Saturday 09 June 2018
After a hard days sorting and arranging things in the club, some light at the end of the tunnel can now be seen. A few more weeks and things should be back to normal. Nick continues with the refurbishment of Hand Held radios for the Air Cadets and Dave has again been on the air with a few more stations in the log. Mark has been working on a switched mode power supply and has replace two power transistors but there is still another fault as these new transistors are running somewhat warm! back to the drawing board Mark. Time was also spent discussing plans for attending the Newbury Rally and taking part in the Museums on the Air event.
Saturday 02 June 2018The setting up of the new club room continues:
After the customary tea, toast and marmalade a little more sorting out was started. Space was found on a couple of desk tops and Mark's large scope was put on top of one of the draw units. Amazingly after the desk tops had been cleared three teleprinters materialised out off the ether and placed themselves in the available space! The last few boxes were moved back up the Club meaning that we finally were able to reach the end wall - hooray. Chairs and boards were then repositioned; nearly ready to begin tuition or "presentations/lectures" any volunteers? Obviously still more sorting out required, but we are getting there. Next on the list of things to do is the repositioning of the big green worktop, sorting out the tea kitchen area, putting up the screen and organising the store room workbench area. After Jamie and Mark had to go Nick carried on with his project work and Dave couldn't resist the temptation to put up the temporary G5RV. Initially a call on the 80m RAFARS calling frequency generated an immediate response from G3LMO, thanks Nev , and several contacts including some RAFARS members were made. We were told that GB100RAF had been about earlier but sadly we missed them. A total of 17 contacts were made including a wireless museum in the Alps, a football World Cup station in Spain , a lightship in Antwerp harbour and a memorial station in Italy commemorating the Italian airship disaster in the Arctic . Again time to pull the antenna down, but all in all another enjoyable and successful day.
The Club has registered for theInternational Museums on the Air
and will represent the Trenchard Museum which is located here at RAF Halton. The Special Even Callsign GB4HTM (Halton Trenchard Museum) has been obtained from Offcom. The Club plans to be on air on Saturday 16th and 23rd June 2018.
Saturday 26 May 2018
A damp start to the day but a lot milder than of late. Clubs members erected a G5RV and a long wire aerial and got wet feet from the long grass which has sprung up adjacent to the Club building.
On Air Results were:
7S6WX Swedish expedition to the " Weather Islands "
GB5RSR Ribble Steam Railway Museum
OV1CDX Blind operator
UA3FQ Aircrew, Blue Ocean member
OZ50HRH/86 Special event, HRH Crown Prince Frederick's 50th birthday, Own call OZ1HHH - pilot
The Club has registered for the International Museums on the Air Special Event. A Special Event Callsign has been obtained for the occasion, GB4HTM (Halton Trenchard Museum). The Museum curator has agreed that we can set up a Station in the Museum. If all goes to plan we will have a Station up and running on the two Saturdays of the event.
Saturday 12 May 2018
Members a little thin on the ground this week due to meetings and other commitments etc. Anyway the "few" of course started off with tea, toast and marmalade. Then a bit more sorting out and perhaps a little bit more carpet can be seen. Mark still looking for a bit of space for his teleprinters, but he is working on it and he enjoyed the marmalade! There is now space to reposition or green workbench but have decided to wait until after the equipment for storage and the rally gear were out of the way.
Nick carried on assembling the charging stations for the cadet radios while Dave couldn't resist popping outside to put up the "temporary" G5RV. With the station now again operational Dave started looking for all those Life boat stations. Lots of GB stations but hang on a minute they are not lifeboats, they are Windmills on the air. After a break for more tea and biscuits, Nick changed projects and started repairing his "loud hailer" (should help him get out more), while Dave continued to do a bit more operating. The tally of stations worked at the end of the day was 10 windmills, 1 life boat, 1 military wireless museum, 1 cider house (pubs and clubs on the air - must find out more), 1 Italian Bell of Peace Memorial(IR3MD) and GB9RAF at Green Point Fort, an old listening station close to Belfast.
