Chirp and Drift

The Fists CW club have some competitions (NOT CONTESTS)  organised for the bank holiday week and weekends 22nd to 27th of May.
www.https://fists.co.uk/activitiescalendar.html
If you have a vintage radio and would like to Chirp and Drift or warm it up for a few hours Rex and I will be around to help send or receive some slow morse.

How about some AM (amplitude Modulation) ! pre- arranged as its not a popular mode.
The 2m refresher looks interesting, 2 hours per day finishing at 9 pm, Rex and I will be operating from the ridge or Rex’s QTH with a beam for that event.

Let us know if you would like to join us for a cw qso 5 wpm or as slow as you can manage.

perhaps some practise at club on Wednesday.

Notice of the forthcoming AGM.

The Thornbury & South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday 3rd of April 2019.

The timings will be 19:30 for 20:00 start.

Agenda:

  • Apologies for absence.
  • Minutes of the previous AGM.
  • Chairman’s report.
  • Secretary’s report.
  • Treasurer’s report.
  • Election of the new committee.
  • Any other business.

Greetings from Mid-Wales

Folks its been a while but thought I’d post a hello from the’ valleys’.
Hope you are all well and I’m still enjoying keeping in touch on this web site. Planning a visit towards the end of March when Karen (XYL) is down judging in the South West. BTW mentioned to John (M3EQQ) that the club is very welcome to visit the QTH (IO72XG) in the summer for perhaps an ‘alternative field weekend’. Tents, motorhomes, barbeques, dogs all welcome. I have 9 acres of high ground (approx. 310m ASL) to offer, base, mobile, portable and plenty of walking for those that want it. However need to be strong antennas, well made and guyed – we can get strong winds up here. If you want to come I can mention to our local club ADARS and Mid-Wales RAYNET and perhaps we can do a joint venture – the guys will be up for that – we do a lot of SOTA as you might imagine. Anyway 73 for now and I’ll keep you posted once the Spring/Summer antenna farm starts going up. Mark MW0RZS

Experimentation

Well since John (M0HFH) posted in November on Smiths Charts and Mathematical Matching things have been moving on.

There have been a couple of component builds. Some frustration, but a steady stream of improvements and knowledge gained.

John (M0HFH) will be leading a talk, see programme for when, on what has been happening so I do not want to spoil the night by giving to much away now.

Smiths Charts, Practical Application of mathematical RF matching

For The past 2 weeks you may have noticed some activity at the top of the room , with instruments, a 2m copper tube dipole multiple VNA’s and computers.
I am planning a project and talks on the practical application of smiths charts method of mathematically matching RF loads. There is some way to go before we are in a position start the talks, feel free to ask questions. On Wednesday evening we will be running a capacitor workshop again making values to implement a match created by smiths chart calculations.

ROTA 2018

A great day at the Vale of Berkeley Railway. We managed 11 other heritage railways plus contacts UK and Europe  wide and into the Ukraine.

Thanks to Owen for the antenna, radio and most of the contacts.

Thanks to Rob for the excellent cards for the event.

Thanks to everyone that showed up. A great effort by the club.

ROTA 2018

We will be operating on Saturday 22nd September from the Vale of Berkeley Railway at Sharpness Docks.

Postcode is GL13 9UD for the engine shed.

I will be there about 0830 to get set up and we should be operating from approx 10am until 3pm.

The callsign will be GB4VBR for those unable to attend but who want to listen.

2m FM Pedestrian Foxhunt – Take Two

Due to a hardware issue on the earlier event we are running it again on September 12th 2018.

As before the Fox will be Paul M0ZMB and he will hide somewhere around Thornbury.

He will call in on 145.500 and then move to another frequency. It is hoped to be 145.4125, if it is available.

He will transmit for 2mins every 10mins.

 

 

2m FM Pedestrian Foxhunt

Tonight is the clubs annual pedestrian foxhunt around Thornbury.

I will probably start from the Rock Street Car Park  as it  is slightly raised to find Paul M0ZMB the fox..

I am also going to have APRS running to se where I go and what transmission is like around Thornbury.