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RSGB Regional Winner (Region 3 Large Clubs) Club of the Year 2015 and 2016

Talk Night Sept 5, 2017 –  Talk on Ardunio and Uses in Radio Applications

We have just had confirmation that the following talk will take place – This is one not to miss

Pete M1PTR with assistance from Pete M0PTB and Phil M0XYA will be giving the above presentation This will cover background and getting started with the Arduino, and include radio related application and practical demos from me, Pete M0PTB and Phil M0XYA. The audience will have the opportunity after the presentation for practical ‘hands on’ use of the Arduino Integrated Development Environment to try out their skills and further develop their knowledge of programming and development.  If any member wishes to bring their own Arduino project we would be happy to include it in the after presentation session.

Interest level: Beginner to Intermediate.

If there is a member interested in getting more info after this presentation then I  would consider doing a more advanced presentation next year or perhaps arranging a skills night session.

Radio Night and Morse Session Tuesday 15 August 2017 (12.08.17)

This Tuesday night we will fire up at least one of the IC7400 transceivers to work the digimodes (ie PSK, RTTY) on HF. I am keen to try out our new Digimaster Pro3 interface with the 7400, having had success with the device when plugged into an IC7000 and an FT857. The manual controls on Pro3 make it easy to set the correct drive levels – so important when using soundcard modes like PSK31/63.

The Morse practice session is on at 7pm, and I will be back from my three-week hiatus to host the session.

See you there.  73  Evan M0TJU

Perseid meteor shower tonight (12.08.17)

Sorry for the late posting, but this shower peaks tonight, and the best rate of sightings – and most ‘pings’ on the radio – will be between midnight and dawn.  For those ‘listening’ for meteors (really the transmissions of a ground station that are briefly reflected by meteor trails), tune in to 143.0485MHz USB, which is 1500Hz below the carrier frequency of France’s GRAVES satellite detection radar. A meteor reflection will sound like a mosquito buzzing past your ear; it’s more like a ‘zing’ than a ping.

Good luck.  Evan M0TJU

70cm Net Friday 11 August 2017 (11.08.17)

On Friday Neil M6NAE did the first 70cm SRS net.  This was very successful with the following members coming on.  The frequency was 433.525.  Dont forget the next net on Friday 18 August 2017.

M6PGO Jake,  M0LPB Les, 2E0CKA Nigel, M1FHM Alan, M6VBO Paddy, M0SAV Tony M0CPP Bob,  G0ROW Alan and M0OGG Chris.

 

Successful ARISS contact with YOTA 2017  (09.08.17)

Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA on ISS HamTV – Credit UHF Satcom

Young radio amateurs at the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event at Gilwell Park made contact with astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA on the International Space Station.

Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA

The first session took place when the ISS came above the horizon at 18:37 GMT (7:37 pm BST) on Tuesday, August 8. The HamTV Digital Amateur Television pictures on 2395 MHz were successfully received and participants were able to see Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA floating in the Columbus module of the ISS. Paolo was able to receive the transmission from YOTA station GB4YOTA but there seemed to be an issue with the 145.800 MHz Ericsson transceiver on the ISS and Paolo’s voice transmissions could not be heard.

The second session took place during the next orbital pass at 20:15 GMT (9:15 pm BST). For this session Paolo operated the amateur radio station (Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver) located in the Russian Service Module.

The transmission was heard loud and clear at Gilwell Park and the young radio amateurs were able to ask Paolo their questions.

The RSGB have shared the video of the event. Fast forward to 2:34:00 for the 145.800 MHz FM contact.

