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RSGB Regional Winner (Region 3 large Clubs) Club of the Year 2015 and 2016

Tuesday 15 May 2017 – SRS Radio Night (11.05.17)

Just letting you know that next Tuesday is an on-air night.  Although no particular mode is to be the focus of the operating, we hope to take advantage of the sporadic E propagation season and work some European stations on the higher HF bands.  Morse practice will be from 7 to 7:30pm.

Hope to see you there.  73  Evan M0TJU  SRS Programme Co-ordinator

Bletchley Park Trip – Saturday 20 May 2017 (11.05.17)

Just a reminder that the BP trip is this coming Saturday.  The coach will be leaving Walthew House at 0830.  The kitchen will be open from 0800 for tea and coffee, but please clean your cups after use.  The journey time is approximately 3 hours, there will be a comfort break along the way.

Don’t forget your RSGB vouchers to gain free entry,   otherwise it’s £17.75 entry fee, or £15.75 if over 60.  There is a cafe there or you can take a picnic lunch.

If you would like to operate GB2BP, then remember to take your license,  an advance telephone call or email would be required.  The coach will be leaving BP at 1530 with an ETA at Walthew House of 1830.

PLEASE PARK IN THE PUBLIC CAR PARK UNLESS YOU NEED TO PARK  IN A DISABLED SPOT.

My mobile number should there be any hiccups: 07801 929 728.      73 – Kieron  M5KJM

 

QB50 CubeSats to deploy from ISS  (10.05.17)

by m5aka

The first phase of QB50 CubeSats should be deployed from the International Space Station over three days May 16-18.

Built by student groups from 23 countries around the world the QB50 constellation aims to study the lower thermosphere 200-380 km above the Earth.

There are 28 QB50 CubeSats on the ISS awaiting deployment and it is understood that 11 will be deployed in this first phase. The beacons should be activated about 30 minutes after deployment.

The QB50 CubeSats have downlinks between 435.8 and 438 MHz and reports from radio amateurs are most welcome. Beacon data received can be uploaded to a dedicated QB50 webpage at
https://upload.qb50.eu/upload/

List of QB50 CubeSats with Beacon format and frequency information
https://upload.qb50.eu/listCubeSat/

QB50 project https://www.qb50.eu/
https://twitter.com/QB50Mission

On the deployment days radio amateurs and QB50 teams will be on the #CubeSat IRC channel. Join the deployment chat at http://irc.lc/freenode/cubesat

On June 19, 2014 two precursor QB50 CubeSats were launched, QB50p1 and QB50p2, which carried amateur radio transponders
https://amsat-uk.org/2014/06/19/successful-launch-of-amateur-radio-satellite-payloads/

Monthly SRS Nets – 6m FM, 2m FM & 10m USB (05.05.17)

​The 1st net will be on Tuesday 9 May on 6m FM at 19.30 hr local time on 51.550 MHz +/- QRM using the call G3LX.  In the chair will be  AL – G0ROW.

Please note the call G3LX/p will be on the air again, Saturday and Sunday 4/5th June for the RSGB National Field Day  run by the SRS contesting group Peak Contest Group / G5O.

The ​2nd net is on Thursday 11 May on 2m FM at 19.30 hr local time on 145.375 MHz +/- QRM using the call G8SRS.  In the chair will be Tony – M0SAV.

The ​3rd net is on Wednesday 31 May on 10m USB at 19.30 hr local time on 28.460 KHz +/- QRM using the call M5MDX.  In the chair will be Don – G8WPL.

Talk Night at SRS – Tuesday 2 May 2017 – Operating on the Microwave Bands (01.05.17)

After dealing with VHF/UHF in the last society meeting, tonight we’ll be going even further up the electromagnetic spectrum – to the GHz bands. Dave Yorke G4JLG from Bolton Wireless Society will explain operating on microwaves.   Morse practice at 7pm, as usual.

See you there.  73   Evan M0TJU Programme Co-ordinator

 

SRS Meeting Tuesday 25 April – ‘A Bit of Everything’ Night  – (24.04.17)

As the title suggests, there will be various activities to partake in tomorrow night: folks will be completing Bob’s amplifier kits and undertaking other construction, no doubt; the radio station will be on the air, too. (We may catch our DXpeditioners in Liechtenstein.)  Morse practice will commence at 7pm.

We’ll be QRV ON 7.120 + or – from 1930 UTC looking for SRS Members Tuesday evening.  Cheers Kieron M5KJM

Club of the Year Regional Winners 2016 (22.04.17)

Hot of the news stand – Stockport Radio Society are the Region 3 Large Clubs Winner of Club of the Year 2016.  Thanks to all that assisted with the application.  Lets keep SRS up there at the top.

From the RSGB Website – http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/agm-2017/club-of-the-year-2016-regional-winners/

The regional winners of the Club of the Year 2016 competition, sponsored by Waters & Stanton, were announced at the RSGB General Meeting in Cardiff on 22 April 2017.

The National competition winners will be announced at the National Hamfest in September.

Region Small club Large club
1 * Cockenzie & Port Seton ARC
2 Caithness ARS *
3 * Stockport RS
4 N/A Wearside Electronics ARS
5 Staffordshire Portable ARC Telford & DARS
6 Meirion ARC *
7 Barry ARS *
8 Lough Erne ARC Mid-Ulster ARC
9 * The Radio Society of Harrow
10 Chertsey RC Hilderstone R&E Club
11 South Bristol ARC Poldhu ARC
12 Norfolk Coast ARS Loughton and Epping Forest ARS
13 South Kesteven ARS Worksop ARS

*No entries received

 

DXpedition to Liechtenstein with Pete M1PTR/KieronM5KJM and Tom M0DCG (21.04.17)

The above members of the Peak Contest Group are off to Liechtenstein for a DXpedition from 23 to 26 April 2017.  Please listen out for them and give them a shout using callsigns HB0/M1PTR (/p), HB0/M5KJM (/p) and HB0/M0DCG (/p).

Fixed (Eschen) IARU: JN47SF Lat/Long: 47° 12.7’N  9° 30.9’E  500m asl

Portable (Silum) IARU: JN47SD Lat/Lon: 47° 7.9’N 9°33.1’E 1450m asl

if you hear them give them a shout.

ARISS contact planned for school in Thionville, France  (20.04.17)

An International Space Station contact has been planned for astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG with Lycée Hélène Boucher, Thionville, France The event is scheduled  Thursday April 27, 2017 at approximately 08:52 UTC.

The radio contact will be operated by F8KGY.  Downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM.

Moreover, HamTV will be activated. Video will be visible at http://www.batc.tv/iss/ ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, JAXA, and CSA.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology, and learning.

For up to date information on ARISS television, please visit the HamTV website at http://www.amsat-on.be/hamtv-summary/

73  Gaston Bertels – ON4WF  ARISS Europe

Tues 18 April 2017 ….Radio Night at SRS….a bit more soldering fun….  (16.04.17)

Just to let you know, in addition to the normal 3rd Tues = Radio Night at the club, we’ll be rolling out another simple construction kit for people to have a go at. We should be able to run the construction on a few tables, in parallel with the radio work on the stations.  Bob has been good enough to put together kits for 10 small integrated circuit audio amplifiers, to go with (hopefully) a useful little signal injector which we’ll construct the following Tuesday, all being well.  When we have both units built and working we’ll (fingers crossed!) have a go at doing a bit of signal tracing through a radio.  So, if you are interested in another fun finger-burning evening, just bring along your soldering irons etc and get stuck in!  Don’t forget to bring along £1.50 for your kit (cash to Evan, please).  These amplifiers include a little speaker and look excellent value!

