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Volume 14 Issue 3

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CPSARC Club Newsletter Volume 14 Issue 3

March 2006

Editorial Inside this issue: Amateur Radio


Comments on Museums Weekend


OFCOM announcement


Club Calendar


Rob Mannion visit


Radio Check Night


Test Your Knowledge


Megabowl Night


Special points of interest: •

Upcoming visit by Rob Mannion, editor of PW

OFCOM’s new Licensing scheme

On to another month and another editorial, already this is the third one for this year, my how time flies by! One thing is noticeable and that the evenings are now beginning to “stretch out” and aiming away from what I call the winter doldrums. Thank goodness for that say’s I. In some respects I like the dark nights where one can get nice and cosy sitting watching the television but if I am perfectly honest I do prefer the light nights as it allows one to get out and about instead of vegetating in front of the “box”. First of all this month I would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to the following club members who sadly have “lost” some of their family. To Ron GM4IKU and Malcolm F5VBU who have both lost their aunts and lastly to Jane Hesketh whose father has died. It is a difficult time for all of those concerned trying to come to terms with their grief so all we can do is be there for them and offer our sympathies. Ok then what have we been up to this month; first of all we had our annual radio check night run by John MM0JXI and he assures me that he will have a write up about in the newsletter. This year we had 9 people attend with all their radios put through their paces. It is a shame a lot more didn’t come along as it is really a worthwhile event and opportunity to get your radio’s checked out. Tomorrow, 4th March, I have 7 people sitting their Intermediate Exam and on the 15th March there are 2 people sitting the Advanced Exam. On behalf of us all I wish them all the best with their respective exams. I am running a Foundation Course on the 1st & 8th April so any one that wishes to do this course then I must get the course fees by the 8th March (£30 non-RSGB member and £25 RSGB member) as I need to submit all the paperwork then.

From the club activities we have a major event and that is the visit of Rob Mannion G3XFD on the 24th March, This is a major scoop for our club that Rob has agreed to come up from Dorset to deliver a talk and I hope that many will turn out on the night to listen to him plus support the event. Lastly for this month a few of us are going to Blackpool for the Norbreck Rally. We are going down on the Saturday, having a few beers and going to the Rally on the Sunday. John MM0JXI is sorting out the accommodation so talk to John if you are interested. For the 10 Pin Bowling in April (Saturday 22nd April @20:00 Megabowl: Cost £10/adult £6/child) there are still plenty places if you wish to go so if you do can you please contact me direct. As most of you will have either read or heard about the changes that are being made with our licences, to the extent our licence will be a Licence for life. See the newsletter for both the Ofcom and RSGB announcements. Lastly, if I have anything to say this month it is the old hobby horse of looking for newsletter input. Lots of people intimate that they will but never do. I do struggle from month to month to write articles and I really genuinely could do with some help so this is a plea from the heart for articles. Right I think that is about it so enjoy club night and the newsletter. Bob GM4UYZ

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Amateur Licence Training Information: The club has been delivering Amateur Radio Licence training since March 1995 when it started teaching the Novice Licence Courses. In 1992 the licensing structure was changed to its present format of three licences: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced, with each licence having to be passed before proceeding to the next level. When this change took place the club started teaching the Foundation Licence before adding the Intermediate Level in 1994. As yet we cannot offer an Advanced Licence course, although the preparation is actively going on to create the course, but hopefully it will be available by the autumn of 2006. Training Courses: The club’s training year runs between the end of August to the end of April, basically over an eight month period. Between May and August those involved take a well earned rest to spend time with their families, have holidays plus get involved in other club activities like running special events and contesting, etc. The setting up of the actual courses depends on the requested demands for a particular course; this has now become more flexible since both the Foundation and Intermediate Licence exams are now on demand. The Advanced Licence exam has particular dates set for the exams so courses will be set around the actual examination dates. At this present time we do not run this course though if any one self-studies for the Advance Licence Exam then they can sit the exam at the club’s RSGB Registered Centre. We will book the venue, administer the examination paperwork and invigilate the exam. All courses are run on Saturdays between 09:30 and 16:30 for the duration of the course. Foundation Course 2 consecutive Saturdays Intermediate Course 5 consecutive Saturdays Advanced Course 8 consecutive Saturdays (proposed duration at this time)