Watch theRSGB Live Stream

A list of the questions the YOTA participants asked is at
https://amsat-uk.org/2017/08/03/ariss-contact-yota-2017/

Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) 2017 http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/yota-2017/

Press Release YOTA 2017 Gilwell Park – PDF download here

You can listen to the ISS using an Online Radio – Select Frequency of 145800.0 kHz and Mode FM:
• SUWS WebSDR when ISS in range of London http://websdr.suws.org.uk/
• R4UAB WebSDR when ISS is over Russia http://websdr.r4uab.ru/
Check the ISS Fan Club site to see current status and when the ISS is in range http://issfanclub.com/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find a short Amateur Radio Foundation training course at https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

SRS Nets – August 2017 (06.08.17)

Tuesday 8th August start time 19.30 local – 6m Band FM on 51.550MHz +/-QRM Call sign G3LX.

​Thursday 10th August start time 19.30 local – 2m Band FM on 145.375MHz +/-QRM Call sign G8SRS

​Friday 11th August start time 14.00 local time –  70cm Band FM on 433.525 +/-QRM Call sign M6NAE   NEW

​Wednesday 30th August start time 19.30 local – 10m Band SSB on 28.460KHz +/- QRM Call sign G6UQ

Press reports ISS success of Chertsey Radio Club – Shared on behalf of AMSAT-UK (01.08.17)

International Space Station – Image Credit NASA

The Surrey press report radio amateurs at the Chertsey Radio Club received test transmissions by two satellites inside the International Space Station (ISS). The club also received ISS Slow Scan Television images.

On July 5, the Space Station sent greeting messages in Russian, English, Spanish and Chinese, which were picked up by club members. The messages were sent during test transmissions from two small educational Russian amateur radio satellites, known as Tanusha-1 and Tanusha-2. They will be deployed from the ISS during a spacewalk in August.

As part of the celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), the ISS sent a set of 12 images using slow scan television (SSTV). The transmissions took place over four days from July 20.

Chertsey Radio Club member James Preece M0JFP was able to receive the signal and convert them into images using a Raspberry Pi 3.

Read the article at
http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/surrey-radio-enthusiasts-make-contact-13396651

Chertsey Radio Club ISS SSTV on Raspberry Pi
http://chertseyradioclub.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/iss-sstv-decoded-on-raspberry-pi3.html
http://chertseyradioclub.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/iss-sstv-0058-uk-celebrating-20-years.html

Follow Chertsey Radio Club https://twitter.com/chertseyRC

Summer is a great time to get publicity for amateur radio
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2017/june/summer-is-a-great-time-to-get-publicity-for-ham-radio.htm

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find a short Amateur Radio Foundation training course at https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

Tuesday 1 August – Talk Night – Computers, Internet and Radios with Gareth Jackson (27.07.17)

Firstly My apologies for not being in attendance on Tuesday evening due to personal committments.  Al G0ROW will be standing in for me on the night.  Gareth Jackson will be giving a presentation on “Computers, Internet and Radios”  Gareth wrote the book on the operation of GB3PZ repeater some time ago.   I can assure you all it will be a worthwhile presentation.  The link below is an introduction to the evenings presentation.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=dd7235bd66&view=att&th=15d80d8068072620&attid=0.1&disp=safe&zw

Don’t forget to listen for EJ8KO  EU-121 PCG on behalf of SRS for the RSGB IOTA contest.

73  Tony M0SAV Chairman

 

AVRO Air Museum Event – August 6, 2017 (26.07.17)

SRS will be exhibiting at the above event on Sunday August 6.  The events team will be there (Evan M0TJU, Tony M0SAV, Heth M6HNS, Nige 2E0CKA, Phil M0XYA, Neil M6NAE and Nigel M6YKK) to set up and have a full running HF and VHF stations.  Come along and say hi or come and help set up or dismantle.  ALl help is greatly appreciated.  Look Forward to seeing you on August 6

10m Net – Wednesday 26 July 2017 (25.07.17)

Don G8WPL will be running the HF Net on 28.460mhz USB at 7.30pm  Callsign in use will be G8SRS.  Dont forget to log you QSO’s for the double sapphire award.

