I had to upload these few pictures, and yes, its our radio shack on the hill cunningly disguised as an Indian restaurant with authentic Indian music coming over the shortwave (Clansman RT320) and even the pickle tray!
Now that’s getting curried away!
Even Baxter the dog joined in as you will see below.
If you are interested in radio, electronics or fine cuisine, why not join in with the fun. Nut allergies of course, will need to be disclosed on your membership form.
Prepared by Barry G8DXU….
Baxter enjoyed the food.
And finally a couple of radio related pictures….
If you look closely Andy M6GND is hiding behind the tree on the far right of the picture. You can just see his legs under the branch of the tree.
A Clansman RT320 out in the field, with Binoculars at the ready. FT817 backup visible at right of picture.
Some of the pictures below were taken just before our clubs AGM, so they are a little out of sequence with the date, as our AGM was foremost on my mind.
The latter part of February and the early part of March has kept up the usual pace of activity with our clubs field events and our Beachy Head site has been very active with field operations, spanning across East Sussex.
Again here is a good selection of snap shots taken on site and around the Sussex countryside.
If you are an active radio operator or operate from home, why not consider joining in with the fun.
Our club membership for the coming year is still down at a very reasonable rate £20 and concessions are offered to those who take the exam courses with our club. See our Joining and Membership page.
Andy M6GND seen below climbing out of the inspection hatch.
Andy M6GND seen here just about to do a wind up.
It turned out to be an insurance salesman. We need to get a caller display for the clansman.
An inside view of G8DXU’s Land Rover military radio set up, that is all functional and working.
Land Rovers in the sunset! Sounds like the name of an old 78 record that my parents used to play.
Dr Jon and Andy M6GND enjoying a curry cooked on site by Barry G8DXU. We listened to Indian music over the shortwave radio, to set the atmosphere.
Dr Jon before the camouflager netting and you can still see him very close down to the ground by the stub of an old windmill.
Dr Jon after the camouflager netting and now he blends stealthily into the environment. You can just see the antenna if you look closely.
Richard M6EYO and baxter by the Land Rover. Out and about around Sussex with Dr Jon testing out the radio equipment. Richard could see our Beachy site through the field glasses.
More from the base of an old windmill.
Finally back to the excellent curry that Barry G8DXU prepared on site that was totally up market from last years meals ready to eat mega mince meal, as seen in our blog.
Our clubs AGM on the 02/02/2015 went very well and the evening was more social than it was formal. The formalities of the meeting were swiftly over and during the rest of the evening we had a general chat about the running of our club.
We have many new members on our committee.
Geoff Ellis G3LFZ remains as our clubs president.
Tony G3ZQB is our new chairman
Richard M6EYO is our new treasurer.
Andy M6GND is our new secretary.
Jane 2E1PJJ has rejoined for another year and Mike M6PDI and Tom M6ONX are newcomers to our very proactive management team.
Barry G8DXU has rejoined as our Air Time editor and shacks manager for the Beachy Head site. A big thanks goes out to Barry G8DXU for his revitalization of our Beachy Head radio site, making it a social and fun place to experiment with all types radio equipment. Last years on site fry ups, certainly put the ham back into ham eater radio.
Peter G6GVM and Iris G6ZNO have stood down after many years of service on clubs our committee and our club wishes to thank them for their many years of service.
Not forgetting John G3DQY for his help with teas and coffee’s at our monthly meetings and the opening up Monthly of our Hailsham shack.
I have taken a back ground role on the committee as the vice chairman and will be there to assist when needed.
More will be added over the next few days, with some pictures from our recent trips up on the hill and our radio field trips, out and about around Sussex. See our BLOG section.
The month of February is off to a great start with a bumper turn out for our club meeting, with its guest speaker speaking on a hobby out of control and the tables were filled again down at our weekly meeting at the cafe continental.
We have had a great attendance, despite the cold weather, up at our Beachy camp x site, with the noise free radio conditions and the amazing fry ups, its not rocket science to see why that ham eater radio and amateur radio go hand in hand or is that hammed in ham?
Vegetarians are of course welcome!
Here is last Saturdays report and objectives and as you will see Barry G8DXU literally brought along a ton of military gear for our field day that stretched across the county.
Barry G8DXU has created an excellent blog that is open to read from public perspective. Club members can share comments in the members forum.
The theme for the day was for members to depart to some distant high ground and establish comms with BHRS using Military Clansman portable PRC351 radios. These radios normally run 4W RF into a 1.2 metre whip aerial.
The manufactures published working range for the PRC351 in rolling countryside is approximately 13km.
We wished to set up a small net and prove the working range under field conditions.
Andy departed to Firle Beacon with Richard and his brother Dr Jon (M0JAO) heading for Crowborough (Kingstanding)
Dave and Tom were to go to the Rickney area of Pevensey levels.
Distances from BHRS were M6GND 16km, M0JAO 36km , G4XXM 12km.
Stations were established at the designated locations and the operators called into BHRS where we were using an RT353 capable of over 50 Watts, if needed, into an Elevated VHF (Pineapple) Antenna at 5 metres above the ground.
In most cases the mobile stations received good signals from BHRS running only 1Watt into the EVHF antenna.