Training Venue: The club delivers all the training and exams at its RSGB registered “Satellite Examination Centre” which is as follows: RSGB Registered Identification No: LT82 Cockenzie & Port Seton Community Centre, South Seton Park, Port Seton, Prestonpans, East Lothian EH32 0BQ Tel: 01875 815815 Link to map for Community Centre Location newmap.srf? x=340771&y=675520&z=0&sv=eh32+ 0bq&st=2&pc=eh32+0bq&mapp=newm ap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf Training Personnel (All licenses): Principal Instructor & Administrator: Bob Glasgow GM4UYZ Principal Invigilator: Cambell Stevenson MM0DXC Assistant Invigilator: Ron Brown GM4IKU Practical On-Air Assistant: Tom Hood GM4LRU Back-up Assistants: Other club members Training Course Registration: Any one wishing to attend any of the training courses needs to contact: Bob Glasgow GM4UYZ 7 Castle Terrace, Port Seton, Prestonpans, East Lothian EH32 0EE Tel: 01875 811723 or 07867 836488 Email: Bob can provide the most up to date situation with regard to any course i.e. availability, book a place on a course, add name to next planned course, etc. For all courses the following information is mandatory and must be provided by the candidates. It is required by the

RSGB for examination booking. * FULL NAME * FULL ADDRESS * POST CODE * CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER (Assuming not ex-directory) * EMAIL ADDRESS – If applicable * DATE OF BIRTH *RSGB MEMBERSHIP – Member or Non-Member Intermediate Course * MM3 CALLSIGN – If one obtained * DATE OF PASSING FOUNDATION LICENCE EXAMINATION Advanced Course * PREVIOUS CALLSIGNS (Foundation & Intermediate) – If they were obtained * DATE OF PASSING INTERMEDIATE LICENCE EXAMINATION Note: For candidates under the age of 16 they must have their application endorsed by a parent or guardian Training Course Fees: Note: (The RSGB gives a £5 discount on exam fees) Please note that all fees must be paid in advance for the respective course. See Training Courses Available section for closing dates for fees for specific course. Send fees to the address in Training Course Registration, cheques made payable to Bob Glasgow.) Foundation Course: Non-RSGB Member £30 RSGB Member £25 Consists of RSGB Exam Fees £20 (nonmember): £15 (member) “Foundation Licence Now” manual Hire of Community Centre Room for course and examination Intermediate Course: Non-RSGB Member £50 RSGB Member £45 Consists of RSGB Exam Fees £25 (nonmember): £20 (member) “Intermediate Licence, Building on the Foundation” manual Practical Kit Hire of Community Centre Room for course and examination

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Advanced Course: (proposed fees, yet to be confirmed) Non-RSGB Member £50 RSGB Member £45 Consists of RSGB Exam Fees £30 (nonmember): £25 (member) “Advance! The Full Licence Manual” Hire of Community Centre Room for course and examination Training Courses Available (See above for course registration and fees) Foundation Courses Dates Course 1: Saturday 1st April 2006 Resources Room 2 Saturday 8th April 2006

Resources Room 2 Exam: Saturday 8th April 2006 15:00 to 15:45 Resources Room 2 Closing Date for Fees: 8th March 2006 Future courses - Contact Bob Glasgow, see above, who will set-up a course. Intermediate Courses Dates Future courses - Contact Bob Glasgow, see above, who will set-up a course. Advanced Courses Dates Note: At this present time we do not run this course though if any one selfstudies for the Advance Licence Exam then they can sit the exam at the club’s RSGB Registered Centre. We will book the venue, administer the examination paperwork and invigilate the exam. Fees

for the self study exam are as follows: RSGB Exam Fees £30 (non-member): £25 (member) Exam: Thursday 11th May 2006 18:30 to 20:30 Resources Room 2 Closing date for Fees: 17th April 2006 *** Candidates already booked to sit this exam hence reason Resources Room 2 booked Exam: Friday 14th July 2006 18:30 to 20:30 Closing date for Fees: 23rd June 2006 No further exam dates have been issued by the RSGB

Comments and Ideas for Museums Weekend Below are all the comments and suggestions made regarding what else we could do during Museum’s Weekend. There are some good suggestions but to implement them we will certainly need “bodies”. I have placed the input into a table, (sorry John) and added my comments accordingly.