Although project activities will be going on in the background, we are looking at getting at least one transceiver on the air.  We’ve just bought single- and dual-paddle Morse keys (one example of each), which we’ll try out. Let me know at the meeting if you want to have a go of these or do something else (e.g. SSB, digitises).   Morse practice is at 7pm, as normal.

See you there,  Tom M0DCG / Evan M0TJU

Success again at Narsa (11.04.17)

Stockport Radio Society had two wins again this year at Narsa.  Stephen 2E0ISB won the Colin Fox Trophy for his 6m antenna and the SRS Narsa team won the club stand – well done to all that took part.  See you all next year.

 

SRS Club Nets (10.04.17)

We will be running 3 nets this month,  ​1st net on 6m FM Tuesday 11th April at 19.30 local time on 51.550MHz +/- QRM using the club call G6UQ run by AL G0ROW.  ​2nd net on 2m FM Thursday 13th April at 19.30 local on 145.375MHz +/- QRM using the club call G8SRS run by Tony M0SAV.
​3rd net on 10m USB Wednesday 26th April at 19.30 local on 28.460KHz +/- QRM using the club call M5MDX run by Don G8WPL

​Kind regards Alan G0ROW

 

NARSA – Norbreck Hotel – 9 April 2017 (07.04.17)

Well its nearly here.  SRS is all packed up and ready to go.  Come and find us on stand 48 (opposite Radioworld) and have a chat.  Peter M1PTR, Heth M6HNS and Nigel 2E0CKA are you NARSA team, aswell as other members that will be assisting in manning the stand.  We will also be assisting South Manchester Radio Club with the doors this year. Say hi to Tony M0SAV, Phil M0XYA and Slawek 2E0SQJ if you see them handing out the wristbands or collecting your pennies.

And don’t forget Heth will be wandering around with the camera taking photographs for the NARSA committee and website, so if you see me, smile and say cheese!!!

Good luck to all who are entering the Best Stand, Construction and Website competitions.  May the best club/person win!  Lets hope everyone has a fab day.

See you all on Sunday  73s

Neil M6NAE collecting his Double Sapphire Award (07.04.17)

Here is Neil M6NAE collecting his long awaiting Double Sapphire Award (the internal SRS Award) from Tony M0SAV.  Get working towards your gold award now Neil!

Ray M1REK – Best Talk in 2016 (07.04.17)

Here is Ray M1REK collecting his away for the best talk in 2016.  Looking forward to another one in 2017.

Argentine balloon to fly to South Africa and beyond (05.04.17)

On Saturday, April 8 at 08:00 GMT, weather permitting, Amsat Argentina plans to launch the amateur radio HF WSPR Leila PicoBalloon from the East Argentina coast.

This 24 gram PicoBalloon, with micro Atmel328, of long duration (circumnavigator) would flight around 13,500 meters height, possibly heading to South Africa and beyond.

Its tracker is powered by solar panels and a small supercapacitor, only emits during its day.

It will transmit every 10 minutes its WSPR 25mW beacon in 20m, dial in 14.095.6 USB, now active as test from Castelar, Buenos Aires.

The WSPR mode of K1JT is used to send and receive weak signals. It can receive up to 28dB below noise.  The 1st 2-minute broadcast transmits LU7AA, Locator and power in dBm, 2nd, height, temperature and voltage.  WSPR can be downloaded from http://amsat.org.ar/wspr.exe or http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/WSPR2_r1714.EXE  To operate connect PC audio output and input to the transceiver, it can also be coupled acoustically.  If running WSPR mark UPLOAD SPOTS, your reception reports via Internet will be uploaded  in wsprnet.  Each report uploaded to http://wsprnet.org/ will allow to see where is the picoballoon, heading, height, voltages, temp, and so on.  It is important to have the largest number of receiving stations, which will help track Leila.  There is a Spanish presentation available at http://amsat.org.ar/wspr.ppt You could track Leila and see your own reports at: http://lu7aa.org/wspr.asp and / or http://aprs.fi?call=lu7aa-15  Thank you for being part of this experience and if possible disseminate this information.

73, LU7AA, Amsat Argentina
http://amsat.org.ar/
https://facebook.com/Amsat.LU

SRS Meeting 4 April: VHF+ Propagation: Going the Distance on the High Bands (01.04.17)

Tuesday night’s presentation focuses on propagation in the world of VHF and UHF; in particular, how to determine the opportune times to get on the bands and work DX (i.e. contacting stations in far-flung regions of the UK and on the continent of Europe). Unlike HF, which relies on the high-altitude ionosphere, long-distance VHF/UHF contacts depend largely on the conditions of the air immediately above our heads, as will be shown.  Morse practice will be taking place at the usual time: 7pm.

Hope to see you there.  73  Evan Duffield M0TJU  Programme Co-ordinator

Skills Night 28 March 2017 – (26.03.17)

Tonight is a skills night which a small soldering project taking place.  There is also the normal morse class with Evan M0TJU.  All are welcome to come, join in or just watch what is happening.

Intermediate Examination – Congratulations (15.03.17)

Congratulations goes out to the 9 candidates who took their Intermediate examination at Stockport Radio Society – 9 passes which includes 4 members of SRS.  Well done to all

GB3MN & GB3MR Repeaters 12.03.17)

Following on from yesterdays update regarding the cavities for GB3MN some further news regarding the siting of GB3MN & GB3MR.  I’m please to advise that for various reasons MaxxWave Ltd have taken back on the responsibility for the facility where GB3MN is housed. I’m also pleased to advise that thanks to the generosity of MaxxWave Ltd in the form of their Director Sam Hunt the monthly site rental has reduced from almost £100 per month that we were paying to a more manageable £25 per month. MaxxWave Ltd offered us of the facility for free but it was felt that as a group we should make some contribution towards the costs associated with the facility hence the £25 per month.

Myself as Chairman, the rest of the UKFM Group (Western) committee and I’m sure yourselves as members would like to thank Sam Hunt and MaxxWave Ltd for all their help over what has been a worrying time for the repeater group.  We, the Committee, would also like to thank Stockport Radio Society for their generous donation which got us through a difficult time and also their offer to house the repeaters in their club premises.

Very best 73m  –  Dave, M0OBW  –  Chairman, UKFM Group (Western)

March 6m SRS Net (12.03.17)

Our reqular  6m net will be Tuesday 14t March 2017 at 19.30 local FM 51.550 +/- QRM.  In the chair will be Alan – using his own call G0ROW.

Give him a shout and dont forget to put your calls on the Double Sapphire Award.

Drone Video’s – Information (07.03.17)

On our licencing courses I have been asked several time about video broadcast from drones (unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs).  It seems there is very misleading advice online that says that you need an amateur radio licence  to use a higher-power transmitter from a drone.  This is certainly NOT true in the UK!

* The amateur licence is very clear.  The ‘terms and conditions’ section 2 of your licence says, in para 2(1)c:”The Radio Equipment may not be established or used in any Aircraft or Airborne Vehicle.”  That covers drones, kites, balloons, RC aircraft etc as well as conventional aircraft and helicopters.

* The OFCOM guidance  <https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/drones-advice> includes:”  Most domestic drones will be classed as licence exempt. This means they don’t need a licence so long as the drone is ‘CE’ marked and it meets certain requirements.

What about first person view (FPV)?  –  If your drone has a video facility that transmits images from the drone back to the control unit for first person view (FPV), it will probably use the licence exempt 5.8GHz band. This allows for a maximum transmit power of 25 milliwatts.

What if my drone uses more power or is on a different frequency?  –  Using apparatus that does not meet the conditions of the licence exemption – or is not specifically licenced – is an offence.  Some offences can attract fines of up to £5000 and/or six months imprisonment. The courts can also confiscate anything used in connection with the offence.

