Special Events

It was a pleasure to activate GB5NF today from Neston Fete. Despite the weather we put on a good display and promoted Chippenham and District Amateur Radio Club.

Running events like these take time to plan, lots of effort and goodwill of those taking part. We hope to continue putting on these kind of events but really need the support of the wider membership to make them a success.

Club Night 21 June 22

Another great night at the Club. Lots of radio discussions, FT8, Digi modes, rally preps and plans for the upcoming Special Event Station at Neston Fete on July 2nd.

Club Discussions in full swing

Chris G4HCW agreed to do a talk on Over The Horizon Radar. More details on that one nearer the time.

Till next week, 73s from the Club Website Team.

Chippenham Detectorists are coming to the Club on Tuesday 9th August

Our friends at Chippenham Metal Detecting Club have agreed to come along on the 9th August and provide a ‘show and tell’ on all aspects of being a Detectorist. Matt Fenn and the Team have said it’s not always a can ring pull or discarded screw that sets the alarm bells off, Roman, Civil War and Middle Ages artifacts are routinely found in the hedgerows and fields of Wiltshire!!!!

So if you fancy an insight come along for an 8pm start and see what your missing.

GX3VRE on the Air – 14 June 22

Another very enjoyable evening at our Club HQ in Kington Langley. Tonight we activated the Club Call and made plenty of QSOs on 20 and 40m bands. We also had an impromptu Wiltshire Radio Rally Planning Meeting which went well.

This week we’ve added a picture of our Chairman Brian G6HUI who whilst still recuperating made some contacts on the TS2000X.

Brian operating the Club Station GX3VRE

Mendip Radio Rally 2022

Several club members supported the new rally today at Farrington Gurney. On arrival everyone was warmly greeted by organiser Luke who was on Car Park duties. The rally was part bootsale (always a favourite) plus a reasonable size hall with more traders inside. The hot drinks were served by Bob and the lady whose name I forgot (my apologies to her) made some wonderful bacon butties. Traders of note were: Exeter DX Group, Kevin and Margaret Kelly, Ian G0GRI, Lindars Radios, Robin from Worsley Communications of Redruth and G3KYG with some nice DMR radios for sale. All in all a great morning out.

Lindars up and running
Inside the Hall, RSGB to the left
A view of the hall from the playing field

Have you been Checked on 2m FT8?

More a play on words but the decision to tick the even (first period) time sequence on 2m can seem confusing. Do you beam North or South or East and West?

Do we or don’t we check this box on 2m FT8?

It’s down to the Operator and the choice really is yours. Check or No Check, to be honest it really doesn’t matter. The main thing is that you enjoy your FT8 on 2m.

144 Mhz Sporadic E opening on Saturday 11th June.

Today has certainly been a busy one on the VHF bands with openings on 50/70 and 144mhz. Members have been reporting QSOs on the 2m band with the following countries this afternoon:

Italy, San Marino, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. So it’s always worth your while keeping an eye (or ear) open on the VHF bands at this time of year.

Whatever you’re doing this weekend we hope it’s a good one for you and all the best from the Chippenham Club Web Team.

GX3VRE 144Mhz UKAC 07 June 22

Tonight Club member Jenni M0HZT entered the 2m June RSGB UK activity contest. Jenni is a keen contester and gave our new antenna and rotator a through testing 😊

Jenni GX3VRE operations on the June 2m UKAC

GX3VRE Portable Ops on 144mhz

Yesterday (Thurs 2 June 2022) the Club activated a 144mhz operation on high ground just south of Corsham. It was a bonus to work the following stations:

MQ0MSZ, 2E0OND, G8TTI, G4DMC, 2E0OUT, and 2Q0OMR. We also tried a little bit of HF towards the end of the activation and had QSOs on 20,17 and 10m bands.