Archived Posts 2017

Scheduled SRS Nets for January 2018 (30.12.17)

Below is a list of scheduled nets for January 2018 and the relevant Net Controllers.  Please feel free to come on and say hello.

Every Friday 2pm 433.525 (70cms) Neil M6NAE  or Les M0LPB

6m Net 7.30pm 51.550 FM – 9  January – Provisionally Alan G0ROW

2m Net 7.30pm 145.375 – 11  January – Tony M0SAV or  Nigel M6YKK

2m Net 7.30pm 145.375 – 31 January – Heather M6HNS or Nigel 2E0CKA

Further details will be posted a few days prior to the date of the net.

Christmas and New Year Special 26 December 2017 (25.12.17)

Dont forget tomorrow nights Christmas and New Year Special at Walthew House.  Look forward to seeing you all at the club.

70cm Net Friday 28 December 2017 – 433.525 +/- (25.12.17)

I hope you all have had a great christmas.  Please don’t forget this fridays net at pm on 433.525 +/- qrm.  This week’s topic – The last 12 months at Stockport Radio Society, where have we been and what have we done.  Below is a few things we have done at Stockport Radio Society in the last year.

SRS club rally, Bletchley Park, Manchester Airport event, Avro Heritage Museum, SRS Contest Group, Kit Building Projects, Talk NIghts, Radio Nights, Yota etc.

Which one did you like the best or did you attend them all.  I’m sure 2018 will be even better.

Neil m6-nae

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (24.12.17)

Festive greetings to all the members of Stockport Radio Society, and to all our colleagues at other Radio Clubs.  May you all have a lovely christmas and a Happy Healthy and Prosperous 2018.

SRS Committee

Announcement: VHF/UHF DXCC Ladder (24.12.17)

The Stockport Radio Society committee is pleased to announce the creation of a VHF/UHF DXCC Ladder to be known as the ‘2 & 70 ladder’.

This new annual competition is open to all members and runs from 1st January to 30th November (see note 1 below) each year.

The ‘2 & 70′ ladder’ uses the same Clublog DXCC slot calculation rules as the existing HF ladder particularly including QSOs made on 2m and 70cm using Internet based digital phone modes (e.g. D-Star & Fusion).

Certificates for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places will be awarded to the highest slot scores in the ‘2 & 70’ ladder regardless of licence class.

A snapshot of both the ‘HF & 6’ (see note 2 below) and ‘2 & 70’  ladder standings will be included in our ‘QUA’ magazine throughout the year.

To join either the ‘HF & 6’   and / or ‘2 & 70’  ladder members must first sign up to clublog  www.clublog.org and request to join the Stockport Radio Society Club League.  Your log of QSOs can uploaded as often as you like and Clublog calculates the scores.

If you need assistance getting started, Neil Rydings, M6NAE will help you else feel free to contact the SRS Ladder Manager Pete, M1PTR.

Notes

  1. The closing date of the annual competition is to be confirmed when the date of the SRS award meeting is known.
  2. The existing  ‘HF Ladder’ will continue unchanged and run in parallel covering 160m to 6m but be renamed to the  ‘HF & 6 Ladder’

Pete M1PTR

Christmas and New Year Special – Wednesday 27 December 2017 (22.12.17)

Just a little reminder that SRS will be on air from Walthew House on the 27th December from 19.30 hrs.  Frequencies will be published on the night via web and Facebook.  These will be dependent of local conditions.

I would like to wish all our members a very Happy and Merry Christmas, also, just in case I do not see you beforehand, a Prosperous and Healthy 2018.  Hoping the bands are more favorable all modes and frequencies.

All the very Best – Tony  M0SAV SRS Chairman

70cm Net 2pm 433.525mhz Friday 22 December 2017 (21.12.17)

Please don’t forget this Friday’s 70cm net at 2pm on 433.525 mhz. +/- qrm.  This week’s topic is going to be the high’s and the low’s of amateur radio, what do you like in amateur radio and what don’t you like in amateur radio, and if you had the chance to do it all again would you still be a amateur radio operator.

Also I’m looking to see how many member’s would be interested in joining a vhf / uhf club ladder for logging your contacts on vhf / uhf or digital d-star or yaesu c4fm fusion,  as some member’s have only vhf / uhf radio’s.. Pete M1-PTR . Has kindly put his free time into possibly creating the club ladder,  but it would not be worth while just for two member’s . so please can you let me know if you would be willing to take part  –  many thanks. neil m6nae

Talk Night Tuesday 19 December 17 (18,12.17)

I hope that you can come along tonight, as I will be giving a presentation about the Aurora – what it is, how and when to see it and how it is useful for amateur radio operators.  Morse practice will be at 7pm, as usual.

See you there – 73 – Evan M0TJU

70cm Net Friday 15 December 17 (14.12.17)

Please don’t forget fridays afternoon net on 433.525mhz +/- qrm at 2pm.  This weeks topic..swr meter’s . do you have one inline with your antenna, or do you use a antenna analyzer from time to time to check your antenna. your views please..

7.3 neil

SRS 2m Net Thursday 14 December 17 7,30pm (13.12.17)

Don’t forget Thursday 14th December  2m Net 145.375mhz December 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  SRS Chairman’s question time. Do you have a question for your chairman ?  73  Tony  M0SAV  SRS Chairman

GEO Quarterly Magazine Posted on behalf of Amsat (12.12.17)

GEO Quarterly magazine available for download

by m5aka

The December PDF of the weather satellite magazine GEO Quarterly produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download.

The Group for Earth Observation’s aim is to enable amateur reception of weather and earth imaging satellites that are in orbit or planned for launch in the near future.

GEO recently changed from a paid subscription to an optional sign-up to the GEO-Subscribers Yahoo group.

Download December 2017 GEO Quarterly at http://www.geo-web.org.uk/geoquarterly.php

Group for Earth Observation
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GEO-Subscribers/
https://twitter.com/GEOWEBUK
https://www.facebook.com/groupforearthobservation

m5aka | December 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, Ham Radio, satellite | Categories: Daily Updates | URL: https://wp.me/p2Mn4x-8iC

Radio Night at SRS – 12 December 2017 (11.12.17)

After the AGM, it’s back to the normal routine.  We will be getting out the stations and playing around on digimodes, especially PSK.   We may, also, take some time to ‘listen’ to Geminid meteors. (The shower peaks on Wednesday night.)  There is Morse practice, as usual, at 7pm.

See you there.  Evan M0TJU

70cm Net 433.525 +/- 8 December 2017 2pm (07.12.17)

Good Afternoon All  –  Please don’t forget this friday’s 70cm net at 2pm on 433.525 +/- qrm.  This week’s topic.. how to get on the air as cheaply as possible or on a budget. or if you live in a flat how can you play radio without the use of antenna’s. but you have a laptop or android tablet with the use of these cheap programs you can play radio..for around £30 . per year or echolink which is free..

cq-100 – QsoNet – Virtual Ionosphere For Amateur Radio

hamsphere – Ham Radio for your PC and Smartphone – HamSphere.com

echolink – Introducing EchoLink

SRS AGM 5 December 2017 (04.12.17)

Tuesday will be the annual AGM at Stockport Radio Society with our Social Evening following the AGM.  All members and partners are invited.  Also there will not be a Morse practice session tomorrow night (5 December), owing to the AGM & Social. However, we will host them on all of the other meeting nights in December: the 12th, 19th and 27th.

