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COCKENZIE & PORT SETON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

VOLUME 11, ISSUE 2

CL U B

N E WSL ET T E R

FEBRUARY 2003

EDITORIAL INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

AFS 80M

2

REPORTS

EVEMTS

3

COLUMN

PW QRP

4

CONTEST

RSGB VHF FIELD DAY RESULTS

5

CLUB LOGO GARMENTS

6

RADIO TEST NIGHT

7

CONTEST

8

CALENDAR

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:

Welcome to another monthly newsletter and as always I hope that you will all enjoy its contents. Remember that copies of past newsletters can be found on the Club’s WEB Page so if you have missed an issue you can get a copy there. Note the current Newsletter is normally put on the site after club night. This addition to the WEB Site has now been running for two years and it has certainly been a success, as I know our newsletters have been read from as far away as New Zealand. It also has the advantage as it now allows everyone who has WEB access to read our ―lowly‖ newsletter and from a club point of view, as mentioned above, it means if you miss a club night you are still able to read the newsletter and keep up with the ―gossip‖. If you have never looked at the WEB version why not give it a go at www.cpsarc.com and I am sure that if you have any comments and suggestions then John MM0JXI would be more than welcome to hear about them.

Next through the editorial on behalf of us all at the radio club, I would like to congratulate all my Foundation pupils who have taken the training and have all successfully passed and are now licensed with their respective MM3 callsigns. Jim Crockett 2M1IGS/MM3BNW (an exNovice & Morse Assessment pupil), Ian McDougall MM3BJU now MM1FHK and Simon Bussey MM3SJJ (ex- Foundation Licence Pupils) all passed the December RAE. This was the first time that we used our Satellite Test Centre capability for the RAE and great to see it started off with a great success. Well done to everyone. Ok then what has happened since last club night? Some members of the club have been taking part in the RSGB Affiliated Societies 80M CW and SSB events. I took part in both sections and really enjoyed them. The initial planning meeting took place for this years IOTA trip and has now got us up and underway.

Otherwise it has been a quiet radio month. This month also is the start of the club event calendar with John MM0JXI once again running one of his Radio Check Nights. It is a real worthwhile event and has proved its worth over the years by picking up ―faults‖ on radios. So why not come along and give your radios their ―Annual MOT‖. I have been in contact with the Guides and Brownies at Penicuik to see if they wanted us again this year for ―Thinking Day on the Air‖ but they are involved in a larger County Gathering so unfortunately this year we will not be doing the event. That’s it for this month, I hope you enjoy the newsletter and as a last reminder we are always looking for any contributions for future editions so come on get the fingers typing Bob GM4UYZ

 Club Logo garments available  VHF Field Day results  Radio Test Night

And now.. Instant stripping of circuit boards!


CLUB NEWSLETTER

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AFS 80M CW & SSB CONTESTS The club has once again entered the above contests although maybe not to the same level as we have done in previous years, never the less the contests were thoroughly enjoyed by those who took part.

took part in this section. The results and station set-ups are as follows:

The AFS 80M CW Section took place on Sunday the 12th January from 14:00 to 18:00UTC. Only two of us took part in this section, Ian GM4ZRR and myself. The results and station set-ups are as follows:

Equipment Code 4C12 4C12 3C12

:

Individual Scores 1040 870 420

:

Callsign of Each GM4ZRR GM4UYZ

Team:

Callsign of MM0DXC GM4ZRR

Each Team: MM0CPS

Team Score

Individual Scores 1240 450

:

TX/RX : FT1000MP+ALPHA

TX/RX

: FT1000MP

Power o/p : 100W

TX/RX:

YAESU FT102

Power o/p: 100W Both of us certainly used the search and pounce technique as it was what appeared to work. The band was certainly very noisy clearing up a bit when darkness came down. Regarding the scores, well Ian was disappointed as his was a drop on his 2002 entry and as for myself I went from 20 QSO’s in 2002 to 45 this time. Not the greatest I must admit but I achieved more than what I set out to get. Next year I am aiming again to increase that further. The AFS 80M SSB Section took place on Saturday the 18th January from 14:00 to 18:00UTC. Five stations

TX/RX : ALINCO 70TH Antennas : G5RV

Operators: MM0CPS Station TX/RX : FT1000MP+UKLinear Power o/p : 400W Antennas : 80M Dipole

Operator: GM4ZRR : FT1000MP

Power o/p : 100W Antennas : 120' open wire fed doublet

TEAM ―B‖ Callsign of Each GM4LRU GM4IKU Equipment Code: 3C12

Individual Scores:

