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Tuesday (20th) saw the launch of the society’s new activity award aimed at encouraging contacts between members. The 2024 award season begins on the 1st March 2024 and all the details can be found on the dedicated webpage.

The award will be managed by Alan G0ROW to whom we express our thanks for putting the guide together as well as the certificates.

A rather cool Saturday morning saw members turn out in their droves to attend our monthly Saturday event which this month included a table top sale. As is now the norm, the breakfast as provided by Neil M6NAE & Bill M0WBS is proving a popular addition to our sessions leaving members partaking suitably fed & watered.

This month we were pleased to welcome Richard G4HGI from our local neighbours, the Bolton Wireless Club who was calling to collect some donations for the “Ukraine Relief Amateur Radio Project” which featured in our Tuesday evening meeting.

A very satisfying event which also featured our usual “Repair Shop” with Tom M0DCG & Phil M0HNJ, shack operating with Evan M0TJU and Keith M0JYP plus a demonstration of Mesh Networking by Stephen M0RDN.

Following contact from the Zaporizhzhian Radio Club, Richard G4HGI of the Bolton Wireless Club and NARSA, set up a relief operation to facilitate donations of radios and related equipment to war-torn Ukraine. In true ham radio spirit, amateurs have generously responded.

Tuesday 6th February we were very pleased to welcome Richard via WebEx who delivered an amazing presentation outlining the project and it’s progress in providing radio gear and accessories to the radio club in Ukraine.

Any member who has surplus gear which they believe the project may benefit from, please contact us by email so we may pass on the details to Richard and arrange collection if appropriate.

Ukrainian Amateur Radio Relief Project

Following on from the CW leg of this year’s AFS contests the Data and SSB results have now been announced with certificates being awarded (see below). Thanks to Pete M1PTR and Tom M0DCG for entering on the club’s behalf and in the case of the SSB event were the leading 2 man station.

Well done to both and to see further details of our AFS entries please visit our contest results page.

SRS featured in the RSGB Photo Friday posts both on Facebook and X (Twitter).

The photos taken at our last Saturday meeting feature Neil M6NAE & Bill M0WBS preparing to serve up the delicious SRs Breakfast, plus Stephen M0RDN with his Xeigu X6100 preparing for a future trip away.

Tuesday 30th January saw members gather on a cold evening for an impromptu and hastily arranged meeting, the subject Mesh Networking into which Stephen M0RDN has been researching.

Those present were treated to an informative presentation including some helpful videos which has spurred a 2024 club project.

Stephen has helpfully prepared a beginners guide including links to the YouTube videos shown. The guide can be found by following this link.

The latest 145Alive event took place today, Saturday 27th January between the hours of 1 and 3pm. This popular initiative lead by Tim G5TM is aimed at increasing activity on the 2 metre band which at times can be devoid of activity.

Recognising the opportunity to publicise SRS and spur some activity, Neil M6NAE applied for a slot and was accepted on 145.525MHz. Kicking off at 1pm, a steady stream of callsigns, members and non, entered the log. Neil live streamed the event through the SRS YouTube channel which was viewed by many both near and far.

Well done Neil, a cracking event and some good publicity.

The 2024 series of RSGB HF AFS (Affiliated Societies) contests ended on the 20th January with the final SSB leg. The previous weekends had seen the CW leg on the 6th followed by the Data event on the 14th.

We are pleased to say SRS have entrants in each event and as has already been reported Evan M0TJU, Tom M0DCG and Bernard G3SHF took part in the CW contest at the beginning of the year. We can now report Pete M1PTR represented the society in both the Data and SSB events with Tom M0DCG adding to his CW participation by joining the fun on SSB.

The results of the CW event have been published with SRS achieving 26th place out of 56 entrants in the local clubs category. We will bring you more news as soon as we have it, in the meantime thank you to Pete, Tom, Evan, and Bernard for entering these events on our behalf.

Our first Saturday meeting of 2024 (13th) saw a fair posse of members gather at Walthew House to partake in the various activities on offer many suitably fuelled by a hearty breakfast provided by our chefs Neil M6NAE and Bill M0WBS (pictured).

Phil M0HNJ and Tom M0DCG got stuck into repairing an old Trio transceiver whilst Tony M0SAV with help from others set too completing the setup of our new audio visual unit. Elsewhere, noises were emanating from our new shack where under the control of Evan M0TJU followed by Keith M0JYP our IC 7610 was being employed on the HF bands making contacts around Europe using both CW & SSB. Still with his CW hat on, Evan then turned to offering Bob G4GDG some CW training. Stephen M0RDN (pictured) had brought along his new Xeigu X6100 to try out prior to his trip to South Africa.

A busy day with everyone looking forward to our next Saturday event next month.

For more information about our Saturday meetings, please click here.

This year’s AFS contests got underway on Saturday 6th January with the CW leg taking place between 1pm & 5pm local time with a number of entrants from SRS. Competing on behalf of SRS were Bernard G3SHF, Tom M0DCG and Evan M0DCG. Please follow this link for details of logs uploaded.

The digital leg takes place on Sunday 14th January, whilst the SSB legs rounds off the season on the 20th January.

Evan M0TJU has produced a guide as to what to expect which can be viewed here.

Tuesday evening, 2nd January saw Neil M6NAE deliver an interesting illustrated presentation describing the new Yaesu transceiver followed by a lively discussion. Thank you Neil and all who attended at Walthew House and online via Webex.

The latest edition of our newsletter which features a review of 2023 is available to download by clicking on the picture opposite.