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Summer Is Over!

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Just a quick reminder that we are back at Pine Trees from this week now that the summer holidays are over. Hope to see you there.

Our last meeting at Pinetrees before the summer break.

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Here are a few images from our last meeting at Pinetrees before our summer break.

Please remember we are meeting at Barbury Castle throughout August. You’re welcome to bring your radio kit and operate /p.

RSGB 6M Trophy Results

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We came 5th in the recent RSGB 6m Trophy. The most important thing was there were zero logging issues. Well done chaps!

Chippenham & DARC Radio Rally

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This local rally is being held on Sunday 29th July 2018 at Kington Langley Village Hall & Fields, Church Road, Kington Langley, Chippenham, SN15 5NJ.

M1SKI Sked

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Andrzej, M1SKI is currently in Poland and has set up skeds on 3.707MHz at 0800BST and 7.096MHz at 2100BST.

He welcomes calls from club members and we think he is operating as SP/M1SKI.

Please let us know if you manage to work him.

Activity Nights @ Barbury Castle

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Throughout August we will be meeting out and about. We are meeting in the car park at Barbury Castle. If you don’t know where it is and you have a GPS… 51.483822, -1.777436

Barbury Castle is an Iron Age hill fort situated in Wiltshire, England. It is one of several such forts found along the ancient Ridgeway route. The site, which lies within the Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been managed as a country park by Swindon Borough Council since 1971. It is situated on Barbury Hill, a local vantage point, which, under ideal weather conditions, commands a view across to the Cotswolds and the River Severn. It has two deep defensive ditches and ramparts. The Old Ridgeway runs close by and the modern Ridgeway crosses through the castle. In the surrounding area are to be found round barrows, Celtic field systems and 18th-19th Century flint workings.

See you there.

RSGB May 144MHz Contest 2018

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This weekend we will be participating in the RSGB May 144MHz Contest. We will be entering the club in the 6-hour contest as M4W from IO91CL. If you are at a loose end, pop up to Barbury Castle and say hello.

We will be on site around 9am.

Constructors’ Test Evening

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On Thursday, 3rd May, at Pine Trees, we ran a testing evening for projects built by our members. You may recall Phil, M0PBZ, suggesting this at the recent Construction Contest as a way of trying out some of the excellent projects built by our members for the contest.

Suitable test equipment was be provided for use, such as a Signal Generator, Frequency Counter, VNA, Multimeter, Dummy load etc. which allowed members to check and test their projects.

We tested antennas, a couple of preamps and we also tested the clubs TS2000 radios against spec with a radio test set.

Here are a few photos of the evening.

An update to the SDARC Privacy Statement

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With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Union’s new privacy law, coming into effect on May 25th, 2018, we wanted to be clear about the data we collect, how we use it and your rights to control that information, which is why we’ve made some updates to our Privacy Policy.

We made these updates to reflect the high standards established by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a set of laws passed in the European Union.

We respect your personal data. We have never and will never sell it to third parties.

We need YOU to act to help us stay compliant with the GDPR. Please can you email [email protected] providing consent for SDARC to email you else you will no longer receive email from us after May 25th 2018.

You can read the full policy at If you have specific questions or concerns about the use of your data, please contact [email protected]

Talk – ‘Special Event Stations’ by Colin North, G4GBP

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This week at Pine Trees, we welcome Colin North, G4GBP, who will be delivering a presentation on Special Event Stations.

Most Radio Amateurs at some point or another will have likely worked one or more of the many Special Event Stations (SESs) that are frequently found on the air and which are activated from sites all around the world.

Up to date lists of those stations operating or planning to operate can be found online or in RadCom.

One such event taking place this weekend from 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC Saturday 21st April is International Marconi Day (IMD) where numerous stations will be on air from sites which are associated with Gugliemo Marconi.

Usually, special QSL cards and/or certificates are produced for such stations which are coveted by those who work them and huge pile ups can occur when the stations are operating.

There are a number of rules governing what constitutes a Special Event Station and how it is operated, such as licencing conditions, public access to the event and its significance to a person, event or place – but how do you go about participating or setting one up??

Colin G4GBP, an ex-Merchant Navy R/O, has a wealth of experience of operating such stations for events such as ROTA (Railways on the Air), MOTA (Mills on the Air) and IOTA (Islands on the Air).

Colin’s presentation to SDARC will be the perfect way to find out more about these stations and how to get further involved in their setting up and operation.

He is also our local (Wiltshire) RSGB Deputy Regional Manager and is hoping to spend a few minutes at the start of his presentation telling us about his role within the RSGB.

This is sure to be a fascinating presentation, so please join us from 7pm on Thursday 19th April at Pine Trees to meet Colin and find out more about Special Event Stations.