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Volume 10 Issue 7 July 2002

JULY editorial

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ere we go again with another editorial and another newsletter. It seems no time at all since I sat down and was writing last months one, oh how time is flying by! As I have said in previous years it brings me onto a reminder to everyone that we are entering the main holiday season of the year so idle chat about people being away should be greatly avoided for the obvious reason of security. I know you are all diligent and will be extremely careful. Ok what have we been up to since last club night? We have taken part in the local Port Seton Gala Day, National Museum’s Weekend at the Museum of Flight, East Fortune, a tremendous weekend to say the least and hopefully the report and maybe some pictures will be in this edition, and the PW QRP Contest. Also as I write this we still have our own 10M contest to look forward to so if you took part then I hope you managed lots of QSO’s and enjoyed yourself at the same time. Regarding our contest it will depend on how the 10M band was and how everyone faired to whether we change it to say 20M for next year. 10M recently has been very poor to say the least and with the sunspot cycle now on the wane it is maybe time to think of a change. I wonder what you all think about regarding this? Don’t all rush to reply now! To the future we are taking part in the VHF Field Day and the IOTA contest but I just as well want to bring your attention that in August we will be having our annual Junk Night so as always I will be looking for donations towards the cater-

ing. Hopefully I can manage to get my usual recruits particularly for the door, though shall not pass Sylvia, and all the other usual helpers for the bits and pieces. Also in August is Lighthouse Weekend, see the events column for full details, again this is a social weekend where everyone is encouraged to try and do a bit of operating. It is nice practice for both “B” and Intermediate (Novice) Licence holders and the new M3 callsigns. Hope you will all try and come and take part you will enjoy yourself. Lastly I am this year not doing the Intermediate (Novice) Class but doing the Foundation Courses instead. At the moment I certainly have one or two people interested so it is looking very positive indeed. The plan at this moment in time is to do the training over two Saturdays with the assessment on the second Saturday. I have now also received all the paperwork to carry out Morse Assessments so I will be doing those as well. The courses and assessments I intend to kick off at the end of August. The reason for the delay is that I am still working on my Foundation Course presentation plus due to holiday, contest and Junk Night commitments it will be the first chance that I will have to make a start, so please bear with me. If you do have anyone in mind for either of the above please pass on their details and I will put them in reserve. That is about it for this month then, enjoy your radio and have some fun. Bob GM4UYZ

Inside this issue:

Port Seton Gala

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GB2MOF

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Events Column

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Foundation Course

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CQWW WPX CW

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WRTC 2002

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Contest Calendar

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Special points of interest: • Foundation Courses • Morse Assesments • WRTC 2002 • CQWW WPX CW Report • Photos from Gala Day and Museum of Flight


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Port seton gala day

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his year we were asked if the radio club would put on a Demonstration Station for the Port Seton Gala day which took place on Saturday the 8th June 2002. As usual we certainly regard this as an another opportunity to sell this great hobby of ours to the general public.

feet up on the tower. Station 2 was a FT757GXII connected to the 40M vertical. Both stations used the computer-logging program CT, and were networked together. The reason for this set-up was to use the time to give the network and set-up a full test plus as training exercise for those whom that were not familiar with using computer logging. Thankfully it threw up some problems with regard to the way that serial numbers were being logged to the extent we have decided to drop CT in favour for NA, another computer logging program, for the future IOTA contest.

