Time marches on and the month of May is living up to its name and it may be hot, it may be cold and it may be raining and may be sunny!
Things are hotting up as the weather warms up and this months club meeting was very well attended with a fascinating glimpse back into bygone days at Bletchley Park, by someone that was actually there during the war years and a lead player of the team at that time.
See pictures below….
Our weekly meet at the Cafe Continental is going strong and the food has been up to the excellent standards. The liver and bacon is well worth trying, being a large plateful and very well cooked.
Still enough about food and back onto radio…. Our Beachy site has been VERY well attended with the cabin packed out throughout the later part of this month. See pictures below….
If you are interested in joining in with the fun and joining a club that is equally as social, as it is focused upon all aspects of radio and electronics. Use our websites contact form to find out more.
Our next months club meeting will be on 3D printers, with a presentation and demonstration given by our local Maplins Store.
Seen below: The Bletchley Park presentation by a lady in her 90’s!
Seen below: We have spacious club rooms, with an additional room and canteen next door, that has armchair seating and more dinning tables.
Seen below: After the presentation and a chance to rag chew.
Seen below: A chance to speak with our guest speaker after her presentation about old times.
Seen below: A table full of memories from Bletchley Park back in the second world war years.
Seen below: More rag chew and a chance to talk technical.
Seen below. Our visit to up this months Luton radio boot fair and the weather was glorious and the boot fair was packed.
Seen below. Our Beachy site and a packed out cabin with both radio and food on the go!
Seen below. More from the Beachy site.
Seen below. Tom M6ONX and Andy M6GND discussing our new WiFi link that will be included in a separate write up on our blog section very shortly, along with some open source software, for those wishing to experiment.
There are more pictures on the Archive Pages and articles on our Blog section (see site menu) Our club members have access to a private forum and back copies of our monthly magazine.
Keep checking back as more to follow before the months end.
Tonight at 7:30 – At our club rooms – The ENIGMA CODE talk. By an original member of the Bletchley Park team.
See Monthly Meet for the details of our club rooms location.
Here is an update on our Mills day event down at Polegate Windmill.
Our club has been running this event yearly at the Polegate Windmill, for the past 25 years and this years turn out was the best for many years.
I feel that this is partly due to our new operating position within the dinning room of the windmill, that has better lighting and ample seating for all. Could be the tea and all that homemade cake as well.
A big thank you goes out to the Mill staff and to all those that operated and visited us throughout the day. I counted over twenty, including the club members seen below. I am sorry if we missed you out in the pictures and if you took any pictures of your own, please can you share?
If I could sum the day up it would be, mills ready to meet.
Here are some pictures below of a good time had by all.
Below: From the right of the back row…. John G3DQY (who organizes this event) Tony G3ZQB (our chairman) Dave G4XXM (Hamjoint) Simon G4BJP… From the left front row…. Ian M0WG0, Henry 2E0IAK, Richard M6EYO, Dave G0UAI
Below: The same as above, with a strange looking person holding a walking stick in the picture.
Below: Its far better to be a wild boar than an absolute bore, so I am told and this one needs to watch out as there are ham eaters around.
Below: A very close up boar! Classic cars in the background.
Below: An adaption of the Stone Cross Windmill Morris Dance, called the Polegate Windmill Morris Dance. I think the adaption could have been something to do with the location.
A short update before our monthly club meeting on May 11th with a guest speaker from the Bletchley Park enigma team.
See Monthly Meet for details on our club meeting rooms.
Needless to say the original members of the Bletchley team are now thin on the ground and its a rare opportunity to listen to a talk given by one of the original team that was on site, during the years of the second world war.
Our last few visits down the Cafe Continental and up on our Beachy site have been buzzing as the warmer weather starts to appear. We have started to do more field events, testing out equipment over longer ranges and from different sites around the county as well as our all modes communications from site.
Do not forget that its Mills Weekend this coming weekend and our club will be based down at its regular site, within Polegate Windmill.
Summer is well on the way and this month the sparks were flying down at our club’s meeting rooms as you will see in the most shocking pictures below this article.
Our outdoor activities are starting to take off, as those less hardy radio enthusiasts are coming out of their winter hibernation and daring to go mobile and portable once again!
However this years winter period as had very good support by our more hardy members, who have kept up the great attendance at our beachy head site and have facilitated its regular opening; at least twice a week, even through the coldest times.
John G3DQY has kept our Hailsham shack going, throughout the winter period despite the building work and a flood just before the Christmas break, a big THANK YOU goes out to ALL the above that have kept our shack going.
I feel that the food and friendly relaxed nature of those attending, our small shacks, as seen in our many pictures below, has made this all possible and has motivated those attending to keep returning for more good food and more good company.
Our mid week meeting down at the Cafe Continental is expanding out onto several tables with the Liver and Bacon taking the lead over Chilli Con Carne and the Traditional Breakfast within the ham eater side of our club.
Andy M6GND has been going down to the Downlands family butchers at East Dean to buy their truly amazing burgers and sausages! That’s enough about food for now as its lunch time.
Spring brings with it many baby lambs happily playing around, in the sun (as seen below) and the first of our on the air year events. Mills on the air.
Our club’s entry will be taking place on the 9th & 10th May 2015 down at the Polegate Windmill and all club members are invited to attend on the Saturday and guests are invited to attend on Sunday. If you are interested in attending as a guest, please use our websites Contact Form.
I will be adding an archive section to our website over the next fortnight to contain the many pictures and articles of 2014, I will also be cleaning up of the blog post section of the site, reserving it for blog post only. There will also be an extended Clansman Radio section for the green enthusiast with articles from Barry G8DXU.
