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Home Securityby CambellMM0DXC and a talk by Landles New callsignsthis year, well first of all 3 out of my 4 Novice GM4XZZ on Explosivesin the Workplaceall really interest- pupil's passedthe NRAE and obtainedtheir respectivecalling indeed.We also had a First Aid Class,which I must admit signs,Johnwith 2MiHTT, Stevenwith 2MIHSV and Carowas a very worthwhileeventindeedasit is somethingyou will line with 2M1HVR. Cambellwho hasnow alsoobtainedhis never know when it will be needed.We also had our DF Full ClassA licenceMM0DXC so consratulationsto all conNight, a real cracker of a one this year with only one team cerned. finding the *fox', great night though and lastly we had a visit That is then all our activities in a somewhatbrief listing of to the Quarryat Blue Circle, Dunbar,a very informativenight what we as a club have done this year, no doubt I will have indeed. missedsomething"hopefullynot. What it doesshow is that as Our main indoor eventthis year was our annualJunk Night, a club we arevery activeand at the end of the day it is what it which once again was a resoundingsuccess.This year we is all about. managedto raise{166 far the British Heart Foundationgiving Ok then all that is left too sayto you all is to WISH YOU us a grandtotal of 15310sincewe started.Well doneto eve- ALL A VERY, VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY, IIEALTHY AND PROSPEROUSNEW YEAR. ryonefor you're effortsin raisingthe money. On the club personalfront sympathieshavegoneout to Gavin Seeyou all on the first club dght of the year which is on FriGMOALW and Bab's z]li.{IDZW who both have "lost" their day12* January2001. respectivemothers on a brighter note congratulationswere extendedto KennyGM0TQK andJuliewho got maried. ffoQdlfrjff g&g$

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Contesting- from Scotland ChrisTranGM3WOJ

Antennas- the key to success- Part I 'Spendasmuchonyour antennaasyou havespentin the shack!' Well - maybea bit overstated,but the underlyingpoint is very important - if you havethe spaceavailableat your QTH, and can overcomeany planningrestrictions,you shouldinstall the best antennasystemyou can afford. You might spendthou+ amplifiersetc.,but trying to savemoneyon your antennasystemis a fatal mistake.Let's think about sandson transceivers two differentwaysto spend3500quidin 1998:+ G5RV Station1 =New TS950sdx Station2 = S/H TS850s+ S/IITL922 + S/HP60Versatower+ newA4S + 80/40mdipoles Station2 will work lots more DX than Station l, more easily,muchfaster,and will have 1000poundsextra left-ov'erto feeders,cormectors,antennatuning units, power mespendI This article on antennasis in two parts - this first part discusses ters, baluns,antennamatchingand books on afitefftas- Part 2 discussesthe antennasand antennasupports/rotatorsusedfor contestworking. Feeders- as important as the antennaitself. Look aroundyour shack- is there any antenna,no matter what frequencyor how short the feederlength, that is fed with RG58/tlR76(0.25") coax? If the answeris yes,thenthat antennawill be performingbadly- on transmityou arewasting most of your power in feederloss. Get rid of all RG58/UR76if you can ! Conteststationspay a lot of attentionto minimising feederloss- lessfeederlossbenefitsreceiveperformance aswell astransmitperformance. It's easyto test your feeder loss - do this oncea yearfor eachfeeder,keep a note ofthe results,andyou'll quickly find out if, for example,water hasgot into the coaxandits losshasincreased. You'll needa powermeter,50 dummyload, and a lOW transmitter- 28MHz is a good compromise test frequency.Connectthe 50 dummyload to the far end of your feeder"measure10W into the feeder, then movethe power meterto the far end besidethe dummyload and measurethe power arriving at that end. I did this test with a localamateur"testingfeederswhicharein goodcondition:RF 'Input' powerto coaxcable: iOW at 28.500MH2 RF 'Output' powerfrom coaxcable:100feetofLDF4-50 Heliax= 8W 100feetof RG213(uR67) :6W 100feetofRG58(UR76) :3W (You cancalculatethe lossin dB for eachfeederby usingthe log. of the power ratios) The conclusion- evenfor 160mand80m,thin coaxis a disaster. If you can,useHeliax (called'hardline'in theU.S.A.)- changingto Heliaxmakesan incredibledifference,especially on 144MHzandabove. You'll think you'veaddedan extraantenna! Oneproblem- Heliaxcableis heavy,andyou haveto havesomemethodof supporting thisweightif usingit to feedan 80mdipole,for example. A final point aboutcoax cables,madeby Jim FisherGM0NAI, concernsthe efficiencyof the outer braid for 'screening'. RG213Uis only rated90-95%for this, thereforeon transmitRF power is leakingfrom the coaxinto the shack,and on receive,noiseor localRF canbe pickedup. Heliaxcables(andsomeothers)havea solidouter,thereforeshouldprovide100% screening. Open-wirefeeders- very low loss (theoreticallyzero) , but rarelyusedat conteststations- why not? Well, open-wirefeeders needan antennatuning unit to match the 50 unbalancedoutput of the transmitterto the 600 (usually)balancedopen-wire feeders. [t is difficult to constructan antematuning unit which canhandlethe power levelsusedat conteststations. Openwire feedersare alsomechanicallytricky, andneedto be kept awayfrom otherfeedersandmetalobjectsto performproperly. Connectors Unfortunately,most manufacturersfit SO239('Lfmp'; socketsto their equipmentfor the amateurmarket. I don't know aboutyou, but I detestfitting standardPL2sgplugsto RG2l3UruR67 (l0.3mm) coax - I'm neverconvincedthat the braid hasbeenproperlysoldered.Luckily, you cannow buy 'pressure-seal' PL259plugsfor RG213U- thesearemorelike an Ntypeplug to fit, andaremuchbetter. Alwaysbuy PTFEPL259plugsandSO239sockets- someof the cheaperbrowninsulationsjust melt. ffyou caq especially on M{FAIHF, useonly BNC connectors for 1owpower"andN connectors(for powerlevelsup to lkW) Both BNC andN connectorsare fiddly to fit to cables,but if properlyfitted shouldlast for years. Use the minimumnumber ofconnectorsbetweenyour radioandthe antenna- eachconnectorintroducesa little extralossandpossibleunreliability. Seaiingup connectorsto preventwater getting in is vital - I've experimentedover the yearswith a variety of methodse.g.


