RSGB Regional Winner (Region 3 Large Clubs) Club of the Year 2015 and 2016
SRS Meeting Tuesday 20 February – Radio Night (19.02.18)
With spring nearly upon us (finally) and the sun setting later, we hope to take advantage of the lingering daylight to make contacts on the higher MF bands – 7MHz, in particular – using voice (single sideband).
Those who have yet to experience much operation on the shortwave bands may want to pay attention to what’s going on and, should they feel confident, have a go on the mic themselves.
73 Evan Duffield M0TJU
Club Nets – Thursday 15 February 2018 – 2m (11.02.18)
The normal 2m net will be running on Thursday 15 February 2018 on 145.375 +/- from 7.30pm. All welcome, come on and say hi, and dont forget these all go towards your Double Sapphire Awards and Cententary awards.
Club Nets – Tuesday 13 February 2018 – 6m (11.02.18)
Just a quick reminder that I will be running a 6m Net at 19.30 local time on FM 51.550MHz +/- QRM, Club call M5MDX will be used. All welcome, we have some new M6 calls please give me a call it will be nice to meet you on the air.
SRS Meeting Tuesday 6 February: Video of the 2006 Peter I Island DXpedition (04.02.18)
The showing of this video was intended to wet people’s appetite for the present ‘DXpedition’ (i.e. amateur radio expedition) to Bouvet, an isolated and inhospitable volcanic island in the Antarctic region of the South Atlantic.
Like the present trip to Bouvet, the 2006 venture to Peter I (‘Peter the First’) involved the sailing into polar seas near Antarctica and depositing/removing equipment and operating crew by helicopter. Atrocious weather conditions – low cloud, blizzards and the ‘wrong’ type of snow – made Peter I 2006 one of the most challenging DXpeditions of all time, and it’s arguably the most dramatic of those recorded on film.
In disappointing news just in, the landing on Bouvet has been abandoned….
Despite the sighting of the island on the morning of 31 January, high winds, poor visibility and rough seas over the subsequent couple of days had made landing on the island – which can only be done by chopper – impossible. Adding to the inclement weather was the development of a mechanical issue with one of the ship’s engines. So, a decision was taken yesterday to abort the DXpedition completely and sail back to the point of departure, in southern South America.
As the Peter I video will make clear, a landing on an island like Bouvet should be attempted only when all necessary conditions – both weather and mechanical – are met. Even then. it’s dangerous enough….
P.S. The 7pm Morse practice will be on, as usual.
73 Evan M0TJU
Silent Key – Julian Niman G8GAJ (29.01.18)
It is with deep sadness that we have to report the passing on G8GAJ. Julian had been a member of Stockport Radio Society for many years, and although we did not see Julian that often, he did keep in contact with us, and enjoyed receiving his QUA magazine on a regular basis. Our SK Liaison Nigel 2e0CKA who received the email from Eileen (PA at Nimans) passed on the club’s deepest sympathy to Julian’s family and everyone who worked for him. There is a just giving site that has been set up – if you are interested in giving to it please see the information below. Please also see the press release from Nimans – https://www.nimans.net/main/julian-niman-passes-away
The British Heart Foundation: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jniman
The Christie Charitable Fund: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/julian-niman
Epilepsy Action: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/julianniman
Foundation Licence Course/Examination 29.01.18
9 candidates have recently taken the training of the Foundation Course at Stockport Radio Society, and we are pleased to announce that all passed the course with an indicative mark. We look forward to seeing you at the club in the coming weeks.
Kosovo (Z6) a DXCC Entity 23.01.18
The ARRL Board of Directors approved a motion to amend the DXCC Rules, when it met January 19-20. Section II, Subsection 1 of the DXCC Rules now will include a new Subsection (d): The entity has a separate IARU member society and is included on the US State Department Independent States in the World.
“The discussion during the Board meeting and the rule change did not address any specific entity,” ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, said. “The amendment could allow some additions to the current DXCC List of entities. It’s a good thing not only for DXCC but for all active hams.”
