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Rig Test Session

Dave GW4XUE and Peter GW4JQP
Dave GW4XUE and Peter GW4JQP with the Marconi 2955 test set.

On Tuesday the 4th of July Peter GW4JQP brought in his Marconi 2955 test set  and ran a series of tests on members’ radios, explaining how to check your set for spurious harmonics etc.

It was a very enjoyable evening. Thank you Peter!

Next Meeting: Tuesday 17th Jan – Talk: “Building the Elecraft K1 CW transceiver”

At our next meeting on 17th January there will be a talk on the Elecraft K1 CW transceiver.
A project I am currently building.
This is a kit which can be put together by anyone with basic soldering skills.
The assembly instructions are very thorough…
One of the features of the design is simple inbuilt diagnostics for fault finding and alignment.
A comparison with the Rockmite will also considered.

Construction Competition, 20th December – POSTPONED


Yes you guessed it !!!
The second meeting of December will be a construction competition.
The idea is to demonstrate your soldering and assembly skills.
Also the ability to use second hand components in an innovative way.
Kits are permitted even Pixies.
Prize for the entry considered most innovative..interesting.
Completed projects only please.

Next Meeting: Lecture, ‘NOISE’

RF NoiseOur next meeting on the 18th of October is a lecture given by chairman Matthew GW6KOA, the topic… ‘Noise’.

Meeting: March 1st – “Rock Mite” Kit for 40m

Tuesday  1 March will be a talk on subject of “rock mite kit” for 40M.
This is sold by Kanga in the UK and is a QRP kit intended to fit in a small tin.
73 Matthew GW6KOA

Club Night: Mini SWR Meters

Thanks to Mathew and Trevor for a facinating evening with talks based around the VSWR meter including further developments of the active whip antenna which may be used in the very near future as a project for the Intermediate examination.

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It is hoped to start running classes in the very near future for the Intermediate as about 7 members were keen to progress to this level. There may also be a Foundation course as a number of people have shown an interest. An excellent turnout of members last night. Thanks everyone.

Allan GW4VPX

Next Meeting: VSWR 2nd Feb 2016

A wideband minature VSWR meter.
For 1.8 MHz to 144 MHz.
Pocket size for SOTA use.
A short lecture on the practicalities of construction.

2nd of Feb 2016


24GHz & 47GHz talk

Our first meeting of 2016 was a very interesting one indeed.

Matthew gave us a little talk on some of his projects on the 12GHz, 24GHz and 47GHz bands.

We were all blown away with how tiny the aperture was for 47GHz.

If you are interested in Microwave communications you might want to look into the Dubus Magazine.

The UK representative for Dubus is Roger Blackwell GM4PMK. 2016 subscription is now due and is €25.

NEXT MEETING: Mince & Morse 15th December

Our next meeting is the last of 2015. Time to practice and show off your Morse skills!


Ever played Chinese Whispers? We may just set up a very long table, get everybody to sit in a row and see if we can send a message all the way down the table and see what comes out the far end!

Oh yes, don’t forget to bring some lovely mince pies with you to share!

RF Testing Night

We had a great night on the 17th of November, a RF Testing night.

We tested the output of a few rigs and found that they were to spec, and also tested the sensitivity of a few rigs with a RF source.

A huge thank you to all who brought in equipment for us to play with!