Archived Posts 2016

Happy New Year (31.12.16)

Happy New Year to all our members, colleagues and friends – let hope 2017 is a good year.

HF Net Thursday 28 December 2016 (27,12,16)

Don G8WPL will be running the HF net using Club callsign M5MDX on 28-460 usb  from 7.30 pm on Thursday 28 December 2016.

Don G8WPL

On the Air Christmas New Year Special from Walthew House (26.12.16)

Folks, just letting you know that tonite is a Radio Night at Walthew, and the station will be operating on 80m LSB (3660kHz +/- QRM) from about 19.30, calling CQ using either G6UQ or G8SRS.

Although this is not a net, we can change it into a net format if enough SRS members call in.  Eighty metres will be the focus, but we may also be on 40m and 2 metres during the evening.   So, give us a shout from home, or come along and operate from Walthew.

73 –  Evan M0TJU // Programme Coordinator

Merry Christmas to all our friends (24.12.16)

On behalf of the SRS committee – can we wish everyone a happy Christmas.

SRS Committee

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Happy Birthday Tony (21.12.16)

Happy birthday to our Chairman Tony – hope you enjoyed your surprise cake at the AGM last night.  Have a great day today

all the best – everyone at SRS.

‘Listening’ to the Geminid Meteor Shower – SRS Demonstration Tues 13 December 2016   (12.12.16)

The presentation a week ago dealt with the theory of detecting meteors. Now’s the time for the practice…

Using the society’s and members’ equipment, we will be attempting to hear the ‘pings’ from meteor-reflected transmissions on the VHF bands. The Geminids are forecast to peak (i.e. in terms of meteors/hour) on Tuesday night, so there should be plenty of activity.

I will be bringing in my ‘Fun Cube’ dongle SDR to demonstrate what can be achieved with a simple receiver connected to an audio spectrum analyser.

There will also be opportunities to operate the club’s IC7400, too, although I ask folks to delay transmitting (even on HF) until the meteor demonstration has finished.

Hope to see you there.

73   Evan M0TJU  Assistant Programme Co-ordination

 

UBSEDS21 will carry 145.825 MHz APRS (09.12.16)

On Sunday Bristol SEDS students plan to launch a 434 MHz and APRS solar powered balloon that may travel around the world.

Another pico launch from Bristol this Sunday 11th December between 0500 and 0530 GMT. This launch is using a 1.9m envelope and longer payload train, and so we have a NOTAM in place. The flight is predicted to head south-east towards France.

The payload will be transmitting Contestia 16/1000 on 434.610 MHz USB. Each transmission of Contestia 16/1000 will be preceded by 10 seconds of pips and RSID.

The Contestia transmission rate will be once every 30 seconds during launch and when power is available during the day. Otherwise the transmission rate will be once every 2 minutes. Hopefully the tracker will operate from dawn to dusk, and maybe also during the night.

The tracker will transmit APRS outside countries where the amateur license is not permitted airborne (like the UK). Additionally it will test APRS on 145.825 MHz, with an output power of +26 dBm (400 mW).

More details will appear on the website http://www.bristol-seds.co.uk/flights.html

Many Thanks,

Richard Meadows M0SBU
Bristol SEDS http://www.bristol-seds.co.uk/

High Altitude Balloon tracking and information links https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/balloons/

m5aka | December 9, 2016 at 9:36 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, APRS, HAB, Ham Radio | Categories: Daily Updates | URL: http://wp.me/p2Mn4x-835

CAS-4A and CAS-4B to have Ham Radio Linear Transponders (07.12.16)

CAS-4A and CAS-4B to have Ham Radio Linear Transponders

by m5aka

XW-2A satellite was launched September 19, 2015

CAMSAT is working closely with a Beijing Government aerospace contractor to build two satellites with amateur radio linear transponder payloads.

Both will carry a 435/145 (U/V) 20 dBm (100 milliwatt) SSB/CW linear transponder, a 2m CW 17 dBm (50 mW) telemetry beacon and an AX.25 4.8 kbps GMSK 20 dBm (100 mW) telemetry downlink.

Each set of amateur radio equipment will have the same technical characteristics, but will operate on different frequencies for the 70cm band uplinks and 2m band downlinks.

The two micro-satellites will also carry optical remote sensing missions. Planned to be 494x499x630 mm dimension regular square shape and approximately 50kg mass with three-axis stabilization system.

Expecting a launch from Taiyuan on March 31, 2017 into a 524 km SSO with an inclination of 42 degrees.

IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination pages http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/

m5aka | December 7, 2016 at 7:52 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, CAS-4A, CAS-4B, Ham Radio, satellite | Categories: Daily Updates | URL: http://wp.me/p2Mn4x-82X

Talk Night at SRS – Tuesday 6 December 2016 – ‘Listening to Meteors’ (05.12.16)

Just letting everyone know that the topic for the presentation tomorrow night will be meteor scatter – ‘Listening to Meteors’.

‘Shooting stars’ are not only a spectacular sight, but the trails of space debris entering our atmosphere can also be detected with relatively simple radio receivers and antennas. More precisely, the transmissions of distant ground-based stations can be picked up, having been reflected by the trails – a process known as ‘meteor scatter’.

For the Radio Night meeting a week later, on the 13th, we will be putting the theory into practice by using standard amateur equipment to attempt live meteor detection. That particular evening happily coincides with the peak of one of the great meteor showers of the year, the Geminids. Be sure to come along.

73  –  Evan Duffield M0TJU

 

Receive Pictures from Space – ISS SSTV Dec 8-9  (05.12.16)

by m5aka

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

Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions will be made from the International Space Station (ISS) on December 8-9, 2016.

The SSTV images will be transmitted as part of the MAI-75 Experiment on 145.800 MHz FM using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver located in the Russian ISS Service module.

The MAI-75 activities have been scheduled for the Russian crew on Dec 8 from 12:35 to 18:00 GMT and Dec 9 from 12:40 to 17:40 GMT.

Note the ISS transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM use the 5 kHz deviation standard rather than the 2.5 kHz used in Europe. If your transceiver has selectable FM filters try the wider filter.

The ISS Fan Club website will show you when the space station is in range http://www.issfanclub.com/

ISS SSTV information and links at https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

ARISS-SSTV Images http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.co.uk/

Listen to the ISS when it is over Russia with the R4UAB WebSDR http://websdr.r4uab.ru/

Listen to the ISS when in range of London with the SUWS WebSDR http://websdr.suws.org.uk/

If you receive a full or partial picture from the Space Station your Local Newspaper may like to know http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2016/july/now-is-a-great-time-to-get-ham-radio-publicity.htm

m5aka | December 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, Ham Radio, ISS, SSTV | Categories: Daily Updates | URL: http://wp.me/p2Mn4x-82D

Peak Contest Group – Updated Pages (02.12.16)

If you are interested in contesting, why not check out out PCG pages and see what they guys are doing.  Click on the link to take you to the home page  –  Peak Contest Group

SRS Advanced Examination Monday 5 December 2016 (01.12.16)

Good luck to our the candidates taking their advanced examination next Monday.

SRS Radio Night – Tuesday 15 November 2016 (14.11.16)

Tonight is 3rd Tues of the month and it’s radios.  The good news is progress has been made on the new mast and associated antennas, so why not come in and see how things are going!  If you’d like to get on the air or would like help getting started people will be around to give advice.  The Morse class will run from 7pm so if you’d like to get in some practice, come along and join on the fun.  Beadsets are available but if you wish to use your own, no problem.

See you there Tom M0DCG

SRS Club Nets – Thursday 10 November 2016 – 2m (07.11.16)

Our 2nd net will be on  Thursday 10 November at 19.30 local on 2m FM 145.375 MHz +/- QRM using the club call G8SRS.  All members welcome 73’s Al – G0ROW

SRS Club Nets – Tuesday 8 November 6m (07.11.16)

Our 1st net will be on  Tuesday 8 November at 19.15 local on 6m FM 51.550 MHz +/- QRM using the club call G6UQ.
Please note at about 20.15 local we will QSY to USB 50.270 MHz +/- QRM using G6UQ this will give the guys that have build their new antenna’s a chance to try them out.  All members welcome 73’s Al – G0ROW

  

Speakers’ Night – Arranmore Expedition Presentation Tuesday 1 November 2016 (31.10.16)

Tues 1st Nov being the first in the month we usually have speaker(s) and on this occasion we are pleased to announce a group of us will be giving a presentation on our IOTA expedition to Arranmore Co Donegal this July.  Do come along, bring friend(s) if you wish and hopefully enjoy the very nice presentation put together by our very own Peter M1PTR, with several of the other team members chipping in to do our bits at appropriate times.  We’ll aim to get started around 7.30 – 7.45pm.

We won’t have our normal  Morse session tonight as Mike Carter is unavailable to run it, however the club doors are usually open around 7pm and an informal session could be run as Evan or Bernard may be available.

Cheers  Tom M0DCGe

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Birthday Wishes to Tom M0DCG (31.10.16)

La breith sona Dhut Tom from all at SRS.

Have a great day

Skills Night at Walthew House…4th Tues of month….  (24.10.16)

Don’t forget it’s Skill Night again at Walthew tomorrow (Tues 25th Oct.). I won’t be there as I’m having a family break, however Julian will be there to provide assistance to anyone working on the 6m project….mast mounting…tuning etc.  Pete is bringing in his analyser.  He will also be bringing in his Morse keyer kit.  Mike M6MPC will also be available for his usual Morse practice session so why not join in with pencil and paper and get some practice. Earphones are available but if you want to use your own, remember our equipment takes a 3.5mm or 1/4in stereo plug.

Tom M0DCG

HF Net – Wednesday 26 October 2016 (22.10.16)

Don will be running the HF net  on Wednesday 26 October at 7.30 pm on 3.660 mhz, using the SRS Callsign M5MDX.  Any one doing the double sapphire award – you get 5 points for a club callsign, as well as for the president G0ROW.  Hope to hear you on air on Wednesday.  Please see the next QUA for the dates of all the 2017 HF Nets.

Tuesday 18th….Radio Night at Walthew….Invitation….  (16.10.16)

As you know the 18th Oct  is 3rd Tuesday in the month and it’s once again radio night at the club.  Do come along and get on the air.  Feel free to e-mail me if you want book time on a station. Help will be available for those who want a bit of help getting used to equipment etc. In addition to SSB, CW and datamodes are available.  Mike M6MPC will be running his Morse session so if you want a bit of practice, feel free to join in.  Earphones, pens, paper etc. are available, however if you wish to use your own headset, the requirement is a 3.5mm or 1/4″ stereo plug.  The session usually starts at 7pm and terminates at just before 7.45.

See you there!   Tom Spence  M0DCG

JOTA – Saturday & Sunday 15 & 16th October 2016 (11.,10.16)

Stockport Radio Society will be supporting the 2nd Heald Green Scouts along with Cheadle and Gatley Scouts. The special event call sign GB2CGS for the 2016 JOTA JOTI event.  Some of the Scouts will be obtaining their Communication badge.  We will be on air Saturday and Sunday  HF and VHF.  Listen for the above call sign and other JOTA call signs and show your support for the Scouts.