Operator:

Power o/p : 100W

Antennas : 80M Dipole

3C12

GM4LRU

TX/RX : Kenwood 950SD

Power o/p : 400W

TX/RX

Operator:

GM4IKU

GM4UYZ MM0JXI Bob GM4UYZ Station

80

Power o/p : 100W

Operators: MM0DXC Station

:

Ian GM4ZRR Station

Team Score:

: 2330

Equipment Code 3C12 2G10

: 1690

30

TEAM ―A‖

MM0DXC MM3SRU MM3ISA

Team Score

50

Team:

Antennas : 18/20M Dipole

Not great scores by any manner of means but the contest was certainly enjoyed by everyone. The bands again were very noisy and very frustrating for us GM’s. Stations to the south were certainly not hearing us even though they were 59+ signals. Tactics of holding a frequency plus search and pounce were used. It was great to see two of my recent Novice pupils Steve MM3SRU and his partner Isa MM3ISA, take part under the watchful eye of Cambell MM0DXC. Both thoroughly enjoyed the experience and now want to do more. Overall they proved to be a fun events even though very hard work at times. Ok not world beaters by a long way but we enjoyed what we managed and that in my opinion is an important part of what contesting is all about. Winning is great I must admit but it is not everything. Enjoy your next contest.

Fun events with family friendly times.


VOLUME 11, ISSUE 2

Page 3

EVENTS COLUMN I'm afraid that I cannot find anything new to add for you this month. I still await web site updates from a couple of relatively local clubs who currently (at the time of writing this) only have 2002 details on their sites. I will therefore leave the new additions from last month marked with "»" so that you may identify them. The list is as follows…

DATE

TIME

07-Feb-03

7pm till late

10-Feb-03

7.30pm

28-Feb-03

7.30pm to 9.30pm

07-Mar-03

7pm till late

09-Mar-03

?

10-Mar-03

7.30pm

21-Mar-03

EVENT

CPSARC Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton

CONTACT

Bob GM4UYZ

TEL./E-MAIL

01875 811723

Lothians RS Talk "Switch Mode Power Supplies, A Practical Toby MM0TSS Approach" by Brian Flynn GM8BJF, Royal Ettrick Hotel, Ettrick Rd, Edinburgh CPSARC Radio Check Night. Our annual chance to have Bob GM4UYZ radios checked over by John MM0JXI in Resources Room 2 at Port Seton Community Centre. Entry £1 per person.

07957 216 952

CPSARC Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

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

Toby MM0TSS

07957 216 952

7.30pm to 9.30pm

CPSARC Talk by David Topham GM3WKB "Radios That Came In From The Cold : A Collectors View Of NATO And Warsaw Pact Communications" in Resources Room 2 at Port Seton Community Centre.

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

24-Mar-03

7.30pm

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

Toby MM0TSS

07957 216 952

»

04-Apr-03

7pm till late

Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

»

13-Apr-03

All Day

CPSARC "Flight Magic" Special Event At The Museum Of Flight, East Fortune

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

»

14-Apr-03

7.30pm

Lothians RS Talk "5MHz Experiment" by Peter Dick GM4DTH, Royal Ettrick Hotel, Ettrick Rd, Edinburgh

Toby MM0TSS

07957 216 952

»

19-Apr-03 and 20-Apr-03 26-Apr-03

All

GMDX Group Celtic Connections Activity Weekend

?

?

Visit to the "SECRET BUNKER" in Fife.

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

Lothians RS Talk "DYNO+" by Peter Dick GM4DTH, Royal Ettrick Hotel, Ettrick Rd, Edinburgh

Toby MM0TSS

07957 216 952

CPSARC Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

Lothians RS Video Evening, Royal Ettrick Hotel, Ettrick Rd, Edinburgh

Toby MM0TSS

07957 216 952

Lothians RS Top Band DF Hunt

Toby MM0TSS

07957 216 952

»

»

»

01875 811723

Livingston & Distirct ARS Junk Sale

Weekend ?

NOTE : This is a SATURDAY OUTING and is a Family Event »

28-Apr-03

7.30pm

»

02-May-03

7pm till late

»

12-May-03

7.30pm

»

26-May-03

?

»

30-May-03

6.30pm for a CPSARC First 144MHz DF Hunt. Meet in "The Old Ship Inn" 7pm start car park (East).

