Last week was the second week with Paul m0zmb showing some of his experiments using the Arduino open source electronics platform. We looked at a full colour LCD display from Tony G0WMB and my (John m0hfh) experiments to link the Arduino and a AD9850 dds module to give a variable sine wave output with a variable frequency from a few kilohertz to 30mhz; a very useful VFO. We stayed later than we should to test the output using the club radio on 3.5mhz and 7.2mhz and the circuit achieved our first goal, and a signal was detected at approximatly 4m distance using very crude wire antennas.
TSGARC will be running a station at Broomhill Bristol Scouts.
We will be running a VHF & HF station. There will be other bit as available including CW, SDR and DATA modes.
A short days operating from a low G5rv and 100watts using mainly club equipment yielded 8 countries see qrz.com for full details. Thanks to all club members who turned up, and participated in a fun day operating from the Berkeley Vale Railway offices supporting railways on the air.
The Railway is looking to restore the branch line from the mainline at the former Berkeley Road Station through to Sharpness.
For more information on the railway society see the link The Vale Of Berkeley Railway. They are looking for volunteers and donnations.
On Saturday 23rd September 2017 the club will be running a special event station for ROTA at Sharpness. Setup from about 09:00 with aim to be on air by 10:00.
If you are planning on coming please bring a handheld and call GB4VBR on 145.500 to gain access as some parts of the site are restricted due to the nature of what they do there.
Please do not park in front of the houses on either side of the road, if you come along.
Everything is ready for Saturday at the Vale of Berkeley Railway for Railways On The Air. At the moment we have only 2 people attending and it would be nice if we could get a couple more even if only for an hour or so.
If you are interested please see Rex or John.
Our callsign will be GB4VBR.
There’s a new episode of the TX Factor (online HAM radio show sponsored by the RSGB). This episode has a big segment on YOTA as well as some EME at Goonhilly Earth Station. Worth a watch!
Rex (G4RAE), John (M0HFH) and myself (M6EAT) made an interesting visit to the Vale of Berkeley Railway on Saturday in preparation for ROTA on Saturday 23rd September.
We are undertaking a short visit again this Saturday for some antenna prep and then we will be ready for the day.
We could still do with some more radio operators for the day as I am actually away on holiday. The railway are very interested in this and have given the club the use of the boardroom for the day so everything will be nice and warm and dry.
If anyone can make a few hours then please let one of use know.
Peter M0SVN is busy for the club at the moment. Last week he was the lead at our workshop night using the RTL dongles for SDR.
This week he is talking about YOTA.
On Saturday 29th July the TSGARC visited the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton.
A good day was had viewing aircraft from the start of flight through to models of the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers and the new F35B Joint Strike Fighter. Aircraft viewed included the iconic Wessex helicopter seen below.
Some members also got to try out the exhibits.