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Club Newsletter 12, Issue6 VoLUME

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Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club 20th Anniversary Year

Editorial Special points of interest:

Once again this month I am wdting the editorial and my newsletter input very eady this is due to going off for a two week holiday to sunny Benidorm and by the time I get home it will be past John's MM0JXI's deadline for input. It is hard to believe that soon we will be moving into the major holiday period, isn't time flying by?

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Moving on to what has happened over the past month, the frrst DF night of the year has come and gone and I am sure it will have given us some more stories to tell as they are always a good fun night. Unfortunately due to the date of writing, it is far too eady to add comment. :rt.i

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Inside this issue: M*.r-

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70cm HB9CV

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Radio on Tiree

4

Events Column

5

20m Contest

6

I 144MHz Contest i Report

8

i ContestCalendar

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To the future; this month, there are various contests HF Field Day (CW), 6M Trophy, P\f QRP. The club will certainly be active on HF Field Day (Clif the 5s & 66June from Barns Ness Lighthouse, Dunbar. I know some are hoping to take part in the PW QRP 2M contest on the 13'h, which is certainly a good challenging contest for beginners. It also offers quite a few surprises to what can be worked with only 3 watts. S7e will also be putting on a demonstration station as part of the Port Seton Gala fortnight on GalaDay, Saturday l2thJune in the park next to the Communiw Centre.

\iX/hy not come along and take part arrd help spread the word about amateur radio. This month we also have the "Museums on the Air" weekend again from the Museum of Flight, East Forrune on the weekend ofthe 18m& 19s . This will give us the early oppornrnity to maybe see the newly arrived Concorde and I really think for this one we will be running lots of pile-ups when people realise that we are where Concorde is. These demonstration stations offer everyone to have a real go at HF operating using a tremendous HF set up so I hope you will take the oppornrnity to come along and give it a try. Last but not least is our own 20M contest on the 23rd]une. For all you non-contestefs this is not a serious event but just an excuseto go out for a few hours on a Wednesday evening to "play at HF Radio". If you can't get out then why not go on the air from home as a single operator and see what you can work. So please do not dismiss the idea about not doing ig go on and try and participate. For all that do go out and no matter how many contacts you make can I please have a copy ofyour log by club night inJuly at the latest. PLEASE SEE THIS \'EARS RULES as there have been some significant changes, a

copy of the rules is included in this newsletter and a copy will be available on the web site for downloading. A busy month then all round so I hope you can take part in some or all of the events. This month certainly has a lot of operating activities so there is something there for everyone. Some of the events will certainly give you an opporn:nity to practice some of skills required to go contesting so why not take time out and give it a try. Events like Gala Day, Museums on the Air although they are demonstration stations they can at the same time be extremely hectic. \X{hat they offer is the opportunity to use the equipment and logging programs and learn all about them, and also how to handle a pile up like we experienced at the last event we ruo at the Museum of Flight. It is better to have a go at these fun events rather than trFng to learn when you are involved in a major contest. The opportunity is there so v/hy not use it. That's it then for me this month, I hope you will take part in all of the events; it would be tremendous to see. Enloy the newsletter. Bob GM4LJYZ


Museum of Flight update As you will all know we are once again activating the Museum of Flight on the weekend of the 19'h & 20,hJune as part of Museums !V'eekend. I was dor.vnvisiting the Museum on the N{ay club night afternoon confirming up that every thing is ok regarding both our visit in June and also the one on the 10s & 11'hJuly which is part of an event that is mnning at the museum.

Safety issues. So r.vhereare we operating from? The answer is the hanger located next to the Comet and Vulcan Bomber. Our location within the hanger is at the â‚Źxtreme left hand side as you enter the main door for the hanger. The aerials will be located just outside rvhere we are located and is in an areathat will make it easier for us to rope off with regard for safety.

!7e are hoping to set-up the equipment on the Friday afternoon on both occasions so ifyou are avatfable to lend a hand it would be more than appreciated. This year due to Concorde arrir.ing we will not be in the normal main hanger as this is where Concorde is at the moment being reassembled.Sadly no visitors are allowed in the hanger so I am afraid you won't be able to go and have a look. The reason for this is simple as it is purely down to Health and

The last thing is-if you intend coming along can you let me know which days i.e. Sarurday only, Sunday onl1, or both, as I have been asked to let the Museum know rough numbers, so your help would be appreciated. Right I hope you will come along and have some fun on both the two Museum Events.