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

»

06-June-03

7pm till late

Bob GM4UYZ

01875 811723

CPSARC Club night in the Thorntree Inn, Port Seton


CLUB NEWSLETTER

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PW QRP CONTEST 2002 – CERTIFICATE Today, 27th January 2003 the following certificate arrived through the door, which was issued as a celebrating certificate for taking part in the PW QRP Contest as part of the ―70 years of celebrating Practical Wireless‖. Well done to those who took part as you really did a great job.

FOR SALE

CLUB RADIO

Yaesu FT 847

Some of you will know that the Tiree contest group have been raising funds to purchase a contest standard radio and amplifier for club/contest use. We have made good progress with this but would appreciate further contributions.

HF (100w) + 2m + 70cm (50w) DSP, Crossband Full duplex (for satellites). 260 x 86 x 270 mm, 7kg. £900 ono, contact Ron GM4IKU at gm4iku@tiscali.co.uk

If you have any surplus radio gear that you would like to donate to be sold to generate funds for the Tiree Fund, please get in touch with Cambell MM0DXC mm0dxc@cpsarc.com


VOLUME 11, ISSUE 2

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RSGB 2002 VHF FIELD DAY RESULTS The results are out for last years VHF Field Day that took part on the weekend of 6/7 th July. Again success for the radio club in that we are once again the Leading Scottish Station in the Restricted Section of the contest. This means that we have won the ―Cockenzie Quaich‖ once again. Well done to all those who were involved in the contest. The Lothian’s Radio Society won the Tartan Trophy as the Leading Scottish Station in the Open Section. David GM4WLL and Jim MM0BQI win the Scottish Trophy for being the leading Scottish station in the Low Power Section. Some statistics:

Club

Position/Section

Locator

50

70

144

432

1296

Total

Lothian’RC

9th Open

IO74WV

255

736

302

156

0

1448

CPSARC

4th Restricted

IO85RU

271

724

405

207

0

1607

MM0BQI/ GM4WLL

12th Restricted

IO85NR

0

0

64

0

27

271

MM0BQI/ GM4WLL

2nd Low

IO85NR

1000

1000

0

75

0

2075

Callsign

QSO

Score

Pwr

Ant

Best DX

Km

Band

Pos/Sec

CPSARC doing

6M

12th Open

GM3HAM/P

53

14922

100

9Y

ON4ANT

718

6M

7th

Rest

MM0CPS/P

49

13996

100

6Y

ON4ANT

718

contesting

6M

1st Low

MM0BQI/P

54

15178

25

6Y

ON4ANT

721

again

4M

3rd

Open

GM3HAM/P

62

17341

100

11Y

G4LIP/P

556

4M

2nd Rest

MM0CPS/P

44

15089

50

8Y

G4LIP/P

584

4M

1st Low

MM0BQI/P

47

14222

25

6Y

G4LIP/P

582

2M

12th Open

GM3HAM/P

279

75700

400

17Y

EA2URE

1336

2M

7th Rest

MM0CPS/P

122

34386

100

17Y

PE1GUR

662

2M

15th Rest

GM0WLL/P

40

5419

25

8/8Y

G3YVR

541

70cm

8th Open

GM3HAM/P

58

16630

200

2x27QLY

PI4FRG

679

70cm

11th Rest

MM0CPS/P

21

2277

25

XY

G5LK/P

329

70cm

7th Rest

GM0WLL/P

10

1063

25

21Y

G8OHM/P

375

23cm

No Entry

GM3HAM/P

23cm

No Entry

MM0CPS/P

23cm

4th Rest

GM4WLL/P

11

2068

15

67Y

G4NBS

433

Bob GM4UYZ

well in VHF


CLUB NEWSLETTER

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CLUB LOGO GARMENTS HOW TO PURCHASE. As most of you are now fully aware we now have a CLUB LOGO design. It has been a ―dream‖ for a good few years that one could be designed and have it placed on a garment, for example a polo-shirt, tee-shirt. Well this has now happened! Nineteen members have already placed an order for various garments which have now been completed and as I write this are ready for distribution at tonight’s, February, club night. I must admit I am personally very pleased with the way that they have turned out. The design for the embroidery was a ―one off cost‖ and in our case the price was £80. The way that this has been paid was through our initial order by dividing the £80 by the number of garments ordered. As a total of 49 garments were ordered the extra additional cost per garment was £1.64. Many thanks goes out to the 19 people who ordered garments and were willing to absorb this cost. In the future if anyone decides to purchase a garment then the cost will be: Total Cost = Choice of gar-