Monthly SRS Nets (11.10.16)

2m net Thursday 13 October at 19.30 local time,  2m.. 145.375MHz +/- QRM.. Tony M0SAV will be in the chair

ARISS contact planned for school in Cincinnati, USA (06.10.16)

An International Space Station radio contact has been planned for astronaut Kate Rubins KG5FYJ with iSPACE, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The event is scheduled Saturday October 8, 2016 at approximately 16:15 UTC.

This will be a telebridge radio contact, operated by IK1SLD, located in Casale Monferrato, northern Italy.
The downlink signal will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM.

Presentation:

In 2001, iSPACE, is a 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational resource for schools throughout the Greater Cincinnati region.  The iSPACE mission is to make STEM learning exciting and to promote STEM career awareness, through interactive programs for students, educators and families in the region.  iSPACE provides innovative and effective programs, events and learning experiences for students (grades preK­12), their educators and their families including field trips, outreach, professional development and other programs that stimulate interest and appreciation for STEM. In 2015, iSPACE programs served a diverse population of 24,731 youth and 5,791 adults in more than 500 schools.  iSPACE works diligently to collaborate within the regional and their programs are recognized for their effectiveness throughout the STEM community.  Through rigorous alignment to national and state standards and the utilization of best practices, iSPACE continues to develop curriculum for educators and inquiry­based educational opportunities for students.  iSPACE has made a mark in Greater Cincinnati for our high quality programs that measurably and effectively inspire students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, increase their content knowledge and introduce them to STEM careers.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

1. What has been the most exciting part of your mission so far?

2. After seeing all the places on Earth from space, which one do you most want to visit once you get back to Earth?

3. What’s your favourite part of the day?

4. I know you use animals in research. How many animals do you have in space with you right now and how do you take care of them?

5. Can a flying insect fly in space?

6. When you were preparing to leave high school did you know that you wanted to be an astronaut?  How did you decide what you wanted to do after high school?

7. Please describe your years of education and training that led to your assignment on the space station.

8. Do you practice emergency drills?  Can you describe some of the critical incidents that you need to prepare for?

9. Will your stay in space get shorter if you have too many headaches? Also, if you have ever had a space headache, what did it feel like during and after?

10. What are the major research projects you are focusing on and what discoveries have you made?

11. Have any of the experiments failed or given you totally different results than you expected?

12. Do you prefer being in space or on Earth?

13. What has been your greatest challenge so far and how did you respond to it?

14. Can you describe what zero gravity feels like?

15. Have you done a spacewalk and how does it feel?

16. What do you think the biggest advances will be in the space program over the next ten year?

17. What are you most looking forward to when you return to earth and what will you miss the most from your mission?

18. Does your schedule ever seem repetitive?

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology, and learning.

Gaston Bertels – ON4WF
ARISS past chairman

SRS at Walthew House Tues 4th Oct….Andy Wagstaff…. drones and aerial photography. (02.10.16)

Tues 4th Oct being the first in the month we usually have a speaker and on this occasion we are pleased to announce we are having Andy Wagstaff along to give us a talk entitled “An Introduction to Radio Controlled Model Gliding and Flying” .  This should be very interesting so do come along and learn all about drones!  In addition, from 7pm till around 7.30 to 7.45pm, Mike M6MPC will be running his Morse practice class, so if you are interested or would like to get in a bit of practice, just come along with a pencil and paper and enjoy!  Headphones are provided, however if you wish to bring your own, the stereo plug sizes are 3.5mm or 1/4″ stereo jack.

Cheers  –  Tom M0DCG

Upsetting News – John Shufflebotham 2E0GCX in Hospital (02.10.16)

Tom M0DCG received the following news from John’s XYL Linda last night – John had had a serious heart attack last week and is presently recovering in hospital.  While he is out of immediate danger, his heart did sustain damage and he is going to require further treatment to restore his health.  To this end they are meeting with consultants today to decide on the way forward. John is well known to the membership of SRS for his very informative and entertaining talks and I’m sure you’ll all join with me in wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

Get well soon, John, we’re thinking of you!  Tom Spence M0DCG and all at Stockport Radio Society

Friday 30 Sept – Club of the Year Presentation at Newark (30.09.16)

Unfortunately SRS did not win at the Club of the Year presentation.  Congratulations to the winners in the small and large clubs.

Small Club of the Year
1st – Greenisland Electronics ARS   /   2nd – Leiston ARC   /   3rd – South Kesteven ARS

Large Club of the Year
1st – Norfolk ARC   /   2nd – Hilderstone AR&EC   /   3rd – Telford & District ARS

Well done to all that took part – it is great to see so many Affiliated Clubs doing great work to spread the word about amateur radio in the 21st century!

Tue 27th Sept …SRS Skills Night at Walthew…Invitation (25.09.16)

As tonight is the 4th Tuesday of the month, it’s Skills Night at Walthew.  Bring your radio problems to us…someone may be able to help!

Peter Singleton is bringing in the Morse keyer which he is constructing.  Hopefully he’ll be able to give us a demo of the unit in action and it might even stimulate some of us to get out our soldering irons and contemplate a few new winter projects.  Additionally we’ll continue with the 6m dipole project.  I’ve had the prototype in action and will bring it in tonight for those interested to take measurements, study the layout etc.  I’ll also bring in a short mast and some coax to allow us to check the SWR curve profile. The final mounting has yet to be finalised so we can also discuss that aspect.

Finally,  the normal Morse session will be held with Evan in the chair.  Just bring in a biro and a bit of paper.  Earphones are provided but if you wish to use your own, check they have a 1/4in or 3.5mm stereo plug.

See you there  –  Tm Spence  M0DCG

Dates for the next two Foundation Courses (22.09.16)

We have just confirmed the following dates for the next two courses to take place during 2017.  If you are interested in taking the Foundation course with Stockport Radio Society, please contact courses@g8srs.co.uk for further information.  The dates are

  • January 2017 – Saturday 21, Sunday 22 and Sunday 29.
  • July 2017 – Sunday 9, 16, and 23

HF Net Wednesday 28 September 2016 (15.09.16)

Don G8WPL will be  running  a HF  net on  Wednesday 28 September  at 2pm  on  3.675 MHz.

Radio Night & Silent Key Sale at Walthew House – 20 September 2016 (19.09.16)

As you know the 20th Sept is 3rd Tuesday in the month and it’s therefore radio night once again at the club. Do come along and get on the air. Feel free to e-mail me if you want book time on a station. Help will be available for those who want a bit of help getting used to equipment etc. In addition to SSB, CW and datamodes are available.

Mike M6MPC will be running his Morse session so if you want a bit of practice, feel free to join in. Earphones, pens, paper etc are available, however if you wish to use your own headset, the requirement is a 3.5mm or 1/4″ stereo plug. The session usually starts at 7pm and terminates at just before 7.45.

Nigel 2E)CKA and Heather M6HNS will be running a Silent Key sale and will have two tables of equipment on view. Please email Heth – srswebsite@g8srs.co.uk if you would like a list of items for sale.

See you there,  –  Tom Spence M0DCG

Dates for your Diaries – SRS Talk Nights (19.09.16)

Tuesday October 3, 2016  –  An Introduction to Radio Controlled Model Gliding and Flying  by Andy Wagstaff”

Tuesday November 1, 2016 (awaiting confirmation)  –  Arranmore Island – IOTA Expedition 2016.

We are just waiting for confirmation that the contesting group are ok with this date.  Look forward to seeing you at both nights.

Inspiring the next STEM generation (Via Amstat) (14.09.16)

The UK Space Agency’s Astronaut Flight Education Programme Support Manager Susan Buckle will be giving a presentation at the RSGB Convention on Saturday, October 8.

Along with Ciaran Morgan M0XTD she will talk about the ten UK ARISS amateur radio school contacts with astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS during his Principia mission on the International Space Station.

These contacts have inspired thousands of young people and introduced them to amateur radio in a new and exciting way.

The full schedule and booking information for the convention are available at http://rsgb.org/convention Twitter hashtag #RSGBconv2016

An RSGB video celebrates these historic school contacts and the range of linked activities the schools have enjoyed.

Beginning with the exhilaration of the launch, it follows the competition for schools to host the ARISS contacts, and showcases the variety of science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) and arts activities that helped pupils to understand more about space and amateur radio.

The contacts themselves, often led by newly-licensed pupils, were the successful culmination of many months of work and anticipation.

ARISS Principia https://principia.ariss.org/

The full RSGB Convention schedule and booking information are available at http://rsgb.org/convention

Twitter hashtag #RSGBconv2016

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

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

Monthly SRS Nets (11.09.16)

1st Net..Tuesday 13th Sept at 19.30 local time,  6m.. 50.270MHz +/- QRM..  USB call G0ROW.

2nd Net Thursday 15th Sept at 19.30 local time,  2m.. 145.375MHz +/- QRM.. FM call M6YKK.

Website Changes (08.09.16)

We are in the process of making some changes to the website.  These changes will be done whilst the website is ‘live’.  If you are looking for something specific and cannot find what you are looking for, please email info@g8srs.co.uk and Heather will email you back.

If, as a member of SRS, you would like to add anything to the website, please let Heather know.

Skills Night at SRS – Tuesday 23 August 2016 (22.08.16)

As it’s the fourth Tuesday of the month again,  tonight will be Skills Night at Walthew House.

Mike is coming along to run his Morse tutorial, so do come along and join our group with pen and paper, and if you fancy trying your hand at sending, why not bring your key and join in the fun.  This part of the evening usually runs from around 7pm till around 7.45, at which point, Peter Singleton is going to give us another of his technical talks.  This one is entitled  “Theory into practice – Smith Chart”.  He will show how to use a Smith Chart Simulator to match an aerial, using much of the theory covered in the Tech Talks so far. But this time it will be a “how to” talk,, not another maths lesson!

Finally,  we’ll endeavour to progress the 6m dipole project.  Cheers,  Tom Spence M0DCG

Radio Night at SRS – Tuesday 16 August 2016 (15.08.16)

I hope that you can make August’s SRS Radio Night, on this coming Tuesday.  The focus will be on HF single sideband (SSB), and at least one of the transceivers will be used to demonstrate this and/or be available for supervised operation on this mode. While sideband operation has many advantages, it also poses unique challenges; so, those of you who have only experienced channelised FM (say, on the 2-metre band) and want to get into HF, this session will be ideal.

Don’t forget that Mike M6MPC will be hosting his Morse practice session, starting at 7pm.

Hope to see you there.

73  –  Evan M0TJU   –  Assistant Programme Co-ordinator

Letter from Arranmore – Bernard G3SHF (15.08.16)

Saturday 30th July saw the Peak Contest Group, (SRS’s contest team) enter the Islands On The Air, IOTA, 24 hour phone and CW contest from Arranmore Island in the Southern Ireland using callsign EJ0SR.

8.1M points were claimed from 2282 QSOs compared with 5.4M and 1731 QSOs last year. While numerically a significant improvement it must be noted that the contest rules changed and we entered the MULT2 section rather than the MULT1 section entered last year.  MULT2 permitted the transmission of 2 RF signals at any time contacting any station.  MULT1 permitted one RF transmission contacting any station while a second transmission was permitted to contact only new multiplier stations.

