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COCKENZIE & PORT SETON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

r e t t e l s Club new Volume 10 Issue 12 December 2002

editorial

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ell folks another year has nearly gone, oh where do they vanish too? From a personal viewpoint it has been another busy year plus an infamous milestone for both my wife and myself reaching the ripe old age of 50. No comments please from the masses as I know what you are like. Also from a club perspective it has once again been a busy year. Certainly some changes have occurred in the contesting front where the once solid contesting group has now split. I can see why it has occurred and understand fully the reasons but personally I am saddened it has happened. Such is life and things move on so that is how it is. As always in the December editorial I try to give a recap in what we have done in the past year. I will start of with the part I hate most and that is the ‘passing away’ of family of our club members. This year Les 2M1GWV lost his father, Bob GM4FIB sadly lost Margaret his wife after a short illness and Cambell MM0DXC his mother after a very long illness. As always on behalf of us all please accept our deepest sympathies again for your sad losses. On a brighter note a run down on the club’s attendances since December last year. (Figures run from December to November). This year we have averaged 20 people at club nights a drop of 2. 43 people have through the door a drop of 4 on last year. A still continuing drop although I can answer for those who are not coming regularly. I am hoping from the Foundation Courses and new blood that we can turn this trend back around again. I still feel though that we have a very strong and healthy club but as I have said before it is down to you all making it that way. What have we done this year the. We once again entered the PW Club Spotlight Trophy competition for a club newsletter. We took

the decision to move into the National section due to the distance that some people drive to attend. Through John’s good work and all the contributors we ended up second. See in the newsletter for more details but well done to all concerned. The club tables were dropped from the newsletter, as Colin GM0CLN didn’t have time to run with it, sadly nobody took up the role. I for one miss the column, as it was nice to see what everyone was doing. Anyone willing to resurrect the column? Another venture we undertook this year was joining the Yacht Club for a minimal amount. It really hasn’t worked out from a contesting perspective, a shame, but from a teaching angle I have been using it for the Foundation Classes and it is absolutely ideal. From that if everyone is agreeing I would like to continue with our attachment with the Yacht club. Whether we do or not will raise its head in a few months time. I really wanted to use it more and have raised the topic the last few months about doing practical nights there, even offered a list of suggestions but sadly nobody is interested in taking the bull by the horns and doing it. The club visited a couple of radio rallies one in Blackpool and the other at Leicester. A fine time was had by all to say the least. Moving on and from the official events calendar we had our annual radio check night by John MM0JXI, a very useful night indeed, keep it up John. We had talks by Tom Wylie GM4FDM on their visit to the Falklands and David Stockton GM4ZNX on car aerials. We had a fun night at the 10 Pin Bowling and a visit to the Royal Observatory. Special events this year was Thinking Day on the Air at the Penicuik Brownies, Port Seton Gala Day, 2 visits to the Museum of Flight in March and June using GB2MOF (Continued on page 2)

Inside this issue:

PW Spotlight Results

2

Events Column

4

HF car aerials

5

Beacon watching

5

DXCC survey

6

Foundation Courses

7

Secret Bunker

8

Contest Calendar

9

Special points of interest: • How we got on in the PW spotlight magazine competition • Foundation Course results • New software from MM0ANT


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editorial (Continued from page 1)

plus our annual lighthouses event at Barns Ness with GB2LBN. This year we decided to try 2 DF nights, one in May and the other in September. Once again they were thoroughly enjoyed by those taking part. Being at two different times of the year where one was done in daylight and the other in darkness certainly added to the events. DF hunting believe you me is not easy and if you have never done it before why not go out I the 2003 events, I am sure you will enjoy the event. On the contesting front we managed to do some VHF contests, PW QRP, VHF Field Day and the 144MHz trophy. Certainly these have dropped in volume compared to what we used to do. On the HF front we took part in the following contests AFS SSB & CW, ARRL DX CW, CQ160M, CQ WPX CW, RSGB IOTA, RSGB SSB Field Day, RSGB 21/28MHz and lastly CQWW SSB. The big one being the IOTA contest where again we did it from the Island of Tiree. We also did our own 10M contests, which was great to see well supported, this coming year it will be a total change of Band and rules so that the club’s Foundation Licences can take part. Junk night was once again a resounding success and with the money raised there it brought our total up to £1351.07