The day started with Ron GM4IKU and myself turning up just after 09:00 and proceeded to erect the 40M vertical. A short time later Cambell arrived with the tower and the new Cushcraft A3S. The A3S has just recently been purchased second-hand, and opening the box finding that it had never been used as everything was still in their original packing. As the tower and A3S were being put to- Throughout the day we certainly had lots of visitors to the gether the operating station was being erected; a tent Station and many of them seemed to be very interested in kindly loaned by the Longniddry Scouts for the day. what we were up to. Information was handed out about the Radio Club and also about obtaining entry into Amateur Radio. Let’s hope that we may have recruited possible future amateurs. At the end of the day we had 131 QSO’s, lots of fun and the weather was actually sunny. A real rare occurrence this year. Thanks goes out to all those who came along and helped to put the event together. To the Longniddry Scouts for the use of their Tables and Tents it really, really was appreciated. The stations consisted of station 1, a FT1000MP + Alpha 87a Linear running about 200W (due to limitations with To the next one… the generator) connected to the Cushcraft A3S about 60


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GB2MOF—MUSEUM of FLIGHT 15/16th JUNE

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nother opportunity this year to take part in the now International Museums on the Air weekend at the Museum Of Flight. Dawn Kemp the curator certainly welcomed us with open arms regarding the above with permission duly granted to operate from the same location as we did last year, in the Prestwick Tower Exhibit. The callsign GB2MOF once again was obtained from the RSGB, the one we used last year plus in March this year. To the event. On Friday afternoon Gabriel 2M1IBH, Cambell MM0DXC, John MM0CCC and Robert MM0ANT were involved in erecting the W3DZZ for 40 & 80M and the 3 Element Cushcraft A3S Tribander for 10, 15 & 20M. The weather was certainly something to be desired as it was absolutely torrential rain, and everyone involved in the outside work were thoroughly soaked. We also took the opportunity to set up the radio stations plus the network. We used the FT1000MP + Linear on the Tribander and the Kenwood TS850 on the W3DZZ. Two computers were set to run NA using the serial Network for the first time.

GM4IKU, Ron GM0NTL and myself arrived first at the museum about 08:30. The first task was to continue building up both stations and start the NA logging program. Saturday proved a popular day with the club members with a few turning up and also taking a go at operating. From the public aspect we certainly had few visitors this was put down to by the Museum Staff due to the fact that the World Cup football was on the television. Finally we had to stop for the day with a total of 250 QSO’s logged and no network or computer problems encountered.

On Sunday the team once again turned up at 08:30 and on getting into the museum about 08:50 we immediately got on the air. Nice as well to see more of the club members coming along and having a go at operating. Like Saturday we managed 250 QSO’s so the total of 500 over the weekend was not to bad indeed. We certainly had more visitors and with a few seemingly quite interested but as normal we will just have to wait and see the outcome. We packed up about 16:00 and everything was dismantled and packed away by 17:00 and everyone homeward bound. From the museum’s point of view they were extremely pleased on what we told them about what was achieved. I would say it certainly helped our cause about carrying out future activities from the Museum to the extent that there is a good chance we will be asked to take part in other planned activities. Overall everything performed extremely well with absolutely no problems at all. Thanks goes out to all that came along and made it another successful weekend. Without your continual support these events will never happen.

On Saturday Cambell MM0DXC, Landles GM4XZZ, Ron

Bob GM4UYZ


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Events COLUMN

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little bit quieter this month due to it being peak summer holiday time and also peak contesting season. There are, however, a few new additions including the Lorn ARS Rally on 4th August. I have also added further info about some of the other events. Here is the list…

05-Jul-02

7pm till late Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

02-Aug-02

7pm till late Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

04-Aug-02

10.30am for Lorn ARS Radio Rally, Venderloch Victory Halls (8 miles north 11am of Oban on the A828). HF & VHF Talkin.