Bob GM4UYZ

DF Hunt photos l

Honourable runners upl (nice car thoughl)

The winners @ob,Lrz and Christopher)


HB9CV for TOcm "Another aerial that may be of interest to the new Foundation Licence Holders or others. I came across it searching thtough the files I have on my laptop. It originally came from the Stockpon Radio club."

This antenna is a simple 2-element beam, which can be used as a very good DF (direction finding) aerial because ofits unusual radiation pattern. As well as a single front lobe, there is a well-defined null at the back of the antenna, which is usefril at close range.

The aerial can be constructed for around d6, using parts from a surplus TV aerial and some cheap aluminium tube, You will also need: - 3 x solder tags, 2 x 6 mm metal cable "P" clips, 25cms of sleeved single strand copper wire (from 13amp mains cable), a small 10pf variable capacitor, abott2 metres of UR43 qpe 50 ohm coax feeder and a BNC

Pluc.

Purchase a surplus 9 element TV aenaland mast clamp for arotnd f,4 - (from Aerial Communications Engineers & Supplies, Hempshaw Lane, Stockport) Dismantle the TV aerial - to salvage the boom, balun box and some fittings. Cut the boom to 27cms - about 3cms from the balun box. (See diagram) Drill 2 x 6mm holes in the boom, for the 2 eler*ints, 8.5cms ^p^4 being carefirl to align the holes squafe to the boom. Remove the balun box and refit with a solder tag under the fixing screw. Purchase a'1-mere length of 6mm aluminium tubing (d1.70 from

B&Q).

Fix a metal cable "P" clip to each element about 50mm from the boom. Bend the sotd copper wire as shown, spacing about 5 to 10mm from the elements and boom. Remove some sleeving and wind the wire around the brass terminal under the balun box, and connect to the "Ptt clips on each element.

The coax braid is connected to the earth tag. A small vaiable capacitor is soldered in series with the centre conductor and the brass terminal. This is then tuned for minimum SWR at 434Mhz. (Iip - use a tie-wrap around the coax to stop it pulling through the balun box.)

Cut the 2 elementsfrom the 6mm tubing at 344 mm and 310 mm. Push the elementsthrough the boom and securewith self-tapping screwsftom the underside.

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Radio on Tiree "The Martians have landedl" That rvas the cry a few years ago when the first di-poles and yagi's (yes I did listen and inwardly digest Bob) appeared on the top ofthe sanddunes at Creepy Crawly Hollow across the machair from the Lodge Hotel. A couple of rveeks ago, I had a smile to myself when I looked across the room and saw the grin on Callum's face as he rvas informed by a pofaced Cambell that he had passed the exam for his Amateur Radio Licence. He's grown a bit and has moved a'uvayfrom the Island but he was desperate to come back to do the courseand passrhe exam. Yo u see ,it ' s a bit lik e dr is . . . . . . . . in my house the year revoh.es around the'Hams Visit'and the 'competition'. It's not the date or the week the fam;lt1are coming home for their summer holidays. But rather, is it before or after the Hams? lfi'hen are you coming o\rer to the mainland NIum? Before or after the Hams? Or the worst ....... 'Damn! I'11miss the

I could of course mention Christmas Tree Lights, green tomato sauce, r.vhite Y-Fronts, assorted bodill' functions r,vhich I always was told boys grew out of, the occasional small glass of wine, clogs drying in the oven, dre odd small snack or other things which I rvill be pleased to ramble on about in a further newsletter if the bribes are right, but I won't. I think you get that all ,vearin the publ

Hams. I rvill change my holidays'. Even the youngest, Aaran is infected. He adds the date of next year's competition the day the 'Hams' arrive and it's the first date that goes on the calendar at the staft of a New Year. When we found a laminated crib sheet r.vith the callsigns on for IOTA, it was as if he had found the crorvn jer.vels!It's been filed away with all his lmportant things' along with the sheet made up in a hurrv a couple of years ago rvith the tea and coffee list, who took sugar milk etc.

Ifthe guys and occasional lady rvho r''isit us and text and email and phone are Martians, I'm moving to Mars tomorrow! Thanks to a small enthusiastic boy rvanting to help the gulrs in vans and tents'uvho were a bit rveird but fun, we, in Ormer Cottage, are all the richer, have been infected with the radio bug and look fonvard to a long and happy friendship.

