RSGB Regional Winner (Region 3 Large Clubs) Club of the Year 2015, 2016 and 2017
We are having an open day at Walthew House in Stockport on 28 July 2018. Please see the flyer below and feel free to come along – 10am to 4pm.
See you all there
SRS Society Meeting Tuesday 17 July – Evaluating HF Antenna Performance (16.07.18)
There is perhaps no one better to give a presentation on this topic than Richard Newstead G3CWI: he’s an SRS member and CEO of Macc-based SOTABEAMS, which manufacturers – among other useful ham radio items – a suite of HF wire antennas designed chiefly for portable (e.g. SOTA) operation. Should be interesting and informative. Also, Morse practice from 7pm.
73 Evan M0TJU
Friday Nets 2pm Re-instated (13.07.18)
You a quick note to let you know that the Friday nets have been been re-instated. Neil M6NAE will be in the chair, from 2pm on Fridays. Neil will put the notice out to the membership to confirm what frequency and the topic for discussion. The diary of events will be updated shortly.
Tuesday 10 July – 6m Net – 2E0CKA in the Chair (09.07.18)
Just to reminder you all that the 6m net will take place at 7.30pm tonight on 51.550. I will be running the net in Alan G0ROW’s absence. Looking forward to speaking to you all tonight.
Busy Weekend Ahead at SRS – July 7 SRS Rally & July 8 AVRO Heritage Park Special Events Station – see the posters below (04.07.18)
Come along and have a browse at the Rally, and/or visit us at Avro.
Special Events Station at Transport and Aviation Festival Runway Visitors Park – Manchester Airport June 30, July 1, 2018 (02.07.18)
Thank you to all members who attended or contacted the team on the radio to show your support to the events team. Thank you to those members who assisted over the two day event under extreme heat and noise and smoke. Yes smoke from a miniature steam railway. Being so close to the taxiway, for departures on 05 left, meant that the team were drowned out by the noise from the jet engines as they passed. After being moved three times on the Saturday morning, all went well until the strong winds in the afternoon. Sunday was a much better calmer day wind wise. 2 Meter contacts were extremely good, HF not so good. Plenty of people passing by and stopping off for a chat, including other club members.
See you all again at the AVRO HERITAGE MUSEUM event Sunday 8 July.
PS don’t forget SRS Rally Satuday 7 July.
73, Tony M0SAV
SRS Meeting Night (Tuesday, 3 July): Radio Night (01.07.18)
If you prefer a dose of radio instead of World Cup football, come along to the SRS meeting tomorrow night. This will be a Radio Night, when we will be getting at least one station on the air to make some contacts around Europe and – hopefully – beyond.
High summer is synonymous with ‘Sporadic E’, the atmospheric phenomenon that can facilitate skip on frequencies as high as 144MHz, so we will see if we can get some action on the normally quiet 15-, 12- and 10-metre bands.
Although the first Tuesday of the month is usually reserved for talks, July’s presentation night will actually be on the 17th, when SRS member and SOTABeams owner Richard Newstead (G3CWI) will give the presentation: ‘Evaluating HF Antenna Performance’.
Don’t forget Morse practice, at the usual time of 7pm. 73 Evan M0TJU
Special Events Station at Transport and Aviation Festival Runway Visitors Park – Manchester Airport (25.06.18)
Come and join us for two days of fun.
Come and run the nets, see who comes back to you.
Everyone is welcome
INVITATION….Skills Night Tues 26th June….psk31 interface etc…… (24.06.18)
It’s the 4th Tues of the month once again and that means skills night at Walthew House, so do come along with soldering irons etc and enjoy a bit of practical work. The plan is that we continue with the datamode interface. I have a number of kits and these will be available on the night.
I’ve now completed my own interface and have it housed in a die-cast aluminium box measuring approx. 110mm(L) x 58mm(W) x 31mm(D). I’ll have it with me on Tues night for people to look at. After a quick check on the internet, I found suitably sized boxes on ebay for around £7. Connection from the interface to the laptop sound card is comparatively easy as cheap audio cabling fitted with standard 3.5mm stereo plugs are used, going to the mike and earphone sockets.
However, connection between the interface and the transceiver is a bit trickier, as this will depend on a) the make of set you intend to use for data reception/transmission and b) on whether your set is fitted with a “Packet” socket at the rear. If it isn’t then the transceiver mike socket at the front can be used. As set manufacturers tend not to use the same connection arrangements, I suggest anyone planning to proceed with the interface project brings the set itself or its handbook in so the correct connection method can be established.