Silent Key – Wilf Johnson M0ABW (24.07.17)

News has come to Bernard G3SHF of the passing of Wilf M0ABW.  Wilf was a club member for many years and was active from Romiley on both HF and VHF.  Very sad to hear of his passing after a long illness.

Our thoughts go out to the family of Wilf

Skills Night 25 July 2017 (24.07.17)

There is no actual skills night on Tuesday 25 July, but we will have the shacks out and morse will be on.  There is no small soldering projects over the summer period due to holidays.

Morse Practice – 25 July & 1 August 2017 (24.07.17)

While I’m away on Arranmore for the next week or so, SRS member Jack Hewart has kindly offered to host the Morse practice sessions during that time, on both 25 July and 1 August.  Jack used to be an instructor of Morse.  Enjoy the session and see you next month.

73  –  Evan M0TJU

New Members to SRS (19.07.17)

I would like the following people to SRS – Alan Cook SWL, Derek G8NRU, Stuart M3UTJ, Lee Bartlett SWL, Les M0LPB, ALan M1FHM and Lee Storey SWL.  We hope you enjoy your time with SRS.

Radio Night Tuesday 18 July 2017 (17.07.17)

It will be a Radio Night tomorrow, and we hope to make some digimode and CW contacts around Europe using Logger 32 software. For some of the time we’ll be testing the setup that we’ll be using at the airport special event on the coming weekend.  Morse practice will take place as normal, from 7pm.

Hope to see you there.  73  Evan M0TJU  SRS Programme Co-ordinator

Transport and Aviation Weekend – Runway Visitors Centre Sat/Sun 22 & 23 July 2017 (17. 07.17)

One week to go!  Before the “Aviation Weekend” at Manchester Airports Runway Visitor Park – 22-23 July.

The Concorde Hangar will be full of Exhibitors / Traders for our giant Aviation Memorabilia Fair.

Some big names are attending this years event including the RAF,BAE Systems, Key Publishing, ARD Models, plus many individuals who are just having a “loft clearance” of their aviation treasures!

Entrance to the Hangar is free – Normal RVP Car Parking charges apply.

Concorde Hangar opens  10.00hrs til 17.00hrs each day.

AVRO Air Fair – 6 August 2017 (17.07.17)

On Sunday 6th August SRS will have a live station at the AVRO AIR FAIR Woodford Aerodrome Chester Road Woodford SK7 1QR.  It is hoped to have the Lancaster Bomber Radio Receiver R1155A working. This is on loan to the club from the museum. Our valve expert John 2E0GCX has spent many hours getting this unit working.  We have a special call sign for this event GB0AHM which will be used during the event.

Look on the museums web site for full details of the event  –  www.avroheritagemuseum.co.uk

And don’t forget Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 July at the Manchester Airport Visitor park. SRS will have live stations with the call sign GB0XWB  –  Hope to see you at one or both events. Support YOUR CLUB.   73  Tony  M0SAV Chairman

Stockport Radio Society Rally – July 8, 2017 – Images (09.07.17)

Please see below a link to the images taken yesterday at the Rally – thanks to Neil M6NAE and Ed 2E0CFM for taking the photos for me (I did bring the camera but didn’t get chance to do it myself).  https://1drv.ms/f/s!AkeMMU0BmPiUmXbELar3gIcqPWt1

Heth M6HNS Media Manager

Stockport Radio Society Rally – July 8, 2017 – Note from our Chair (09.07.17)

Thank you to all members who helped at our Rally Saturday, it is very much appreciated.  And to those members who came to browse or buy. We had been informed that a rumour was being spread that the rally had been cancelled, and that traders who normally supported ours had defected to LAM FEST who decided to have theirs on the same date.  We received a few calls on the bat-phone requesting confirmation so it confirms that something had been said.  Well not true, thank you to the traders who still support our rally, and travel quite a distance to do so. It is very much appreciated.  One even travelling from Australia.

We will be back next year, 2nd Saturday in July as usual.