GARMENT

ment + cost of adding the embroidered logo I think you will all agree that the prices are very reasonable indeed. Purchasing future garments. Visit: PATRICIA DESIGNS, FENTON VILLAGE,

M

BEWSEY

BARNS

ries that you may have. I also think that the prices of her garments are very reasonable. Now you all know where to go if you require further garments or even to purchase some for the first time. Bob GM4UYZ

RETAIL

FENTON BARNS By NORTH BERWICK EAST LOTHIAN Tele:

01620 850788

Choose your garment from the range of garments that are in the shop. Ask for the garment to have the ―Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club‖ logo embroidered on. Note: The embroidery is done out with the premises so it will have to be collected later or what ever is agreed between yourself and Patricia. Lastly, ―pay the lady!‖ Patricia I must admit is very helpful indeed and will certainly help you with any que-

SIZE and TOTAL COST S, M,L, XL

XXL

TEE-SHIRT

£7.00

£7.00

POLO-SHIRT

£11.50

£11.50

SWEAT-SHIRT

£12.50

£13.50

FLEECE

£20.00

£21.00

Examples of the total cost of garments as per the initial order excluding the extra £1.64:

Club Logo Garments now available for sale


VOLUME 11, ISSUE 2

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RADIO TEST NIGHT Once again I am running a radio test night on 28 February at 7.30pm in the Port Seton Community Centre to give club members access to professional test gear to check out their equipment. The main test gear will be my Marconi 2955 radio test set. This marvelous piece of gear combines the functions of several previously discrete testers. It will measure output power (up to 30W), transmit frequency (1Hz1GHz) deviation (FM & AM), receive sensitivity and distortion. It will also give a reading of the SINAD measurements so beloved by manufacturers as an indication of the quality of a receiver. The 2955 will also send and receive CTCSS tones. I hope to bring along a spectrum analyzer (courtesy of BT’s radio support group) and a Bird Thruline power meter which can handle just about anything you can throw at it.

What you need to bring is your radio, any power leads, a microphone (or data leads) and any output adaptors if you have unusual connectors (eg SMA) I will have a 23A 12V power supply with me which should be enough for most radios. If there is time I can do some adjustments (assuming you know how to adjust the rig or bring details with you). The evening has proved to be very popular in the past and I’m grateful to other club members who have either brought their own test gear along or have operated some of mine to reduce the waiting times. If we have the resources we will set up more test stations. Due to the fact that some members bring several rigs to be checked we will test one rig at a time, the owner then goes to the back of the queue to allow other members to have their rigs checked without excessive

waiting times.. This test night fulfills your license requirement to have your radios checked regularly and you can record this in your logbook . We have in the past found radios which fail one or more of the tests we can do, on at least one occasion the radio was returned to the manufacturer and they claimed they could not find anything wrong but the radio now tests correctly. These tests can only be regarded as a comparison with other radios, we perform the same tests on all radios and record the results. We also run an informal competition during the evening looking for the most sensitive radio—so is yours the best at winkling signal out of the noise? John Innes MM0JXI

Get your radios checked out.


CLUB NEWSLETTER

Page 8

CONTEST CALENDAR DATE

START (UTC)

DURATION (HRS)

08-Feb-03

00:00

48

CQWW RTTY WPX Contest

08-Feb-03

12:00

24

PACC Contest (CW/SSB)

08-Feb-03

21:00

4

RSGB First 1.8MHz Contest (CW)

09-Feb-03

10:00

2

RSGB 70MHz Cumulatives Contest

11-Feb-03

20:00

2.5

RSGB 432MHz Activity Contest

15-Feb-03

00:00

48

ARRL International DX Contest (CW)

18-Feb-03

20:00

2.5

RSGB 1.3GHz-24GHz Activity Contest

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)

23-Feb-03

10:00

2

RSGB 70MHz Cumulatives Contest

25-Feb-03

20:00

2.5

RSGB 50MHz Activity Contest

01-Mar-03

00:00

48

ARRL International DX Contest (SSB)

01-Mar-03

14:00

24

RSGB March 144/432MHz Contest

04-Mar-03

20:00

2.5

RSGB 144MHz Activity Contest

08-Mar-03

10:00

24

RSGB 66th Commonwealth Contest (CW)

11-Mar-03

20:00

2.5

RSGB 432MHz Activity Contest

16-Mar-03

10:00

2

18-Mar-03

20:00

2.5

RSGB 1.3GHz-24GHz Activity Contest

24-Mar-03

19:00

1.5

RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative Contest (CW)