for the year and £8271.17 since we started in 1993. Well done to everyone in helping raise this sort of money. The club has helped generate new callsigns through last years Novice Exam and the Foundation courses that have been run. For further detail see the article in the newsletter. Lastly with what is going on is the topic of a Club Logo. We have certainly moved a lot closer to achieving that and what is needed now is to ascertain costs and that is in hand, so watch this space as they say. Right that is about it again for another year as you can see it has been very busy with one thing and another and no doubt I have missed something. All that is left to say to you all is to WISH YOU ALL AND YOUR FAMILIES A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY, HAEALTHY AND PROSPOROUS NEW YEAR. I should add I hope you get what you want as well from Santa, assuming you posted your letter! Bob GM4UYZ PS: Remember January club night is the second Friday in January, the 10th January.

Pw club spotlight result

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he following is a copy of the letter and adjudication report of our entry for the competition that I received from Rob Mannion G3XFD, editor of Practical Wireless. It reads: WITH MY COMPLIMENTS Dated 30/10/2002

Dear Club Magazine/Newsletter Editor: Thank you for supporting the 2002 Practical Wireless and Kenwood (UK) Club Spotlight Magazine Competition. As you will see in the December issue of PW, the standards were very high indeed. The result of the high standard led to a very close finish indeed, with the winners the Sutton & Cheam Radio Society, only beating their friendly rivals …. The Warrington Amateur Radio Club, by half a point! The presentations were made at the Leicester Show in September and as I’ve already mentioned, the full results are published in the December issue, which is (as I write) just going to press. The Benelux QRP Club won the National Section, with Scotland’s Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club flying the saltire for Scotland in their inimitable fashion. Although the standards were very high indeed in this section for 2002, disappointingly only the two clubs entered. We’re very grateful for their stalwart support! In the results article I’ve made mention of the fact you are to

receive a photocopy of the adjudication sheet which accompanied your entry as it went to each individual adjudicator. I have pleasure in enclosing this sheet with this letter for you and hope that the remarks, all intended to be constructive, will help you. The results article is entitled “Everyone’s a Winner” and to be honest this reflects just what we think of the entries. Only one club newsletter/magazine can win…but judging from the standards of entries…all of you are potential winners. Our job becomes more difficult each year because your efforts are so good! Keep up the good work, and don’t forget…even though the circulation of your entry may not be very large…you are in effect “flying the flag” for the Amateur Radio hobby because the local club is very often the first contact newcomers have with our unique hobby. On behalf of the team of adjudicators – David Barlow G3PLE (It was David who first suggested the idea of having a Club Magazine/Newsletter competition, Dave Wilkins G5HY, Jim Bacon G3YLA and myself, I look forward to reading your entry in 2003. Rob Mannion G3XFD Editor Practical Wireless PS: Regards to everyone Bob!! (Continued on page 3)


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This club is a “beacon” of keen-ness and Amateur Radio bonhomie. The “group” (It’s more of a group than a club in my opinion) is quite a loose association. Because of the lack of ADJUDICATION SHEET formality it’s essential to have a good newsletter/magazine, Comments from Dave Wilkins G5HY: and they achieve it very well. A fascinating read, packed with Very informative and a good read. Nice header Logo. Good information. The simple A4 format is ideal for the purpose. Very professional in many ways! Only possible improvement I pics. Good contest calendar. can think of is photograph reproduction, although it is a bit Score: 9/10 niggling because the photos are in colour! Well done Comments from Jim Bacon G3YLA: C&PSARC – Scotland should be proud of you. When Scotland A good newsletter with good quality printing and measured ditches the UK and goes fully independent...remember us use of colour. Particularly liked the events and contest listings. won’t you. I may need an Editorial job! Score: 9/10 Score: 8/10 (Continued from page 2)

Comments from David Barlow G3PLE: One of the pleasures of judging the Spotlight competition over the years has been reading this production. This year is no different. I think/hope that Cockenzie & PS have entered the National Section to let someone else into the Local winners slot. It is a great read and would have been at the top of the local section again. Score: 8/10 Comments from Rob Mannion G3XFD:

There you go folks time to hold our heads up high and recognise what, as a small club is a great newsletter. Well done to you John for all your efforts in once again producing a cracking newsletter. You can see it is very highly rated. Thank to all the contributors, as without you we wouldn’t have a newsletter. (Note: We are always looking for more contributors). Bob GM4UYZ

Pw spotlight comments Comments from Practical Wireless December 2002 issue on MM3’s tell us about how they found about the course, how the “Practical Wireless Club Spotlight Magazine Results” did it go and about their first contacts on the air? How were they treated, etc, etc? John like Ron GM4IKU before him does a sterling job with the newsletter and I for one greatly appreciI am sure Rob Mannion G3XFD the editor of Practical Wireless ate all the hard effort that goes into producing it. So lets make will not object to me re-typing the comments made from the life easier for John and all the regular writers but putting in feature “Everyone’s a winner, Club Spotlight Magazine Results your article. 2002”. I personally think each and everyone of you should read the comments as it quantifies what I have said to you all about how we are preserved as a radio club. So hear goes: Bob GM4UYZ “For the second year running there were again only two entries in the ‘National’ category. Indeed, it was fortunate that the Scottish-based Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club has now opted for the ‘National’ category (they consider and the adjudicators agree with their decision) that they are in fact a National Club as they have members from a far wider area than would be considered usual for a Local Category entry. Additionally…the judges realise that it’s a generous move by C&PSARC members to let other ‘high fliers’ win the trophy! On behalf of the judging panel I thank them for this kind act…which reflects well on the hobby and C&PSARC in our opinion” That’s the comments then and I hope you will see what I mean. The newsletter is for us all and as always we are looking for articles each and every month so why not put pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard and send it to John MM0JXI Bob being presented with the Spotlight Trophy for 2001 (mm0jxi@cpsarc.com) for inclusion. Why not some of the


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EVENTs COLUMN

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ello again! I hope you have all had a good month and that those who went along enjoyed the GM4ZNX talk on "Car Aerial Systems". I'm afraid that I don't have anything new for you this month so it's really just an edited down version of the November list. As always, please let me know (preferably well in advance) if you hear of any events in the area which I may have missed out. This will Date

Time

help ensure maximum exposure for the events and make it even more worthwhile for the organisers to put them on in the first place! Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Here is the latest list of events……

Event

Contact

Tel./ETel./E-Mail

06-Dec-02

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

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

07-Dec-02

7pm till late Club Christmas Meal, Woodside Hotel, Musselburgh

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

09-Dec-02

7.30pm

Lothians RS Talk "Low Noise Crystal Oscillators", Royal Ettrick Hotel, Ettrick Rd, Edinburgh

Toby MM0TSS

07957 216 952

10-Dec-02

7.30pm

Kilmarnock & Loudoun ARC Bright Sparks Quiz Night

Steve GM4OSS

gm4oss@ klarc.co.uk

12-Dec-02

7.30pm

Stirling & District ARC Talk and slide show "Munros – Whit Brendan Are They?" by Hugh GM4UYE at the Stirling club premises, GM0BWR Bandeath Industrial Estate, Throsk

10-Jan-03

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

bcoan@tiscali.c o.uk

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

13-Jan-03

7.30pm

Lothians RS Mini Talks, Royal Ettrick Hotel, Ettrick Rd, Edinburgh

Toby MM0TSS

07957 216 952

27-Jan-03

7.30pm

Lothians RS Talk "Vintage & Military Communications Equipment" by David Stobey GM3HOQ, Royal Ettrick Hotel, Ettrick Rd, Edinburgh

Toby MM0TSS

07957 216 952

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

07-Feb-03

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

10-Feb-03

7.30pm

Lothians RS Talk "Switch Mode Power Supplies, A Practical Approach" by Brian Flynn GM8BJF, Royal Ettrick Hotel, Ettrick Rd, Edinburgh

Toby MM0TSS

07957 216 952

28-Feb-03

7.30pm to 9.30pm

CPSARC Radio Check Night. Our annual chance to have radios checked over by John MM0JXI in Resources Room 2 at Port Seton Community Centre. Entry £1 per person.