In fact, the Republic of Kosovo (Z6) has been added to the DXCC List of current entities, increasing the total number of current DXCC entities to 340. The addition of Kosovo raises to 331 the required number of current entities confirmed to qualify for DXCC Honor Roll; Top of Honor Roll is 340. DXCC award accounts are being tabulated to reflect the change.
This change qualifies as an “event,” effective on January 21, 2018, at 0000 UTC. Nothing is retroactive.
A new Logbook of The World (LoTW) TQSL configuration file (v.11.4) will be released on January 23. TQSL will detect when this file has been released and will install the update automatically. Radio Amateurs outside of Kosovo should continue to upload their logs to LoTW in the usual manner. LoTW users within Kososvo (either with a Z6 call sign or reciprocal call sign Z6/<home call sign>) will use TQSL to request a new call sign certificate for their call sign. The request will use Republic of Kososvo as the DXCC entity, and the QSO Begin date will be January 21 or later. LoTW will reject call sign certificate requests for the Republic of Kosovo with a QSO Begin date prior to January 21. Z6 users requesting call sign certificates may e-mail a copy of their Amateur Radio license.
Kosovo’s IARU member society SHRAK and its president Vjollca Caka, Z61VB, are hosting a 10th-anniversary activation to celebrate Kosovo’s independence in February, 2008. SHRAK Headquarters station Z60A now is active on several bands with multiple guest operators. Club Log will be used for this activation, while QSLs are via OH2BH
Skills Night Tues 23rd Jan…construct the superhet kit….INVITATION to Skills Night… (21.01.18)
It’s the 4th Tues of the month and Skills Night once again. This time we’re going to tackle a medium wave superhet kit, so dig out your soldering tools and Elastoplast and come along to Walthew House for some construction fun. Morse practice will also be running from 7pm.
See you there! – Tom Spence M0DCG
Updated Contest Dates – SRS Contest Group (19.01.18)
Our Contest group has just issued some new dates for 2018. All the dates below are on the calendar of events. If you are interested in contesting with the group, please contact Bernard G3SHF via firstname.lastname@example.org. Dates are below
17-18 March – 24 Hour Russian DX SSB & CW – Midday to Midday
24-25 March – 48 Hour WPX SSB – midnight Friday to Midnight Sunday
26-27 May – 48 Hour WPX CW – Midnight Friday to Midnight Sunday
2-3 June – 24 Hour NFD CW – 3.00pm to 3.00pm
29-30 July – 24 Hour IOTA SSB & CW – Midday to Midday
29-30 Sept – 48 Hour CQWW RTTY – Midnight Friday to Midnight Sunday
27-28 Oct – 48 Hour CQWW SSB – Midnight Friday to Midnight Sunday
24-25 Nov – 48 Hour CQWW CW – Midnight Friday to Midnight Sunday
Stockport Repeaters Update (16.01.18)
GB3MN GB3MR status update. – Between the high winds and heavy snow eventually a visit to the Bowstone site was possible on the 30th December 2017.
A busy day was planned and lived up to expectations in the cold damp conditions on this exposed hilltop which has a spectacular view over Cheshire, Greater Manchester, beyond into North Wales. It was a long day, work on site took over six hours to complete.
GB3MN has had major work done to the antenna filtering/duplexer system, normal receiver sensitivity has been restored and the transmit power increased by 4dB’s.
GB3MR also had a good looking at! Repeater hardware was found to be still in good working order not requiring any adjustments. The transmit antenna is now omnidirectional once again from a higher location on the mast and a return to normal coverage should be found. Special thank you to Darren G7LWT for the loan of a RF filter.
Reception reports and any comments please to the group web site or myself are welcome.
73’s John G8LZO Repeater keeper GB3MN/GB3MR
Our Secretaries Birthday today (06.01.18)
We wish our Secretary Heather M6HNS a very Happy Birthday. Have a great day celebrating. All the very best from all at SRS.
