‘Show & Tell Evening’ – 19 January 2017

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This Thursday, 19th January, we will be holding a ‘Show & Tell Evening’ at Pine Trees.

The evening gives members the opportunity to bring along a piece of equipment, review an item or a piece of software or perhaps speak about their favourite aspect of the world of radio.
We have three speakers on the 12th, which are Jonathan – M0ZGB; Geoff – G3TPQ and Den – M0ACM.

Jonathan, M0ZGB
Jonathan is giving us a short presentation on his 1950s Ex RNLI lifeboat receiver, during which he will tell us about the original concept of the Type 97 radio set as well as his attempt to discover which lifeboat the receiver originally came from. He will also take us back to a time when tea & fried sausages were deemed more interesting than new-fangled radio sets!

Geoff, G3TPQ
Geoff will be speaking to us on the subject of British & German wartime civilian receivers and will be bringing along an example of each. We are doubtless all aware of the depth of Geoff’s knowledge on these subjects and he has also offered to end his talk with a short musical quiz!

Den, M0ACM
If you are still a breathing, well-read amateur, you WILL have heard of SDR transceivers… The new-ish fangled boxes with a computer attached to process the signals. Tonight, we will have a look at a new implementation of that concept – The ICOM 7300…

As there are three speakers on Thursday, we would ideally like to start the talks at 7.45pm rather than the usual 8pm, so that we have some time for questions and swap over.

Thursday night will be a good mix of the old and the new with regard to radio technology, so please join us from 7pm at Pine Trees to see our speakers deliver their presentations.

Christmas Dinner / Awards Photos

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Last Thursday was our club Christmas dinner and awards ceremony. I would like to publically pass my thanks to Den, M0ACM for not only organising the club competitions, judging them (with G4LDL) but also organising the meal from start to finish. Everything went smoothly and we had a great turn out as you can see from the below panorama.

We all met at Robin Farm near Blunsdon and were split off into our own private area. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was fantastic and in quantities which far exceeded the expectations of most. Some people opted for the Christmas carvery whilst others chose directly from the menu which allowed everyone to have exactly what they wanted.

Once the meal finished the club competition winners were announced.

Well done to our winners. Hopefully if you didn’t win you will be inspired to participate in next year’s competition when it is announced.

Club Christmas Dinner

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Christmas Dinner
This week you will find that the Pine Trees building is not open to SDARC members due to our Christmas dinner at Robins Farm in Swindon. We are set to eat at 8pm so you should ideally arrive between 1930 and 1945.

If you didn’t book at pay in advance, fret not, as you can still join us! However, you will be given the normal menu (a carvery is still available I believe) and will pay at the bar.  The more the merrier.

The address is:
Robins Farm
Latham Road
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN25 4DL

Next week will be the last meeting of the year for SDARC and to celebrate we will be having the annual club quiz. You will make a small team with other members and answer questions on various subjects. Mince pies will also be available.

We will return in 2017 on January 5th.

What Makes the Ping Go Ping?

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Tonight at Pine Trees, we will be showing a presentation (video) which is available on the RSGB website as a download for members and affiliated clubs.

‘What makes the ping go ping?’ was a presentation delivered by John Worsnop, @G4BAO, at the 2015 RSGB convention and covers the interesting subject of meteor scatter.

John covers all aspects, such as meteor trail formation, receivers and antennas and the effects of the meteor scatter on operating frequencies.

Meteor scatter is a fascinating subject, so please join us at Pine Trees from 7pm to view the presentation.

‘The Shetland Bus’ Talk by John Winterburn

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‘On Thursday, November 10th, we welcome back John Winterburn to our club.

John is an Archaeologist and specializes in the conflict landscapes of Southern Jordan – members will doubtless remember the spellbinding presentation John gave us some 18 months ago on his part in the search for Lawrence of Arabia’s desert camp.

