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Yes, you read that correctly - Friday 30th July will be the first meeting back at the hall and then each Friday thereafter.

Masks or Face shields are not required but we expect some will still wish to use them.

Social distancing not required but we need to respect others.

We are required to sanitise tables and chairs that we use so please do not rush out at the end and expect others to do it every time (hall are supplying materials).

We hope to see as many members as possible back at the club at the end of the month.

Russell G7TMR

Hon Chairman

MSARS

So, my 'new' 40m End-Fed Half Wave wire antenna (which I can manually tune on 80m as well) has finally deposed the trusty Cushcraft AV4 from its prime position in the middle of the back lawn. As it's 20m long and my back garden isn't, it's currently draped over the roof of my shed at one end, so far from ideal. Even like that, it still outperforms my old Cushcraft vertical, so I thought I'd try and benchmark it as it is, for future reference.

It's eventually going to be in a full 'inverted L' configuration, but for now it's more like a very pointy inverted V. The far end will be raised from its current lowly 2m height to a relatively lofty 10m which should improve both transmit and receive conditions significantly. It's also a few inches too long, but that's insurance for tuning once in its final position.

Anyway, I wanted to 'document' what it can do right now, hence my recording the net this morning, propagation conditions notwithstanding. I streamed it on Zoom and simultaneously recorded it to my hard drive. After a bit of basic audio editing for duration etc. I thought that there may be other people that would be interested in hearing it. Maybe some visitors to the website who don't currently have a radio and wonder what's going on, or some of our overseas friends who might like to compare the results to one or more of the popular WebSDRs. I could hear everyone bar Sean and Gerry in Ireland, though I'm suffering from a terribly high noise floor (and rampant common mode currents on transmit) in this lashed-up incarnation.

So download it if you wish. It's about 37Mb in size and runs for about 50 minutes. It's in .m4a format (playable with most media players).

Berni M0XYF

Alex Henderson M0TOT has the above radio for sale. Here's what he has to say about it:

Yaesu VX-6E Submersible with box, power adapter, operating manual and RT Systems programming software. The software also comes with the USB-57B programming cable.

Yaesu VX-6E Submersible for sale

I think a fair price is £80 to £100, in view of the fact that it is in a good condition and has the relevant programming software.

If anybody in the club is interested in buying it, then they can get in touch with me by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., otherwise I will put it on eBay.

Regards

Alex

FoxhuntWell done and many thanks to Stella, Alan, Kim et al for getting the club active in the open air once again. Please come and support the organisers if you can, even if you just come for the socially-distanced beer! Here are the details:

 

All the Hounds will be starting from Cyprus Hall Car Park.

Normally everybody meets there from approx 7.15pm.

Sealed envelopes will be passed out to those teams that take on the Foxes, inside will be the location of the Pub for those who give up!

The first transmission will be sent from the Foxes location at 7.30pm, we will be using 145.375Mhz +/- QRM, this will be 2 mins long and we will then be transmitting for 1 min every 15 mins after that at 7.45, 8.00 & 8.15 etc.

If nobody has found us by this point some general clues will be slipped out during the 1 minute chat so listen carefully or your drinking time in the pub may be short!

For those that are new to this you will need, ideally 2m handheld & small beam antenna, map (OS 198), pencil, ruler & compass for plotting signal direction.

 

Regards

Stella M6ZRJ

Alan G8YKV

 

For beginners, you may like to check out a useful guide that Alan has put together here:

https://msars.org.uk/feature-articles/78-a-beginners-guide-to-amateur-radio-foxhunting

and a helpful page (just an example, there are many) on the internet on very cheap and easy to construct antennas and attenuators:

https://hamarama.org/FH-antenna.php