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Volume 19

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Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club

September 2011

Elements In this issue

Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain and holds the call signs MM0CPS and GM2T which are used for our special event and contest entries. The Club was formed by Bob Glasgow GM4UYZ in 1984, to help the local amateurs get to know each other. Far from being just a local club we have members regularly attending from the Borders, Dumfries, Strathclyde, Fife and Newcastle. 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.

Museum of Flight

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IOTA Contest Final Scores

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Junk Night Report

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RSGB IOTA Contest Report

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Slow Morse Sessions

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Fox Hunt Rules

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Lighthouses Weekend

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Test Your Knowledge

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Clublog Table

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Events Column

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Editorial Well folks here we go again with another month’s editorial, this being written a little early due to time constraints on me from a very heavy working schedule which is hardly allowing me any free time at all. I mustn’t grumble as at least I do have a job. August was certainly a busy month up until the Lighthouses Weekend with regard to the radio club activities, not just what we have taken part in but the continuing work that runs away in the background.

I am also starting to plan next year’s activities, any new ideas? Does anyone want to take a project on-board and get something going? Don’t all rush! Seriously I feel I need help here and I would like someone to take it on and run with it fully. Who ever does it will find it is hard work to sustain a level of interest and drive it forward. No I am not being negative but realistic. So a volunteer then!

Something I have noticed whilst we take part in Special Events, Demonstration Stations, etc. is that we get lots of visitors who are all From the club point of view we had another licensed and most are unwilling to have a go successful Junk Night and Lighthouse Weekon the radio. At the end of the day we are all end. licensed amateurs. I wonder why that is the The first Foundation Course of 2011/12 sescase? Is it shyness? Because we use computer sion starts on the 24th September with the logging at these events are you afraid of that? pupils sitting their exam on the 8th October (Computer logging is easy; honestly plus from and I am sure you will join with me and wish my perspective after the event it makes the them every success. paperwork 1000 times easier). Is it the This month the planned activities are another thought of running a Pile-Up, yes it can be daunting but remember you will be controlDF Hunt night at the end of the month, 23rd ling it? Are you not interested at all? September. Now this one is a real challenge as it is done in the dark, this really tests your So what is your reason it would be great to skills. The “fox” has certainly been getting know? For those of us who do operate we devious on the last few outings so why not have all been there and have worked at it come and try and catch him…. plus we do enjoy the buzz as well. There is no doubt it does enhance your operating skills. To the future, the Christmas Night out on th Why not just give it a try you may just like it. Saturday 10 December this year I have alIs there something we can set-up to help you ready requests for a Chinese Meal do you fancy that or a change away from the meal to to practice logging but the question is would do something else. What are your thoughts? you be interested in attending? Can you let me know as soon as possible so we can consider it. Thanks

That is it then enjoys this month’s newsletter. Bob GM4UYZ


MUSEUM OF FLIGHT WEEKEND 18 & 19th June 2011 Once again we had the privilege of being able to work from a fantastic site during the International Museums weekend. As in the last few years we set-up our equipment inside the Military Hanger (H1) and this year our two stations ran on both 40M.and 20M. Each station comprised of a FT1000MP and an Alpha Linear, logging computers networked together and running Win-Test logging software. Each computer was linked to the radio plus a Band Decoder Box which controlled the Voice Keyer and respective Dunestar Filters. The antennas consisted of a 3 Element Tri-Band YAGI for 20/15/10M installed 60 feet up on a tower and a 40M dipole hung between the tower and a 40 foot pole. All this equipment was set-up of the Friday afternoon in preparation for the Saturday and Sunday Event. This year I had requested and obtained the GB2MOF call to start on the Friday so after the setting up we managed 152 QSO’s in the log before we departed at 17:00. The first QSO was made with RA1AVP/1, Alex at 13:37 UST. On the Saturday we arrived bright and early and our first contact took place at 08:14 BST (07:14 UTC) with VA7DIN/MM in French Polynesia in the Pacific on 20M. This was a real good one and one that caught us by surprise. The equipment had all just been powered up, the kettle was on for a cup of tea, and Cambell decided to swing the beam from pointing stateside back towards Europe. As the beam swung through the direction of Brazil, Cambell heard this loud signal just as he was announcing his QTH. A quick swing of the beam to short path, to find nothing heard but some Japanese stations calling the VA7, a rapid return to the long path direction and there he was again. Putting on the headphones and sitting down, Cambell called the VA7 station to get him on the first call and thus in the log. Dennis the operator was on holiday and sailing the Pacific and was amazed to even hear us and better still work us. A great start to our Saturday operating. After our then cup of tea and turning the beam back towards Japan to hear nothing it was back to the normal European pile-up. Our last QSO for the day on Saturday at 16:51 BST (15:51 UTC) was with SV3GLL on 20M. Both 20M and 40M had gone like a fair all day and we managed a total of 673 QSO’s, a great day’s work On the Sunday again another bright and early start with the first QSO in the log 08:30 BST (07:30 UTC) with M0TXR on 40M and our last for the day and the event being with ON3JU QRP at 15:28 BST (14:28 UTC), Again both bands never stopped all day and we ended up with 1411 QSO’s in the log, the best we have ever achieved in all the years we have done the event, so not a bad weekend’s work, so well done everyone. The highlight for me personally was once again seeing great team work in progress in setting up and dismantling the stations. Without this the whole event would end up in complete disarray....

