Simple Satellite Operating by Tim Kirby G4VXE

Folks,

Next RADARC meeting is Thursday, 23rd February at Woodford Park,  Woodley, 8pm as usual.

Satellite operating is easier than you think! Tim Kirby G4VXE (of Practical Wireless fame – need I say more) explains how to get started on the amateur satellites as simply as possible. Hopefully afterwards, you’ll want to give it a go!

In the words of the great G3NGX “Get to your seat by 8.00.  Pin back your ears  at 8.10.  Digest what you have heard at 9.30 and wash it down with a  cup of RADARC coffee.  Consider how this could change your life for  the better.”

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Visitors welcome!

73

John

G4RDC

New GB3RD repeater. CTCSS only access, 118.8Hz. Voice ident every 15 minutes.

As of Friday 3rd February, a new GB3RD was put on air. It uses a similar type of base station but has new logic. The Repeater is now CTCSS only access so you will need to set an encode tone of 118.8Hz on your transceiver. The ident. is now by voice and occurs every 15 minutes.

The repeater is located on a farm and there are many potential sources of interference. To minimise these we have had a 3dB attenuator located in the antenna feeder. This has now been removed so the repeater should be 3dB (which isn’t much) stronger and also receive should benefit by the same amount. The implementation of full CTCSS should minimise potential interference.

Chris,

G4CCC. o/b/o Thames Valley Repeater Group.

Didcot/Harwell Radio Rally Sunday 12th February 2017

Sunday 12th February 2017

HARWELL AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY are holding a Radio and Electronics Rally at Didcot Leisure Centre, Mereland Road, Didcot, OX11 8AY from 10.00am-3.00pm. There will be radio and electronics trade stalls, a Radio Society of Great Britain bookstall, information on local courses for those who would like to become a Radio Amateur and an Amateur Radio Demonstration Station. Refreshments will be available all day. Entry £3.00 (children under 12 free). Details from Ann G8NVI on 01235 816379 or [email protected]

 

‘Drones’ by Adam Juniper

Folks,

Next club meet is Thursday 9th February at Woodford Park, 8pm as usual.

Adam Juniper will give an introduction into the world of drones and advice on how to get started.

I wonder if it’s possible to string a top band vertical from one of those things….or whether it’s possible to get them to lift a line to the top of a tree for antenna stringing. Might even be safer than the traditional catapult.

Look forward to seeing you there and exploring the possibilities of these fascinating flying machines.

Refreshments to be served as usual.

cheers

John
G4RDC

Visit to a little Radio museum

Over the Christmas break I was lucky enough to be invited to a small private radio museum in Southern Hungary. I took a few pictures to look at if anyone is interested. There is one ‘propaganda box’ with featured a selected switch for tuning so that only approved stations could be heard! Naturally people hope modified them. I wish I had room to do this at my QTH! 73, Simon M0ZSU

‘Life on the Other Side’ Steve Venner, G0TAN

Folks,

Next RADARC meeting is on Thursday 26th January at Woodford Park as
usual, 8pm.

In a talk entitled ‘Life on the Other Side’ Steve Venner, G0TAN/W6TAN,
will give us an insight into what happens behind the doors of one of the
country’s biggest ham radio dealers. With a focus on the workshop.

There’s opportunity for lots of discussion here about the past, present
and future of commercial amateur radio gear so I am sure it will be an
enjoyable and informative evening.

I can also be certain you’ll all be asking for discounts and I can
probably be even more certain what the answer will be 🙂

Sadly I won’t be able to make this one but I’m confident refreshments
will be served as usual.

cheers,

John
G4RDC

RADARC AGM 2016

The RADARC Annual General Meeting was held at Woodford park on Thursday the 8th of December. A great evening was had by all and was kicked off by Simon M0ZSU, and we started with a Chairman’s report. Overall the club has had its challenges over the last year however we have managed thanks to the brilliant help from volunteers from the rest of the membership.

We have a thriving membership of 87 members and we have been growing steadily.

Over the last year, a team of volunteers from the membership have formed a new group that was to take over the organisation of meetings. This worked out well even with the shift of Simon to being Chairman after the unfortunate loss of our previous Chairman, Pete Milton, G8FRC.

We also now have a new website setup by James 2E0JPM which will bring us new functionality and options for the future.

Our plans for a club shack are also still on the table and we are looking to re-start this project soon.

We plan to have much more variety and new styles of talks/evenings in the coming year and hope that we can develop the club to entice new members, young and old.

The New committee was confirmed with a vote by membership lead by Nick Challcombe. All of the committee have been “sworn in” for another year. The new (and old) committee were thanked with a large round of applause from the membership.

Overall, we as a committee would like to say thank you to the membership for their support and understanding over the past year. It has been a struggle but we have coped well. We look forward to the next year, 2017, and hopefully we can grow the club and the hobby.

Join us throughout 2017 for new and exciting talks!

At the end of the AGM we had the Trophy and award presentations and finally Cheese and wine!

Below are some photos from the evening:

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Copyright 2016 © James Monahan

Simoco Radios

RADARC Members have been very much involved in the conversion of Simoco Radios.

This page contains information on software and modifications available.

(Radarc or it’s members will not responsible for any failures with the use or these files or documentation)

Simoco PDF Radio   

SRM9030 Brouchure  SRM9030 Product Manual V1_6  SRM9030 Manual Ver 7 PCBs   SRM9030 Users Guide

Simoco PDF Instruction Sheets

SIMOCO SRM9020         SRM9030 LowBand 4metres Mobile      Simoco SRM9030 UHF 70cms Mobile

Simoco PDF Manuals  (Winrar 11Meg File containing Zip & PDF Files)

 SIMOCO Manuals (11Meg in size)

Simoco Programming Configuration Files

70cms SRM9030             4m 40 Channel SRM9030

 RADARC SRM9000       RADARC 4m SRM9020      RADARC 4m SRM9020 Extended

Programming Interface

SRM9000 Interface  Items for Interface Lead   Interface Wiring Diagram

Programming Software    NEW Version FPP5.67                  Old Version FPP v5.44 

Alignment Tool      Alignment Tool                    

SRM9030 with Detached Display   RADARC 4m SRM9030    RADARC 70cm SRM9030

SRM9030 Wiring Connections        Wiring Connections     RJ45 Connections 

Email :  simoco “AT” radarc.org

         

Website for the Reading And District Amateur Radio Club