Category Archives: Meeting Planning

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.

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.

CLUB NETS

We are now holding the club meetings on air for now.

The first and third Wednesday will be on GB3IR and the Wednesdays in between on different bands starting on Wednesday 13 May on 10m 28.400+/- other bands we may use will be posted on the Facebook page each week

2019 AGM and related matters

The CRDARS Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 6th November 2019.

The following members were elected to roles on the committee:

Chairman Dave Lutman
Vice ChairmanPaul Hunt
SecretaryChris Kirby
TreasurerMartyn Vann
Additional Committee MemberPaul McGee

Ian Bell has agreed to shadow Martyn in his role as treasurer this year, and assist with duties where required.

We would like to extend our thanks to Irene Lyne for all her hard work as club treasurer over the years. Irene has served as treasurer since the club was founded, and we really appreciate her efforts behind the scenes to ensure that the club could continue to function.

Membership subs are now due, and remain at £20 per year for members over the age of 18, and £5 per year for under 18s. The club does not charge members for attending individual meetings.

It has been suggested that the club may not hold meetings in July or August 2020, as many of our members are on holiday during this time, and are therefore unable to attend meetings at this time of year. A final decision will be made closer to the time.

It has been suggested that we hold a club net on the GB3IR repeater on the Wednesday nights when no club meeting is scheduled.

Finally, the club has begun putting together the events program for 2020. If anyone has any suggestions for events or talks they’d either like see or offer, please pass your suggestions to the club secretary. Feel free to use the web site contact form if you’d like to submit a suggestion electronically.