Our next months club meeting will be A VERY RARE opportunity to meet and listen to a talk by a former member of the Bletchley Park team. As you can imagine as time marches on, fewer and fewer of the original Bletchley team are around, so this meeting is well worth putting in your diary.
Our club consists of a friendly and social group of radio enthusiasts, who have a diverse range of interests across the radio and electronics field.
If you wish to join in with our indoor and outdoor activities and in with our radio sceds, please contact us via our websites Contact Form for more details.
Bary Chuter G8CVV is seen below just before giving his talk on high voltage.
Seen below – Bary Chuter G8CVV explaining to Richard M6EYO how the high voltage builds up in the coils.
Seen below -The variable, the capacitor and the lower coil.
Seen below – As you see the sparks did fly and the lighting dipped as Bary Chuter G8CVV shorts out the pie dish with Tesla level voltage.
Seen below – Very strange weather up at the Beachy Head site on the day of that massive corona burst.
Seen below – Andy M6GND and Bary G8DXU seen here mobile
Seen below – Out in the Lamb Rover and sheep were detected through Coleman’s antenna on the lamb eater radio. If you need more info a sauce will be provided.
Seen below – No longer feeling sheepish they ganged up by the six baa gate in an attempt to block our exit.
Easter is over and we are coming up to our next club meeting this Monday 13th April 2015 with our very own Mr Tesla show and a demonstration of GENERATING HIGH VOLTAGE by Barry Chuter G8CVV.
So prepare to shocked if you are in the front seats and the sparks will fly in the best possible ways.
Last Saturdays trip up to our Beachy site again was very productive with lots of contacts. And club members going out and about testing the Clansman RB equipment under field conditions. We operated some excellent VHF links and will be adding HF AM / SSB on future occasions.
There are a few pictures below for the Land Rover enthusiasts with Defender 110 FFRs from Henry 2E0IAK (UN, 200TDi) & Barry’s G8DXU (Tithonus, 2.5 NA).
If you are active on the radio and you enjoy a few field trips out to the countryside or you prefer to stay at home and come along to our friendly monthly club meetings, why not join in, for a summer of fun playing with radios and electronics.
We are coming up to our 50th anniversary in two years time and the preparations are under way for bumper packed radio year with all sorts going on.
As usual we will be running our entry for the National Mills Weekend down at the Polegate Windmill, so why not pay us a visit?
See the National Mills Weekend website and our calendar for more details.
A Happy Easter from all at Southdown Amateur Radio
Despite the cold and blustery weather our outside and field events have been busy with great attendance.
I share one of the reports produced by Bary G8DXU.
I have posted a few pictures below as its lambing season once again up on the south downs and they are popping out everywhere.
For the Land Rover enthusiasts there is a rare photo shoot of Land Rovers in the mist. You can only see the one as the other in the mist.
Bary G8DXU report:
After a few days of reasonable weather Saturday arrived accompanied by rain, mist and high winds!
In keeping with our now established tradition of operating from BHRS whatever the weather we decided to carry on regardless!
As the wind was too high to safely erect the Tennamast we deployed the Ground Mounted Monopole for work on 4m & 6m. The magnetic mount 5/8 wave served as a back-up for 2 metres.
Richard M6EYO and Dr Jon M0JAO were already mobile in their Land Rover 90 with Clansman RT351 and RT320 equipment’s at the ready. They had decided to head east and establish initial contact on 51.60 MHz our favourite calling and working channel.
Steve M3EVM was left in control at BHRS accompanied by Dave G4XXM and Tom M6ONX.
Barry G8DXU went mobile in his Land Rover Defender 110 Tithonus FFR and headed for Warren Hill which has a very good VHF take-off to the East.
Meanwhile Andy M6GND was making for the high ground of South Hill above Cuckmere Haven to operate his RT351 with Ground Spike Antenna (GSA).
Richard and Jon arrived at Pevensey Bay for the scheduled call-in at 1300 using the EVHF (Pineapple) aerial. Their signals were almost fully quieting on the RT353 in my FFR using the standard two metre long whip aerial and wing mounted TUAAM.
Rather cold from the elements, Richard and Jon decided to head for Bexhill seafront and re-establish the station. The call of nearby Sovereign Light Café for a late Breakfast was too mush to resist!
Non-member Ray G6JME called into the net, with Andy M6GND checking in from the Cuckmere area. Located in Eastbourne Ray’s signals were excellent but due to the RF shadow of Beachy Head he could not hear Andy. After refreshments Jon and Richard called in from Bexhill on the secondary frequency of 29.010MHz using the RT320 their signals from the Clansman with 2.5m vertical whip were 5&9. Unfortunately they could not be heard by Ray probably due to his aerial being horizontally polarized. The equipment used on HF in my FFR was the RT321 and TURF 25W with 4 metre vertical whip.
Andy’s signals on 10 metres AM were initially weak and distorted which he quickly found was due to a flat battery on his FT817. Following a change of battery communications were properly established with Andy connecting the GSA to the FT817. Theoretically the frequency limit of the GSA is 30-76MHz but with the correct number of aerial rods added they seem a good aerial for 10m and perhaps CB channels.
We moved frequency up thee kilohertz and changed mode to USB for a very pleasant discussion on all things related to radio,portable and mobile operations.
Finally we all called BHRS on 6m to report our intentions with several of us returning there for a very welcome cup of tea and other refreshments.
Whilst again communications were only established over relatively short distances we are exploring our equipment’s capabilities. Despite the awful weather this just goes to show that we can still be active and have some fun during the process.
Below: The ham eater radio side of our club was busy filling up two double tables down at the Seaside Continental Cafe and the food was up to its usual high standards.
Below: A baby lamb just born and yes s/he is still alive and just resting.
Below: A new born lamb and its anxious mother.
Below: The lessor seen during the day, a Land rover in the mist.