Planning for the event started 12 months ago when we discovered last years venue, a lighthouse on Rathlin Island, off the northeast coast of  Northern Island, was found to be unavailable.

Searching around found another lighthouse off the northwest coast of Donegal where adjacent cottages could be rented to accommodate the operating team and station.

Within the lighthouse compound was a large field we could use to erect our antennas including TH5 and Hexbeam antennas mounted on 30ft masts fashioned with the aid of many hours of lathe work from Phil Hodges to fit in the clubs new trailer.

While the lighthouse was on top of 150 foot high cliffs the ground rose sharply to the top of the compound requiring 100m of coax to reach each our masts peering over the headland to the east where the majority of our QSOs were destined.  The pathway from North through West to South was for most of our stay just blue skies and blue sea.

Our team of 6 (Tom M0DCG, Pete M1PTR, Kieron M5KJM, Evan M0TJU, Carsten G0SYP and myself) travelled across from Holyhead to Dublin by ferry, drove across Ireland and in and out of Northern Island to catch an evening ferry from Burtonport to Arranmore Island and then a 3 mile potholed drive across the island to our lighthouse on the most westerly side of the treeless and turf covered island.  Plenty of sheep covered the hillsides while lots of seabirds were visible from the site surprisingly only one boat was seen to pass by in the week we were there! Clearly traffic has changed since the LH was built!

COMREG, the Irish licensing authority, issued us with a temporary licence EJ0SR for the week we were there. The EJ prefix is used for any station located on a Southern Ireland island while EI is used on the mainland. Though the licence conditions in Ireland are very similar to the UK with a 400 watt max power output, interestingly amateurs entering contests are permitted to run a max of 1500 watts. Unfortunately our amplifiers could not attain that level of output!

Clear weather simplified the erection of our 2 masts with yagis for the HF bands while dipoles for 80 and 40m were suspended under each yagi cut for both CW and SSB band sections.  Evan’s Spider pole was pressed into action along with 4 radials making an excellent Ground Plane for 80m.

A multiband Hustler vertical was erected as far as possible away from the transmitting masts and enabled spotting receivers to be used without too much interference or blocking.  Mobile phone access was very limited from the LH as was Internet Access to gain RBN or DX Cluster spots. Carsten’s Windom antenna used with Skimmer equipment did provide us with CW spots to assist operation.

Our station was set up in the 18’ by 12’ lounge of one of the cottages after all the furniture had been carefully removed. The set up was very similar to that used in our caravan at Common Barn Farm.

On Saturday morning we were pleased to see sked contacts with Tony and Al at Walthew House and Christine LA9CSA on 40m – thank you guys!  Last years propagation was such that we were unable to make any contacts with club members.

Conditions in the contest were far from ideal with 10 and 15m not showing the volumes we have enjoyed in the past. 20m kept us busy though the early morning traffic did allow some of the team members to get some sleep.

All too quickly the contest ended at 1.00pm local time on Sunday and the antennas and station disassembled by late afternoon in time for us to re-cross the island to yet again retest the quality of the local Guinness.  Here it is important to stress that increasing the sample size is to be recommended and will always increase the accuracy of tests if only someone can remember the number in the first place!

Monday was a Bank Holiday over there and when asked ‘What happens over here on a Bank Holiday’ the reply was simply that no one goes to work! However there was plenty of ‘testing’ taking place!

Tuesday saw us trying to retrace our steps to Dublin on our first rainy day and indeed this cleared well before arriving in Dublin.

We travelled with Irish Ferries on the “Epsilon” going out to Dublin and back on the “Jonathon Swift” and used the Arranmore Blue ferry “Morven” to cross to the island.

My thanks to everyone involved with the contest as for me and I’m sure the other team members it was a thoroughly enjoyable adventure.

Bernard G3SHF   –  August 2016

Perseid meteor shower (11.08.16)

For many of us, August means summer holidays; for a few of us August means meteors, and the Perseid meteor shower, in particular. A meteor shower allows observers to view a good number of ‘shooting stars’ in a single evening, especially on the night/s that the shower peaks; and the peak of the Perseid shower in the UK is likely to be during the evening of the 12th and in the predawn hours of the 13th – this Friday night and Saturday morning.

Not only are meteors visible. They can be ‘heard’ as well, if you have a suitably equipped receiver: one capable of receiving single sideband (SSB) and/or an unmodulated carrier wave (CW).  (AM or FM won’t do, unfortunately.) Your radio will not pick up the meteors, as such, but the signals from ground-based transmitters that have been reflected by the trails of ionised air caused by the pieces of super-fast space debris burning up in the outer atmosphere.

To pick up these ‘radio’ meteors, tune your radio to 143,048.500kHz USB (just below the 2-metre amateur band) and align your antenna so that it is most sensitive to signals coming in from the southeast. The transmitter is question is the French satellite detection radar called GRAVES, located near Dijon, central France. It is one of the few high-power VHF stations that transmit a continuous carrier wave – a necessary condition for ‘backyard’ meteor detection – and is well positioned for UK listeners.

A meteor reflection is known as a ‘ping’, and this resembles the sound made, given the (usually) short time that the reflective ionisation lasts. Every so often you will here something more substantial than a ping: more a ‘zzzz-zing’, like a mosquito slowly buzzing past your ear. The more persistent reflectivity of the air along the meteor’s path  is a consequence of a relatively big chunk of space debris burning up in our atmosphere. (Most meteors are related to objects no bigger than a grain of sand.)

With your receiver set at 143,048.500kHz – 1.5kHz below the frequency of the GRAVES carrier – you will hear a reflection as a high-pitch (i.e. 1500Hz) tone. Should you wish to set your radio to CW, instead, set your dial to the actual GRAVES frequency (143.050.000kHz), and the pitch of the tone that you will hear will equate to that of the receiver’s beat frequency oscillator (BFO). (The default setting is about 700Hz, in my experience.)

For those without sideband- or CW-capable receivers, the Farnham (Hampshire) WebSDR (at http://websdr.suws.org.uk) provides an opportunity to tune in, although the site is most definitely ‘remote’. (Unfortunately, the ‘local’ Cheshire and Hack Green web  SDRs do not cover the part of the spectrum used by GRAVES.)

Good listening!   73   Evan Duffield M0TJU

2m SRS Club Net – Thursday 11 August 2016 (09.08.16)

We will be running a 2m net on Thursday 11 August.  The net will start at 19.30 local time – 2m FM – 145.375 +/- QRM.  Callsign in use will be G6UQ.  We look forward to hearing you on the net.

6m SRS Club Net – Tuesday 9 August 2016 (09.08.16)

We will be running a 6m net on Tuesday 9 August.  The net will start at 19.30 local time  –  6m FM – 51.550 MHz +/- QRM.  Callsign in use will be G8SRS.  We look forward to hear you on air.

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New Mast at HQ (06.08.16)

Today we installed the new mast at Walthew House (HQ for SRS).  Tony M0SAV organised the making and ordering the mast to fit in a very tight corner of the rear car park.  It was fitted with very few problems – excellent job.  I would like to thank all the guys who turned up today to help Gary (the installer) and myself to fit the mast in place at Wathew nothing was to much trouble.

Thank to Phil 2E0XYA   Nigel M6YKK   NEIL 2E0NAL  Andy 2E0GCL  Steve M6ISB  Neil M6NAE and a special thank you to Neil’s daughter for the excellent food she provided – Kind regards Alan SRS President G0ROW

SRS Welcome 4 new members to the Club (03.08.16)

On behalf of SRS we would like to welcome the following new members William M3WLP, Chris M0OGG, Dennis G7DSV and Brian G1YMW.  We look forward to seeing you at some of our club meetings.

 

Massive congratulations to the Vincelli Family (Darren 2E0DVM) (27.7.16)

On behalf of Stockport Radio Society we would like to say Congratulations to one of our members Darren 2E0DVM and his lovely XYL Liz on the birth of their baby daughter Alessia.  I have spoken to Darren all both mum and Alessia are doing well.  Luca (Alessia big brother) is very excited to meet his new sister.

RSGB Contest Islands On The Air Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st July 2016  (23.07.16)

We propose to to set up the station at Walthew HQ around 10.30am BST Saturday. Dependent on how many members turn up to operate will depend on what time we finish.

On Sunday we will be setting up around 9am BST. Again dependent on how many members attend will determine the finish time. PCG, on behalf of, SRS will be using a special call sign EJ0SR  representing Stockport Radio Society from ARAN ISLAND Lighthouse  EU 121.  You can listen out for PCG prior to the contest using CW or Phone on the HF bands, remember their call sign will have the EI or EJ prefix for the Republic of Ireland

Regards  Tony  M0SAV  SRS Chairman

Request from Wirral and District Amateur Radio Club (21.07.16)

Ladies and Gentlemen,  As Secretary at Wirral And District Amateur Radio Club, I am contacting you on behalf of Peter 2E0PCU, one of our members.

He is involved with the MALPAS STEAM RALLY and the event has secured a Special Event Callsign (GB6MSR) for this year. He is hoping to operate on HF and VHF throughout the weekend. The event is over the weekend of 10th and 11th September and we already have some of our members lined up to attend but All visitors are welcome and any help with operators willing to step in for an hour or so would be greatly appreciated.

Could I ask that as Committee members of  one of our near neighbouring clubs, you pass on the details to your members and publicise Peter’s event as much as possible?

More details can be obtained directly from Peter who’s e-mail address is m6pfg@yahoo.com      As I have said any visitors will be most welcome but  any help from other amateurs would also be appreciated.

Thank you all and have a great summer

Radio Night at SRS, Walthew House….come and enjoy… (17.07.16)

Tuesday 19 uly  is Radio Night at the club, (3rd Tuesday in the month)  so why not come along and join in the fun.  If you have trouble getting on the air from home due to equipment or antenna space limitations, why not seize the opportunity.  Just drop me an email and book a bit of time.  If you’re new to SSB and want a bit of advice, just ask and someone will be there to help.  The sets are now capable of all modes so may also be used for data or CW.

Also, Mike M6MPC will be running his Morse tutorial, so if you feel like getting in a bit of practice, why not sharpen up a pencil and join in the fun.  Headphones are available, but if you wish to bring your own, just check the cord is fitted with a 3.5mm or 1/4″ stereo jack.

Cheers, and see you there  –  Tom M0DCG  Programme Co-ordinator

SRS Annual Rally – A couple of Pics (10.07.16)

A great turnout at this years rally.  All the traders were helped in by our Stewards (the guys and gal in yellow jackets) to enable them to set up and then get their free cup of tea or coffee and toast that comes with being a trader at the SRS Rally.  We are taking bookings for next years rally which will take place on July 8 , 2017.  If you are interested in booking your table(s) for next year – get in early email Heth M6HNS or Nigel G0RXA on info@g8srs.co.uk or ring the bat phone on 07506 904422.  Many thanks to all the traders for attending

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The Main Room 9.30am doors opened early because of the rain

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Our Stewards waiting for the rain to stop ‘dont want to get our hair wet!’