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'Denso' (grease-impregnated) tape, car underseal,etc. - all thesehave somedrawbackin the long-term. Use self2 or 3 layersof selftape,stretchedto 5Oo extralengthand overlapping50Yo. In commercialinstallations, amalgamating tapearecoveredwith layersof PVC tape.thena sealingvarnishlike 'Scotchcote'. amalgamating Antenna Tuning Units Avoid usingtheseif you can - try to usea resonantantennawhich presentsa 50 resistiveload to the transmittervia the feeder (the antennaitself mayhavea matchingsystemlike a gammaor hairpinmatch.) A.T.U.sintroduceloss,andareunreliablehavebuilt-inA.T.U.swhichmaybe conventhosewhichuse'roller-coaster'variableinductors.Many transceivers especially ient for temporarilymatchingan antenna,but it's betternot to usethem. Powermeters Nolhing specialhere- just makesureyou haveone connectedin line, and that you watch it all the time you are transmittinginvestigatequickly if the power changesor the SWRincreases. Onepoint to note - most power meterswill indicatea higher goeswrongwith the SWRof the antenna- don't be fooled I forwardpowerthannormalif something Baluns Dividedinto two commontypes- voltagebaluns(whichusuallyburn out straightaway!)and currentbaluns. A l:l current balunusuallyconsistsof about30cmof thin PTFE coaxwith about20-30 smallferrite rings stackedaroundit, all packaged nicelyin a weatherproofplasticcylinderwith an SO239socketon the bottom,and two olugs'or wire'tails' for connecting your wire antennaor the wires from the yagi matchingsystem. Balunslike the W2DU (larger and better than old W2ALI) cost about$30 andcanhandlea lot of power if the antennaSWRis low - thereis a 'yagi' versionavailablewhich hasthe drain from 1.8 holesin the side,for clampinghorizontallybelow the yagi boom. Currentbalunsare availablefor frequencies 30MHz, and50 - 144}./fr12, andare a worthwhileinvestment. What is the purposeof a currentbalun? To matcha 'balanced'load to an 'unbalanced'coax feeder,andto stop RF flowing back down the 'outer' of the coax, and back to the P.A. However, antennaexpertMark HughesGM4ISM pointed out 1o me that RF radiatedby the antennacanbe pickedup on the outer ofthe coar<,bypassingthe balun,and that feedersshouldbe properlyearthedat the tower base,or wherethey enterthe shack. This is a good idea,althoughif you're cutting back some of the outer plasticcoveringof the coaxto fit an earthingclamp,it obviouslyhasto be well sealedup to preventwater getting in. Antennamatching Specifically- matchingyagi antennas. The two most commontypâ&#x201A;Źsof matchingsystemarethe Gammamatch(e.g. Cushcraft antennas)andthe Hairpin match(e.g^Telex/HyGainantennas). Gammamatchesare usedwherethe driven elementof the yagi is not insulatedfrom the boom - a hairpin matchneedsa split driven element,with eachhalf insulated&om the boonq which is mechanicallymore complicated. However, galnmamatches'skew' the beampattern of the yagi slightly, and can haveproblemswith the insulationbreakingdown. Hairpin matchesare easierto use than they look, and canbe connectedto the 50 coax feedervia a l:1 currentbalunor a coaxbalun. Antenna books ON4LIN'Antennasandtechniques Somegood,someexcellent,somea wasteof money! ARRL Antennabook: good. = excellent- despitethe title, this book coversa lot of basicandadvanced ideas for Low-bandDXng' (ISBN 0-87259-466-1) for LF andIIF antennawork. It goesover the top at times - for exampledescribinga 3-elementfull-size 80m quad antenna which weighs2 tonnes(2000kg),but is a very usefulsourceof information. This ON4LTNbook is publishedby the ARRL. too much. Many otherantennabooksarevery out-of-dateor reflectthe author'spreferences operatingtechniques, Futurearticleswill coverpreparingfor contests,equipment, etc.- your commentsarewelcomed. Ifyou haveaccessto the Internet,check-outthesetwo sites:IIK Contestingon-line(Tom WylieGM4FD]4) : www.sol.co.ulldwylie GMTV Contestteam(StewartCooperGM4AFF) : www.gm7v.com

