Sep 282016
 

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.

Terry and Bob admiring some of the goodies for the Repeater Stand

Terry and Bob admiring some of the goodies for the Repeater Stand

The Hall already for exhibitors

The Hall already for exhibitors

The Repeater Group Stand

The Repeater Group Stand

The Mess Tent

The Mess Tent

 

The Bring and Buy Marquee

The Bring and Buy Marquee

Almost there with the erection of the Bring and Buy Marquee

Almost there with the erection of the Bring and Buy Marquee

 

 

 Posted by at 11:45 pm
Sep 232016
 

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.

 Posted by at 10:02 pm
Sep 072016
 

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.

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 Posted by at 11:22 pm
Sep 012016
 

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.

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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.

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 Posted by at 9:55 pm