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2012 EARS Club meetings
19 December 2012 The EARS club members held their annual Club Christmas Skittles Night.
Two clubs members had just been awarded their Advanced Level (Full) Amateur Licences. Congratulations to Andy M0ZCM and Nick M0NRJ!
This was the first Advanced exam held at the club for four years.
26 November 2012 19:00 PC Clinic Night. Club members swapped experiences about solving PC issues and discussing new technologies such as using SSD drives for operating systems, levels of security, password management, cloud data storage, installing Fldigi on a Raspberry Pi and Linux operating system alternatives.
7 October 2012 Exeter Raynet members provided communication logistics for the 2012 Teign Valley Toddle.
These photos show the team members setting up the UHF, 2m, 4m and PMR links
so that the 80 runners on the ten mile route were in continuous touch with the race organisers.
|10 September 2012 Exam and Video Night. Stephen sat his Foundation Class exam tonight in somewhat unexpected surroundings. The Examination Room had been overbooked as a theatrical costume store! This did not stop him from passing with an impressive result. Congratulations, Stephen!
Afterwards we watched videos selected by Ivor G6ATJ. Some of the titles we watched were "What is a Ham?"(1950), a recently designed and built homebrew valve radio from a ARRL 1948 Handbook design, "How to build a low cost 10/12/15m magnetic loop antenna", a one-valve radio, inside a real R1155 radio from a Lancaster bomber and finally a US Army and Navy promotional film from 1942 to recruit radio amateurs.
Thanks are also due to Pete G3ZVI for his loan of an Amtron UK552 Frequency Counter to the club.
Monday 23rd April 2012 CW Operations Night. Members brought their keys and oscillators. Alan G4TKV gave a talk about his experiences of learning Morse code and building up to 20 wpm. He offered welcome advice on direct tone-to-character learning without the use of mnemonics. His insights into shorthand, abbreviations, punctuation and operational speed-ups was very valuable. A few club members are now fired up to do their first CW QSO this summer.
Geoff M0UWD has a set of CDs containing morse lessons at various speeds, which club members are welcome to borrow. "Just Learn Morse Code" was mentioned as a useful software program for self-learning. It run under Windows or under Linux with Wine.
Nick 2E0NRJ showed video of his visit to the National Radio Centre and their luxurious "shack".
Tuesday 10th April 2012 At 09:30 a.m. there was an EARS Breakfast at the Fresha Cafe in Sowton.
Monday 26th March 2012 At 7 p.m. a club meeting was held in the Moose Centre to plan the club's participation in the WAB Olympic Torch event when it passes through Exeter on 20th May. It was decided that due to the last minute change of dates, that EARS would not have the resources to participate. The pictures and commentary of the meeting (seen below) are from Ivor G6ATJ.
Friday 23rd March 2012 Keith Bassett G7NBU, the EARS Chairman has been appointed by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) to be their new Amateur Radio Observation Service Coordinator.
At Exeter County Hall, Tony M0THJ sent simulated emergency messages with voice and data to the Mendip Control Centre via Haldon Hill and Purbeck. Sixteen communication posts had been set up in the preceding hours, which resulted in verifying that using computer data to send emergency messages was more accurate and efficient than voice traffic.
Monday 12th March 2012 The club held its Annual General Meeting in the Moose Centre. All the club officers were re-elected unopposed to their current positions.
Chairman: Keith G7NBU
Secretary: Geoff M0UWD
Treasurer: John G4AP
Newsletter: Alan G4TKV
Committee: Keith G6FXH, John G8XQQ
Publicity: Nick 2E0NRJ
Raynet members set up and verified their radios and computers for the SW Raynet ICE-10 Exercise on Thursday evening.
Monday 13th February 2012 A second Film Evening was held in the Moose Centre. It featured the second part of the crystal oscillator engineering and comparing it to ring oscillators. Thanks to Ivor G6ATJ for organizing this event.
Monday 23rd January 2012 A Film Night will be held in the Moose Centre. "VHF" made by Pye Telecoms in 1955 for the company's sales force was shown. Ivor G6ATJ also showed many other films about the manufacture of Mullard CRTs, early transistor radios and Cambridge in the 1960s. Thanks to Ivor and Phil 2E0PCJ for the loan and use of their video projection equipment.
Sunday 15th January 2012 There was a very successful Raynet Data Working Group Devon-Dorset Test on Haldon Hill at 10 am in the Haldon Diner car park. Data was successfully transmitted from Kit Hill, Callington to West Creech Hill, Dorset on VHF/UHF using our Raynet repeater. BPSK500 was found to operate perfectly.
Monday 9th January 2012 There was a club meeting at the Moose Centre. Technical aspects of the Raynet Data Working Group Devon Dorset Test on Sunday were discussed.