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CARS Skills - Feb-2015

Monday the 16th of February saw another popular CARS Skills Night take place at the Danbury Village Hall. The poor weather and local roadworks didn't deter many from making it to this month's event, with almost 60 people in attendance.

The main attraction for the evening was a demonstration by Tom G0SBW, showing us his large collection of HF Pedestrian Mobile kit, including backpacks and lightweight wearable antennas. Tom usually operated HF on foot whilst walking along beaches, to use the water as his counterpoise.

Tom G0SBW with his Pedestrian Mobile kit
(Photo by Kristian 2E0SSX)

Also on offer at this month's Skills - programming your handset with Charlie M0PZT, soldering and patch leads in Constructors Corner with Peter M0PSD, plus HF antenna advice from Carl G3PEM. Rob M0KCP, Steve G4ZUL and Oliver M0WAG were busy on the Essex CW Club stand, whilst Murray G6JYB and Clive G1EUC were manning the Essex Repeater Group stand, offering help and advice.


Jim 2E0JTW was on hand to make callsign badges (including an impressive gold badge), and Nick 2E0DVX was looking after the Essex Ham stand showing a mix of Windows tablets, SDR dongles, a Raspberry Pi, a DMR handheld and the "Send your message in Morse" demo. Chris G0IPU's brother Andy G7TKK brought along a surprise bonus material demo, a Raspberry Pi in a laptop. The quiz was hosted by Clive G1EUC, including some topical questions about the upcoming World Thinking Day and the RSGB solar eclipse experiment.

Monday is typically a night where CARS member Pete M0PSX runs Essex Ham's Monday Night 2m Net, and for the evening, James 2E1GUA was in the hotseat.

The RSGB’s Regional Manager Steve M1ACB paid us a visit, and shortly afterwards, tweeted the following: “I really enjoyed visiting the CARS Amateur Radio Skills Night in Danbury tonight. Great to see so many people there“

Another great evening, and a very successful Skills Night. Well done to the CARS Training Team and all those who helped out to make the evening run smoothly. The next Skills Night takes place on Monday 16-Mar-2015.

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