2M Mobile Foxhunt

Tonight was the mobile foxhunt. Peter (2E0UAR) was the fox.

Paul (M0ZMB) was first to find him

There were five teams out looking for the fox, of which four found him eventually. The last two to find did have to rely on some big clues from Peter to his location.

The fox was hidden at the bottom point of the small blue triangle to the right of the picture below.

Total distance travelled about 30miles. As you can see some of us went a bit further afield, even though we only started about a mile or so from the foxes den. The fox was well hidden.

Thanks to Peter (2E0UAR) for being the fox.

Hunting the fox.

The route for the mobile foxhunt 2017

Networking Talk

Well Wedensday 23rd November was a suprising talk by Garry (G7NVZ) on Networking  because it should have happened next Wedensday 30th November.

Thanks Peter (M6KVA) for pointing it out. Shame he left it until after the talk to let me  know 😉

So next week will be a programme planning / discussion night.

JOTA 2016

CW Practice

John M0HFH showing Scout members how to use the CW Trainer.

This year we setup various elements of amateur radio at 1st Olveston Scout Group HQ. The station consisted of HF, VHF, UHF, CW, SDR & Flight Radar. The callsign used for this event was GB1OSG.

CW Live

John M0HFH setting up for the Scouts to do CW Live.

Friday was setup time, this went well with most things initially setup in a few hours. The TSGARC Friday net allowed us to test the VHF Station this was found to be deaf towards Yate so Saturday morning the antenna system was moved. Saturday  15th the final tweaks were made to the station then it was a case of waiting for the Scout Group members to arrive. During the quiet times members who attended got on with other projects including make a fan dipole for the club.

Saturday evening after Scouts and visitors had left for the evening John (M3EQQ), John (M0HFH) and Garry (G7NVZ) went searching for some DX on 20m and 40m. We heard a special event station with a call sign of DG500BIER which we tried unsuccessfully to get back to.


WIFI Down!

The weather overnight deteriorated which caused some adverse affects on the WIFI setup. The antenna was on a tripod which got blown down. Soon had the link back.

Over the weekend as well as UK stations we got to Germany, Russia, The Netherlands and Switzerland.

Some members of the club who are also members of Woodhouse Park Scout Radio Club (GX0WOI) and they also ran a successful event. At times we were able to provide mutual assistance by providing a good working link to each other, this was mainly used to provide the Scouts the opportunity to try CW over the radio. I believe Rex (G4RAE) was able to read all that was sent to him.

Cable management.

Garry (G7NVZ) doing cable management.

Sunday was busier than Saturday for Scouts. The same thing were on offer for Scouts to see and try.

As is usual when it came time to finish it took less time to pack up than setup.

Thanks to all members who came and helped and supported this event.



VHF / UHF Mobile.

As Wednesday 24th June is an on air night an I am going to on the road for at least some off the time of the evening I will put a few calls out via GB3AA when I  get south of Gloucester.

University Workshop Visit

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John showing us how to do it.

Lasts nights visit was successful for those who attended, thanks to John M0HFH for organizing the evening.
Some of the things we had a go at included glass blowing, glass work using a lathe, flow cutting and laser welding. Also had a play with John’s break time project a morse paddle key without the paddles.

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Paul having a go…

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John blowing bubbles..

Paul and John using glass pipe.

Paul making a test tube & John blowing bubbles.

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Garry’s attempt at an insulator

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From this angle it looks quite good…

The insulator is made from a glass rod.


JOTA after the Scouts had gone…..


The dynamic trio in action……..

The camera stayed in the same position, apart from the order of the dynamic trio can you spot the difference between the two pictures?

The pictures were taken with a Raspberry Pi with a camera module using a time lapse. The time lapse was created using a simple Bash script and a “CRON” job. The script had to be edited a couple of times before it did what was required.