\{'hat all this means is p1 that we are smal1minded Islanders who crave an annualrveekendof mayhem,madness and a ferv small sherries because nothing else happens in their lives, but that we really look forward to the compan) of friends who enioy our Island as much as rve do. Folk who care rvhat we have been doing and what has happened to us over the past year, as much as we care about them. That's the most important and valued memory of the Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club on Tiree.

EIaine MN{3 stillwaitingforacallsignbudisteni.g

DOUBLYOPTIMISEDVHF / UHF YAGI ANTENNA DESIGN I was going through some of my bits and pieces on my laptop when I came across the foliowing aerial design. It may be of interest to some of the new MM3 callsigns as an aerial project for UHF. Frequencv

:432.625Mh2

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326

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307

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L25 :

343 :

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492 :

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296

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Director

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293

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Boom W'avelength :2.53 Elements through Boom, Dimensions in mm. The above dimensions were all calculated by a program that Nicky El9CI</GM3NEX has. I havepersonally made up the above aerial and it worked. Bob GM4UYZ

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Events Column Forthcoming events from February until August are shown beiow. Please make an effort to attend as many as you can. These events are provided for your enjoyment and do take a lot of organizing on vour behalf. It's a great shame that more callsigns are not in evidence on these nights which are ideal for learning more about our hobby as well as enioying the company of like minded friends. As usual any further events for inclusion in this page can be forwarded to me at GM4II{U@TISCALI.CO.UK Ron GM4II{U

Date

Contact

Event

Time

Tel./E-Mail

04 June04

7pm till late CPSARC Club Night in the Thornttee Inn Pot Scton

Bob GM4UYZ

01875811723

1,2Jrne 04

Port Seton Gala, Demonsttation Station

Bob GNI4UYZ

01875811723

Practical \t/irclcss 1,44Mbz. QRP Contest

Bob GNI4UYZ

0t8758rr723

Bob GM4UYZ

01,875811723

13 Junc04

9:00

t\{useums on the Air Weekend

1,9/20Jw-04TBA

Nluseum of flight Ifast Fottunc Note in vour Diarv! An Excellent Weekend!

20 Jrne 04

10:30

Uvingston& DistrictARS Open Day &Junk Sale

23 June04

7p-

CPSARC 20 Metre Contest

Bob GI\I4UYZ

01875811723

02July04

7pm till latc

CPSARC Ciub Nisht in the Thotntrcc Inn Pot Seton

Bob GNI4UYZ

01875811723

03July04

h,nd of Club 20 Year Competition

03July04

RSGB Field Dav

Bob GM4UYZ

01875811723

10July 04

Museum of Flight Annual Air Show GB2MOF

Bob GNI4UYZ

01,875811123

25 JtIy 04

13:00locai

RSGB IOTA CONTEST from TIREE

Bob GNI4UYZ

81,1,723 01,875

06 Aug 04

7pm till late

CPSARC Club Night in the Thorntree Inn Pot Seton

Bob GNI4UYZ

01875811,723

13Aug04

6:30pm

CPSARC Annual Junk Night

Bob GNI4UYZ

01,87581,1,723

15-Aug-04

TBA

Mid-Lanark ARS Rally; Summerlee Heritage Park Bob GNI4UYZ

01875711,723

21 Aug 04

International

Lighthouses

Veekend

Barns Ness GB2LBN


CPSARC2Om Contest (1)

Date

23 June 2004

Q)

Time

19:00to 22:00LocalTime

(3)

NIodes

SSB

(4)

Pou'er

lvlaximum Transmit Output 100 \X'atts (SI OPerators 50 Watts, SF Opetatots

Sections

Single Operator (S), Single Operator (SI), Single Operator (SF), Nlultioperator'A'

(NIA), Nlultioperator'B'

10 Watts)

(lIB)

Single Operator (S) = p"tt (Advanced) Licensee {ex-Class A ot B licence holders} Single Operator (Si; = 1tr.-.Otnte

l-icensee

Single Operator (SD = Foundation Licensee Ivlultioperator'A'

= All Operators must hold a Full (Advanced) I-icence

llultioperator'B'

= There must be at least 1 x Full (Advanced) Licensee + at least '[ x Intermediate or Foundation Licensee. Each operator of a Multi-operator

Station must make at least 1 contact.