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The JB Room at 9.30am doors opened early because of the rain

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The SRS stand duplicated from our stand at Narsa 2016

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Bylara’s Val G6MML with the SRS President Alan G0ROW

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The very busy (as usual) RSGB stand

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The busy kitchen at the SRS Rally with Steve G8YTP and his XYL and Sister in law

SRS Annual Rally – Saturday 9 July 2016 (10.07.16)

I would like to thank all members who assisted in setting out all rooms out on Friday evening and also for your assistance during and after the Rally on Saturday.

Your help is very much appreciated.  Thank You All

73 Tony M0SAV – SRS Chairman

6m Net – Tuesday 12 July 2016 (10.07.16)

SRS is running a 6m net this coming Tuesday 12 July at 19.00 hrs clock time the call will be G8SRS on 51.550 MHz +/- QRM,

ALL MADE WELCOME

73 AL G0ROW

2m Net – Thursday 14 July 2016 (10.07.16)

Our next 2m net will be this coming Thursday 14 July starting at 7.30pm on 145.375 +/-.  Dont forget to log you QSO’s and put in for your double sapphire award.

Look forward to hearing you all on the air – Heth M6HNS

40m Nets – 2pm on 7.175 mhz using callsign  G8WPL (08.07.16)

Don – G8WPL has kindly offered to do a monthly 40m net in the afternoons starting at 2pm on 7.175mhz.  The dates that these nets are on are below:

Wednesday   27 July    /    Wednesday   31 August    /    Wednesday   28 September    /    Wednesday   26 October    /    Wednesday   30 November    /    Wednesday 28  December.

Give Don a call and dont forget to add this to your HF ladder tally

Skills Night – Tuesday 26 July 2016 – Soldering Tuition Session (08.07.16)

I have received a request to have a soldering tuition session on a skills night.  We will arrange for this to take place on Tuesday 26th July and if required future skills nights.  This would be an advantage for anyone progressing to the Intermediate Course as soldering is a key point  also part of the ILC practical assessment.

If you would like to take part please let me know so that tables can be arranged and suitably protected. If you have your own soldering equipment and would like to bring it along please do so.

You can contact me by replying to info@g8srs.co.uk or see me at the club meeting or mention it on either the 2m or 6m nets which are on Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th.  We will have some PCB boards to practice on also some PL259s.

Tony  M0SAV  SRS Chairman

Skills Night – Tuesday 28 June 2016 (27.06.16)

The first Skills Night of the summer will be happening in a couple of days’ time.

Starting at 7:30pm, and lasting about an hour, will be Pete Singleton M1PTB’s technical presentation titled: “The Reflection Coefficient (‘Γ’), Return Loss, SWR and How They Are Related”. As you may have guessed, this is about what happens to signals along transmission lines (e.g. coax), and the consequence for the ‘load’ (i.e. the antenna, in the case of us radio operators).

At about 8:30pm, after Pete winds up, the FT-920 transceiver will be fired up to facilitate another demonstration of the Digital Modes. Those who attended the Digi Mode demo last week may wish to partake; this session, also, will be done chiefly for the benefit of new licencees. Unlike last time, we will try to make some QSOs. There will also be discussion, with the opportunity to ask questions and make comments. (I request that other Skills Night attendees be mindful of the session taking place, and keep interruptions to a minimum. Thanks.)

P.S. Regarding the Six Metre Antenna Project, we should have some news in the coming days.

Hope to see you on Tuesday night.  –  Evan M0TJU,  Assistant Programme Co-ordinator

Foundation Course which took place on Sunday 19 June (19.06.16)

Congratulations to all eight students who sat today’s Foundation Exam and passed. This is the result of the indicative marking.  Well done to all.

Thank you to Carsten G0SYP and Tom M0DCG tutors also to invigilators Al G0ROW and Steve G8YTP.

And now onto the Intermediate Course.    73 de Tony M0SAV  SRS Chairman

Data Modes on HAM Radio Satelittes (Supplied via AMSAT) (17.06.16)

Tony Bombardiere K2MO has released a video showing operation of PSK31, PSK63 and Hellshreiber on the amateur radio satellites.

He demonstrates WinPSK and IZ8BLY’s Hellschreiber which both have satellite capabilities. Essentially, the applications make it easy for the operator to monitor digital signals on the satellites downlink while simultaneously transmitting on the satellites uplink; it’s accomplished by utilizing the sound cards full-duplex operation.

Radio Night Tuesday 21 June 2016 (17.06.16)

Another Radio Night is nearly upon us, and we will have two stations on, as normal.>

A feature of the night that will be a departure from the routine will be a live demonstration of the Digital Modes (PSK31, etc.) on the FT920 transceiver from 7.45 to 8.30pm. This is being held for the benefit of those who have recently taken the Foundation Licence exam. Others may also watch, but are requested to keep chatter and interruptions to a minimum.

Given the significant power restrictions that most Foundation Licencees face (10 watts, maximum, on most bands), such operators may find it difficult to make single sideband (SSB) voice contacts on the HF bands. Being much more spectrum efficient than SSB, the digital modes require relatively little transmission power for their signals to be picked up; a handful of watts can make you regularly audible in Europe and, occasionally, across the Atlantic.

As we’ll see, using the digi modes requires a PC, a computer/radio interface and some encoding/decoding software. The warbling or jingling sounds that accompany digital transmissions carry information in the form of 1s and 0s, which your PC together with the right software can convert into meaningful text. Communicating with digi modes is much like participating in an Internet chat room. It’s simple and it’s fun.

There are dozens of digital modes to choose from, but the most commonly used mode – and the one that we’ll be concentrating on – is PSK, short for ‘phase shift keying’. It’s particularly easy to operate, and there should be plenty of PSK-transmitting stations on the air on Tuesday night that we can communicate with.

Those of you who are keen to get on the air on Tuesday – and don’t want to risk missing out – are invited to reserve a block of time on one of the stations. To request a reservation, just email me at evanduffield@yahoo.co.uk.

Hope to see you on Tuesday night.  –  Evan M0TJU

Birthday Wishes (13.06.16)

On behalf of the SRS committee we would like to wish Marie M0MLK a very happy birthday.  Hope you have a great day.

Stockport Radio Society Club Nets – June 2016 (12.06.16)

To All Members  the club will be running two nets this week,

The1st net will be on Tuesday 14th June on 6m FM on 51.550 MHz +/- QRM at 19.30 local time and we will be using the club call G3LX,

The 2nd net will be on Thursday 16th June on 2m FM on 145.375 MHz +/- QRM at 19.30 local time and we will be using the club call G8SRS,

Please give the Net team a call,-  Kind regards Alan G0ROW and Tony M0SAV

Stockport Radio Society Rally – July 9, 2016 (09.06.16)

Do you have anything you need to sell?  Does your club have excess equipment?  If so, why not book at table at Stockport Radio Societies Rally on July 9th. Download the rally leaflet with all the information on or give us a call on the ‘bat’ phone 07506 904422.

We have members on site from early doors to assist traders bringing in the goods, and all traders get a free tea, coffee or juice and toast prior to the start of the event Free of charge.   Stockport Radio Rally 2016

Club of the Year Presentation – Region 3 Large Clubs  (07.06.16)

ArchivePosts2016_image011 On Tuesday 7 June, Stockport Radio Society were very honoured to be presented with the RSGB Region 3 Club of the Year 2015 (large clubs) shield

The shield was presented to our Media Manager Heather Stanley M6HNS by Dave Wilson M0OBW on behalf of our Regional Manager Kath Wilson M1CNY who was unable to attend, but sent her apologies at missing the presentation.  This is the second time that Stockport Radio Society have won this shield.  Our first win was in 2009 in the inaugural year of the competition.

Good Luck to all the regional finalists from both small and large clubs, and we look forward to seeing you all at Newark later this year.

Picture Caption – Heather Stanley M6HNS with Dave Wilson M0OBW   Picture taken by Stewart G3PMJ

WPX and NFD Contests (07.06.16)

The Peak Contest Group have just completed contests over the last 2 weekends.  The first was the WPX HF CW 48 hour contest over the last weekend in May.

From our usual venue above Rainow we enjoyed superb weather to set up the MULTI 2 station.   IE 2 HF stations with linears feeding 2 masts with dipoles for 160, 80 and 40m, with yagis for 20,15 and 10m.  We used the club callsign G8SRS and made 3795 QSOs compared with 3440 the previous year giving us   9.5M points compared to the 2015 8.3M points.

Last weekends event was the RSGB Region 1 National Field Day HF CW 24 hour event again from our Rainow venue,  This event requires that portable stations are set-up within 24 hours of the start of the contest and permits 2 transceivers to be used but only one signal at any time. G3LX/P callsign was used and as usual competition in the caravan for the ‘transmit’ switch was fierce.  (The ‘Transmit’ switch controlled the circuits to morse keys so only one signal was transmitted)

After the usual last minute rush before the contest start we were on our way but with one yagi operated by hand rather than electrically.  1511 QSOs were made 5104 points compared with 1460 QSOs and 5137 points last year.  Conditions were thought to be poorer this year with little activity on 10m.

My thanks to the operators Carsten G0SYP, Tom M0DCG, Evan M0YJU, Dave G0LZL and Kieron M5KJM.

And also thanks to Pete M1PTR for setting up the PCs and caravan network and also John M0JEK for setting up an Internet link to a local cottage.

Regards  Bernard G3SHF

Band Plan changes from 1 June 2016 (06.06.16)

rsgb | June 3, 2016

Amateurs are advised that updates to a number of band plans are now in effect in the UK and across IARU Region 1 as of 1 June 2016.  The changes to 80m, 30m and VHF provide for greater flexibility for narrow band digital modes.  The new version also includes some editorial updates in other bands.

Full details can be found in Band Plans and Information on the RSGB website.

Silent Key at Stockport Radio Society – M6RVS (25.05.16)

It is with great sadness that I have been asked to pass on this sad news, that last Friday May 20, Bob Sylvester M6RVS sadly passed away.  We will be putting a note in the next issue of QUA.  If you knew Bob and would like to put your condolescences down, please let me know. – please email hethstanley@gmail.com

On behalf of Stockport Radio Society our thoughts are with his family.

Tuesday 24 May 2016 – Skills Night at SRS (23.05.16)

As Tues 24th is fourth Tuesday in the month,  it’s skills night once again.  This is the evening when we come along to learn, design, solder, fault-find etc,  what ever takes your fancy.

This time we have Peter Singleton giving another in his series of short technical talks.  This one is on “Foster’s Reactance Theorem” as applied to series and parallel circuits.  Again though not part of the syllabus, this material provides interesting background for those about to take the Advanced Level exam, as well as to us oldies as we contemplate our resonant circuits.

In addition to Peter’s talk,  I’d like to suggest we consider the construction of a 6m antenna as a Skills Night project and I’ll be raising the topic during the course of the evening.  Recently the club has run a number of enjoyable 6m nets, which makes this project worthwhile.  If you’re interested, do come along and offer suggestions as to what sort of design/materials we should consider.