I’d also like to remind constructors that we still hold a number of unclaimed superheterodyne kits in the store awaiting collection.
Looking forward to seeing you. Tom M0DCG
SRS Contest Group comes 2nd in the Low Power Assisted Portable Section of the RSGB NFD 2018 (20.06.18)
News just in – the SRS Contest Group has come 2nd in the RSGB NFD Low Power Assisted Portable Section – well done to all that took part.
SRS Meeting this Tuesday (19 June): Radio Night (18.06.18)
The focus of Tuesday night’s operating will be the HF digital modes, especially RTTY, PSK31 and PSK63. Some of the time, however, will be devoted to entering relevant ‘macros’ (pre-programmed messages) into Logger32 – a process that those new to digimodes (and new to amateur radio, generally) may wish to take note of.
Also, Morse practice will be at 7pm, as usual.
Hope to see you there. 73 Evan M0TJU
Congratulations to the following members who have just got their M6 callsigns.
Craig M60KV, Lee M6OLK, Paul M6OKG
Congratulations and we look forward to hearing you on one of the club nets.
Please come and join us at the Marple Forces Club, Lime Kiln Lane, Marple. We will have both HF and 2m stations set up.
Come and have a good on air. Bring your licence, if you are a non SRS members.
Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
SRS Meeting 5 June : Another Look at Contest Logging Software
Sorry for the confusion. Yes, Logging Software is indeed the topic of tomorrow night’s meeting and, yes, a surplus equipment sale was originally proposed for the June society night…
Although we had a brief talk about programmes for logging contacts on a radio night some months back, tomorrow night we’ll be discussing in more detail how to make use of computerised logging in order to enhance your station’s operation. This meeting is really meant to be a discussion rather than the usual ‘chalk ‘n’ talk’ presentation: I will introduce the session by detailing AALog, the simple logging app that I’ve used for nearly the whole time I’ve been licenced. For those who use other software (e.g. WriteLog, Logger32 and Ham Radio Deluxe), please feel welcome to chime in and let the audience know what makes you prefer those applications over others.
And don’t forget: Morse practice at 7pm.
73 Evan M0TJU
End of month 2m Net – Wednesday 30 May 2018 (29.05.18)
Just to reminder you that there is a 2m net tonight on 145.375 +/- starting at 7.30pm. In the chair will be Nigel 2E0CKA using his own callsign.
All members are welcome to call in. Don’t forget this nets all go towards you sapphire awards and centenary awards.
73s Heather – M6HNS
5 June SRS Meeting – Logging Software (28.05.18)
An atypical five-Tuesday month means that there will be no SRS on Tuesday 29 May 2018.
On the following Tuesday, 5 June, we will be demonstrating contest logging software and explaining why we use it and how we use it. This follows on from a brief demo of the Logger32 application that was given on a radio night earlier in the year.
Morse practice will also be on 7pm on 5 June.
73 Evan M0TJU
SRS Trip to Bletchley Park on May 19, 2018 (21.05.18)
Hi All – Please see the link below for the images from Bletchley Park. https://1drv.ms/f/s!AkeMMU0BmPiUowHyTbGzcrXaOU5Z
Heather Stanley – M6HNS
Friday Nets on 70cm/2m – Cancelled (21.05.18)
It has been decided that the weekly Friday afternoon nets from today have now been suspended until further notice. This will be reviewed later in the year as will all the nets that are run on behalf of Stockport Radio Society.
Kind regards AL G0ROW Net Manager
PLEASE NOTE – JB Room Walthew House / Signing in and Out (16.05.18)
No member is to enter Walthew House unless a Stockport Radio Society Committee member key holder is present. The Signing in book Must Be AVAILABLE as a FIRST Priority.
ALL MEMBERS including VISITORS MUST sign IN on arrival to the JB room. ALL MEMBERS including VISITORS MUST sign OUT on vacating the premises. These are Walthew House Fire Regulations and must be adhered to at all times.
There are still members omitting to follow the above. Remember in case of fire it is the nominated committee member key holders responsibility to make sure all SRS members have vacated the premises, and do a roll call in accordance with the register. So if you have not signed IN or signed OUT you could jeopardise your own safety.