January 6m and 2m Nets (05.01.18)
The following two nets will be run this month. 6m net on Tuesday 9 January 2018 19.30 local on FM- 51.550MHz +/- QRM, and on Thursday will be our 2m net Thursday 11 January 2018 19.30 local on 145.375+/- QRM. Please feel free to join in the nets, and dont forget these QSO’s all go towards your Double Sapphire Awards, and the Centenary Award. Details of all our nets are on the diary on the right hand side of the home page.
Weekly 70cm Net (04.01.18)
Tomorrows 70cms net which be run by Les M0LPB due to a technical issue Neil M6NAE will unable to be on air.
Affiliated Societies Contests (AFS) (04.01.18)
All – The RSGB Affiliated Societies contests take place over the next 3 weekends. They are 4 hour contests for 80 & 40m.
The first weekend sees the CW contest from 2.00pm on Sunday. The second sees the SSB contest from 2.00pm on Saturday. The third sees the Data modes contest from 2.00pm Sunday.
In the past SRS has had enough members entering to make up 2 and sometimes 3 teams on CW and SSB so if you are geared up to operate on 80 and/or 40m please join in and have a go.
The rules are here RULES.
Regards Bernard G3SHF
Radio Night – Tuesday 2 January 2018 (01.01.18)
I hope that you had a great Xmas and New Year, and were able to get on the air during the Holiday Season. Given its proximity to New Year’s Day, Tuesday night will be a Radio Night. (The January Society Night will be on the 16th.) Both stations will be ‘plugged in’ and ready for use.
Given the interest in logger32 and Clublog expressed in recent posts to the SRS Members’ email address, I am happy to explain (to the extent of my knowledge) these applications. I will also be spending some of the evening programming the ‘macros’ for the digital modes on logger32, so those interested in PSK and RTTY may want to observe what’s going on and ask questions.
In terms of the operating, given that winter mid-evening propagation on HF can be limited, we will be trying to make contacts using a variety of modes (i.e. SSB, CW and digi). Morse practice will be at 7pm, as usual.
Hope to see you there – 73 Evan M0TJU
Scheduled SRS Nets for January 2018 (30.12.17)
Below is a list of scheduled nets for January 2018 and the relevant Net Controllers. Please feel free to come on and say hello.
Every Friday 2pm 433.525 (70cms) Neil M6NAE or Les M0LPB
6m Net 7.30pm 51.550 FM – 9 January – Provisionally Alan G0ROW
2m Net 7.30pm 145.375 – 11 January – Tony M0SAV or Nigel M6YKK
2m Net 7.30pm 145.375 – 31 January – Heather M6HNS or Nigel 2E0CKA
Further details will be posted a few days prior to the date of the net.
Christmas and New Year Special 26 December 2017 (25.12.17)
Dont forget tomorrow nights Christmas and New Year Special at Walthew House. Look forward to seeing you all at the club.
70cm Net Friday 28 December 2017 – 433.525 +/- (25.12.17)
I hope you all have had a great christmas. Please don’t forget this fridays net at pm on 433.525 +/- qrm. This week’s topic – The last 12 months at Stockport Radio Society, where have we been and what have we done. Below is a few things we have done at Stockport Radio Society in the last year.
SRS club rally, Bletchley Park, Manchester Airport event, Avro Heritage Museum, SRS Contest Group, Kit Building Projects, Talk NIghts, Radio Nights, Yota etc.
Which one did you like the best or did you attend them all. I’m sure 2018 will be even better.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (24.12.17)
Festive greetings to all the members of Stockport Radio Society, and to all our colleagues at other Radio Clubs. May you all have a lovely christmas and a Happy Healthy and Prosperous 2018.
Announcement: VHF/UHF DXCC Ladder (24.12.17)
The Stockport Radio Society committee is pleased to announce the creation of a VHF/UHF DXCC Ladder to be known as the ‘2 & 70 ladder’.
This new annual competition is open to all members and runs from 1st January to 30th November (see note 1 below) each year.
The ‘2 & 70′ ladder’ uses the same Clublog DXCC slot calculation rules as the existing HF ladder particularly including QSOs made on 2m and 70cm using Internet based digital phone modes (e.g. D-Star & Fusion).