* The bit about CE marking mainly refers to the RC equipment, I think.

* I’m not sure if it is legal to record the video.

* AFAIK 25 mW is ample as long as the drone is flown according to the height, distance, unobstructed view rules.

* If the flight is for commercial reasons the rules are much different and much stricter.  You will need a licenced pilot, a cameraman, a spotter and proper licences for both RC and Video transmission.

Trip to Bletchley Park May 20, 2017 (05.03.17)

We recently sent out an email about the SRS Club Trip to Bletchley Park.  The 36 seater coach has now been booked, and we currently have 19 members who have paid their deposit and 9 who have placed their name on the form (you will be emailed separately to chase up your deposit).  These leaves 9 spaces to fill.   I have a reserve list set up with non SRS members who may wish to go.

Entry into Bletchley Park is free for RSGB members – but you must download your free voucher and bring this with you on the day.  The link for the free voucher for RSGB members is below.     http://rsgb.org/main/myrsgb-2/bletchley-park-free-admission-voucher/ 

If you are interested in coming on this trip – please let me know you name and callsign as soon as possible.  Costs – £20.  Deposits would be required at the beginning of March – £10, and the balance by the skills night on April 25th.  Book early if you are interested in this trip as places went fast last time we went.

Talk Night – NW Repeater Group (05.03.17)

Tuesday 7 March will be a Society Night, with a presentation on Repeaters and the NW Repeater Group given by Dave Wilson M0OBW, Chairman of the UKFM Group (Western) Repeater Group (and a former RSGB President). It will be of great interest to all users of repeaters across the northwest. There talk is expected to start at 7:30pm, after club announcements.  Morse practice will held, as per usual, between 7 and 7:30pm.

Hope to see you there.  73  Evan M0TJU  –  SRS Programme Co-ordinator

Skills Night Tuesday 28 February 2017 (26.02.17)

Tues 28 Feb is club Skills Night once again. This time we will be looking at the construction of a very simple 10 metre wire dipole – just the thing for our regular club skeds!  We have a couple of short videos to show, covering the construction and tuning of such a dipole and I hope to have to hand one which I have just made and which we’ll tune.  We can also discuss with those interested in having a go at making such dipoles for their own use what sort of items might be required, eg construction or purchase of  suitabe baluns, insulators etc.

Bob M6TMA will also want to didcuss the next construction project.  If you have a project of your own which is giving you trouble, why not bring it in  – I’m sure there will be someone around willing to take a look.

Finally, if you have an idea for a club project yourself,  don’t be afraid to come along and discuss it with us.

Doors open 7pm as usual with the Morse session for those interested.  See you there,   Tom Spence M0DCG

HF Net 28-460mhz USB Tuesday 22 February 2017 (21.02.17)

There will be a HF net on Tuesday run by Dom G8WPL using club callsign M5MDX.

Dont forget to add you contacts to your Double Sapphire Award .

Double Sapphire Awards for SWL Members  (20.02.17)

For members who are SWL – we have now setup a system for you to win a Double Sapphire Award aswell.
Please see below the rules, sample certificate and the Claim forms.  If you have any queries please speak to either Alan G0ROW or Peter M1PTR at any club meeting.

Advanced Course Tutorials with Stockport Radio Society (14.02.17)

We have just confirmed the following dates for the Advance Course Tutorials for 2017 – all starting in 7pm

Thursday 27 April 2017 – Primer 1  /  Thursday 29 June 2017  – Primer 2

Monday 11 Sept 2017 – Tutorial 1  /  Monday 25 Sept 2017 – Tutorial 2

Monday 9 Oct 2017 – Tutorial 3  /  Monday 23 Oct 2017 – Tutorial 4

Monday 6 Nov 2017 – Tutorial 5 / Monday 20 Nov 2017  – Tutorial 6

Monday 4 Dec 2017 –  Exam night from 6.30pm.

The course cost remains at £95 per student including the examination fee based upon a minimum of 6 attending the sessions.

February Club Nets (07.02.17)

1st net mode FM in the 6m band on a frequency of  51.550MHz +/- QRM using the  club call G6UQ on Tuesday 14th February at 19.30 local time,

2nd net mode FM in the 2m band on a frequency of 145.375MHz +/- QRM using the club call G8SRS on Thursday 16th February at 19.30 local time,

3rd net mode USB in the 10m band on a frequency of 28.460KHz +/- QRM using the club call M5MDX on Wednesday 22nd February at 19.30 local time,

Please note March will the same order same frequency’s /call signs/ and time,     6m 14th  March,    2m 16th  March,   10m 29th March

Deepest Sympathy (07.02.17)

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Nigel G0RXA, from the SRS Committee and members,  on the recent passing of his mum.   Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

Tony MOSAV – Chairman SRS

SRS Meetings 7 February – Radio Night & 21 February 2017 Society Night (31.01.17)

Yes, I have got that the right way round!!!

The first Tuesday of next month will be a Radio Night. Morse (CW) will again be the focus of the evening. Both iambic (i.e. automatic paddles) and straight (i.e. classic) keys will be available to use. The computer sending/decoding programme CW Get will be on hand, too, as will an iPhone/iPad decoder app. If you’re new to CW, you can follow the action on the screen(s).

The third Tuesday, normally reserved for radio operating, will instead be devoted to a presentation by SRS members Tom M0DGC and Julian G3TFR titled: “The 50MHz Antenna Project – and why use a Gamma Match”. Although conceived as a relatively simple construction activity for skills evenings – and as a means to get members on the Magic Band – the 6-metre dipole will be used to demonstrate precise antenna (impedance) matching. I will also chime in with some tips for operating on Six.

73  Evan Duffield M0TJU  SRS Treasurer and Programme Co-ordinator

 

Foundation Course – Examination Taken on Sunday 29 January 2017 (29.01.17)

A big thank you to the tutors support for the January FLC. Tom M0DCG, Phil M0XYA, Matt M0MVR, Rob M0???.  The indicative marking showing that all candidates passed.  Well done to all the candidates.

Interest has been shown by some to go forward to ILC level should another course be run during 2017.  If you are interested in taking part in the ILC course, please could you email courses@g8srs.co.uk and let our Courses Secretary – John know your interest in the course.

10M SRS Net 25 January 2017 (20.01.17)

On Wednesday 25 January Don G8WPL will running a HF  net  at 7-30pm  on  28-460 mhz .  Don will be calling using the club callsign M5MDX.  Look forward to hearing you on the air.  The club is also thinking on doing a 10m wire dipole kit at a future skills night.  If you are interested, please let Tom M0DCG know

Skills Night 24 January 2017 at Walthew House (20.01.17)

Tues 24 Jan is the club Skills Night once again and we are planning to run a soldering/simple kit building session.  At the end of the evening all those tackling the project should have a working “rf sniffer” to take home.  Bob Smith will be running the project and we’ll have tables set out for about ten people, so if you interested in brushing up your soldering skills and having a bit of fun, dig out your soldering iron, some pliers, eye protection, a bit of solder etc and join in the fun.  Before we start, we’ll have a short session on “Soldering Safely”.

If we have the time at the end I’d also like to discuss a proposal for our next project…a 10 metre wire dipole.  This project should be of interest to those of us wanting to join in the regular 10 metre skeds being run by club members as the dipoles are not that large and ought to fit in most gardens.

See you there,  Tom Spence M0DCG

Foundation Course at SRS (20.01.17)

Good luck to all the students undertaking the Foundation course this weekend at Walthew House. Best of luck for the following weekend for your examination.