Please note that 19 December will be a society night, with a presentation on the Aurora; the meetings on the 12th and 27th will be radio nights.

Hope to see you tomorrow night.

Slow Scan TV from Space Dec 5-6 – posted via AMSAT (30.11.17)

New post on AMSAT-UK

 Slow Scan TV from Space Dec 5-6

by m5aka

ISS SSTV MAI-75 image 9/12 received by Chertsey Radio Club on Baofeng handheld

The 145.800 MHz FM Slow Scan Television (SSTV) transmissions from the International Space Station Dec 5-6 should be receivable by radio amateurs around the world.

The MAI-75 SSTV system in the Russian Service Module will be put through some extended testing from December 5 starting around 15:00 UTC and running until 09:00 UTC on December 6. Test images will be used during this period. This will provide near global coverage if all works well on 145.800 MHz FM.

In the past images have been sent using the SSTV mode PD180, with a 3-minute off time between each image.

All you need to receive SSTV pictures direct from the space station is to connect the audio output of a scanner or amateur radio transceiver via a simple interface to the soundcard on a Windows PC or an Apple iOS device, and tune in to 145.800 MHz FM. You can even receive pictures by holding an iPhone next to the radio loudspeaker.

The ISS puts out a strong signal on 145.800 MHz FM and a 2m handheld with a 1/4 wave antenna should be enough to receive it.

Many FM rigs can be switched been wide and narrow deviation FM filters. For best results you should select the filter for wider 5 kHz deviation FM. Handhelds all seem to have a single wide filter fitted as standard.

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

ISS Slow Scan TV information with links to Apps and ISS tracking
https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

m5aka | November 29, 2017 at 5:17 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, Ham Radio, ISS, SSTV | Categories: Daily Updates | URL: https://wp.me/p2Mn4x-8ib

Trouble clicking? Copy and paste this URL into your browser:
http://amsat-uk.org/2017/11/29/slow-scan-tv-from-space-dec-5-6/

HF Ladder – final updates by 30 November 2017 Midnight (29.11.17)

Just a reminder that the HF Ladder 2017 closes at midnight UTC on Thursday 30th Nov.  If you have outstanding log updates then please upload them to Clublog or email them to me before the deadline.  The results and winners will be announced at the AGM.

73 de Pete, M1PTR

New 2m Net Wed 29 November 2017 (29.11.17)

The new 2m net starts tonight at 19.30 local on FM  145.375MHz +/- QRM.  This net will take place on the last Wednesday of each month from January 2018 with Nigel 2E0CKA or Heth M6HNS in the chair.  This net is being run by Alan Call sign G0ROW

Skills Night & Morse Practice – Tuesday 28 November 2017 (27.11.17)

Just to remind everyone this Tuesday night is Skills Night once again, so do come along and have some fun soldering.  This time we’re having another “catch-up” night so do bring along any unfinished or no-working kits or other projects. These needn’t be units obtained through the club.  If you have something which doesn’t work someone present may be able to provide a bit of useful advice.

Also, we hope to roll out a nice little superhetrodyne radio project to work on in coming weeks.  The kits are very reasonably priced and the idea is we take those interested through the functions of various parts of the circuit before we start.  During the evening we’ll discuss the project and Les Brown will be available to take orders from those wanting kits.

Do join us for a bit of fun!   Tom Spence M0DCG

CQWW CW Contest Update – Sat/Sun 25-26 November 2017 (27.11.17)

This last weekend saw the SRS Contest Group enter the 48 hour CW contest.  While HF conditions were not at their best but we felt we had an enjoyable and successful contest in  weather conditions that were at best challenging.   High winds, heavy rain, snow and sleet. Yes typical contest weather!

Tom’s photo of our aerials gives some indication of Saturday mornings greetings!

We made 5021 QSOs and scoring 5.5M points compared with 3646 QSOs and 3.5M points last year, 10m activity was small with 11 QSOs while 80m generated 1025 QSOs, more than we have made on this band in the last 10 years.  The major bands of course were 20 and 40m, with 40 generating 200 more QSOs than 20m.

Plenty of DX about and it’s always a thrill to BE CALLED by VK, ZL, China or Japan.  Today we started the ‘Tear Down’ that will take a couple of days.

My thanks to the operators Kieron M5KJM,  Evan M0TJU, Carsten G0SYP, Dave G0LZL, Tom M0DCG and returning group member Pawel M0DSL   Our thanks also go to Pete M1PTR who not only set up our computers and network but also spent considerable time  assisting with the station build/tear down without the pleasure of some operation.

Regards  Bernard G3SHF

70cm Net Friday 24 November 2pm 433.525 (22.11.17)

This week’s topic of conversation will be on coax. which have you found to be the best rg58, aircell 7, rg213 or westflex 103 and which coax is extremely lossy on 430mhz.  Also has anyone seen this new coax  MESSI & PAOLONI ULTRAFLEX 7 – better than RG213 but near to the size of Mini 8,  but at £13.05 per meter .. is it worth it.. and would you buy it..

Speak to you all Friday  –  7.3 neil m6nae

FUNcube-1 celebrates its 4th birthday posted on behalf on AMSAT (22.11.17)

Final gluing of FUNcube-1 bolt by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG – Image credit Gerard Aalbers

Final gluing of FUNcube-1 bolt by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG – Image credit Gerard Aalbers

Today, November 21st 2017, marks the fourth birthday for FUNcube-1 (AO-73) in orbit.

FUNcube-1 was launched at 07:10 UTC on November 21st 2013 and its first signals were received immediately after deployment over the Indian Ocean by amateurs in South Africa. Since then it has been operating continuously in either its education mode or, with the transponder active, in amateur mode when in eclipse and at weekends.

https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/final-gluing-of-funcube-1-e28093-image-credit-gerard-aalbers.jpg

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

The spacecraft has spent the four years in space orbiting the earth at between 640 and 580 km and has now traveled around the earth more than 20,000 times. That represents a distance traveled of approaching 500 million miles.

Up to now, each of the orbits has been spilt approximately 65% in sunlight and 35% in eclipse. This has resulted in the temperatures inside the small spacecraft varying by about 25° C during each orbit.

During the recent AMSAT-UK Colloquium, Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG, in his presentation about the FUNcube projectmentioned that the power available from the solar panels has been slowly increasing since launch. This observation led the team to do some further investigations as to the cause.

Although the launch was into a nominally Sun Synchronous orbit, over time this has drifted and the spacecraft is now entering a period when it will be in the sun for longer periods during each orbit. The exact details are still being determined, but it seems likely that, starting from January 2018, there will be periods when the spacecraft will be in the sun for all, or almost all, of its orbits.

https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/fc1-temprise.png

FUNcube-1 temperature rise

This means that the on-board temperatures will be much higher than we have previously experienced in flight, although we have some test records from pre-flight thermal air testing that were undertaken after integration.

The key will be to discover what the equilibrium temperature will be internally. For comparison, AO85 has already “enjoyed” periods of full sun and its internal temperatures have reached up to around 55° C.

So the next few months will be quite an exciting time for the team! We remain extremely grateful to everyone is using the spacecraft for both its educational and amateur missions. Of course we are also very very grateful to those who are downloading the telemetry and uploading the data to the Data Warehouse. It continues to provide a unique record of “life on board” a 1U CubeSat in space.