Two members were away for a Meeting at RAFC Cranwell but both Malcolm G7VRT and Dave M5AGW found time to visit the RAF Waddington Club
at their newly renovated Club room adjacent to the Pyewipe Inn, Lincoln. Bob G3VCA, gave an interesting presentation of the ins and outs of Vertical HF Aerials. The Waddington Club made the Halton Club Members most welcome.
Saturday 27TH April 2018
This weekend saw a small gang of members in attendance as again several were away on "other duties". Due to the weather being rather dismal, damp and gloomy it was decided that the temporary G5RV would remain warm and dry in the shack. Nick once again was continuing the building of the charging stations for the cadet radios and the “to do pile” is certainly getting smaller. Dave took the opportunity to instruct Jon in the connecting and setting up of a vhf/uhf station and also the preferred operating procedures, culminating in Jon speaking to Malcolm using the Club call while under supervision. If time had allowed the next progression would have been to put out a CQ call to see if we could attract any contacts from further afield but Jon had to shoot off just before lunch so this was put on hold. Perhaps the next CQ call will be on the agenda for next week and also repeater operations. Once again thanks go to Malcolm and his culinary expertise for lunch. The afternoon was again spent emptying a few more cardboard boxes and another few feet of visible carpet was the result.
Future plans for taking part in Museums on the Air representing the Trenchard Museum, who share the same, were discussed. In addition setting up a radio station at RAF Halton Families Day was considered. RAFHRS members’ views would be welcomed and taken into consideration.
Anyway, we must have been busy as no one opened the biscuit tin!
Saturday 21st April 2018
This Saturday saw many of the Club members involved in teaching a radio course, at Silver Communicator Badge level for the Air Cadets. The syllabus of the course has been designed to integrate the foundation licence training and successful candidates may then apply for their licences. However this meant that the Club members had a good excuse to avoid the "sorting out" so this was put on hold for the weekend.
During the morning the temporary G5RV was once again hastily erected, all be it at a height of only 10 feet above the ground. Dave took the opportunity to make contact with GB8MD, a special event station in Tywyn, celebrating Marconi day. This contact was then discussed in detail describing the radio procedures used, the vernacular and abbreviations etc. with two of our potential foundation licence holders, Roger and John. They agreed that this was much more "fun" than reading the books, hi! As they both had to leave before midday there was only time for a quick introduction to the wonders of QRZ.com. Hopefully they will soon be taking the microphone as part of the on air Foundation Licence Training.
During the afternoon Nick continued with his project, currently assembling charging stations for the Cadet radios. Putting in the screws became a lot easier once he was loaned a drill of the right size for the pilot holes. Dave continued a leisurely look around the bands making contacts with a "scout" station in the Netherlands and an Italian special event from Marconi's house. Further listening found a German contest station calling CQ? Hang on that wasn't DB that was BD and it wasn't a German contest it was a China contest! Anyway a request from the members requesting a contact to show amateur operations to the cadets with the station they had put up took preference and good reports with the power turned almost off were received from at least 500 yards away. Perhaps it was time to see if the BD station was still there - yes they were and still 59+. Would it be possible to get through all the European stations calling? A little perseverance ( about 5 calls) and success; 59 HN from BD7DT received!!!!! It was quite amazing how many 59 001 reports they were getting. Not too sure what power or antenna they were using but a good 59 signal for over an hour slowly decreasing to 57 with a little QSB but still audible when it was time to turn off and take the aerial down for another week. 59 reports from 500 yards to 5000 miles not a bad day - just wait until we can get our aerials up "properly"!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't know where we find all the time to drink the tea and eat all the biscuits.
Saturday 14 April 2018
Another day working on getting the Club Room ship shape. Racking finally in place and secured. Shelves filling up fast.
Roger and Jon made a start on putting up the notice boards, which is transforming boring walls into something more inviting. A couple have been set aside for Dave the operation manager and the plan is to put our interest QSL Cards up for all to see. Hopefully, this Saturday we will be able to get more boards up and a white board.
There was even time for Dave to make a couple of contacts on the VHF/UHF Radio!
