January 2019

Photo of John M0LFXTARget Nite: 19th Jan 2019

The first TARGet Nite (practical radio projects) of the year was, as usual, very well attended (top photo). Two examples of what we did: 

1-2-1 mentoring for the Advanced Exam. The idea is that candidates identifies the areas where they could do with help and we will find someone in the club with the technical knowledge and teaching skill to help them. Picture shows Nigel M0ICH helping Eve 2E0EVN with some awkward maths formulas. In the exam there will always be a calculation of some sort and provided you follow a step by step process then it can be an easy point.

Alan 2E0FBP brought along a HF transmitter he had built. A great achievement. The middle photo shows the inside of the BITX circuit board which he had put together inside a 3D printed container, then the whole lot went inside a carry case. Just to prove it worked he used both a Clansman adapted Morse Key, and a microphone, to transmit on 40m and we heard the reception on a separate radio.  Alan would be very pleased to talk people through what he did. For more information; follow this link: www.hfsignals.com/index.php/ubitx

Also on display was home-brew CW transmitter. More on that next time. 

Picture of Field Day

The Field Day on Dec 30th was so well attended and so useful it’s a shame it may soon seem as “so last year”! Twenty-five people braved the cold in a capacity as operating, learning, experimenting or simply turning up to see what’s going on and support the club. At one point it was quite a sight seeing 13 cars lined up each with the appearance of a weird antenna projecting from the roof.

Huw, M0LHT was there from the crack of dawn (bottom photo) and, like others later in the day, knew the advantage of manipulating chunkier bolts and screws with frozen fingers. He used his home made, 3D printed coil loaded vertical antenna, among others.

Having ‘experienced members’ on hand to inspect your kit helped identify (with hindsight) simple errors like connecting the earth to the wrong terminal (name redacted to avoid embarrassment).

Photos from Field DayThere was an experiment using a 80m and 40m and 10m HF mag-mount antenna in isolation, then with an earth to chassis, then putting the same antenna on a stand with long wire radials (photo): what a difference in performance.

Gareth (M6MZC) and Jenson (M6OIU) brought their Clansman Radio (photo) which always attracts attention. Birthday Girl Dorothy, M0LMR, posed with Kenny (M0XGK) and wife Alice for a photo. Kenny used an end-fed antenna; while John G4LTH used a SotaBeam Dipole to make contacts as part of ‘Worked All Britain’ (after all, Two Tree Island, our operating location, is an “island”).

We were delighted that so many members and XYLs came simply to visit and show an interest. This included two non-amateurs who have now signed-up for our Foundation course in Feb. We were joined by 3 of the 4 new Full Licence holders who passed their OnLine exam earlier this month. 

Whether it was learning to pack extra kit (who would have thought we needed a coax switch), or having a laminated copy of the bandplan (as the cold affects the memory), or spare plastic bags to wrap connections to keep out the damp, or putting small bits in boxes to stop them rolling into the grass, or seeing different types of Antenna Analyzer (Sark 110); or, simply being sociable and chatting about what’s on the agenda for the new year: As always, a big thanks to the Committee for planning this event and making it so productive for all those who attended.

 

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