OPEN UNIVERSITY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
NEWS LETTER no:6
G0OUR Affiliated to the OU Club and the Radio Society of Great Britain
our grant from the General Purposes Fund, we have obtained a second
hand Kenwood TL922 amplifier for the club station, and this is now
giving good service with the Corsair 2. In preparation for erecting an
HF beam, a replacement top section for the tower has been purchased,
since the existing one is in very poor condition. We have also ordered
a new Yaesu G-1000SDX rotator and GS-065 thrust bearing. It was
considered that buying a second hand rotator would quite likely prove
to be false economy in the long run. We are still on the look out for a
second hand beam in good condition, and any tips would be appreciated.
The tower refurbishment will most likely be deferred until we have the
rotator and beam.
The Sixties Disco on the 26th November proved
to be a success, despite heavy fog on the evening which no doubt kept
some people at home. A total of 132 pounds and 13 pence was raised for
the radio club, and we are indebted to the OU Disco Club for this fund
raising opportunity. The raffle proceeds were donated to Children in
Need, which fell on the same evening.
Some club members attended
the MKDARS Junk Sale recently, and managed to shift some of our 'junk'
stockpile. There is still plenty left, and we are always collecting. We
plan to attend a number of sales next year in order to boost club funds.
have managed to obtain a 286 computer for the shack. All the software
from the old XT has been transferred, plus a demo version of the Super
Duper Logging program. The XT will probably be dedicated to running the
Baycom packet station.
The 'OU' packet node is now operational
from its new location on the top floor of the Venables building. The 6m
port on 50.67MHz was first to be operational, on the 24 th November,
using a modified Pye Westminster with 15W to a 5 element tonna
horizontally polarised at 55'. This port provides a reliable mail
forwarding route between GB7BEN in Bletchley and GB7LWB Northants, via
the EB node (G4BHT Earls Barton). A second port links down to GB7AVM in
Chinnor, Oxon, on 70cm, using a NEC400 PMR rig to a 24 element vertical
yagi at 55'. This link is working fairly well, although new crystals
are on order so that we can move to a quiet channel, which should be a
big improvement. We are experimenting with a third port on 4m using a
second Wessie, and a 4 element beam at 60'. This has proved unreliable
linking to GB7BED (Bedford). It is now temporarily being used for
DXCluster access to GB7DXH in Hemel Hempstead, although we are looking
into setting up a mail forwarding link to GB7MSW in Harpenden on 4m.
Future plans include additional VHF/UHF ports, the construction of 9600
baud modems, computer upgrade to allow multi tasking, and perhaps an HF
port for direct forwarding to Europe and beyond. To date the majority
of the equipment and aerials for this project has been loaned or
The shack has been rearranged, and we now have a 'VHF
corner'. Jim G1HUE is erecting a second VHF aerial on a mast adjoining
the caravan. Jim is interested in satellite communications, so this may
be a future club project. Tom G3LMX is putting together a 10GHz ATV
station for the club and is aiming to have something operational for
Open Day. Graham is now G7RHS and is active on packet from Surrey, his
BBS is GB7GFD. Martin G4TOO is now on packet @ GB7ESX. He is awaiting
his S102 results, and has applied for S271 and S281 for next year. Ian
G0TLB operated G0OUR for a short time in the RSGB Club Calls contest.
Two more batches of cards arrived from the bureau this month.
of the nature of the OUARC, some members are somewhat remote from the
central core of activities. It has been suggested that these members
may like to write in telling us a little about themselves, their OU
studies, and amateur radio activities. We can then include members
profiles in future newsletters. To this end, an SAE has been sent with
this newsletter to those members who are off campus.
Its good to
see that subscriptions for 1994 have started trickling in. As always we
welcome your continued support for the clubs activities. The annual sub
remains at 6 pounds, payable to OUARC. Our AGM is on Wednesday 12th
January, in the Green Room, above the Lecture Theatre. We hope for a
good turn out, please make a note in your diaries. Those able to attend
can pay their subs then.
Thats about it for this newsletter. It just remains to wish you all seasons greetings, and a successful 1994.
Contact: Adrian Rawlings email@example.com