This week at Pine Trees, we will joined by a person who’s name will be very familiar to anyone who has undertaken Amateur Radio training over the last 20 odd years.
Steve Hartley, G0FUW, came to Amateur Radio from the CB boom of the 1980′s. By 1986, he had passed the 12wpm CW test and gained his now familiar G0FUW call.
Steve has delivered training since 1990 and is the organiser of the succesful ‘Bath Distance Learning Course’. Steve is also the editor of the Intermediate and Advanced training publications, which are such a valuable resource to those taking the associated courses and exams.
Alongside the training courses, Steve also organises the ‘Bath Buildathon’ every January, which encourages Radio Amateurs to try their hand at construction, whilst under supervision. It is also the ideal opportunity for those undertaking Intermediate training to build that all import construction project needed to pass the exam.
Another of Steve’s passions is constructing and operating QRP equipment and it is this subject which forms the basis of Steve’s presentation to us on Thursday evening.
So please join us at Pine Trees from 7pm on Thursday 20th February for what is sure to be a very interesting and informative talk.
This week’s speaker at the club needs no introduction, being our very own Dennis Goacher, G3LLZ. I am sure we are all aware of Dennis’ vast, in-depth knowledge in the world of electronics and his willingness to offer help and advice when asked.
Dennis has kindly agreed to share some of his knowledge with us this week on the subject of PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) and the pitfalls associated with it. This is a subject most of us would have heard of through our work, but perhaps know little about. Dennis will no doubt deliver an excellent presentation on this subject, perhaps with a few horror stories from some of the more dubious appliances he has encountered during his career.
Please join us at Pine Trees on Thursday 23rd January from 7pm to listen to what is sure to be a very informative talk.
This week at the club we will be showing a DVD entitled ‘QRT 500 kc/s wireless telegraphy 1901-1997: The final WT transmissions from UK Coast Stations’. This DVD covers the final transmissions made by the maritime radio stations at Portpatrick, Wick, Cullercoats and Lands End on 31 December 1997 23:48 GMT after many years of service to shipping.
The DVD gives a brief history of the development of the maritime distress and communications service on 500 kc/s which is followed by live recordings made at the time from the 4 stations mentioned above. The live recordings are entirely in Morse Code and a transcript of these messages will be provided for those not proficient in Morse to follow during the DVD.
Please join us at Pine Trees from 7pm on Thursday 9th January to watch the DVD.
The annual Fun Quiz will be held at the SDARC clubroom at the Pine Trees Community Centre, The Circle, Pinehurst, Swindon on Thursday 19th December.
In addition to the usual tea and coffee, there will be free mince pies. In this Quiz, the members form small teams to enter the quiz and give a team answer to a question. So, even if you do not know the answer to a question, hopefully, somebody else in your team will know the answer. There will be rounds of both amateur radio and general knowledge questions.
No access to the Internet will be allowed and the questionmaster’s decision on each answer will be final!
This week’s speaker is Tom Brockman, G4TPH, who will be talking to us about the development of his Magloop Antennas.
Tom was first licenced in 1959, gaining the call KN8VST at the age of 14. After passing the Technician course, he held the call K8VST until service with the USAF interrupted his activities.
Since moving to the UK, Tom has also held the B class call G5MVT, before passing the Morse test in 1981 and gaining the call G4TPH.
Please join us at Pinetrees from 7pm on Thursday 21st November, to see Tom’s presentation and find out more about these remarkable antennas.
This week we will be joined by Don Field, G3XTT, who will be talking to us on the subject of DXpedition Antennas.
Don has been involved in Amateur Radio since passing his exam in 1968. He is the author of several books, namely the RSGB Operating Manual and the 6 and 4 metre Handbook.
He has also particated in a number of major DXpeditions, such as T32C, 3B7C and D68C to name a few and been involved with several RSGB comittees over the years.
Don has been the HF columnist for RADCOM for 15 years and has recently taken on the role of editor for Practical Wireless magazine.
With his vast experience in the world of Amateur Radio, this is sure to be an unmissable evening, so please join us from 7pm on Thursday 7th November to see Don’s presentation.
In a change to this week’s programme for Thursday 24th, we will be joined by Iain Logie Baird, a Curator from the National Media Museum in Bradford.
Iain will be speaking to us about his late Grandfather, John Logie Baird and his work in Television from 1923 to 1946.
Iain moved to the UK from Canada in 2007 and has worked in the Museum sector for a number of years both here and in Canada.
Iain has naturally researched his Grandfather’s work over the years and also has expertise on other subjects such as communications technology and sound reproduction technology.
This is one not to be missed, so please join us from 7pm on Thursday, 24th October for what is sure to be a very interesting and informative talk.
This week, in a change to the printed programme, we will be showing the DVD of the 2011 Rockall DXpedition.
On 1st October 2011, a team of Belgian Radio Amateurs set foot on the tiny island of Rockall, EU-189, to begin what was perhaps one of the most extreme DXpeditions ever undertaken. Using the callsign MM0RAI/P, the first QSO was made at 15:50. Following massive pile-ups over the operating period, the team were finally evacuated at daybreak the following day.
This is the story of the DXpedition and the gale force winds their ship battled through even to just reach the island.
Please join us on Thursday 10th October to watch this excellent DVD.
This Thursday, Ron Mount will be speaking to us about Antenna Modeling with and without using NEC.
Ron has had an interest in radio and electronics for around 50 years, but only gained his licence and the call G7DOE in 1990. Ron’s interests so far have been exclusively at VHF and above, operating mainly on 2m, 70cm and 23cm. He is also beginning to edge into operating on 13cm. He says he seems to spend much of his time thinking and arguing about antennas, very often for bands he is not interested in!
Professionally, Ron joined Plessey’s Applied Research Laboratory at Romsey after leaving university, working on X band developments before moving solidly into electronics CAD. After that, it was computers all the way until he retired 5 years ago.
Ron is an active member of the Harwell Amateur Radio Society and is involved in their training programme as one of their instructors, often producing papers and question sheets to support their courses. Jonathan, M0ZGB, can certainly vouch for Ron’s knowledge on the subjects he speaks about after completing his Intermediate & Advanced licences with Ron & the team at HARS.
So, Please join us on Thursday 26th September from 7pm for what is sure to be a very informative (and entertaining!) talk.
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