12th June Going for their Foundation license, club members Giles & Wes (amongst others) were performing a practical showing how SWR is related to transmitter/aerial impedance matching.
Here, the candidates are carefully copying down slow speed morse sent by club member Harry M0IHT
Whilst our yet-to-be-licensed members were performing their practical, Slade 2E0SQB and Rob M6UJM had discussions regarding their relative "smart" watches......(for "smart", read expensive. Nothing wrong with a 30 year old timex - with radioactive dial)
22nd May Club members bought in a variety of aerial MATCHING units (sometimes incorrectly referred to as aerial TUNING units as they do NOT tune an aerial, they MATCH 2 differing impedances.)
20th May Exeter Raynet gave comms support to the Exeter Live Better Marathon run, comprising of a full (26mile) route, a half marathon, and a childrensrun. The whole event passed without incident, with the minor exception of an injury to one of the full marathon runners at Trews Weir Bridge, which was quickly resolved by one of the Raynet team, together with the marathon medics.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of long-time (we believe >20 years!) club member Tony Jordon M0GJX. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. The funeral took place on Tuesday 7th May in St Peter's Chapel, Exeter Crematorium (Topsham Road). The club made a donation to Tony's chosen charity.
24th April Harry gave an excellent talk on station logging software. His powerpoint presentation can be viewed by clicking here.
13th March The club held its well attended annual AGM, followed by the Exeter Raynet AGM.
Reports from the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary were read, along with repeater and rally reports by Pete, G3ZVI. Newly licensed Jason, M7JOY joined the commitee; full details on the members page.
Phil 2E0PCJ was thanked for managing the two club nets, namely the 2M net, held on Tuesdays and the 4M net, held on Thursdays. Details of both can be found here. They are NOT exclusive to club members....ALL radio hams (including SWLs) are more than welcome to join in. Next years AGM will be 11th March 2020.
Further to Harry's talk on digital modes, here is some interesting news regarding the use of FT8.
3rd March A well attended and highly successful rally was once again held at America Hall. The usual stands were there, including this year, the RSGB stand.
We THINK these characters got in without paying....so they were put to use marshalling! (Its OK...they ARE club members)
27th February Harry, M0IHT gave a informative talk on digital modes used in Amateur radio, including the very popular FT8 mode. His presentation notes can be viewed as a PDF by clicking here.
Pete, G3ZVI gave a run-down of preparations for the upcoming club radio rally, including help needed on the morning of the 3rd March 2019.
Doors open to the public at 10.30am....traders exhibiting are respectfully asked to NOT arrive before 8am, and to observe the fact that the hall is in a residential area, so to switch engines off and keep noise to a minimum whilst unloading and setting up.
13th February Club members enjoyed Petes and Slades fun night, as they had to solve small construction puzzles that led to clues to find a lost boat! Pete and Slade enjoyed laughing at the members as they speculated and guessed what the clues could mean.
Afterwards Jason M7JOY gave a demo on the IRN network using the teamspeak platform. We spoke to BOB in Springfield Wisconsin USA who explained his enjoyment. Jason mentioned how he used this to gain confidence on the unlicensed channels before he gained his licence.
23rd January Harry gave a very informative talk about contesting.
His powerpoint presentation ( which has been converted to a pdf ) can be seen by clicking here.
5th January Exeter Raynet attended a motorcycle club trial at Fingle Bridge. This annual event consisted of 3 separate hill climbs involving about 200 motorcycles & vintage cars. Some years ago this event sadly suffered a fatality on one of the hill climbs. Emergency services could not be contacted quickly enough using conventional communication systems, mainly because of the terrain. The Raynet team setup comms. using mainly VHF with VHF/UHF crossband repeaters. The whole event was successful and passed without incident.