September Meeting

Two short talks.

Christopher M0YNG will explain the dangers we face when going on line and will describe some of the precautions we can take to avoid our PCs, tablets etc being infected by mal-ware.

Tony G3SNN will tell us how he has managed to work nearly 300 DXCC entities (countries) from a modest back garden, mentioning some of the aerials he has used.

Thursday 15th September at the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way, located between the Shurdington Road and Morrison’s superstore.  Doors open by 7.30 for an 8pm start.

Beware of the height barrier when entering the car park.

Visitors and prospective members will be warmly welcomed.

CARA Fun Field Day No 2

The second Fun Field Day of 2016 took place over the weekend of 3/4 September from a farm near Withington.  One of the aims of the event was to introduce members to the fun of contesting and to achieve this we ran a station on HF for RSGB SSB Field Day and another on VHF for the RSGB 144MHz trophy Contest.

Unfortunately the weather was not good, with heavy rain and strong winds for much of the Saturday.  But nevertheless we managed to hold the promised BBQ and we had a lot of fun on the air.  G5BK/P on HF made just short of 400 QSOs using an IC-7300 feeding a 120ft inverted vee doublet at 30ft.  G5BK/P on 2m made 78 QSOs with the best DX being TM0W at 824km; good going for 50W to a 9 element yagi at 15ft.

Many thanks to everyone who took part, especially those who supplied equipment, tents etc and those who turned up just to help with the rigging and de-rigging of the stations.

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.