Finally,  Mike will be with us to run another of his Morse sessions, so do come and join in the fun.  Pens, paper and ear-phones are available.  If you prefer to use your own phones, sockets available take 1/4″ or 3.5mm jacks.  Morse class starts at 7pm, followed by Peter at about 7.45.

See you there!  –  Tom Spence M0DCG

Invitation to the Presentation of the Club of the Year Region 3 Trophy on Tuesday June 7 2016 (18.05.16)

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Contest Alert –  1st 144MHz Backpackers (18.05.15)

This contest takes place on Sun 22-May-2016 11:00 UTC.  The rules for the contest can be found here

http://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/contest_rules.pl?contest=144backpack1

Contest Alert – 144MHz May Contest (18.05.15)

This contest takes place on Sat 21-May-2016 14:00 UTC.  The rules for the contest can be found here

http://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/contest_rules.pl?contest=may144

Radio Night – Tuesday 17 May 2016 (16.05.16)

Tuesday 17th May is Radio Night at the club, so why not come along and join in the fun.  More work has been done on the stations, getting the logging/interface systems going so in addition to trying the mike or key, why not come along and have a shot at PSK31/RTTY etc.  There should be those of us around to give help where necessary, getting started.

Also, Mike M6MPC will be running his usual Morse tutorial, so if you feel like getting in a bit of practice, why not sharpen up a pencil and join in the fun.  Headphones are available, but if you wish to bring your own, just check the cord is fitted with a 3.5mm or 1/4″ stereo jack.

Cheers,  Tom M0DCG

Aurora Enhanced Propagation (08.05.16)

Folks, a fast solar wind stream has triggered substantial disturbance in the geomagnetic field (Kp=6), and this has created enhanced propagation conditions between Scandinavia and the rest of northern Europe (including the UK) on 144, 50 and 28MHz. Signal flutter may be detectable on the lower HF and MF bands as the evening progresses.

There may be visible aurora as far south as the Scottish Borders late in the evening.  The (radio) enhancement will probably peak at around 1800UT and 0000UT (9 May).

Info about stations being worked can be found on www.dxsummit.fi. If an ‘A’ or ‘AU’ is shown in the signal reports or comments, the the propagation has been auroral. Fifty- and 28-meg AU contacts have been made between the G-land and Scandinavia already this afternoon.

I’d be interested to know what people have heard/contacts made.

73 – Evan M0TJU

SRS 2m Net – Thursday 12 May 2016 (05.05.16)

We will be running our monthly 2 m net on Thursday 12 May from 19.30 on 145.375 +/-.  In the Chair will be Tony M0SAV using the callsign G6UQ.

SRS 6m Net – Tuesday 10 May 2016 (05.05.16)

We will be running a 6m net on Tuesday 10 May from 19.30 local time – 51.550Mhz +/- QRM.  Al G0ROW will be chairing the net using the call sign G8SRS.

Looking forward to hearing you on air.

Further Update from the Isle of Muck (05.05.16)

40 – 80 dipole is now up and running. Although the 10 metre pole is now less than 7 metres after 2 wind induced breaks. We have had no ferries in since the one we came on last Saturday. The only boat to make it in was the Shearwater last Monday, so it was a good decision to bring a weeks worth of food with us and not rely on a delivery from the mainland. We have had quite a lot of contacts around G but some have been on 17 metres funny propagation at present. We will be on 40 ssb tomorrow between 11.00 and 13.00 hrs. Which seems to give us the best chance of working into the North West. Hope  we can work some of you.

Ray and Andy

The Kings School Contact Tim Peake (03.05.16)

The ARISS UK Operations team are delighted to announce that the final ARISS Schools contact of the Principia Mission will be between The King’s School in Ottery St Mary, Devon and Tim Peake GB1SS on the International Space Station.

The date and time has now been confirmed as Monday, May 9 at 0926 GMT (10:26 am BST).  Not only will this be the final ARISS Principia contact with Tim Peake, but it will also be a scheduled HamTV contact.

The contact should be receivable on 145.800 MHz FM over the British Isles and Western Europe and webcast on the ARISS Principia website.

The King’s School  –  http://www.thekings.devon.sch.uk/  https://twitter.com/KingsSchoolOSM

In episode 10 of the TX Factor show Mike Marsh G1IAR returns to his old school in Ottery Saint Mary, Devon to learn how science lessons have changed since he was a lad, see
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/02/27/hamtv-at-goonhilly-in-tx-factor-show/

ARISS Principia https://principia.ariss.org/

UK ARISS shortlisted schools https://amsat-uk.org/2016/02/03/all-uk-ariss-shortlisted-schools-are-now-scheduled/

Listening to the ISS on a handheld radio https://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/10/listening-iss-on-handheld/

Article via Amsat UK

Talk Night at SRS Tueday 3 May 2016 (03.05.16)

This Tuesday is the first of the month and we usually have a talk.  However our speaker is unavailable at this time so we are substituting a video.   We also plan to try out the radio stations on digital modes (PSK31). Some work is still required on the software so why not come along and have a go helping with setting up the programme – Tom M0DCG

Update from the Isle of Muck (02.05.16)

Very windy So only got aerials for 10 – 30 metres hope to put up 40 – 80 dipole tomorrow. Tried several times, but wind gets the better of us. We are at the top of a small cliff (about 50 feet high) above the beach. There is no fence and space is restricted so it is quite exciting wrestling a 10 metre pole against the wind. The cottage is about 400 metres past the end of the road so all equipment has to be man handled along a steep rocky path. Many locals helped us with this. 20 metres has been good today lots of contacts but very little dx mainly europe.

Ray and Andy

Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat celebrates Tomsk Polytechnic University anniversary (01.05.16)

The Russian Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat is different from other CubeSats – it has a handle!

The 3U CubeSat was launched from Baikonur to the ISS on March 31, 2016 in a Progress-MS-2 cargo vessel. It will be deployed by hand during a future Russian spacewalk (EVA), which is why it has a handle.

The satellite was developed by students at the Tomsk Polytechnic University to test new space materials technology and will be the world’s first space vehicle with a 3D-printed structure.

In May 2016 Tomsk Polytechnic University celebrates its 120th anniversary. As part of the celebration on May 10-11, 2016 Tomsk-TPU-120 will be activated in the ISS and will transmit a greeting to Earth inhabitants, recorded by students of the university in 10 languages: Russian, English, German, French, Chinese, Arabic, Tatar, Indian, Kazakh and Portuguese.

The greeting signal will be transmitted once a minute on 437.025 MHz FM and one of the Kenwood transceivers (TM D700) on the ISS will provide a cross-band relay, re-transmitting the signal on 145.800 MHz FM.

Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB reports that on May 5 the Russian ISS crew will charge the satellite battery, connect the antenna and configure the Kenwood transceiver for relay operation, they will then make a test transmission.

Dmitry operates a WebSDR which you can use to receive the transmissions when the ISS is over Russia http://websdr.r4uab.ru/

The next Russian spacewalk appears to be EVA-43 which expected to take place in early 2017 http://spaceflight101.com/iss/iss-calendar/

Use Google translator to read original article by Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB  http://r4uab.ru/?p=11845

Article via Amsat

Operating from the Isle of Muck (28.04.16)

Andy M1LOL and Ray M1REK will be operating as MM1LOL from the Isle of Muck, from 1 May 2016 to 7 May 2016. 10 to 80 metres SSB and data. Hope to work as members of SRS as possible.

Ashfield Primary School Contact Tim Peake (27.04.16)

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TIm Peake preparing for his spacewalk in January 2016 (Picture via Amstat)

The ARISS UK Operations team are delighted to announce that the ARISS Schools contact between Ashfield Primary School in Otley, West Yorkshire has now been confirmed  for Thursday 5th May at 0808 UT (9:08 am BST) with Tim Peake on the International Space Station.

The contact should be receivable on 145.800 MHz FM over the British Isles and Western Europe and webcast on the ARISS Principia website.

The Wharfedale Observer reports Otley school has been chosen for ‘out of this world’ talk using amateur radio to British astronaut.

Children in Otley are set to enjoy an ‘out of this world’ talk with British astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS.

Ashfield Primary School pupils will be put in direct contact with Major Peake, who is on a mission with the International Space Station, in May.

The event is a coup for the school which is the only one in Yorkshire to be selected for the Amateur Radio on ISS link-up.

Ashfield was chosen following a lengthy application process involving schools across the country, and will be put in touch with the space station at some point between May 3 and 6.

Its bid was led by staff member Michael Ross M6FFK, through his links with Otley Amateur Radio Society (OARS) and supported by BBC One Show scientist – and Otley resident – Dr Marty Jopson.

Read the full story at
http://www.wharfedaleobserver.co.uk/news/14347948.Otley_school_chosen_for__out_of_this_world__talk_to_British_astronaut/

ARISS Principia https://principia.ariss.org/

Ashfield Primary School Otley
http://www.ashfieldprimary.co.uk/
https://twitter.com/AshfieldOtley
https://www.facebook.com/ashfieldprimary/

UK ARISS shortlisted schools https://amsat-uk.org/2016/02/03/all-uk-ariss-shortlisted-schools-are-now-scheduled/

Listening to the ISS on a handheld radio https://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/10/listening-iss-on-handheld/

Three New CubeSats now in Orbit (via Amstat News) (26.04.16)

Signals have been received from the three CubeSats launched April 25 on Soyuz flight VS14 from the Kourou spaceport in South America.

The three CubeSats were developed by student teams under the European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office “Fly Your Satellite!” program, which is aimed at training the next generation of aerospace professionals. The satellites are OUFTI-1, Université of Liège, Belgium; e-st@r-II, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy; AAUSAT-4, University of Aalborg, Denmark.

The signal from the e-st@r satellite 1200 bps beacon is very weak which may indicate an antenna deployment issue or unexpectedly low transmit power. ESA report the e-st@r team is working to consolidate the radio communication link with their satellite.

OUFTI-1 carries the first dedicated amateur D-Star satellite transponder, further information and frequencies of all three CubeSats are at
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/04/05/d-star-satellite-to-launch-from-kourou/

OUFTI-1 reports http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?cat=321

e-st@r reports http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?cat=84

AAUSAT-4 reports http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?cat=8

Read the ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/three-esa-fly-your-satellite-program-cubesats-now-in-orbit

ESA Fly Your satellite! CubeSats phoned home
http://www.esa.int/Education/CubeSats_-_Fly_Your_Satellite/Fly_Your_Satellite!_CubeSats_phoned_home

Advanced Tutorials – Primer 1 Thursday 28 April 2016 (24.04.16)

For those studying for their Advanced licence, please note that the first tutorial – Primer 1 is on Thursday 28 April 2016 at Walthew House starting at 7pm.

Anyone unable to attend, please let one of the Tutors know.

