Clifton Country Club Net Sunday 6th November 2016

At 14.55 John (G3FNZ) responded immediately to my first tentative call, stunningly he was romping into Norfolk with a solid 59+ signal. John reported that I was a very readable signal with him, unlike previous occasions where he and others had to abandon the net due lack of propagation.

For the first time in three months the ‘radio gods’ appeared to be smiling on us.

Therefore when Peter (G3PJB) and Peter (G3RQZ) announced their presence minutes later it was good reports all round! It was only later that Peter (G3RQZ) mentioned he was running 50watts instead of his normal QRO output, the linear amplifier was on stand-by should it be necessary later.

John (G3FNZ) thanked me for the information on re-validation of his licence. He had phoned Ofcom and found them very helpful, more so when realised that the new validation date applied all the radio licences held by him, both amateur and marine. John re-iterated, that it was such a pleasure to be able to hear all those on the net, over the previous months he had become convinced that the overwhelming QRM combined with the lack of good propagation might force him to off the air.

Peter (G3PJB) in Swanley was still suffering from local noise had had taken the option to listen via the remote SDR site at Hack Green. Using this method he found all those currently on the net very readable. Although he had discovered he lost his internet connection when in transmit, causing the ‘waterfall’ display to freeze or disappear (whoops!). Peter strongly suspected RF in the shack due to standing waves on the feeder for his G5RV doublet, more of this later.

Colin (G0UJK) a fellow resident of Swanley called in at 1501hrs having just returned from the radio rally at Kempton Park. Colin went on to tell the group that the rally was a true social occasion as he had met Clifton members namely Lawrie (G4FAA), Phil (G3BSN) and Terry (G0GTO), together with many other amateurs who he has ‘worked’ over recent months. During his conversation with Lawrie (G4FAA), Lawrie had said he was hoping hold a “Clifton ‘delayed’ Christmas dinner”.

Over the past twenty five years or so these ‘delayed Christmas dinners’ have been held during the first weeks of January. The club often benefitted from the post festive season by having a choice of venues that were not overcrowded and were keen to attract custom.

Good on you Lawrie, what a good idea!  If you want me to circulate any proposed dates or venues I will be only too pleased to do so. Please contact me Lawrie!

Mark (G0GQT) put his head above the parapet at 15.04 he also having just returned from Kempton Park. Mark was not the strongest signal in the group as he was using a 40m dipole for this band. Mark said he had been a little disappointed with rally in that the range of ‘hardware’ on offer was a little limited, as it seemed to be dominated by the bigger traders.  Mark was looking for suitable bits of kit for his next DX trip, wherever it will be is not finally fixed yet. However Mark confirmed it will be an ‘island operation’.

Peter (G3PJB) had just purchased an early Christmas present, namely an Icom 7300. He had read widely on this new radio, also he noted that Peter (G3RQZ) was using one last month.  Now having had a chance to use an IC7300 on air he was impressed and could understand why this new SDR self-contained transceiver was proving so popular.

I told Peter (G3PJB) that I had worked several stations using the IC7300 and heard nothing but good reports on this new ‘rig’ from Icom. They have obviously formulated a true ‘winner’; a fairly compact 100watt HF transceiver with both 6m and 4m on board, together with the versatility of firmware upgrades being available into the future. By today’s standards it is priced fairly competitively.

Peter (G3PJB) went on to say that he had traded in his fifteen year old Kenwood TS 2000 against the new IC7300.

Golly Peter, I have got a TS2000, I would have never though that particular Kenwood radio would still be in production sixteen years after introduction, but it is!

John (G3FNZ) thanked Colin for the information regarding the probably ‘Clifton late Christmas do’. He hoped it was not to be the last such function, as John and the Clifton club go back a very long way, to the beginning in fact. John said he would make every effort to attend the event should it be organised.

The net was being held this weekend as next week is Remembrance Sunday, John told the group he would be at a Remembrance Service to be held at Royal Navy National Destroyer memorial at Chatham Dockyard.