Radio Night – Tuesday 17 January 2016 (16.01.17)

Folks, the emphasis of the operating tonight will be CW (Morse) with an iambic key (i.e fully-auto paddle). Decoders will be on hand to ‘translate’ the Morse.

We will be using the Yaesu FT920 for the demonstration, which will commence at 7.30pm. I will show how to set up the transceiver for iambic key operation before getting on the air. People are welcome to give the iambic keying a go – either on the air or with the radio in ‘practice mode’ (i.e using negligible power and a dummy load).

The usual 7pm Morse session will be on again. I will be sending callsigns – a mix of numbers and letters, in other words.

Hope to see you there  –  73  Evan M0TJU  Programme Administrator

SRS January Nets (09.01.17)

Happy New Year to all members of SRS.

We have 3 Nets this month with club calls being used, this will be a good chance for the operators collecting points for the Double Sapphire Award.  Information about the Double Sapphire Award is available Double Sapphire Award

1st net Tuesday 10th January at 19.30 local time on FM – 51.550 MHz +/- QRM, on the 6m Band using the call G6UQ.

2nd net Thursday 12th January at 19.30 local time on FM – 145.375 MHz +/- QRM on the 2m Band using the call G8SRS.

3rd net Wednesday 25th January at 19.30 local time on SSB-28.460 KHz +/- QRM on the 10m Band using the call M5MDX.

From the net team  Don G8WPL  Tony M0SAV   AL G0ROW

Please note if any member would like to run a net please contact Alan G0ROW by e-mail – please state month that you are available and the band you would like to use.

Talk Night – Tuesday 3rd January 2017 (02.01.17)

I hope that you had a happy festive season.

For our first meeting of the year, the Committee Members will lead a wide-ranging discussion about what the club will be doing over 2017. Come along to make sure that your views are heard. Topics will include the following:

– The society’s Tuesday night activities (i.e. Morse sessions, presentations, radio operating and skills’ development)

– Happenings ‘outside Walthew’ (e.g. visits, JOTA, remote/special-event operating)

– Vision for the club station (e.g. rigs, antennas)

– Training for licences and other education

Members should feel free to raise any subject they wish.

A Morse session will be held, as usual, from 7:00 till 7:30pm.

73 – Evan M0TJU  –  SRS Programme Coordinator

Happy New Year (31.12.16)

Happy New Year to all our members, colleagues and friends – let hops 2017 is a good year.

HF Net Thursday 28 December 2016 (27,12,16)

Don G8WPL will be running the HF net using Club callsign M5MDX on 28-460 usb  from 7.30 pm on Thursday 28 December 2016.

Look forward to working some of our club members

Don G8WPL

On the Air Christmas New Year Special from Walthew House (26.12.16)

Folks, just letting you know that tonite is a Radio Night at Walthew, and the station will be operating on 80m LSB (3660kHz +/- QRM) from about 19.30, calling CQ using either G6UQ or G8SRS.

Although this is not a net, we can change it into a net format if enough SRS members call in.  Eighty metres will be the focus, but we may also be on 40m and 2 metres during the evening.   So, give us a shout from home, or come along and operate from Walthew.

73 –  Evan M0TJU // Programme Coordinator

Merry Christmas to all our friends (24.12.16)

On behalf of the SRS committee – can we wish everyone a happy christmas.

SRS Committee

_mg_0038Happy Birthday Tony (21.12.16)

Happy birthday to our Chairman Tony – hope you enjoyed your surprise cake at the AGM last night.  Have a great day today

all the best – everyone at SRS.

‘Listening’ to the Geminid Meteor Shower – SRS Demonstration Tues 13 December 2016   (12.12.16)

The presentation a week ago dealt with the theory of detecting meteors. Now’s the time for the practice…

Using the society’s and members’ equipment, we will be attempting to hear the ‘pings’ from meteor-reflected transmissions on the VHF bands. The Geminids are forecast to peak (i.e. in terms of meteors/hour) on Tuesday night, so there should be plenty of activity.

I will be bringing in my ‘Fun Cube’ dongle SDR to demonstrate what can be achieved with a simple receiver connected to an audio spectrum analyser.

There will also be opportunities to operate the club’s IC7400, too, although I ask folks to delay transmitting (even on HF) until the meteor demonstration has finished.

Hope to see you there.

73   Evan M0TJU  Assistant Programme Co-ordination

 

UBSEDS21 will carry 145.825 MHz APRS (09.12.16)

 

On Sunday Bristol SEDS students plan to launch a 434 MHz and APRS solar powered balloon that may travel around the world.

Another pico launch from Bristol this Sunday 11th December between 0500 and 0530 GMT. This launch is using a 1.9m envelope and longer payload train, and so we have a NOTAM in place. The flight is predicted to head south-east towards France.

The payload will be transmitting Contestia 16/1000 on 434.610 MHz USB. Each transmission of Contestia 16/1000 will be preceded by 10 seconds of pips and RSID.

The Contestia transmission rate will be once every 30 seconds during launch and when power is available during the day. Otherwise the transmission rate will be once every 2 minutes. Hopefully the tracker will operate from dawn to dusk, and maybe also during the night.

The tracker will transmit APRS outside countries where the amateur license is not permitted airborne (like the UK). Additionally it will test APRS on 145.825 MHz, with an output power of +26 dBm (400 mW).

More details will appear on the website http://www.bristol-seds.co.uk/flights.html

Many Thanks,

Richard Meadows M0SBU
Bristol SEDS http://www.bristol-seds.co.uk/

High Altitude Balloon tracking and information links https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/balloons/

m5aka | December 9, 2016 at 9:36 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, APRS, HAB, Ham Radio | Categories: Daily Updates | URL: http://wp.me/p2Mn4x-835

CAS-4A and CAS-4B to have Ham Radio Linear Transponders (07.12.16)

CAS-4A and CAS-4B to have Ham Radio Linear Transponders

by m5aka

XW-2A satellite was launched September 19, 2015

CAMSAT is working closely with a Beijing Government aerospace contractor to build two satellites with amateur radio linear transponder payloads.

Both will carry a 435/145 (U/V) 20 dBm (100 milliwatt) SSB/CW linear transponder, a 2m CW 17 dBm (50 mW) telemetry beacon and an AX.25 4.8 kbps GMSK 20 dBm (100 mW) telemetry downlink.

Each set of amateur radio equipment will have the same technical characteristics, but will operate on different frequencies for the 70cm band uplinks and 2m band downlinks.

The two micro-satellites will also carry optical remote sensing missions. Planned to be 494x499x630 mm dimension regular square shape and approximately 50kg mass with three-axis stabilization system.

Expecting a launch from Taiyuan on March 31, 2017 into a 524 km SSO with an inclination of 42 degrees.

IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination pages http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/

m5aka | December 7, 2016 at 7:52 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, CAS-4A, CAS-4B, Ham Radio, satellite | Categories: Daily Updates | URL: http://wp.me/p2Mn4x-82X

 

Talk Night at SRS – Tuesday 6 December 2016 – ‘Listening to Meteors’ (05.12.16)

Just letting everyone know that the topic for the presentation tomorrow night will be meteor scatter – ‘Listening to Meteors’.

‘Shooting stars’ are not only a spectacular sight, but the trails of space debris entering our atmosphere can also be detected with relatively simple radio receivers and antennas. More precisely, the transmissions of distant ground-based stations can be picked up, having been reflected by the trails – a process known as ‘meteor scatter’.

For the Radio Night meeting a week later, on the 13th, we will be putting the theory into practice by using standard amateur equipment to attempt live meteor detection. That particular evening happily coincides with the peak of one of the great meteor showers of the year, the Geminids. Be sure to come along.

