Jun 302018
 

This Wednesday, 27th, saw the LSWC host another BBQ night. These are usually well attended and enjoyed by our members.

 

With Members arriving the BBQ was fired up and out came the burgers and sausages. We again must thank Pam, G4STO, for getting the food for the evening event and as always it was well enjoyed all round. I for one, was rather full up by the time all was eaten up. Especially when all the sausages and burgers were gone out came a selection of cakes for pudding.

With a cooling breeze and the sun setting a select few remained outside to make the most of the good weather with others in the shack operating between servings.

Pam G4STO preparing the Food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun 192018
 

This weekend members undertook more work on the clubs antennas. After the work done previously installing the HB9CV, when the mast was put back up it was found to have a high SWR. The coax used was an existing run that was previously used for 23cm which was taken down that same day with suspected antenna problems. With this coax now being used to feed the HB9CV which was also showing a high SWR the coax was now also suspected as faulty.

 

This Weekends Antenna Work

Stephen (2E0SSM), Les G1LQB, Peter (2E0FGA), Roger (G3PVU) & Steve (M5ZZZ) arrived on site Saturday morning and soon had the mast lowered.

Antenna Mast Lowered

Antenna Mast Lowered

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the mast now down again a new run of coax was installed and connected to the HB9CV. The spacing between each of the antennas was also improved.

 

2E0SSM Working on the Mast

2E0SSM Working on the Mast

 

 

 

 

 

 

2E0SSM Working on the Mast

 

 

 

 

 

 

With this done it was decided to remove the connector from the end of the suspected 23cm coax to check for water ingress. What was found was as predicted, water had got into the coax and had started to corrode the braid, center core and the pin of the N-type connector.

 

Corroded Coax Corroded Coax Corroded Center Pin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About 2ft was cut off the end to try and find some ‘good’ coax. A new connector was fitted, The 23cm antenna refitted with a second hand dipole and the mast was lifted back up. Both the antennas were tested, the HB9CV worked perfectly and its front to back performance demonstrated with an S9 signal completely gone when turned even 90 degrees away. The 23cm unfortunately still didn’t work and so further investigation is required. Next plan it to test the full length of coax with a dummy load to see if it all needs to be replaced.

Jun 192018
 

GB5FPS at Fir Park.

LSWC put on a special event station, GB5FPS, at Fir Park during the weekend of 9th/10th June.

The setup of two Fan Dipole antennas and Verticals allowed use of a wide range of bands from 160m through to 70cm’s. Numerous contacts were made over the two days both on HF, SSB and CW and on VHF/UHF FM. A number of satellite contacts were also made using 2m’s (Downlink) and 70cm’s (Uplink) simultaneously. A pleasant surprise came from a visit from someone on the Sunday who we had made contact with via Satellite on the Saturday.

In addition to radio activity we were treated to model aircraft displays and then the ‘real’ thing when light aircraft landed; took off and then performed a few acrobatic movements.

Helpers and visitors over the weekend were Stephen 2E0SSM, Les G1LQB arriving on Friday to start setting up; they were joined Saturday morning by Pam G4STO, Barry G4DBS, Tom G4OSB, Fred G4HNQ, Neal G8ZHL, Steve M5ZZZ, Jim G0EJQ and Stewart G3YPS.  On Sunday Roger G3PVU and Jackie called in to lend a hand.

Here are some images taken during the weekend.

 

 

The Club will be at Fir Park again on the 25th – 27th August for their Wings and Wheels Event. Add it to your diaries as it’s usually a good long weekend.

Jun 092018
 

The change of day and time was a disappointment to some of our regular visitors to the surplus equipment sales but it meant others could come, some on their way to the Spalding Rally.

We had visitors from Newcastle, York, Hull, Mansfield and Grantham to name a few places; most visitors were able to pick up a bargain or two or got rid of some of their surplus.

Below are a few photos from the day; sorry about the quality I really must invest in a new camera!!

 

Just to prove G4STO was actually at the sale; she looks a little aggressive but that’s because she’s concentrating.

Our next surplus equipment sale will be on Wednesday 24th October 2018 with booking in from 1830 hours.

 Posted by at 11:52 pm
Jun 072018
 

 

Lincoln Short Wave Club is running a Foundation Course on Saturdays 21st and 28th July with the examination on Saturday 28th July at 1700 hours.

Anyone interested in joining this course should contact Pam G4STO on or before the 7th July via the contact form on this website; Pam is at the club Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings by arrangement.

 Posted by at 10:33 pm