SRS Meeting – EGM (Members only) and Radio Night (All) Tuesday 21 November 17 (20.11.17)

Following the EGM, we’ll be getting at least one of the stations fired up, to do CW (i.e. Morse Code). If we have time, we’ll demonstrate each type of key: straight, single paddle and dual paddle.  Morse practice will be at 7pm.

Hope to see you there.  Evan M0TJU

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched, Designated AMSAT OSCAR 91 (AO-91) 19.11.17

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched, Designated AMSAT-OSCAR 91 (AO-91)

by m5aka

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) signal received by Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

The Delta II rocket carrying RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launched at 09:47:36 UTC on November 18, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat

Following a picture-perfect launch, RadFxSat was deployed at 11:09 UTC. Then the wait began. At 12:12 UTC, the AMSAT Engineering team, watching ZR6AIC’s WebSDR waterfall, saw the characteristic “Fox Tail” of the Fox-1 series FM transmitter, confirming that the satellite was alive and transmitting over South Africa. Shortly after 12:34 UTC, the first telemetry was received and uploaded to AMSAT servers by Maurizio Balducci, IV3RYQ, in Cervignano del Friuli, Italy. Initial telemetry confirmed that the satellite was healthy.

After confirmation of signal reception, OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, sent an email to the AMSAT Board of Directors designating the satellite AMSAT-OSCAR 91 (AO-91). Bill’s email stated:

“RadFxSat (Fox-1B) was launched successfully at 09:47 UTC today November 18, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and has been received by several amateur stations.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B), a 1U CubeSat, is a joint mission of AMSAT and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics at Vanderbilt University. The Vanderbilt package is intended to measure the effects of radiation on electronic components, including demonstration of an on-orbit platform for space qualification of components as well as to validate and improve computer models for predicting radiation tolerance of semiconductors.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) signal received at 12:12 GMT, Nov 18 by the ZR1AIC WebSDR in South Africa

AMSAT constructed the remainder of the satellite including the spaceframe, on-board computer and power system. The amateur radio package is similar to that currently on orbit on AO-85 with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decoded using the FoxTelem software.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) was sent aloft as a secondary payload on the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission. RadFxSat (Fox-1B) is one of four CubeSats making up this NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the JPSS-1 mission.

Since RadFxSat (Fox-1B) has met all of the qualifications necessary to receive an OSCAR number, I, by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT President, do hereby confer on this satellite the designation AMSAT-OSCAR 91 or AO-91. I join amateur radio operators in the U.S. and around the world in wishing AO-91 a long and successful life in both its amateur and scientific missions.

I, along with the rest of the amateur community, congratulate all of the volunteers who worked so diligently to construct, test and prepare for launch the newest amateur radio satellite.

William A. (Bill) Tynan, W3XO
AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator”

AMSAT Engineering reminds stations that the satellite will not be available for general use until the on-orbit checkouts are complete. Please continue to submit telemetry to assist the Engineering team in completing the commissioning process.

Source AMSAT News Service http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

m5aka | November 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, AO-91, CubeSat, Fox-1B, Ham Radio, RadFxSat | Categories: Daily Updates | URL: https://wp.me/p2Mn4x-8hO

RadFXSat posted on behalf of Amsat (12.11.17)

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Telemetry Reception Challenge

by m5aka

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat

Get FoxTelem set up and ready to go on Tuesday! The first amateur radio operator that successfully receives RadFxSat (Fox-1B) telemetry and uploads it to the AMSAT server will receive a commemorative 3D printed QSL card.

RadFxSat is scheduled for launch at 1:47am PST (09:47 UTC) on Tuesday, November 14th from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The first transmission from RadFxSat is expected to occur around 12:07 UTC. Due to a lack of prelaunch Keplerian elements, it is not known exactly where the satellite will be when it makes it’s first transmission.

For further details regarding the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) of RadFxSat operations, please see:
https://www.amsat.org/getting-ready-for-radfxsat-fox-1b/

Source AMSAT News Service http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

Follow the launch day chat on the #CubeSat IRC channel
https://riot.im/app/#/room/#freenode_#cubesat:matrix.org
http://irc.lc/freenode/cubesat

AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB) http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb

Surplus Equipment Sale – Tuesday 7 November 2017 (06.11.17)

Just a reminder about tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s equipment sale. Details are below.  Morse practice is on, as usual, at 7pm.

This event is for SRS members, like a normal meeting; it is not for the general public (e.g our annual rally).  SRS members can ‘hire’ (6-foot x 2-foot) tables for the night and sell their wares. Tables will be provided; sellers must not bring their own.

The cost of a single table will be £5, included in which is the hirer’s entry to Walthew House. This is to be paid on the night. Attendees not hiring tables will pay the usual £2 per person door charge. (It is a assumed that there will be one person per hired table; additional persons brought along by a hirer would need to pay £2 per person for entry.)   SRS will take no ‘commission’ from sales proceeds.

People wanting tables need to let me know of their interest (by replying to this message); the number of tables needed must also be outlined.
The event will officially start at 7:45pm, but those hiring tables are advised to arrive at 7pm, to enable set up.

73  –  Evan M0TJU  SRS Programme Co-ordinator

70cm net Friday 3 November 2017 (01.11.17)

Our weekly 70cm net is on Friday 3 November on 433.525mhz. +/- . at 2pm.  Topic of conversation this week will be baluns and toroids, and making your own longwire antenna’s for HF,  or any other antenna’s you have built and worked. Please share your idea’s with us on the radio net.                       Neil . M6-NAE

Heather Stanley – M6HNS

SRS Contest Group taking part in CQ WW SSB 48hr Contest 28 and 29 October 2017 (27.10.17)

Don’t forget that our SRS contest group is taking part in the above contest tomorrow and Sunday.   Listen out for them or call up at common barn farm and help them out – Callsign G50

Good luck Lads

Skills Night – Tuesday 24 October 2017 (23.10.17)

It’s that time again…so bring in your soldering kit and so Elastoplast and join us for a fun evening…

Tonight , Bob is going to have some kits of surface mounting components for us to practice on. The bits are really small and fiddly so a magnifier and anything you can think of to aid handling will be useful. If small surface mounted stiff isn’t your cup of tea and you have any other projects to finish off, just bring these as well.

….and don’t forget the Morse practice, at 7pm.

Caution Urged in Using High Duty Cycle Digital Modes via Satellite (22.10.17)

Posted on behalf of Amsat

A report in ANS-288 discussed an experiment operating with the WSJT-X FT8 via satellite. Satellite operators have gained more experience with this mode over this past week.

As a result of on-the-air observation other satellite users planning to try FT8 or MSK144 modes via satellite are encouraged use caution using these modes and possibly avoid their use completely in light of problems.

Dave, KG5CCI wrote, “He noticed a very hard time getting into the transponder. The pass was nearly overhead, and the 3w-4w that is normally sufficient was barely cutting it. I also noticed it was ‘up and down’ alot, whereas some moments it was easy to get in, then it would be nearly impossible. There were also pockets of ‘noise’ all over the transponder, that sounded somewhat digital, but I just couldn’t place them.” Further investigation revealed that an MSK144 signal in the transponder passband was causing the problems.

Matthew, NJ4Y noted, “Experimentation isn’t the problem, too much power is. It’s bad enough on SSB, worse with CW, and killer on constant duty cycle modes like FT8.”