Tuesday 26 April 16 – Skills Night at SRS (24.04.16)

As you’re aware Tuesday (26th) is the 4th Tuesday of the month and that means it’s skills night. Once again feel free to bring in any unfinished projects and a few soldering tools for a bit of further work!  If you have a bit of kit which doesn’t work, don’t feel embarrassed, just bring it in as well – someone might know something about it! As usual if you are planning to do soldering, no problem but I’d ask that you let me know beforehand as we’ll have to set out sufficient cardboard covered tables, extension leads etc.  Also, if anyone has suggestions as to what kits we might like to tackle as communal projects, feel free to come forward.  That’ll help us pick.  To date we haven’t had any suggestions for a communal construction project and getting one started might well be a good idea to help us all practice our soldering skills.

Once again, before we tackle the practical stuff, starting around 7.30pm, Pete Singleton is going to give us the third of his short technical talks.  This time it’s going to be building on what we covered in the first two talks introducing the terms “Admittance, Conductance and Susceptance – Shunting Things!”.  In it we’ll be introduced to the use of complex numbers in parallel resonant circuits.  Again I’d recommend it as good background for anyone planning on doing the Advanced Level course.

Mike M6MPC will be available to run another of his Morse session on, so do come and join us with pen and paper.  Headphones are available if you wish to borrow a set, but feel free to use your own  (1/4″ or 3.5mm stereo jack). Depending upon demand we could probably accomodate some keying practice as well.  Mike usually starts with the Morse around 7pm with a break for the talk.

Any queries – drop me an e-mail  –  Tom Spence M0DCG (Act. Coord.)

Club of the Year – Regional Winners  RSGB General Manager | April 23, 2016  (23.04.16)

At the AGM held this afternoon in Glasgow, the regional winners of the Club of the Year 2015 competition were announced.  Congratulations to all.

Small Clubs

Region 1   Cockenzie and Port Seton ARC, Region 2  Caithness ARS, Region 5  Staffordshire Portable ARC, Region 8  Green Island ARS, Region 11  Sidmouth ARS, Region 12  Leiston ARC, Region 13  South Kesteven ARS

Large Clubs

Region 3  Stockport RS, Region 4  Denby Dale ARS, Region 5   Telford and District ARS, Region 8  Grey Point ARS, Region 9  Reading ARC, Region 10  Hilderstone ARC, Region 11  Torbay ARS, Region 12  Norfolk ARC, Region 13 Worksop ARS,

 

Well done to all, especially Heather M6HNS and Ed 2E0CFM for compiling the entry forms.

Tony M0SAV SRS Chairman

ESA Annouce Competition for Radio Hams (21.04.16)

The European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office will give a prize to the first three radio amateurs to send a recorded signal from either the AAUSAT4, E-st@r-II or OUFTI-1 CubeSats which are expected to launch Saturday, April 23 at 2102 UT.

The launch of the three CubeSats on a Russian Soyuz-STA Fregat-M rocket from Kourou in South America had been planned for Friday but was postponed 24 hours due to poor weather.

Soon after being deployed into their final orbit, the CubeSats will begin transmitting signals to Earth that can be picked up by anyone with common amateur radio equipment. ESA challenges anyone to record the signal and send it to cubesats@esa.int, and to the CubeSat team.

For each CubeSat, the first email received for which the signal is confirmed to belong to the CubeSat will be awarded with the following prizes:
• ESA Fly Your Satellite! poster
• ESA Education goodie bag
• Scale 1:1 3D printed model of a CubeSat

Full details and frequency information are available at
http://www.esa.int/Education/CubeSats_-_Fly_Your_Satellite/Be_the_first_to_catch_a_signal_from_Fly_Your_Satellite!_from_space

D-STAR satellite to launch from Kourou
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/04/05/d-star-satellite-to-launch-from-kourou/

Tuesday 19 April 2016 – Radio Night (17.04.16)

As I.m sure you’re aware Tues 19th April is “3rd Tuesday” of the month and that means radio night.  We’ll have the mobile station units in use so do come along and feel free to have a go on the air.  Don’t be put off if you feel a bit “Mike shy” or are intimidated by the thought of going out on the air…..there will be people around willing to help with advice, use of the equipment etc.

Mike M6MPC will be running his regular Morse tutorial so bring a pencil and practice a bit of copying, or if you’re in the mood come and have a go at keying, either with a straight key or with a paddle..  We plan to have a pair of radios running back to back into dummy loads so you can practice with real sets, without going out on the air.

See you there!  –  Tom Spence M0DCG

ArchivePosts2016_image014IET Event at Stockport College – Thursday 21st April 7.15pm (12.04.16)

Please see the attached image of an event that is taking place at Stockport College.  These events are very interesting and well attended.  Non Members are welcome to this event.

ArchivePosts2016_image015Narsa 10 April 2016 – Winner of Construction Trophy – Phil 2E0XYA (10.04.16)

A bit of good news to promote – at this years NARSA Rally we are very proud to announce that we won another trophy

Construction – Colin Fox Trophy  –  Phil Hodges (Stockport RS)

Well done to Phil from all at SRS

SRS 6m Nets – April to September 2016 (10.04.16)

Al G0ROW will be running a 6m net on the following dates either using his own callsign or one of the club callsigns.  Please come on and have a chat – this is open to other clubs aswell.

Tuesday 12th April, Tuesday 10th May, Tuesday 14th June, Tuesday 12th July, Tuesday  9th Aug, Tuesday 13th Sept

Frequencies will be sent out on email to SRS members and via social meida and the website prior to the net.

The Derby High School to speak to ISS (04.04.16)

 

The Derby High School to speak to ISS

by m5aka

UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS

The Bury Times reports The Derby High School GB1DHS will be one of only two schools in the North West to hold an amateur radio contact with UK astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS.

The newspaper says: The call from The Derby High School to the International Space Station will take place on the week commencing April 25, but because the link is dependent on the exact orbit of the ISS and the crew schedules, the exact dates and times for possible calls will not be known until around 10 days before the link up is scheduled.

The Derby was selected to host a call after applying to take part in the Amateur Radio competition, a collaboration between the UK Space Agency, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Read the full story at
http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/14392824.High_school_chosen_to_make_special_radio_call_to_astronaut_Tim_Peake/

The Derby High School
https://twitter.com/derbyhighbury
http://www.derby.bury.sch.uk/

ARISS Principia site https://principia.ariss.org/

UK ARISS shortlisted schools schedule
http://amsat-uk.org/2016/02/03/all-uk-ariss-shortlisted-schools-are-now-scheduled/

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

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

m5aka | April 3, 2016 at 7:53 pm | Tags: Amateur RadioARISSHam RadioISSTim Peake | Categories: Daily Updates | URL: http://wp.me/p2Mn4x-7qD

SRS Presentation Tuesday 5 April 2016 – How to Make the Right Connection (03.04.16)

Hi Friends,

It’s first Tuesday of the month once again.  John M0PEK will be taking us through the topic –  “How to make the right connection” ?  A demonstration of crimping, cable making and a multitude of different methods on how to make the best connection.  Why not come along and find out how it should be done!

Also,  Mike M0MPC will be running the Morse tutorial so why not come along and brush up on reading and sending.  Morse runs from 7pm till the start of the talk/demo which should be a little after 7.30pm.

See you there – Tom Spence M0DCG

RSGB 80 metre CC SSB Contest from Walthew House….tonight(24/3) 2000-2130hrs…..Invitation (24.03.16)

Just a quick reminder the above contest will be run from Walthew House tonight using one of the mobile stations.  If you want to try your hand at radio contesting, please come along and have a go.  Come and learn techniques… how to “find a frequency”…”call CQ”…”search and pounce”…logging.. etc.   All part of the fun!  The mode is SSB and the frequencies used are 3.602 – 3.650 and 3.700 – 3.775MHz.  The exchange is “59” plus serial number.

See you there,  Tom M0DCG

Skills Night at Walthew House  Tuesday 22nd March…including second technical talk by Peter M0PTB (21.03.16)

Hi All  –  As you’re aware Tuesday (22nd) is the 4th Tuesday of the month and that means it’s skills night. Feel free to bring in any unfinished projects and a few soldering tools for a bit of further work!  If you are planning to do soldering, no problem but I’d ask that you let me know beforehand as we’ll have to set out sufficient cardboard covered tables, extension leads etc.  Also, if anyone has suggestions as to what kits we might like to tackle as communal projects, feel free to come forward.  That’ll help us pick.

Once again, before we tackle the practical stuff, starting around 7.30pm, Pete Singleton is going to give us the second of a few short technical talks.  This one is on  “j, π, ω”.  It covers the Vector rotation operator j, with a brief recap on pi leading to radians and radian frequency.  The theory is then used to develop the resonance formula for a series-tuned circuit.  An appendix about Q may be available.  The talk is shorter than the first one and is more focused, rather than the introductory stuff in the first talk. Again, this material should provide interesting background for those interested in the Intermediate and Advanced Level courses.

Mike M6MPC will be available to run another of his Morse session on the 23rd, so do come and join us with pen and paper.  Headphones are available if you wish to borrow a set, but feel free to use your own  (1/4″ or 3.5mm stereo jack). Depending upon demand we could probably accomodate the use of one of the two mobile stations.  Mike usually starts with the Morse around 7pm.

Any queries – drop me an e-mail  –  Tom Spence M0DCG (Act. Coord.)

SRS Meeting Tues 15th Mar 2016…Narsa Preparations…Radio Night…Morse class… (12.03.16)

Hi Everyone  –  Just to remind you the SRS meeting at Walthew House on Tuesday 15th March (our normal radio on the air evening) will include preparations for the soon to be held NARSA Rally at Blackpool.  Accordingly, the NARSA team will be using a corner of the room.  Please allow them space to flex their creative muscles!

As usual we will be running the Walthew House radio stations as the 15th is “3rd Tuesday”,  If anyone wishes help with radio operating technique or just wishes to “get on the air”, you can book time by dropping me an e-mail.  Mike will also be running his Morse school (commencing around 7pm).  Feel free to bring in keys if anyone wishes to practice sending.

See you there!  Tom Spence M0DCG

Tim Peake talks about Amateur Radio on the ISS (11.03.16)

In this video, http://amsat-uk.org/2016/03/11/tim-peake-talks-about-amateur-radio-on-the-iss) UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS talks about the opportunities ARISS offers and the impact it can have on the next generation of explorers.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio.

On Thursday, March 10, 2016 astronauts on the International Space Station logged their 1,000th educational contact with the ground. No matter how many times it happens, talking directly with someone orbiting above the Earth remains a thrill for students.

ARISS contact planned for school in Mid Wales, UK (05.03.16)

Saturday, March 5, 2016, at approximately 10:55 GMT, an ARISS contact is planned between astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS and Powys Secondary Schools GB4PCS, Mid Wales, United Kingdom.

The International Space Station (ISS) signal will be audible over the British Isles and Europe on 145.800 MHz FM and streamed live on the ARISS Principia website.

Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS

School presentation:

Powys Combined Schools represent all secondary schools across the county of Powys in Wales. With students from over 90 primary schools and 12 secondary schools, we represent students from the age of 4 up to 18.
As Powys Combined Schools, we have a pool of some 7,700 students aged 11-18 and a similar number of 4-11 year olds in the primary schools.

Our goal is be to leverage our existing relationships with the primaries in each secondary catchment area to organise a county wide event over the months leading up to the ARISS contact. During which time workshops, projects and activities aimed around STEM subjects would be run.

