The date for the 2021 AGM has been set for Wednesday 20th October. It will take place at 19:30, at Hudswell Village Hall.
As part of the meeting, we expect to discuss membership and meeting fees, as the cost of renting the hall is expected to increase from November.
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:
The outdoor meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday 16th June has had to be cancelled.
We’ll update the news and meetings pages once we’re able to arrange further meetings. More information to follow.
As a result of the new government rules, preventing in-person gatherings of more than 6 people, no in-person meetings will be held until further notice.
On Wednesday 16th September, we will have a club net on the GB3IR repeater. instead of a club meeting at 7.30pm. Feel free to join in if you can.
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.
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.
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.
Due to the rapidly developing situation with COVID-19 in the UK, we must unfortunately announce that the meeting planned for the 18th March has been cancelled. The planned talk by Mac, M0RIE, on audio settings for SSB will hopefully be rescheduled once in-person meetings are able to resume.
It has been suggested that club members may instead wish to hold a net on the GB3IR repeater, between 7.30 and 8pm. We hope that some of you will join us.
The committee has not yet had the opportunity to discuss future meetings, but an announcement will be made here once decisions have been made. Please keep an eye on the news and meetings pages, and on your emails if you’re a club member, as there may be further changes or cancellations in the weeks to come.
This week, Chris brought along a short documentary on the Five Star Dxers Association’s 2011 DXpedition to Kiritimati (Christmas Island), where they operated under the callsign T32C. This DXpedition was incredibly successful, even though the team’s initial shipping container of equipment failed to reach Kiritimati, forcing the team to acquire replacement equipment and antennas at short notice, and bring everything with them on their flight to the island.
T32C operated for
four weeks, with two teams of experienced radio amateurs completing
over 200,000 contacts on SSB and CW. The documentary covers the event
from planning through to departure, including brief discussions of
the island and its culture, as well as technical and logistical
aspects of the DXpedition, and time spent on the microphone or morse
We’d like to
extend our thanks to Chris for bringing this along.
This Wednesday’s radio club meeting is the last meeting of the year, and will be Dave, G8YPN’s Christmas Quiz. The quiz is not an individual competition – everyone will be in groups so that no-one need worry about not knowing any or all of the answers.
Pauline, G8HQW, is bringing along some Glühwein and Mince Pies, as well as tea and coffee for the tee-totallers.
You won’t be surprised to learn that there is no meeting on New Year’s Day, so the first meeting of 2020 will be on 15th January when we learn from North Yorkshire Police about Cyber Crime, and how to avoid becoming a victim of it.
Sharp-eyed members who get RadCom will have seen that there is a club New Year’s Net to be held at 7.30pm starting on GB3IR on January 1st. A great opportunity for you to come on the air and wish other club members a Happy New Year!