Bet it was even rougher last night


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Annual General Meeting 2nd April 2015

It is hard to believe but here we are with the Annual General Meeting just a few days away.

Not only is it the AGM but it is also the first time we will be meeting at the new venue across the way from our old haunt at the former Gweal An Top School in Redruth.

The meeting will take place on Thursday April 2nd at 19.30 hours.

Refreshments will be available if we can find our way around the rather flashy new kitchen facilities that are to hand at the new venue.


On a sombre note, it will be one year since our old friend Charlie passed away as, if you recall it was on the night of the AGM when he was struck down in 2014.

Where has the time gone?



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Special Station gathering on Feb 21st

We had a great time at Gweal An Top on Saturday seeing many faces we had not seen for a while at the regular Club evenings and having a good natter session.

The French Contest on 40m seemed to be the predominant feature of the band covering up the majority of the TDOTA stations until mid afternoon.

Ed confused a Bulgarian operator by returning to his call made in English using the Bulgarian language, at least I assume it was as Ed had worked in that country for some time a while back.

James M6ZXZ had the important job of the Pasty run to Prima at Scorrier and those of us joining him in enjoying the delicacy enjoyed it to its fullest, could have done with more Swede and onion but very passable.

Well worth the effort just to see so many of the members coming along.


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Thinking Day on the Air 2015

On February 21st 2015 we will be running an HF station at Gweal An Top, Redruth for Thinking Day on the Air 2015.

We have invited the attendance of Guides/Brownies from both the Camborne AND Redruth areas and hope we will have
some on site to pass greetings messages to other troops around the Country.

We decided to operate from our Club base as our original plan was to operate for the Camborne Troop from their
premises but, they decided they only wanted operation from 0900 to 1200hrs and it seemed to be a lot of effort for
a short period of operation and we will be on ait from 0900 to perhaps 1630Hrs.

Our aim is to give some of our newest Club licensees on air practice to make sure we have sufficient trained
personnel for the International Marconi Day on April 25th.

Visitors are very welcome to join us to see what Amateur Radio is all about and we hope to see a good number
of visitors over the period of operation.

Norman G4USB

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Some sad news

In the past few week we have learned of 3 colleagues who have sadly passed away.

Shaun Ryal – G4SIK  –  He was known to many of us pre amateur radio days as SR41, an extremy quiet and unassuming man he moved to France with hi wife Christine shortly after retirement back in about 1997 and I managed to speak to him on a couple of occasions. Our thoughts are with Christine.

John Rule G0JVR – A larger than life gentleman from Mullion. For many years a leading light at PARC. Ran the kite shop at Mullion and is survived by his wife Caroline and their 2 children. Thought are with you Caroline.

Doug Fisher G4—   wish I could remember the call but memory has failed. Doug was a regular visitor to the Club in the 80 and ran Bryants Van Hire near Lanner. Her moved away to I believe Cheltenham. Thought lie with the family.

Finally I have learned of the death of a well known voice on HF via a Tweet. I know many of us have spoken with him on several occasions, he always remembered you and had a great signal here in Cornwall. Cedric’s voice will be sadly missed by us all. Thought are with Cedric’s family.

Tweet from @dxworld read

Sadly, Cedric CT3FT is S.K. Many Dxers / Ragchewers/ SWLS will fondly remember him.


Rest in peace friends, you will live on in our memories

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New full licences for two members

At last nights meeting we not only enjoyed our very hot freshly delivered pasties courtecy of Rippons of Bissoe kindly delivered by Andrew but also learned that both candidates tasking the advanced exam on Dec the 8th had passed…..

Congratulations to:

John who now has become M0 J I U
Mike who changes call to M0 M B Z

Well done guys, a nice early Christmas present for you.

Norman G4USB

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The ARRL 10m Contest 14th – 15th December 2014

For once the band conditions were very good and I decided to spend a few hours on 10m over the weekend. As you may know, I am not an avid contester, far from it, I would much rather have an hour long chat with someone to be honest but, contests provide an ideal opportunity to check how your set up is working and its overall efficiency with no expectation from the contacted stations to tell them your whole life story hi hi.

First contact was with a VR2 in Hong Kong, an instant response then off out to do some work in the garden or wilderness at present!

Continued for a few hours as darkness approached and some stonking signals and good contacts made.

On the Sunday weather stopped play in the garden for more time to spend on 10m. Had several breaks though but managed to work a good mix of Countries and States.

Upon final analysis 37 States had been worked with the most prolific state being Texas. Several worked in Arizona but not a peep heard from New Mexico which lurks between the both of them, strange as NM has been worked often. Actually there were a good many of the missed States being ones regularly heard and worked, but hey, it is radio after all!

The link below is to a summarised analysis .pdf of the activity.

It was great fun, where were you? Did not actually hear another local station throughout the weekend, surprising but true.

arrl 10m contest Dec 2014




Happy Christmas to all our readers



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Christmas meeting at Gweal an Top

For those who may have forgotten this evening is the Xmas evening at Gweal An Top.

We look forward to seeing everyone and, if you have placed your order there will be a pasty delivery at around 20.15Z

Ian M0IAF has compiled a set of Quiz questions so look out, it could be a fun evening for us all.

See you there.


Norman G4USB

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Your help needed

I am planning to create pages dedicated to user report of equipment they have purchased and are using/have used. This can be from Transceivers for HF, VHF be they base, mobile or handhelds.  Antenna tuners either manual or automatic, Mobile aerials for VHF,UHF,HF. Antennas for HF,VHF,UHF for base, mobile and portable use….. you get the picture any piece of kit really.

To do this I need the site readers assistance.

Please take the time to write a short review and forward it to me via e-mail to

I hope I will receive many responses as it will help to grow the resources of our site and provide useful information for our readers.

If reviewing an aerial please give brief details of the way it is erected, height of the pole, QTH height ASL etc as this will help our reader to judge the aerials suitability for them at their operating site.

Many thanks in advance.

Norman G4USB

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Special Offers

Offers for Club Members only:

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