Powys covers the historic counties of Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire, most of Brecknockshire (Breconshire), and a small part of Denbighshire — an area of 5,179 km² or 2,000 sq miles, making it the largest county in Wales by land area. Most of Powys is mountainous, with north-south transport being difficult.

The majority of the Powys population lives in villages and small towns. The largest towns are Newtown, Ystradgynlais, Brecon, and Welshpool. Powys has the lowest population density of all the principal areas of Wales.

Just under a third of the residents have Welsh linguistic skills: Welsh speakers are concentrated mainly in the rural areas both in and around Machynlleth, Llanfyllin and Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant (where William Morgan first translated the whole Bible into Welsh in 1588) in Montgomeryshire (Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn), and the industrial area of Ystradgynlais in the extreme south-west of Brecknockshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog).

As part of his mission training Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS learned how to use the ISS amateur radio equipment

Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows.

  1. Caitlin (aged 13): What training regime did you have to undertake in order to prepare for your mission to the space station?
    2. Emily (aged 13): What is your favourite study that you carrying out to show what life is like in space?
    3. Kelsey (aged 13): What objects in space can you see more clearly with your eyes in space?
    4. Amelia (aged 13): Can you describe the automatic systems on board the ISS to keep you in your current orbit?
    5. Callum (aged 11): What research are you currently working on?
    6. Kit (aged 13): Do you ever feel sudden vertigo or claustrophobia whilst you are up in space?
    7. Wyn (aged 14): Do you feel your senses are any different in space compared to being on the ground – for example is your sense of smell more acute?
    8. Edward (aged 15): On the Principia website, it says you are looking into a range of research areas including ‘novel materials’. Can you describe a new material you are working on?

Tim Peake GB1SS preparing for his space walk in January

  1. Amy (aged 14): Can you describe what is meant by ‘Fluid Physics’ and describe any experiments you are conducting using ‘Fluid Physics’?
    10. Gwen (aged 18): On one of your video reports, we can see you watching the 6 Nations Rugby.  How can you have a better picture in space compared to us here on earth?
    11. Caitlin (aged 13): What inspires you to keep up the demanding physical exercise routines in space?
    12. Emily (aged 13): How long does do you expect it to take you to acclimatise when you return to the earths surface?
    13. Kelsey (aged 13): Of the objects you said that you can see with your eyes, what specific detail is better from space?
    14. Amelia (aged 13): How do you assess your muscular strength in space?
    15. Callum (aged 11): Can you describe how you get into and leave the ISS without losing any air?
    16. Kit (aged 13): What is your favourite discovery you and the team have made during your time in space so far?
    17. Wyn (aged 14): How long does it take to prepare for a spacewalk??
    18. Edward (aged 15): Picking one ‘novel material’, can you describe how it would be used on earth?
    19. Amy (aged 14): Of all the experiments you are carrying out on the human body, which one has given you the biggest surprise in terms of results?

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crew members onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology and learning.

73, Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS mentor

ARISS Principia site https://principia.ariss.org/

Video of Tim Peake and Oasis Academy contact (21.02.16)

ARISS UK have released an edited 73 minute video of the ARISS contact between Tim Peake GB1SSand the Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bristol GB1OAB which took place on February 19, 2016.

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Oasis Brightstowe students learning about radio communications in preparation for the ARISS contact – Credit UK Space Agency

The video starts with a summary produced by the students at the school of their involvement in, and activities carried out, during their study of Space and STEM. This portion of the video concludes with the school band performing a cover of a number of songs related to space!

Sir David Parker, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency welcomes everyone present before handing over to Ciaran Morgan M0XTD (at approx 20 minutes) from ARISS who begins the ARISS programme with an introduction of the team, their roles and all the equipment that has been brought to the school to help facilitate the contact.

The actual ARISS contact starts at approx. 37 minutes.

After the contact has finished, the school head students concludes the afternoon with a thank you speech.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bfhrvPhOeA

Reminder – forthcoming Manchester top-band DF group event. (20.02.16)

The next top-band direction finding event organised by the Manchester DF group is on Sunday 28th February.  Initial transmission is at 1000hrs, event finishes at 1200hrs, followed by a pub lunch.

The start point is the Broad Road entrance to Clarendon Crescent Recreation Ground, here:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.4248822,-2.3049244,19.7z

Map: OS Sheet 109, NGR 848,843.

Please advise me of your intention to attend, well in advance, so I can advise the pub regarding seating requirements.

Posted on behalf of Roger, G0BSU (For DF info please email info@ManchesterDF.org.uk)

Skills Night Feb… Tues 23rd…Walthew house…bring your projects etc….including talk by Pete  M0PTB (19.02.16)

Here we are again at the fourth Tuesday (23rd) of the month and once again it’s skills night – time to fetch in those unfinished projects and a few soldering tools for a bit of further work!  If you are planning to do soldering, no problem but I’d ask that you let me know beforehand as we’ll have to set out sufficient cardboard covered tables, extension leads etc.  Also, if anyone has suggestions as to what kits we might like to tackle as communal projects, feel free to come forward.  That’ll help us pick.

But before we start with the practical stuff, Pete Singleton is going to give us the first of a few short technical talks.  This one is on “Vectors, Sinusoids and Phasors”.  Don’t be put off by the scary title – this stuff is a good lead in to us further improving our understanding of topics such as resonance, transmission lines, SWR antenna efficiencies etc.  The talks should provide helpful background knowledge for those taking or thinking about taking the Intermediate or Advanced Level exams as well as reminding us older hobbists of “how to do things properly”.

Mike M6MPC isn’t available to run the Morse session on the 23rd, so I’m proposing we give it a rest this coming week.  We had our monthly radio evening this past Tuesday evening and I’m therefore suggesting we don’t go “on air” with the mobile stations on the 23rd, however as we still have a little work to do on the second of these (getting the logging software to talk to the set!) , there will problably be people working on its interfacing and programming.

Any queries – drop me an e-mail,  –  Tom Spence M0DCG (Act. Coord.)

URGENT IMPORTANT INFORMATION WALTHEW HOUSE PARKING  (17.02.16)

The car park at Walthew House is being repaired and re landscaped week beginning Monday 22nd of February, works will be expected to last 2/3 weeks. During this time there will be very little or no parking whatsoever.  There is on street parking on the local roads around Walthew House (listed below), please be aware that some roads have resident and other parking restrictions as well as free parking, please look for signs.

  1. Opposite Walthew House – Lyme Grove, Crosby Street, Lowfield Road.
  2. Car park behind Harry Bates
  3. By the side of Shaw Heath Medical Centre, Randolph Place.
  4. Side alleyway to the left of Walthew House, Broadhurst Street, Avon Street, Florist Street, Ladysmith Street.

Please pass this information on to all your member and delegates.We cannot accept any responsibility for any parking charges incurred and apologise for any inconvenience during the scheduled works.

Thank you for your cooperation.

ARISS contact planned for Oasis Academy Brightstowe by m5aka (16.02.16)

Friday, February 19, 2016, at approximately 14:23 UTC, an ARISS contact is planned for Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bristol, United Kingdom.  UK astronaut Tim Peake will be using the call sign GB1SS  while the Academy will use GB1OAB.

The ISS signal will be audible over Western Europe on 145.800 MHz FM. The contact will be webcast on the ARISS Principia website

UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS

School presentation:

Oasis Academy Brightstowe is an independent Academy for 11 – 16 year olds, located in Shirehampton, North Bristol. We opened in September 2008 in the state-of-the-art buildings of the former Portway School. Our facilities here are second to none, with an on-site restaurant, great sports facilities and a well-stocked Library.

Oasis Academy Brightstowe was given £1.8million to develop a 21st century ICT capability, so students here have access to the very latest technology; including a fully equipped Library, access to Wi-Fi throughout the school, and a Virtual Learning Environment, designed to give students access to online learning provision.

The Academy has one of the highest computer-per-student ratios of any school in the area (better than one between two students) and we encourage students to be competent with the use of computers and the internet in their lessons.

The new technology is embraced by both staff and students and forms a key part of lesson planning and delivery. Interactive whiteboards are a feature of every classroom and teachers can instantly turn any workspace into an ICT suite using one of our eight portable laptop trolleys.

Principia Mission Patch

Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows.

  1. Emily (12): From my research, I have found out that you are taking part in 265 experiments. Which one is the most important for us here on Earth?
  2. Luke (15): In your opinion, will unmanned missions ever be equal to manned ones?
  3. Francesca (16): In a microgravity environment, can dust, debris and liquids cause a danger, and if so how do you deal with it?
  4. Seema (15): My aim is to be the first female Afghan astronaut. What would be the one most important piece of advice that you have for me?
  5. Jack (11): Were you told what experiments you had to do, or did you get to choose?
  6. Ashleigh (16): How many days supplies do you have on board should a resupply mission not would you potentially be able to live for, and how would you survive the longest?
  7. Lewis (16): How did you build the confidence to go into space?
  8. Natalie (16): Why should we continue to fund expensive space missions when we have more pressing problems on Earth?
  9. Nazain (18): If the world’s leaders could see the earth from your current perspective, do you think there would be a better consensus to sort out the problems of the world?
  10. Kerys (10): Did anything in your previous career or experiences, prepare you for space?
  11. Jacob (9): Why did you want to become an astronaut?
  12. Emily (12): When you push on the wall of the space station behind you to move forward, does the space station move backwards due to the principle of conservation of momentum?
  13. Luke (15): What do you think of NASA’s planned one way Mars mission, and would you go if given the opportunity?
  14. Francesca (16): Can you feel the ISS shake or wobble?
  15. Seema (15): Being in a microgravity environment causes a decrease in muscle mass and bone density. Other than exercise, what measures are you taking to protect your health?
  16. Jack (11): Considering that in space you are weightless and time has a different value, do you age at a different rate?
  17. Kerys (10): Astronauts go through such lengthy and intensive training for their journeys. Was there anything that you were not prepared for?
  18. Jacob (9): How are your experiments helping to save our Earth?
  19. Natalie (16): What do you miss about being on earth?
  20. Nazain (18): Other than the earth, can you tweet a picture of your favourite sight in space?

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology and learning.

73, Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS mentor

ARISS Principia site https://principia.ariss.org/

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

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

ISS Contact (15.02.15)

Below are a couple of links provided by Ray M1REK from tracking the ISS, the latest news and the schedule.

https://principia.ariss.org/dashboard/

Also link to latest news

https://principia.ariss.org/news/

Schedule

https://principia.ariss.org/all-uk-ariss-shortlisted-schools-are-now-scheduled/

ARISS Contact planned for girls school in the UK (07.02.16)

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RMS students study for their Amateur Radio Foundation licence – Image Credit RMS

Thursday, February 11, 2016, at approximately 18:11 UT, an ARISS contact is planned for the Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth,, United Kingdom. The contact between Tim Peake GB1SS and GB1RMS will be receivable in the British Isles and Europe on 145.800 MHz FM and will be streamed live on the web.

