16 March, 2018
The Radio Club was Founded in 1975 by Dave Penny, Nick Shepard, Peter West, and Roy White
G3XG G6BRH GX3XG
G6BRH DMR ID 2342500
Club is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain
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Local Repeater changes
GB3CL Clacton and GB3CE Colchester have changed CTCSS.
GB3CL: Output 433.225 -
GB3CE: Output 433.350 -
JOTA Weekend 2017
21st to 22nd October with the Halstead and Colne Valley Scouts.
We operated from Earls Colne Scout Hut, Station Road in Earls Colne
using the call sign GB1HCV.
This was the first time we had used DMR via GB7HA repeater for JOTA.
DMR was operated by Neil M0NAS and Colin M6NCU during the weekend and over 40 contacts made in different coutries via this mode including England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Canada and Ben N6ELF in Pearland 7850km away in the USA.
HF was operated by Melvin G0EMK over the weekend making contacts in Russia and a special call sign in Budapest Hungary HG500T. Several contacts made by Geoff G1GNQ via 2m on the Saturday even though being stationed in a valley made this difficult.
While all the operating was going on Edwin G0LPO, Neville G8CDG and John M5AJB completed some electrical constriction kits with the scouts and cubs.
The Cub and Scouts who attended this years JOTA all enjoyed themselves even camping in the cold and windy conditions.
Railways on the Air 2017.
Was at the Colne Valley Railway Castle Hedingham.
Over the weekend we operated from a former car transporter carriage next to the main railway. We used the call sign GB0CVR.
As well as using HF and 2m/70cm this year was the first time we used DMR via the local repeater GB7HA and make several contact via this mode.
“Everybody can talk but CW is an art”
Morse classes will be starting again at Danbury Village Hall,
19.00 on Thursday 7th September.
These classes are designed for the complete beginners or, if you have a little experience.
We can help to build up your speed and confidence on a key.
Instruction is also given on the use of the twin paddle key.
Within 8 weeks -
Your instructors will by Andy G0IBN, Oliver M0WAG and Dean G4WQI
Just bring yourself, a pen and an A% size note book.
It is fun night, you will be made welcome.
Contact Andy, G0IBN on 01621 868347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mills on the Air Weekend 12th -
BADARS will be using the call sign GB2AWM
Mills on the Air was held at Alderford Mill, Alderford Street Sible Hedingham.
The club managed to get 55 contacts during the weekend
including making contact with 18 mills
Clubs new meeting day and venue
The committee has decided, due to circumstance beyond our control to find a new meeting place to hold our club meetings.
As from the start of April this year we will be meeting at:
St Peters Church Hall, St Peters Road, off The Causeway Braintree.
This is behind the Public Gardens in Braintree
(For Sat Nat users use the post code CM7 9AR)
This also means we will have to change the day of the meeting, we will now meet on the SECOND and FOURTH TUESDAY of each month
The new venue will give us better comfort, including inside toilets, a clean kitchen, a warmer room and enough car parking space for all.
**** LOCAL REPEATERS****
GB3BZ 70cm repeater based at Beazley End near Braintree
Input 438.450 Output430.850
GB7HA 70cm DMR repeater based in Halstead.
Tx 439.575 Rx 430.575
Colour Code 3
DF Hunt 20th June 2016
DF Hunt was won by Howard G6LXK and Mike G8DJO,
runners up were Colin M6NCU and Joe M6YEL
The fox was Melvin G0EMK and was found Hall Road Panfield.
Derek G3MMA receiving construction trophy for innovative 20/40m scratch built loop antenna.
Effective tested range 3000 miles
To round off its 40th Anniversary Year, on April 18th, the Braintree Club held an Icom evening. This was supported by ICOM UK, who also have just celebrated their 40th anniversary. Club members were invited to bring along their Icom radio equipment from the last 40 years. The members responded magnificently, with over 50 radios on display, all but one in working condition.
Models on display ranged from IC215 portable to IC400 hf base station and IC2e to IC E90 in the hand held range.. With a host of mobile and base VHF and UHF rigs including, IC 22, IC290, IC211, IC251, IC271 and IC471, the display was a joy to behold. The members spoke briefly about the history of their radios and there were even a couple of of original "new" original purchase receipts. ICOM UK sponsored the raffle with a selection of prizes,our grateful thanks to them for thier help and support. With a really good turnout of members and guests, it was a great way to draw this anniversary year to a close.
Don’t forget club net is held on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month (excluding Bank Holidays).
Over the last few nets we have been having an increase in the amount of members taken part.
The committee decided that it would benefit members if old copies of the club magazine were available from the web site. Each month a PDF file of the previous months magazine will be available for download. To read the file directly it will be necessary for the viewer to have Adode Reader or a similar PDF reader installed on their PC
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