To summarise: 1, 5 --- Already being done outwith the club as part of the Worldwide event 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 --- Things that we can do at the club 3 --- Joint venture club do a web page, museum adds a link to it 4, 11 --- Museum to provide

What do you think then of the suggestions then? As you see some would need some background work before the event any volunteers? Hear from you all then on the above. Bob GM4UYZ

Suggested Comment or Idea

My Response This will be happening anyway as part of the weekend.


What about trying to get a net or links with other aircraft museums or places of interest regards aircraft Slow Scan pictures of the above event?


Special website with our activities & the museums activities


Webcam? which would promote both the club & the museum


Promotion of the event worldwide i.e. QRZ?


A poster explaining radio propagation



A poster about Aircraft Comms i.e. How they contact tower, approach, beacons (Tala), when they switch to HF, local and international WX reports (VHF & HF) Maybe a program like Geoclock running on a large monitor so someone can explain to interested parties how the different bands work Run continually some Amateur Radio film


Displaying Vintage Radios particularly Aeroplane Radios


I think it could be helpful to us if we asked the Museum for a mention on their posters and literature advertising the event. Last year the public were invited to "talk to friends over radio"



This could be done but would need someone to set it up and do it We would need to work out in advance and see if the museum could add a link to our activities. The museum already announces their own activities This is a good idea but we need to speak to the Museum to see whether this is feasible or not Event already being well publicised through the Museums Weekend Web Site Good Idea. Someone prepared to make one? Good Idea. Wonder if Gavin GM0WDD could produce something

That can be done quite easily as it is part of N1MM which we have on our PC’s Can be done as we now have a projector and screen plus a laptop which runs DVD’s Spoke to David GM3WKB as he has lots of vintage radios but he is most likely be away on holiday at the time Don’t see any harm in that. Someone could write a script to send to them

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Reform of Amateur Radio Licensing (OFCOM) OFCOM have announced their reform of the Amateur Radio Licensing process, here are the (slightly edited) salient parts of the document. The whole document can be found at or on 1.1 This Ofcom statement sets out the new approach to the licensing of amateur radio. 1.2 It follows on from Ofcom’s consultation on amateur radio licensing that was launched on 26 May 2005. 1.3 As a result of the consultation, Ofcom has decided to implement the following reforms: • To issue lifetime amateur radio licences which will remain valid for as long as the licence details remain correct or until such time as the licence is either revoked by Ofcom or surrendered by the licensee. There shall be no end date on the amateur radio licence. Such licences will be personal to the licensee and will not be transferable. • To provide an online, web-based, self-service licensing service as an alternative to the postal service. • To issue electronic licences (probably PDF®1 documents) to users of the online, web-based, self-service licensing service. Users of this service would print a hard copy of the licence which must be kept at the main station address. • To continue to make paper licences available (but subject to a small administrative charge). • To modify the original proposal by requiring licensees to validate their licence details at least once every five years in order to maintain their lifetime licence. 1.4 At present the Radio Licensing Centre (RLC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Mail Group plc, processes amateur radio licences. However, it is Ofcom’s intention that from 1 October 2006 (the intended implementation date), all amateur radio licences will be issued by Ofcom. Licences issued, renewed or amended on or after the implementation date will be subject to the revised licence terms and conditions (above). 1.5 Any licences which are due to expire before the implementation date