The Royal Masonic School for Girls is an independent girl’s day and boarding school in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, with an exceptional, unusual and distinguished history. Founded in 1788 with the purpose of educating the daughters of Freemasons who were unable to support their families, it is one of the oldest girls’ schools in the country. We attract girls aged 4-18 from across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and North London and boarders from all over the world. We also have a Pre School for boys and girls aged 2 to 4. Our ethos is both aspirational and nurturing and our girls strive to be the very best they can be, academically, morally and creatively. Our public examination results are consistently impressive and each year around 90% of girls leave RMS to take up places at University. Life at RMS is centred on much more than “just” academic success and the School is well known for its exceptional pastoral care, and the wealth of extra-curricular opportunities it offers – including Astronomy as we are one of very few schools in the UK to have our own planetarium and observatory!

This contact will be webcast on the ARISS Principia website.

Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows.

  1. Jana (Year 6): If you have hiccups in space do you bounce around?
    2. Eva (Year 7): I watched your video on water and why it turned into a sphere. Would you get the same reaction with a fizzy drink like lemonade?
    3. Isabella (Year 3): I’m 7 years old – when I am your age, what do you think space travel will look like?
    4. Rosa and Millie (Year 9): We have heard you had to breathe o2 before your brilliant spacewalk.  Are there any precautions you had to take after returning inside the ISS?
    5. Saira (Year 9): What was the first word that came into your head when you saw the Earth from Space?
    6. Amelia (Year 8): What was the hardest thing to adjust to when you arrived at the ISS?
    7. Elizabeth (Year 8): Which of your muscles has been affected the most by the zero gravity?
    8. Jasmine (Year 8): Who was your biggest inspiration to travel into space?
    9. Tallulah (Year 9): How is being an astronaut different from being an aquanaut, apart from the sea and the air?
    10. Kitty (Year 9): What is the best advice that you have been given and wish to pass on to future astronauts before travelling to the ISS??
    11. Yasmin (Year 9): Your blog says that you are doing research into new space age metals using a levitation furnace. Why is zero gravity better for this type of experiment?
    12. Miranda (Year 8): Aside from plants, how do you produce oxygen on the ISS?
    13. Tallulah (Year 10): What is the difference between flying a helicopter and being in a rocket going to the ISS?
    14. Aaliya (Year 10): Did your training prepare you for the actual experience of space jet lag given you have said you adjusted so quickly?
    15. Evie (Year 8): How is the ISS helping us deal with the challenges of deep space voyages?
    16. Laura (Year 12): Is there an ‘up’ on the space station when conducting a spacewalk for navigational /orientating purposes?
    17. Sophie (Year 3): What is your favourite experiment that you have carried out in space, and why?
    18. Jane (Year 8): What has been the most surprising everyday object on the ISS that you did not expect to find?
    19. Diana (Year 10): How often do you see Solar wind?
    20. Evie (Year 8): When Chris Hadfield recently visited us he said your guitar skills were good but needed more practice Do you have time to practice the guitar in space?

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crew members onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology and learning.

73 Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS mentor

CONFIRMATION OF CONTEST ON TUESDAY 9 ARISSFEBRUARY AT WALTHEW JB ROOM (03.02.16)

ROOM OPEN FROM 19.00 UTC.  SRS will be taking part in the following Contest from Walthew House using the New Station.All members are welcome to attend. Come along and see what contesting is about.  (Have a look at our contest group’s page – https://gx8srs.wordpress.com/peak-contest-group/)

New 80 Metres Evening Contest

The first IRTS 80 Metres Evening Counties Contest takes place on Tuesday 9th February, from 20:00 to 21:00 UTC. This one-hour event is for SSB-only, with EI and GI counties as multipliers – a format that has proved very popular in our daytime HF and VHF counties contests.

The frequencies for this contest are 3600–3650 and 3700–3775, while the upper power limit is 100W PEP – so no “big guns” allowed! The 100 Watt power limit should help to provide a more level playing pitch and a great opportunity for anyone new to contesting to explore the competitive side of amateur radio.

See www.irts.ie/contests for the full rules. A CW-only version of this contest is scheduled for November.

73

Tony M0SAV – Chairman

Sandringham School Presentation (Amsat Post) – 28.01.16

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On Monday, January  26, 2016, Tony Wiltshire, M0TNY/ZB2TY – from Martin Lynch & Sons Ltd and Mark Haynes, M0DXR – from Kenwood UK visited Sandringham School in St Albans.

A presentation and demonstration was made to Polly, M6POGEmma, M6GJQ and Jessica, M6LPJ, the school’s newly licenced amateurs who previously had made the initial contact with Tim Peake GB1SS aboard the ISS.

The girls had placed orders for Kenwood’s TH-K20E VHF handies with ML&S and have been looking forward to being active on the bands with their own equipment. ML&S hope the demonstration will get them the air very soon and they also thank headmaster Alan Gray, G4DJX, for his hospitality and wish Sandringham School Radio Hams the best for the future!

Rumour has it that 15 more students from the school will be taking their licence exams as a result of the interest from the ISS contact.

Skills Night….4th Tuesday each Month….Jan 26th….an Invitation….. (24.01.16)

As I’m sure you are all aware, we plan to dedicate the 4th Tuesday night each month to the development of skills in amateur radio.  With this in view, our first one in 2016 is planned for this coming Tuesday evening and everyone is invited along to take part.

If you have any unfinished soldering or kits to complete, or “things which don’t work” this is your chance to make progress, or to get help if you are stuck with anything.  Some of us will probably have bits of gear available in case something is needed. We plan to have a few tables covered with cardboard in case people want to use soldering irons.  If you want to book one of these. could you let me know so we can prepare a suitable number of work stations.

At this stage, it isn’t clear how the use of these “skills evenings” will develop during the year (hopefully they’ll develop into more than just “burnt finger” evenings), and we’d like to know what are people’s requirements.  To this end please come along and let us know what you’d like….

Looking forward to seeing you,   Tom M0DCG

Meeting Tuesday 19th Jan 2016….Radio Evening using the two new station set-ups…..  (18.01.16)

As as you are all probably aware, in what is change of direction for the SRS programme we now propose to dedicate  the 3rd Tuesday of each month wholly to “On Air” radio activities, using the two recently completed stations at Walthew House.  Each station is now fully kitted out with sets, atus, logging computers etc.

At this first meeting, the plan is that we discuss how the two stations be used, when they should be available,  booking time on them etc.  The provision of this equipment provides an ideal opportunity for members young or old to get on the air regularly and conveniently so don’t miss the opportunity!.

Do come along on Tuesday night and get your name on the list!

Cheers,  Tom Spence M0DCG (Prog Coord)

Comment from one of our Foundations Students (17.01.16)

Hi Tony,

First of all can i thank you for doing the foundation course it i think is was set out perfectly i must say all of the people involved where very helpful and friendly.You were saying about coming to the club on Tuesday i am going to try and attend but i forgot to ask the time when it starts please can you email me back and let me no?

Kind Regards,  Frank (Andy) Fitton

SRS New Stations (15.01.16)

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This is one of the two stations that are in the process of being completed at our HQ.  Both stations will cover all aspects of Amateur Radio.  Come down and have a look on one of our radio Nights.

ARISS contact planned for school in Civitate, Italy (11.01.16)

Wednesday January 13 at approximately 11:35 UTC, an ARISS contact is planned for Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado “Benedetto Croce”, Civate, Italy.  ARISS telebridge station VK5ZAI, located in southern Australia, will operate the contact.

Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado “Benedetto Croce” is a Primary and Secondary school located in Civate, a small town not far from the bigger city of Lecco. Beautifully surrounded by lakes and mountains, the school participated in an articulated STEM educational project including a visit to the local Lecco’s planetarium where almost every year they use to host an astronaut, including NASA’s Mike Fincke and Sandra Magnus.

The ARISS contact will be conducted in English.
It will be broadcast on  EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377), as well as on IRLP Node 9010 Discovery Reflector.
Streaming Audio available on
https://sites.google.com/site/arissaudio/

Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows.

1. Which is the best moment on a space day?
2. How did you feel the first time with no gravity?
3. At first were you afraid of living on the ISS?
4. What are you doing on the station at the moment?
5. Do you like living with other five people?
6. Do you have any hobbies on the ISS?
7. What are the objectives of your mission?
8. When did you start to enjoy astronomy? Why?
9. Have you got any problems on the ISS?
10. Is it better to live on the earth or in space?
11. Which experiment do you prefer on the ISS?
12. Which is the first place you want to see when you return home?
13. What is your favourite planet?
14. Would you like to stay longer in space?
15. What time zone is used on the ISS?
16. Wow has this experience changed your life?
17. Sometimes, would you like to return soon to Earth?
18. What did you think when you were chosen for this mission?
19. What are you missing more of the earth life?
20. Do you believe in aliens, in extra-terrestrial life?

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology and learning.

73,

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS mentor

Foundation and Intermediate Course – Now Fully Booked for January and February (08.01.16)

Just a quick email to let you know that both of the above courses for January and February are now fully booked.

If you are a foundation member and are looking to advance to intermediate or are an intermediate and are looking to advance to a full licence, please contact courses@g8srs.co.uk and you will be put on the list for the next course.  We will be putting another foundation course on during the summer months – confirmation of the dates to be confirmed.  If we get some more members interested in doing the next Intermediate course, we will look at putting another course on later in the year.  Again details to be confirmed dependant on the number of candidates wishing to take the courses.

If you require any further information, please contact Alan on courses@g8srs.co.uk

Donation to Walthew House (08.01.16)

During the recent AGM – Stockport Radio Society made a donation to Walthew House.  Please see the link to watch the video of the Donation being given to Kay from Walthew House – http://1drv.ms/1Pkm2bL

ISS School contact – how to get involved – by m5aka  (05.01.16)

The first Amateur Radio school contact by UK astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS from the International Space Station (ISS) will take place on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 0847 GMT with students at Sandringham School, St. Albans. The contact will be web streamed.

You will be able to listen to Tim by tuning to 145.800 MHz FM on your handheld. mobile or scanner (select wide deviation FM filter). Alternatively you can Listen Online by using the SUWS WebSDR radio at http://websdr.suws.org.uk/

Audio will also be available via amateur radio Echolink and IRLP nodes
• EchoLink *AMSAT* Server Node 101377
• IRLP Discovery Reflector Node 9010

Most Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) operations are split-frequency (each station uses separate receive and transmit frequencies). The downlink is the earth station’s receiving frequency. The uplink is the earth station’s transmitting frequency.

In ITU Region 1 should you be fortunate enough to hear an astronaut calling CQ on the 145.800 MHz downlink you should switch in your -600 kHz repeater shift so your reply is on the 145.200 MHz uplink.

You can follow the path of the space station on the ISS Dashboard https://principia.ariss.org/dashboard/

The contact will be web streamed from the school, watch live at https://principia.ariss.org/live/

Information on ARISS frequencies is at http://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

Society Meeting 5 January 2016 (01.01.16)

Out first society meeting of 2016 will be with Ray King M1REK – who will be giving us a presentation on his travels with his portable radios.

Happy New Year (01.01.16)

Happy New Year to all our members, friends and colleagues at other clubs.  We wish you all the very best for 2016.