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Next Months club meeting – 3rd November – Barry G8DXU speaking on the Clansman Field Test Equipment.

Barry will demonstrate examples of Field Test Equipment used for the Clansman Portable and Vehicular series of radios.
Measurement of RF output power, Frequency accuracy, Deviation and Receiver sensitivity (SINAD) as applicable to Amateur Radio will also be discussed.

Update: 23/10/2014

Our Wednesday meetings down at the Cafe Continental and Beachy site were very well attended with the cafe owner kindly extending our table and proving more seats for his excellent and amazing low priced food.

The Beachy site was packed once again and Barry G8DXU brought along and tested out some newly purchased test equipment, to show all those interested.

We have two empty benches on the site that members can bring their own rigs and equipment, along to be used up on site.

Below you will see Mike M6PDI having a go over the radio and talking with a G3 station. Our club’s atmosphere is very relaxed, so getting to grips and having a go with the equipment and protocol becomes fun, rather than a challenge.

Our longest distance communication for the day made by Barry G8DXU was EI3KD county Cork locator IO51vw. This contact turned out to be an impressive 376.1 miles!

Again working conditions from this site were excellent with a slight lift on and stronger signals being received off of the test beacons we check at the start of each operation.

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Seen above, Mike M6PDI have one of his first QSO’s since passing his M6 license, speaking with a G3 station.

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Seen above, Graham G6MAR in the blue jacket, Richard without Baxter sitting behind him and Henry 2E0IAK and Tony G3QZB by the door.

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 Seen above Andy M6GND and Graham G6MAR discussing data mode.

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Seen above, the laptop batteries were low and Andy M6GND turned the brightness down, however Henry 2E0IAK is always prepared and he provides extra light with a £2 led light!

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Seen above, Agnes M6MEU, Tony G3ZQB, Henry 2E0IAK and myself having our twice weekly rag chew. Mike M6PDI, Graham M6MAR, John G4JHD, Barry G8DXU, Andy M6GND and Richard are out of camera shot.

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Andy M6GND and Henry 2E0IAK installing some software controlled radio program.

Our club is a friendly one and has a relaxed atmosphere. If you are interested in Amateur Radio and/or electronics why not come and join us all in this very absorbing and social hobby….

Update: 19/10/2014

Our Saturday trip up to the beachy shack went very well and the weather was warm enough to wear a t-shirt for best part of the day. We focused on the HF bands and a few local VHF contacts were made.

More photos from last weeks beachy experience. The first being of a rather impressive drone with the latest Sony fun cam strapped underneath.

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This device has a built in GPS so when it looses connection with the control unit it will fly back to it’s start location.

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The drone in flight with the sheep grazing below. This small drone went so far up into the sky it disappeared for a while and took photos of passing planes. (just kidding) It went up very high though.

We do diversify or diversifly from radio occasionally and have been known to do more rag chew than radio.

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Here is the southdown equivalent of tuna tin radio, with all seats full in a packed out cabin. 

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Finally Tony G3ZQB making another long distance communication and wearing headphones to cope with the local QRM. The distances worked from this hill site are very impressive and they are achieved on a low wattage.

If you are interested in electronics and radio, come along and join our sociable club of like minded souls. See the joining and membership page or post a request through the contact page.

 

Update: 16/10/2014

And the beat goes on with yet another busy weekend and Wednesday up on the hill.

Henry 2E0IAK brought along one his of SEMI portable radios; see our BLOG for more details and we tucked into a LARGE meals ready to eat mince beef and onions, supplied by Henry, that Barry G8DXU with his cooking expertise, added some coconut milk and baked beans too and despite its despicable appearance, it tasted OK and dare I say many went back for seconds.

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Above – Henry’s SEMI portable radio, now that’s an impressive piece of radio gear!

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Above – Our meals ready to eat, cooked up the beachy site on a camping stove and it tasted FAR better than it looks. None of those that had a portion, with some going up for seconds, had the 5kc shifts on the following day! :O) Beats Oliver gruel, any day.

Our Wednesday meetup….

Our Wednesday meeting down at the Cafe Continental was VERY busy

and the owner kindly joined up several tables to seat our ever growing group that are meeting up for a wonderfully cooked meal/breakfast at very reasonable prices.

Again our hill site was very well attended and we worked several long distant stations on USB VHF, running the usual 20 to 30 watts through a 1970’s Jay Beam.

These meetups are great for a ragchew (chat) and they provide an opportunity to operate from a noise free remote location, that has excellent performance across all bands and modes of communication.

I have just come across some old newspaper clippings going back to the 60’s and I will be building the clubs archive in the members section, shortly, after these old clippings are scanned and made clearer to view.