must be renewed by contacting the RLC. Licences issued, renewed or amended before the implementation date will be subject to existing licence terms and conditions. 1.6 Ofcom believes that the new approach to amateur radio licensing will reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and cost associated with this important hobby. Ofcom regards the amateur radio community as a key radio spectrum user group and wishes to see amateur radio prosper. 1.7 This policy statement summarises the views expressed during the consultation, provides Ofcom’s response to these views and sets out our decision regarding the future of amateur radio licensing. The statement also summarises the results of the research carried out by MORI and describes how this has been balanced against the views expressed during the consultation process. 1.8 The 12 week consultation closed on 18 August 2005. Ofcom received 1,466 responses during the consultation period, many of which were in favour of Ofcom’s key proposals although the majority were in favour of maintaining the existing licensing regime but with a proposed extended renewal period of five years. 1.9 In addition to the consultation process, on 26 May 2005, MORI sent a questionnaire and accompanying material to 4,500 amateur radio licence holders. The survey sought licensees' views on Ofcom's proposals and also gathered other information such as membership of societies. 1.10 MORI received 1,572 completed questionnaires by the closing date of 20 June 2005 which showed that when licensees were asked specifically whether they supported or opposed Ofcom issuing licences that remain valid for the life of the licensee, 58% claimed to support this move. 1.11 Ofcom has carefully considered representations about the proposals that it has received from stakeholders. Each consultation response was considered with equal weight, regardless of whether the response was attributed to an individual or organisation, published anonymously or submitted as a confidential response.

The Amateur Radio Licence The requirement for the amateur radio licence 2.1 Ofcom is responsible for the authorisation of use of amateur radio in the UK. Amateur radio transmissions may travel worldwide so these arrangements also need to comply with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations (RRs). The ITU is a specialised Agency of the United Nations. It is an intergovernmental organisation and has responsibility for co-ordinating global telecommunication networks and services. It manages the use of the radio frequency spectrum internationally. This is done through the Radio Regulations. Article 18 of the RRs in particular stipulates the requirement for a licence and this requirement is also reflected in the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 (WT Act)2 as amended. 2.2 A similar licensing requirement is made on all other administrations (regulatory authorities). This means that whether a radio amateur is operating within the UK or within the territory of another administration, it is necessary to be in possession of a valid amateur radio licence. Regulatory authorities may ask to inspect the amateur radio licence and have the power to seize radio equipment if the documentation is not in order. The purpose of the amateur radio licence 2.4 The purpose of the licence is: • To ensure consistency with the requirements and other arrangements set out in the Radio Regulations; • To ensure that only persons meeting the required competency levels are permitted to operate amateur radio transmitters; • To provide documentary evidence of the status and competence of the licensee. This is particularly important for licensees who wish to operate outside the UK. • To ensure that details of the licensee and call-sign are recorded for administrative purposes.

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OFCOM announcement (cont…) (Continued from page 4)

Amateur radio licence classes 2.5 There are three levels of amateur radio licence; Foundation, Intermediate and Full. These levels are progressive and are only issued to applicants who have demonstrated the appropriate level of practical ability and have also passed the necessary examinations in radio theory, radio operating techniques, electromagnetic compatibility and in the legal aspects of licence regulations. These examinations and assessments are carried out on behalf of Ofcom by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). 2.6 The licence grants the holder authorisation to transmit on specified frequencies or frequency bands in the range 135.7 kHz to 250 GHz using the modes and maximum powers specified in the licence. The level of authorisation varies according to the level of licence held. 2.7 The ‘Foundation Licence’ has been designed for people of all ages and abilities. There is an optional training course, leading to the assessment and examination. The aim of the Foundation Licence is to facilitate a simple entry into amateur radio as a hobby. 2.8 Following further assessment and examination, the ‘Intermediate Licence’ permits access to an increased range of frequency bands and at higher power levels. 2.9 The ‘Full Licence’ covers the widest range of frequency bands and at the maximum power levels permitted for radio amateurs. In order to be eligible for a ‘full licence’ the applicant must first pass the advanced examination. New radio amateurs must pass the levels progressively, commencing with the Foundation level. 2.10 The Full licence is also designated as a ‘CEPT licence’ allowing the holder to operate in other CEPT signatory administrations and to obtain a licence from the host country if residence is proposed. Equally, radio amateurs holding a CEPT licence issued by a foreign administration are eligible to operate in the UK and, if resident, to obtain a UK ‘full licence’. 2.11 Operation outside the standard terms of the licence (e.g. Repeaters,