73  –  Evan Duffield M0TJU

 

Receive Pictures from Space – ISS SSTV Dec 8-9  (05.12.16)

by m5aka

ISS SSTV image 2 received by Mike Rupprecht DK3WN April 12, 2016 at 1556 UT

Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions will be made from the International Space Station (ISS) on December 8-9, 2016.

The SSTV images will be transmitted as part of the MAI-75 Experiment on 145.800 MHz FM using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver located in the Russian ISS Service module.

The MAI-75 activities have been scheduled for the Russian crew on Dec 8 from 12:35 to 18:00 GMT and Dec 9 from 12:40 to 17:40 GMT.

Note the ISS transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM use the 5 kHz deviation standard rather than the 2.5 kHz used in Europe. If your transceiver has selectable FM filters try the wider filter.

The ISS Fan Club website will show you when the space station is in range http://www.issfanclub.com/

ISS SSTV information and links at https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

ARISS-SSTV Images http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.co.uk/

Listen to the ISS when it is over Russia with the R4UAB WebSDR http://websdr.r4uab.ru/

Listen to the ISS when in range of London with the SUWS WebSDR http://websdr.suws.org.uk/

If you receive a full or partial picture from the Space Station your Local Newspaper may like to know http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2016/july/now-is-a-great-time-to-get-ham-radio-publicity.htm

m5aka | December 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, Ham Radio, ISS, SSTV | Categories: Daily Updates | URL: http://wp.me/p2Mn4x-82D

Peak Contest Group – Updated Pages (02.12.16)

If you are interested in contesting, why not check out out PCG pages and see what they guys are doing.  Click on the link to take you to the home page  –  Peak Contest Group

SRS Advanced Examination Monday 5 December 2016 (01.12.16)

Good luck to our the candidates taking their advanced examination next Monday.

SRS Radio Night – Tuesday 15 November 2016 (14.11.16)

Tonight is 3rd Tues of the month and it’s radios.  The good news is progress has been made on the new mast and associated antennas, so why not come in and see how things are going!  If you’d like to get on the air or would like help getting started people will be around to give advice.  The Morse class will run from 7pm so if you’d like to get in some practice, come along and join on the fun.  Beadsets are available but if you wish to use your own, no problem.

See you there Tom M0DCG

SRS Club Nets – Thursday 10 November 2016 – 2m (07.11.16)

Our 2nd net will be on  Thursday 10 November at 19.30 local on 2m FM 145.375 MHz +/- QRM using the club call G8SRS.  All members welcome 73’s Al – G0ROW

SRS Club Nets – Tuesday 8 November 6m (07.11.16)

Our 1st net will be on  Tuesday 8 November at 19.15 local on 6m FM 51.550 MHz +/- QRM using the club call G6UQ.
Please note at about 20.15 local we will QSY to USB 50.270 MHz +/- QRM using G6UQ this will give the guys that have build their new antenna’s a chance to try them out.  All members welcome 73’s Al – G0ROW

Speakers’ Night – Arranmore Expedition Presentation Tuesday 1 November 2016 (31.10.16)

Tues 1st Nov being the first in the month we usually have speaker(s) and on this occasion we are pleased to announce a group of us will be giving a presentation on our IOTA expedition to Arranmore Co Donegal this July.  Do come along, bring friend(s) if you wish and hopefully enjoy the very nice presentation put together by our very own Peter M1PTR, with several of the other team members chipping in to do our bits at appropriate times.  We’ll aim to get started around 7.30 – 7.45pm.

We won’t have our normal  Morse session tonight as Mike Carter is unavailable to run it, however the club doors are usually open around 7pm and an informal sesion could be run as Evan or Bernard may be available.

Cheers  Tom M0DCGe

??????????Birthday Wishes to Tom M0DCG (31.10.16)

La breith sona Dhut Tom from all at SRS.

Have a great day

Skills Night at Walthew House…4th Tues of month….  (24.10.16)

Don’t forget it’s Skill Night again at Walthew tomorrow (Tues 25th Oct.). I won’t be there as I’m having a family break, however Julian will be there to provide assistance to anyone working on the 6m project….mast mounting…tuning etc.  Pete is bringing in his analyser.  He will also be bringing in his Morse keyer kit.  Mike M6MPC will also be available for his usual Morse practice session so why not join in with pencil and paper and get some practice. Earphones are available but if you want to use your own, remember our equipment takes a 3.5mm or 1/4in stereo plug.

Tom M0DCG

HF Net – Wednesday 26 October 2016 (22.10.16)

Don will be running the HF net  on Wednesday 26 October at 7.30 pm on 3.660 mhz, using the SRS Callsign M5MDX.  Any one doing the double sapphire award – you get 5 points for a club callsign, as well as for the president G0ROW.  Hope to hear you on air on Wednesday.  Please see the next QUA for the dates of all the 2017 HF Nets.

Tuesday 18th….Radio Night at Walthew….Invitation….  (16.10.16)

As you know the 18th Oct  is 3rd Tuesday in the month and it’s once again radio night at the club.  Do come along and get on the air.  Feel free to e-mail me if you want book time on a station. Help will be available for those who want a bit of help getting used to equipment etc. In addition to SSB, CW and datamodes are available.  Mike M6MPC will be running his Morse session so if you want a bit of practice, feel free to join in.  Earphones, pens, paper etc are available, however if you wish to use your own headset, the requirement is a 3.5mm or 1/4″ stereo plug.  The session usually starts at 7pm and terminates at just before 7.45.

See you there!   Tom Spence  M0DCG

JOTA – Saturday & Sunday 15 & 16th October 2016 (11.,10.16)

Stockport Radio Society will be supporting the 2nd Heald Green Scouts along with Cheadle and Gatley Scouts. The special event call sign GB2CGS for the 2016 JOTA JOTI event.  Some of the Scouts will be obtaining their Communication badge.  We will be on air Saturday and Sunday  HF and VHF.  Listen for the above call sign and other JOTA call signs and show your support for the Scouts.

Monthly SRS Nets (11.10.16)

2m net Thursday 13 October at 19.30 local time,  2m.. 145.375MHz +/- QRM.. Tony M0SAV will be in the chair

ARISS contact planned for school in Cincinnati, USA (06.10.16)

An International Space Station radio contact has been planned for astronaut Kate Rubins KG5FYJ with iSPACE, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The event is scheduled Saturday October 8, 2016 at approximately 16:15 UTC.

This will be a telebridge radio contact, operated by IK1SLD, located in Casale Monferrato, northern Italy.
The downlink signal will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM.

Presentation:

In 2001, iSPACE, is a 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational resource for schools throughout the Greater Cincinnati region.  The iSPACE mission is to make STEM learning exciting and to promote STEM career awareness, through interactive programs for students, educators and families in the region.  iSPACE provides innovative and effective programs, events and learning experiences for students (grades preK­12), their educators and their families including field trips, outreach, professional development and other programs that stimulate interest and appreciation for STEM. In 2015, iSPACE programs served a diverse population of 24,731 youth and 5,791 adults in more than 500 schools.  iSPACE works diligently to collaborate within the regional and their programs are recognized for their effectiveness throughout the STEM community.  Through rigorous alignment to national and state standards and the utilization of best practices, iSPACE continues to develop curriculum for educators and inquiry­based educational opportunities for students.  iSPACE has made a mark in Greater Cincinnati for our high quality programs that measurably and effectively inspire students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, increase their content knowledge and introduce them to STEM careers.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

1. What has been the most exciting part of your mission so far?

2. After seeing all the places on Earth from space, which one do you most want to visit once you get back to Earth?

3. What’s your favorite part of the day?

4. I know you use animals in research. How many animals do you have in space with you right now and how do you take care of them?