On Thursday, we move forward to World War 2 and the story of the ‘Shetland Bus’. This was the nickname of the special operations group formed in 1941 who specialized in making the link between Shetland, Scotland and Norway. The Norwegian Naval Independent Unit (NNIU) as they were known, initially used lightly armed fishing boats for the crossings and usually crossed in darkness during the Winter months. The group became part of the Norwegian Navy in 1943 and gained 3 fast and heavily armed submarine chasing boats, eventually making nearly 200 crossings before the war ended in May 1945.

This will be quite a poignant talk, being the night before Remembrance Day and the ideal opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by these brave persons in some of the most daring exploits of the war.

Please join us at Pine Trees Community Centre from 7pm to see John’s fascinating presentation.

Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) 2016

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JOTA is the largest Scouting event in the world with over 1 million Scouts participating across 150+ countries. The event is held the third weekend of October – for 2016 it was 14th, 15th & 16th October.

Held at 1st Stratton Scouts Hut, Kingsdown, Swindon on Saturday 15th October 2016. This was our first attempt at putting on a JOTA station for a while and I would like this to be an annual event.

We arrived on Friday evening to set up masts for the antenna, which went well but the first antenna tried did not want to play nicely (a G5RV) so we switched to an off centre fed windom antenna that after a little fettling worked ok.

On Saturday morning, we decided to use the club’s Kenwood TS590 that performed brilliantly for the duration of the event.

We had two demos, one for Morse code and one for the Phonetic Alphabet. These went quite well from the general feedback that we received and I think Phil enjoyed showing the qualities of morse code as a transmission medium.

Andrew M1CJE setup a data station and has made 23 contacts on PSK.

Our main operator Kevin G6FOP made 9 contacts on 40 Mtrs and 5 scouts passed messages over the air.

I would like to thank everyone who helped to make this day a success. Kevin G6FOP, Andy G0UWS, Russell M0RFI, Andrew M1CJE , Phil M0PBZ, Mike M5CBS. We also have to give thanks to the scout leaders and helpers who kept us supplied with cups of tea.

A few pictures from the event last weekend are below.

Best 73s Ken Powell G1NCG

Talk/Demo – ‘Autodesk Eagle Tutorial… from idea to PCB’ by James, M1DST

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eaglepcbThis week we see James, M1DST explain the basics of CadSoft Eagle to help you design your schematic and PCB layout with the plan to fabricate the PCB. Whether you are used to dead bug or stripboard you will certainly benefit from something in the talk. James is only a hobbiest but will share the features he has learned over the years of using the software. We will be using the very latest version and exploring some of the cool new features.

The talk will be 5% PowerPoint and 95% demo!

Starts at 8pm.

Talk Cancelled

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cancelledThe planned talk ‘Simple Satellite Operating’ by Tim Kirby, G4VXE has had to be cancelled. We will try to arrange a new date as soon as possible.

We will instead be running an activity night where an HF antenna will be setup and in operation.

Members’ Equipment Sale

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For SaleThis week at Pine Trees, we will be holding a Members’ Equipment Sale.

With Winter fast approaching, many turn to projects to help fill those long, dark nights. Our sale is just the place to find that obscure part or perhaps a restoration project to work on.

Bargains are to be had, as sellers tend to keep their prices to a sensible level and there is always the option to haggle a bit!

You may wish to bring along items to sell or just browse the tables as a buyer – all are welcome to attend.

Fees are as follows:

  • SDARC Member Seller’s Table – Free
  • Non Member Seller’s Table – £3
  • SDARC Member Entrance – Free
  • Non Member Entrance – £1
  • Refreshments – £1 (all)

For Sale: Yaesu FT 920 AF – £550 ovno

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100w HF and 6m Multimode Transceiver c/w FM option board.

Often referred to as the FT1000’s little brother, the FT920 has been widely reported in reviews as being on a par with its big brother. It is my “go-to” rig because it does everything so simply & really well.

ALL the day-to-day controls are on the large well laid out front panel. Menu contains set-and-forget items. Read more