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Monthly archives for August, 2013
Once again Brede Steam Amateur Radio Society (BSARS) took part in the Lighthouse activation weekend and put UK0059 (New) and UK0060 (Old) Lighthouses on the air.
The club set up their 3 element tribander, covering 10, 15 and 20 meters, on top of the trailer/mast and a full size G5RV was attached to the top of the mast for the other bands.
This was all set up on the Friday at Dungeness lifeboat station and their website can be found at www.dungenesslifeboat.org.uk
The RNLI at Dungeness allow the club to set up their equipment in the office at the back and the trailer/mast on the hard standing. The crew are very welcoming and have accommodated the club for the past 5 years.
A few contacts were made on the Friday just to make sure all the equipment was working in readiness for the event.
On the Saturday the day started well and we finished with 150 contacts logged.
Unfortunately, the bands were not in our favour, and nor was the wind and the mast had to be lowered as the strain on the mast was too great which was lifting the back steady wheel off the ground.
On the Sunday again the sun shone and the wind was still very strong so the mast was not erected to its fullest height. Contacts were few and far between as the bands were still not in our favour, but the members of the club persisted and finally a total of 270 contacts were made overall.
The total number of lighthouses/ships was 59. Total countries contacted were 42 including 1 Oil Rig in Singapore the operator was on look out for ships at the time.
The club wish to thank all the people who contacted the station during the weekend and hope to see you all next year.
The only down side of the weekend was that the trailer had a blowout on the way home but this was soon fixed with the spare and we were soon on our way again.
BSARS members would like to thank the RNLI at Dungeness for their hospitality again and look forward to next year’s event.
For more information on the BSARS club please see http://www.bsars.co.uk or email email@example.com
Article by Steve M0SSR (BSARS).
Pictures of the Lighthouse weekend by Steve 2E0GHX.
(Click the “i” in the top left corner of the image gallery to view the images caption text).
A highly enjoyable weekend was had by all at the Dungeness Lifeboat station where members of the Hastings Electronics and Radio Club and BSARS (Brede Steam Amateurs Radio Society) operated using a special event callsign.
Several local amateurs and their partners visited the station, some of whom operated at the special event station giving the hardcore operators a much needed rest from time to time!
Since the weekend, Steve (M0SSR) of BSARS has kindly offered to provide a report of the event which will be featured here in a few days time.
Rob M0LYD has been very busy lately organising the construction of a new 400w manual ATU for the clubs use over the last few weeks and with the input of fellow club members the design is now in the final decision making stages with regards to the components.
The club has been working together on it’s own Yahoo Group to bring this project to life with design suggestions and component donations. Once finalised and built over the forthcoming weeks, the new manual ATU will be put to work at the Taplin Centre using it’s HF antenna setup which was installed some time ago as well as the clubs outdoor events.
Following this project which is involving many of the clubs members, there is the possibility that the design and construction of a club owned automatic ATU will take place as well.
HERC has a wealth of experience on tap from long-term amateur radio constructors and looks to be the beginning of an exciting time at the club encouraging newer members to participate as well as design and build their own projects.
A word of thanks goes to Rob M0LYD for pushing the project forward and doing a great job of organising the ATU build.
2014 looks like an interesting and busy year at the Hastings Electronics and Radio club. The first copy of the 2014 diary has just been uploaded to provide an up to date view of the clubs various meetings and events for the year ahead.
You can view the diary by hovering over the top menu item labelled Club Diary, or access it directly by going here.
The RSGB have recently released an update to the band plan recently with some items of interest. There have been changes made to U.K. based HF usage in the 5mhz band plan and is being kept under review for the time being.
Changes have also been made following recent IARU Region 1 meetings which are targetted at the realignment of Echolink and Digital voice gateways in the 2m and 6m bands.
According to the RSGB there will be more details made available about these band plan changes in the next issue of Radcom.
Phil, G3MGQ has organised an event day at the H.M.S. Belfast where club members who are attending will be given a tour and the opportunity to operate in the ships own radio room.
Robert Beck, M0LYD has just made a post about the event on the HERC Yahoo group and requested that members who are attending should contact Phil to discuss whether they wish to operate in the Belfast’s radio room on the day.