Stockport Radio Society Meeting 15 May- Radio Night; Demo of FT8 digital mode (12.05.18)
Nigel 2E0NGE will be firing up one of the stations in order to demonstrate the digimode that is taking the bands by storm: FT8. Also, we may make contact with our members John and Elaine, operating as GB5BOH from the remote Scottish island of Barra. Morse practice will be at 7pm, as normal.
Hope to see you there. 73 Evan M0TJU
Thursday 2m Net – 10 May 2018 – 7.30pm (08.05.18)
M0SAV Tony will be running the Thursday 2 metre net on 145.375 at 19.30 local time. Callsign in use will be G3LX
7.25pm – 145.375 is occupied please QSY to 145.500 call sign will be G3LX – 2 Meter net on 145.525. Call sign G3LX
UPDATE – Members on the net were – 2E0NGE Nigel. M6URD Jim, M0OGG Chris, 2E0JPY Keith, M6HNS Heather, 2E0CKA Nigel, 2E0CFM Ed, G8HCB Chris, M0CPP Robert, M0TJU/P Evan, G0RXA Nigel, M6NAE Neil, M1PTR Peter, M6MZV Tony and G3LX
Tuesday 6m Net – 8 May 2018 – 7.30pm (07.05.18)
Dear members I will be running a net on 51.550MHz +/- QRM in the 6m band at 19.30 local time on Tuesday 8th May 2018 call sign G3LX
All welcome. – Kind regards AL G0ROW
UPDATE – Members on the net were – Les M0LPB, Tony M0SAV, Keith 2E0JPY, Bob M0CPP, Heth M6HNS, Evan M0TJU, Nige 2E0CKA, Jim M6URD, and Nige G0RXA
Friday Net 3 May (03.05.18)
If you get chance please come and join the net today on:- 2m Net 145.375 +/- Callsign in use M5MDX May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
73’s and talk soon Les – M0LPB
UPDATE – Members on the net were – Alan M6KOY, Tony M0SAV, Keith 2E0JPY, Paddy 2E0TWD and myself Les using the callsign M5MDX
SRS Meeting 1 May ‘How To Use a Microphone Correctly’ (30.04.18)
Using a microphone is simple, isn’t it? Just hold it up to your mouth and talk, sing, whatever. Not quite. Getting the best results involves the careful setting up of the mic, as Roland Myers G8LUL, an experienced musician as well as radio amateur, will demonstrate with live studio equipment. Expect an illuminating – and entertaining – presentation. Morse practice will be at 7pm, as usual.
Hope to see you there. 73 Evan M0TJU
New just received from the RSGB Facebook page
The Society (RSGB) has received one nomination for President and so is pleased to announce that Dave Wilson, M0OBW has been duly elected as President of the RSGB until the 2020 AGM. The Society would like to place on record its thanks to Nick Henwood G3RWF for the excellent work he has done during his term as President. Dave’s term of office will start on 12 May.
On behalf of the SRS Committee and all members, we wish Dave all the very best in his new position with the RSGB
We have just been informed by the Norbreck that the hotel car park is now controlled by a 3rd party company called Smart Parking. They have installed ANPR cameras on all entrances and exits. As you can see from the attached you can have 15 minutes free parking but if you want to park for, say, 6 hours, the cost is £7.
It is not all gloom and doom as all hotel guests, traders and exhibitors can park for free. We will have to supply a list of registration numbers to the hotel so that those vehicles are exempt from charges. So it is important that all LEGITIMATE club members register their vehicle (we will do this on the NARSA stand) otherwise they will have to pay or, worse still, they will receive a penalty notice in the post!
As you can imagine we are not happy with this situation but at this late stage there is little we can do!!! Note that the system only recently went live (it was not in force when we visited the hotel 3 weeks ago).
**** PLEASE WARN ALL YOUR CLUB MEMBERS ****
73s – Chris
P.S. Hopefully this will mean that the car park will be empty but the streets surrounding the hotel are likely to fill up very quickly.
The NARSA team are all packed and ready for Sunday. Please come and say hi on Sunday. We have items on the stand from ‘the old valves’ to ‘small kits for you to guess what they are’. Below is the room map. If you need to see who is going to be there, please go the website www.narsa.org.uk and click on the relevant tab.
Stockport Radio Society FRIDAYS NET 70CM 433.525 2PM (25.04.18)
Good Evening All – Neil M6NAE will be standing in for Les M0LPB on the Friday’s 70cm net at 2pm on 433.525. Neil will be using his own callsign M6NAE. This Friday’s subject ham radio rally’s you have been to. and your best purchases..