09-Aug-02

17-Aug-02 and 18-Aug-02 06-Sep-02 20-Sep-02 and 21-Sep-02 27-Sep-02 04-Oct-02 11-Oct-02 to 13-Oct-02 18-Oct-02 27-Oct-02

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6.30pm to 9.30pm

“JUNK NIGHT" in the Main Hall at Port Seton Community Cen- Bob GM4UYZ tre. Bring along your own “junk” and sell it yourself. Tables on First Come First Served basis. Entrance fee £1 for everyone. Money Raised DONATED to BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION All Day LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND BARNS NESS – GB2LBN Bob GM4UYZ Both Days Our annual outing to Barns Ness Lighthouse for a relaxed play on the radio while helping raise money for the RNLI. Please come along, lend a hand and have some fun at the same time too! 7pm till late Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton Bob GM4UYZ 9.30am 6.30pm for 7pm start

LEICESTER Amateur Radio Show, Castle Donington International Exhibition Center, near Junc 23A M1 motorway. Ends 5.30pm Friday and 5.00pm on Saturday. 144MHz DF Hunt, meet in “The Old Ship Inn” Car Park (East), Port Seton. £1 per person

7.30pm to 9.30pm

01875 811723

01875 811723

01875 811723

Geoff G4AFJ

01455 823 344

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

RSGB International HF & IOTA Convention HFC 2002

RSGB

0870 904 7373

Video Night, Resources Room 2, Port Seton Community Centre. Entry £1

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

7pm till late Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton ?

01631 566518.

GALASHIELS AND DISTRICT A.R.S. RADIO AND COMPUTER Jim, GM7LUN RALLY, The Volunteer Hall, St Johns Street, Galashiels. All the usual attractions. 7pm till late Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton Bob GM4UYZ

01896 850 245

15-Nov-02

7.30pm to 9.30pm

01-Dec-02

?

01-Nov-02

06-Dec-02 07-Dec-02

11am to 4pm

“HF Car Aerial Systems” by Dave Stockton GM4ZNX, Port Seton Community Centre, Resources Room 2. Entry £1

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

BISHOP AUCKLAND RAC Rally

Mark, G0GFG

01388 745 353

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

7pm till late Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton ?

01875 811723

Proposed Date For Club Christmas Meal


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FOUNDATION LICENCE CLASSES / MORSE ASSESSMENTS Foundation Courses

Morse Assessments

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These are applicable to all Class “B” and Novice Licence holders who have held their respective licence for 3 months or greater.

his year I am going to concentrate solely on the Foundation Licence Courses which will run over two Saturdays. At the end of the second Saturday the Foundation Assessment will take place. The courses will be run at the Prestonpans Yacht Club and the Assessment will take place in the Cockenzie & Port Seton Community Centre. The cost of the course per person will be £15. This includes the £5 fee to the RSGB, course documentation and hire of the room at the Community Centre. The maximum number of pupils at any one course will be 4. Dates proposed for this year are as follows: Date

Day

31 Aug 2002

Saturday

7 Sep 2002

Saturday

7 Sep 2002

Saturday

29 Sep 2002

Saturday

5 Oct 2002

Saturday

5 Oct 2002

Saturday

2 Nov 2002

Saturday

9 Nov 2002

Saturday

9 Nov 2002

Saturday

30 Nov 2002

Saturday

7 Dec 2002

Saturday

7 Dec 2002

Saturday

Times

Notes

09:00 to 17:00 09:00 to 15:30 16:00 to 17:00

At the Yacht Club

09:00 to 17:00 09:00 to 15:30 16:00 to 17:00

At the Yacht Club

09:00 to 17:00 09:00 to 15:30 16:00 to 17:00

At the Yacht Club

09:00 to 17:00 09:00 to 15:30 16:00 to 17:00

At the Yacht Club

At the Yacht Club ASSESSMENT

At the Yacht Club ASSESSMENT

At the Yacht Club ASSESSMENT

At the Yacht Club ASSESSMENT

These I will do on demand starting the week beginning the 1st September (Note: due to my work commitments dates may have to be moved to a more suitable date). The maximum number of candidates at any one time will be 4. With regard the Morse Assessments please get in touch and suitable dates can be booked. With regard to the Foundation Licence if you know of any one that may be interested then please let them know and ask them to get in touch with me so I can book them onto a course. Bob GM4UYZ gm4uyz@cpsarc.com


