June Meeting Report

Another two-part meeting.

Jon M0JMM introduced a new challenge for club members. This challenge was initially devised for newly licensed members but was widened to included all members of CARA. Its aim is to encourage members to get on the air more often by trying new activities such as different bands, different modes and different locations. It’s known as the CARA Fun Activity Challenge and has a start date of 1st July 2017. Regular reporting by members is encouraged, and a leader board will be displayed at the monthly meetings and on this website. (Subsequently, an email describing the challenge in detail, along with a score sheet, was sent to members by email. The contents of that email will be posted on this web-site shortly.)

Derek G3NKS then displayed and spoke about the three project kits which have been described in CARA News and invited members to place orders. If there is a demand, Assisted Construction meetings will be held later in the year where members can build the kits with help and advice.

AUCTION REPORT

Over 30 people attended the auction on 18th May. With some 120 lots it was a busy meeting and the auctioneer, Tony G3YYH, did well to get through that number of lots in the time available. He worked hard, encouraging bidders to come forward and may be even to bid when hesitant to do so! Some of us think that Tony could even sell snow to those living within the Artic Circle! However, several of the transceivers remained unsold as the reserve prices were not reached. These items may well be advertised for sale here
– so watch this space,

Barry M0HFY did a super job recording bidders and prices, and Peter G3YJE a super job collecting monies owed. Thanks to those who arrived early to help set-up the room and to those who stayed on to help clear away at the end of the evening. Their efforts were much appreciated.

It was a very successful and entertaining evening, with Tony and others injecting much humour into the proceedings. As we have a lot more SK stuff to dispose of, we’re planning another auction on 17th August – put this date in your diary now.

May Meeting

Thursday 18th May – Auction sale of (mainly) SK items. Some 100 lots including HF transceivers, 2m FM rigs, VHF and UHF hand-helds, antennas, test gear and components.

Doors will be open by 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start – please note earlier times.

Payment – cash only.

Please read the terms under which the auction will be run – see:
The Club/Auction Rules on left side-bar.

The auction is open to members of CARA and invited guests only as space is limited.

Venue: Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way located between Morrisons and the Shurdington Road.

Beware of height barrier when entering the car-park.

Foundation Licence Course

CARA’s next Foundation Licence course will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August with the exam on Sunday 20th.

Location: the Hatherley area of Cheltenham – see under Training on this website for more details.

For further information, and to book a place on the course, please email Barry at training@g5bk.uk

April Meeting

On Thursday 20th April Ken G3LVP will explain the vagaries of radio propagation in a talk entitled “The Next Solar Cycle?”. His explanations will cover such terms as Maximum Useable Frequency (MUF) and Critical Frequency, as well as how signals are refracted by the various ionospheric layers depending on the time of the day, the seasons and the state of the nominal 11-year sun-spot cycle. If time permits he may also mention propagations modes such as Sporadic E (Es). We look forward to an interesting meeting.

Brizen Young Peoples’ Centre, Up Hatherley Way, Cheltenham, located between the Shurdington Road and Morrisons superstore.

Beware of height barrier when entering the car park.

Door open by 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Tea, coffee and biscuits should be available after the talk.

March Lunch

The monthly lunches at the Toby Carvery, at Brockworth, continue to be well supported and March was no exception when 19 people sat down for an enjoyable meal and lots of friendly chat. This was the largest number for some months; we were very pleased to welcome Mike and Jan for the first time.

A reminder that all club members and their spouses/partners are welcomed to attended.

March Meeting Report

Our annual Constructors’ Exhibition took place at the March meeting and was well attended. The number of exhibits was down on previous years as several of the club’s prolific home-brewers were not able to be present. Nevertheless we saw some very interesting and original exhibits, and were able to chat to the constructors at length.

Peter G4ENA and Colin G3TA were the judges and they made the following awards.

The Bill Brown G5BK Cup for “Best in Show” went to Tony G3YYH for his excellent home-built power supply unit for a WS19.

G3YYH with his homebrew WS19 set PSU.

The Pat Moore G3IKR Memorial Cup for Innovative Construction went to Stewart G0LGS for his ingenious 5.7GHz Wideband FM Transceiver.

G0LGS’s 5.7MHz Wideband FM Transceiver

The Roger Kendall G0UPU Memorial Cup for “Best Software or Computer Related Project” was not awarded as there were no qualifying exhibits.

We were pleased to welcome several visitors to the meeting. Thanks go to Alan M0NRO and Geoff M6OGR for kindly manning the kitchen and providing us with the usual refreshments.

March Meeting

Constructors’ Exhibition

This is the occasion when we demonstrate that home construction is still a popular activity locally. Members may enter items which are small or large, simple or complex, hardware or software based, use vintage or modern components and techniques. Anything which has been constructed, or heavily modified, to do with amateur radio will be welcomed and these may be built from a kit of parts, based on a magazine article or entirely original. Items must have been constructed within the last few years and not have been exhibited before.

Three awards are on offer:

The Bill Brown G5BK Memorial Cup for the “Best in Show”.

The Pat Moore G3IKR Memorial Cup for “Innovative Construction”.

The Roger Kendall G0UPU Memorial Cup for “Best Software or Computer Related Project”.

Members may enter as many items as they wish.

Thursday 16th March at the Brizen Centre, Up Hatherley Way, located between Morrisons and the Shurdington Road.

Doors will be open by 7.30 for a nominal 8pm start. Beware of the height barrier when entering the carpark.

Visitor and prospective members will be warmly welcomed.

Intermediate Training Course and Exam

The Cheltenham Amateur Radio Association is running the following amateur radio training course and exams:

Intermediate training course: Saturday 6th May & Sunday 7th May 09:00-17:00

Intermediate exam: Sunday 14th May 14:00

As previously announced, an Advanced exam will also be held on Sunday 14th May at 14:00

Venue: Hatherley Scout Hall, Penrith Road, Cheltenham

For more information contact Barry at training@g5bk.uk