Certificates for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places will be awarded to the highest slot scores in the ‘2 & 70’ ladder regardless of licence class.
A snapshot of both the ‘HF & 6’ (see note 2 below) and ‘2 & 70’ ladder standings will be included in our ‘QUA’ magazine throughout the year.
To join either the ‘HF & 6’ and / or ‘2 & 70’ ladder members must first sign up to clublog www.clublog.org and request to join the Stockport Radio Society Club League. Your log of QSOs can uploaded as often as you like and Clublog calculates the scores.
If you need assistance getting started, Neil Rydings, M6NAE will help you else feel free to contact the SRS Ladder Manager Pete, M1PTR.
- The closing date of the annual competition is to be confirmed when the date of the SRS award meeting is known.
- The existing ‘HF Ladder’ will continue unchanged and run in parallel covering 160m to 6m but be renamed to the ‘HF & 6 Ladder’
Christmas and New Year Special – Wednesday 27 December 2017 (22.12.17)
Just a little reminder that SRS will be on air from Walthew House on the 27th December from 19.30 hrs. Frequencies will be published on the night via web and Facebook. These will be dependent of local conditions.
I would like to wish all our members a very Happy and Merry Christmas, also, just in case I do not see you beforehand, a Prosperous and Healthy 2018. Hoping the bands are more favorable all modes and frequencies.
All the very Best – Tony M0SAV SRS Chairman
70cm Net 2pm 433.525mhz Friday 22 December 2017 (21.12.17)
Please don’t forget this Friday’s 70cm net at 2pm on 433.525 mhz. +/- qrm. This week’s topic is going to be the high’s and the low’s of amateur radio, what do you like in amateur radio and what don’t you like in amateur radio, and if you had the chance to do it all again would you still be a amateur radio operator.
Also I’m looking to see how many member’s would be interested in joining a vhf / uhf club ladder for logging your contacts on vhf / uhf or digital d-star or yaesu c4fm fusion, as some member’s have only vhf / uhf radio’s.. Pete M1-PTR . Has kindly put his free time into possibly creating the club ladder, but it would not be worth while just for two member’s . so please can you let me know if you would be willing to take part – many thanks. neil m6nae
Talk Night Tuesday 19 December 17 (18,12.17)
I hope that you can come along tonight, as I will be giving a presentation about the Aurora – what it is, how and when to see it and how it is useful for amateur radio operators. Morse practice will be at 7pm, as usual.
See you there – 73 – Evan M0TJU
70cm Net Friday 15 December 17 (14.12.17)
Please don’t forget fridays afternoon net on 433.525mhz +/- qrm at 2pm. This weeks topic..swr meter’s . do you have one inline with your antenna, or do you use a antenna analyzer from time to time to check your antenna. your views please..
SRS 2m Net Thursday 14 December 17 7,30pm (13.12.17)
Don’t forget Thursday 14th December 2m Net 145.375mhz December 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. SRS Chairman’s question time. Do you have a question for your chairman ? 73 Tony M0SAV SRS Chairman
GEO Quarterly Magazine Posted on behalf of Amsat (12.12.17)
Radio Night at SRS – 12 December 2017 (11.12.17)
After the AGM, it’s back to the normal routine. We will be getting out the stations and playing around on digimodes, especially PSK. We may, also, take some time to ‘listen’ to Geminid meteors. (The shower peaks on Wednesday night.) There is Morse practice, as usual, at 7pm.
See you there. Evan M0TJU
70cm Net 433.525 +/- 8 December 2017 2pm (07.12.17)
Good Afternoon All – Please don’t forget this friday’s 70cm net at 2pm on 433.525 +/- qrm. This week’s topic.. how to get on the air as cheaply as possible or on a budget. or if you live in a flat how can you play radio without the use of antenna’s. but you have a laptop or android tablet with the use of these cheap programs you can play radio..for around £30 . per year or echolink which is free..
echolink – Introducing EchoLink
SRS AGM 5 December 2017 (04.12.17)
Tuesday will be the annual AGM at Stockport Radio Society with our Social Evening following the AGM. All members and partners are invited. Also there will not be a Morse practice session tomorrow night (5 December), owing to the AGM & Social. However, we will host them on all of the other meeting nights in December: the 12th, 19th and 27th.
