Feb 062016

It isn’t all radio at the shack; these photos show M5ZZZ doing a bit of tiling and G3PVU and G1FLL contemplating cutting an additional shelf for the kitchen cupboard.

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Thanks Geoff M6YBG for the photos taken on his phone without a flash.

 Posted by at 10:22 pm
Jan 302016

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.

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 Posted by at 12:30 pm
Jan 242016

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.

Intermediate candidate construction

Photo – thanks Peter M0EJL.

 Posted by at 6:00 pm
Jan 232016

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.

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Photos – thank you M6FXU.

 Posted by at 9:01 pm
Jan 052016

The Annual General Meeting will take place on

Wednesday 13th January 2016

At the BSA Village Hall, Aisthorpe

at 2000 hours for 2015 hours 


 1            Apologies for absence

 2             Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 14th January 2015

 3             Matters arising from the Minutes

 4             Chairman’s Report

 5             Treasurer’s Report

 6             Amendments to Club Rules –  

                Officers/Committee liability insurance

  1. Disciplinary and grievance procedure
  2. Personal declarations of Committee members

 7             Election of Committee

 8             Agree nominal sum of money to be set aside to purchase equipment through the coming year.

  9             To appoint a club Almoner – Present Almoner Peter M0EJL.

10           To appoint an LSWC Thursday 2 meter Net Co-ordinator.  Present Co-ordinator M0EJL.

11           To appoint an LSWC Representative at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby.  Present Representative Peter G1FLL.

12           Any other business

Proposed by M0TEF, seconded by G4STO – we need a frank and open discussion as to why so many people are leaving the club and why not much changes.  There seems to be a very rocky future ahead.

13           Presentation of Awards

14           Date of next Annual General Meeting – 11th January 2017.

 Posted by at 5:34 pm
Dec 152015

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.

Course Secretary


 Posted by at 3:51 pm
Dec 152015

On Saturday the 5th December it was decided to have a bit of a “do” the following Saturday and everyone should bring a plate of food, you know, what you can eat and perhaps a little more for those that knew nothing about it!!  The first photo shows the table at the beginning, this was added to during the morning and the second photo what was left; this will be eaten on Wednesday evening. 

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 Posted by at 3:47 pm
Dec 102015

The pictures below show members of the club enjoying their Christmas Dinner, this year at the Carpenters Arms at Fiskerton.  It should be noted for future events that our members rarely remember what they have ordered and reminders should be given to them on arrival at the venue.  Thanks to Sue Gray for sorting this out.

Another successful Christmas Dinner Chris and the last Mincepie - Copy DSC_0730 Ian & Mo James - Copy John, Chris and Les Ken and Beth Mince Pies Patrick and Vicky Sue and her dad Sue sorting out the mess


 Posted by at 12:15 am
Dec 072015

The Construction Contest this year was won by Peter M0EJL with his DSO138 Digital Oscilloscope which he built from a kit.  I understand the circuit is simple, reliable and inexpensive; possibly a Saturday morning project for our newly licenced members.   (I notice there are some on eBay for £13 including postage).

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Thanks Steve M5ZZZ for the photos.


 Posted by at 4:17 pm
Dec 062015

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It doesn’t have to be a radio related talk to keep our members enthralled.  We were delighted to welcome Karen Crow the Town Crier for the City of Lincoln to the club on the 25th November when she gave us an interesting talk on her duties as Town Crier and how she got into public speaking.

Thanks Chris 2E0NDT for the photo.

 Posted by at 6:41 pm