Speak to you all on Friday afternoon – 7.3 Neil M6NAE
Stockport Radio Society 2m Net Wednesday 25 April 7.30pm (25.04.18)
Afternoon All – Just to let you know that Nigel 2E0CKA will be running the 2m net tonight at 7.30pm using his own callsign on 145.375 +/-.
Give us a shout, and don’t forget all the QSO’s you make go forward to your Sapphire awards and also the centenary awards.
73 Heth – M6HNS
Skills Night…. bring in your “bits and bobs Tuesday 24 April (23.04.18)
It’s Skills Night again and we’ll be continuing with the psk31 interface project. Hopefully I’ll have mine up and running to give those interested an idea of what’s needed in the way of connections between individual transceivers and laptops. See you there.
Also, if you have any unfinished projects, eg the superhet kit…do bring it in if you need a bit of help setting it up. More than likely there will be someone around willing to offer a bit of help.
Cheers, Tom M0DCG
….and don’t forget the Morse practice at the usual time: 7pm.
73 – Evan M0TJU
RSGB Regional 3 Winners – Large Club of the Year 2017 (21.04.18)
I am pleased to announce that at the recent RSGB AGM, Stockport Radio Society were named Region 3 Large club of the year 2017 for the third year running.
Congratulations to all at SRS, and a big thanks you to all those that assisted with the application.
DXpedition to Saltee Island (17.04.17)
Talk Night – What Digital Interface Should I Buy (16.04.18)
If you’re looking at getting into the HF digital modes (PSK, RTTY, FT8, etc.) – or you want to enhance your digimode operating performance -come along and find out what type of PC-radio interface suits you best. Morse practice will be at 7pm, as normal.
Hope to see you tonight. 73 Evan M0TJU
SRS Special Events 2018 (12.04.18)
|Stockport Radio Society|
|Special Events 2018|
|June 16, 2018||Marple Carnival||Marple Forces Club, Lime Kiln Lane, Stockport SK6 6BX||All Day Event|
|June 30 – July 1, 2018||Transport and Aviation Festival||Runway Visitors Park, Sunbank Lane, Altrincham WA15 8XQ||2 Day Event|
|July 8, 2018||Avro Air Festival||Woodford Aerodrome, Chester Road, Woodford, Stockport SK7 1AG||All Day Event|
|July 28, 2018||IOTA Contest contacting SRS Contest Group in Aaronmore and Open Day||Walthew House, Shaw Heath, Stockport, SK2 6QS||All Day Event|
Professor Peter Excell, Emeritus Professor of Communications at Wrexham Glyndwr University – The speaker will give a very personal view of the evolution of computing that he has experienced over the last 54 years. This will cover the development of mainframe computers, their general replacement by personal computers, excepting the continuing mainframe-like specialism of supercomputers, with which he has also had significantexperience. Beyond hardware, he will discuss changes in the philosophical approach to computing devices. In particular, he will discuss the rise of entertainment applications and the decline of “big government” applications, factors which have greatly coloured the post-cold war era. He will also discuss the way in which the mobile phone and its derivatives have risen to challenge the personal computer paradigms and will speculate about the future.
6m Net – Tuesday 10 April 2018 (08.04.18)
On Tuesday 10 April Alan G0ROW will be running a net in the 6m band at 19.30 local time on FM 51.550MHz +/- QRM,
l will be using my own call G0ROW, All members welcome, 73 AL
Update – Dear all a big thank you to all the members that joined the 6m net tonight M0CCP 2E0JPY G8WPL M0LPB 2E0CFM M6HNS M0SAV 2E0NGE EX M6YKK old my old mate G0RXA see you all soon,
Best 73 AL G0ROW
SRS Meeting Tuesday, 3 April: Radio Night (02.04.18)
Hope you’ve had a great Easter.
Just letting you know that, owing to the long weekend, tomorrow’s meeting will be a Radio Night. (Morse practice will be on, as normal, at 7pm.) We are expecting to make some contacts on the 40m band (7MHz) using various modes. Those who have been on the HF bands over the Easter Weekend would have noticed the smooth conditions on the lower bands, owing to stability in Earth’s geomagnetic environment – a state that is expected to continue over the next couple of days.
This month’s presentation night will be in a fortnight’s time, on 17 April, when I’ll be offering my tips for determining what digital mode interface is right for you. (“What Digital Interface Should I Buy?”)
Hope to see you tomorrow night. 73 Evan M0TJU