Wow, it was only a few weeks this time, James must be practicing for 25th Dec as he has already
opened both the rig and the antenna packaging and has the aerial up and running with good signals
being heard on 4m from the Beacon area…..to all on channel.
A nice little net on Friday 24th October with 2E0CUH, 2E0PCO, 2E1ERJ, M6ZXZ and G4USB on air.
Phil 2E0PCO is coming along great guns now and has 20w pumping out from his TAIT Ex PMR, good
signal from him in Four Lanes, David 2E1ERJ uses an Ascom SE550 Ex PMR producing around the 25w level
and is a good signal with me from Threemilestone. Shaun 2E0CUH uses a Phillips 1000 converted PMR
and is painfully loud with me, James, uses a commercially produced radio an Anytone 5189 set at
the 10W level appropriate to his licence. On Friday I was using a converted Motorola GM-350 with
around the 25W output.
Four is a very interesting band and more effective then 2m on several occasions one such example is
between myself and Brian G4KAW where 4m is a very comfortable fully quietened QSO both ways. On Sunday
26th Brian and I were chatting along with Roy M3YKT and I was called by Hugh EI2HI who informed me I
had a very strong signal in S.Ireland. Neither Brian or Roy were able to reach him on this occasion.
We hold out net on 70.475 but must bear in mind that the chaps in EI who have an activity evening on 4m
on a Tuesday evening from around 2100hrs are unable to use that channel as their allocation ends at
Worth mentioning here that there is a ‘simplexer’ in EI on 70.350, you can check propagation to EI as
if you put a call out, wait a few seconds and then hear your voice repeated you will know that there is and
how good it is by your own signals quality repeated. Although slow, you can hold a QSO via the simplexer
with any area which has propagation to its location, these stations may not necessarily be able to work
your area at the time but via EI it could be possible….
Watch this space for more 4M news
Terry (Camborne) – M 6 L D W
Mark (Redruth) – M 6 M Y M
Graham (St Ives) -M 6 G T Z
I have spoken with Terry a few times already, heard Mark calling in after the news on Sunday
unfortunately on the repeater output (remember 600kc minus shift, 77hz ctcss, 145125 rx frequency at GB3NC)
Graham still not ‘tooled up with a radio I understand’
Welcome to the madness known as Amateur Radio!
Calling CQ on 40m from the 9 Ashes site I received a response from G3XFD, Rob in Bournemouth. Rob kindly agreed to pass greetings messages with the group of scouts, half of which had gathered behind me in the tent. The other half were passing messages on 2m within the confines of the site. With some 20 scouts in the group I was conscious that Rob may not wish to stay with us that long but, he said it was a pleasure and as long as he could escape at around 1.00pm it would be fine. After about 4 contacts were made I suddenly realised why not only the call but the voice was so familiar as the Rob in question was Rob Manion the former editor of Practical Wireless magazine, someone who has spent a long time in Cornwall in the past and had visited the Club on several occasions. The 10 minute warning was given and, thankfully we had just 5 more scouts to put in the hot seat. We concluded the contacts at around 3 minutes to the set hour and Rob was able to pick his XYL up from the local market in good time. Our grateful thanks are extended to Rob for his patience and resilience in taking the time to pass so many greetings. He really seemed to enjoy the experience thankfully. Hope you have a long and very enjoyable retirement Rob and we hope to see you back in Cornwall for a visit in the not too distant future. Here I can be seen with one of the group in contact with Rob G3XFD (picture by Steve G7VOH) Norman – G4USB President of CRAC
For the first time in a number of years we were operational using our Club call sign over the JOTA weekend providing radio facilities to the 300 or so assembled Scouts of Cornwall at 9 Ashes, Washaway, Bodmin on the Saturday and Sunday of the JOTA weekend.
Our contingent worked very hard for the two days with hardly a gap in proceedings although, we were allowed a lunch break on the Saturday. With operation on the 2m band on site to give them a taste of VHF operation and, a 40m station using the TS 570 and Ian’s van mounted mast with a 40m dipole we managed to get every single scout at least one greetings message contact on air.
We were thanked by the County Assistand Commissioner and he hoped we may be able to help again next year. Consensus of onion was certainly will!
We were offered a donation for Club funds but suggested it be diverted into the Scout charity fund to enable the less fortunate to attend a camp in the future and this will be done in our name.
AS you may know we have been holing social evenings over the past few months at the Chivereton Arms pub.
This way fine in the summer as we were able to use the outside shelter in the garden but, with darker,
cooler evenings upon us the room inside is a little limited and not conducive to socialising as we are
seated around separate tables in the dining room overflow area.
