Lincoln Short Wave Club is hoping to run another Foundation Course in the near future. A date hasn’t been fixed yet but we hope it will start in the next few weeks. If you are interested please contact Pam Rose G4STO LSWC and Examinations Secretary via the contact tag above.
A very successful evening was had when 13+ 1st Willingham Cubs invaded the shack in order to have experience passing greetings messages on to other radio amateurs; this will go towards their Communications Badge.
We had planned on making contact with the Cherry Willingham Group but encountered a few problems so we fell back to our stand-by stations that helped to make the evening the success it was.
A BIG ‘thank you’ to Peter G1FLL and Ian G4XFC for putting on the station at Cherry Willingham; sorry it didn’t work out as planned: to Andy M0KED and Geoff 2E0YBG for being at home ready to speak to the cubs and to Simon 2E0DXE who put on the station for the cubs at the shack!! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. An even bigger thank you to Wockhardt UK Ltd for the Paracetamol (being in the shack with 13+ cubs seeing who could shout the loudest isn’t the most tranquil of places to be!!!!)
It was another successful day in the Village Hall today with all five candidates passing their Intermediate Examination; this is, of course, subject to confirmation by the Examination Department at the RSGB.
The photo shows back row left to right candidates Rick Ball, Simon Clark, Alan Beckett, Peter Meanwell and Geoffrey Booth; seated invigilators Steve M5ZZZ (left) and Roger G3PVU (right) and instructors Ian G4EVK and Ian G4XFC in the centre.
Steve M5ZZZ putting the finishing touches (fitting the knobs) to the kitchen cupboards while some members take a well earned rest from the Intermediate Course and others taking a rest from watching Steve work.
The moment Steve realised the
knobs weren’t level.
After months of talking about it the cupboards are now fitted and filled. Just need to clear the tops down and start using the contents of the cupboards.
On Wednesday 27th January Andrew Garratt M0NRD, Chairman of the South Kesteven Amateur Club, gave an interesting and informative presentation on how to fly high altitude balloons. Of particular interest was the “Pig in Space” balloon launched at last year’s National Hamfest and the earlier Eggsplorer-1 “Egg in Space” mission.
Andrew described the processes involved in design of the payload and trackers. He also described how to prepare for a flight, obtaining clearance and everything involved in predicting the flight, tracking it and retrieving it.
The pictures below show the preparations for the launch, the launch and pig in ‘space’ and the retrieved balloon and payload.
Another Intermediate Course is on schedule with the group being split into two; practical work being carried out in the shack while other candidates were learning antenna theory with Ians G4XFC and G4EVK. Pictured are from front to back Simon M6XSY, Alan M6OAY and Rick M6FXU who are building their ‘Pixie’ 7MHz QRP CW Tranceivers.
Photo – thanks Peter M0EJL.
Once permission to move the two metre repeater – GB3LM from the clock room to the top of the stairs by the 70 centimetre repeater – GB3LS was obtained Bob – G7AVU got a working party together to get the move made. The working party Bob, Clive – G8EQZ, Lyndon – M0LDR, Alistair – M0TEF, Andy – M0KED and Rick – M6FXU climbed the 365 steps (several times) and got the work done on 16th January.
Bob will be pleased to receive reception reports for GB3LM.
Photos – thank you M6FXU.
We are planning to run an Intermediate Course commencing Saturday 9th January with the examination on Saturday 20th February.
If you are interested in joining the course please let me know via the contact button above.