5. Can a flying insect fly in space?

6. When you were preparing to leave high school did you know that you wanted to be an astronaut?  How did you decide what you wanted to do after high school?

7. Please describe your years of education and training that led to your assignment on the space station.

8. Do you practice emergency drills?  Can you describe some of the critical incidents that you need to prepare for?

9. Will your stay in space get shorter if you have too many headaches? Also, if you have ever had a space headache, what did it feel like during and after?

10. What are the major research projects you are focusing on and what discoveries have you made?

11. Have any of the experiments failed or given you totally different results than you expected?

12. Do you prefer being in space or on Earth?

13. What has been your greatest challenge so far and how did you respond to it?

14. Can you describe what zero gravity feels like?

15. Have you done a spacewalk and how does it feel?

16. What do you think the biggest advances will be in the space program over the next ten year?

17. What are you most looking forward to when you return to earth and what will you miss the most from your mission?

18. Does your schedule ever seem repetitive?

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology, and learning.

Gaston Bertels – ON4WF
ARISS past chairman

SRS at Walthew House Tues 4th Oct….Andy Wagstaff…. drones and aerial photography. (02.10.16)

Tues 4th Oct being the first in the month we usually have a speaker and on this occasion we are pleased to announce we are having Andy Wagstaff along to give us a talk entitled “An Introduction to Radio Controlled Model Gliding and Flying” .  This should be very interesting so do come along and learn all about drones!  In addition, from 7pm till around 7.30 to 7.45pm, Mike M6MPC will be running his Morse practice class, so if you are interested or would like to get in a bit of practice, just come along with a pencil and paper and enjoy!  Headphones are provided, however if you wish to bring your own, the stereo plug sizes are 3.5mm or 1/4″ stereo jack.

Cheers  –  Tom M0DCG

Upsetting News – John Shufflebotham 2E0GCX in Hospital (02.10.16)

Tom M0DCG received the following news from John’s XYL Linda last night – John had had a serious heart attack last week and is presently recovering in hospital.  While he is out of immediate danger, his heart did sustain damage and he is going to require further treatment to restore his health.  To this end they are meeting with consultants today to decide on the way forward. John is well known to the membership of SRS for his very informative and entertaining talks and I’m sure you’ll all join with me in wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

Get well soon, John, we’re thinking of you!  Tom Spence M0DCG and all at Stockport Radio Society

Friday 30 Sept – Club of the Year Presentation at Newark (30.09.16)

Unfortunately SRS did not win at the Club of the Year presentation.  Congratulations to the winners in the small and large clubs.

Small Club of the Year
1st – Greenisland Electronics ARS   /   2nd – Leiston ARC   /   3rd – South Kesteven ARS

Large Club of the Year
1st – Norfolk ARC   /   2nd – Hilderstone AR&EC   /   3rd – Telford & District ARS

Well done to all that took part – it is great to see so many Affiliated Clubs doing great work to spread the word about amateur radio in the 21st century!

Tue 27th Sept …SRS Skills Night at Walthew…Invitation (25.09.16)

As tonight is the 4th Tuesday of the month, it’s Skills Night at Walthew.  Bring your radio problems to us…someone may be able to help!

Peter Singleton is bringing in the Morse keyer which he is constructing.  Hopefully he’ll be able to give us a demo of the unit in action and it might even stimulate some of us to get out our soldering irons and contemplate a few new winter projects.  Additionally we’ll continue with the 6m dipole project.  I’ve had the prototy in action and will bring it in tonight for those interested to take meassurements, study the layout etc.  I’ll also bring in a short mast and some coax to allow us to check the SWR curve profile. The final mounting has yet to be finalised so we can also discuss that aspect.

Finally,  the normal Morse session will be held with Evan in the chair.  Just bring in a biro and a bit of paper.  Earphones are provided but if you wish to use your own, check they have a 1/4in or 3.5mm stereo plug.

See you there  –  Tm Spence  M0DCG

Dates for the next two Foundation Courses (22.09.16)

We have just confirmed the following dates for the next two courses to take place during 2017.  If you are interested in taking the Foundation course with Stockport Radio Society, please contact courses@g8srs.co.uk for further information.  The dates are

  • January 2017 – Saturday 21, Sunday 22 and Sunday 29.
  • July 2017 – Sunday 9, 16, and 23

HF Net Wednesday 28 September 2016 (15.09.16)

Don G8WPL will be  running  a HF  net on  Wednesday 28 September  at 2pm  on  3.675 MHz.

Radio Night & Silent Key Sale at Walthew House – 20 September 2016 (19.09.16)

As you know the 20th Sept is 3rd Tuesday in the month and it’s therefore radio night once again at the club. Do come along and get on the air. Feel free to e-mail me if you want book time on a station. Help will be available for those who want a bit of help getting used to equipment etc. In addition to SSB, CW and datamodes are available.

Mike M6MPC will be running his Morse session so if you want a bit of practice, feel free to join in. Earphones, pens, paper etc are available, however if you wish to use your own headset, the requirement is a 3.5mm or 1/4″ stereo plug. The session usually starts at 7pm and terminates at just before 7.45.

Nigel 2E)CKA and Heather M6HNS will be running a Silent Key sale and will have two tables of equipment on view. Please email Heth – srswebsite@g8srs.co.uk if you would like a list of items for sale.

See you there,  –  Tom Spence M0DCG

Dates for your Diaries – SRS Talk Nights (19.09.16)

Tuesday October 3, 2016  –  An Introduction to Radio Controlled Model Gliding and Flying  by Andy Wagstaff”

Tuesday November 1, 2016 (awaiting confirmation)  –  Arronmore Island – IOTA Expedition 2016.

We are just waiting for confirmation that the contesting group are ok with this date.  Look forward to seeing you at both nights.

Inspiring the next STEM generation (Via Amstat) (14.09.16)

The UK Space Agency’s Astronaut Flight Education Programme Support Manager Susan Buckle will be giving a presentation at the RSGB Convention on Saturday, October 8.

Along with Ciaran Morgan M0XTD she will talk about the ten UK ARISS amateur radio school contacts with astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS during his Principia mission on the International Space Station.

These contacts have inspired thousands of young people and introduced them to amateur radio in a new and exciting way.

The full schedule and booking information for the convention are available at http://rsgb.org/convention Twitter hashtag #RSGBconv2016

An RSGB video celebrates these historic school contacts and the range of linked activities the schools have enjoyed.

Beginning with the exhilaration of the launch, it follows the competition for schools to host the ARISS contacts, and showcases the variety of science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) and arts activities that helped pupils to understand more about space and amateur radio.

The contacts themselves, often led by newly-licensed pupils, were the successful culmination of many months of work and anticipation.

ARISS Principia https://principia.ariss.org/

The full RSGB Convention schedule and booking information are available at http://rsgb.org/convention

Twitter hashtag #RSGBconv2016

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

Monthly SRS Nets (11.09.16)

1st Net..Tuesday 13th Sept at 19.30 local time,  6m.. 50.270MHz +/- QRM..  USB call G0ROW.

2nd Net Thursday 15th Sept at 19.30 local time,  2m.. 145.375MHz +/- QRM.. FM call M6YKK.

Website Changes (08.09.16)

We are in the process of making some changes to the website.  These changes will be done whilst the website is ‘live’.  If you are looking for something specific and cannot find what you are looking for, please email info@g8srs.co.uk and Heather will email you back.

If, as a member of SRS, you would like to add anything to the website, please let Heather know.

Skills Night at SRS – Tuesday 23 August 2016 (22.08.16)

As it’s the fourth Tuesday of the month again,  tonight will be Skills Night at Walthew House.

