OPEN UNIVERSITY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
NEWS LETTER no:39
G0OUR Affiliated to the OU Club and the Radio Society of Great Britain
make a note of our forthcoming 2012 AGM on Thursday 19th January at
12.30pm. We are in Central Meeting Room 07, on the ground floor.
This is accessed from outside via the West Central Meeting Rooms
entrance, near the shop. An email reminder will be sent nearer the
time, and local members are urged to attend if they can. Subscriptions
are due in January and remain at £5. Please send to OUARC, c/o F.
Robertson, S1021 Venables Building, O.U., Walton Hall, MK7 6AA.
a belated welcome to new(ish) member Alan Wyatt G2DXU, who is an OU
student and joined us earlier this year. Alan is from Torquay in the OU
South West region 03. Alan started in amateur radio in 2010 and
progressed through all three levels of licence, holding the calls
M6DXU, 2E0DXU and M0WYA, and then registered the callsign of a silent
key relative to finally become G2DXU. His shack consists of an Icom
IC7000 and a Kenwood Th-F7E handheld. Alan says he is a beginner in
Morse code and hopes to be able to operate CW at a reasonable speed in
the future. Alan is a member of the RSGB, and also of South Devon
This year we had two successful ‘boot’ sales. Firstly at
Stockwell Park where we cleared £328. Then later in the year at
Bletchley Park, where MKDARS kindly gave us a free pitch again, and we
cleared £211, so totalling £539 for club funds. The picture below,
taken by Paul M0OOM, shows our pitch at Bletchley Park.
year we changed the club/shack meeting day from Thursday to Tuesday of
each week for a trial period. However we have since reverted back to
the traditional club day of Thursday. We usually meet in the shack at
lunchtime, from around 12.30.
In October we participated in the
OU Club Fair, held during Fresher’s Week. Thanks to Tony G0LAX, Paul
M0OOM, Chris G7BBD, Tom G0PSU, Jeff M3OUJ, and Fraser G4BJM for lending
support to this.
There are plans to tidy up and redevelop part
of the Field Research Site, as part of a project by the Waste
Management Group. It’s long overdue a tidy up, we usually spend hours
in the summer clearing brambles etc. from around the shack and
antennas, so hopefully this will work out well for us. Part of the area
in front of the shack, which was used by building contractors, has now
been made into a small car park.
This year we were able to buy a
Flex-1500 Software Defined Radio. We much appreciate the contribution
from the OU club for help with this purchase. This radio covers all
bands, 160m to 6m with a 5W output transmitter and general coverage
receiver, and is performing well in the shack. We also bought and
fitted the internal ATU for the K3, again thanks to the OU Club for
their contribution towards this.
Next year we are hoping to buy
the P3 panoramic display kit, which is an accessory for the K3. Steve
M0BPQ has loaned us his LP-Pan and external soundcard which we are
using / evaluating at the moment. We are still using Steve’s Wi-Fi
dongle in the shack. This is now giving reliable access to the OU
network since we added a homemade bi-quad antenna.
We still have
yet to replace the guys and do other maintenance on the M100. The 80m
feeder has become wrapped around the tower, which needs sorting out,
and currently one leg of the dipole is down, after either wind or
contractor damage. Apart from that, and a few minor issues repairing
feeders, the antennas are holding up pretty well.
We were active
again during the November RSGB Club Calls contest on Topband SSB,
putting the G0OUR callsign on the map alongside other UK club stations.
Having the internal ATU in the K3 made this much easier. Also there was
a rule change this year which greatly simplified the logging process.
good to see the sun spots finally co-operating, and ten metres in great
shape. At a recent club meeting we worked K1KW, Chuck in Boston on
29.6MHz AM. He was using a Flex 5000A SDR with a homemade 8877 (1500W
dissipation valve/tube) amplifier, driving a 40 element (4x10)
logperiodic array mounted on a 120’ high rotating tower. Needless to
say he sounded like the BBC. That was the first AM contact I’d had in
probably decades. In doing so we discovered an RF feedback problem with
the K3 audio, so that’s another job to sort out.
That’s about it for now; hope to see some of you at the AGM.
Contact: Adrian Rawlings email@example.com