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
Whitey K1VV W1AA Marconi Radio Club
great video on Elettra produced by MIT. Scroll to end, on “Marconi Legacy”: Other info on the page is also interesting.
Look forward to seeing everyone at Gweal An Top this evening
7.00 pm for 7.30 start
The Annual General Meeting
Please come along to help the Club going forward by selecting the Committee for the new year.
Your chance to make a difference by volunteering to serve the Club as a Committee member.
Tea and Coffee will be available as usual.
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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.
Surplus Equipment Sale
Thursday 7th November 2013
The Old School, School Lane, Gweal An Top, Redruth, Cornwall
Time: 7.30pm onwards
Bring along your surplus radio Kenwood TS990S
Yaesu ft 950 or Icom IC-7600 !
Have you any items of radio equipment in your shack that
you wish to sell?
All are welcome to attend as this is not an event limited to members only so,
if you fancy coming along you may find a bargain or a purchaser for your
For Sale by Club Member
I have just done an upgrade, I am selling my Magnum 257 (no not an ice cream bar).
This is a 10-11 metre multimode rig – in perfect condition – about 22 to 25
watts out (SSB on 11 metres is to be legalised later this year (see Ofcom
site!)). I would like to get about £120 (ono) for it – so if any one is interested
it’s now available. Complete with instructions, mobile mount (unused), updown
mic, 5 memories, 1k, 10k or 100k steps (or channelised if required) –
have just worked into Russia so I know it’s good!
73 Mike (G4WQL)
If not sold beforehand this might just be there on the night!
The Autumn has always been a Season where HF conditions improve and if you have recently
been licensed, with this being your first autumn operating on the HF bands, the chances are you
are in for a treat. But I hear you asking why?
The summer is not a good time for HF, apart from the relatively short-range intense Sporadic E
openings. However, the autumn brings improved conditions to the HF bands resulting in
openings to many parts of the world.
The sun passed through the equinox on September 22 and the long daylight hours it provides are
rapidly heading south as their Summer approaches. The result of this is that the ionosphere in
the Northern hemisphere is now cooling down and becoming more dense.
Another seasonal change occurs in the molecular-to-atomic ratio of the ionosphere. The affect of
this is that it is harder for the sun’s UV rays to ionise it.
Although it appears that the summer should be better for HF with all that sunshine, the reality is
that in summer the loss of ions (as they recombine more readily) overwhelms the increase
in production, and the total F2 layer ionisation is actually lower than it is in the spring and
The consequence is that although there is now less sunlight hitting the regions that make
up the ionosphere in the northern hemisphere the actual F layer ionisation is higher than
it was in the summer and D and E layer absorption is now lower too. As a result we find that
the maximum usable frequencies (MUFs) during the day are higher than they were in summer.
The result of all the changes in activity means we are now seeing better openings on 20m and above,
including 17m (18 MHz), 15m (21 MHz), 12m (24 MHz) and 10m (28 MHz).
In October, openings should be possible to the eastern USA and the Caribbean in the afternoon on
10m, whereas in June these were unlikely to happen (apart from the odd multi-hop Sporadic E contact).
It would be worth , listening to 29.620 MHz FM in the early afternoon in October and you
are almost certain to hear the KQ2H repeater in up-state New York.
Because both hemispheres of the Earth are evenly illuminated this is also a good time for contacts to
be made on North-South paths – we may also experience some good openings to South Africa
and South America as a result.
On the flip side, the sun sets a lot earlier than it did in summer so we can expect the higher HF bands,
28 MHz (10m), 21 MHz (15m) and 18MHz (17m), to close earlier than they did, with only 14 MHz
remaining open until around 2100-2200hrs. This is hastened of course by the hour change in October.
If you get the chance, make sure you take a look at the HF bands as they will be significantly better than
you have been experiencing during the summer season. Remember, 10m might even offer you some great
DX, even with 10 Watts SSB and a simple dipole or vertical.
You will also notice that on the lower HF bands such as 80 and 160m DX activity will begin to increase
during the darkness hours. Take a listen around 3.798 early mornings to the lads running four square
antenna systems working the world to prove the point. You will probably hear David G0AIX with them
using his verticals.
(based on an article in the RSGB newsletter)
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