Please note that 19 December will be a society night, with a presentation on the Aurora; the meetings on the 12th and 27th will be radio nights.
Hope to see you tomorrow night.
HF Ladder – final updates by 30 November 2017 Midnight (29.11.17)
Just a reminder that the HF Ladder 2017 closes at midnight UTC on Thursday 30th Nov. If you have outstanding log updates then please upload them to Clublog or email them to me before the deadline. The results and winners will be announced at the AGM.
73 de Pete, M1PTR
Slow Scan TV from Space Dec 5-6 – posted via AMSAT (30.11.17)
New 2m Net Wed 29 November 2017 (29.11.17)
The new 2m net starts tonight at 19.30 local on FM 145.375MHz +/- QRM. This net will take place on the last Wednesday of each month from January 2018 with Nigel 2E0CKA or Heth M6HNS in the chair. This net is being run by Alan Call sign G0ROW
Skills Night & Morse Practice – Tuesday 28 November 2017 (27.11.17)
Just to remind everyone this Tuesday night is Skills Night once again, so do come along and have some fun soldering. This time we’re having another “catch-up” night so do bring along any unfinished or no-working kits or other projects. These needn’t be units obtained through the club. If you have something which doesn’t work someone present may be able to provide a bit of useful advice.
Also, we hope to roll out a nice little superhetrodyne radio project to work on in coming weeks. The kits are very reasonably priced and the idea is we take those interested through the functions of various parts of the circuit before we start. During the evening we’ll discuss the project and Les Brown will be available to take orders from those wanting kits.
Do join us for a bit of fun! Tom Spence M0DCG
This last weekend saw the SRS Contest Group enter the 48 hour CW contest. While HF conditions were not at their best but we felt we had an enjoyable and successful contest in weather conditions that were at best challenging. High winds, heavy rain, snow and sleet. Yes typical contest weather!
Tom’s photo of our aerials gives some indication of Saturday mornings greetings!
We made 5021 QSOs and scoring 5.5M points compared with 3646 QSOs and 3.5M points last year, 10m activity was small with 11 QSOs while 80m generated 1025 QSOs, more than we have made on this band in the last 10 years. The major bands of course were 20 and 40m, with 40 generating 200 more QSOs than 20m.
Plenty of DX about and it’s always a thrill to BE CALLED by VK, ZL, China or Japan. Today we started the ‘Tear Down’ that will take a couple of days.
My thanks to the operators Kieron M5KJM, Evan M0TJU, Carsten G0SYP, Dave G0LZL, Tom M0DCG and returning group member Pawel M0DSL Our thanks also go to Pete M1PTR who not only set up our computers and network but also spent considerable time assisting with the station build/tear down without the pleasure of some operation.
Regards Bernard G3SHF
70cm Net Friday 24 November 2pm 433.525 (22.11.17)
This week’s topic of conversation will be on coax. which have you found to be the best rg58, aircell 7, rg213 or westflex 103 and which coax is extremely lossy on 430mhz. Also has anyone seen this new coax MESSI & PAOLONI ULTRAFLEX 7 – better than RG213 but near to the size of Mini 8, but at £13.05 per meter .. is it worth it.. and would you buy it..
Speak to you all Friday – 7.3 neil m6nae
Today, November 21st 2017, marks the fourth birthday for FUNcube-1 (AO-73) in orbit.
FUNcube-1 was launched at 07:10 UTC on November 21st 2013 and its first signals were received immediately after deployment over the Indian Ocean by amateurs in South Africa. Since then it has been operating continuously in either its education mode or, with the transponder active, in amateur mode when in eclipse and at weekends.