At this point, Peter (G3PJB) said that he was having difficulty hearing John (G3FNZ) and Mark (G0GQT) via the Hack Green remote receiver. Strange business this wireless Peter! He went on to say that he had spoken to Denis (G3OKY) on the telephone and that Denis would try and listen using a temporary wire antenna hung out of the window.

I told the group that here in Norfolk continuing strong northerly winds were bringing heavy rain in from the North Sea the ambient temperature was 4.8c with wind chill making it feel like 0c. Yesterday the high winds and rain had caused a substantial branch to fall from one of our ash trees and crash through my 80m loop. Fortunately as it is supported by 8mm rope attached to industrial bungees via pulleys, the antenna gave way and was pinned to the ground but remained intact.

As the show (net) must go on! Suzanne and I braved the pouring rain and gales to dismantle the branch (18ft long and 8ins diameter) and clear it. On release the 286ft long loop just flew back into position.

Peter (G3RQZ) said that as conditions were apparently changing he had fired up his 400w linear to help those who may be struggling. Peter had guests staying therefore he was going to sign out of the group but before he did he passed his best wishes to Denis (G3OKY) who he hoped was listening.

Before Peter closed I took the opportunity to forward apologies from Brian (G3OYU) who was still indisposed due to surgical treatment to re-establish his hearing. Brian hoped to be available next month if all went well. He did say that he would make an attempt to listen but under the circumstances this may prove difficult.

Brian, the gathered company wish you the very best of good fortune on your road to recovery.

Colin (G0UJK) told the group that he had been assisting install new antennas at Peter’s (G7ULL) QTH in Chislehurst including a three element Cushcraft HF Yagi together with a ZS6BKW doublet which is a form of modified G5RV. If I recall correctly the ZS6BWK presents better (or different) matching to the feed line. Like the original G5RV design it is akin to the curate’s egg; good in places!

As time edged towards 15.45hrs John (G3FNZ) signed out as he and Beryl were being taken to tea at their grandson’s new house. See you next month John and here is hoping that these good conditions continue.

Peter (G3PJB) said that he and Doris were planning to spend Christmas away to let someone else worry about the catering etc. Sounds highly sensible Peter!

Peter, thinking about your problem with RF affecting your internet connection and hopefully not telling you something you already know.

At this location RF does not affect my internet, primarily because I use an ADSL line junction unit where the line enters the house. This means all telephone wiring with in the house is decoupled at this point and does not act as an antenna. My BT hub is fed directly from the ADSL socket. Previously I used to use the supplied plug-in ‘dangly filters’, these are dreadful as the telephone wiring within the house is still connected to the internet line, our internet used drop out at the slightest sniff of HF (1.8 to 10MHz).

If perchance you are still using the dreaded ‘dangly filters’ it may be very beneficial to fit an ADSL socket where you telephone enters your property, this will make the ‘dangly filters’ redundant. These units(and fitting instructions) are available from the following supplier:

https://www.run-it-direct.co.uk/BTNTE5ADSLfaceplate6way.html

Hopefully there is not much exposed telephone line ‘up-stream’ of the point where it enters your QTH. I am very fortunate here in that the house is fed by underground armoured cable (Belden) which runs from a telegraph pole some 75mtrs away which we insisted upon when we built the house.

Of course you are fully aware that is illegal for any unauthorised work to be carried out on the BT network………..Heaven forbid that you would even think about installing your own ADSL box!

As I was closing the net at 16.04, I just heard Denis (G3OKY) breaching the background hiss. Denis said he had been listening and he was using a very temporary wire antenna dangled over a chair and out of a near-by window.

Denis, you could be heard in deepest Norfolk with 45 signals and heavy QSB. It was jolly nice to know that you had been keeping us company.

Well done that man!

Unfortunately Peter (G3PJB) said that Denis was just detectable on Hack Green but Peter was unable to resolve his signal.

Being ever hopeful, we look forward to a further improvement in conditions next month.

Finally, I received a number of comments from those who viewed the TV programme concerning antennas and neighbours etc. I whole heartedly agree with the majority who kindly understated that the radio amateur in question was not the best  ambassador for our hobby. Fortunately it was screened on a minority TV channel that apparently caters for the lowest common denominator within its audience base. To quote, their shallowness runs deep!

