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Club Re-Opening on Tuesday 8th September (Club has had to close again due to new Government advice)

We are pleased to announce that Chippenham & District ARC will reopen its doors on Tuesday 8th September 2020.

Both the Hall and the Club are following Government advice and Guidelines with respect to COVID-19. As such there have had to be some changes; the main points are as follows:

A face covering is mandatory.

Club opening times are now between 7.30pm and 9 pm (1.5 hours duration)

Access and egress to the hall is via the side entrance from the car park – Not through the main door. Hand sanitise on arrival (hand sanitiser machine is installed and ready for use on arrival).

Toilets – one person at a time.

Weekly subs will not be collected until at least the end of the year.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Club Nets on 2m & 4m

News from Jamie 2E0MHG regarding club run nets for anyone who wishes to join in.

Tuesday’s from 19:30 on 145.425 Mhz FM

Sunday’s from 19:00 to 19:30 on 70.425 Mhz FM then QSY to 145.400 until 20:00

All nets are +or- 25khz depending on QRM.

When will Club Re-Open?

The Committee are keeping a very close eye on Government guidance on social gatherings and we hope to have some news soon. Until then stay tuned to your radios and stay safe.

Updated: 14 August 2020


Unfortunately due to restrictions still in place because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, we have unfortunately had to cancel the rally for 2020.

Hopefully the rally will return in July 2021.

Online FOUNDATION COURSE available now…

Thought about taking the FOUNDATION LEVEL exam, but never had the time?

Now really is the time to start a new and exciting hobby. For a limited period of time, we will be running our Foundation course online with live instructors and interactive media resources which will allow students to interact and test themselves as they learn.

All practical assessments are currently suspended, so if you wont need to worry about undertaking those, and the exam can now be taken from the comfort of your own home when its convenient for you.

If you are interested in applying, or if you know anyone who might be – please contact us. At the moment we have a handful of spaces remaining.

For the COURSE – What do you need? Any computer with a decent internet connection. Mic/webcam is not NEEDED for the course itself but you will need speakers. If you have access to a tablet or smartphone as well, this will also make things easier.

For the EXAM – What do you need? A Windows (Windows 7+) or Mac (Mac OS 10.8+) desktop or laptop with either 2GB or 4GB of RAM (no tablets, smartphones or Linux) with a webcam, mic and speakers (or headset) and a stable internet connection (512kbps or greater).

As a result of the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, it’s now possible to take your amateur radio Foundation exam from home. Here is a short video looking at how :

Coronavirus Update

Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are not currently holding any club meetings at Kington Langley Village Hall. This is in part due to the need to protect our community from unnecessary risk and because we do not feel, given the restrictions in place at the venue, it would be in the best interest for most of our regular members to attend – especially as this environment will be used by many other user groups and it will be impractical to adequately safeguard our members from the risks of cross contamination.

Sadly this is probably the longest the club has gone without offering face-to-face regular meetings in its 50+ years of operation! Previously our biggest foe was adverse weather and floodings!

That said, regular NETS are being held on Tuesday evenings in its place, and Foundation Level training courses are still being offered and run through the wizardry of the 21st Century.

The ZELLO community channel is also operational for club members to join in the regular discussions and debates.

It is the committees hope and intention that with all being well, we will look to return our meetings to Tuesday evenings in September.

Meanwhile – for those who aren’t aware, shortly before the lockdown, measures were being put in place to complete our operating area within the club which will offer a dedicated operating station, internet connected PC and a selection of various radios (including HF, VHF, UHF and DMR).

We, the committee, hope that all club members and Amateur Radio users who follow our club through this page are staying safe and well and we hope to speak to you soon!