73 ChrisTran GM3WOJ (e-mail: chris.tran@talk21.com)


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PW G&s$ gPOfNSGgs {eCIP#y egss&f C&PSARCNewsletter'sthisyearsRUNNERSUP Well doneto all the contributorsandto Ron GM4IKU for producingonceagainmagnificentnewslettersto gainus the above statusin the competition.We were narrowlybeatenby the OldhamARC by only % a point so that showshow closewe were onceagainto actuallywinningthe trophy. Pleaseseebelow the commentsfrom eachof thejudgesextractedfrom a copy of the Club SpotlightCompetitionEntry Adjudicationsheetsentto mefrom Rob MannionG3)GD editor of the PracticalWirelessMagazine. * * t * * * * * * * rr {( r. * r,.* * * * * {. tr r. * t * * * * * X * * * 1(* * * * * * {. 'f '* * * {. rf * * * * * * X.* X.* * * * i. * ,t * * {. * * * * X * * d.* * * * * * * * r. * * * * * 't * '1.* * rr * * * * X<

COMMENTS FROM DAVE WILKINS GsHY Very niceindeed. Good typefaceandpagelayout. Goodmix of clubnewsandwider information.

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COMMENTS FROM JIM BACON G3LYA Anotherexcellentresultfrom the C&PSARC. Good qualityprintrngandniceuseof graphicsandphotos. Especiallylikedthe bandreportssection.

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COMMENTS FROM DAVID BARLOW G3PLE As oneissuecontainsmy life story I hadbetternot commenton content Anotherbrilliant setof newslettersfrom this group of radio amateurs. Beinghypercritical- therewasa blankpage!!! But look what canbe donewith photosC&PS

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COMMENTSFROM TEX SWANNG1TEX Simple,yet effective"newsletter". Gooduseofcolour throughoutanda niceread. A slightchangeof layoutin the lastonemadeit an easierread.

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COMMENTS FROM ROB MANMON G3FXD Theygo from strengthto strength. No critical cofirmentsto make. well doneC&PSARC'

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NEWSFOR SCOTLAND Tom Menzies,GMIGEQ, ZonalCouncilMemberfor Scotland,hasadvisedus that a meetinghasbeenarrangedon behalfof the 13thof December.It beginsat 8pmprompt theRSGBfor all membersof Scottishclubson Wednesday by Mr PeterShepPolworth Terrace" Edinburgh.Themeetingwill be addressed in theLargeHall, OrwellLodgeHotel,29 regional new RSGB England, who will explain the Member for the North of pard, G4EJP,Zonal Council the hopethattherewill be a andTom hasexpressed Themeetingis opento RSGBmembersandnon-members, organisation. 0l3l 229 1044. hotel, its number is you instructions on finding the night. If need on the largeturnout Bob GM4UYZ


