RSGB introduces remote invigilation for Foundation Exams

As a response to disruption caused by the pandemic, the RSGB now offers remote invigilation for online examinations and the Exam Department is now ready to receive online bookings . Initially this will be for Foundation only However, in due course this may be extended to the other licence levels and allowing remote invigilation by club invigilators.

All exam applicants still have to apply via their local club exam secretary,
Currently, the practical requirement for both the Foundation and
Intermediate courses is waived.

The RSGB publish regular updates about changes on the website under
education. For the process and other questions see “Exam FAQs

n.b. Remote teaching via Zoom may be available through SADARS but will prioritise current candidates

Shack in a box

Newer club members, perhaps those who have just passed the licence exams may not be aware that the club has a great deal of equipment that can be borrowed by members. For example, licensees may borrow our latest “Shack in a box” consisting of an FT-857 transceiver, a power supply unit and an antenna tuner. So, if you dont have your own equipment, there’s always the chance to borrow what you need whether for HF or VHF. Test equipment is available to borrow as well ranging from multimeters to network analysers and even a spectrum analyser. Contact Paul (G8WWI) for more information on the full range of equipment available to members.

Annual General Meeting

In preparation for the club AGM on March 10th , members are asked to provide Rob McTait with nominations for the M0JMC shield. This is awarded annually to a club member in recognition of their personal contribution to the club in the year.

An award is also made to a club member for the most interesting DX contact. So if you have a QSO you want to put forward for consideration please let Rob know.

January Competitions

Its been a busy start to the year with many club members taking part in the AFS Data and SSB competitions. Conditions were not brilliant but 7 members have taken part in the most recent SSB competition and the earlier datamodes competition was also supported. The results are awaited but increasing participation suggests a good start to the competition year.

NFD report 2018

23rd June

Having pre tested the antenna a few days before and found all ok, 260ft doublet, we came on site at 1300 to erect the station. There was myself, Tom, Fred and Phil, with other club members. WX fine and warm and all went well, and we were ready at 1500. The rig was IC756 PR2 with PSU, Winkey keyer, my Samsung computer for logging with SD for G3SAD/P and the club Auto ATU and also my MFJ manual tuner. Also my Generator, which worked perfectly but initially gave noise on 80m band, until we removed its earthing from the same spike as the ATU. However, in spite of our previous

tests, we had problems with the SWR of the antenna, which the Auto ATU would not tune, and with no sigs or noise on 160m band.

We changed to manual ATU which, combined with the Auto ATU, we managed to make it work on all bands but started late and this delayed us on band changes.

We had 1 hour sessions until Phil had to go home at 20.00 which left three of us but we had no problems.

We had positioned the ATU about 10ft from the rig so keeping the ribbon feeder and RF away from the rig and computer which was the case. We ran about 80 watts with no problems.

Top band gave 61 QSOs which were all double points so the antenna work was worth it though the problems with it were very puzzling.

The WX was very warm and we had to use a fan to keep cool but it became damp and cold later.

The sun gave a problem reading the rig screen and the computer which was helped by putting a plastic sheet round the outside of the tent in the sun’s direction.

We operated until 01.00 and then packed up with help and I got home about 02.00.

The final score was 251 QSOs and 66598 points with 61 QSOs on 160.

We used:

A tent loaned by Martin G0NJS.

A table loaned by Rob G2BKZ.

Lights loaned by Phil G4GNK, which were very bright, mains operated.

As mentioned earlier, the club rig, 12m mast, my computer and Winkey.

All worked well. We came 21st out of 25 as we only ran for 9 hours against 24hr for the others.

Tom, G4BYE, helped with the organising.

Ron. G4DDX