To gain a full understanding of the situation readers are encouraged to follow the amsat-bb message thread which can be accessed at http://www.amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2017-October/064896.html

Source: AMSAT News Service http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

Stockport Radio Society Centenary Award – Start 1 December 2017 (20.10.17)

I have just updated the www.g8srs.co.uk website with a new section – Club Awards.  This is one the main tab bar for all to see.  Within this section of the website is the Double Sapphire Award, and now the Centenary Award.

The Centenary Award starts at one minute past midnight on December 1, 2017.  All the rules and forms are on the website.  The rules are also in your latest issue of QUA which will be available at the club on Tuesday 24 October 2017.  Inside your QUA is a card to complete for those who are interested in entering the competition.  Some members will have already received this information on email, as they get QUA on email.

Please ensure that you use the documentation that is provided via the website.  Any other forms will be disallowed.  If you have any queries about the Centenary Award, please speak to either Tony, or myself at the club or email either of us DIRECT via hethstanley@gmail.com or DIRECT to Tony tonym0sav@gmail.com.

GOOD LUCK

An Introduction to Amateur Satellites (Posted on behalf on Amsat) (17.10.17)

An introduction to Amateur satellites – David Johnson G4DPZ and Carlos Eavis G3VHF

by m5aka

Videos of the presentations given at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium which was held as part of the RSGB Convention in Milton Keynes, October 14-15, are being made available on YouTube.

The first of the videos is ‘An introduction to Amateur satellites’ by David Johnson G4DPZ and Carlos Eavis G3VHF.

The PDF of the slides is here.

Watch An introduction to Amateur satellites

PDF Slides of ‘An introduction to Amateur satellites’
https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/beginners-guide-to-amateur-satellites-by-dave-johnson-g4dpz.pdf

AMSAT-UK videos on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK/videos

SRS Radio Night (17.10.17)

Although there is no particular theme for tonight, both stations will be available for members to use.

Morse practice will be on tonight, as usual, with Jeff Swann – a former maritime radio operator – at the key.

UKFMGW Repeater Group (16.10.17)

This was announced last night at their AGM.  This has just been put into QUA.  Please check their website for further details.

Welcome to the OFFICIAL UK FM Group (Western) website.

Final AGM

20th November 2017

As a result of tonight’s meeting 16th October 2017 was wind up procedures being initiated due to the positions of Chairman and Treasurer not being filled by the assembled members .

The constitution is being followed as per clause 9.

  1. WINDING -UP

In the event of a decision being made to wind up the Group, then those responsible for conducting the winding-up shall  carry out the following procedure:-

(i) Settle all outstanding debts;
(ii) Convene a Group meeting to distribute the remaining assets;
(iii) At the meeting – arrange to transfer of in-situ Group equipment to any properley contsituted group or radio club  willing to take over responsibility for individual installations. Claims on individual          installations should be submitted no less than two weeks before the meeting. In the event of a multiple claim the allocation shall be          decided by a committee vote.
(iv) Vote on the method of distribution of the remaining assets  whether this be by:-
(a) Sale and equal distribution to all paid-up members;
or (b) Transfer en-bloc to the Radio Society of Great Britain.

Note : This has been taken directly from the www.UKFMGW.co.uk website

October’s Nets (09.10.17)

In Alan’s absence, here is the information for this months nets.

  • Each Friday,  70cm net 14.00 local on FM 433.525 MHz +/- QRM Neil will using his own call M6NAE,
  • 2nd net Tuesday 10th October 6m net 19.30 local on FM 51,550 MHz +/- QRM Nigel will using his own call 2E0CKA,
  • 3rd net Thursday 12th October 2m net 19.30 local on FM 145.375MHz +/- QRM Tony will be using callsign G8SRS,
  • 4th net Wednesday 25th October 10m net 19.30 local on SSB 28.460 KHz +/- QRM  club call G6UQ run by Don G8WPL.

Please give the relevant net controller a call, and don’t forget to get them put onto your Double Sapphire Awards.

Friday’s Regular 70cm Net 2pm 06.10.17 (04.10.17)

Please dont forget this Friday’s 70cm net at 2pm . on 433.525mhz. +/-.  Please call in and say hello.  Just to make you aware Neil M6NAE will chair the net..after each person speaks please can they pass the mic back to me, and Neil will then pass it on down the list.  This will help stop people being left out on the net.

Many thanks Neil M6NA

Date for EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) – November 21, 2017 (28.09.17)

A date has been set for the EGM to add financial information re insurance to the constitution.  This is currently a radio night, but depending on how long it takes for the EGM, we can either run this afterwards, or incorporate the Radio nIght in with the Skills night the following week.  All members have been sent their proxy forms on email or via the post, and these will need to hethstanley@gmail.com no later than November 3, 2017.

Many thanks

Heth M6HNS – SRS Secretary and Media Manager

Wednesday 27 September – 10m Net (26.09.17)

Don will be running a 10m net tomorrow on 28-460 usb   at 7-30pm using club call G6UQ,

Give Don a call and get your points for the Double Sapphire Award

SRS Meeting 26 September : Morse and Skills Night (25.09.17)

Morse practice will take place tonight from 7- 7.30pm, but will continue for longer if there is the demand – Evan M0TJU

Once again it’s the evening for soldering irons, burnt fingers and elastoplast.   Tonight we’re going to have a go at a frequency display board functioning as a crystal frequency checker at present.  This is a lovely kit to build so do come along armed with soldering irons etc and have a go.  At present this kit works only as a crystal frequency checker however we’re looking into the possibility of extending its function to general frequency display through with the addition of an op amplifier.  As always, if you have any previous kits to finish off or which may be giving you problems, bring these in as well…….   See you there,  Tom Spence M0DCG

SRS Meeting 19 September: Radio Night (18.09.17)

Neil M6NAE has kindly offered to bring along and demonstrate his Yaesu FT-891 HF/6m mobile transceiver. The feature-packed yet slimline 891 has been much talked about in the amateur radio press since it came on to the market about a year ago, and is seen as a replacement of the popular FT-857. Does it live up to the hype? Come along and find out.

Also, we’ll be firing up the IC7400 station that is now equipped with a new Windows 7 laptop and Digimaster CW/digital/rig control interface. After spending a few minutes entering the ‘macros’ into the Logger32 software for PSK31 and PSK63 – something digimode beginners may want to watch – we’ll be getting on the air.

As usual, Morse practice will be held between 7:00 and 7:30pm.

Hope to see you there.  73  Evan M0TJU

Events Section (14.09.17)

On the right hand side of the page you will see a new section – events – this will list all the up and coming events, courses, nets, nights at SRS, contests etc.  We will be removing the diary of events page from the website and using this in future.  It will list the next 10 events at SRS and is updated on a daily basis.

If you have any comments, please email me on info@g8srs.co.uk

Aurora (08.09.17)

Folks, due to a massive solar flare in the last day or so and the resultant stream of particles from the Sun, the effects of the aurora now include our neck of the woods (i.e. Non-Arctic Northern Europe).

A dark location with an equally dark northern horizon may allow you to see a faint auroral glow visually and (with greater likelihood) photographically at around midnight – if the particle stream continues.