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0verall Low Power Section 50MHz Pts 70M.W Pts 144MHz Pts 432i0trHz Pts 1296MHzPts Total PosClub I SouthBirminghamRs G8OHM 1000 GSOHM 1000 G30HM 595 2595 G4WLL 541 G4WLL 50 591 9 David Dodds VnfOgqI fZ8 MM0BQI 226 12 JimMartin 403 Oneor two otherinterestingMMOCPS/Pfactsfor you from the resultstables... (l) We werethe only groupto work outsidethe UK (Slovenia55IDD on 70MHz. (2) We hadthe 2* BestDX overallon 50MHz(only l lkm lessthanbest!). (3) We hadthe 3'oBestDX overallon 144MHz. (a) Our 5OMFIZscorewould haveplacedus 3'doverallin the OpenSection. scoresshowsthat we only lost a smallpercentage of our scoresduringadjudication. Comparingour claimedandadjudicated (50MHz),3.94% UA}#Iz.), 2.91o/o (l44lvIIIz) atd 0o/o(432MIIZ)showshow well we werelogging. We Lossesof A.42olo andalsothe overallresult. shouldall be very pleasedwith this performance If you want to look at the fulI results they should be availablenow on the VHF Contest Committeeweb page at http://wuq/.bl4cksheep.org/vhfcc/resultg/resindex.htm or alternativelycontactme and I can e-mail you a copy in Microsoft (and more Excel Spreadsheet format. Well doneto all thoseinvolvedand here'shopingfor an evenbetterperformance please!) year. next sporadic-E 73 ColinGMOCLN

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eapwwasss GMf The preparation Like manyIIF contests,CQ World Wide takesa bit of planning.The mentalpreparation,well instead andvariousplanningdiscussions, beforethe physical.I won't boreyou with the administration I'll just let you know whatwe did andhow we did it. 25eOciober2000whenIain startedon the eveningof Wednesday Thephysicalpreparations ffMlCbP) deliveredhis caravanto the holdingfacility. It wasdarkwhenhe arrivedsotherewasn't anymoredonethat night.Iainscaravanis a mostusefultool, asnot only is it idealfor a contestshack, but it's big enoughto takeall ofthe scaffoldingpoles,andFIFantennas. ThursdayafternooncameandI foundmyselfat a bit of a looseend."I knott/' I thought"I'll load Iainscaravanandswappositionswith mineat the siteI keepit at". This solvesthreeproblems:at my QTH. I don't haveto storetwo caravans l. They'll bothbe loadedin goodtime' 2. We don't haveto rushto loadthingson Friday. 3. Friday morningcameandthe teamwent to work. On Friday afternoo4 Robert(MM0ANT) andI went to the sitethat Johns(MM0CCC) tower is kept andtowed it to Tranent.After a bit of manoeuwing,thereweretwo caravansand a 60ft tower outsidemy QTH, loadedandreadyto go. John andI loadedourrespectivecarsandwe met with Robertat around2:45PM.A11trailerswere hitchedon andwe were off The physicalgraft We got to theBarnesNesssiteat about4PM andwerewarmly metby Landles(GM4XZZ).We immediatelysetabouterectingthe antennafarm.Johnhada planfor this in his mind sothe restof us prettymuchfollowedhis instruction.Iain (MMlCPP) anived andwaswearinga suit ( we thoughtperhapshe wasjoining theBBC contestgroup).Iain got changedandsetaboutthe graft. After a coupleof hours,we hadbuilt and erectedtwo IIF tri-bandyagiswith towersandrotatorsetc"1W3DZZ dipole for 40 and 80, 1 doubleextendedzeppfor 40m,Johnstri-band vertical antennaand a Butternutvertical. Sometime in amongstall of this goingo4 Brian M5BAP (who I met at morsecamp)arrivedandmadecommentthat we had donea that'strue,but we lot of work in only two hours.I suppose very well together work club we all as a him that explainedto

and just get on with what needsdoing! (a pat on the back for

all ofus thenl) Robertleft to go to a worksnight out. Shortly after 6PM we hearda rumbling,whenwe that whatthe increasingnoisewas,we discovered investigated kindly was (it's huge) This our generatorwasarriving. at Blue Circleandwasoursfor donatedby the management the durationofthe contest.After the sitewaslit up like the multi operatorstation Blackpool,it wastime to assemble in Iainscaravan.I saidbeforethat it's a big caravanbut there a just aint enoughroomfor 5 peopleto try andassemble stationso Landles,Iain, andbrian were sentto Dunbarfor the the conteststationscomprisingof :Pizzasetc.By the time theyreturned,JohnandI hadassembled l. 2 x FTIOOOMPs 2. 2 X NetworkedPC's for logging 3. 2XFL2|00Z linearamplifiersfor 400W(nominalat the antenna) cables 4. All associated We all hadour teaandwerepreftymuchreadyto go on air by 8:30PMandall sortsof testsand traininggoingon.


