Will there be a Christmas Net??

Message just in from Mike 2E0OND asking whether the Club will be running a net over the Christmas period. Short answer is TBC. We will be discussing this at Club on Tuesday 20th December and any decisions made will be publicised on here and our other Social Media platforms.


7th December 2022

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The technical team @ GX3VRE

144mhz UKAC and Dave’s IC-271e on test

Really good turn last night at the Club and Dave G8TTI brought along his newly repaired IC-271e 2m multimode to try out on the RSGB Dec 2m activity contest. Many contacts were made and Dave left happy with his new acquisition.

Great times with the Icom at GX3VRE
Dave G8TTI and Jenni M0HZT operating GX3VRE

Club Night Tues 29th November 22

Despite football on the TV it was another top turnout at the Club this evening. Jack M0PLS was keen to try out his 2nd Discovery 599 transceiver purchased on a Black Friday Special from Nevada. It certainly looked and sounded good with QSOs a plenty on 40m.

Meanwhile Dave G8TTI got to grips with an IC-271e which needs some TLC but Dave will no doubt get it back in to service very soon.

Here are some pictures.

Dave G8TTI and the IC-271e

A pair of Discoveries

QRT Sale, QRM Eliminator and Jolly Good Evening

Tonight we bid a warm welcome to Kevin Kelly who popped along for a chat and a cuppa and it was good to see him.

We also tested a QRM eliminator to see if we could reduce some of the high noise we get on our loft mounted HF Triband Dipole. Using a Chameleon F Loop 2.0 as the auxiliary antenna on a camera tripod in the Club shack we were able to null most of the noise very effectively.

We also had a collection of items on display from a local Amateur who unfortunately is going QRT. Several items were sold or reserved which is good news.

Andy 2E1GQX is writing a Rally report for Radcom and we hope to get some pictures included for a future edition of the magazine.

Good to see Gary M0OTL who dropped off a modified drive on mount to accept a Spiderbeam fibreglass mast.

The picture below shows the QRM eliminator on test. Till next time have a great week ahead and 73s.

QRM eliminator on test at GX3VRE

Our 2022 Winter Rally

Today the 19th November 2022 was our first proper Winter event and it was a great success with 200+ attendees and a wide variety of traders on hand to tempt the buyers to purchase something old or new.

We’d just like to thank everyone who supported our event and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

In the meantime here are a few images from today’s event. Thanks also to our friends from Flight Refuelling ARS who supplied one of the images.

Karen M3KIR on the Rigsearch table
Action shot of the hall
Sunrise with Rally Manager Brian G6HUI and Andy 2E1GQX

Final Club Night before the Rally

Another great Club night this evening and thanks so much to those who attended. Tonight we installed the 20m Hawkins Vertical and tested a number of radios in preparation for sale by a local Amateur who is going QRT due to ill health. We tested an ICOM IC-756, IC-706 and a also an IC-7300. All radios were found to be in good working order.

The IC-756 on test at our regular Tuesday evening Club meeting.

Wiltshire Radio Rally Saturday 19th November 2022

With our rally almost upon us please check our Rally Page for all the last minute updates. We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of interest for the event and could have doubled the number of traders if we’d had more space!

For those of you travelling to get to us please have safe journey’s and we look forward to seeing you soon. Please have your £2 entry fees ready as you enter the hall and we’ll exchange it for a wristband so you can come and go as you please.

There is limited trading space on the hardstanding on a first come first served basis. Please contact Brian G6HUI on email: rally@chippenhamradio.club to check availability.

Club Night 08 November 22

Another great evening at the Club with the 432 Mhz UKAC in full swing and an update for WSJT-X for our FT8 operation successfully conducted. Jacek M0PLS once again operated 80/40m with the Club’s 120′ long wire antenna.