GX4ABC/P Club Field Weekend

The annual Thornbury & South Gloucestershire Field weekend is nearly here!

A reminder of its location and dates:
Fri 25th, Sat 26th, 27th & 28th Aug 2023
Hook Street, The Field
Located (Behind Hook House)
GL13 9TH

51°41’44.0″N 2°28’16.7″W
What 3 Words Location: thuds.breathing.whistle

There will be a Club BBQ hosted by our Gourmet Chef Paul (M0ZMB) on Sat evening approx starting time between 1700 & 1800, rolls, beefburgers and sausages will be provided but if you have any other preferences please bring them for cooking.

Guests are all welcome to come along and say hello during the event, a social call or to find out more about the club. there is no entry charge for the weekend!

Or just give us a call on GX4ABC/P  


Club Events Aug 2023

Wed 02 Aug
Social & Physical Check Of Kit For Field Day
Wed 09 Aug
Talk “The RSGB News” John Everingham (G4TRN)

16 Aug
Club Members OFCOM Consultation Night

23 Aug
Social & Final Preparation For Field Weekend

Mon 25th, Sat
26th, Sun 27th & Mon 28th Aug
Club Field Weekend

30 Aug
Post Field Weekend Discussion

Club Member Success!

Very pleased to pass the clubs congratulations on to Stan and Paul who recently sat their  Exams at the club and have secured their Call Signs. Paul commented that M7FOD is easy to remember standing for “Forest Of Dean” but we would probably recognise “Foxtrot Oscar Delta” !   

M7YET – Stanley
M7FOD – Paul

Club Events Jul 2023

With Midsummer and the Equinox behind us we enter the second half of the year, we look forward to the annual event of Field Day in Aug but in the mean time here are the known events for July:

05 Jul 2023 SWC & Gateways

Update South West Cluster Repeaters
Overview Of Simplex Gateways

Talk Terry M0TJX  

12 Jul 2023 Fox Hunts
Fox Hunt Discussion Including:

What Is A Fox Hunt
The How To And Techniques 
When & Where

Led by John (M3EQQ)
19 Jul 2023 Field Day Discussion 
Field Day Discussion Including:

Content & Program
Members Assistance To Help Set Up

Led By John (M3EQQ)

26 Jul 2023 OFCOM Consultation
RSGB Guest Andrew Jenner G7KNA

Mobile Foxhunt 2023 the results…..

Garry G7NVZ the fox for the event was hidden and transmitting at19:30, hearing calls from

John M0HFH and Paul M0ZMB the hunt was on. We also had John G6RAZ call in and monitor progress. 

Garry initially had some technical difficulties trying to get one of his radios on frequency for when the power was stepped down. The first radio used was a Leixen VV898 mobille  followed by an AnyTone AT-D878UV handheld.  The antennas used at different times were a mag-mounted 2m/70cm whip, the handheld rubber duck antenna and also a dummy load on the mag-mount.

Initially John M0HFH started well and got close before getting a bit further away, Paul M0ZMB did the reverse started getting further away before making a dramatic arrival on locating the fox. John G6RAZ, who was monitoring proceedings, made a guess of where he thought the fox  was located and gave an area within a mile of where the fox was. Terry M0JTX who had a prior engagement that night and inadvertently was within 1/2 a mile of where the fox was located.

Map of fox hunt final locations

TSGARC Mobile Foxhunt 2023


The map shows approximate locations of the hounds and others after the fox was found. 

Mobile Foxhunt 21st June

The club will be holding the first of two Foxhunts, this is the mobile one, so ensure you operate you vehicle safely and legally.

Garry G7NVZ is the fox for the night and will be hidden somewhere in an area no further than 10 miles of Thornbury. Ordnance Survey Explorer 167 (1:25000) will cover the area completely. Due to the area covered by Ordnance Survey Landranger (1:50000) map sheets 162 & 172 as Thornbury is in the area covered by the overlap of the sheets. Sheet 162 will have the Northern part of the where the fox could be and sheet 172 will have Southern part.

The fox will be hidden and ready to transmit by 19:30. The first transmission will on 145.500 and move to a free frequency around 145.400-145.450. After the first transmission subsequent transmissions will take place on the quarter hour 3mins. Power will be reduced as the evening goes on.       

Our normal meeting room at the Chantry will not be available for the evening …


Club Antenna Working Party Volunteers needed

On Tuesday morning I went to the Chantry office to enquire about access to the roof and look at the damage to our 40m Dipole.

A Branch from a tree on the far side of the main building has Snapped and come to rest on the cable attached to the RHS of the dipole and this is putting the balun and RG214 under strain and has snapped the dipole on the LHS of the main building and ropes attaching the balun to the central support.

We need a working party for the repairs, a minimum of four people, two on the roof with access from inside of the Chantry and two on the ground to attend to the ropes. The Old antenna needs to be removed firstly; a ladder will be needed to untie the ropes from the trees and some measuring of distances for our new antenna to be installed.

Our Plans are to fit a 40m off centre fed dipole which requires moving the centre point of the antenna to the LHS of its current position. and re-making all ropes and the radiator lengths which can be carried out on a Wednesday evening at club.