Beacons etc.) may be permitted by an individual Notice of Variation to the licence. 2.12 The establishment or use of radio equipment other than in accordance with a licence (or general authorisation granted by the Exemption Regulations) is an offence under the Wireless Telegraphy Act. Establishing or using amateur radio equipment without a licence is therefore unlawful. The consultation process Summary 3.1 On 26 May 2005, Ofcom published a consultation document on amateur radio licensing. In that document, Ofcom proposed the reform of amateur radio licensing in order to reduce the regulatory burden on radio users. Key proposals were as follows: • To issue amateur radio licences which are valid for life, thereby avoiding the need for renewals. A ‘licence for life’ would remain valid for the lifetime of the licensee. Licences would only be reissued where amendments to licence details were necessary (e.g. changes of name, address or licence level); • To provide an online, web-based, self-service licensing service as an alternative to the postal service; • To issue electronic licences (probably PDF® documents) to users of the online, web-based, self-service licensing service free of charge; • Ofcom would continue to be able to process applications received by other means but in order to cover the extra administration of such applications a small fee would be charged. We would of course continue to make special provision for disabled applicants so that they would not be disadvantaged by any arrangements of this type. 3.2 Views were also sought on a number of additional options, those being: • To make amateur radio WT Act licence exempt; • Maintain the existing licensing regime but with an extended renewal period; • To maintain the existing licensing regime. 3.3 Ofcom discussed these proposals informally with a number of stakeholders before the formal 12 week consultation. Ofcom promoted the consul-

tation in a number of periodicals prior to and during the consultation period and also alerted further groups of the document’s publication via email and post. 3.4 Non confidential consultation responses have been published on Ofcom’s website at the following address: condocs/aradio/responses/ 3.5 Each consultation response was considered with equal weight, regardless of whether the response was attributed to an individual or organisation, published anonymously or submitted as a confidential response.

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Club Calendar 03 March 2006


Club Night, Thorntree Inn, Cockenzie

04 March 2006


March 144MHz / 432MHz Contest

06 March 2006


RSGB 80m Club Championship (Data)

15 March 2006


RSGB 80m Club Championship (CW)

23 March 2006


RSGB 80m Club Championship (SSB)

24 March 2006


Talk by Rob Mannion G3XFD, Editor of Practical Wireless "PW 2006 and into the future" Port Seton Community Centre, Youth Activities Area

07 April 2006


Club Night, Thorntree Inn, Cockenzie

22 April 2006 05 May 2006

10 Pin Bowling Night - Megabowl Kinnaird Park 19:00

07 May 2006

Club Night, Thorntree Inn, Cockenzie Magnum Rally, Irvine

12 May 2006


1st 144Mhz DF Hunt Meet in "The Old Ship Inn" Car Park (East) 18:30 for 19:00

02 June 2006


Club Night, Thorntree Inn, Cockenzie

10 June 2006 11 June 2006

Port Seton Gala Day 09:00

17 June 2006 21 June 2006

Museums on the Air Weekend: Museum of Flight- East Fortune GB2MOF 19:00

01 July 2006 07 July 2006



11 August 2006

19 August 2006

CPSARC 20 Metre Contest 19:00 to 22:00 VHF FIELD DAY


29 July 2006 04 August 2006

Club Night, Thorntree Inn, Cockenzie RSGB IOTA Contest from the Island of Tiree GM2T

01 July 2006 07 July 2006

CPSARC 20 Metre Contest 19:00 to 22:00 VHF FIELD DAY

29 July 2006 21 June 2006

Practical Wireless 144Mhz QRP Contest 144MHz Backpackers Contest #2

Club Night, Thorntree Inn, Cockenzie RSGB IOTA Contest from the Island of Tiree GM2T