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The bombshelldrops Without anyonebeingtoo closeto it, oneof the tablesgaveway andtherewasMany Poundslying in a heapon the floor. All wasok apartfrom a few scratches, dentsandbruises.Thetablewashurriedly rebuilt re-assembled all tests weregood.LandlesandIain retiredfor a and the station and strengthened, while to allow John,Brian andI get startedat 12:40. The contest.,.......finally ! Come12002 we wereawaylike a heardof turtles,QSOleadto QSOandastime went on there werelessandlesscallsof CQ Contest,thesewerereplacedby "QRZ GM2T" asthe pile upsgradually began.Brian startedto operateandaftera while andwasworkingthe pile upslike a pro. I haveto say at this point,It wasrefreshingto haveBrianjoin us for this contestashe fitted in well with the team andI'm surethat you'll all meethim soon.As the contest went on, more andmore exoticDX wasbeingworked with regularcontacts with VK, VU. PY, JA"CE.......needI go on? Morning came,andit wastime for the lesserspotted XZZIo treatus all with his culinaryexpertise.Bacon,black puddingandsausage weredaintilyclasheddownupongreat hunksofbread,dishedout, andaccompanied by copious amountsof teaandcoffee(for which we wereall thankful). Bob (GM4UYZ) wasthe first visitor to arrive andhe washurriedlvshovedin front of a radio andtold to "set on with it andshoutinto that!" which he duly did. We did havesomeinteractionbetweenthe bandsbut we just hadto geton with it. We didn't havetheusualrota systemin placethis yearaswe knewit wasjust goingto be the hardened few of us for the majorityof thetime. We did havea couplemorevisitors, oneof which wasfrom Robertswork QTH andis GM0???.He didn't staylongunfortunately,this is a realpity asRoberttells methat he's a prettyexperienced contester.Justbeforeour mysteryguestleft, Colin (GM0RLZ) arrived.He quietly announcedthat he hadsomekit with him andcouldwe find a usefor it?. "what kit do you havewith you ?" hewasasked."Oh, my Alpha anda coupleof bandpassfilters" he replied.To say his handoffis anunderstatement. Theband we snapped passfilters workedextremelywell, allowingus to operate on bandscloseto eachotherwith little or no interaction. We pluggedhis Linear in andtunedit into a dummy load,it wasdifficult to keepfrom grinningasthe power meterswungup past1.5KW.This washuniedly connected to our "really lossy"coaxandwe wereoffagain.I've got to saythat it was a pleasureto work with this linear and it really helpedto createandbustthroughthe pile ups.Early on Saturdayevening,Bob left for home,Colin left for homebut very kindly left his kit. This left orr meil:ybandof S.Moresuppliesweresoughtfrom Dunbar,we ateandsettleddownfor anothernightscontesting.JohnInnes(GMTOLQ)arrivedto operatefor a while. And they call it wireless? This is a view ofthe backofone ofthe stations.the otherone is prettymuchthe same. Q. Wouldwe haveit anyotherway ? A. Of coursewe would,BIGGER ll


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All that wind ! The weather had taken a real turn for the worse during the evening and shelter was sought in both