To more important matters:

Our next Clifton Country Club Net is scheduled for Sunday 11th December at 1500hrs on or near 3.690MHz

Catch you on the wireless!  Especially if you are part of the increasing band of QRP desperados that can be found on 5.262 MH

73 es 88s de Tony es Suzanne.

October 2016 Auction report by Rob M0LYD

The final HERC Auction was held on Saturday 29 October at the Holy Redeemer Church Hall. Unfortunately, this will be the last auction for the forseeable future as attendances are low and the profit to the club barely covers the cost of hiring the hall.

Items on sale consisted of a wide range of equipment, VHF transceivers, several HF vertical antennas, a storage ‘scope, power supplies, spectrum analyser, assorted test meters and various pieces of test equipment.

Peter G0FUU acted as auctioneer and had to withdraw several items to stop them being sold at very low prices. The items that were sold went for rather small amounts, however, those that attended seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event judging by various comments.

Thanks are due to Ron G4VBK for collecting, storing the sale items and dealing with the financial side, Phil G3MGQ and Peter G0FUU for being auctioneers (and simultaneously providing entertainment!) and to all the club members who have acted as porters over the years.

Rob (M0LYD)

Images of the final HERC auction held on October 29th 2016

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G3MGQ’s Month on the Air – November 2016

Phil, G3MGQ has sent through his ‘Month on the Air’ for November 2016 which contains lots of DX information including the big contests to look out for and those to possibly avoid! Enjoy the November edition of Month on the Air.

Clifton Country Club Net Report Sunday 9th October 2016

Tony has sent through this report of the Clifton Country Club Net held on  Sunday 9th October 2016.


John (G3FNZ) was calling as I manipulated the controls of the ATU to improve the match on the full wave loop. He was the first station heard on the ‘new season’ of CC Nets following our summer recess. It is quite thought provoking to realise that the CC Net is in its fourteenth year.

John was quickly followed by Peter (G3RQZ); both stations were producing extremely readable signals here in Norfolk. Unfortunately this was not reciprocal as John was still burdened by high levels of noise and when the unstable propagation took its toll on my signal he was unable to hear me.

Frank (G3WMR) joined the group at 14.32 (GMT), unfortunately Frank’s audio was a little distorted and the gathered company had some difficulty resolving his transmission.

John (G3FNZ) told the net he had sold his caravan and had not been on top form over the past weeks, but he was still working on and enjoying displaying his Austin 7.

He said he was not having any difficulty hearing Peter (G3RQZ) but was experiencing difficulty with Frank and myself.

At this point Mark (G0GQT) called in, he was readable but not very strong at my QTH, also QSB took its toll.

Over the past days, I had pondered over whether to use 40m or 80m for the net.

I finally decided on 80m following a QSO with Peter (G3RQZ) 24hrs before, when I received very reassuring report of 59 while running 5w output from my KX3.

The deep QSB during the net was indicative that turbulent conditions still prevailed.

At 14.41(GMT) John (G3OGE) made his first CC Net appearance on 80m for several years. However, he had made his debut on 40m during last October’s CC Net since returning from France. John told the group that he was domiciled in the village of Hornsea on the coast about 15miles north east of Hull. John was one of the strongest signals on the net with a very solid 59+10db; this was generated from a 42m length of wire suspended from his chimney.

Peter (G3RQZ) said that John was also very strong at his QTH in Surrey. Peter was using his trusty FT1000 driving his TL922 linear. He had recently acquired a new IC7300 SDR based transceiver, which he had used yesterday during our preparatory QSO. Peter kept this very neat new radio in the conservatory which gave him access to the bands without having to leave the domestic comfort to operate. So far Peter had found the receive performance and flexibility of this new rig quite remarkable, more so considering the cost.

He went on to say although it had been some time since he had sold his Austin 7 he still had several spares that John (G3FNZ) may find useful.

As the clock registered 14.52 (GMT) Peter (G3PJB) announced his presence with a very effect 58/59 signal. Again the propagation was apparently only one way! Peter stated that he was losing my transmissions in deep troughs of QSB. The distance between us was obviously a major factor (and his local QRM). I reluctantly increased my output to 200w in an effort to compensate for this QSB.