25-Mar-03

20:00

2.5

RSGB 50MHz Activity Contest

29-Mar-03

00:00

48

CQ WPX SSB Contest

160m-10m

01-Apr-03

19:00

1.5

RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative Contest (CW)

3540-3580kHz

01-Apr-03

20:00

2.5

RSGB 144MHz Activity Contest

05-Apr-03

15:00

24

SP DX Contest

160m-10m SSB and/or CW

06-Apr-03

07:00

2

RSGB RoPoCo 1 Contest (80m CW)

3520-3570kHz

08-Apr-03

20:00

2.5

RSGB 432MHz Activity Contest

09-Apr-03

19:00

1.5

RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative Contest (CW)

CONTEST

NOTES & INFO

1820-1870kHz

80m-10m

RSGB 70MHz Cumulatives Contest

RSGB

1st

13-Apr-03

09:00

4

15-Apr-03

20:00

2.5

RSGB 1.3GHz-24GHz Activity Contest

17-Apr-03 19-Apr-03

19:00 00:00

1.5 24

RSGB Slow Speed Cumulative Contest (CW) IARC Holyland Contest (CW/SSB)

3540-3580kHz

3540-3580kHz

70MHz Contest 3540-3580kHz 160m-10m (http://hamradio.iarc.org/ contests/)

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.blacksheep.org/hfcc/Rules-2003/index.html

RSGB VHF

: http://www.blacksheep.org/vhfcc/rules/03rules/frameindex.html

ARRL

: http://www.arrl.org/contests/

CQ WPX

: http://home.woh.rr.com/wpx/

Links to most of the other events, or their rules, can be found on the SM3CER Contest Web Page under Calendar 2003. Start at http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/ and use the appropriate links to find the info you require.


VOLUME 11, ISSUE 2

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CHANGE OF QSL MANAGER An excerpt from GB2RS NEWS for Sunday 02 February, 2003 follows. I am sure that this will affect several club members.... *************************************************************** Fred Roe, GM0ALS, has given up as Sub Manager for the MM0AAA to LZZ series although he remains as Sub Manager for the GM0AAA to LZZ series of callsign. Mike Clarke, GM6OFO, has taken over the MM0AAA to LZZ series. Mike's address is 9 Burghmuir Road, Perth PH1 1LS and his e-mail address is mike.gm6ofo@talk21.com Mike is already QSL Sub Manager for the M1BAA to BZZ series. **************************************************************** Regards Colin (GM0CLN)

Fancy doing some CONTEST COMMENTARY Following last months big update to the Contest Calendar I have added a few more events this time. Those added are the ARRL SSB Contest, the Holyland Contest and the two CQ WPX Contests (SSB & CW). Also included are a couple of new internet addresses for WPX and Holyland info. Those HF contests likely to be entered by club members this month are the RSGB 1st 1.8MHz Contest (CW) and the ARRL International DX Contests (both CW and SSB). For anyone who has never taken part in an ARRL International DX contest before it can be an excellent way to sharpen your contest skills on either mode. The short contest exchange (RST + power used), e.g. "59 100"

for 100W out, and the slick operating of the stateside stations can make for a torrent of rapid fire QSO's as fast as you will find in any of the big events. The aim is that the world works the USA and Canada with the number of U.S. states and Canadian provinces worked being used as score multipliers. Last month, despite poor band conditions, particularly on the SSB event, there was a positive torrent of Scottish activity in the RSGB Affiliated Societies Contests on 80m CW (12th Jan) and SSB (18th Jan). From the logs I have (5 CW & 5 SSB) I counted 31 Scottish stations who were QRV on CW and 23 who were in the SSB event. A sign that contest

contesting? - all activity in Scotland is still alive and well – when a contest that people want to take part in is taking place! February is a VERY quiet month on VHF/UHF. Other than the usual Activity Contests on a Tuesday evening there are only the RSGB 70MHz Cumulatives Contests on 9th and 23rd to have a go at. A good time to catch up on any antenna maintenance or other odd jobs you may have outstanding! Have an enjoyable month and enjoy your contesting, in whichever form you like it! 73 Colin GM0CLN

the info you need is here!


We are on the web at www.cpsarc.com

The 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.

COCKENZIE & PORT SETON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

7 Castle Terrace Port Seton

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!

East Lothian EH32 0EE Phone: 01875 811723 Email: gm4uyz@cpsarc.com

This does not mean that we don’t do anything, we enter (and win!) contests, train newcomers, 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 many of the 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.

Oh yeah, try not to let your QSO rate fall below 50 an hour...


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