NOTE: All operations associated with the contest must be within the terms and conditions of the individual entrant's license. Any offences committed by a station will be the sole responsibility of the relevant station licensee. Cockenzie

(6)

Eligible Entfaflts

& Port Seton ARC will not be held responsible

fot such offences.

(a) Open to Al1 Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateut Radio Club r\Iembers. ft) All operators must be club members.

(A Club trIember is anvone *'ho has attended a Friday Night Club Night in the Thorntree Inn since Norcmber 1992 as shorvn in the C&PSARC Statistics held b1' Bob Glasgorv GIvI4UYZ (see 12 belorv for the list). All Full (Adlznced)/ Foundation / Intemediate (Novice) Licensees undet the age of 18 are deemed Club N{embers as are unable to attend Club Nights due to the Public House's Licensing Laws relating to age.

a)

Exchange

(8)

Scoring

Report (RST) + MB or NIA or S or SI or SF Report (R.ST)

Chb MenberClontacts

A// OtlterContact.r

Ba s i c Q S O Po i n t s 5 Points for each contactlq4dqby

a Single Opetator (SF) Station

4 Points for each contact 4q4g!g-[ya Single Opetatot (SI) Station 3 Points for each contact pg4g!q!y a Multi-opetator 'ts' (MB) Station 2 Points for each contact lnadg-by a Singie Operatot (S) Station. 1 Points for each contact @dg-by a Multi-opetator'A'

(NIA) Station

Bonuscs ([n additjon to individual QSO points) 10 Points for llach New DXCC Countrv Contacted 5 Points for each C&PS ARC Single Opetator (SF) Station Contactcd 4 Points for each C&PS ARC Single Opctator (SI) Station Contacted 3 Points for each C&PS ARC Multi-opetatot

'B' (MB) Station Contacted

2 Points fot each C&PS ARC Single-opetator (S) Station Contactcd 1 Point For each C&PS ARC N{ulti-operator 'A'O{A)

Station Contacted


2Om Contest rules (e)

Entries

Each entfy must contain : Contest Summary Sheet Iog Summary sheet showing all C&PSARC Stations Contacted, I.e. All

S Stations* ContactSedalNumber.

All SF Stations * Contact Serial Nmber All

SI Stations -f Contact Sedal Number.

All MA Stations t Contact Serial Numbet, All MB Stations * Contact Sedal Numbet.

(10)

Closing Date

Closing Date fot the Logs is Ftidan 9thJuly 2004.

(11)

Retutn hgs to

Bob Gl"sgo- GM4LJYZ,7 CasdeTerace, Port Seton, Prestonpans,East Iothian, EH32 OEE

Club Members

Full (Advanced) License Holders. {ex ClassA or B License Holders)

Since

DCOFO, EISCK GOJCN, G4ILG, MORNR, GMOALS, GMOALIOT,GMOADq GMOB\yU, GMOCB& GMOCFIT, GMOCII, GMOCLN, GMOEHL, GMOERM, GMOFAL, GMOFCP, GMOFZM, GMOGNT, GMOHLK GMOICF, GMOKDC, GMOLPK GMOLUF, GMONAI, GMONTL, GMOOTU, GMOPGG, GMOPKP, GMOPPE, GMOPQV, GMORLZ, GMOSNT, GMOSRD, GMOSUY, GMOTLD, GMOTQK, GMOUSL GMOVEQ, GMO'{rDD, GMO!rDF' GMO\DrFB,GMOTTHM, GMO!4Y, GMOWP'{r, GMOWRY, GMOWSN, GMOWZO, GMIFAF, GMIPDL' GMIPLY, GMIRCP, GMISYC, GMIYXM,GM3PQU, GM3VEI, GM3WKB, GM4DIZ, GM4DKO, GM4FIB' GM4GGF, GM4Gq, GM4GZW, GM4IKT,GM4IKU, GM4IPK GM4IRU, GM4TAL, GM4IJYZ' GM4VAW, GM4\'EJ, GM4VJV,GM4WJL, GM4!Vrr, GM4WYR, GM4XBR, GM4XZZ, GM4ZR& GM6AOF' GM6JAG' GM6NEI, GMTDR! GMTFKH, GMTGRH, GMTLT)q GMTLUN, GMTNLT, GMTNLU, GMTOBI, GMTOUV, GMTPPN, GMTPSH, GMTRY& GMTVLC, GM7\?P, GMSPAH, GMSWNY, MMOAMV, MMOANT, MMOBPV' MMOBQI, MMOBXK MMOBYE, MMOCBE, MMOCCC, MMODXC, MMOGEQ, MMOJXI, MMOSRU, MMOZDB' MMIAPS, MMIATY, MMIBEM, MMIBJO, MMIBKT, MMIBRT, MMlB\'\fl, MMlCPP, MMIFHL,ONIKSZ' SMOELV