Richard and Jon deployed an EVHF aerial at low level from Jon’s Series One Land Rover. Whilst their signals were workable at BHRS the return path signal using a 1.2m whip proved inadequate.
All stations could easily be worked from BHRS with in most case good fully quieting signals (In Army terms “OK”)
The only direct path that did not work was M0JAO to G4XXM probably due to attenuation by Windmill Hill at Herstmonceux.
Thus in these tests the published ranges were easily exceeded and with radios that were nearly 40 years old.
There will be a comprehensive report on the afternoons tests together with some more photographs on the BLOG section.
I believe that everyone involved had a good time in the cold but bright weather and are eager to make a future network larger and more adventurous. The two rounds of Sausage, Onion, Bacon and Egg sandwiches consumed before the start of the trials helped set the mood and fortify us from the winter elements!
Tom M6ONX seen here below constructing one of our door step rolls out of home laid eggs, bacon, sausages and of course the Special Stuff, bottled in Royston Vasey and sold down at their local shop.
Note: the TON ( almost literally) of radio equipment brought along by Barry G8DXU for this occasion.
Here is Dr Jon M0JAO up at the Crowborough location operating from the back of his Land Rover.
Our next club meeting is our AGM where club members will to be voting in their new committee for the coming year. Our is a friendly and very active radio club with MUCH going on, so why not join in with the fun.
For membership and exam details, please use the contact form on this website.
The new year is underway and the Hobby out of control talk that was booked for our last meeting will be this coming Monday 2nd February at our clubs meeting venue.
Please remember to bring your rejoining fee of £20, so that you can have your say at next months AGM.
We have had a good uptake on this years membership, moving our club from strength to strength. Our club is moving closer to its 50th anniversary and the plans for the 50th year are already being worked on.
On the activity side we have been as busy as ever and our Beachy site has average six to eight visitors throughout some of the coldest days of the year.
There is lots planned for the year ahead and you can have your say on the clubs forum.
Here are a few photos taken from inside our cabin, that heated by a small heater kindly donated by Tony G0EYE that brings the room temperature up to around 24 degrees after a while. With many cups of tea and occasional fry ups, our operators and visitors soon warm up and can enjoy playing radio in summer like conditions. These pictures were taken on a phone, so they are a little grainy.
Do not forget to check your Airtime Magazine for the auction items and details. The privacy selection was lost on the Airtime reader and I am working on an alternative. The clubs magazine is still available in the members sections under Airtime.
Below: Andy M6GND and Tony G3ZQB
Below: Andy M6GND, Barry G8DXU, Richard M6EYO and Tony G3ZQB working a pile up on the radio.
Below: Andy M6GND sitting by his data mode setup and Tony G3ZQB swinging the beam around to work our regular contact in the south wales Cardiff area.
Below: Last Wednesday up at the site with the door tightly shut as it was blowing gale outside. The temperature inside was 24 degrees. Mike M6PDI and John G4JHD are in the picture below.
Below: Not many outside pictures this month as its cold outside!
However our contacts have been both local and far afield on many modes and bands, as the Beachy site is noise free and this makes a LOT of difference on the DX contacts.
If you are interested in finding out more why not come along to our club meeting this Monday 2nd February and find out more.
Our club now has four qualified trainers and we cater for ALL stages of the radio exam.
The Foundation License is the easiest exam, being passed with ease by many all over the country. This exam gives a WIDE range of legal radio usage and is an excellent introduction to the radio and electronics hobby.
If you have any questions please use our websites contact form.
Our weekly trip down to the Cafe Continental was well attended for the start of the new year and we extended out three tables.
The food again was of the usual high standard.
We then went up to our X Nato site and the weather on the hill was very mild for this time of the year. Our shack has its own heating and plenty of space to set up the radio equipment.
With ten members in attendance our site was soon buzzing with radio activity using many different modes of communication. It was good to see new faces again joining in with the fun.
Seen below: Tom M6ONX, Tony G3ZQB, A SWL, Richard M6EYO and John G4JHD speaking to a Welsh radio operator on 2m SSB.
Our Saturday meeting started off early in time to join the VMARS net on 3.615mhz AM, working with some x military radios. Most stations gave us a 5&9 working a Clansman RT320 running 12 watts into an inverted V dipole from our excellent location that has great elevation and zero noise.
See below: Richard M6EYO on the Clansman RT320 working M3XBZ in Reading on 3.615mhz AM with a 5&9 signal both ways.
Also worked on 60 Meters AM 5.317 MHz, was G3YJ0 using his Wireless Set No.19, our best contact of the day over the short range skip, was GM8AGM 25 miles north of Aberdeen, again being a 5&9 at the peaks of the QSB. All in a very good start for the first radio active week of the new year, with plenty of interesting contacts being made.
If you are interested in electronics and/or the radio communications side, why not join up and come along. Hamjoint is starting to take off, so check out there new website, for bargains, using the link on the side panel of this page.
Seen below: Tony G3ZQB talking with with one of regular linkups on 2m sideband.
Seen below: One of our other regular visitors up on the hill, looking rather sheepish and out for a barrr gain.