G0MWT, GX0MWT, GB5HF, GB5SM, GB2TAM, M2T, GB100MWT, G100RSGB & GB5RVA
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:-
- Aug-09 - Water
- Aug-16 - Local Crafts
- Aug-23 - Sound
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.
- The usual pictorial report is below
- In addition Chris G0IPU has created this write up (PDF)
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.
- Our RFSpace SDR-IQ running a large projected display of sound/frequency
- The Morse Mouse game
- VHF/UHF FM radio
- A slide-loop of Radio through the Centuries
- Hands-on morse keys on the upper mezzanine floor
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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