Peter told the group that next Thursday (13/10) he will have completed his 84th orbit round our nearest star. Congratulations and many happy returns from all the Clifton Peter!

Frank (G3WMR) now remerged from the background hiss with greater degree of clarity, albeit his signal strength was not the strongest. Frank had changed his 12v supply cable to the rig. He had noted that on other QSOs he had received reports of distorted audio; he strongly suspected corrosion to the in-line fuse holders. This change had certainly rectified the poor audio quality.

Mark (G0GQT) told the group that he had been involved in the weekday activity contests on 2m, 70cms and 6m at present he held 30th position on 2m and 22nd on 70cms. Mark had achieved ‘runner-up’ in the “Sweeper Section” of the RSGB VHF Field Day. Having only just been missed the top score by a few points. Well done that man!

For those like me, who were unaware of the “Sweeper Section” in the VHF field day, Mark explained it is designed to encourage fixed stations enter the contest. However, they are not allowed to call CQ, only work those stations calling CQ. Quite an interesting concept as it should increase the number of likely contacts for the ‘portable’ stations in the field as well as stimulating involvement by those who are for whatever reason unable to operate as portable.

Mark went on to tell the group that in 2017 he was looking at working some meteor scatter as well planning another DX expedition following his highly successful activation on the Isle of Lundy earlier this year.

John (G3OGE) stated that he had employed the services of an antenna installation company to fix his 2m co-linear to his chimney; they also deployed his 42m wire antenna (approx. ½ wave on 80m). He was rather surprised when these contractors stated that they would not be coming back as they were unhappy to work at these excessive heights? Er, can’t get the staff!

Peter (G3RQZ) recalled the only contest that he entered as an individual was on 3cms when the tuning tolerances were up to 50 MHz and the QSO were usually pre-booked by telephone. He went on to tell the group that he has need of a tree surgeon as the over the past decade the trees adjacent to his mast had grown to such an extent they prevented the lowering and rotation of his mast mounted antennas.

My transmission although clearly received throughout by Peter (G3RQZ) and John (G3OGE), others in the group had struggled against heavy QSB. As time progressed towards 15.30 Hrs my signals became strong enough to overcome the local noise suffered by Peter (G3PJB), Frank (G3WMR) and Mark (G0GQT).

Local noise is the bane of amateur radio operators especially the lower bands of 40m, 80m and top-band, and more so if your QTH is in an urban or suburban environment. If you suffer from this plague you have my deepest sympathy. During the past weeks on 60m local QRM has been a recurring topic, from which I deduce that there are two ways to live with this nuisance. The first is to use internet technology to “receive” via the Hack Green SDR. The purists may not like this, but a continuing S9 hash has driven many to despair, forcing them to abandon the hobby.

Others have adopted the second method of having a separate receive antenna. This is normally a small (magnetic) loop, one or two meters in diameter. These loops need not necessarily very high and can be indoors. The directional characteristics of these loops give the ability to null out noise from a particular source, also these antenna are very much less vulnerable to spurious ‘electrical mush’.  Magnet loops require re-tuning about every 35/45 KHz when used to transmit. However are much more tolerant on receive with a useable bandwidth of 150+ KHz. Only requiring one retune to cover all the SSB allocation on 80m. These receiving loop are easily constructed from 10.3 mm coax or surplus wire. There many simple designs on the internet but they all require a fairly good variable capacitor (ex-broadcast receiver). It does not have to be wide spaced as there are no high transmit voltages. A few years ago I constructed a 1mtr dia. mag-loop from UR67 it tuned 15m through to 40m and could be made work on 80m by switching a 1000pf across the 500pf VC. Did it work?

Yes extremely well! I recall listening to a VK6 working into KH7 on 20m, the loop was leaning against an internal wall of a ground floor room in my late mother-in-law’s flat. In the same situation a short loaded wire antenna had resulted in S7 to S8 of QRM.