Best Regards – Tony M0SAV  SRS Chairman

  • Extra comment from Heth M6HNS  -Can I add a thank you to Nigel G0RXA our rally organiser, and the Stewards for attended early to help the traders – Nigel 2E0CKA, Bob M6TMA, Neil M6NAE, Evan M0TJU and yourself.  Without Nigel organising and speaking to the traders, and our stewards helping the traders in and out with their goods, and keeping them happy, we would not have a successful rally like we have.  Can I also thank Roy G6RSU for manning the Walthew Stand – I am sure Walthew would thank you personally.  We had a lot of great comments coming from attendees coming through the door.  Well done to all.

 

SRS Nets week commencing July 10, 2017 (09.07.17)

Nets for month of July, the club call sign’s have been mixed on different bands for the Double Sapphire Award.  (Please read info on the rules – Double Sapphire Award)

​1st net Tuesday 11th July start time 19:30 local in the 6m Band FM 51.550 MHz +/- QRM in the chair Al using my own Call G0ROW.

​2nd net Thursday 13th July start time 19:30 local in the 2m Band FM 145.375 MHz +/- QRM in the chair Tony using the club call G3LX.

​3rd net Wednesday 26th July start time 19.30 local in the 10m Band USB 28.460 KHz +/- QRM in the chair Don using the call G8SRS,

Please give the guys a call,  all welcome

SRS Rally – Traffic Information from TFGM (04.07.17)

Saturday 8 July – Monday 10 July

Industrial Action on Northern rail services

The RMT union has announced three days of strikes, from Saturday 8 July to Monday 10 July, as part of an on-going dispute with Arriva Rail North, which runs train company Northern, over staffing and the role of conductors.

Arriva will announce its contingency plans closer to the date on its website www.northernrailway.co.uk. The company said it aims to keep passengers moving, but there will be a reduced service and trains will be busy.

SRS Meeting; Tuesday, 4 July; Presentation about ‘BYLARA’ (01.07.17)

You may have heard of it, seen its stands at our rally, NARSA or at the RSGB Convention, but probably know little about it. BYLARA is the acronym for the British Young Ladies’ Amateur Radio Association, and one of its well known members, Elaine Elliott 2E1BVS, will be along to give us a presentation on it.

Founded nearly 40 years ago, BYLARA seeks to further amateur radio operation by women (‘YLs’, or ‘young ladies’). Regular activity days and nets, participation at rallies and a quarterly newsletter all indicate a thriving group, as will be explained by Elaine.

Hope to see you there.   Morse practice will be held at the usual time: 7pm.

73 (and 88)  –  Evan M0TJU  SRS Programme Co-ordinator

SRS at Transport & Aviation Event at Runway Visitors Centre Manchester Airport (30.06.17)

 

On behalf of Evan, and his team, I would like to invite you all to the above event on July 22/23 at The Runway Visitors Centre at Manchester Airport.

The attached leaflet gives you more information about the event, and our special callsign.

We will also be raffling off a limited edition model of Singapore Airlines A350 Airbus.  This has been shown at the club, and there is a photograph attached of the model.

Look forward to seeing you there.

73s

 

Heather Stanley – M6HNS

Wednesday 28 June – 10m SRS Net (27.06.17)

Al G0ROW will be running a 10m net at 19.30 local time this evening on USB -28.460KHz  +/- QRM using the club call G6UQ,

Tuesday 27 June Presentation to Stephen 2E0ISB

We were very happy to present a trophy to Stephen 2E0ISB tonight for winning the construction trophy at Narsa.  Also, Stephen acquired his Silver Double Sapphire Award.  Well Done Stephen

Tuesday 27 June – Skllls Night (Burnt Fingers) (26.06.17)

Good Evening all

Skills night this month we will be building a simple waveform Generator I have 8 kits

Please bring your soldering irons

 

Monday 26 June Foundation Courses (26.06.17)

We still have a few spaces left on the foundation course which will take place in August.  If you know someone who maybe interested in taking the course, please contact John M0JFM on courses@g8srs.co.uk  

A small deposit will hold your place.