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cqww WPX CW 2002

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ith the primary aim of improving our CW, Robert MM0ANT and myself decided to have a go at CQWW WPX CW on the weekend of 25/25 May. This is one of the marathon 48 hour contests that take place on the HF bands however, as neither of us could spare that much time we agreed that a single band entry on 40m was probably our best bet. We could then concentrate on night-time only operation, hopefully after many of the neighbours had gone to bed - I've not had many EMC problems from home but I do still try and operate at later times, where at all possible. Rather than put up a dipole, in order to (hopefully) net some more long haul DX we decided to give a vertical antenna a try. Just one problem - we didn't have one! However, after bringing my 27' Sandpiper Telescopic Mast out of retirement (it's seen better days) and adding about an extra 6' of thin poles above it, we had a 1/4 wave vertical of sorts, ready to point to the sky. Next it would need insulated from the ground. I couldn't think of any way to do this neatly due to the short timescales involved and therefore took a 1 foot section of 2"x4" wood, and hack-sawed at it until one end fitted inside the base plate clamp, and the other, inside the bottom of the telescopic mast. Finally I added a homebrew balun made out of about 7 turns of RG213 @ 4" diameter. The vertical was now ready to lift skywards and I can tell you that was quite an experience as the "thin" poles added to the top of the telescopic mast were actually steel and as such, made the vertical top heavy. Half expecting this I put 2 sets of guy ropes on the vertical and with the help of the XYL (Thanks Janice) adjusting the ropes it was finally secured in place. We used my FT1000MP barefoot at 100 watts, logging with NA running on a 386SX PC. CW keying was via NA, with a Bencher and Robert's external keyer for any extra info. I started the contest on my own, just after kick off at 0000z Saturday (1am local time) and spent the next 3.5 hrs mostly CQ'ing and occasionally tuning the band or checking DX Summit in the living room for any "juicy" DX. By 3.30am the birds were making a racket outside and I was struggling to stay awake. With 103 qso's in the log I gave in and went to bed. On Saturday evening at about 7:30pm, Robert joined me and brought his Laptop with him which we used to TelNet to GB7DJK, Robert's own Cluster node, and several others. We decided to do a mix of CQ'ing and search and pounce and this seemed to work well. Most satisfying part of the weekend for me was when I was running a frequency and had to take an enforced toilet break - rather than return to search and pounce, as he had done previously, Robert con-

tinued to hold the run frequency (Well done Robert) so when I returned to the shack I just left him to it! We survived until 2:20am when tiredness got the better of us. Our QSO total was now up to 332, a good nights work. We started the final session on Sunday evening an hour later (8.30pm) and were hoping to break the 500 barrier. Despite a good effort we finished with 417 QSO’s in the log but we were both more than happy with that. Here is a quick list of the highlights of the weekend :

• Several EU and US pileups. • Working US after only 5qso's (and they were not even in their "grey line" by then!).

• W6 - West Coast USA. • 3V8BB calling us! (I thought they were a DX sta-

tion that everyone else called?). • Breaking a pile up to work VK3MR (even though the EU lids think that if the VK sends GM2T 5NN177 it should be jammed since he didn't pick their call out of the pile up -ooooh!) • TF (Iceland), TA (Turkey), OY (Faeroes), PY (Brazil), HT (Nicaragua), 6Y (Jamaica), PJ9 (Netherlands Antilles), A6 (United Arab Emirates), UN (Kazakhstan), 8P (Barbados), HB0 (Lichtenstein), VE9 (Prince Edward Island), YW (Venezuela), OC (Peru), CO (Cuba), 4K (Azerbaijan). Approximately 60 DXCC countries worked in total. Personally, I'm delighted to see more CW contesting within the club Long may it continue. 73 de John, MM0CCC.


