Archived Posts 2020

Congrats New Full Callsign (06.12.20)

Congratulations to Keith 2E0JPY who now becomes M0JYP.  Well done Keith

Happy Birthday to Ron M7RJL (09.11.20)

 

Welcome to the new members to SRS (09.11.20)

Andrew M0AQM, Steve M7BFH and Simon M0AVV

Happy 50th Birthday (11.10.20)

Welcome to our new member – Doug M7HNT (05.10.20)

Welcome to our newest members Andrew M0AQM and Andrew T – SWL (27.09.20)

Sad news – we regret to inform our members and friends of the passing of Stewart G3PMJ 

Welcome to our newest member Jamie M1JSC (01.09.20)

Welcome to two new members to SRS – David M0WDD and Robert G1VXD (07.05.20)

We hope you enjoy what the club has to offer.

Latest Club Update from our Chairman Tony M0SAV (21.04.20)

So we are now in lock down for another three weeks. I hope that you are following the advice to stay inside, and if you do have to go out observe the social distancing.

Keith 2E0JPY and Neil M6NAE are monitoring 145.375 on a daily basis for members to call in and have a chat.  Don’t be alone call in for a chat. 

Morse sessions are being run with Bernard G3SHF and Tom M0DCG daily at 1600 BST. Slow morse at 5 words per minute and 12 words per minute. Listen in or call in. All sessions are recorded by Nigel G0RXA and uploaded by Heather M6HNS for you to check to see if you have received it all correctly. 

As you will have seen in my previous email, all club meetings at Walthew House have been cancelled until the end of May.  We will have an update as and when the government make announcements.

As you are aware Walthew House is a charitable organisation relying on fund raising and donations. They are now losing a lot of funding as they cannot hire rooms out to groups.  The SRS committee will be looking at ways to support Walthew House through these hard times. If you have any suggestions please email me at “tonym0sav@gmail.com

Foundation examinations can be done “online from home and be remotely invigilated”  Applications have to initially  go through the club.  The RSGB will arrange a date and time with the candidate.  Currently there is quite a long waiting list.

It maybe, in the not to distant future, the Intermediate and Full licence will also be available for remote invigilation.  

If you cannot get on the air to confirm you are safe and well, please send a text message to the Bat Phone 07506 904422.  Thank you.

We are doing our best to keep all members updated, and looking at other ways to bring to you talks via WebEx, a free online video communication app. This app is currently being used by the RSGB for remote invigilation of exams.

Please Stay Safe, Stay Inside and if you have to go out please observe Social distancing.   Don’t be alone Talk to someone.

73 & 88 to all de Tony M0SAV – SRS Chairman

Latest Club Update from our Chairman Tony M0SAV (02.04.20)

Here we are in the second week of lock down. This is a difficult time for all of us. Being told to stay at home is a restriction none of us wanted to hear.

Looking ahead it is more than likely, that all meetings during the month of May will be cancelled, if the the lock down  continues. A decision will be made at the end of April,  depending on  government recommendations.

We have not been contacted by the RSGB regarding the May Train the Trainers event. As soon as we hear we will advise all those who signed up for it.

A decision regarding the June Centenary celebration at the Alma Lodge Hotel will be made later.   The hotel have not yet made any decisions regarding June’s bookings.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all SRS members for your continued support during this pandemic, it is greatly appreciated.

A special thank you to all those who are running the extra nets and radio chats making sure our members are staying well and also keeping in touch for those living on their own.

Also to Bernard G3SHF and Tom M0DCG for running the Morse sessions which are becoming quite popular, both listening and joining in.  And of course Nigel G0RXA who is recording then publishing them. (See if you read the Morse correctly Hi Hi.)

Thank you to Heather M6HNS who is keeping us all up to date with the on air activities, and Nigel 2E0CKA as he contacts SRS members who we have not heard from on air.

Lets all stay strong and fight this deadly virus together. We will come through this and become stronger as a club.

Remember if all the internet comes to a grinding halt, during this pandemic, we still have our radio to communicate with.

Latest Club Update from our Chairman Tony M0SAV (23.03.20)

As you are all aware, the Covid-19 is rapidly expanding across the country.

As we are requested by the government to “social distance” from each other it is only right for SRS to comply with this request.  The safety and health of our members is paramount.

Therefore I am cancelling all meetings at Walthew House for the month of April. Our contest group have cancelled there meeting at Rainow for the CQWW SSB CONTEST.

We are still awaiting news of the NARSA Rally at Blackpool. The NARSA team will advise of the decision as soon as it is known.

