Please note that club members are running an additional net on Saturday mornings through the GB3EW repeater. Start Time (11am local time)
( Analogue; RV49; 145.6125Mhz o/p; 77.0Hz CTCSS ) All licensed amateur operators are welcome to join in. See About us
Can we respectfully ask that nets are limited in duration (soley for the health & longevity of the repeater's P.A.)
We realise that for many, amateur radio communication is a way of beating the social lockdown that is currently in place. We certainly do not wish to be regarded as "killjoys", but to avoid repeater closedown, we ask that repeater usage is limited to 30 minutes maximum with a similar rest period in between. GB3EX is battery powered and should have similar intermittent usage.
The club regrets to announce that with immediate effect, ALL club meetings at America Hall have been postponed. This is of course, in the light of the government guidelines based on the Covid-19 situation. Whenever these restrictions are lifted, we will tentatively resume normal service.
Club meeting dates in 2020:
25th March        Club AGM
8th April        Club 100th birthday planning meet
22nd April        Project advice
13th May        Raynet training / introduction
22nd January Once again, Raynet operators from the club attended the VSCC (Vintage Sports Car Club) motor event, on Exmoor, providing radio commuications for the day. This annual event consisted of 3 separate hill climbs involving (some VERY expensive) vintage cars.
The Raynet team setup comms. using VHF handhelds with VHF/UHF crossband repeaters connecting to GB3EX (which had been switched to "Raynet mode"). This enabled operators to communicate easily with Raynet control based at the Anchor Inn, back in Exbridge. Raynet operators were also in contact with Hill Chiefs using licensed PMR handhelds.
4th January Raynet operators from the club once again attended the Fingle Bridge motor event, providing radio commuications for the event stewards. 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.
22nd January The club welcomed two newcomers, Colin and Eric. Colin is already licensed (G0ODL ?), but Eric has joined to learn how to become a radio operator, and train and take the foundation exam later this year. Wes 2E0WZR, Jordan 2E0WLQ and Rob 2E0UJM will be working towards gaining the full license, and Giles M7MTG will be working towards his Intermediate.
Other topics discussed included preperation for the Raynet event (Vintage cars) at Exbridge. Pete G3ZVI showed us a homebrew headset (An Xbox boom mic with earphone) and remote (footswitch) PTT for his handheld devices.
We also welcomed back long time member Bas G0FGE, who had taken time out preparing for his dream job.....Retirement.
1st March The club held its very successful Radio Rally. All tables were booked, the bring & buy did a roaring trade with many fantastic bargains - for example a virtually new MFJ Mag Loop (working to 10M), with tuner/control and mounting bracket for...£100 !!!!! If you missed out, well there's always next year.