Next month’s club meeting – October 6th – David Cunningham Media Sound Holdings and organizer for this years Party in the Park over in Steyne Gardens Worthing, will be next months guest speaker.
David will be speaking about his life in the world of commercial radio and its technological changes over the years.
I visited the Splash FM studio a few years ago and there were no record decks to be seen; all now being driven by a comprehensive labyrinth of networking and software that David manages on top of his duties as a presenter.
If you are interested in getting an insight and a behind the scenes look at commercial radio do come along and join us in our spacious new club rooms.
Last Saturday’s 2M Trophy Contest was fun and some very interesting stations were both worked and received. The Isle of Man being one of them and Guernsey another. Again distances of around 700 kilometers were worked on around 25w using a 1980′s IC271 and a 1970′s J-Beam.
A good time was had by all and our usual ham-eater radio fry up took place.
Barry G8DXU and Henry 2E1IAK seen here contesting.
Andy seen below on a clansman mobile, reportedly being big competition to the new Iphone 6! The disadvantages being they would need to put in taller doors to cope with the antenna size.
The sun setting on the shacks and a mysterious shadow figure seen on the foreground leading up to the shacks.
Wednesday up at the Beachy Head Site and the atmosphere was buzzing with many radio contacts from all over the UK and Europe on VHF and the world on HF.
Teas and coffees served all round and an outside rag chew in the sunshine, from a radio site that is clear of the external noises found down in the town and a site that has glorious views stretching out over the English Channel.
If you are into the operational side of radio and electronics, why not come along and join in with our highly social and active radio club that has members of all ages and interests.
Ray and Jane brought up a drone and the new Sony GoPro Hero 3 digital camera, that has had much attention over recent times. The drone videos are to follow shortly, so stay tuned and us put us in your list of memory channels.
The Hellingly Festival of Transport 2014 went well with members of our club setting up exhibits of their alternative and complementary interests.
Seen here Tony G3ZQB and his vintage engine display.
Barry G8DXU has uploaded a report on the show on our BLOG pages. Seen below is Barry’s exhibit from the earlier show at Headcorn
If you are a Land Rover Enthusiast or a 4×4 owner, our club has many members who take part in these complementary hobbies and use amateur radio as their preferred method of mobile communication.
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This report is in retrospect as I wished to thank Jenny Clark for an excellent talk at this months club meeting and her live bat demonstration of the UK’s bats and their echo sounding abilities, using a bat monitor that was able to pick up the high frequency sounds.
It was a full house with all tables occupied and visitors from other clubs.
A big thank you goes out to all, for a great club attendance.
Jenny gives the same demo at the Natural History Museum and the leading agriculture shows throughout the year and YouTube videos of Jenny and the UK’s different bat species’s, can be found on line.
I have to say I found this is fascinating talk that will probably lead to some interesting projects on modifying a bat monitor.
Please support the bat group and look up their recommendations as over recent years there has been a 70% drop in the bat population throughout the UK.
Last week up at the beachy head site it was cables every where as we tested out multiple HF bands.
Barry G8DXU and Andy G6GND seen bellow getting tied up in knots as the wind catches the many HF aerials.
More long range VHF contacts were achieved running just over 20w through an old and faithful 1970′s J Beam and our 1980′s ICOM 271 with its MUTEC front end.
Many of the receiving stations were surprised when we report back that we are running just 20w.
Southdown will be taking part in this weekends contesting. If you are interested in giving this a non pressurized go, please contact us via the websites contact page.
Not forgetting that this month its the Tunbridge Wells and Southborough. West Kent Radio & Electronics Fair – 14th September.
Railways on Air is with us once again on the 27th and 28th of this month.
Southdown will be operating in grounds just outside of the main entrance, so there will be free parking and no entrance fees involved for those that wish to visit or take part.
Of course if you want to bring the children or grandchildren the miniature railway is a fun day out for all.
How to find us…. http://www.emsr.co.uk/howtofindus.aspx
Another good day up on the hill, with plenty on interesting contacts on 2m, all modes.
Our day started off with a breakfast down at the Continental Cafe in Seaside and then up on the hill at the Beachy shack.
We set up the beam and wound up our more than a tenner mask, then worked a number of stations from Wales down to Cornwall and finally a station down in Worthing.
All the operators were up for a chin wag, so it was lengthy conversations, all the way through the afternoon.
The weather was mixed and boiling the kettle and closing one of the doors, made the shack toasty warm and still OK for sitting there in T Shirts.
The Hellingly festival of transport is over the Bank holiday weekend and Tony G3ZQB will be there displaying an old diesel engine, Barry G8DXU is exhibiting his Military Land Rover full of radio equipment. So do pop over and say hi to them. Link with details below….
The logo on our banner above is a copy of an old logo created back in the 1980′s. Over the years coming up to our clubs 50th anniversary, I will be posting as much history as I can find.