the operatingandrest caravans.I managedto get a few hourssleepbut was alwaysawareof the abysmalweather I canremember it wasreally rockingthe caravans. worrying aboutthe antennasystemthroughmy sleepand wokeup with a startasI sawthreebodiesrunningpastthe caravan.I thoughtthat the tower had camedown but the I think it wasabout2:45 rushwasonly to filI the generator. AM whenoneof the stationshadto be packedawaydueto equipmentfailureandwe soldieredon with one,andonly oneantennathat worked.We calledandcalledbut somethingseemedwrong.No materwherewe pointedthe beam,we weren'tgettinganything.The rotator appearedto be faulty andwe notedthat the beamwasturning of its own freewill. We all gave in andsettleddownfor a bit of kip. The aftermath Upon inspectionofthe externaldamageat daylight,it wasevidentthatthis hadbeenonehell of a wind. The W3DZZ was snapped, the feederwasrippedoffof the doubleextendedzepp,the polethatthe Moselywason wasin the air but bent,andthebeamon top ofthe 60ft towerwas spinninglike a helicopter.We too the beam down anddiscoveredthat the bolts holding the rotatorto the cagehadworked out andthat the rotator was actually OK . We hurriedly set aboutgettingour now single stationbackon the air andTheLesserSpotterXZZ stafiedto cookoncemore!Oncemorewe weregrateful andsetaboutcallingCQ contest. The wind down Colin arrivedto retrievehis linearetc andleft, Brian alsohadto go homeat aboutteatime to preparefor work the followingday.This left John,Iain, LandlesandI, at about8:30PM we decided that we'd workedeverybodythat we couldhearandthatit wastime to relaxwith a smallshandy.We hada few shandiesandfell asleep.Thecontestfinishedandwe all woke at about9:00AM andstarted to dismantlethe remainingequipmentandTheLesserSpottedXZZ startedtocookoncemore!Once morewe weregrateful!l The Park Rangerarrivedaswe were dismantlingthe antennasand saidthat he hadthoughtof us at this sitein all of the badweather,we thankedhim. We finally got homeat about2:30PM on the Mondayafternoon. In conclusion We had a superbweekend,we worked hard,we playedhard,we hada lot of fun and satisfaction andwe madea coupleof new friends (Colin andBrian). What more could you askfor? Will we be backnextyear? Damnright I Damnright ! Will we be biggerandbetter? The Team MM0DXC, MM0CCC,GM4XZZ, MMTCPP,M5BAP, GM4UYZ, GMTOLQ,GM0RLZ


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-fraa#wG vNfr sxetesgvgs, rA,w or Hnams 6HC855 Landlesgavethe abovetalk on Friday 17ftNovemberin the local CommunityCentre.Sadlytherewasnot a largeturnoutto listento a very informativeandinterestingtalk. As Landlesis oneofthe principleShot Firer'sin theDunbarBlue Circle Quarryhe relatedon how he goesabouthis normaleverydaywork. He coveredthe areasofpreparinga sitereadyfor blastingi.e. drilling the holes,how deepthey are,the configurationthat they aredrilled, thenpreparingthe holeswith the relevantexplosivemixture and All this wasexplainedusinga working modelplus someactualvideofootagewhich he hadtaken detonators. whilst at work. He alsowent on to explainwhathappensif a "miss-fire'"occursandhow that wasdealtwith. Therewas a greatstressthroughoutthe talk of all the Health and Safetyactionsthat mustbe carriedout and moreso logged.This loggedinformationfor eachblastmustbe kept for a minimumof 3 yearsfor the purposeof checkingby the safetyoffrcialswho mayappearat anytime.Otherareascoveredwereon how blastingwould be carriedout in differentfieldsfor exampletunnellingandmaking differentexplosives, cuttingsfor roads.Many othertopicswerecoveredbut I just cannotrememberthemall. talk andI would like to thankLandleson behalfof us all who auendedfor Overallit wasa tremendous giving it. For thoseof you thatmissedit well what canI say? Bob GM4UYZ


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GM4DMA Bob Glasgowreceivedandemail from Norrie at Tennamasttelling him that Rob Mannionfrom PracticalWireless hadbeenin touch with an interestingproposal. Basicallythe messagewas aboutLaurence Howell GM4DMA whosehomeQTH is in betweenFraserburghandPeterhead.He hasa loadof equipmentthat he needsto disposeof in a hurry andis going free, doesRob know ofany club or organisationthat would benefit from a coupleof 66ft masts,a 90ft mastanda versatower on a trailer ? Due to the good publicity andrespectthat our club enjoys,we werethe first thing on both Rob andNorries mindsand contactedBob. Bob, in turn" contactedFlo (that's Laurencesnik name) anda visit was arrangedto view the equipment with a view to hiring a lorry at a later dateto bringthe stuffhome. On a Saturdaymorning Ron (GM4IKU), Iain (MMICPP) andI (MMODXC)left at about7:00 AM andheadednorth. After stoppingat the McDonaldsat the bridge for re-fuelling we setoff proper.Justnorth ofAberdeenwe sawa Peugeot 405 with a Pro-amwhip on the roofl beinggood amateurs,we passedhim with a DAH DI DAH DIT on the horn andwe disappearedinto the distance.We arrivedat Laurencesat about10:45 AM andafter introductions,he put the kettle on. We hadn't beenthere5 minuteswhenthe white Peugeotpulled in andthe two amateurtravellers got out. The chapwas calledColin andI cant rememberthe ladiesnamebut they were both GMO'sorGM4's. After our cup oftea we were shownround threepiles of stuffthat wasgoing begging.When we sawthe calibreof the equipmentbeing donated,we huniedly stuffedasmuchof it in my car aswe could. This left iust enoughroom to get Iain in the back. Therewas marinebandHF

