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August Sunday Afternoons - 2015


CARS were at Sandford Mill on Sunday 9, 16 and 23rd of August, 2-5pm. The three Sundays we were present at were themed at Sandford Mill as follows:-

Our first event on August-9 was for anyone interested in Station Building and HF radio/logging, with HF on Aug-16 as well. For Aug-23 an SDR display was assembled for the Sound theme.


Sunday August 9 - Water

Our first event was on a warm and sunny August-9 and aimed at anyone interested in Station Building, HF radio, HRD logging program, QRZ & eQSL or any topic relating to Amateur Radio. The club GX0MWT station was set up in its favourite spot in the 2MT Marconi Hut using the club FT847. The hut acts as an exhibit area within the main Sandford Mill pump house, where other activities had a water theme.

 
Peter M0PSD (standing) coordinated the operators in the 2MT Marconi Hut
(Photos by Charlie M0PZT)


Sunday August 16 - Local Crafts

Sunday the 16th was a somewhat overcast day but the weather stayed dry and we saw quite a reasonable turnout for a generally relaxed occasion. The Local Crafts theme included rope making and a working blacksmith in the forge. Radio was again on show in the Marconi Hut, with the hands-on morse keys on demo upstairs. The occasion also saw one of CARS newest acquisitions in use - a Yaesu FT7900 VHF/UHF dual bander.


The Marconi Hut inside the Sandford Mill main building


Inside - Chris G0IPU on HF and Jim 2E0RMI on VHF

 
Old and New - Morse Keys on demonstration and the new Club Yaesu-7900


Sunday August 23 - Sound

For the 'sound theme' on Aug-23 there was an increased emphasis on demonstrations which included:-

The initial demo on the SDR were AM broadcasts as these were more familiar to the public (inc BBC Radio 5-live F1 Grand Prix commentary). HDSR Software was in use giving a particularly colourful and detailed display. As the afternoon progressed, HF conditions improved, making for an impressive waterfall of CW stations on 40m.


Projected display from the RFSpace SDR-IQ via the HDSDR software

Hands-on demos were popular with youngsters. Charlie's Morse Mouse game was in action, assisted by a nice display on a newly acquired 22" screen.

 
A future M6 by the VHF & SDR radios

 
Morse Mouse game players with Charlie M0PZT

Upstairs Peter Meadows M0ZBU was supervising the morse keys and punched tape machines (as Colin G0TRM was resting having been at the Oval for the Ashes!). Participants could keep their tape message and get a sticky badge.

 
Upstairs - Peter M0ZBU supervised the Morse and Punched Tape


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