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Our Monday club meeting went very well and the talk given by Graham Eastbury on the talking news papers was very well presented and a big thank you goes out to Graham and the team down at talking newspapers.


Next months talk – Monday 4th August – Graham Somerville of BHI talking about “Noise reduction systems”.

Our new club room is very spacious with plenty of tables and chairs so bring pieces of equipment along if you wish to show others in a bring and tell. 

Update 28/7/2014

Four words that describe this month 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 other days out about 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.

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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)

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Above you see the more often spotted Andy M6GND drinking coffee in the shade, as the temperatures rise up into the 80′s. 

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Above Barry G8DXU and Andy M6GND and a short range communication experiment. Note: Andy has no radio but Barry was still perfectly audible. 

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Above our more than a Tennamast with a couple of guys helping out as there was slight breeze.

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Barry G8DXU seen bellow in the next few pictures, preparing for the war and peace show with his mods to the Land Rover….

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Above the guying kit for the Clarke Mast and needless to say this version is not the pneumatic version. :O) It works a wonder though, with a pineapple on the end.

Below again some pictures of the war and peace show….

smallsm1G8DXU – 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.
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And last but not least out of Simon’s picture collection, the fast cooking with semtex experiment, that went horribly wrong….

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I would recommend using calor gas or wearing a parachute if you are the chef. :O)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.

More picture from Barry G8DXU’s collection below….

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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.

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WW1 front line reenactment complete with the authentic mud. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbove- Avis Army Supplies, excellent camping and clothing items.
Observe the large cardboard boxes with clothing for £1.00 per item:

The priced reduced to free at end of show and some people were going away with as much clothing as they could carry, still the dealer did not want to take it back!!
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 More to follow very shortly…. Stay tuned.

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.

Archive:

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Update: 20/06/2014

Its been another interesting weekend with the our radio club, down at the Seaford Museum in their vintage radio collection room/display. http://www.seafordmuseum.co.uk/pictures.htm

A big thank you goes out to Tony Lunn G0EYE and Brian Whitngton G7PMY for organizing the event and to all those club members that attended of which I am sure they enjoyed looking around this museums fine collection of vintage radios and other work/domestic items of yesteryear.

The Museum Tower is very deceptive, size wise. Looking small on the outside and much like Dr Who’s Tardis on the inside with very large museum area down a flight of stairs. Visit the website link above and take a look.

Tony G0EYE and Brian G7PMY seen operating and surrounded by vintage radio equipment.

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It was rumored that Tony’s are taking over amateur radio, buts that’s just a rumour. When our club took part in the windmills on the air, there were four Tony’s in the room!

Here is Tony Seabrook G3ZQB operating, with vintage television seen in the background.

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You can get an idea here of there fine vintage radio collect that’s well worth a visit.

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Here is the outside of the Tower that will be going through some major changes later on during the year with a doorway being added and a lift for the disabled to the lower levels.

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Here is the view from the top of the tower with a vintage canon under restore. The weather was glorious once again and with FREE parking, Seaford seafront is very popular.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere will be more to follow in a blog over the next few weeks, with the results of our two week ends contacts and a copy of the museums certificate.

Our club is a friendly and social club that is also very active. If you are into Land Rovers, Clansman’s and meals ready to
eat from our all day fry ups as well as a whole diversity of radio, come on down to one club meets to find out more.

See our NEW club venue in its central location with easy parking…. HERE

The Southdown Amateur Radio Society is coming up to its 50th year in the town and it would be great to have old and new members alike on board to celebrate our 50th.

 

Update: 20/06/2014

Its been yet another busy week with our clubs BBQ at Peter G6GVM‘s QTH and a trip up to our Beachy Heady site testing out one of a few beams, the rotator and SWR for some contesting later on in the year. The weather on both occasions was glorious sunshine and good times were had by all.

A big thank you goes out to Peter G6GVM and Iris G6ZNO for providing the venue, the food and doing the cooking.

Many club members choosing to stay close to where the food is being cooked and there was plenty of it too!

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John G3DQY seen here just before he jumped over the table you see in front of him. Its an old air force party trick.

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bbq3Here we are up at our Beachy site connecting and testing out one of few beams to be used in contesting later on this year. Tony G3ZQB and Barry G8DXU seen here with the beam on the ground.

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Here is the beam being hoisted by Barry Barry G8DXU and Tony G3ZQB note the safety helmets as thing have been known to occasionally go thud. 

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Here is the beam fully vertical against the blue sky and the temperature on that day up on the hill was high. The secondary stage of the mast needs repairing, so its not as high as it will go, but never the less quite impressive.

