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New Year New Contest Rules

In 2017 the RSGB VHF contest rules have changed. Andrew G4VFL explained the changes to the group. The main changes are:

  • 6m and 4m contests move to Thursday​
  • There will be a FM section running from 19:00 – 20:00 Local​ time
    • 4m​
    • 2m​
    • 70cm

Andrew’s presentation is embedded below:

Advanced Examination Date

Workington Amateur Radio Club will be holding an Advanced Exam Session on Monday 5th December 2016, starting at 7pm.

Assessment is by a written examination paper of 62 multiple choice questions each with four possible responses.

The examination lasts two hours.

For the Advanced Radio Communications exam there is a fee of £37.50. You must have passed the Intermediate exam before taking the Advanced.

Candidates who intend to sit the exam on Monday 5th December 2016 should complete the RSGB Candidate Application Form for Advanced Examination and post it along with payment to the RSGB using the address on the form. The club’s exam secretary must also be informed using the contact us page of this website by the 29th of October 2016. Please include your phone number in the message and confirmation you have sent the application form off to the RSGB.

From Monday 7th November club meetings will include tuition on the advanced examination. Advanced exams are now available on demand with one calendar month’s notice. Candidates will be able to take the exam in 2017. Future exam dates will be discussed as the training progresses.

AGM – 24th October

Its that time again. Your (formal) chance to have your say about how the club is run and setting the tone for the next year. The Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The club relies on volunteers thrashing around under the water but gliding gracefully like swans. There will be an opportunity to be either the treasurer, secretary and chairman as well as co-opted members of the committee. If that doesn’t improve your DX then why not offer to lead an activity, take part in a special event station or give a presentation.

As usual if there are particular topics you’d like to put on the agenda please let us know by using this form



 

WhatsApp

It seems that the smartphone is catching up with us at MX0WRC headquarters. So much so that we’ve set up a WhatsApp group. For the uninitiated its an application for both just about all phones that allows chat within a group. Its currently open to club members and if you’d like to get involved then download the app on you phone using the link and join the group.

If you get stuck then get in touch with either Derek (G1LZL), Peter (G8RZ) or Alex (G7KSE) and we’ll talk you through it.

More for sale

Mike, 2E0IKM is also selling some gear. He’s got a nearly new Yaesu FT2D C4FM dual band (2m / 70cm) digital handheld. Bought from a ML&S this year for £340, he’s asking for £230. Either respond here as a comment or get in touch with Mike.

For Sale

A couple of items for sale from club members. First off is a a Kenpro KR400 Rotator. A sturdy workhorse complete with around 12m of 8 core cable. Yours for £40

Also an innovantennas 5 element LFA (see here for details). All yours for £40.

Either add a comment to this post or better still use this handy form to get your paws on this stuff

 

Update – Rotator now sold

Arranmore Island DXpedition

Arranmore Island has once again been chosen as ‘the place’ to have a DXpedition. This years radio adventure will be QRV from the 24th September to the 1st of October with 4 stations (3 Elecraft K3’s and a Kenwood TS-590 all with amps) on 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m and 10m. All subject to propagation.

Operators are from the Sands Contest Group, Workington & District ARC as well as friends of both. The list reads like a who’s who of Western Isle DXpeditions. So expect professional standard operators powered by DX quality sustenance. There’ll be Brendan, EI6IZ, Ian, G0VGS, Richard, 2E0LLE, Chris, G4LDS, Andrew, G0LWU, Steve, G0MTD, Mark M0WCR and Kev, G6FKE all on the island. All of which are working towards the coveted ‘Worked all club members’ award.

Some other useful detail:

Callsign: EJ0M

IOTA Ref: EU-121
WLotA Ref: 1189
WaI Ref: B61 – Donegal

Raspberry Pi primer

Next club meeting, the 18th July, will have an introduction to the Raspberry Pi. This little, cheap and versatile computer has been a British success story. The club has 2 of them, one runs the APRS iGate and the other is a server for the WebSDR.

We’ll run through the basics of where to get hold of one, how to load an operating system and how you can interact with them, including the dreaded command line!

WebSDR

After a bit of tinkering around the WebSDR is now undergoing a bit of testing. The set up is a Cross Country Wireless SDR4+ and active antenna connected to a Raspberry Pi that is running a server. This will send the data from the RPi to the Web address we’ve given it (mx0wrc.ddns.net) as it is a static IP and to the main WebSDR webpage

WebSDR 1

At the time of writing there are 163 servers. Ours is number 163!

The band we have chosen is the 10m band and the bandwidth allows us to share the psk section as well as a bit of the ssb section. This may change as we have access to more than just the 10m band but currently just the one. When you click on the link it will take you to the standard WebSDR screen which will look a little bit like this.

WebSDR 2

If any of the members or readers have a spare 19 inch rack that is going free to a worthwhile cause then we’d be happy to use it for our web experiments. I hope you enjoy using it and as always feedback is welcome