All you need is about 3 or 4mtr of UR67 and variable capacitor some wooden dowel rods to make a frame, a slow motion or low gearing method to ease tuning. And here comes low noise reception!

Most modern receivers have so much gain an antenna with a lower efficiency can be an advantage.

Interestingly while writing this summary I came across an article on the advantages of loop antennas in ‘The RSGB Antenna Collection’ (1991edition) p.106 written by John (G3FNZ). A jolly interesting read John!

Ironically John (G3FNZ) had signed out of the net at 14.52 due to levels of local QRM obliterating the incoming signals.

We concluded the net with Peter (G3PJB) telling the group that he was looking forward to testing his newly acquired SDR ‘Play’ unit that will turn his computer in a sophisticated all band all mode receiver. This will happen once he has deciphered the 80page on line manual.

Oh Golly! Peter I wish you luck!

Prior to the net I received apologies from Brian (G3OYU) who had recently undergone surgery to restore his hearing and was awaiting further treatment at the end of October. He sends his best regards and hopes to be on November’s net. Brian OM, please accept our best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Following the net I received the following from Ian (G0PDZ) who had been unavoidably detained on RNLI duties as described below:

Apologies for missing the net on Sunday. I was out on a lifeboat on an extended passage exercise to test some new crew & a member who wants to be signed off as a navigator. We took a relief boat from Ramsgate along the north Kent coast up the Swale, at low water, out into the Medway & back. Nudging our way up what was little more than a stream with centimetres under the keel was real fun & something very different for the crew more used to operating out in the Thames Estuary or English Channel.

Ian went on say he now has long pole on the side of his QTH which support a co-linear for 6m,2m and 70cms also a 5.8GHz dish that uses Ian’s internet connection facilitate ‘echo-link’ on  local 70cms repeater (GB3EK). HF wire antennas had been temporarily removed and await a new more permanent mast at the rear of the premises. All being well, Ian hopes to be on November’s CC Net.

Many thanks to all who made the effort and struggled against the less than excellent conditions that prevailed on 80m.

To avoid Remembrance Sunday on 13th November the next Clifton Country Club Net is scheduled for Sunday 6th November at 15.00hrs GMT hopefully on 3.690 MHz however depending on conditions we may opt for 7.125 MHz the frequency will be confirmed nearer the time.

Catch you on the wireless!

Especially if you happen to be lurking round 5.262 MHz the 60m QRP allocation.

73 es 88s de Tony es Suzanne.

Clifton Country Club Net Sunday 9th October 2016

Tony sends through his latest heads-up regarding the next Clifton Country Club Net.


Whatho Gang!

The first Clifton Country Club of the new season is scheduled for this coming Sunday 9th October  but unfortunately after nearly four months since the last CC Net we  still appear to be between a rock and hard place! As the state of propagation on either 40m or 80m does not bode well for inter-G communication during daylight hours.

During the afternoons on 40m I have not heard any UK stations directly, only mid Europeans working back to G-land.  Equally on 80m I have only heard the occasional inter-G contact. Although poor, conditions appear to improve in the late afternoon. To test conditions I have made a few QRP SSB contacts on 80m around 3.30pm.

With this in mind I suggest that we start the Clifton CC net at 3.30pm (local) this coming Sunday on or near 3.690Mhz.

I look forward to hearing what has been happening over the summer in your neck of the woods.

Catch you on the wireless!

73 de Tony es Suzanne.

(Also circulated via the G3GHN reflector)

The G-QRP Club Mini-convention

The G-QRP Club Mini-convention – (In conjunction with the Halifax Radio Society)

The G-QRP club has informed us of some exciting news that they will be holding a mini-convention on Saturday 22 October 2016 at The Rishworth School – HX6 4QA which can be found on the A672 from junction 22 of the M62.

