Worked All UK/EI Locator Squares (Club Comp 2016)

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MapLast night Den, M0ACM announced the annual club competition. For full rules and league tables please see the link at the top of this page or visit http://www.sdarc.net/worked-all-ukei-locators/

The competition is open to SDARC Members and is designed to encourage on-air operating, to have some competitive fun playing radio, to raise the profile of @SDARC on the air and to reward members making consistent use of their radio gear. Go on, have a go !!

DMR Mini Talk

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Tonight here will be a short explanatory talk on DMR usage at SDARC. The talk will include details of the recent changes to GB7TC.

Fancy a mince pie?

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5303024This is just a reminder that this Thursday at Pine Trees is the last club meeting of the year, after which there will be a 2 week break until the first meeting of 2016 on Thursday 7th January.

This weeks meeting is of course the annual club quiz which this year will be will be starting slightly earlier than normal at 7:45pm. It’s always an entertaining evening so please come along if you can, and don’t forget that as well as the usual refreshments there will be mince pies!

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner (or Turkey)

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At the club Christmas dinner last night the results for the Worked All Counties competition were announced.

Thanks to everyone who entered, to Den for organising, to Tony for being an Adjudicator and to James for creating the on-line results table.

The aim was to encourage on-air activity and the Awards strategy was no-one wins >1 award.

10w – Period 1 (James, M1DST)
10w – Period 2 (Martin, G0DHL) – “you have to be in it to win it!” – He won P2 with just 1 QSO !
10w – Overall (Chris, G4AJA)

50w (Jonathan, M0ZGB) – NO other entries except Jonathan !

100w was most competitive section. Here we allocated Awards based on winner’s highest score. It resulted in Awards in all sections.
100w – Period 1 (Paul, M0PMV)
100w – Period 2 (Tony, G4LDL)
100w – Period 3 (Andy, G0UWS)
100w – Overall (Phil, M0PBZ)
Unfortunately, James’ 37 – a potential winning score had to be ignored as he had entered in 10W previously. “Your first Progress Form determines your chosen Power category for all periods”

400w – Overall (Steve, M0SPN)
Paul’s score (26 from P2) had to be ignored as he had entered in 100W previously. “Your first Progress Form determines your chosen Power category for all periods”

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Many thanks to everyone who entered. Hopefully these results will encourage those who thought themselves uncompetitive to enter next year.

Key advice – as shown is 1) to enter! and 2) to choose your category carefully !

So, folks…. What would you like next year ?

…Italian Provinces, UK Postcodes, US States, Maidenhead Squares, Irish districts, Scottish Pubs …?)
Still use Power categories? OR …should we have Mode categories instead? (SSB, CW, PSK, RTTY,SSTV…)

Christmas Dinner

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christmas-dinner-1003539_960_720This is just to confirm (or to advise you if you didn’t know) that there will not be a club meeting at Pinetrees this Thursday 10th December due to the Members Christmas meal.

There will be a meeting as normal on the 17th which is the Christmas Quiz Night, complete with Mince Pies.

GB1WWM – Wilton Windmill – THIS WEEKEND!

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GB1WWM is being activated for the second time this year at the request of the Wilton Windmill Trust.

This special event station will running over the bank holiday weekend of August 29th, 30th & 31st 2015.

All are welcome to come and visit, if you just want to see how a special event is run (chaos come to mind). Or you would like to be involved just try to support us please.

The station has been organised by Colin G4GBP and assisted by John G1OQV and myself Ken G1NCG.

If you are listening on the air for the callsign this the call you will hear “Golf Bravo One Whisky Whisky Mike” Wilton windmill.

We will be on 40m and 2m.

This is the address of Wilton Windmill :-

Wilton Windmill
Wilton
Near Marlborough
Wiltshire
SN8 3SW

Check their website for directions. http://www.wiltonwindmill.co.uk/

Summer BBQ

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A number of us attended the SDARC Summer BBQ at Coate Water. Paul, G0EPC took some photos of the event.

Club Summer BBQ @ Coate Water – THIS WEEK

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Barbecue GrillThe Club is holding a BBQ at the Coate Water Country Park on Thursday 20th August from 7.00 – 9.30 pm.

As this is a club event we will not be opening up the club room.

We will be providing the fire, you need to bring your burgers, sausages and ketchup…. don’t forget the rolls. We plan to setup some radios too.

Hope to see you there!

Summer @ SDARC

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During the month of August we will not be meeting at Pine Trees. We shall be meeting at Barbury Castle to play radio. On the 20th August we are having a club BBQ. We will be providing the fire, you just need to bring the food you would like to eat.

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We will be returning to Pine Trees from September.