Mike is coming along to run his Morse tutorial, so do come along and join our group with pen and paper, and if you fancy trying your hand at sending, why not bring your key and join in the fun.  This part of the evening usually runs from around 7pm till around 7.45, at which point, Peter Singleton is going to give us another of his technical talks.  This one is entitled  “Theory into practice – Smith Chart”.  He will show how to use a Smith Chart Simulator to match an aerial, using much of the theory covered in the Tech Talks so far. But this time it will be a “how to” talk,, not another maths lesson!

Finally,  we’ll endeavour to progress the 6m dipole project.  Cheers,  Tom Spence M0DCG

Radio Night at SRS – Tuesday 16 August 2016 (15.08.16)

I hope that you can make August’s SRS Radio Night, on this coming Tuesday.  The focus will be on HF single sideband (SSB), and at least one of the transceivers will be used to demonstrate this and/or be available for supervised operation on this mode. While sideband operation has many advantages, it also poses unique challenges; so, those of you who have only experienced channelised FM (say, on the 2-metre band) and want to get into HF, this session will be ideal.

Don’t forget that Mike M6MPC will be hosting his Morse practice session, starting at 7pm.

Hope to see you there.

73  –  Evan M0TJU   –  Assistant Programme Co-ordinator

Letter from Arranmore – Bernard G3SHF (15.08.16)

Saturday 30th July saw the Peak Contest Group, (SRS’s contest team) enter the Islands On The Air, IOTA, 24 hour phone and CW contest from Arranmore Island in the Southern Ireland using callsign EJ0SR.

8.1M points were claimed from 2282 QSOs compared with 5.4M and 1731 QSOs last year. While numerically a significant improvement it must be noted that the contest rules changed and we entered the MULT2 section rather than the MULT1 section entered last year.  MULT2 permitted the transmission of 2 RF signals at any time contacting any station.  MULT1 permitted one RF transmission contacting any station while a second transmission was permitted to contact only new multiplier stations.

Planning for the event started 12 months ago when we discovered last years venue, a lighthouse on Rathlin Island, off the northeast coast of  Northern Island, was found to be unavailable.

Searching around found another lighthouse off the northwest coast of Donegal where adjacent cottages could be rented to accommodate the operating team and station.

Within the lighthouse compound was a large field we could use to erect our antennas including TH5 and Hexbeam antennas mounted on 30ft masts fashioned with the aid of many hours of lathe work from Phil Hodges to fit in the clubs new trailer.

While the lighthouse was on top of 150 foot high cliffs the ground rose sharply to the top of the compound requiring 100m of coax to reach each our masts peering over the headland to the east where the majority of our QSOs were destined.  The pathway from North through West to South was for most of our stay just blue skies and blue sea.

Our team of 6 (Tom M0DCG, Pete M1PTR, Kieron M5KJM, Evan M0TJU, Carsten G0SYP and myself) travelled across from Holyhead to Dublin by ferry, drove across Ireland and in and out of Northern Island to catch an evening ferry from Burtonport to Arranmore Island and then a 3 mile potholed drive across the island to our lighthouse on the most westerly side of the treeless and turf covered island.  Plenty of sheep covered the hillsides while lots of seabirds were visible from the site surprisingly only one boat was seen to pass by in the week we were there! Clearly traffic has changed since the LH was built!

COMREG, the Irish licensing authority, issued us with a temporary licence EJ0SR for the week we were there. The EJ prefix is used for any station located on a Southern Ireland island while EI is used on the mainland. Though the licence conditions in Ireland are very similar to the UK with a 400 watt max power output, interestingly amateurs entering contests are permitted to run a max of 1500 watts. Unfortunately our amplifiers could not attain that level of output!

Clear weather simplified the erection of our 2 masts with yagis for the HF bands while dipoles for 80 and 40m were suspended under each yagi cut for both CW and SSB band sections.  Evan’s Spider pole was pressed into action along with 4 radials making an excellent Ground Plane for 80m.

A multiband Hustler vertical was erected as far as possible away from the transmitting masts and enabled spotting receivers to be used without too much interference or blocking.  Mobile phone access was very limited from the LH as was Internet Access to gain RBN or DX Cluster spots. Carsten’s Windom antenna used with Skimmer equipment did provide us with CW spots to assist operation.

Our station was set up in the 18’ by 12’ lounge of one of the cottages after all the furniture had been carefully removed. The set up was very similar to that used in our caravan at Common Barn Farm.

On Saturday morning we were pleased to see sked contacts with Tony and Al at Walthew House and Christine LA9CSA on 40m – thank you guys!  Last years propagation was such that we were unable to make any contacts with club members.

Conditions in the contest were far from ideal with 10 and 15m not showing the volumes we have enjoyed in the past. 20m kept us busy though the early morning traffic did allow some of the team members to get some sleep.

All too quickly the contest ended at 1.00pm local time on Sunday and the antennas and station disassembled by late afternoon in time for us to re-cross the island to yet again retest the quality of the local Guinness.  Here it is important to stress that increasing the sample size is to be recommended and will always increase the accuracy of tests if only someone can remember the number in the first place!

Monday was a Bank Holiday over there and when asked ‘What happens over here on a Bank Holiday’ the reply was simply that no one goes to work! However there was plenty of ‘testing’ taking place!

Tuesday saw us trying to retrace our steps to Dublin on our first rainy day and indeed this cleared well before arriving in Dublin.

We travelled with Irish Ferries on the “Epsilon” going out to Dublin and back on the “Jonathon Swift” and used the Arranmore Blue ferry “Morven” to cross to the island.

My thanks to everyone involved with the contest as for me and I’m sure the other team members it was a thoroughly enjoyable adventure.

Bernard G3SHF   –  August 2016

Perseid meteor shower (11.08.16)

For many of us, August means summer holidays; for a few of us August means meteors, and the Perseid meteor shower, in particular. A meteor shower allows observers to view a good number of ‘shooting stars’ in a single evening, especially on the night/s that the shower peaks; and the peak of the Perseid shower in the UK is likely to be during the evening of the 12th and in the predawn hours of the 13th – this Friday night and Saturday morning.

Not only are meteors visible. They can be ‘heard’ as well, if you have a suitably equipped receiver: one capable of receiving single sideband (SSB) and/or an unmodulated carrier wave (CW).  (AM or FM won’t do, unfortunately.) Your radio will not pick up the meteors, as such, but the signals from ground-based transmitters that have been reflected by the trails of ionised air caused by the pieces of super-fast space debris burning up in the outer atmosphere.

To pick up these ‘radio’ meteors, tune your radio to 143,048.500kHz USB (just below the 2-metre amateur band) and align your antenna so that it is most sensitive to signals coming in from the southeast. The transmitter is question is the French satellite detection radar called GRAVES, located near Dijon, central France. It is one of the few high-power VHF stations that transmit a continuous carrier wave – a necessary condition for ‘backyard’ meteor detection – and is well positioned for UK listeners.

A meteor reflection is known as a ‘ping’, and this resembles the sound made, given the (usually) short time that the reflective ionisation lasts. Every so often you will here something more substantial than a ping: more a ‘zzzz-zing’, like a mosquito slowly buzzing past your ear. The more persistent reflectivity of the air along the meteor’s path  is a consequence of a relatively big chunk of space debris burning up in our atmosphere. (Most meteors are related to objects no bigger than a grain of sand.)

With your receiver set at 143,048.500kHz – 1.5kHz below the frequency of the GRAVES carrier – you will hear a reflection as a high-pitch (i.e. 1500Hz) tone. Should you wish to set your radio to CW, instead, set your dial to the actual GRAVES frequency (143.050.000kHz), and the pitch of the tone that you will hear will equate to that of the receiver’s beat frequency oscillator (BFO). (The default setting is about 700Hz, in my experience.)