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Inside the shack and checking out the SWR and rotator alignment. All looking good as we used a compass app on the phone to find an approximate south.

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Andy M6GND seen here testing out some noise limiting headphones for his clansman gear and I can see a use here for the contesting if adaptions can be made and voltage found for one of the pins. The really work well being a military standard of equipment.

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Of course the land rover is a good place to operate from too and here is Barry G8DXU inside the land rover.

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More pictures to follow after this weekends museum on the air event down at the Seaford Museum and Heritage Society…. http://www.seafordmuseum.co.uk/introduction.htm

Our club is a friendly and social club that is also very active. If you are into Land Rovers, Clansman’s and meals ready to eat from our all day fry ups as well as a whole diversity of radio, come on down to one club meets to find out more.

See our NEW club venue in its central location with easy parking…. HERE

The Southdown Amateur Radio Society is coming up to its 50th year in the town and it would be great to have old and new members alike on board to celebrate our 50th.

Update: 12/06/2014

Its been a busy week so far for our club with Dick SV0XBN/9 visiting us all from Crete on Saturday evening, down at the Treaclemine Pub near Polegate.

 

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Then the Stonecross auto fair on Sunday, that went very well and the weather was glorious sunshine.

 

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Then our normal scheduled meet up, at our Camp X on Beachy Head.

Here you see Simon G4BJP on a Clansman receiving a message and Barry G8DXU with the bright sun in his eyes! Yet another bright and sunny day out playing radio.

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Keep checking back as more events to follow or better still come along and join in the fun. 

Update: 05/06/2014

There are two words that describe the recent couple of months at our club and they are BUSY and CHANGE.

Our club now has a new meeting venue and possibly the best club rooms to date in its almost 50 years of operation.

Details can be found here on the page …. MONTHLY MEET.

See the pictures

On the activity side our club has really taken off with its Beachy Head site shack, that’s now in use several times a week and our yearly involvements with the ‘on the air’ events.

For a small club we have a LARGE activity side, that’s lots of fun, so if you enjoy playing radio and being in a friendly social atmosphere, come along and join us for an evening down at our new club venue.

Our Camp X Beachy Head site has had a lot of green radio use over the past few months, so if you are into Land Rovers, Clansman’s and meals ready to eat from our all day fry ups, come on down.

The Camp X Beachy Head site will be used for contests later on in the year and its a great HF site too. People bring up there own equipment and operate on our very unique site with shelter and food making facilities.

Its been a busy couple of months with rallies, windmills on the air, moving to our new club rooms and of course many trips up to Camp X our Beachy Head site.

The Luton Radio Rally, having been to Rainham, Dover, Kempton its been a very busy year radio rally wise.

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Windmills on the Air day down at Polgate in which our club taken part in for many many years.

 

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Some of the club members who attended this years windmills event.

 

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Baxter brought his owner up to our Beachy Head Camp X sight as he heard that sausage sandwiches were on the go. Note the vintage data mode equipment that was turfed out of Barry’s G8DXU’s loft that is still in working order .

 

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Andy M6GND seen here with two antennas a clansman and a load of bull. The weather this year has been fantastic and Andy M6GND as well as many other club members have taken full advantage of Camp X facilities.

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Our previous front page articles have moved to a 2014 archive blog, under the website heading of blogs, please take a look.

 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. 

Please use our Contacts Page web form for further information about our club and inquiries.

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Beachy Head site activity

The following is just a short report on the activities at BHRS for Saturday 5th July 2014. Andy M6GND opened up the site at midday and set up the Clansman RT353 to monitor 51.60MHz.our usual calling channel. He then connected the Ground Mounted Monopole antenna which is not only very quickly deployed but has proven to …

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BHRS to Drewsteignton Devon

Andy M6GND has summed up this communications exercise very well.  I will however add some detail to explain my reason for going to Dartmoor on this particular occasion and the local conditions. I have made many backpacking trips exploring Dartmoor, some of these with the added weight of a Clansman RT351 or RT320. Although there are …

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BHRS – 07-06-2014

BHRS – As Barry G8DXU was spending the weekend on Dartmoor we planned to attempt Clansman to Clansman contact between Dartmoor and Beachy Head, a distance of around 200 miles (320km), for this we decided to enlist the services of the PRC320 using the AM mode. I had earlier had grandiose plans of deploying the …

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Front Page Archive 2014

Have a look at some activities our club has been up to through 2014. As our club is moving towards its 50th anniversary, if you have any old pictures or film please could you share them with the webmaster. Contact me through the websites Contact Form.    Update: 04/07/2014 Activity so far this week with …

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