If you have any old picture or articles on amateur radio based within the Eastbourne area, we would be most interested to including them within a presentation being prepared for our 50th anniversary year.

Perhaps you had a family member who was a radio enthusiast and a member of the local radio club in bygone days?

Contact me via our websites contact form if you can add to our by gone days collection.

Update: 07/10/2014

David Cunningham’s Talk about his life in the world of commercial radio and its technological changes over the years, went very well and was enjoyed by all. What more can I say, other than that Davids presentation was of a broadcast quality.

It was good to see our club room packed out, once again, with members and guests alike, as the aim is to make our club meeting both social and interesting.

The cold and rainy season is upon us once again and that wonderful summer, perhaps the best for many years, is at an end. If you are visiting our hill site, remember to bring up extra clothing layers, as a warm day can soon turn chilly as the sun starts to set.


Update: 05/10/2014

If Carlsberg made radio clubs they probably would have made one like the Southdown Amateur Radio Society….

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A new addition to the shack being the Carlsberg brass wall clock and barometer, found in most radio shacks, back in days gone by. The beer pump top with Carlsberg Export Larger on, was brought along by Barry G8DXU to add to that Carlsberg feel good factor.

Its been a busy month once again with a change of our clubs Airtime editor and several new members joining.

Our radio shack has been as busy as ever and to celebrate the start of the chilly weather season; on one of our many opening days this month, we will be organizing a curry and radio session.  Hopefully a mega hot chilli curry will be on the menu, along with mild curries and a vegetable curry option. 

So if you are feeling a little curried away with yourself, poppadom down and join us up on the hill and remember to stand up wind.

 

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 Update: 10/09/2014

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.

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Andy M6GND 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.  

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The sun setting on the shacks and a mysterious shadow figure seen on the foreground leading up to the shacks.

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Update: 04/09/2014

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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

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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.

NOTE: There are regular updates on our clubs activities, in addition to the front page diary.

Check out and read the articles here ….BLOGS

If you have any interesting articles, photos, film footage, relating to amateur radio and would like to see/share them on line.

Drop me a line via the contact page. Our club has been active in the town, since the mid 60′a and it would be good to build a picture library.

Steve M3EVM Webmaster

 

Update: 02/09/2014

 

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. 

http://www.sussexbatgroup.org.uk/

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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.

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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.

http://www.wkars.btck.co.uk/Rally

Railways on Air is  with us once again on the 27th and 28th of this month.

http://rota.barac.org.uk/stations/year/2014

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


Update: 21/08/2014

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….

http://www.countryshowguide.co.uk/item-1084-hellingly-38th-festival-of-transport-2013

Update: 16/08/2014

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.

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Here Andy M6GND and John G4JHD are seen putting up one of the guyed military antennas.

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Update: 05/08/2014

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.

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Update: 04/08/2014

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.

http://www.rsgbcc.org/vhf/

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.

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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….

Update 28/7/2014

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.

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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. I was listening too in duplex.

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

tandm1Above 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….

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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….

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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)

More picture from Barry G8DXU’s collection below….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbove, 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.

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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 real mud. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbove- 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!!

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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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Beachy Head (Camp X) Report on recent activities.

Saturday the 11th of October started with an early arrival at BHRS and the intention of calling into the VMARS 80m AM net at 0830. The weather was not particularly helpful with a strong wind and driving rain slowing progress in deploying the inverted V dipole. The 2 metre ten element beam had also sustained a broken director …

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Wednesday 24th at BHRS

Wednesday afternoon saw the regular gathering at the Café Continental for food and refreshments, before heading to Beachy Head. Barry G8DXU and Mike M6PDI were joined by Dave G4XXM and Tom. Suitably fed and watered we proceeded to  BHRS where Mike opened the gates and shack, whilst Barry waited for Tom to arrive at the top gate. The 2 …

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Foundation Practical Training at BHRS

SARS newly registered assessor Barry G8DXU held a Foundation Licence practical training session at Beachy Head Radio Site on Saturday 20th September. New member Tom Pitcher attended the one to one instruction session, which started with Tom helping to erect the 2 metre beam and HF Dipole. The photograph shows Tom (on right) and Dave G4XXM …

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CQ CQ Beachy Head Site (Camp X) Wednesday 17th Sept.

We will have the usual gathering at BHRS on the above date with the site opening from 1445 until 1900 local time.. The 2 metre 10 Element Parabeam and new 70cm beam will be erected for work on these bands. Wales, France and the North of England are normally workable under flat conditions. We will also deploy the 40 …

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