Message from the Treasurer, Paul G1SNI
A reminder to those that missed the AGM, the subs are due and remain the same as last year. They are £30.00 (concession £25.00) if you renew/join in April/May/June and pro-rata after that. You can pay by cash or cheque at any club night or if you want to pay by BACS let me know direct to the below email address and I will send you the bank details.
The Tuesday evening talk by Colin on Astronomy was well received by all members, very interesting and educational. Well done Colin.
It is with sad news that I announce the passing away of Derek G3BVB, a long term member, on 1st November, 2017.
Those who know Derek will remember a real gentleman who was a great asset to the club. Unfortunately the past few years,due to age, he has not been too active at the club but continued on the radio with many of his worldwide contacts.
His funeral will take place on 17th November at the Dorchester Cemetery Chapel at 13:30, if you wish to attend please contact me.
Make a note, there will be no evening meeting as it is Boxing Day.
There will be a Boxing Day Net at 11:00 on 2m and 40m, you are all welcome to join in.
We will be holding our Annual Christmas Quiz on Tuesday 12th December at the club. Bring wives, girl-friends or partners. As usual there will be a choice of eats supplied by the members. Questions are light hearted and easy.
Congratulations to Tim M6TYH who has passed his Foundation Course and is now licensed to operate.
The 4m Field Day 16/17th September was a successful in that were able to try out the new gazebo/tent recently purchased by the club. It takes 4 to erect it successfully but once up was considered to be an excellent buy. It is quite sturdy and waterproof and withstood the wind and rain all weekend.
Operating conditions were not too good and only a few contacts were made – not many on the contest. I was hoping to do some qrp cw, only problem the only operators on were the Swedish contest and they were all using computer generated morse. No non-contest operators were around.
Had a visit from the police – we saw their drone which as spying on us and later they visited us but were quite happy when we explained what we were doing – and we had permission.
We have approval to use the Win Green site for our Field Day & 4m contest. It will be from Saturday noon on 16th September to Sunday noon 17th September.
This is a chance to do some late night operating at a interference free site with contacts possible around South America and the Pacific.
As it will be a club operation, all operators will be able to use full power,
More details will be available in the next few days.
BVARS is considering entering the 4m contest on 17th September. It is further proposed that we make it a weekend activity which would allow members to play radio from Saturday pm to contest time – chance to get some rare contacts. We would be setting this up on Winn Green (I am applying for access through the gate).
Site is also excellent for Astro -scopes, maybe you could bring your ‘scope.
Will confirm soon as possible.
Congratulations to Chris M6CJW who sat and passed the Intermediate exam on 25th April and is now 2E0KSC