(12)

Nov 1992 (See Note (6) Above)

Qastupdate 12/5/04)

Email

bob.gm4uyz@biflrcmet.com

Intermediatefold'NOVICE)

Highlighted

Callsigns = Silent.lSey

LicenseHolders.

2MrBKr4 2M1BYW,zMIDZUI,2M|EPK 2M1HV& 2M1IBE, 2M1IBG, 2M1IBH,

2M1FM)q 2M1FOY' zM1GLD' 2M1GWV' 2M1HCJ,2M1HTT'

'FOUNDATION' LicenseHolders. MM3AIB, MM3CIK MM3DHM, MM3ENM, MM3EWI, MM3BYM, MM3EYN, MM3FBC, MM3ISA, MM3ITA' MM3JTA,MM3PCS, MM3SLK MM3TQK

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I44MHz Contest Report Here is a quick report on my activity in the RSGB May 144MHz Contest

seemed good with the GB3VHF beacon in l{ent audible at reasonable strength in S$7 Scodand. It seemed to stay that way throughout although some QSB was noted occasionally. Actir,'ity levels were higher than ex-

RSGB MAY 144MHz CONTEST REPORT 16th MAY 2004GMOCLN/P This was a long weekend due to an Edinburgh holiday and I was in Dumfries & Galloway, staying with my dad GMOBWU, for a few days with my son Craig. Due to various constralnts I only expected to be QRV for 2 or 3 hours and decided to aim my'just for fun' entry at the 6 hour "Others" section from a good loca1site at IO84AT near the town of Dundrennan. As it

I changed to the car battery and continued as before. Sadly there were no stations in Continental Europe either heard or worked.

turned out I was QRV fot 4 hours 50 minutes in total. Equipment rvas a battery powered lcomIC746 and an 8 element Jaybeam yagl (both borrowed from GM0B\X/I) on a small 10ft portable mast. Set up was completed at 07:55UTC with chairs set out in the sun at the rear of the car and the radio in the car boot. The first QSO, which turned out to be the best DX. went in the los at07:56. Conditions

pected with a steady stream of contacts available. As mv operating period progressed beyond the half way mark I saw the power output slowly dropping off and eventually the radio cut-out due to a low battery voltage.

However, I did

manage to ger G, GD, GI, GM, G\fl and EI in the log. From a total of 92 QSOs (incl 1 dupe) in my paper log, the locator squares worked were... 1063, 1064, IO70, IO73, IO7 4, IO7 5, IO80, IO81, IO82, IO83, IO84,IO85,

1086,IO90,rO91,rO92,IO93, JO00, JO01,JOo2 TotalQSOpointswere23336wiil.'a multiplierof 61.(6 countries+ 55post

Top Ten DX QSOswere...

UTC

CALL

KN{

LOC

0756

G4CQR/P

536

JOOODRBN

1244

G3\.NN

528

JOOOEUBN

0814

G5LK/P

503

ro90Jo Po

1004

G4DBL/P

497

ro80Fr TQ

0944

G4ADV

492

IOTOLK TR

1238

G3YVR

482

IO91WD

7236

G4\T.C

474

IOgONX GU

1,022

G6HOU/P

473

ro91QB GU

1049

GOKYS/P

459

ro8OAQtrx

1004

G2BOF

459

IO91VI SM

CODE,

RH

codes) for a final score of1423496 points. Although some time was lost keeping Craig amused (I'm glad we took his bike and a football!), I thoroughly enjoyed the contest. It was my first 1,44MHz event since the Practical Silireless QRP Contest ofJune of 2003 and it was good to catch up with some stations I haven't heard or worked for a few years! The weather v/as very kind and resulted in T-shirts being the clothing of choice with us both having sun tans by the end! It was a fun and leisurely contest and I'm looking forward to the next event already!

73 Co\in Smith (GM0CLN)


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