The spacecraft has spent the four years in space orbiting the earth at between 640 and 580 km and has now traveled around the earth more than 20,000 times. That represents a distance traveled of approaching 500 million miles.
Up to now, each of the orbits has been spilt approximately 65% in sunlight and 35% in eclipse. This has resulted in the temperatures inside the small spacecraft varying by about 25° C during each orbit.
During the recent AMSAT-UK Colloquium, Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG, in his presentation about the FUNcube projectmentioned that the power available from the solar panels has been slowly increasing since launch. This observation led the team to do some further investigations as to the cause.
Although the launch was into a nominally Sun Synchronous orbit, over time this has drifted and the spacecraft is now entering a period when it will be in the sun for longer periods during each orbit. The exact details are still being determined, but it seems likely that, starting from January 2018, there will be periods when the spacecraft will be in the sun for all, or almost all, of its orbits.
This means that the on-board temperatures will be much higher than we have previously experienced in flight, although we have some test records from pre-flight thermal air testing that were undertaken after integration.
The key will be to discover what the equilibrium temperature will be internally. For comparison, AO85 has already “enjoyed” periods of full sun and its internal temperatures have reached up to around 55° C.
So the next few months will be quite an exciting time for the team! We remain extremely grateful to everyone is using the spacecraft for both its educational and amateur missions. Of course we are also very very grateful to those who are downloading the telemetry and uploading the data to the Data Warehouse. It continues to provide a unique record of “life on board” a 1U CubeSat in space.
SRS Meeting – EGM (Members only) and Radio Night (All) Tuesday 21 November 17 (20.11.17)
Following the EGM, we’ll be getting at least one of the stations fired up, to do CW (i.e. Morse Code). If we have time, we’ll demonstrate each type of key: straight, single paddle and dual paddle. Morse practice will be at 7pm.
Hope to see you there. Evan M0TJU
RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched, Designated AMSAT OSCAR 91 (AO-91) 19.11.17
RadFXSat posted on behalf of Amsat (12.11.17)
RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat
Get FoxTelem set up and ready to go on Tuesday! The first amateur radio operator that successfully receives RadFxSat (Fox-1B) telemetry and uploads it to the AMSAT server will receive a commemorative 3D printed QSL card.
RadFxSat is scheduled for launch at 1:47am PST (09:47 UTC) on Tuesday, November 14th from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The first transmission from RadFxSat is expected to occur around 12:07 UTC. Due to a lack of prelaunch Keplerian elements, it is not known exactly where the satellite will be when it makes it’s first transmission.
For further details regarding the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) of RadFxSat operations, please see:
Source AMSAT News Service http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans
Follow the launch day chat on the #CubeSat IRC channel
AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB) http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb
Surplus Equipment Sale – Tuesday 7 November 2017 (06.11.17)
Just a reminder about tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s equipment sale. Details are below. Morse practice is on, as usual, at 7pm.
This event is for SRS members, like a normal meeting; it is not for the general public (e.g our annual rally). SRS members can ‘hire’ (6-foot x 2-foot) tables for the night and sell their wares. Tables will be provided; sellers must not bring their own.
The cost of a single table will be £5, included in which is the hirer’s entry to Walthew House. This is to be paid on the night. Attendees not hiring tables will pay the usual £2 per person door charge. (It is a assumed that there will be one person per hired table; additional persons brought along by a hirer would need to pay £2 per person for entry.) SRS will take no ‘commission’ from sales proceeds.
People wanting tables need to let me know of their interest (by replying to this message); the number of tables needed must also be outlined.
The event will officially start at 7:45pm, but those hiring tables are advised to arrive at 7pm, to enable set up.
73 – Evan M0TJU SRS Programme Co-ordinator
70cm net Friday 3 November 2017 (01.11.17)
Our weekly 70cm net is on Friday 3 November on 433.525mhz. +/- . at 2pm. Topic of conversation this week will be baluns and toroids, and making your own longwire antenna’s for HF, or any other antenna’s you have built and worked. Please share your idea’s with us on the radio net. Neil . M6-NAE