The G-QRP mini convention will feature

Traders, large social area, bring & buy, components, kit traders

Food & drink all day, with the famous pie & peas at lunchtime

Lectures – this year:

Roy Llewellyn W7EL – a talk on antenna topics with Q & A

Rex Harper W1REX – home construction – QRP on the kitchen table

George Dobbs G3RJV will wind up this, our last mini-convention, here in Rishworth

The  G-QRP mini convention will open the doors at 10.00am, with admission costing £3.50p

For more information please contact the G-QRP club directly at g3mfj@gqrp.co.uk

G3MGQ’s Month on the Air – October 2016

Phil, G3MGQ has sent through his ‘Month on the Air’ for October 2016 which contains lots of DX information including the big contests to look out for and those to possibly avoid! Enjoy the October edition of Month on the Air.

BSARS and HERC to hold Foundation Licence Training Course

The Hastings Electronics & Radio Club and Brede Steam Amateur Radio Society are pleased to announce that they are holding a weekend course for the Foundation Amateur Radio Licence on 29/30 October at the Brede Scout Hall.

Prospective candidates should contact Steve Stewart on 01424 720815 or 07581 305310 as soon as possible, as enrolment with the exam fee of £27.50 must be completed by 30th September. There will be no charge for tuition but a £5 contribution for the use of the hall will be required on the day.

G3MGQ’s Month on the Air – September 2016

Phil, G3MGQ has sent through his ‘Month on the Air’ for September 2016 which contains lots of DX information including the big contests to look out for and those to possibly avoid! Enjoy the September edition of Month on the Air.

On air and chat night – Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup Award

On air and chat night – Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup Award

The evening was well attended by regulars of the Taplin Centre’s meetings who enjoyed a good chin-wag as CW operators Mike G0JHK and Richard G0ILN operated on the HF rig, shown below.

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Mike G0JHK on the key with Richard G0ILN and Rob M0LYD having a chat with Peter G0FUU in the background canteen area.

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Agnes receiving the Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup for 2016 from Margaret Gaye, on behalf of John Heyes G3BDQ.

About halfway through the evening, the award of the Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup took place. The first years winner of the cup was Phil G3MGQ at the WGMC field day contest which took place at Fairlight Park in 2015.

This year, it was pleasing to see that one of the clubs longest standing members and author of amateur radio articles was recognised for this  prestigious award.  The Cup was donated by Margaret, Wilf’s widow who kindly presented it to Agnes Sharif 2E0MEU, HERC committee member, who received the WGMC on behalf of 2016’s winner, John Heys G3BDQ for his life long contribution to amateur radio. It goes without saying that John Heys is both a highly respected member of the club and active amateur, as much as a notable and well  read author of many amateur radio articles which have been published in countless newsletters and magazines including regular items in the clubs own Vital Spark newsletter. The club wishes to congratulate John Heys for winning the WGMC this year.

John Hey’s was sadly unable to attend and recieve the WGMC trophy in person, but was able to provide the club with a letter which was read to the club members present by Agnes.

John Elgar-Whinney, now sporting a rather nifty badge bearing his new callsign brought along an interesting item with him pictured below which really foxed most of us.

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Unusual to say the least! Four Morse Code sending rods on the table, the band spacing on the rods did not reveal the answer straight away!

It took some head scratching and tea drinking to get close to what the item was. The rods in the box are indeed used for sending Morse, note the ‘dit and dah bands’ on the rods, the sending of which was achieved by the use of a metallic fork which was drawn down the rod. Of course one would hope that the senders speed and hand was steady, and that the ‘messaging rods’ had been placed in the correct order prior to transmission! Quite a unique piece that made us smile. Thanks to John Elgar-Whinney for bringing this interesting item along to the club for us to view.

During the evening, Alan showed off a packed album full of self-taken photographs which was packed with interesting items. Alan is known within the club as being an avid photographer and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to take a look as his work. Alan spent some time explaining his self made Proton Magnetometer, a device which he designed and built back in the 1980’s, when commercially made models cost over £80,000. The device was used to help fisherman locate shoals of fish and could easily be used to detect shipwrecks submerged beneath water. The magnetometer took Alan three years to design, construct and test before use, during which time a great deal of time was spent ironing out the bugs and finding ingenious ways to get the magnetometer to function.

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Alan presents his Proton Magnetometer along with a large selection of his ‘photographs of all things’.

The evening concluded at around 9.30pm, and as usual, was an enjoyable club meeting.

 

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