Radio-wise, operators across Northern Europe this afternoon have been bouncing signals off the aurora-induced charged particles of the Earth’s upper atmosphere to get contacts on 10, 6 and 2 metres. Six metres is probably the best for ‘AU’ signals; with 2m, you will probably need a beam. The best time for auroral propagation for us in the UK is our late afternoon/early evening. If you can direct your antenna, point it roughly north and listen for the very fluttery and distorted signals on SSB and CW that is the trademark of auroral propagation.

Aurora also affects the lower HF and MF bands; strange flutter and some distortion is the result.

Following the action on the DX Cluster, and see who is working who by aurora (‘AU’) in Europe at the moment. (Www.dxsummit.fi)

73  –  Evan M0TJU

Keep Hurricane Freqencies Clear (08.09.17)

Hurricane Irma is getting widespread news coverage and will affect many countries in the Caribbean.  There are the usual American nets on 14.265 and 14.325MHz to gather information on the storm.  Several other frequencies will be used and amateurs in IARU Region 1 are asked to please take steps to avoid interference with emergency operations.  You can find out which frequencies are most used in which country on the IARU Region 1 website.

Information provided via the RSGB News

SRS Nets for September and October (08.09.17)

Here are the details of the nets for September

  • 1st net Friday 8th September and then weekly,  70cm net 14.00 local on FM 433.525 MHz +/- QRM Neil will using his own call M6NAE,
  • 2nd net Tuesday 12th September 6m net 19.30 local on FM 51,550 MHz +/- QRM Heather will using her own call M6HNS,
  • 3rd net Thursday 14th September 2m net 19.30 local on FM 145.375MHz +/- QRM Nigel will be using his own call M6YKK,
  • 4th net Wednesday 27th September 10m net 19.30 local on SSB 28.460 KHz +/- QRM  club call G6UQ run by Don G8WPL.

These are the details of the nets for October

  • Fridays weekly net on 70cm 14.00 local on FM 433.525 +/- QRM call M6NAE,
  • 2nd net Tuesday October 10th 6m net 19.30 local FM 51.550 MHz +/- QRM run by Nigel using his own call 2E0CKA,
  • 3rd net Thursday 12th October 2m net 19.30 local on FM 145.375 MHz +/- QRM club call G8SRS run by Tony M0SAV,
  • 4th net Wednesday October 25th 10m net 19.30 local on SSB 28.460 KHz +/- QRM club call G6UQ run by Don G8WPL,

Talk Night Sept 5, 2017 –  Talk on Ardunio and Uses in Radio Applications (03.09.17)

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

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

Interest level: Beginner to Intermediate.

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

Stockport Radio Society AGM and Social Evening (01.09.17)

Due to a change of circumstances, we are now having to have the AGM and Social Evening on the same day.   Unfortunately we could not get a venue in time to do this separately, but we will be having a social evening next year away from Walthew House.  The AGM will now take place in the main room at Walthew House, not the JB Room and the social evening with follow the AGM.  There is a cost to the evening of £5 per person.  This covers the door fee, and a small contribution to the buffet which is being catered.  As you know this event is always a good one, and the food will be excellent.

If you would like to provisionally put your name down for the AGM, please send me your details, along with your partners name if they are attending.   Please send to hethstanley@gmail.com – DO NOT USE THE MEMBERS OF STOCKPORT EMAIL.

New Posts via AMSAT (27.08.17)

GB6GHY – Hello Moon, this is Goonhilly calling!

by m5aka

Noel Matthews G8GTZ and Matthew Cosby talk to broadcast journalist Kate Arkless Gray about massive dishes, Moon bounce and making a world record for the longest distance amateur radio voice contact with a signal bounced off the Moon.

GB6GHY on 3.4 GHz – – Hello Moon, this is Goonhilly calling!

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

You can find a short Foundation amateur radio training course near you at https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

10m Net on 30 August 2017 7.30pm (24.08.17)

Don G8WPL will be running the HF net on Wednesday 30 August 2017 at 7.30pm on 28-460 USB using club call G6UQ

Don will look forward to working the new members and more, and dont forget this all helps towards your double sapphire awards.

Tues 22nd Aug….Skills Night at Walthew… soldering irons at the ready….INVITATION….  (21.08.17)

Once again it’s the 4th Tues of the month and that means we’ll be having a skills night.   This time we’re not having a new kit to build, but instead we’re going to make it a “catch-up with existing projects” night, as I’m sure, like me, there are some of us who still have kits etc to finish off.  So, bring your soldering irons and elastoplast along and enjoy another practical evening…..and if you got any other practical projects in hand and you feel you could do with a bit of help, bring them along as well.

Bob and I are now at the stage where we could do with a bit of feedback as to where we should take the skills evenings next,  so we’ll probably take a bit of time out to discuss any ideas you may wish to pursue.

Looking forward to seeing everyone,  Tom M0DCG

QUA/New Members (20.08.17)

QUA will be out for the talk on Sept 5.  Can I also welcome the following members to SRS since the last issue.

Alan Cook – SWL, David Almond – SWL, Derek Carr G8NRU, Stuart Crichton M3UTJ, Lee Bartlett – SWL, Les Brown M0LPB, Lee Storey – SWL, Alan Kelly – M1FHM, Elaine and John Elliot – 2E1BVS/G3WFK

Talk Night Sept 5, 2017 –  Talk on Ardunio and Uses in Radio Applications (20.08.17)

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

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

Interest level: Beginner to Intermediate.

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

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

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

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

See you there.  73  Evan M0TJU

Perseid meteor shower tonight (12.08.17)

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

Good luck.  Evan M0TJU

70cm Net Friday 11 August 2017 (11.08.17)

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

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

Successful ARISS contact with YOTA 2017  (09.08.17)

Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA on ISS HamTV – Credit UHF Satcom

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

Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA

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

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

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

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

Watch theRSGB Live Stream

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

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

Press Release YOTA 2017 Gilwell Park – PDF download here

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

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

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

SRS Nets – August 2017 (06.08.17)

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

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

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

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

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

https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/international-space-station-iss-2011.jpg

International Space Station – Image Credit NASA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

73  Tony M0SAV Chairman

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

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

10m Net – Wednesday 26 July 2017 (25.07.17)

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

Silent Key – Wilf Johnson M0ABW (24.07.17)

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

Our thoughts go out to the family of Wilf

Skills Night 25 July 2017 (24.07.17)

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

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

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

73  –  Evan M0TJU

New Members to SRS (19.07.17)

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

Radio Night Tuesday 18 July 2017 (17.07.17)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concorde Hangar opens  10.00hrs til 17.00hrs each day.

AVRO Air Fair – 6 August 2017 (17.07.17)

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

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

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

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

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

Heth M6HNS Media Manager

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

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

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

Best Regards – Tony M0SAV  SRS Chairman

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

SRS Nets week commencing July 10, 2017 (09.07.17)

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

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

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

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

Please give the guys a call,  all welcome

SRS Rally – Traffic Information from TFGM (04.07.17)

Saturday 8 July – Monday 10 July

Industrial Action on Northern rail services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Look forward to seeing you there.

73s

Heather Stanley – M6HNS

Wednesday 28 June – 10m SRS Net (27.06.17)

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

Tuesday 27 June Presentation to Stephen 2E0ISB

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

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

Good Evening all

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

Please bring your soldering irons

Monday 26 June Foundation Courses (26.06.17)

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

A small deposit will hold your place.