The last couple of weeks have seen more visitors up to the beachy site, enjoying the wonderful weather and our fry ups. We are now offering a healthy option with the meals ready to eat infamous biscuit brown.
Seen here from left to right is Tom, Dave G4XXM, John G4JHD, Barry G8DXU and Andy M6GND. Unseen and behind the camera M3EVM.
Here Andy M6GND and John G4JHD are seen putting up one of the guyed military antennas.
Last night’s club meeting went very well and Graham Somerville of BHI gave an interesting talk about the development of “Noise reduction systems” and their rang of products. Graham gave a demonstration at the end of the talk using one of our clubs radios and the results were astounding.
The year is flying by and next month it will be the Railways on Air event down at the Eastbourne Miniature Railway. We will be located outside to the right of the main entrance on the lawn.
Our clubs call sign will be GB0EMR
Check out Grahams website…. http://www.bhi-ltd.com/
My picture is a blurred, but will give you a feel of our meeting rooms.
Its been another fun week out in the fields and up on the downs. Our club took part in the RSGB low power VHF contest.
This was a great practice run and good practice for those new to contesting, like myself.
In total we had 25 contacts throughout the UK and Europe.
Our closest contact being 65 miles away and the furthest contact being 369 miles.
It was odd hearing no other local clubs taking part in the contest and the conditions were generally quiet all around.
Having my first go at contesting, I can see how this could become very addictive and the time passed very quickly.
We had the usual fry up, with sausage, bacon an egg sandwiches all round and in addition, we sampled some WELL out of best before date, meals ready to eat, that said best before 1997!
We sampled some 10 year old malt whisky and I can honestly say this was the first time that the food I was eating was older than than the malt whisky I was drinking.
If you are in to contesting our club will be doing more over the coming months and diversifying into more HF and DATA modes. The Beachy Head site is an excellent site for home brew antenna exploration and is noise free throughout all modes….
Four words that describe this months radio activity and they are
BUSY – FUN – RELAXED – CONTACTS
Its been a great month activity wise for our club with some sunny days up at the Beachy Shack; with many new visitors and days out at the rallies and shows.
Here are a few of the photos taken over a month that has seen some of the warmest weather conditions for many years.
The photo Above is not is chronological order, as taken on the 23th, but it speaks volumes and you should had seen the reaction when the Fonz turned up! Old joke, but some oldies might catch on. :O)
Above you see the more often spotted Andy M6GND drinking coffee in the shade, as the temperatures rise up into the 80′s.
Above Barry G8DXU and Andy M6GND and a short range communication experiment. Note: Andy has no radio, but Barry was still perfectly audible. I was listening too in duplex.
Above our more than a Tennamast with a couple of guys helping us out as there was slight breeze.
Above Tony G3ZQB and Mike M6PDI who has just passed his foundation exam and is also a member of the 4X4 Raynet support group.
Barry G8DXU seen bellow in the next few pictures, preparing for the War and Peace show with his mods to his Land Rover….
Delmonte do only the best pineapples….
Above the guying kit for the RACAL Mast and needless to say this version is not the pneumatic version. :O) It works a wonder, with a pineapple on the end.
Below again some pictures of the war and peace show….
G8DXU – The Marconi 2955B test set. There was a lot of interest in my offer to test Clansman radios purchased from dealers on site and also brought to the show.
Last but not least, out of Simon’s picture collection, the fast cooking with Semtex, experiment, that went horribly wrong….
I would recommend using Calor gas or wearing a parachute if you are the chef. :O)
More picture from Barry G8DXU’s collection below….
Above, yet more added to the Land Rover above. G8DXU FFR and radio fitting showing VRC353 VHF,VRC321 HF, VRC 322 High Power 250W Amplifier and TUNER RF 250 Watt. VOG is run by Captain (Retired) Mike Buckley M1CCF who provides most for his extensive collection of Army radios.
Above and below – Austin Champ and Larkspur radios
This was like looking at something out of an impending apocalypse and was very impressive. Some living history displays were blown down, fortunately my 9*9 tent weathered the storm very well and we had already lowered all of the aerials.
WW1 front line reenactment complete with real mud. Above- Johnsons of Leads, Lots of plugs, connectors, Camo netting & a few Clansman Radios. Below Avis Army Supplies with many inexpensive camping and clothing items. There were large cardboard boxes with clothing for £1.00 per item!:
The price reduced to free at end of show, with some people going away with as much clothing as they could carry, still the dealer did not want to take it back!!
Just a reminder our club rooms are centrally situated with FREE parking in close proximity. (Always read parking rules)
Our clubs atmosphere is relaxed and informal.
Our membership is of all ages and our interests span most areas of radio communication and electronics.
Our radio club has its own radio equipment for use by members without their own equipment.
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