Saturday 7 April 2018 and the sun is shining
First job today was to re-erect the temporary G5RV, after a cup of tea of course. We must be getting better as the first contact was made at1015; 22mins earlier than last Sunday. Spoke to the guys at RAF Wyton again and then joined the RAFARS net on 80m just before 1100 to give away the call and a few points. Hopefully this could become a little more regular when the aerials are a little more permanent. It was nice to hear that we seemed to be the only ones with sunshine! After the net the band appeared to be very noisy and so a little more sorting out was done. We will manage to find the carpet under all the cardboard boxes, hi. After Malcolm’s culinary delights for lunch, again a little more sorting out was done and Nick even managed to progress his project he is doing for the cadets. Checking around the bands contacts were made with good reports from North America and of course Russia. All in all another enjoyable day. Shame it is time to take the aerial down again.
Easter Sunday 1 April 2018
Today we had around 10 Club members turn up to assist and take a look at the Clubs involvement with the RAFARS RAF 100 celebrations and competition.
Before they could start they had to put up the G5RV and an end fed antenna with an SG 230 Tuner. Once on Air a good start was made making contact with the other main RAF Stations taking part. In addition a lot of time was taken on CQ Calls inviting others to contact the Station G1RAF. The first few contacts were with Russian Stations but as conditions changed UK stations were contacted. All in all 60 contacts were made and the clubs operations manager is now in the process of preparing QSL Cards for dispatch as necessary.
This was the first on air operation from our new Club Room. All managed to work around the unpacked boxes which came over to the new Room when moving out of the old one. What’s more, nearly all the items required for the day were found without too much looking. Contact Breakdown for 1 April 2018
Total Contacts: 60
18 RAFARS associated Stations
GB100RAF RAF Cosford
G0RAF RAF Binbrook
G3RAF RAF Kemble
GB2IWM Imperial War Museum Duxford
GB4KE RAF Kenley
GB2WY RAF Wyton
GB0DM RAF Downham Market
Other Members 11
Saturday 10 February 2018
Club members will continue to pack all the kit and publications in readiness of the move. No time for operating as it is fullsteam ahead for the move. The plan is to be up and running by the 1 April ready for the RAFARS 100TH Contest.
Saturday 30 September 2017
The club had a busy day today with 7 Club members 1 guest with a visitor last thing. It was bacon rolls at 09 00 then lots of activity, Derf, G8ZGK, put the finishing touches to his linear Drake L-4B amp project and had it running with 800 watts into a dummy load.
Roger had his first lesson for the Foundation Licence with plans to do more in a couple of weeks’ time.
Nick continued with the servicing of shed loads of Baofeng888 radios. Nick’s Guest Richard spent time listing to the HF bands and talking to the other club members.
An opportunity arose to have a visit to the Trenchard Museum and 3 of the newer members, one an ex brat, went to the Museum to have a look around.
Saturday 19 August 2017
A good turn out today, with 7 members on site, not bad for the holiday period. An opportunity was taken to blow the cob webs out of the FT 1000 and go searching for the Light Houses on the Air Stations. Conditions were OK of sorts and the team managed to contact 6 Light House Stations.
Dave our new QSL Card manager Dave G0KUC is working on a QSL Card for the Club with one of the Halton Vulcan’s on the front. Hopefully we will be able to send cards very shortly. We are applying for membership of the RSGB to make things easier for the issue and receipt of Cards. For RAFARS members we plan to use the RAFARS Bureau.
Saturday 12 August 2017
Another successful meeting. Dave G0KUC and Jamie 2E0DUU, using the Club Call G1RAF, were on Air for a while using the Yaesu FT 1000MP. Several contacts were made including one with Terry at the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum at Neatishead Norfolk, Callsign GB2RAF.
Club Meeting Saturday 5th August 2107
Another busy Saturday meeting with several members discussing the use of repeaters and looking at the various systems. The Chairman Derf G8ZGK, was adding a UK power plug to his Drake Linear and doing some research on the net in readiness for a planned mod the power supply.
In the workshop area Nick was servicing pile of hand held radios and when finished they will be made available to the Air Cadets.