Construction Evening and WGMC – August 23rd 2017

It was nice to have such a solid turnout of members at the Taplin Centre for the Construction Evening this year, with the evening starting as usual at 7.30pm in the club room.

Entries made in the competion were as follows.  Alan, with his transducer based light detector – item A. Steve G4FYF with 3 entries a digital frequency counter (item B) and a signal generator (item C) and an attenuator (item D). Steve also kindly brought along an item of interest, a QRP rig based on a BitX board. There was an entry from DK1HE, a QRP power amplifier – item E. Richard G0ILN brought along a homebrew 1:1 Balun, item F, and finally Graham G6MAR presented his portable APRS unit, item G.

Images of the entrants items are listed below.

Alans transducer based light detector.

Alans transducer based light detector.

Steve (G4FYF) - A digital frequency counter.

Steve (G4FYF) – Digital frequency counter.

Steve (G4FYF) – Signal generator.

Steve (G4FYF) - Attenuator.

Steve (G4FYF) – Attenuator.


Entry from DK1HE, a QRP power amplifier.

Richard G0ILN - Balun 1:1.

Richard G0ILN – Balun 1:1.


Graham G6MAR, portable APRS unit.

Members getting ready to cast their votes on the construction entries.

Members getting ready to cast their votes on the construction entries.

After the votes were cast, Peter G0FUU announced the scores and the winner as follows.

1st place – Graham G6MAR with his excellent portable APRS unit.
Joint 2nd/3rd – Alan with his transducer based light detector and Richard G0ILN with his 1:1 Balun. Congratulations to Graham for winning this years HERC Constructors Cup, and well done to all those who entered. The scoring was very close indeed with just two points seperating joint 2nd and 3rd from 4th and 5th place.

Graham G6MAR receiving the Constructors Cup from Wilf's widow Margaret.

Graham G6MAR receiving the Constructors Cup from Wilf’s widow Margaret.

Winner of the 2017 Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup

Richard G0ILN receiving the 2017 Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup from Margaret, the late chairman's widow.

Richard G0ILN receiving the 2017 Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup from Margaret, the late chairman’s widow.

Thanks to all members who took part in the construction evening, they were all cracking entries and no doubt next years event will be just as much fun!

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