Members are running regular “chat nets” during these difficult times.  Dates, times and frequencies are published regularly on the usual sites. Please call in, don’t be on your own.

Please heed the governments request, it is for all of us to set an example.

Stay safe and well.

SRS Courses / Resits / Practicals’ previously scheduled at Walthew House, Stockport (17.03.20)

As you may have suspected, in addition to Club Meetings being cancelled, it has become necessary to postpone all Course related activity at Stockport Radio Society, for the foreseeable future.

As this is a general email, some paragraphs below may not apply specifically to your situation.

FLC Re-sit exams  –  All RSGB re-sit exams have been cancelled until further notice. When the Club reopens we will reschedule with each individual. Candidates who have paid up front, will be contacted privately in the next couple of days, with a list of options to consider.

FLC Practicals’ only & Exam  –  The dates for the two Sundays in April have also been cancelled until further notice. Candidates who have already paid, will be contacted privately with options. Please be assured that Exam papers have NOT been ordered.

Full Licence Tutorial Programme – This Tutorial Programme, which was scheduled to start with Primer 1 next month, has been postponed until further notice. As more information becomes available, individual candidates who have expressed an interest in this programme will be contacted.

On behalf of the Committee, we apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause and we sincerely hope that normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

John Marsh M0JFM – Examinations / Courses Secretary

Update on the COVID-19 Virus – Further Statement from SRS Chairman on cancelled meetings (16.03.20)

Thank you to those who replied to my original email regarding meetings at Walthew House.  In light of the replies, and also that we have quite a few members, who attend meetings coming into the “Vulnerable at Risk” category the following decision has been taken.

Tuesday 17 & Tuesday 24 March meetings Cancelled. Thursday 19th March Tutors Meeting Cancelled

The situation will be re-assessed at the beginning of April 2020.

I know that some members wished to carry on as normal and not panic, but we all have a responsibility to stay safe.  Who knows, that the person you are stood next could be a carrier and not show the symptoms.

I apologise if the decision is not what you wanted to hear, but as a responsible club I believe it to be the right one.

Best Regards  –  Tony M0SAV

Statement from SRS Chairman on COVID-19 Virus

I am writing to you to let all members know that we take our members health and wellbeing very seriously, and would like to let you all know that we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation very careful, and are working with Walthew House to ensure that we have a safe environment for our members, and the Walthew staff and visitors.

We are following government guidelines, and should there be any major changes at Walthew House,  we will inform everyone straight away. 

If you feel that you do not wish to come to the club whilst this virus is still active, we understand.  Please keep in touch with us via email or social media, or call us on the bat phone. 

Any changes to any events that SRS will be attending will be notified to you as soon as we hear.

Please stay safe and we shall see you all at the club or very soon.

Many thanks  Tony M0SAV Chairman

SRS 2m Net 145.375 +/- Thursday 12 March 2020 (12.03.20)

Tonights night will be run by Nigel 2E0CKA from 7.30pm – please call in for a chat.

SRS 6m Net 51.550 FM Tuesday 10 March 2020 (10.03.20)

Tonight’s night be run by Keith 2E0JPY.  Please feel free to call in.

SRS Talk Night – Tuesday 3 March 2020 – Dave Roberts From Bolton Radio Club (03.03.20)

Sorry for the late email, but tonight we are having Dave Roberts over from Bolton Radio Club to talk to us about Railway telephony. This will be another good talk.  Please come along and get involved.  Morse training will be on from 7pm to 7.30pm.

Intermediate Course (02.03.20)

Yesterday all three candidates took their intermediate exam, and all three passed.   Congratulations to all.  Well done to the everyone involved.

C4FM Net – Monday 2 March 2020 (02.03.20)

Please don’t forget the C4FM digital net at 7.30pm on 144.725mhz.   This  digital net could be a busy one.

As the digital net fall’s with SOTA, we will be listening out for Tom M1EYP, who will be working from several summits all throughout the day on 2 meters. So if you hear Tom please call in and say hello. Can I please ask when we are on the digital net. Can you please leave a 3-second gap between over’s as this will allow other callers a chance to call into the net.

Speak with you all this evening – |Neil M6NAE

QUA – Sponsor (29.02.20)

Just a quick note to thanks Olympic Press who have been the sponsor of QUA for the last two years.  Unfortunately, this will be their last issue.  I think that we are going to have to pay for QUA for the issues upto the end of the Centenary year.  I will update you further once we have had our Committee meeting in April.  My personal opinion is that it will be a shame to lose the newsletter, as this is part of the history of Stockport Radio Society. Please remember when commenting that not everyone has the internet, or email, some like to receive a hard copy to read and keep.