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

07-Mar-03

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

10-Mar-03

7.30pm

Lothians RS Talk "Musical Valves" by Toby Sigouin MM0TSS, Royal Ettrick Hotel, Ettrick Rd, Edinburgh

Toby MM0TSS

07957 216 952

24-Mar-03

7.30pm

Lothians RS, Surplus Equipment Auction & Junk Sale, Royal Ettrick Hotel, Ettrick Rd, Edinburgh

Toby MM0TSS

07957 216 952


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CLUB NEWSLETTER

Hf car aerial systems Talk by Dave Stockton GM4ZNX

being created. The talk was so interesting and involved that it offered absoavid delivered the above talk on Friday evening the lutely no time for questions as we ran out of time. 15th November in Resources Room 2 at the Community Centre. It really was very pleasing to see a good For those who didn’t come along, this time I really sincerely turn out to what ended up being a very interesting and infor- mean it when I say you missed a real “cracker” of a talk. For mative talk. those of us who were there and the comments I have reDavid started of the talk by a small maths demonstration to ceived since certainly enjoyed the night. illustrate the Electric and Magnetic Fields created by an antenna and how they interact together. Knowing how technical David can be it was kept very simple indeed. This was fol- I may even ask David to come back and give one of his infalowed up showing how the above maths helped a signal radi- mous “Question and Answer” talks. I have attended at least ate. He then looked at the aerial itself and described how it two of them in the past and they are absolutely superb to say actually worked, where the biggest current fields were, its the least. He really is a very knowledgeable person when it design showing what the best type of aerial that should be comes to radio topics. used. Finally he went on to describe some of the dangers of mobile installations to the extent how a radio could be exten- Bob GM4UYZ sively damaged including how it could be a huge risk of a fire

D

Beacon watching HF Beacon Watching. Is the band open? I've looked at adverts for the new MFJ-890 Beacon Monitor with interest recently, not because I wanted to buy one but because I was not familiar with the beacons it monitors. These beacons are quite interesting and can be put to good use when trying to work out propagation. We are referring to the IARU International Beacon Network. This is a collection of eighteen beacons worldwide operating on five bands. These beacons take turns to transmit their callsign and test signals on each frequency before shifting up the bands to their next slot. Each beacon transmits their callsign at 100W, followed by four long dashes at varying power levels. Power is decrease from 100W, 10W, 1W, 100mW as each dash is sent. Right now I am listening to the 20m beacon network and can easily hear OH2B (Finland) about S9+20 on 100W dropping to about S3 on 100mW. Also joining in is YV5B, which is a lot weaker at S5 on 100w down to "barely there" on 1W. All the other beacons are not audible so this is showing there is no path to them at this time. Up on 12m I can hear Finland, Madeira, Venezuela, Russia Israel, and Hong Kong, most of these down to at least the 10W level, yet there appears to be no amateur activity! The interesting thing about all of this is this, as you might have just guessed, is you can happily set your radio to one frequency and monitor beacons around the world looking for openings. This saves hunting up and down the band searching for a particular beacon, in a particular country hoping there's an opening to that region! The table below show frequencies used, and beacon callsigns operating in this network. Why not have a go at listening to them; You're sure to hear at least one of the beacons. Set your radio on CW and tune in to any of the listed frequencies for a few minutes. They do transmit in CW at 22wpm, which sounds fast, but to be honest you really only need to hear the

first two letters of the callsign to identify the beacon. This makes them a lot friendlier to the slow CW operators like myself! If you do miss the callsign get your ears ready because it'll be back in 3 minutes time! Callsigns in the order you'll hear them… U1UN in East coast USA, VE8AT in Canada, W6WX in West coast USA, KH6WO in Hawaii, ZL6B in New Zealand, VK6RBP in Western Australia, JA2IGY in Japan, RR9O in central Russia, (Key Clicks!) VR2B in Hong Kong, 4S7B in Sri Lanka, ZS6DN in South Africa, 5Z4B in Kenya, 4X6TU in Israel, OH2B in Finland, CS3B in Madeira, LU4AA in Argentina, OA4B in Peru, YV5B in Venezuela,

Beacon Frequencies. 14.100MHz, 18.110MHz, 21.150,MHz 24.930MHz, 28.200MHz. 10m appears to have some other beacons sharing this frequency at present.