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World radiosport team championships Helsinki 2002

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ome of you will have heard of the World Radiosport Team Championships (WRTC) following the successful event in Slovenia 2 years ago and all the associated publicity. The next World Radiosport Team Championships, the Olympics of Amateur Radio Contesting, take place in Finland from the 9th to the 15th of this month. WRTC2002 will be jointly organised by Contest Club Finland (CCF) and the Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL). The WRTC is a competition among two-person teams of some of the top Amateur Radio contest operators in the world. This year 52 teams, one of which is British, will gather to do battle. By bringing these competitors together in one geographic area and providing equal operating conditions (antennas, power, etc), the variables normally associated with radio contesting are minimised, and the individual team's operating skills are emphasised.

The SSB and CW "Pile Up" competitions test competitor performance off air under controlled conditions. Only one team member takes part on each mode and points are awarded as appropriate. These events take place on Thursday 11th July and are followed by an evening party! The final part of WRTC2002 is an on-the-air competition running in conjunction with the IARU HF World Championships contest on 13th/14th July (see Contest Calendar). During this event the teams will use special callsigns so that they may be easily identified on the bands. The WRTC2002 teams will be allocated special '2x1' type callsigns with special OJ1-OJ8 prefixes (e.g. OJ1A). The OJ1-OJ8 prefixes are being activated for the first time in history to honour WRTC2002. The callsigns are allocated to each team by ballot and are kept secret so that the general contesting community cannot support their own team. Also, the teams are forbidden to identify themselves personally on-air during the event to prevent favouritism.

To achieve this the organisers arrange the use of stations belonging to local amateurs and try to make them all as similar as possible. The basic WRTC station set up This year the UK flag is being flown by Andy Cook G4PIQ and Fred Handscombe G4BWP. Let's hope they (with 100W output) is as follows‌ do well! If you are available, why not support the event and see if you can figure out the UK team call! It is also an excellent opportunity to practice for the IOTA contest and to work some new prefixes. Full details are available on the WRTC2002 web site at http://www.wrtc2002.org/ for those who want them. Have fun...... 73 Colin GM0CLN

The WRTC competition itself comprises of 3 parts. These are the SSB "Pile Up" competition, the CW "Pile Up" competition and the on-the-air competition.


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Contest Commentary

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big contesting month this time with the Islands On The Air (IOTA) Contest taking centre stage on HF and VHF National Field Day (VHF NFD) being the main event on VHF! So far as the club is concerned July is IOTA month with the usual entry from Tiree as GM2T. In addition John MM0CCC and myself are part of a trip to Islay which will be using the GMDX Group contest callsign GM5A. Hopefully those of you not involved in these expeditions will manage onto the bands to give both stations some points. Remember that IOTA Contest operation is on 10m-80m SSB and CW. Also, you can work each IOTA Contest station twice on each band‌ once on SSB and once on CW! The other main HF event in July is the IARU HF World Championships which, this year, run alongside the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) from Finland. In the HF World Championships Contest the UK Headquarters station is, this year, being run from the QTH of Chris GM3WOJ. Operators for this activity include John MM0CCC so how about giving the guys some support with a few QSOs. Further WRTC 2002 info is given in the special article elsewhere in this newsletter.

On VHF it is VHF NFD this weekend! The club is planning a Restricted Section entry on 50, 70 144 and (probably) 432MHz this year. However, there is a definite shortage of operators and helpers so if you can lend a hand in any way please do! If you can't manage up to Mainslaughter Law (IO85RU) then why not switch on the radio and give away some points instead. The call being used on all bands will be MM0CPS/P as usual! The other main VHF/UHF events this month are the 144MHz Low Power and 432MHz Low Power contests which take place on the weekend before IOTA. These events are usually well supported and are usually quite good fun. Each is well worth a listen! Have a great month on the bands. 73 Colin GM0CLN

General Notes : The club or its members plan to be active in those events shown as bold above. Full Event Rules Are Available On The Internet As Follows : RSGB HF 2002 : http://www.rsgbhfcc.org RSGB VHF 2002 : http://www.blacksheep.org/vhfcc/rules/02rules/frameindex.html ARRL : http://www.arrl.org/contests/cal2002.html WAB : http://home.freeuk.net/wab/wab-cont.htm Links to most of the other events, or their rules, can be found on the SM3CER Contest Web Page under Calendar 2002. Start at http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/ and use the appropriate links to find the info you require.