Many thanks

ARISS SSTV Commemorative Activity  (25.06.17)

by m5aka

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

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

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

The ARISS SSTV Blog says:

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

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

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

73,  Frank KA3HDO

Radio Night Tuesday 20 June 2017 (19.06.17)

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

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

Hope to see you there.  73  Evan M0TJU

Tuesday 6 June Surplus sale Night (02.06.17)

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

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

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

SRS Club Nets for June 2017 (01.06.17) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 15 May 2017 – SRS Radio Night (11.05.17)

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

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

Bletchley Park Trip – Saturday 20 May 2017 (11.05.17)

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

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

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

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

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

QB50 CubeSats to deploy from ISS  (10.05.17)

by m5aka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you there.  73   Evan M0TJU Programme Co-ordinator

SRS Meeting Tuesday 25 April – ‘A Bit of Everything’ Night  – (24.04.17)

As the title suggests, there will be various activities to partake in tomorrow night: folks will be completing Bob’s amplifier kits and undertaking other construction, no doubt; the radio station will be on the air, too. (We may catch our DXpeditioners in Liechtenstein.)  Morse practice will commence at 7pm.

We’ll be QRV ON 7.120 + or – from 1930 UTC looking for SRS Members Tuesday evening.  Cheers Kieron M5KJM

Club of the Year Regional Winners 2016 (22.04.17)

Hot of the news stand – Stockport Radio Society are the Region 3 Large Clubs Winner of Club of the Year 2016.  Thanks to all that assisted with the application.  Lets keep SRS up there at the top.

From the RSGB Website – http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/agm-2017/club-of-the-year-2016-regional-winners/

The regional winners of the Club of the Year 2016 competition, sponsored by Waters & Stanton, were announced at the RSGB General Meeting in Cardiff on 22 April 2017.

The National competition winners will be announced at the National Hamfest in September.

RegionSmall clubLarge club
   
1*Cockenzie & Port Seton ARC
2Caithness ARS*
3*Stockport RS
4N/AWearside Electronics ARS
5Staffordshire Portable ARCTelford & DARS
6Meirion ARC*
7Barry ARS*
8Lough Erne ARCMid-Ulster ARC
9*The Radio Society of Harrow
10Chertsey RCHilderstone R&E Club
11South Bristol ARCPoldhu ARC
12Norfolk Coast ARSLoughton and Epping Forest ARS
13South Kesteven ARSWorksop ARS

*No entries received

DXpedition to Liechtenstein with Pete M1PTR/KieronM5KJM and Tom M0DCG (21.04.17)

The above members of the Peak Contest Group are off to Liechtenstein for a DXpedition from 23 to 26 April 2017.  Please listen out for them and give them a shout using callsigns HB0/M1PTR (/p), HB0/M5KJM (/p) and HB0/M0DCG (/p).

Fixed (Eschen) IARU: JN47SF Lat/Long: 47° 12.7’N  9° 30.9’E  500m asl

Portable (Silum) IARU: JN47SD Lat/Lon: 47° 7.9’N 9°33.1’E 1450m asl

if you hear them give them a shout.

ARISS contact planned for school in Thionville, France  (20.04.17)

An International Space Station contact has been planned for astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG with Lycée Hélène Boucher, Thionville, France The event is scheduled  Thursday April 27, 2017 at approximately 08:52 UTC.

The radio contact will be operated by F8KGY.  Downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM.

Moreover, HamTV will be activated. Video will be visible at http://www.batc.tv/iss/ 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, 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.

For up to date information on ARISS television, please visit the HamTV website at http://www.amsat-on.be/hamtv-summary/

73  Gaston Bertels – ON4WF  ARISS Europe

Tues 18 April 2017 ….Radio Night at SRS….a bit more soldering fun….  (16.04.17)

Just to let you know, in addition to the normal 3rd Tues = Radio Night at the club, we’ll be rolling out another simple construction kit for people to have a go at. We should be able to run the construction on a few tables, in parallel with the radio work on the stations.  Bob has been good enough to put together kits for 10 small integrated circuit audio amplifiers, to go with (hopefully) a useful little signal injector which we’ll construct the following Tuesday, all being well.  When we have both units built and working we’ll (fingers crossed!) have a go at doing a bit of signal tracing through a radio.  So, if you are interested in another fun finger-burning evening, just bring along your soldering irons etc and get stuck in!  Don’t forget to bring along £1.50 for your kit (cash to Evan, please).  These amplifiers include a little speaker and look excellent value!

Although project activities will be going on in the background, we are looking at getting at least one transceiver on the air.  We’ve just bought single- and dual-paddle Morse keys (one example of each), which we’ll try out. Let me know at the meeting if you want to have a go of these or do something else (e.g. SSB, digitises).   Morse practice is at 7pm, as normal.

See you there,  Tom M0DCG / Evan M0TJU

Success again at Narsa (11.04.17)

Stockport Radio Society had two wins again this year at Narsa.  Stephen 2E0ISB won the Colin Fox Trophy for his 6m antenna and the SRS Narsa team won the club stand – well done to all that took part.  See you all next year.

SRS Club Nets (10.04.17)

We will be running 3 nets this month,  ​1st net on 6m FM Tuesday 11th April at 19.30 local time on 51.550MHz +/- QRM using the club call G6UQ run by AL G0ROW.  ​2nd net on 2m FM Thursday 13th April at 19.30 local on 145.375MHz +/- QRM using the club call G8SRS run by Tony M0SAV.
​3rd net on 10m USB Wednesday 26th April at 19.30 local on 28.460KHz +/- QRM using the club call M5MDX run by Don G8WPL

​Kind regards Alan G0ROW

NARSA – Norbreck Hotel – 9 April 2017 (07.04.17)

Well its nearly here.  SRS is all packed up and ready to go.  Come and find us on stand 48 (opposite Radioworld) and have a chat.  Peter M1PTR, Heth M6HNS and Nigel 2E0CKA are you NARSA team, aswell as other members that will be assisting in manning the stand.  We will also be assisting South Manchester Radio Club with the doors this year. Say hi to Tony M0SAV, Phil M0XYA and Slawek 2E0SQJ if you see them handing out the wristbands or collecting your pennies.

And don’t forget Heth will be wandering around with the camera taking photographs for the NARSA committee and website, so if you see me, smile and say cheese!!!

Good luck to all who are entering the Best Stand, Construction and Website competitions.  May the best club/person win!  Lets hope everyone has a fab day.

See you all on Sunday  73s

Neil M6NAE collecting his Double Sapphire Award (07.04.17)

Here is Neil M6NAE collecting his long awaiting Double Sapphire Award (the internal SRS Award) from Tony M0SAV.  Get working towards your gold award now Neil!

Ray M1REK – Best Talk in 2016 (07.04.17)

Here is Ray M1REK collecting his away for the best talk in 2016.  Looking forward to another one in 2017.

Argentine balloon to fly to South Africa and beyond (05.04.17)

https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/picoglobo-amateur-radio-wspr-balloon.jpg

On Saturday, April 8 at 08:00 GMT, weather permitting, Amsat Argentina plans to launch the amateur radio HF WSPR Leila PicoBalloon from the East Argentina coast.

This 24 gram PicoBalloon, with micro Atmel328, of long duration (circumnavigator) would flight around 13,500 meters height, possibly heading to South Africa and beyond.