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Colin, Mystery Lady, Flo, Iain and I set about removingthe LDF550 co-ax.I askedhow muchthere

wasandFlo replied*there's2 runsof 250M goingthat way anda coupleofruns of 200 andodd goingthat way." After lunch andmuchdigging andpulling, the coaxwasall lifted andleft lying in the adjacentfield.

We madearrangements to comebackfor the co-ax next week andwe left. Thejourney hometook a bit longerasthe car waswell ladenandheavywhich made the power steeringlight andinteresting.

radios,militaryHF radios,2M radios,CB radio, We were told that we andloadsof accessories. eouldhaveall of his co-axaswell, if we helpedto dig it up.

The next week wasto provean interestingvisit too. After havingseenthis co-ax,I decidedthat we needed moremusclepower andan email was sentout. Co-ax teamwasformedandcomprisedof Landles(GM XZZ), Iain (MMICPP), Ron (GM0NTL), John(MM0CCC), andme (MM0DXC). We left the Tranentarcaat about 6:30 AM andheadednorth. We stoppedto eatat the McDonaldsnearForfarandwereoffagain. 10:45AM seenus trlming into Flo's drivewaybut therewasno sign


Cockenzie & Port$etonA,R,C. of him. We'd only beenthereminuteswhenhe from the fteld. Very quicklyLandles appeared andRon hadassembledan axle for the large drumsfor the co-axanda raisedpair of platforms to be to allowthe drumsto rotate.Flo appeared just getthe very impressed by this no nonsense, job doneapproachaswe startedto wind the LDF550ontothe drumsstraightfrom the field. I'm not sayingthatthis is heavycoaxbut the first drum managedto bendandthen snapthe light duty scaffoldingaxlewe'd made.We got a thicker bit and startedagain.Flo madelunch for us again,whichwe werereadyfor but we only stoppedfor abouthalfan hour. Thefirst drumwasnow fullwhich presented us with a problem,how do we getit into thevan ? It took four of usto lift this drum,still on the scaffoldingandpresentit to the backofthe van, oneof usthenpushedthe drumforwardswhile the axlewasbeingremovedandRon wasinside thevan,pullingwith all his might.It actually went in quiteeasilybut then again,itdid takesix ofus. The seconddrumwaseasierto wind dueto the fact thatwe'd madeall of our mistakeson the first drum.Thiswaswoundandloadedin exactlv the samemannerasthe first.

It wasnow time to attackthe pile of aluminiumthat lay to oneside.Clampsandtraps wereremovedfrom old bits of beamandput in the van. Two local amateursarrivedto sewhat wasleft (therewasn'tmuch)andkindly took a teamphotowith Flo. You mightwonderwhat happened to the towersetc,well I'11tell you. The 90ft mastwas a crackerbut we" no way of transportingit andnowhereto keepit, the versatowerwasbeyondeconomicalrepairandthe 66ft mastswere3 X22 fr"sieelscaffoldingpoles joinedtogethersowe left all of that.

