Finally an update on the events of March 13th when we aired G100RSGB. The main operator was Bob, G8DRQ, and all of the contacts were on 80m but covered a large part of the UK. We did scan 20 and 40m but a combinations of local noise level, band conditions and our mediocre loft mounted bent G5RV antenna (or should that be aerial) meant we had no sucess, so if you did call us to no avail many apologies. The operating style was rag-chew rather than contest style so in comparison with many other club stations our QSO rate was very modest. We only operated for about 2 hours during our weekly club meetings but it was very enjoyable and many thanks to the team at RSGB HQ for giving us the opportunity. For G150RSGB we will make sure we have learnt the lessons from this!
This is planned to be a country-wide event, with individual clubs arranging lunchtime BBQs and fun events, linked by radio with SSB operation centred on 144.250 MHz or FM on 144.550 MHz and nearby simplex channels
Saturday, 6 July is the nearest day to the Anniversary day of our Centenary and by coincidence will take place as many clubs and contest groups set up for the Centenary VHF National Field Day contest. Of course we recognise that some groups will be too focused and busy setting up their contest station, but we hope that others will be able to widen the participation and have some fun over lunchtime exchanging greetings, etc, with those nearby holding similar BBQs.
Further details and venue to be announced nearer the date.
Last Saturday, Feb 16th, saw several club members involved with this event which allows us to exchange messages with Guide and Brownies groupsworld wide. This year we used the call GB0REG for Rotherham East Guides.
The station was in use from about 10am to after 4pm with some 30 Guides, Brownies and at least one Rainbow (under 7!!) having a go at exchanging names, hobbies, pets etc. to mainly a UK audience. Using mainly 40m (7MHz) the contacts were mainly in the UK but good exchanges were forthcoming with Sweden and Germany as well. Some proved to be ‘ace’ at it, others needed encouragement, but all enjoyed themselves. The day started auspiciously with Australian stations heard on the 20m (14MHz) band but sadly these all faded out by the time most of the groups arrived. Some VHF/UHF action was had, thanks to Peter using his own rig. Sadly, the NOV holder (G8DRQ) could not figure out (using the manual even) how to set our IC706 for the various repeaters hence the change in rig and mode, funny stuff this FM, it weren’t like this in my day.
Father and son, Chris and Ash Judd both scored well in their Foundation Exam on Sunday 10th Feb. Their calls are M6UVR and M6CKK respectively, well done both especially because the course was mainly done over the first 4 weeks of this year. Keith Burt also succeeded but his callsign escapes your venerable scribe (that is to say he’s forgotten it), apologies Keith. Mark, now 2E0YME, did both Foundation and Intermediate back to back. He now wants a shot at the Advanced exam, to get his full licence. Together with Alec, 2E0ZOR, and Alan B, (scribal memory fails again) Peter’s, G4ENC, Advanced class in the corner grows steadily larger.