Its tracker is powered by solar panels and a small supercapacitor, only emits during its day.

It will transmit every 10 minutes its WSPR 25mW beacon in 20m, dial in 14.095.6 USB, now active as test from Castelar, Buenos Aires.

The WSPR mode of K1JT is used to send and receive weak signals. It can receive up to 28dB below noise.  The 1st 2-minute broadcast transmits LU7AA, Locator and power in dBm, 2nd, height, temperature and voltage.  WSPR can be downloaded from http://amsat.org.ar/wspr.exe or http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/WSPR2_r1714.EXE  To operate connect PC audio output and input to the transceiver, it can also be coupled acoustically.  If running WSPR mark UPLOAD SPOTS, your reception reports via Internet will be uploaded  in wsprnet.  Each report uploaded to http://wsprnet.org/ will allow to see where is the picoballoon, heading, height, voltages, temp, and so on.  It is important to have the largest number of receiving stations, which will help track Leila.  There is a Spanish presentation available at http://amsat.org.ar/wspr.ppt You could track Leila and see your own reports at: http://lu7aa.org/wspr.asp and / or http://aprs.fi?call=lu7aa-15  Thank you for being part of this experience and if possible disseminate this information.

73, LU7AA, Amsat Argentina
http://amsat.org.ar/
https://facebook.com/Amsat.LU

SRS Meeting 4 April: VHF+ Propagation: Going the Distance on the High Bands (01.04.17)

Tuesday night’s presentation focuses on propagation in the world of VHF and UHF; in particular, how to determine the opportune times to get on the bands and work DX (i.e. contacting stations in far-flung regions of the UK and on the continent of Europe). Unlike HF, which relies on the high-altitude ionosphere, long-distance VHF/UHF contacts depend largely on the conditions of the air immediately above our heads, as will be shown.  Morse practice will be taking place at the usual time: 7pm.

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

Skills Night 28 March 2017 – (26.03.17)

Tonight is a skills night which a small soldering project taking place.  There is also the normal morse class with Evan M0TJU.  All are welcome to come, join in or just watch what is happening.

Intermediate Examination – Congratulations (15.03.17)

Congratulations goes out to the 9 candidates who took their Intermediate examination at Stockport Radio Society – 9 passes which includes 4 members of SRS.  Well done to all

GB3MN & GB3MR Repeaters 12.03.17)

Following on from yesterdays update regarding the cavities for GB3MN some further news regarding the siting of GB3MN & GB3MR.  I’m please to advise that for various reasons MaxxWave Ltd have taken back on the responsibility for the facility where GB3MN is housed. I’m also pleased to advise that thanks to the generosity of MaxxWave Ltd in the form of their Director Sam Hunt the monthly site rental has reduced from almost £100 per month that we were paying to a more manageable £25 per month. MaxxWave Ltd offered us of the facility for free but it was felt that as a group we should make some contribution towards the costs associated with the facility hence the £25 per month.

Myself as Chairman, the rest of the UKFM Group (Western) committee and I’m sure yourselves as members would like to thank Sam Hunt and MaxxWave Ltd for all their help over what has been a worrying time for the repeater group.  We, the Committee, would also like to thank Stockport Radio Society for their generous donation which got us through a difficult time and also their offer to house the repeaters in their club premises.

Very best 73m  –  Dave, M0OBW  –  Chairman, UKFM Group (Western)

March 6m SRS Net (12.03.17)

Our reqular  6m net will be Tuesday 14t March 2017 at 19.30 local FM 51.550 +/- QRM.  In the chair will be Alan – using his own call G0ROW.

Give him a shout and dont forget to put your calls on the Double Sapphire Award.

Drone Video’s – Information (07.03.17)

On our licencing courses I have been asked several time about video broadcast from drones (unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs).  It seems there is very misleading advice online that says that you need an amateur radio licence  to use a higher-power transmitter from a drone.  This is certainly NOT true in the UK!

* The amateur licence is very clear.  The ‘terms and conditions’ section 2 of your licence says, in para 2(1)c:”The Radio Equipment may not be established or used in any Aircraft or Airborne Vehicle.”  That covers drones, kites, balloons, RC aircraft etc as well as conventional aircraft and helicopters.

* The OFCOM guidance  <https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/drones-advice> includes:”  Most domestic drones will be classed as licence exempt. This means they don’t need a licence so long as the drone is ‘CE’ marked and it meets certain requirements.

What about first person view (FPV)?  –  If your drone has a video facility that transmits images from the drone back to the control unit for first person view (FPV), it will probably use the licence exempt 5.8GHz band. This allows for a maximum transmit power of 25 milliwatts.

What if my drone uses more power or is on a different frequency?  –  Using apparatus that does not meet the conditions of the licence exemption – or is not specifically licenced – is an offence.  Some offences can attract fines of up to £5000 and/or six months imprisonment. The courts can also confiscate anything used in connection with the offence.

* The bit about CE marking mainly refers to the RC equipment, I think.

* I’m not sure if it is legal to record the video.

* AFAIK 25 mW is ample as long as the drone is flown according to the height, distance, unobstructed view rules.

* If the flight is for commercial reasons the rules are much different and much stricter.  You will need a licenced pilot, a cameraman, a spotter and proper licences for both RC and Video transmission.

Trip to Bletchley Park May 20, 2017 (05.03.17)

We recently sent out an email about the SRS Club Trip to Bletchley Park.  The 36 seater coach has now been booked, and we currently have 19 members who have paid their deposit and 9 who have placed their name on the form (you will be emailed separately to chase up your deposit).  These leaves 9 spaces to fill.   I have a reserve list set up with non SRS members who may wish to go.

Entry into Bletchley Park is free for RSGB members – but you must download your free voucher and bring this with you on the day.  The link for the free voucher for RSGB members is below.     http://rsgb.org/main/myrsgb-2/bletchley-park-free-admission-voucher/

If you are interested in coming on this trip – please let me know you name and callsign as soon as possible.  Costs – £20.  Deposits would be required at the beginning of March – £10, and the balance by the skills night on April 25th.  Book early if you are interested in this trip as places went fast last time we went.

Talk Night – NW Repeater Group (05.03.17)

Tuesday 7 March will be a Society Night, with a presentation on Repeaters and the NW Repeater Group given by Dave Wilson M0OBW, Chairman of the UKFM Group (Western) Repeater Group (and a former RSGB President). It will be of great interest to all users of repeaters across the northwest. There talk is expected to start at 7:30pm, after club announcements.  Morse practice will held, as per usual, between 7 and 7:30pm.

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

Skills Night Tuesday 28 February 2017 (26.02.17)

Tues 28 Feb is club Skills Night once again. This time we will be looking at the construction of a very simple 10 metre wire dipole – just the thing for our regular club skeds!  We have a couple of short videos to show, covering the construction and tuning of such a dipole and I hope to have to hand one which I have just made and which we’ll tune.  We can also discuss with those interested in having a go at making such dipoles for their own use what sort of items might be required, eg construction or purchase of  suitabe baluns, insulators etc.

Bob M6TMA will also want to didcuss the next construction project.  If you have a project of your own which is giving you trouble, why not bring it in  – I’m sure there will be someone around willing to take a look.

Finally, if you have an idea for a club project yourself,  don’t be afraid to come along and discuss it with us.