Club Night, Thorntree Inn, Cockenzie


JUNK NIGHT Main Hall, Community Centre, Port Seton Bring along your own "junk" and sell it yourself. Tables on First Come First Served basis. Entrance fee ÂŁ1 for everyone. Money Raised DONATED to BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION. Time 18:30 to 21:30 International Lighthouses Weekend BARNS NESS GB2LBN

01 September 2006

Club Night, Thorntree Inn, Cockenzie, 19:00

29 September 2006

2nd 144Mhz DF Hunt Meet in "The Old Ship Inn" Car Park (East) 18:30 for 19:00

01 October 2006

RSGB 21/28MHz Contest

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Club Visit by Rob Mannion I am very pleased to announce on behalf of the Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club that Rob Mannion G3XFD, Editor of Practical Wireless Magazine, will be coming to visit our radio club on the 24th March 2006. It is an ideal opportunity for you to come and meet Rob personally so if you could spread the word around I would be more than grateful.

EH32 0BQ Cost: £1 per person (All money donated to the British Heart Foundation) EVERYONE IS VERY WELCOME Directions by Car

From the A1 (going south or coming North) take the Junction signposted for NORTH BERWICK A198, COCKENZIE B6371. After leaving the ROB MANNION A1 continue for about 200 yards to the G3XFD, next roundabout, go straight across and EDITOR of PRAC- take the B6371 signposted Cockenzie 1M TICAL WIRELESS and Port Seton 1M. Continue down past MAGAZINE the Scottish Power Coal plant on your Left hand side to the small miniTo deliver a talk on roundabout. Continue on until you reach the T-Junction. Take a Right turn and “Practical Wireless drive past the Church. Just as you pass 2006 and into the the Church take the opening on your future” Right, continue to the end of the road and at the T-Junction turn Left. The CommuDate: Friday 24th March 2006 nity centre is about 400 yards on your Left Hand side. Time: 19:30 to 21:30 Venue: Cockenzie & Port Seton Directions by Bus Community Centre, Youths Activity Room 1st Floor, South Seton Park, From Edinburgh there are two bus serPort Seton, East Lothian, Scotland I look forward to seeing many of you on the night.

vices. FIRST BUSES (locally known as the Green Buses) and LOTHIAN REGION BUSES (locally known as the Red buses). Green Buses use Service 129 Red Buses use Service 26 Ask to be dropped off at the main shopping area in Port Seton. When you get off you will see across the other side of the road a small car park and a road. Go up this road (Park Road) and you will see the community centre directly in front of you situated in the King George Park.

Radio Check Night The Club’s regular radio test night took place on 10 February in the Port Seton Community Centre. Last year I had a problem with my Marconi 2955 test set so I’d arranged for Gavin GM4GVJ to bring his HP test set to help me out. I was dismayed to then receive a phone call at tea time on 10 February from Gavin saying that he’d dropped a gas canister on his foot and was on his way to hospital! I dashed round to his house which fortunately isn’t far from mine and collected the test set just before Gavin left for the hospital. (I hope your foot wasn’t too badly hurt Gavin). This was only one of a series of set backs I’d had in preparing for this years test night, I approached my colleagues in BT’s Radio Support group to borrow their spectrum analyser only to find it

was presently in Elgin, so a hurried series of calls followed to eventually locate e replacement from the Microwave Rigging Group, so thanks to Ian Mowatt for making his test gear available. I arrived at the Community Centre in time to get everything set up as usual to perform the checks on member’s radio gear. I can check HF, VHF and UHF radios for output power, frequency, deviation, spurious emissions, receive sensitivity and SINAD. The test gear used was an HP 8920 test set, a Bird Thruline RF wattmeter and dummy load and a HP Spectrum Analyser. My test methods are to connect up the radio under test to a power supply, connect the output to the Dummy load via the Bird Thruline and an RF sniffer. I can then measure output power and examine

the transmitted signal for spurious emissions on the spectrum analyser. I then move on to the receive section by connecting the radio to the output of the test set, opening the squelch and connecting the audio output of the radio back to the test set to measure the SINAD. I can then apply RF signals to the radio and vary the input level to determine the 12dB SINAD reading. I’m happy to say I didn’t find any faulty radios. So thanks to all those who brought radios to be tested, I hope you found the evening helpful, and thanks to Gavin GM4GVJ for his HP 8920 and BT for the loan of the Spectrum Analyser and Bird Thruline. John Innes MM0JXI

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Test Your Knowledge Answers from February 2006 newsletter “Test Your Knowledge”.