M1CRO during VHF Field Day 1999


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Contest calendar Date 0606-JulJul-02 07-Jul-02 07-Jul-02 09-Jul-02 1313-JulJul-02 1313-JulJul-02 14-Jul-02 16-Jul-02 20-Jul-02 21-Jul-02 21-Jul-02 21-Jul-02 23-Jul-02 2727-JulJul-02 28-Jul-02 04-Aug-02 06-Aug-02 11-Aug-02 13-Aug-02 20-Aug-02 27-Aug-02 02-Sep-02 03-Sep-02 0707-SepSep-02 07-Sep-02 08-Sep-02 10-Sep-02 10-Sep-02 15-Sep-02 17-Sep-02 18-Sep-02 22-Sep-02 24-Sep-02 26-Sep-02 29-Sep-02 01-Oct-02 04-Oct-02 05-Oct-02 05-Oct-02 0606-OctOct-02 08-Oct-02 12-Oct-02 15-Oct-02 2020-OctOct-02 20-Oct-02 22-Oct-02 2626-OctOct-02

Contest Start Duration (hrs) (UTC) 14:00 24 RSGB VHF National Field Day 09:00 6 WAB 50MHz Phone 11:00 4 RSGB 144MHz Backpackers #3 19:00 2.5 RSGB 432MHz Activity Contest 12:00 24 IARU HF World Championships 12:00 24 WRTC 2002 11:00 4 RSGB 50MHz Backpackers #2 19:00 2.5 RSGB 1.3GHz/2.3GHz Activity Contest 14:00 8 RSGB 144MHz Low Power 08:00 8 RSGB 432MHz Low Power 09:00 3 RSGB Low Power Contest—Part 1 13:00 3 RSGB Low Power Contest—Part 2 19:00 2.5 RSGB 50MHz Activity Contest 12:00 24 RSGB Islands On The Air Contest 11:00 4 RSGB 144MHz Backpackers #4 07:00 2 RSGB RoPoCo 2 19:00 2.5 RSGB 144MHz Activity Contest 09:00 6 RSGB 70MHz Trophy 19:00 2.5 RSGB 432MHz Activity Contest 19:00 2.5 RSGB 1.3GHz/2.3GHz Activity Contest 19:00 2.5 RSGB 50MHz Activity Contest 19:00 1.5 RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative CW 19:00 2.5 RSGB 144MHz Activity Contest 13:00 24 RSGB/IARU HF SSB Field Day 14:00 24 RSGB 144MHz Trophy 11:00 4 RSGB 144MHz Backpackers #5 19:00 1.5 RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative CW 19:00 2.5 RSGB 432MHz Activity Contest 09:00 8 WAB 144MHz Phone 19:00 2.5 RSGB 1.3GHz/2.3GHz Activity Contest 19:00 1.5 RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative CW 09:00 4 RSGB 2nd 70MHz 19:00 2.5 RSGB 50MHz Activity Contest 19:00 1.5 RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative CW 09:00 6 WAB 432MHz Phone 19:00 2.5 RSGB 144MHz Activity Contest 19:00 1.5 RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative CW 14:00 24 IARU 432MHz – 248GHz 14:00 8 RSGB 1.3GHz/2.3GHz Trophies 07:00 12 RSGB 21/28MHz SSB Contest 19:00 2.5 RSGB 432MHz Activity Contest 12:00 24 WAB HF Phone 19:00 2.5 RSGB 1.3GHz/2.3GHz Activity Contest 07:00 12 RSGB 21/28MHz CW Contest 09:00 4 RSGB 50MHz 19:00 2.5 RSGB 50MHz Activity Contest 00:00 48 CQWW SSB Contest