Doors open 7pm as usual with the Morse session for those interested.  See you there,   Tom Spence M0DCG

HF Net 28-460mhz USB Tuesday 22 February 2017 (21.02.17)

There will be a HF net on Tuesday run by Dom G8WPL using club callsign M5MDX.

Dont forget to add you contacts to your Double Sapphire Award .

Double Sapphire Awards for SWL Members  (20.02.17)

For members who are SWL – we have now setup a system for you to win a Double Sapphire Award aswell.

Please see below the rules, sample certificate and the Claim forms.  If you have any queries please speak to either Alan G0ROW or Peter M1PTR at any club meeting.

srs-9-17-swl-award-rules

srs-10-17-swl-double-sapphire-award-silver

srs-13-17-dsa-silver-gold-claim-form

Advanced Course Tutorials with Stockport Radio Society (14.02.17)

We have just confirmed the following dates for the Advance Course Tutorials for 2017 – all starting in 7pm

Thursday 27 April 2017 – Primer 1  /  Thursday 29 June 2017  – Primer 2

Monday 11 Sept 2017 – Tutorial 1  /  Monday 25 Sept 2017 – Tutorial 2

Monday 9 Oct 2017 – Tutorial 3  /  Monday 23 Oct 2017 – Tutorial 4

Monday 6 Nov 2017 – Tutorial 5 / Monday 20 Nov 2017  – Tutorial 6

Monday 4 Dec 2017 –  Exam night from 6.30pm.

The course cost remains at £95 per student including the examination fee based upon a minimum of 6 attending the sessions.

February Club Nets (07.02.17)

1st net mode FM in the 6m band on a frequency of  51.550MHz +/- QRM using the  club call G6UQ on Tuesday 14th February at 19.30 local time,

2nd net mode FM in the 2m band on a frequency of 145.375MHz +/- QRM using the club call G8SRS on Thursday 16th February at 19.30 local time,

3rd net mode USB in the 10m band on a frequency of 28.460KHz +/- QRM using the club call M5MDX on Wednesday 22nd February at 19.30 local time,

Please note March will the same order same frequency’s /call signs/ and time,     6m 14th  March,    2m 16th  March,   10m 29th March

Deepest Sympathy (07.02.17)

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Nigel G0RXA, from the SRS Committee and members,  on the recent passing of his mum.   Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

Tony MOSAV – Chairman SRS

SRS Meetings 7 February – Radio Night & 21 February 2017 Society Night (31.01.17)

Yes, I have got that the right way round!!!

The first Tuesday of next month will be a Radio Night. Morse (CW) will again be the focus of the evening. Both iambic (i.e. automatic paddles) and straight (i.e. classic) keys will be available to use. The computer sending/decoding programme CW Get will be on hand, too, as will an iPhone/iPad decoder app. If you’re new to CW, you can follow the action on the screen(s).

The third Tuesday, normally reserved for radio operating, will instead be devoted to a presentation by SRS members Tom M0DGC and Julian G3TFR titled: “The 50MHz Antenna Project – and why use a Gamma Match”. Although conceived as a relatively simple construction activity for skills evenings – and as a means to get members on the Magic Band – the 6-metre dipole will be used to demonstrate precise antenna (impedance) matching. I will also chime in with some tips for operating on Six.

73  Evan Duffield M0TJU  SRS Treasurer and Programme Co-ordinator

Foundation Course – Examination Taken on Sunday 29 January 2017 (29.01.17)

A big thank you to the tutors support for the January FLC. Tom M0DCG, Phil M0XYA, Matt M0MVR, Rob M0???.  The indicative marking showing that all candidates passed.  Well done to all the candidates.

Interest has been shown by some to go forward to ILC level should another course be run during 2017.  If you are interested in taking part in the ILC course, please could you email courses@g8srs.co.uk and let our Courses Secretary – John know your interest in the course.

10M SRS Net 25 January 2017 (20.01.17)

On Wednesday 25 January Don G8WPL will running a HF  net  at 7-30pm  on  28-460 mhz .  Don will be calling using the club callsign M5MDX.  Look forward to hearing you on the air.  The club is also thinking on doing a 10m wire dipole kit at a future skills night.  If you are interested, please let Tom M0DCG know

Skills Night 24 January 2017 at Walthew House (20.01.17)

Tues 24 Jan is the club Skills Night once again and we are planning to run a soldering/simple kit building session.  At the end of the evening all those tackling the project should have a working “rf sniffer” to take home.  Bob Smith will be running the project and we’ll have tables set out for about ten people, so if you interested in brushing up your soldering skills and having a bit of fun, dig out your soldering iron, some pliers, eye protection, a bit of solder etc and join in the fun.  Before we start, we’ll have a short session on “Soldering Safely”.

If we have the time at the end I’d also like to discuss a proposal for our next project…a 10 metre wire dipole.  This project should be of interest to those of us wanting to join in the regular 10 metre skeds being run by club members as the dipoles are not that large and ought to fit in most gardens.

See you there,  Tom Spence M0DCG

Foundation Course at SRS (20.01.17)

Good luck to all the students undertaking the Foundation course this weekend at Walthew House. Best of luck for the following weekend for your examination.

Radio Night – Tuesday 17 January 2016 (16.01.17)

Folks, the emphasis of the operating tonight will be CW (Morse) with an iambic key (i.e fully-auto paddle). Decoders will be on hand to ‘translate’ the Morse.

We will be using the Yaesu FT920 for the demonstration, which will commence at 7.30pm. I will show how to set up the transceiver for iambic key operation before getting on the air. People are welcome to give the iambic keying a go – either on the air or with the radio in ‘practice mode’ (i.e using negligible power and a dummy load).

The usual 7pm Morse session will be on again. I will be sending callsigns – a mix of numbers and letters, in other words.

Hope to see you there  –  73  Evan M0TJU  Programme Administrator

SRS January Nets (09.01.17)

Happy New Year to all members of SRS.

We have 3 Nets this month with club calls being used, this will be a good chance for the operators collecting points for the Double Sapphire Award.  Information about the Double Sapphire Award is available Double Sapphire Award

1st net Tuesday 10th January at 19.30 local time on FM – 51.550 MHz +/- QRM, on the 6m Band using the call G6UQ.

2nd net Thursday 12th January at 19.30 local time on FM – 145.375 MHz +/- QRM on the 2m Band using the call G8SRS.

3rd net Wednesday 25th January at 19.30 local time on SSB-28.460 KHz +/- QRM on the 10m Band using the call M5MDX.

From the net team  Don G8WPL  Tony M0SAV   AL G0ROW

Please note if any member would like to run a net please contact Alan G0ROW by e-mail – please state month that you are available and the band you would like to use.

Talk Night – Tuesday 3rd January 2017 (02.01.17)

I hope that you had a happy festive season.

For our first meeting of the year, the Committee Members will lead a wide-ranging discussion about what the club will be doing over 2017. Come along to make sure that your views are heard. Topics will include the following:

– The society’s Tuesday night activities (i.e. Morse sessions, presentations, radio operating and skills’ development)

– Happenings ‘outside Walthew’ (e.g. visits, JOTA, remote/special-event operating)

– Vision for the club station (e.g. rigs, antennas)

– Training for licences and other education

Members should feel free to raise any subject they wish.

A Morse session will be held, as usual, from 7:00 till 7:30pm.

73 – Evan M0TJU  –  SRS Programme Coordinator