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AGM – POSTPONED – and extra Webinar announced

The AGM scheduled for July have been postponed due to extension of lockdown. The new date is the 2nd Aug for the AGM.

So, there is an extra Webinar on Fri 2nd July. It will be on the topic of IP Remote Control including, as an example, remote CW ops via  paddle at the remote PC. The link will be published here on the day of the Webinar.

Field Day Success

The first 2021 field event for TARG was on 5th June. Looking rather relaxed in the photo is the event organisor, Brian 2E0EUD. Not transmitting at this time as may have been too close to the antenna; look what a happened to the person on the right – only their legs are left! Out of shot (presumabley at the RSGB calculated minimum safe distance) were the 10+ other members who made to Hadleigh Country Park for some real radio. Operations ranged from a simple test of connectivity with a portable station near colchester via GB3DA – to far more elaborate experimentations.


Award Winners

Belinda M6JNX and Mark M0IEO, both committee members at TARG, have invigilated over 120 RSGB online exams between them. With 1, 2 or 3 candidates at a time, for Foundation or Intermediate exams, that’s about 250 individual exams.

There were technical challenges along the way so it could take all afternoon to get three candidates up and running. The personal time commitment was considerable – and all for the benefit of others.

Some anecdotes:

  • One candidate got “very cross and vocal” with the IT but the system was working perfectly, he had just forgotten to turn the speakers on!
  • Someone was so worried about the exam that they burst into tears when they passed.
  • Another person was trying to recall Ohm’s Law by talking out loud and had a full blown argument with himself.

RSGB Kenwood Trophy Award 2021: Their citation (abridged) reads: “It is with great pleasure that I write to inform you that the RSGB Board and Learning Delivery Team have agreed that you should jointly receive the Kenwood Trophy with the other Remote Invigilators. Congratulations on this award – which the Board and Learning Delivery Team feel is richly deserved”.

What’s Happening at TARG?

The Diary Page has been updated with events for  June and July

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