Sep 032018
 

LSWC was once again at the FirPark Wings & Wheels event. The Club was there from Friday afternoon through to Monday evening of the August Bank holiday weekend.

 

Friday

Friday afternoon Les G1LQB, Peter 2E0FGA, Stephen 2E0SSM, Steve M5ZZZ set off for FirPark from their various starting locations. Les arrived first and started setting up and putting the masts up, the great thing about the masts we use are that they are designed to be erected by one person.

In addition to previous years Steve brought down his 2m / 70cm beam and along with Les’s special rotator, aquired at a previous FirPark event, we had 2m / 70cm SSB available using the icom ic-910. We also had the usual fan dipoles covering all of the HF bands and Les’s X30 collinear for 2m / 70cm FM.

 

By Night fall on the Friday the antennas were ready to lifted into position in the morning for operation to begin.

 

Saturday

Saturday morning saw the antennas raised into position and operating began.

Image thanks to Les G1LQB

Image thanks to Les G1LQB

LSWC portable at FirPark Wings & Wheels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some contacts were made using various modes, Including CW, FM, Via Satellites and SSB on HF and 2m. One of which being an SSB contact to America.

 

2E0SSM working satellites. Image thanks to Les G1LQB

2E0SSM working satellites. Image thanks to Les G1LQB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pam G4STO also joined us and brought with her the usual sausages and burgers, although an unfortunate dog incident occurred with the burgers, and cooked us a late breakfast and then some lunch. We were also joined by Barry G4DBS who spent some time on the radio.

During the day we had a number of people come and speak to us with a couple taking away Foundation books and some magazines. We hope we will hear from them again to do there Foundation licence.

As the day come to an end Les, Stephen and Peter were left to camp over and were treated to a nice sunset.

Sunset at FirPark Wings & Wheels Sunset at FirPark Wings & Wheels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

After a chilly night the three campers arose on Sunday morning ready for another day.

 

Sunday we were joined by Tom G4OSB, who took up the key on HF making a few contacts in the morning. By 11am though the weather had turned and the rain began to fall. The public had left and some stall holders had packed up and headed for somewhere warmer. Les, Stephen, Peter, Steve and Tom braved the weather before Tom and Peter had to depart leaving just three to continue. Band conditions started to improve with some good contacts made two of which to other special even stations in other parts of Europe.

 

Monday

Soon Monday arrived and reading a post on the internet Stephen read that the digipeater on the ISS was surprisingly back up and running. So to see if this was true he got out his Tape measure Yagi and hooked it up to his handheld radio. Using the built in TNC / APRS he transmitted the packets not expecting to get a reply.

 

2E0SSM working the ISS with APPRS. Images thanks to Les G1LQB

2E0SSM working the ISS with APPRS. Images thanks to Les G1LQB

2E0SSM working the ISS with APPRS. Images thanks to Les G1LQB

2E0SSM working the ISS with APPRS. Images thanks to Les G1LQB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After just his second transmission he got a reply back acknowledging his message and once the pass had finished he checked the received calls log on the internet and was delighted to see his callsign listed.

 

As the day went on we were joined for a brief period by Roger G3PVU & Jackie. Conditions on the bands were still quiet with mainly UK stations on 80m with one or two further afield on 40m. With the weather being better the other stall holders returned and so did the public. More people come to ask questions and see what was involved. As the winds picked up it was soon just Stephen, Les and Steve remaining but when Steve had to head off for other reasons Les and Stephen decided it was time to pack up and head home.

 

Next Time

The LSWC will be back at FirPark with some potential improvements to the station there being worked on next year.

Aug 042018
 

After the excitement of our aborted foundation exam on the 28th July everything went almost smoothly this morning; the taxi didn’t turn up for Lyon and Liz and they had to get a lift from a neighbour, they arrived at the village hall at 11 minutes to 10 with the exam starting at 10!!

The village hall set out exactly as I had indicated on the exam layout – plenty of room between candidates.  Thanks Peter, Les and David, supervised by Celia; if I’ve missed anyone sorry.

The successful candidates; back row l to r Andy, David and Mick, front Lyon.

 Posted by at 6:06 pm
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 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
May 222018
 

On Saturday G3PVU, G1LQB, G0RQQ and M0TEF started work on getting the 6M HB9CV beam up and running unfortunately they didn’t get finished before having to go home.

 Posted by at 2:40 pm
May 142018
 

Peter 2E0FGA, Les G1LQB, Alistair M0TEF and Keith G0RQQ took part in Mills on the air from Ellis Mill in Lincoln on Sunday 13th May.  Shock came with a station coming in on 2m FM from near Wolverhampton during setup although GB5EM was not set up correctly to work them at that time.  Despite a noise level between S5-9 a few contacts were made; even Les had a contact on HF.  Contact was also made with Tim M0ZRR a former member of the club and now living in Shepshed.

       

Keith G0RQQ reenacting “the thinker” by Rodin

                              

Unfortunately Mills on the Air coincides with the Lincoln Grand Prix making it difficult for others to get there as the traffic management kept everybody out of the race area.

 

Photos M0TEF & 2E0FGA

 Posted by at 11:18 pm