August Meeting – Report

The “Bring and Show Something from your Shack” proved to be a very popular format with some 20 items being brought along and displayed.  These ranged from a WW2 Wireless Set 19 complete with accessories and a 1950’s Raymart Bandchecker (an absorption wavemeter, a mandatory piece of test gear for every shack up until the 1960s) to modern equipment such as the latest Icom IC-7300 multi-band transceiver and the SDR Play.  Other items of particular interest included a Vizkey (a vertical mechanical bug-key), an SG Labs 23cm transceiver, and a home-constructed bi-quad for 23cm.  Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the evening by bringing along kit.   Another well attended and enjoyable meeting in spite of the uncomfortable heat and noise level.

AUGUST MEETING – Bring & Show

Members are invited to bring along something from their shacks to show, and may be demonstrate.  Something new or something old.  Something complex or something simple.  Something large or something small.  Whatever you bring please support it with some sort of description or may be even a circuit diagram.  We’re looking mainly for commercial equipment as home-brew kit is catered for at the annual “Constructors’ Exhibition” usually held in March.

Thursday 18th August at the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way located between the Shurdington Road and Morrison’s superstore.  Beware the height barrier when entering the car park.

Doors will be open by 7.30 for a nominal 8pm start.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available a usual.

Visitors and prospective members will be welcomed, as always.

FULL LICENCE EXAMINATION

CARA is pleased to announce that the next Amateur Radio Full Licence Examination will be held at 2pm on Saturday 8th October 2016.  The venue will be the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way, located between the Shurdington Road and Morrison’s superstore.  Beware of the height barrier when entering the car-park.

For more details please contact Barry at training@g5bk.uk

Intermediate Exam

CARA is pleased to announce that the next Amateur Radio Intermediate Licence Examination to be held in Cheltenham will take place at 2pm on Saturday 27th August 2016.  The venue will be the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way, located between the Shurdington Road and Morrison’s superstore.  Beware of the height barrier when entering the car-park.

For more information please contact Barry at training@g5bk.uk

July Meeting – Report

The Car Boot Sale turned out to be yet another indoor sale – thanks to the inclement weather.  It’s rained more often than not when we’ve held an outside meeting in the Brizen car park, so may be we should take the hint and give up such events.  But may be we’ll have better luck next time!

There were some six seller who set up their wares on tables in the hall, most reported lots of interest and plenty of sales.  One seller, although he sold a lot of stuff, went home with more than he came with thanks to the generosity of several members who donated their left-overs to him to sell at future events for the benefit of the club.

It was a well attended meeting with lots of chat and socialising even though the room was very hot and humid – and noisy.  Many thanks to Barry M0HFY for serving up the teas, coffees and biscuits.

July Meeting

Car Boot Sale at the Brizen Centre.

Please bring along your unwanted radio and electronic stuff, set up in the car-park and sell to the assembled multitude!  Please only radio related stuff, no domestic items, toys etc.

Sellers – restricted to CARA members only.

Visitors and prospective members will be made welcome, as always.

Thursday 21st July at the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way, located between the Shurdington Road and Morrison’s superstore.  Beware of the height barrier when entering the car-park.

Training Courses

CARA is please to announce dates for the next round of amateur radio licence training courses:

Foundation: 30/31st July 2016

Exam: Monday 1st August 7.30pm

Intermediate: 20/21 August 2016

For more details see the Training page on this website.

To book, send an email to training@caranet.org

We are planning to hold a Full Licence exam in, probably, September. Keep checking this website for details.

June Meeting

This month we are pleased to welcome Peter Chadwick G3RZP as our guest speaker.  Peter is well known in both amateur and professional radio circles.  Over the years he’s written many articles and given numerous talks, some at international meetings.  Peter is a keen HF DXer and is an expert on many radio subjects, especially those relating to”real radio”!

He will be talking to CARA about Aerial Tuning Units (ATUs), or Antenna System Matching Units (ASMUs) if you prefer – a subject which will of interest to many.    The talk will be well illustrated with video pictures.

Thursday 16th June at the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way, Cheltenham, located between Morrison’s superstore and the Shurdington Road.  Beware of the height barrier when entering the car-park.  Doors open by 7.30 for an 8pm start.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available after the talk.

Visitors and prospective members will be warmly welcomed, as always.

May Meeting – Report

Another very successful auction!  Auctioneer Tony did a splendid job, with much humour, encouraging us to bid, even for lots we didn’t really want or need!  As a result all but a couple of the lots went under the hammer and club funds benefited significantly  largely thanks to the generous gift to the club of SK items.  Many thanks to everyone who made purchases, without whom the evening would not have been a success.  Thanks also to the following for their contribution to the smooth running of the auction: Auctioneer Tony G3YYH, Record Keeper Barry M0HFY, Money Collector Peter G3YJE, Gatekeeper G8PZD.

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A happy Tim G8PZD next to Smurf 2E0OAV.

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Colin G3TA (on left) and Ken G3LVP.

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Jon M0JMM admiring his purchase.

May Meeting

Another auction!  Yet more “Silent Key” equipment for disposal including an FT-1000MP Mk V Field, an FT-990, a TS-940S (not working), a TS-711 2m multi-mode and many other items including cables, headphones, Morse keys, nuts & bolts, and tools.  Some 80 lots in total.

A full list of items to be auctioned will be published in May’s CARA News prior to the meeting.

The rules governing CARA auctions are published under “The Club” and will also appear in May’s CARA News.

Payments must be made at the end of the evening preferably in cash,  cheques will only be accepted by prior arrangement with the Treasurer (generally limited to CARA members).

The auction will be held on Thursday 19th May at the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way, at 7.30 for 8pm.

To avoid overcrowding, visitors may attend only if invited to do so by a CARA member.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available as usual.