As mentioned at the club Wednesday, whilst on holiday last week I visited the Museum of Internal Fire at Tanygroes, Ceredigion. SA43 2JS. www.internalfire.com
As well as lots of engines they have lots of things of interest to the radio amateur including a radio room, radio equipment, testing equipment, telephone equipment, ships radio rooms and a small titanic display where you can also hear the last message sent by the Titanic.
Here are some pictures of the visit taken on my phone.
The club was asked if we would like to operate from the Thornbury District Mueseum again. So as part of Museums On The Air we did on Saturday 24th June.
Rex G4RAE and John M0HFH organised and setup the station using callsign GB4TDM. The bands available were 6m, 2m and 70cms.Peter G4OST, Mike G0JMD and Garry G7NVZ also took to the airwaves and operated the station
The furthest we got was a station in Italy. We also had contacts with other event stations though some of these were for Armed Forces Day. Other contacts were had with friends from GARES and other stations both mobile and fixed around the area.
Very quick post regarding last weekends Waitrose On-Air Roadshow event. First wanting to thank Waitrose and specifically Shirley (my contact) for organising with us. I am sure that all those who took part and visited us at the store on Saturday last would agree it a success.
Rather surprisingly we actually made some reasonable contacts on 2m repeaters but more importantly were able to meet the general public and of course star of the show just go to Rex for the morse tutorial with the children (seen here).
We shall certainly be putting this in the calendar for next year and hopefully repeating the process. Thoughts are now to our next roadshow location.
Thanks to John M0HFH and Rex G4REA for their help.
So how many times have we wanted to get a rope over a tall tree? American amateurs have a great solution but unfortunately, I suspect, its not possible for us here in the UK. 🙁
The solution is in episode 263 of Ham Nation (21 mins into the show) and is entitled ‘Coax and how To Get it 200 Feet into the Air!’. Whilst Ham Nation is always worth watching I’ve also put the manufacturers video below too.
Any dog owners know if something like this is available in the UK?
This month, the RSGB have published their strategy for the next five years. The outline provides a short summary of their Purpose, Values, Goals and Priorities but they have also made available a five page document that provides more details.
Browsing the website of the Weston super Mare club (G4WSM), I found the video below. As its rather fun, I’m posting it here too 🙂 Whilst we’ve just had our field weekend wouldn’t it have been good to make a video like this? Unfortunately, the sound is a bit corrupted with funny ‘dit and dah’ noises. Only kidding 😉
There a few club members who know Morse code and would like to improve their skills in one way or another. Speaking with members, I’ve heard mention of FISTS but never of CWOPS. I know an amateur who has spent the last year with the CWOPS Academy program and who has greatly increased their speed and accuracy of receiving and sending.
Not to be forgotten is also the slow Morse transmissions by amateurs here in the UK on behalf of the RSGB. This is how I originally learnt the code.
So, for those who may be interested, I’ve posted the links below:
Using the excellent Radio Mobile program by Roger VE2DBE, I’ve produced a 144.3MHz coverage map for our current setup at the club-house. For info about the antenna, losses, power etc see the first page.