Check them out and see what DX you're missing; Or are you now going to catch it? Additional information can be found at http://www.ncdxf.org/beacon.htm A software package to display these beacons on your PC is available at http://sapp.telepac.pt/coaa/ Or if you are after something a little more simple, that doesn't use Sound card linking, try my own little program Robert MM0ANT


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Survey on dxcc SURVEY ON DXCC for Contesting and Club Logs

CLUB LOG

The club takes part in many contests as well as special event stations and demonstrations. As a club we have the callsigns MM0CPS as the general Club Callsign plus GM2T as a short contest callsign. For club events we often apply for and obtain Special Event callsigns like GB2LBN for lighthouses weekend, and GB2MOF for the Museum of Flight. With regard to logs I keep the majority of what we have done over the years in an electronic logging program called WINLOG32. I keep the Special Event and general club activity logs totally separate from each other basically from my point of view it is easier for me to manage with regard to QSLing seeing that I am the club’s QSL Manager. The General Club log starts back in 1990 and covers all events that we have done since then. Every contact in this log, which has 8648 QSO’s in it, has been QSL’d. The Contest log starts in the October of 1999 when we obtained MM0CPS and subsequently GM2T. The only QSO’s that are QSL’d in this log is in reply to a received QSL, this log is standing at the moment with 22942 QSO’s in it. A question what was posed to me is that we must have at least worked DXCC? Well the tables below will tell you the answer. CONTEST LOG WORKED: ALL BANDS / ALL MODES Total 192

CONFIRMED: ALL BANDS / ALL MODES Total 70

SSB

194

SSB

66

CW

93

CW

25

BAND

SSB

CW

BAND

SSB

CW

10

141

65

10

44

3

15

151

34

15

46

9

20

145

57

20

53

20

40

85

64

40

31

7

80

59

17

80

20

1

160

16

0

160

2

0

WORKED: ALL BANDS / ALL MODES Total 121

CONFIRMED: ALL BANDS / ALL MODES Total 67

SSB

144

SSB

65

CW

43

CW

28

BAND

SSB

CW

BAND

SSB

CW

10

25

7

10

4

4

12

4

0

12

0

0

15

74

32

15

34

22

17

30

7

17

18

3

20

94

12

20

56

8

40

33

12

40

27

7

80

29

0

80

22

0

160

0

0

160

0

0

Interesting to see what we have actually achieved which in some cases is well below what I actually expected. Bob GM4UYZ


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Foundation course updates

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thought I would just give a small update on how the Foundation Courses are progressing. Since the end of August I have run three courses and so glad to say that everyone has passed, so congratulations to all of them. My first two students Dr Ian McDougall, from Perth, now MM3BJU and Simon Bussey MM3SJU from Edinburgh, as you can see already have their callsigns and from what I hear they have both been active on the air ever since and that is terrific news. Also since obtaining their MM3 callsigns they are actively studying very hard and are sitting their RAE along with Jim Crocket 2M1IGS, one of my ex-Novice pupils on Monday the 2nd December. I know by the time you read this, their exam will have been done but I am sure you will still wish them all the success with it. My second course I had three pupils Bob Bertram, Eddie Haggan and James Veal, Robert MM0ANT’s brother. James is the only one that has notified me that he has received his callsign, which is MM3ITA. I know that Bob has applied for his but at the moment he will have enough on his plate being a fireman without worrying about amateur radio. My third and final course I had three more pupils Elizabeth Topham from Burnmouth, her husband Dave is licensed as GM3WKB, Steve Graham and his partner Isa McDermid. I certainly know that they have all applied for their licence of which they are eagerly awaiting. On behalf of myself and everyone at the radio club, a very warm welcome to amateur radio. I hope that you all gain the same amount of pleasure as it has given the rest of us. Lastly my last class for this year will have already started and as I write this I have two pupils Adam Gordon aged 10 from Aberlady and Danny Fleming from Coldstream. Good luck to them both. In the near I intend running three more courses up to the end of March then stop until August just so that I can have a break and do some of the other things that I want to do. On the Morse Assessment side I will still do that on demand and up to date seven people have gone through the process: Harry GM7PPN, Caroline 2M1HVR, Derek 2M1IBG, Gabriel 2M1IBH, Victor 2M1IGO, Jim 2M1IGS and Dudley Schofield GM8PAH. Again by the time you read this I will have made a visit to the Galashiels club to carry out a Morse Assessment session. There you go then that is the update on what has been achieved. Also I would like to thank Cambell MM0DXC and Ron GM4IKU for carrying out the exam invigilators role and also with some of the training. To Tom GM4LRU for playing radio host helping them all through their first contacts on the air. From my point of view I certainly think the Foundation Licence is a success and from its humble beginnings I am sure many

