G0MWT, GX0MWT, GB5HF, GB5SM, GB100MWT & M2T
Skills Night - Oct-2016
A good crowd of around sixty attended the Monday October 17th Essex Skills Night, hosted by CARS at Danbury Village Hall. Skills Coordinator Pete M0PSX was pleasantly surprised by the number of offers of demos and ended up with a packed agenda.
Skills is your chance to get "hands-on" with aerials, datamodes, construction, our famous Quiz and more. A variety of "show and tell" tables with something for the new and experienced Ham alike. This is a FREE event and open to members, non-members and visitors - all are welcome and there's tea/coffee, too!
Skills Activities included:
As always, thanks to the various members of CARS, Essex RAYNET, Essex Repeater Group, Essex CW Club and Essex Ham who were on hand to help with questions as well as volunteers in the kitchen doing the tea/coffee and nibbles.
- Construction: Chris G0IPU and Alan M0IWZ had antenna construction after a gap of some months - its return proved popular
Antenna Construction (Alan M0IWZ right)
- Testing: Steve G4GHO brought his mini vector network analyser which proved to be an attraction
- Using bits in the box: Melvyn 2E0DNS had examples of how to make use of components from odd sources
- Kits and SMD: Dave G4HUP brought along a selection of his kits (www.hupRF.com), plus tools for working with SMD (Surface Mount Devices). Dave will be happy to offer advice on a range of topics
Dave G4HUP's kits and E-Field Probe
- Digital Voice: Paul G7BHE brought along examples of D-Star, DMR and Yaesu Fusion radios - nicely timed with ERG's GB7ZP back on air
Digital Voice Radios - D-Star, Fusion and DMR
- Icom 7300 & 4m: Selim M0XTA brought his Icom IC-7300. Selim had plenty of advice for 4m operation, handy for his new weekly 4m net
- PC Data Connectivity: Paul M0CNL brought a modified version of the Easy Digi interface board, handy for data modes as SSTV. Paul had some kits available and kindly donated one to CARS for a raffle prize
- Construction: David M0HBV brought a transistor and passive component tester
- Satellites: Steve, M0SHQ was there to chase the satellites despite the poor light and weather
- Getting Started: Essex Ham had advice and leaflets on hand, a Raspberry Pi Zero playing the latest videos, and details of the popular online Foundation training course
Plenty of advice and guides on hand
- Essex CW Club: Rob M0KCP was present promoting and encouraging Morse mode
- Callsign badges: Engraved callsign badges were again available from the 'family firm' of Jim and Glynis...
Jim 2E0JTW and Glynis 2E0CUQ
- Quiz: The CARS quiz, hosted by the re-elected CARS Chairman Chris G0IPU had the usual selection of really easy questions (not)...
This months anagram
Next Event: Monday 21-Nov-2016
Venue: Danbury Village Hall, CM3 4NQ
Skills Night takes place at the Danbury Village Hall – Entrance is free, and the event is open to all. Tea/coffee is also available.
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