Please note the Surplus Equipment Sale which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday 26th October will now take place on Wednesday 2nd November. Booking in will be from 1930 hours with the sale starting at 2015 hours. Photographs and a list of some of the equipment to be sold will be published on this site after the weekend.
The National Hamfest is taking place on Friday 30th September – Saturday 1st October. Gates open at 7:30am for Flea Market Setup and 9:30am for the public. The George Stephenson Hall opens at 10am. On Wednesday 28th September members from local clubs helped set out tables in the hall (in record time) in readiness for the exhibitors arriving on Thursday 29th September.
Places are filling up fast so if you would like to join the Foundation Course please use the “Contact” form to show your interest. Our Secretary needs to have all paperwork completed by Wednesday 12th October. She will be available on Wednesdays 5th and 12th October to complete the necessary paperwork.
Please note the shack will not be open on Wednesday 28th September and Saturday 1st October as members will be at the National Hamfest on Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground.
It was all go at the shack tonight when half a dozen members helped cut up the Exhibitor Passes for the National Hamfest. I’m not sure how safe Ian was using that guillotine but I didn’t see any blood on the table after we had finished. Thanks Ian G4XFC, Peter G1FLL, Chris 2E0NDT, Geoff 2E0YBG and Stephen SWL.
Using his ‘home brew ‘Tesla coil’ spark generator and a fluorescent tube, Brian Hiley (M0YXB) showed how electromagnetic energy is transmitted wirelessly through free space. This simple but effective demonstration served as a very effective introduction to his talk on Antenna Modelling, to an audience of some 20 radio amateurs gathered at the LSWC HQ in Aisthorpe on Wednesday evening 31st August.
The basics and application of the MMANA-GAL Antenna Analysing tool was the core of Brian’s both fascinating and informative well illustrated presentation. He explained how the programme, which is freely available for download from the Internet, may be used to assess just how successful our antenna systems may be by entering their specifications (nothing too complex eg: Height, frequency, length and feed point) and amongst many other things, seeing ‘the unseen’ viz: their polar diagrams and thus being able to derive from that the best application. (eg inter ‘G’, DX etc). Other factors including SWR, power, traps, baluns and type of antennas were discussed and all in all, especially from the Q and A’s during the talk, it was clearly a very popular subject.
So why not have a go at applying the analysis tool to your existing or planned installations, it’s all positive stuff and you too will be able to see and assess ‘the unseen’!
Many thanks to Brian for coming up from Harby near Melton Mowbray – much appreciated – 73
Peter (M0EJL) for LSWC.
What better way could Tom, G4OSB celebrate his 80th Birthday?
About 30 of his friends from LSWC together with XYLs and a couple of children joined Tom at the shack for a Sausage and Burger afternoon prepared by Pam, G4STO and her ‘assistant’ Steve, M5ZZZ. Pam and Steve did Tom proud with the specially selected Sausages and Burgers, salads and sweets. Pam was up until gone mid-night on Friday preparing trifles and fruit salad for the occasion; the sherry trifle was quickly consumed!!!
A big ‘thank you’ to all who helped make Tom’s Birthday special. Below are a few photos from the day.
We didn’t manage to get a photo of Tom on the day so this is one I had from our visit to Boultham Fair in July 2015 when he was a mere 78 and a bit years old!
Steve doing some cooking Some of the guests
For many years Gerry, G6KGG, has been a loyal and hard-working member of the Lincoln Short Wave Club. He was there when we set up the Permanent Special Event Station at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby, he also helped with fitting out our shack at Aisthorpe and you could always rely on Gerry being there at Special Event Stations and Contests and he has helped get numerous candidates through their Foundation and Intermediate Exams. In recognition of this hard work it was agreed to award Gerry with Honorary Life Membership of the Club and Peter, M0EJL, (Chairman of the Club when we set up EK and when we moved to Aisthorpe) and Pam, G4STO, (Secretary) had pleasure in presenting Gerry with his Certificate of Honorary Life Membership on the 5th August 2016. Hazel, Gerry’s XYL, and Carolyn, Peter’s XYL, were also at the presentation.
Lincoln Short Wave Club is pleased to announce a new Foundation Licence Course to be held at Aisthorpe Village Hall on Saturday the 29th of October for two Saturdays, with the Exam being held on the second Saturday afternoon.
The Foundation Licence is the entry level to Amateur Radio, that allows you transmit on the Amateur Bands with a power of 10 watts. More information here.
The cost of the course which includes the cost of your Amateur Radio Licence is £45 and if you wish to purchase the “Foundation Licence Now!” book which you will need for the course, the club offers them at £5. The course is suitable for age 12 upwards and is mandatory to progress to the next “Intermediate Licence” stage. Please use the “Contact” form for more information.