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
The committee for the period 2017-2018 is the same as last year and can be seen on the members pages.
Make a note, as from Tuesday 4th April we will be going on to the Summer Timetable, that is meeting every Tuesday.
The AGM for 2017-2018 will take place at the BVARS meeting on Tuesday 11th April commencing at 20:00.
We will also be collecting annual subs, which at the moment, are the same as last year.
Those who didn’t attend the meeting on Tuesday 10th January missed a very interesting talk by Jim G3RTD on the Anthorn Clock. A most interesting and technically advanced digital clock built by Jim with a comprehensive explanation of how it works.
Mills weekend will be on Sat/Sun 13/14th May at the Sturminster Newton Water Mill. A good chance to get some operating time in.
We will require helpers to set up the station on Friday 12th.
Jim G3RTD will be giving a talk on the radio controlled Anthorn Clock.