Baltic Contest 2015 on May 23/24 2015

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Dear Contesters,

There are several days left until challenging 80 meters event :).
On behalf of Lithuanian Radios Sports Federation I would like to invite you to join the Baltic Contest on May 23/24. Just 5 hours of LY, YL and ES pileups with the rate of 140 Qs at the first hour. It starts at 21.00 UTC on Saturday and ends at 02.00 UTC on Sunday morning.

Lots of special trophies, unique glean medals and paper diplomas will be spread world wide as every year.

The rules of the contest you can find on the website: http://www.lrsf.lt/bcontest/english/rules_html.htm

Join us in the Baltic Contest 2015!

73!
Mindis LY4L

Ramsey Island – 2015

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We would like to announce that we are currently in the final planning stages of our regular trip to Ramsey IslandIOTA EU-124.

This year we are going to try to have 3 stations on air full time as we are only there for 3 nights.

Arrive on island Friday 19th June
Depart island Monday 22nd June

We will be using 3 of the new “Hexpedition” hexbeams built by Ant, one will be directed to the West to allow us to work as many stations in the USA as possible as we seem to be lacking contacts from there each year. There may be some digi mode operating and again we will be looking on 6m to work as many as possible on there too.

Team members this year include a new addition of Vinny, M0TAV, who we welcome into the fold as a guest operator. Vinny is the antenna erector here in the midlands and has experience of operating from around the world when he was working on cruise ships and from his time in Thailand.

The full team this year are;
Rob MW0RLJ
Ant MW0JZE
Tim M0URX
Charles M0OXO
Tony G4LDL
Chris G1VDP
Vinny M0TAV
Jane – Rob’s wife and the chief chef and the one who keeps us in check
Laura MW6INK – Ant’s wife and Janes right hand
Glenys G8KWD – Tony’s wife and Janes left hand

The girls are in charge as usual and I am sure will keep us all in our place.

Usual DX Code of conduct rules will be adhered to (FULL CALL ONLY) and the regular QSL route via M0URX. Please do not send your card to us via the bureau as we do not need your card, but use Tim’s on line request service to get your card sent this way free of charge – or request direct and donate a couple of dollars to assist with our costs.

There may be some operating the days before and after from the farm as we all assemble and get ready to travel.

We look forward to meeting you on the air and again we ask to listen to who we call and just act in a true Ham Spirit and allow us to complete the QSO’s.

www.mc0shl.com

SDARC is open as usual on polling day.

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Polling Station SignAfter weeks of preparation the polling stations will be opening on Thursday 7th May 2015 across the UK. Pine Trees is one of the locations which will be used as a polling station. We have been advised by Swindon Borough Council that our use of the meeting room will be unaffected and as such the club will be open as usual. See you there for a talk titled ‘What can you do with your licence?’ By Tony Bettley, G4LDL.

This week at Pine Trees (23/04/2015) – Members Interests Evening and Mini Talks

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This week at the club, we will be holding a members interests (show and tell) type evening. This will be an opportunity for our members old and new to listen to a number of mini talks presented by several SDARC members.

Mike, M5CBS, will be showing a preview of the SDARC promo video he has been working on and maybe talk a little on his kite antenna.

Jonathan, M0ZGB, is bringing along a selection of his marine Radio Direction Finders and speaking about some of the companies that produced them and the reasons for collecting them.

Geoff, G3TPQ will be giving us a mini talk and demonstration on some of his electromechanical amplifiers.

Dennis, G3LLZ is going to speak to us about test equipment and his experiences in using it during his career.

Each talk is planned to last around 15 minutes, so if any other members would like to bring in items such as interesting equipment, old photos or rare QSL cards, then please do so.
Several tables will be set out for others members to display their prized possessions!

Please join us from 7pm on Thursday 23rd April at Pine Trees, for what will be an interesting evening of mini talks and demonstrations.

Members Equipment Sale – Thursday 9th April

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This week at Pine Trees we will be holding a members equipment (Spring clear out) sale.

This is the ideal place to find that Ham Radio bargain or sought-after part for your next project.

Bring along any Amateur Radio related items you wish to sell or just browse & buy what others have for sale.

All welcome.
Visitor Entry : £1
Visitor Tables : £3
Refreshments : £1
Members entry & tables : Free
On-site parking available.

Construction Competition – Everyone’s a Winner… (or runner up)

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Last Thursday was the annual construction competition. Here are a few photos of the entries and the prize winners.

The Development of the Morse Key ‘ by Dennis Goacher, G3LLZ

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Our speaker this week at Pine Trees needs no introduction, being our very own Dennis, G3LLZ.

Dennis will be speaking to us about the history and development of the Morse key, one of the many subjects Dennis is well versed in speaking about.

Despite no longer being a requirement to pass a Morse test, apart from the ‘Morse Appreciation’ in the Foundation exam, Morse or CW still has a healthy following among Radio Amateurs. The Morse keys themselves can be highly collectable and their history right from the early beginnings of Telegraphy is a fascinating one.

Dennis will doubtless give an excellent talk on them, so please join us from 7pm on Thursday 12th March to see his presentation.

This week at the club – ‘The Search For Lawrence of Arabia’s Desert Camp ‘ by John B Winterburn.

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Lawrence, 1918

This week we welcome John B Winterburn to our club night, who will be speaking to us about the search for Lawrence of Arabia’s Desert Camp.

John is an archaeologist, researcher and lecturer and has recently been heavily involved in the search for the desert camp of Lawrence of Arabia. He is interested in all periods of archaeology and in particular Modern Conflict Archaeology, the Neolithic and Roman periods as well as the archaeology of the 20th and 21st centuries.

John is also a Chartered Engineer and has a passion for the links between present technology and past industrial archaeology. He is also a licenced Radio Amateur and holds the call G4NSB.

Thomas Edward Lawrence or Lawrence of Arabia as he is better known, is perhaps one of the most fascinating characters from the WW1 era.

Born in 1888 and tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in Dorset in 1935, he was an Archaeologist and an Officer in the British Army. His exploits during this period were famously portrayed in the 1962 film staring Peter O’Toole in the lead role.

With John’s expertise in this subject matter, this is sure to be a fascinating presentation and one not to be missed. So please join us on Thursday 19th February from 7pm at Pine Trees to meet John and see his presentation.

Worked All Counties Update #2

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We now have people entering QSOs for the Worked All Counties club competition which is brilliant. Keep making contacts!

I was asked if it was possible to see what counties have been worked. To keep everything transparent and introduce chatter, entries now appear in a table underneath the leaderboard. You will see each county worked and by who. If a 1 appears then it means the county has been worked at least once. If it is blank then the county has yet to be worked.

Only counties which have been worked at least once by someone will appear in the table.

Have fun!