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AMATEUR ANAGMMS I havea specialAmateurAnagramsfor you this month.It maybe a little smallerthanusualbut this month the word in the vertical box hasa festivelink. As usualthe atr$wersshouldbe entered horizontally in the gnd and rememberthat black boxes represent$pacesbetweenwords. All anagramanswershave a radio link and when you have them correct you should have a word associated with IC manufacturing in the highlightedverticalbox. Good luck...



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3 CONVERTE& 4.RADrArroN, s. oscll,l,oscopE,6. 1-\{9-\ofllQNE,?^l[g]{IED, NEWSLETTER, 7. SOFTWARE Ilyou got those colrect you shorrldhave found the word "MICRONS" in the vertical box. Have a Merry Christmasand a Hrppy New year. Seeyou next month. 73 Colin GM0CLN

cQwtI/ ssB C0NTEST1997 An entrywasmadein this contestoctoberusingthe call GM0NTL. I'd like to expressmy thanksto all the clubmemberswho helpedin gettingtheCushcraftA4S yagi onto the tower and also to thosewho helpedby operatingttr. stationduring this 4g hc contest.A specialthanksto Jinr, MMIBGI, for the loan of his headsetandvoice recorder.T

voice recorder came in very useful wherr Jim lost his voice during the Saturday night shift. He had the brainwaveof putting the report and zone number on the recorderbefore his voice gave out and all he had to do was flick the appropriateswitch. The otJreralternative would have beento get me out ofbed! SOMY thANKS tO COIiNGMOCLN, RONGM4IKU, TOM GM4LRU, BOb GM4UYZ, JiM MMIBGI, RobertMMIBJO Will we do it again next year? Who can tell! 73 Ron GM0NTL


We left Gladsmuir at 03.55 on the Friday moming andheaded offin very higfu spirits - you had better believe it!! Our fust fag stop, sorry did I say fag stop, I meant coffee, tea, pee (and vihatever else Jim Bob had to do stop) was at 06.30 at Washingon. Would you believe that you are actually allowed to smoke in the open air at Washington - gee do I love Washing' ton. It was abors this time that the workers i.e. Jim John and Jim Bob seemed to wake-ql, they say women talk non-stop. It must have beenthe sustenancethey took on board - how men do eat, that maY of course provide the reason for their many visits to the loo - the arglish drainage system will never be the same again. Someone did say something along the lines "it was a totally crapping week-end", brd sufEce to say that it wasn't their hearts they left in Leicester City. I have to admit I have never heard so much talk ofcrap no- ufiat I mean. I have never heard so I much about crap in my life before. could laborn this particular point, brt as \is is a family magazing I will try not to mention this particular topic again. We did have another stop for petrol; it would seem the only newspaper available at this time had a Fage 7. Didn't know rryhat the significance was, excqtt it used to be, accordingto Jim Bob, Page 3. Anyway no fags at this stop after all - it was a Garage. We arrived at our hotel after a very stight aberration on behalfofour navigator come driver at 09.30 Friday moming, had a quick clean t4 and headed offto the Rally. The queue eve'n at this early time was quite long brff I have to say they The venue shunted us in pretty quickly. used to be the local skating rink and is after this show being demolished. I have to say that I rmderstand the logic there - I sometimes felt that I was skating on thin ice (and before you think the worst that was before any visits to the bar) the floor seemedon occasionsto just disappear. t have to say that the best part ofthe show was when we all split up and I wandered around the place on my own and sPent sorne money on things that I wanted - like some austrian crystal earings (two pairs), an astrology CD, which fums out to be absolutely useless (OK GMONTL, tr know you said it would be useless). Strangely enough, I suspect that this was the time that my cornpanionsenjoyed best as well, they had got rid of me -so they could

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spen4 spen4 spend! The one thing that confirsedme was that two of ow party on meefing them by chance, said that they were headingoffto the other hall. When I decided to visit the ladies five minr.fes later on passingthe bar, lo-md-behold the other hall must hevebeenclosedearly?!! I was wearing with pride mY new 2Ml FtvD(badgemd was amazedst how many peoplelookedfirst atmy badgethenat my face and then gave me a knowing smile and on lots of occasionsa hello or hi, I thougfotthey were all such friendly men. A few hours of this had.passedbefore somewagpointed ortthat it may not have been the badge,brt yihere it was placed and the fact that there were very few women arormd! Och well suchis life. The presentationtime wes drawing near and photogrtphswenecclled for. By this time I felt md looked like I had been drawn througfua hedge backwards, brt whe,nI lookedaroundlthought 'luiho cares

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Boy wasit jumpingl Thenedid see'nto be an excessof the fe,malegenderin Leicester - on closer examination, going by the mini-skirted legs on show perhapsthey weren't all female? When I mentioned this, it didn't seâ&#x201A;Ź,mto go dovm too well perhapsa oaseof"sour grapes". Finally, back to the hotel for a well eamedrest - a few drbks in the bar inthe companyof a few of the traders, then off to bed' would think.. Some managedbetter than others - by jings ufuat a heat in our room even with the windows wide open. Our Leader had decreedthat departure time was 10.00a.m., so after a wonderfrrl breakfast, we set off homeward at the specified time. On the first stretch to wmderfirl Washington(pee, fag tea, coffee stop etc) there were meny horrifrc sights- approx,withors any exeggeration' 5 cars and I bus in pile rrys- It wasn't so bad on the last leg in [act, tr managedto reoda Michael Crichton novel belonging to Jim Bob - bY the waY I did saYthat I wouldn't spoil the ending for you' btt IIarry endsW with a labotomY. Sorry abort thet! OnlY ki<lding! Anived home safely at 15.45 Saturday aftemooneventhougfoJim lohn's newly bought gismo ETA had ssid 15.38. Ar excellenttime was had bY all.

they all look how I feel". He, uiho must be ipored (JYZ), took it all in his shide. It took forever,camerasthat were,r't there, cameras that were there, but wouldn't work, sweatdrippingherethere andeverywhere, "young lady askedto hop up on counter" - yes me, would you believe. There is a lot to be saidfor decentglasses! Seriously,the trophy is magpificentand hopefully the photo will be the same. We eventuallymanagedto get a taxi and retum to the sanctuaryof the Post House where I immediatelyhad a short bath followed by a shower etc. (I only mention this becausea certain person in the grorry could only find time for a very limited quick wash down, he shall of coursers main nameless). How could you Jim John? We then headedfor the City in two taxis and enteredthe frst lndian Restaurantwe arrived at, had an excellentmeal andwent on to explorethe nightlife ofLeicester.

Regardsthe Jin John, Jim Bob efc., I had from the start of the trip kept calling our John(GM70LQ) - Jim, it then becameJim Johnand aftermuch frivolity everyoneexcept Ron (GMONTL) becameJim ?, well how's it goingJim Ron!! I have to say this short trip is one of the best I have ever had and would suggest that you give it a try next Year! Finally, would you believeI havesince heard,that I, was expectedto haveput a real damperon this week-end. Boo-F{oo! I bet I'il Fix you lol out nextyeur!

73sfrom the Intrepid Quintet. Jim Sylvia (2M1FIDQ, Jim John (GMTOLQ), Jim Tom (GM4LRU), Jim Bob (GM4 IryA, and Jim Ron (GMONTL)

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