Comments on a postcard please to info@g8srs.co.uk

Feedback on January Foundation Course (23.02.20)

Big thanks to you and the team for both organising and training.  You’re a great group of people committed to promoting the club and all the wonderful things it stands for.  The training by all was first class.  The enthusiasm and knowledge top draw.  Without all your commitment and use of your personal time it would never happen.  I’m sure I speak for all when I say it’s greatly appreciated!

Diary of Events Week Commencing 24 February 2020 (23.02.20)

Tuesday 25 February 20 – Skills Night with Morse from 7.30pm

Wednesday 26 February 20 – 2m Net 145.375 +/- with Bob M0CPP in the chair from 7.30pm

Monday 2 March 20 – C4FM Fusion Net – 144.725 Simplex with Neil M6NAE in the chair from 7.30pm  –  See the Email about SOTA C4FM – this is why this net has been changed with the 70cm email.

Tuesday 3 March 20Railway Telephony with Dave Roberts Bolton Wireless Club (with Morse Training 7-7.30pm)

C4FM Fusion Net – Monday 17 February 2020 (16.02.20)

Hi All l will be running Monday’s C4FM net at 19.30 2m 144.725 MHz please give me a call Kind regards AL G0ROW 

NARSA Stand – Request to SRS Members (12.02.20)

This is a request to see if any member has any kit that they would loan the NARSA team for the stand.  The stand will consist of four boards which will have information on as follows  –  1920 – 1945   /    1945 – 1970   /    1970 – 1995   /   1995 – 2020

We are looking for  kit for each of the 25 years stated above that we can promote on the table.   If you have anything that you think would be of interest, please contact either myself or Pete M1PTR direct on m6bbl@btinternet.com or please feel free to give me a call on 07450 942821 if you have anything.

Many thanks  Nigel Stanley – 2E0CKA

2m Net 145.375 +/- – Thursday 13 February 2020 (12.02.20)

Dont forget the 2m net tonight with me in the chair from 7.30 PM  on 145.375

Hope to chat with you later

Nige 2E0CKA

6m Net 51.550 FM – Tuesday 11 February 2020 (10.02.20)

Hi all please don’t forget tonight’s net on 6m 51.550fm at 1930hrs I will be in the chair and look forward to speaking to some of you later today

73 for now and best regards Keith 2E0JPY

SRS Presentation Night – Friday 17 January 2020 (14.01.20)

On Friday 17 January 2020 SRS will be having their annual presentation night which used to be part of the AGM, but has now been split to allow members more of a social evening.  We will be providing a buffet and drinks all free of charge.  Please come along.  You will receive a raffle ticket on the night which will be a free gift from SRS which you will be able to get after the presentation of the trophie

6m net Tuesday 14 January 2020 (13.01.20)

Keith 2E0JPY will be running the Tuesday 6m net.  Please feel free to call in and have a chat 51.550fm 7.30pm.

The First SRS Net of 2020 – Monday 6 January 2020 (06.01.20)

Please don’t forget tonights 70cm net at 7.30 on 433.525mhz +/-qrm.  Speak with you all later tonight.

Neil M6NAE – Digital Radio Co-ordinator / Stockport Radio Society Committee Member.

Tuesday 7 January: ‘Ask SRS’ (06.01.20)

Happy New Year to you. Hope you’ve had an enjoyable festive season, and have managed to do some radio-related activities over the Holidays.

The first meeting of 2020 is upon us, and it will be an opportunity for members to ‘Ask SRS’ about various matters, be they technical in nature or about the Society itself, and what to look forward to in the year ahead.

We didn’t receive any submitted questions, so feel free to ask about anything on Tuesday night – and feel free to offer responses.

I’ll co-ordinate the proceedings, and will be ready with the laptop and the projector to show any websites that will aid the discussion.  Should we be short of queries, I have a list of possible ‘talking points’ that we can focus on:

  • Which type of antenna is better – horizontal or vertical?
  • Why have a separate receiving antenna?
  • What benefits do you get with a high-end HF transceiver relative to a cheaper one?
  • What kind of equipment is required to talk through amateur satellites?
  • Why do we sometimes attenuate signals?
  • The advantages/disadvantages of using an automatic antenna tuner (relative to a manual one)?
  • Are we in Solar Cycle 25 yet, and what will it look like?

Also, Morse practice will be at its usual time: 7pm.  Hope to see you there.

Evan M0TJU  SRS Programme Co-ordinator

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL SRS MEMBERS AND TO ALL THAT KNOW US (01.01.20)