Notes & Info MM0CPS will be entering from Mainslaughter Law

10m10m-160m Look for GB5HQ (GM3WOJ's QTH) 10m10m-80m

80m 40m 10m10m-80m CW/SSB Look for GM2T and GM5A 80m Rotating Post Codes

3.540MHz – 3.580MHz, Max Speed 12wpm 10m10m-80m

3.540MHz – 3.580MHz, Max Speed 12wpm

3.540MHz – 3.580MHz, Max Speed 12wpm

3.540MHz – 3.580MHz, Max Speed 12wpm

3.540MHz – 3.580MHz, Max Speed 12wpm

10m10m-160m


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COCKENZIE & PORT SETON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

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Bob Glasgow 7 Castle Terrace Port Seton East Lothian EH32 0EE Phone: 01875 811723 Email: gm4uyz@cpsarc.com

We’re on the web! www.cpsarc.com

Contacts General Correspondence, Novice Training, Contest entries — Bob Glasgow gm4uyz@cpsarc.com HF Contests, 5wpm Morse Class — Cambell Stevenson mm0dxc@cpsarc.com VHF Contests — Colin Smith gm0cln@cpsarc.com Newsletter, Web Site —John Innes mm0jxi@cpsarc.com Email admin, Photo mm0ant@cpsarc.com

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he Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club was formed in 1984 by Bob Glasgow GM4UYZ, to help the local amateurs get to know each

other. Numbers have increased steadily over the years and now average about 33. Far from being just a local club we have members coming from the Borders, Dumfries, Strathclyde and Fife. The Club meets on the first Friday of every month (Second Friday of January) in the lounge of the Thorntree Inn on the old Cockenzie High Street from 7pm till late. The Club is run in a very informal way, there are no fees, no real committee structure, just a group of like minded people doing something they enjoy! This does not mean that we don’t do anything, we enter (and win!) contests, train novices, run talks and video nights and hold an annual Junk Sale. The Club supports the British Heart Foundation in memory of a member who died from heart disease by donating the profits from events we hold, we have raised over £6,290 since 1994. The Club is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain and holds the callsigns MM0CPS and GM2T which are used for our contest entries. We also have our own internet domain name www.cpsarc.com and club members can get their own callsign@cpsarc.com email addresses.

Ode to a field engineer

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hen the earth was created, the powers above Gave each one a job, to work at and love. He made doctors and lawyers and plumbers and then He made carpenters, singers, and confidence men. And when each had a job, to work as they should, The Lord looked them over, and saw it was good. But then, when He sat down to rest for a day, A noise from a little-known group came his way. From on high He looked down, and his eyes opened wide, For a motley collection of bums stood outside. And the Lord asked the group, "What's the matter with you?" "Oh, help us," they cried, "find a job for us, too." "We have no profession," they said in dismay, "And even the jailhouse has turned us away. The Lord said, "I've seen many things without worth, But here I find gathered the scum of the earth."

The Lord was perplexed, and then He got mad. For of all of the jobs, there were none to be had. Then He spoke with a voice full of deep, angry tone, "For ever and ever ye mongrels shall roam. Ye shall freeze in the summer and sweat when it's cold. Ye shall work on equipment that's dirty and old. Ye shall crawl in the dirt, in the dust shall you lay. Ye shall be called out at midnight and work through the day. Ye shall work on all holidays and not make your worth. Ye shall be blamed for all downtime occurring on earth. Ye shall surrender all glory to software and sales. Ye shall be blamed by them both if the system then fails. Ye shall have little money, just sorrow and tears. Ye shall ever be cursed and called field engineers! by Timothy Barrett, Los Angeles, CA. sent in by John M0BEX from Stockport RS.


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