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.
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:
We will be restarting club meetings on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month again beginning on 1st September at 7.30 The first discussion will be on Wire Aerials & Feeders if there any are points you like bring up at this meeting or any future meetings please do not hesitate to contacting us via the Web site or via our Facebook Page.
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.
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