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