held during 2020, due to COVID restrictions. We will also review the club’s activities over the last two years, report on the state of the club’s finances, and elect members to the committee.

As part of the meeting, we will be discussing membership fees for 2021-2022. The cost of renting the hall for meetings is increasing from November, so membership costs may have to change accordingly.

We will be holding a free raffle for members attending the AGM, and the winner will receive a free copy of the 2022 RSGB Yearbook.

Wire Aerials and Feeders

CRDARS returned to Hudswell Village Hall on 1st September for a discussion of wire aerials and feeders, led by Mac, M0RIE. Mac led us through a variety of interesting subjects, including how radio waves behave in near and far field, how aerials are affected by other wires within the near field, and how changing the type or connection location of the feeder can affect the behaviour and/or impedence of the antenna.

Mac provided some useful resources that may be of interest to anyone who would like to learn more:

Club Quiz, Upcoming Meetings and AGM

Congratulations to Paul, G8PYX, for winning the club quiz on 2nd September. We’d also like to extend our thanks to Dave, G8YPN, for his role as quiz master, and also to all of the club members who came along.

On 7th October, Chris, G4FZN, will be giving a talk and demo on “The Sounds different things and different modes make.” So, the next time tuning around HF or VHF and you hear a mysterious signal, you’ll know exactly what you’ve found. We’ll also be challenging you to pick out call signs from a pile up, both with voice and morse, so come prepared!

On 21st of October, we’ll be holding the society’s Annual General Meeting. We hope to see as many members as possible, and we’d appreciate any suggestions for activities that can take place in a safe, socially distanced manner at future club meetings.

Resumption of Meetings, Quiz Night 2nd September

From 2nd September, we will once again be holding club meetings at Hudswell Village Hall. For now, meetings will be held in the larger room, with social distancing measures in place. We do not have use of the kitchen facilities, so we cannot make the usual cups of tea or coffee. So, it is suggested you bring your own refreshment and your own mug or glass along if you want a drink.

The first meeting on 2nd September will be a quiz, run by Dave, G8YPN. Be sure to bring along a pen and paper if you’d like to participate.

Socially Distanced Meeting, and Upcoming Calendar Events

On Wednesday 5th March, a socially distanced club meeting was held on the moors above Hudswell.

Members were treated to a tour of Chris and Pauline’s mobile contest trailer, with an explanation of the design choices they’d made to optimise the mobile shack for VHF contest operation. Chris also led an impromptu discussion on some esoteric techniques for holding long distance VHF contacts, such as meteor scatter, or using aircraft overflying the mid-point of the signal path as a temporary signal reflector.

Dave has been in discussions regarding the re-opening of Hudswell Village Hall, and is hopeful that we may be able to return to holding regular meetings at the hall in the coming months, subject to some restrictions. Further information will be posted here on the website once we know more.