For those without sideband- or CW-capable receivers, the Farnham (Hampshire) WebSDR (at http://websdr.suws.org.uk) provides an opportunity to tune in, although the site is most definitely ‘remote’. (Unfortunately, the ‘local’ Cheshire and Hack Green web  SDRs do not cover the part of the spectrum used by GRAVES.)

Good listening!   73   Evan Duffield M0TJU

2m SRS Club Net – Thursday 11 August 2016 (09.08.16)

We will be running a 2m net on Thursday 11 August.  The net will start at 19.30 local time – 2m FM – 145.375 +/- QRM.  Callsign in use will be G6UQ.  We look forward to hearing you on the net.

6m SRS Club Net – Tuesday 9 August 2016 (09.08.16)

We will be running a 6m net on Tuesday 9 August.  The net will start at 19.30 local time  –  6m FM – 51.550 MHz +/- QRM.  Callsign in use will be G8SRS.  We look forward to hear you on air.

20160806_145702New Mast at HQ (06.08.16)

Today we installed the new mast at Walthew House (HQ for SRS).  Tony M0SAV organised the making and ordering the mast to fit in a very tight corner of the rear car park.  It was fitted with very few problems – excellent job.  I would like to thank all the guys who turned up today to help Gary (the installer) and myself to fit the mast in place at Wathew nothing was to much trouble.

Thank to Phil 2E0XYA   Nigel M6YKK   NEIL 2E0NAL  Andy 2E0GCL  Steve M6ISB  Neil M6NAE and a special thank you to Neil’s daughter for the excellent food she provided – Kind regards Alan SRS President G0ROW

SRS Welcome 4 new members to the Club (03.08.16)

On behalf of SRS we would like to welcome the following new members William M3WLP, Chris M0OGG, Dennis G7DSV and Brian G1YMW.  We look forward to seeing you at some of our club meetings.

Massive congratulations to the Vincelli Family (Darren 2E0DVM) (27.7.16)

On behalf of Stockport Radio Society we would like to say Congratulations to one of our members Darren 2E0DVM and his lovely XYL Liz on the birth of their baby daughter Alessia.  I have spoken to Darren all both mum and Alessia are doing well.  Luca (Alessia big brother) is very excited to meet his new sister.

RSGB Contest Islands On The Air Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st July 2016  (23.07.16)

We propose to to set up the station at Walthew HQ around 10.30am BST Saturday. Dependent on how many members turn up to operate will depend on what time we finish.

On Sunday we will be setting up around 9am BST. Again dependent on how many members attend will determine the finish time. PCG, on behalf of, SRS will be using a special call sign EJ0SR  representing Stockport Radio Society from ARAN ISLAND Lighthouse  EU 121.  You can listen out for PCG prior to the contest using CW or Phone on the HF bands, remember their call sign will have the EI or EJ prefix for the Republic of Ireland

Regards  Tony  M0SAV  SRS Chairman

Request from Wirral and District Amateur Radio Club (21.07.16)

Ladies and Gentlemen,  As Secretary at Wirral And District Amateur Radio Club, I am contacting you on behalf of Peter 2E0PCU, one of our members.

He is involved with the MALPAS STEAM RALLY and the event has secured a Special Event Callsign (GB6MSR) for this year. He is hoping to operate on HF and VHF throughout the weekend. The event is over the weekend of 10th and 11th September and we already have some of our members lined up to attend but All visitors are welcome and any help with operators willing to step in for an hour or so would be greatly appreciated.

Could I ask that as Committee members of  one of our near neighbouring clubs, you pass on the details to your members and publicise Peter’s event as much as possible?

More details can be obtained directly from Peter who’s e-mail address is m6pfg@yahoo.com      As I have said any visitors will be most welcome but  any help from other amateurs would also be appreciated.

Thank you all and have a great summer

Radio Night at SRS, Walthew House….come and enjoy… (17.07.16)

Tuesday 19 uly  is Radio Night at the club, (3rd Tuesday in the month)  so why not come along and join in the fun.  If you have trouble getting on the air from home due to exuipment or antenna space limitations, why not seize the opportunity.  Just drop me an email and book a bit of time.  If you’re new to SSB and want a bit of advice, just ask and someone will be there to help.  The sets are now capable of all modes so may also be used for data or CW.

Also, Mike M6MPC will be running his Morse tutorial, so if you feel like getting in a bit of practice, why not sharpen up a pencil and join in the fun.  Headphones are available, but if you wish to bring your own, just check the cord is fitted with a 3.5mm or 1/4″ stereo jack.

Cheers, and see you there  –  Tom M0DCG  Programme Co-ordinator

SRS Annual Rally – A couple of Pics (10.07.16)

A great turnout at this years rally.  All the traders were helped in by our Stewards (the guys and gal in yellow jackets) to enable them to set up and then get their free cup of tea or coffee and toast that comes with being a trader at the SRS Rally.  We are taking bookings for next years rally which will take place on July 8 , 2017.  If you are interested in booking your table(s) for next year – get in early email Heth M6HNS or Nigel G0RXA on info@g8srs.co.uk or ring the bat phone on 07506 904422.  Many thanks to all the traders for attending

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The Main Room 9.30am doors opened early because of the rain

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Our Stewards waiting for the rain to stop ‘dont want to get our hair wet!’

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The JB Room at 9.30am doors opened early because of the rain

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The SRS stand duplicated from our stand at Narsa 2016

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Bylara’s Val G6MML with the SRS President Alan G0ROW

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The very busy (as usual) RSGB stand

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The busy kitchen at the SRS Rally with Steve G8YTP and his XYL and Sister in law

SRS Annual Rally – Saturday 9 July 2016 (10.07.16)

I would like to thank all members who assisted in setting out all rooms out on Friday evening and also for your assistance during and after the Rally on Saturday.

Your help is very much appreciated.  Thank You All

73 Tony M0SAV – SRS Chairman

6m Net – Tuesday 12 July 2016 (10.07.16)

SRS is running a 6m net this coming Tuesday 12 July at 19.00 hrs clock time the call will be G8SRS on 51.550 MHz +/- QRM,

ALL MADE WELCOME

73 AL G0ROW

2m Net – Thursday 14 July 2016 (10.07.16)

Our next 2m net will be this coming Thursday 14 July starting at 7.30pm on 145.375 +/-.  Dont forget to log you QSO’s and put in for your double sapphire award.

Look forward to hearing you all on the air – Heth M6HNS

40m Nets – 2pm on 7.175 mhz using callsign  G8WPL (08.07.16)

Don – G8WPL has kindly offered to do a monthly 40m net in the afternoons starting at 2pm on 7.175mhz.  The dates that these nets are on are below:

Wednesday   27 July    /    Wednesday   31 August    /    Wednesday   28 September    /    Wednesday   26 October    /    Wednesday   30 November    /    Wednesday 28  December.

Give Don a call and dont forget to add this to your HF ladder tally

Skills Night – Tuesday 26 July 2016 – Soldering Tuition Session (08.07.16)

I have received a request to have a soldering tuition session on a skills night.  We will arrange for this to take place on Tuesday 26th July and if required future skills nights.  This would be an advantage for anyone progressing to the Intermediate Course as soldering is a key point  also part of the ILC practical assessment.

If you would like to take part please let me know so that tables can be arranged and suitably protected. If you have your own soldering equipment and would like to bring it along please do so.

You can contact me by replying to info@g8srs.co.uk or see me at the club meeting or mention it on either the 2m or 6m nets which are on Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th.  We will have some PCB boards to practice on also some PL259s.

Tony  M0SAV  SRS Chairman

 

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