Many thanks

 

ARISS SSTV Commemorative Activity  (25.06.17)

by m5aka

ISS SSTV image 2 received by Mike Rupprecht DK3WN April 12, 2016 at 1556 UT

Special Slow Scan Television (SSTV) transmissions are expected to be made from the International Space Station on 145.800 MHz FM around the weekend of July 15.

In commemoration of their 20th anniversary, the ARISS team is planning to transmit a set of 12 SSTV images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over that time.

The ARISS SSTV Blog says:

While still to be scheduled, we anticipate the SSTV operation to occur around the weekend of July 15.  We are planning for at least a 2 day operation, but are working for a potential longer operation. Note that all of this tentative and may change based on crew scheduling and
ISS operations.

Starting with our first meeting in November 1996, our joint operations on Mir, becoming the first operational payload on ISS in November 2000 to our 1103rd school contact (so far), ARISS’ accomplishments have been tremendous. We have touched the lives of many and inspired and educated countless students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers.

Please stay tuned as more details on our SSTV event will be communicated in the coming weeks.  Please spread the word.  And think about how you can get students in your area involved in capturing these images.  We would love to hear your stories on how that goes.

73,  Frank KA3HDO

Radio Night Tuesday 20 June 2017 (19.06.17)

I hope you’re enjoying the warm weather – or surviving the heat wave, whichever way you look at it.

Tuesday night will be the monthly radio night, so we will be getting the rigs out to try our luck on the bands. The sporadic E season is in full swing, and I’d imagine some of you have been chalking up plenty of contacts on 10 and six metres in recent days. Let’s hope the conditions stay favourable for us tomorrow.  Morse practice will be at 7pm, as usual.

Hope to see you there.  73  Evan M0TJU

Tuesday 6 June Surplus sale Night (02.06.17)

Despite the JB Room being arranged for the surplus equipment sale, the Morse practice will be on at the normal time: 7pm.

There will be five tables with equipment for sale: two each for Nigel 2E0CKA and John M0JFM; one for Ray M1REK. (Attn sellers: Tony and Evan will be there to set up the tables from 6.30pm. All tables will have access to power sockets.)

Entry to the meeting for non-sellers will be £2, as normal.

SRS Club Nets for June 2017 (01.06.17) 

Nets for June will be slightly different this month due to club commitments,

​1st net will be on Tuesday 13  June on the 6m band start time 19:30 local time on FM- 51.550MHz until  20:15 and then QSY to USB 50.270MHz all frequencies +/- QRM  the net will be chaired by Don G8WPL, he will be using the club call M5MDX.

​2nd net will on Thursday 15 June in the 2m band start time 19.30 local on FM -145.375MHz +/-QRM and this will be chaired by Tony M0SAV using the club call G8SRS.

​3rd net will be on Wednesday 28 June in the 10m band start 19:30 local time on USB -28.460KHz +/-QRM and this will be chaired by Alan G0ROW using the club call G6UQ.

Wednesday 31 May 2017 – 10m SRS Net (29.05.17)

On Wednesday 31 May 2017, Don G8WPL will be running his monthly 10m net on 28.460mhz usb.  Start time 7.30pm  – all members and non members are welcome on the net.  Callsign in use will be M5MDX

WPX CW Contest – 27/28 May 2017 (25.05.17)

This coming weekend Stockport Radio Societies contesting arm, Peak Contest Group, are entering the WPX CW contest from their site at Common Barn Farm above Rainow.  The contest is a 48 hour event starting at midnight on Friday running through to Sunday night.  This last week has been spent building the antenna system and final testing took place today.  All members visiting over the weekend will be made most welcome and shown over the 2 station set-up and antenna systems.  While the weather forecast for tomorrow morning is not the best we are expecting Saturday afternoon and Sunday being fine.  Bernard G3SHF

Tuesday 15 May 2017 – SRS Radio Night (11.05.17)

Just letting you know that next Tuesday is an on-air night.  Although no particular mode is to be the focus of the operating, we hope to take advantage of the sporadic E propagation season and work some European stations on the higher HF bands.  Morse practice will be from 7 to 7:30pm.