Anyway, this evening we are trialling a new location and will be meeting from around 7.45 at Trickys just
off the old Redruth Bypass. Apparently room is less restricted there so let’s give it a try.
See you there.
Graham G3LAI has worked his magic yet again with a 100% success rate in the
Foundation Examination taken on 4th October at Gweal An Top.
For once we have a youngster aged 14 to join the others, who knows perhaps they
will start a teenagers net? who knows.
Anyway congratulations to: Graham, Mark, Terry & Russell. We hope to hear you on
air soon and to see you at the club meetings at Gweal An Top or one of the Social
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Apologies for lack of activity on the site but I have been trying to resolve a problem highlighted by the hosting company. Apparently I had an excessive number of files on the server, exceeding the 200,000 limit across the 6 sites on the domain.
No site is particularly huge and this has been a little perplexing as it was reported that gx4crc.com was responsible for around 147,000 of that number!
To be all northern ‘any road up’ I am hoping I have sussed the problem having found a temporary folder with nearly 9mb size and no way to access the contents. Deleted this and set up a new directory and firmly crossing fingers in case my action has screwed the site installation completely.
Could do with a little more knowledge of the inner workings of the beast hi hi.
Anyway, a happy New Year to all visitors to the site.
We have already enjoyed the first two meeting evenings of the year and have plans in hand to operate a station for the 7th Camborne Girl Guides for thinking day on the air on February 15th.
Mike has obtained the special call GB7CGG for obvious reasons and it is our intention to be on the air between the hours of 10.00am to 5.00pm and have been promised a good attendance as invitations have been passed to all the local Guide Troops… should be a good day.
Operation will be from the 7th’s building in the grounds at the rear of the Camborne Community Centre which is about 50 yards from Camborne Police Station.
Visitors will be made very welcome and that includes licensees who will be able to operate should they so wish.
A timely reminder to everyone. Rally 2013 is fast approaching and we will
be visiting the site next Saturday to manhandle the tables into position and
on site from early Sunday morning to meet and greet at first the Traders and
then our buying guests.
Doors will open at 1030am and we request that you all remember that and don’t
try to gain entry before that time. We need time first thing to allow everyone
to ready their stands for the visitors and to lend them a hand. We do not need
to be troubled by unauthorised visitors before the official start time as sorting
them out takes manpower away from more essential tasks. If you find yourself
asked to wait at the main door or to go back outside please comply with grace.
So have a lie in, don’t arrive at 9.00am and expect to come in immediately.
Opening is at 10.30am. We reserve the right to open earlier if all traders
are ready for the off and weather is particularly inclement.
Entry cost has been held at just £2.00 again this year even though the cost
of hiring the School seems to increase every year.
Opening time is 10.30 am
Items intended for sale on the bring and buy can be logged in before opening
of the show via the side entrance. Be prepared to pay a non returnable
administration fee of just 50p per item lodged for sale. This will help t
o cover our expences and deter entering numerous low value items for sale.
Whilst we take every possible precaution selecting traders for the show we
can not be held responsible for items purchased that are not fit for purpose.
So as buyers it up to you to carry out some due diligence and ensure you are
buying what you think you are buying and not a potentially expensive doorstop.
Contact details should appear within the programme and if you do have a problem
please contact the trader direct and not CRAC.
We hope to see a good crowd on the day as it is not just a trade show but an
annual social event giving everyone the chance to meet personally with and put
a face to the regular contacts you have beet talking with on a day to day basis.
So see you all there:
Cornish Radio Amateur Club Rally
Sunday 7th July 2013 — opens 10.30am — closes when the traders
decide to pack up their wares. My suggestion is to come earlier rather
than later as in the past few years we have been packed away earlier each year.
To wet your appetite I can confirm attendance by
Henry Westlake for all your antenna, coax and hardware needs
Devon DX Group — good 2nd hand source
Worsley Communications – a local supplier of Amateur Radio equipment
Peter, formerly Garex
Kevin and Margaret from Bristol — general equipment
and more !
Refreshments will again be available from Colin’s catering van in the car park.
The intermediate examination took place on Wednesday and there was a 100% success rate from the candidates sitting the test.
Unfortunately an unexpected work commitment prevented Martin from taking the exam as he had to go up to a meeting in London and was unable to get back in time to take part. Never mind Martin I’m sure there will be a chance to take the test again in the not too distant future as we have a couple of folk to cater for in the Advanced category and no doubt we can arrange it for the same night.
Congratulations to the ‘Magnificent Nine’
Jim ,Brian [Ken G0FIC] John, Treve, Mike, Paul, Carol, John, Shaun,
Well done everyone.
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