will progress on further up the ladder. As I tell them all, well it gets you on the air and operating which takes a huge amount of pressure off, then relax enjoy the hobby and study under no pressure for the further higher tests. Bob GM4UYZ Below is a list of dates that I have put aside for delivering the Foundation Licence in 2003. Morse Assessments will be available on demand with a suitable date arranged between who wants it and myself. Dates for 2003 Foundation Licence Courses are as follows: Venue: Course 1: Course 2: Course 3: Course 4: Course 5: Course 6: Course 7:

Prestonpans Yacht Club 1 Feb 2003 and 8 Feb 2003 1 Mar 2003 and 8 Mar 2003 5 Apr 2003 and 12 Apr 2003 30 Aug 2003 and 6 Sep 2003 27 Sep 2003 and 4 Oct 2003 1 Nov 2003 and 8 Nov 2003 29 Nov 2003 and 6 Dec 2003

Maximum Candidates per course: 4 Contact: Bob Glasgow GM4UYZ Tel: 01875 811723 Email: bob.gm4uyz@btinternet.com


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Contest commentary

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uch less activity this month as the demands of the Festive Season take precedence. The only events of note on VHF are a flurry of short sharp Activity and Cumulative contests on various bands. All or most of these could be worth a listen if you get the chance but don't expect huge levels of activity! On HF there are a few smaller events (some of which are only listed on the SM3CER web site) to keep everyone amused. However, 'THE' event of the month has to be the ARRL 10m Contest. This is a mixed mode event with sections to suit everyone. As a single operator entrant you have 9 sections to choose from. Your power level can be can be High (more than 150W), Low (less than 150W) or QRP(5W or less) and you can operate Mixed Mode, Phone or CW. The ONLY Multi-Operator section is Single Transmitter, High Power, Mixed Mode. It is also worth noting that if you use the DX Cluster during the contest you are automatically classified as a Multi-Operator station! Last year the club was represented by GM4UYZ (Single-Op, Mixed, Low Power) and GM2T (Ops GM0CLN, MM0CCC, GM4ZRR). Will anyone give

it a go this year? I'd like to but, sadly, I don't think I'll have the time so what about the rest of you? Finally, could I ask you all to think whether you could be QRV for the two RSGB Affiliated Societies Contests on 80m in January (CW on 12th Jan and SSB on 18th Jan)? We will again be trying to enter teams for these events and, as some of you already know, even a few extra QSOs can move us several places up the results table for each. The teams comprise of 5 stations for the CW event and 3 stations for the SSB one. However, ideally we would like to see even more stations from the club active so as to give us a better chance and to allow us to choose the best scores for each team entry. If enough entries are made we can also enter a 'B' team from the club. Please let me know if you can take part in either or both events. Good luck on the bands and I hope you have a wonderful Festive Season. Colin GM0CLN

Secret bunker visit FAMILY EVENT FOR APRIL 2003

I

am in the process of putting the “General Events” together for next year, 2003 and what I have decided after some positive feedback is that I will arrange a visit to the Secret Bunker, which is located in Fife. I am looking at this as being a family outing so if you want to bring the family along as well please do so. As yet the outing is not in tablets of stone, as I have not written to them to confirm up any specific date although I am looking at Saturday the 26th April 2003. Before I diverge away into the costs etc if you are interested to speak to someone who actually worked in the place then one of our club members did, Jim Crockett 2M1IGS. Jim I know will be more than welcome to talk about it if you want to. Ok then it all comes down to costs and the prices that are quoted below are what was sent to me and are applicable from March 2002 until October 2002. The 2003 prices I am sure will not be much more if not at all.