The block diagram shows a transmitter suitable for

1c, 2c, 3a, 4b, 5d, 6a, 7a, 8d, 9c, 10d 1.





The ionosphere is located at heights above the ground between a. 7 and 40 meters b. 70 and 400 feet c. 7 and 40Km d. 70 and 400Kms Which item is most likely to be affected by a local radio transmission? a. An electric fire computer b. An electronic calculator c. A domestic radio receiver d. An electric bell Which type of antenna should be avoided to prevent or reduce the possibility of local EMC problems? a. Long-wire b. Yagi c. Ground-Plane d. Vertical

a. b. c. d. 7.

A SSB signal consists of a. A carrier and one sideband b. A carrier and both sidebands c. One sideband and no carrier d. Two sidebands and no carrier


What is the value of a resistor?

A radio amateur discovers that the transmissions are causing interference to a neighbour’s television. Who might best be able to advise the amateur? a. Another neighbour b. The RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) c. The police d. The local authority Which meter shows the voltage at the collector of the transistor?

a. b. c. d.

Meter 1 Meter 2 Meter 3 Meter 4


a. b. c. d. 9.

26R 62R 620R 62000R

In which of the following is a Log entry NOT required? a. A Special Event Station operating from a village green fete. b. A Foundation Licence holder operating from a holiday cottage c. An Intermediate Licence holder operating from a lighthouse d. A Full Licence holder operating from a vessel located in the North Sea.

10. As a Full Licence holder you MUST carry out tests for unwanted emissions a. From time to time. b. Annually c. Before a new transmitter is used for the first time d. Before a new receiver is used for the first time

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10 Pin Bowling Night

This is just to confirm that I have booked the MEGABOWL at Kinnaird Park, Edinburgh for our Club Family Activity on Saturday 22nd April 2006.

I would also appreciate if you don’t want to go that you also let me know as it allows me to keep tabs on who I have contacted. Your help would be greatly appreciated. If you want to go can you let me know as Now the bit that everyone hates, handing soon as possible please to ensure that I over your money! have enough lanes booked.

I need £5 deposit per person for Friday 3rd March (Club Night) as I have to pay the Megabowl on the 4th March. Full Money I need for the 7th April (April Club Night)



DATE: 22 APRIL 2006 TIME: 20:00 on the lanes No of GAMES:2 COST: £10:00 Adult (Actual Cost is £8.50 plus £1.50 to go towards some prizes) £6.00 Child (Actual Cost is £5.00 plus £1.00 to go towards some prizes)

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Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club 7 Castle Terrace Port Seton East Lothian EH32 0EE Phone: 01875 811723 Email:

We’re on the web!

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Information The Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club was formed by Bob Glasgow GM4UYZ in 1984, to help the local amateurs get to know each other. Numbers have increased steadily over the years and now average about 20. 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 newcomers, hold talks and video nights and run a popular annual Junk Sale. Our newsletter has won the Practical Wireless ‘Spotlight’ competition on several occasions. 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 £11,237 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 special event and contest entries. We have our own internet domain where you will find a popular web site which now features interactive discussion forums and photo galleries with a slide show. Club members can get their own ‘’ email addresses. The club also has a Yahoo! Group which is used to manage our mailing list. (see Contacts General Correspondence, Amateur Licence Training and Contest entries Bob Glasgow HF Contests Cambell Stevenson VHF Contests John MacLean Newsletter, Web Site, Email Admin, Club Calendar John Innes


Club Calendar 6 OFCOM announcement • Upcoming visit by Rob Mannion, editor of PW • OFCOM’s new Licens- ing scheme Bob GM4UYZ Comments on Mus...