Our next club meetings talk on the 3rd March will be on…. See field event pictures below.
The British Army CLANSMAN Portable Radios (Radio’s will be on show)
This will be a brief introduction to the following sets
PRC349 PRC350 PRC351 PRC320 and PRC344
There will be notes on the general specification, facilities offered and practical use, to include examples of typical antennas used in the field.
The Ground Spike Antenna (GSA), The elevated GSA, The Elevated VHF (EVHF) known as the Pineapple and the Ground Mounted Monopole (Washing line antenna!)
Also the Clansman HF Dipole and the 5.4 metre mast kit.
Out in the field….
The weather for this time of year has been very mild and we have taken advantage of this using our clubs radio shack on the south downs that we call camp x.
Here you can see the military radios in use with long wires on 60m and 80m.
Conditions have been very good with some very interesting contacts due to the recent solar activity.
Here is another picture from Saturday’s trip up to the Camp X radio site of an EVHF antenna used by the Clansman VHF equipment. More details beneath picture.
The EVHF is a broadband vertical antenna suitable for use with all the Clansman VHF sets except RT349. It is an elevated antenna intended for use on an 8m mast although I have managed to put one up on the lower half of a 5.4m fibreglass mast. No additional tuner is needed and it has a C-connector suitable for the Clansman heavy duty Coax.
The antenna consists of a base unit (the “Pineapple”) and three elements which screw together. The complete kit is made up of two bags – one containing the elements and one containing:
The Pineapple base unit
One length of low loss coax with C-Connectors
One length of lightweight coax with BNC connectors
One C to BNC adapter
The C to BNC adapter can be fitted directly to the base unit if operation with the lightweight coax only is desired. See article below.…
About Our Club:
Welcome to the Southdown Amateur Radio Society.
Our radio club moves closer to its 50th anniversary, being established in 1967 at the Gilda Café, in Polegate.
We are a forward thinking and proactive club and our club welcomes new members with an interest in all aspects of radio communications, electronics and computing.
We have a diverse membership of licensed Amateurs at all levels and Short Wave Listeners.
So why not come along to one of our club’s monthly meetings for an informal chat with a friendly group of people of all ages and see what we can offer….
Our monthly meets have a guest speaker and advise can be sought out on all aspects of radio/electronics.
Some of our members specialize in the repair of old radio equipment and others in electronics.
You can find more details about our meeting times and our club venue, in the About Us and Calendar section.