country had the UK been attacked and nuclear war broken out. The innocent looking farmhouse conceals the entrance to Scotland’s best kept secret for over 40 years. The bunker contains two cinemas, café, operating room, RAF and Royal Observatory Corps Centre, sleeping quarters, plus much much more. Address: Scotland’s Secret Bunker, Crown Buildings, Troywood, Nr St Andrews, Fife KY16 8QH Tel: 01333 310301 Fax: 01333 312040 Web Site: http://www.secretbunker.co.uk Costs: Adult Child Family Ticket Group O.A.P. Group Concessions

: £6.95 : £3.95 : £19.50 : £5.65 : £4.95 : £5.65

2 Adults and 2 Children (minimum 10 people) (minimum 10 people)

SCOTLAND’s BEST KEPT SECRET – Extract from the brochure Note: Groups of 10 or more people at £5.65 per person, the sent to me. driver is admitted free. Should you require a personal guide Hidden beneath a Scottish Farmhouse, a tunnel leads to Scot- for the party an additional charge of £25 is added? land’s Secret Bunker. 24,000 sq ft of secret accommodation on two levels, 100ft underground. Discover the twilight world of the Government Cold War. Right that’s a little bit about the Secret bunker so if you are Take the opportunity to discover how the would have sur- interested then can you let me know. I will make an official booking at the beginning of January to secure the date so if I vived and you wouldn’t! can get your numbers by then it would help me with the Visit Scotland’s Secret Underground Command Centre, near St booking. Thanks in advance. Andrews and discover the twilight world of the Government Cold War. This amazing labyrinth, built 100 feet below ground Bob GM4UYZ and encased in 15 feet of reinforced concrete, is where central government and military commanders would have run the


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Contest calendar Start Date 06-Dec-02

(UTC) 22:00

10-Dec-02

Duration (hrs)

Contest

42

ARRL 160m Contest (CW)

20:00

2.5

RSGB 432MHz Activity Contest

1414-DecDec-02

00:00

48

ARRL 10m Contest (CW/SSB)

17-Dec-02

20:00

2.5

RSGB 1.3GHz/2.3GHz Activity Contest

24-Dec-02

20:00

2.5

RSGB 50MHz Activity Contest

26-Dec-02

14:00

2

RSGB 50/70/144/432 Christmas Cumulatives

27-Dec-02

14:00

2

RSGB 50/70/144/432 Christmas Cumulatives

28-Dec-02

00:00

24

RAC Canada Winter Contest (CW/SSB)

28-Dec-02

14:00

2

RSGB 50/70/144/432 Christmas Cumulatives

29-Dec-02

14:00

2

RSGB 50/70/144/432 Christmas Cumulatives

Notes & Info

Rules at www.rac.ca/CANWIN.htm

2 0 0 3 12-Jan-03

09:00

2

DARC 10m Contest (CW/SSB)

1212-JanJan-03

14:00

4

RSGB AFS 80m CW

18-Jan-03

12:00

8

LZ Open Contest (CW)

1818-JanJan-03

14:00

4

RSGB AFS 80m SSB

25-Jan-03

06:00

36

REF Contest (CW)

25-Jan-03

13:00

24

UBA DX Contest (SSB)

08-Feb-02

00:00

48

CQWW RTTY WPX Contest

08-Feb-03

12:00

24

PACC Contest (CW/SSB)

0808-FebFeb-03

21:00

4

RSGB First 1.8MHz Contest (CW)

1515-FebFeb-03

00:00

48

ARRL International DX Contest (CW)

21-Feb-03

22:00

42

CQWW 160m Contest (SSB)

22-Feb-03

06:00

36

REF Contest (SSB)

22-Feb-03

13:00

24

UBA DX Contest (CW)

General Notes : The club or its members plan/hope to be active in those events shown as bold above. Full Event Rules Are Available On The Internet As Follows : RSGB HF : http://www.rsgbhfcc.org RSGB VHF : http://www.blacksheep.org/vhfcc/ ARRL : http://www.arrl.org/contests/ 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 or Calendar 2003. Start at http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/ and use the appropriate links to find the info you require.


Information

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 gm7olq@cpsarc.com Email admin, Photo mm0ant@cpsarc.com

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Robert

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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 £8,271 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.


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