Hope to see you there.  73  Evan M0TJU  SRS Programme Co-ordinator

Bletchley Park Trip – Saturday 20 May 2017 (11.05.17)

Just a reminder that the BP trip is this coming Saturday.  The coach will be leaving Walthew House at 0830.  The kitchen will be open from 0800 for tea and coffee, but please clean your cups after use.  The journey time is approximately 3 hours, there will be a comfort break along the way.

Don’t forget your RSGB vouchers to gain free entry,   otherwise it’s £17.75 entry fee, or £15.75 if over 60.  There is a cafe there or you can take a picnic lunch.

If you would like to operate GB2BP, then remember to take your license,  an advance telephone call or email would be required.  The coach will be leaving BP at 1530 with an ETA at Walthew House of 1830.

PLEASE PARK IN THE PUBLIC CAR PARK UNLESS YOU NEED TO PARK  IN A DISABLED SPOT.

My mobile number should there be any hiccups: 07801 929 728.      73 – Kieron  M5KJM

 

QB50 CubeSats to deploy from ISS  (10.05.17)

by m5aka

The first phase of QB50 CubeSats should be deployed from the International Space Station over three days May 16-18.

Built by student groups from 23 countries around the world the QB50 constellation aims to study the lower thermosphere 200-380 km above the Earth.

There are 28 QB50 CubeSats on the ISS awaiting deployment and it is understood that 11 will be deployed in this first phase. The beacons should be activated about 30 minutes after deployment.

The QB50 CubeSats have downlinks between 435.8 and 438 MHz and reports from radio amateurs are most welcome. Beacon data received can be uploaded to a dedicated QB50 webpage at
https://upload.qb50.eu/upload/

List of QB50 CubeSats with Beacon format and frequency information
https://upload.qb50.eu/listCubeSat/

QB50 project https://www.qb50.eu/
https://twitter.com/QB50Mission

On the deployment days radio amateurs and QB50 teams will be on the #CubeSat IRC channel. Join the deployment chat at http://irc.lc/freenode/cubesat

On June 19, 2014 two precursor QB50 CubeSats were launched, QB50p1 and QB50p2, which carried amateur radio transponders
https://amsat-uk.org/2014/06/19/successful-launch-of-amateur-radio-satellite-payloads/

Monthly SRS Nets – 6m FM, 2m FM & 10m USB (05.05.17)

​The 1st net will be on Tuesday 9 May on 6m FM at 19.30 hr local time on 51.550 MHz +/- QRM using the call G3LX.  In the chair will be  AL – G0ROW.

Please note the call G3LX/p will be on the air again, Saturday and Sunday 4/5th June for the RSGB National Field Day  run by the SRS contesting group Peak Contest Group / G5O.

The ​2nd net is on Thursday 11 May on 2m FM at 19.30 hr local time on 145.375 MHz +/- QRM using the call G8SRS.  In the chair will be Tony – M0SAV.

The ​3rd net is on Wednesday 31 May on 10m USB at 19.30 hr local time on 28.460 KHz +/- QRM using the call M5MDX.  In the chair will be Don – G8WPL.

Talk Night at SRS – Tuesday 2 May 2017 – Operating on the Microwave Bands (01.05.17)

After dealing with VHF/UHF in the last society meeting, tonight we’ll be going even further up the electromagnetic spectrum – to the GHz bands. Dave Yorke G4JLG from Bolton Wireless Society will explain operating on microwaves.   Morse practice at 7pm, as usual.

See you there.  73   Evan M0TJU Programme Co-ordinator

 

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