Page 1 7 On the returnjourneyRon hadto go into Aberdeen for a shortmessage sothe guysin the van went into to the chip shop.Ron andI metthemthere Stonehaven south.At abouttheForthRoad andwe proceeded Bridge,Ron andI shotaheadto makeroom at his QTH for this co-ax.We got to Gladsmuirin goodtime and everythinglookedfine for meto be homein time for Heartbeat.We cleareda spaceandwaited,andwaited. from the roadend, Eventuallywe sawlights approaching "herethey come" we thought,we werewrong. It was Sylviacominghomefrom shopping.Sheaskedwhy we were standingat the gateandwe explainedthat we were waitingfor thevan."Oh, I've just passeda vanthat's brokendownon the Gladsmuirslip road" shesaid"and therewasa blokehavinga p**s !". I ranoverto thevan andcalledthemon 2M andright enough,it wasthem, "we've got a puncture"wasthe report.I askedthemif theywould be long changingit" "we're not" they replied 'the spare"sflat too". I took a drive towardsthem and sawthat they were all the way at he bottom of the off ramp sotherewas no way to reverseto them.Therewasnothingelsefor it, I hadto drive to Tranent,go overthe bridgeand back towardsthem.WhenI got there,I foundout it was Landleswho relievedhimselfat the sideof the A1. I put the sparein the boot ofmy carandJohnandI sped towardsa garagefor air. We put air into the tyre and foundit wascomingout asfast aswe couldpoutit in, thiswasobviouslyno good.At this point Johnhada brilliant idea."RobertsbrotherJameshasa Transit,We might be ableto borrowhis spare"he said.We askedand he very kindly obliged.This newwheelandtyre were rushedto GladsmuirwhereIain andLandleshadthe old Thewheelwas duly changedand wheeloffin readiness. we wereoffagain,about30 yardsalongthe offramp, we noticedLandleshangingout ofthe doorandlookingat thewheel,he shutthe doorandwe wereoffagain, or so we thought.We'd just got ontothe old A1 whenIains van haltedandthe hazardswere on again,It would appearthatFord (in theirultimatewisdom,changedthe designof the TransitwheelafterIainswasmadeandthis onewasrubbingoffthe shockabsorber.Therewasno v/aywe couldstop,soIain coaxedhis van alongvery gingerlysothat he didn't damagethe wheelandbrand newtyre. We offloadedat RonsandIainsvanwasabandoned until a suitablewheelandtyre couldbe repaired.Landles gaveIain a lift homewith his two bustedwheelsandI hada visitor waitingfor mewhenI got homewho wantedto buythe CB radiofrom the previousweeks haul. I amholdingthe equipmentwhich is to be usedfor the club andwhatwe don't use,we sellfor the Heart Foundation,so if anybodywantsa look at the stuff, pleasespeakto me andthe morebeerI get,the cheaper the stuffbecomes. For thoseof you wondering,I didn't seeHeartbeat! CambellStevenson MMODXC


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Important Notice Pleaseread and comment This could effectYOU ! You will all know that we arepretty activeasa club andjointly we attendmanyeventsas we are invitedandalsotakepartin manyeventssuchascontests.We havetakenstepsto protectthe public We do not howeverhaveanyinsurancefor club form our exploitsandhavepublicliability insurance. ownedor borrowedequipment. Whilst (asa club)we don't orm a wholelot of equipment,it doesincreaseyearon yearandhas rocketedin the pasttwo. As a clubwe alsoborrowa loadof equipmenteverytime we're out and about.Oneexampleis the Alphalinearamplifiermentionedin the CQWW report"this item costs f2,500.00 At a recenteventwe receivedsomedamageto clubandborrowedequipmentandthe subjectof "all risks" insurance wasraised.Bob (GM4UYZ) hasmadeenquirieswith our publicliability insurers It wouldcostf,l50 per aboutsucha policy.Thequotationwas(in my opinion)extremelyreasonable. yearto insureclub ownedandborrowedequipmentup to a replacement valueof 115,000.00. Thereis no doubtthat we needthis cover,whatthis articleis aboutis "How do we payfor it ?". We are awarethat therearemanyof you who may think that this is aboutcontestingequipmentanc to a certainextent,you're right. It is alsoabout specialeventweekends(Lighthouses) andpublic displays(galadaysandscoutdays).Whenyou addup the valueof the equipmenttakento these eventspurelyfor the benefitofthe club andthe promotionof our hobby,the resultantreplacement Pleasebe awarethatthis costis astronomical. insurancewill coverYOARequipmentif it is beingusedfor the benefitofthe club. Thelastthing that we wantis for an incident suchasthe oppositescene(whichdid costa lot !) You're probablynot aware,but I actually know that for the past2 yearsBob haspersonallypaidfor the clubspublicliability insurance.I know thatBob hasdonethis ashis way of donatingmoneyto theBFIFbut it is unfairto expecthim to continuedoingthis on ourbehalf.I for onewill not allowhim to payanotherf 150. SoHow do we payfor it ? payfor it (I'm not interested) 1. Let the contesters 2. We all chip in a pounda month(I understand thatthis is for thebenefitof!{f club andwant to help) ( I know i1needsto be donebut don't 3. We takethe moneyfrom theHeartfoundationproceeds. want to pay directly) A ballot sheetwill be passedroundandyou arerequested to completeit. Entereitheryou nameor box. This shouldbe handedto Bob (GM4UYZ).Pleasebe aware callsignandtick the appropriate thatwe needyou to voiceyour opinionhonestlybecauseat the endof the dayIT'S YOURCLUB! Thanksfor your help CambellStevenson MMODXC


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