Regarding the public we certainly had a small amount of interest over the weekend compared with what we have had other years. This is certainly a great opportunity to sell and demonstrate to the general public what Amateur Radio is all about, who knows we may have given someone the “bug”. I have emailed the Museum of Flight giving them a summary of what we achieved over the weekend plus thanking them for allowing us to use their facilities. All being well we will be back there next year…. I am in the process of compiling a spreadsheet of what we have achieved over the years at the Museum so will send it to John MM0JXI when it is completed for popping up on the website. It was nice to see Paul MM0VPR take to operating a pile-up like a “duck to water”. This was the first time he had ever sat behind a microphone and operated since his Foundation Course back in December 2010. Well done Paul most impressed. Oh and it boosted his QSO tally towards the “VIC GM4GGF Trophy”..... Lastly, many thanks for all those who came along and helped out at the event without you it cannot happen. I do hope you all enjoyed yourself I know I certainly did. For those who didn’t attend well you missed a great opportunity to play radio from an impressive station. Till next year then unless we are asked to come back earlier………

Bob GM4UYZ


IOTA CONTEST FINAL SCORES The club took part in the RSGB IOTA contest as we have done since 1998 from the Island of Tiree – IOTA Reference EU008. The logs have been checked for mistypes and general logging mistakes before it was finally submitted. It can be quite amazing the difference of doing these checks before submission on how much your actual score can change. Sometimes it goes in the negative i.e. we lose points but often it goes positive and we gain points, the bottom line it is well worth doing. The log entry is in my opinion one of the main important aspects of any contest. It is why you took part and that is to submit the best score you possibly can…. Strange as how many contesters dismiss the checking off their logs

Scores after checking….

Contest Information

This is amazing that even after the checking we ended back with the same score that we started with so we now await and see how it all checks out and where we are placed in the contest.

2540 QSO’s logged... Contest : IOTA Contest Callsign : GM2T Mode : MIXED Category : Multi Operator Two Transmitter (M2) Band(s) : All bands (AB) Class : High Power (HP) Zone/State/.: EU008 Locator : IO66OM Operating time : 23h59 Operators : M0RNR GM4IKT GM4GZW G3UJE MM0JXI MM0VTV MM0GTU MM0MRM MM0DXC MM0GZA MM0VPR MM5AHO MM0YMG GM4UYZ MM0FZV Scores before checking…. BAND SSB/IOTA CW/IOTA POINTS AVG --------------------------------------80 228 46 152 28 2808 7.39 40 273 61 158 35 3513 8.15 20 667 91 409 52 5877 5.46 15 332 67 130 33 2922 6.32 10 148 15 17 15 1011 6.13 --------------------------------------TOTAL 1648 280 866 163 16131 6.42 ====================================== TOTAL SCORE : 7 146 033

BAND SSB/IOTA CW/IOTA POINTS AVG --------------------------------------80 228 46 152 29 2829 7.44 40 273 62 158 35 3513 8.15 20 667 92 409 50 5889 5.47 15 331 68 130 33 2919 6.33 10 148 15 16 13 981 5.98 --------------------------------------TOTAL 1647 283 865 160 16131 6.42 ====================================== TOTAL SCORE : 7 146 033

Dupes are not included in QSO counts neither avg calculations

Personally, I am really pleased with our effort this year so well done to everyone who took part.

Bob GM4UYZ

In October we normally have a DVD/Video Night as our club event but this year it is being cancelled. In its place I intend running a MORSE NIGHT. I have as yet not worked out the format but I will have something organised by then. Why a Morse Night? Well I am continually getting many, many requests about learning Morse so the intension is to use this night as a feeler night and then take it from there Between now and then start learning the code and be ready to go at 20WPM!!!!!!! Only joking... For your diaries then: Date: FRIDAY 21st OCTOBER 2011 Time: 19:30 Location: Port Seton Resource Centre, Resource Room 1

I do hope you will all make an effort and come along for this so see you all there.

Bob GM4UYZ


Club Attire The club has a design for Club Tee-shirts, Poloshirts, Sweat-Shirts, Fleeces and Jackets and all of these can be obtained from the address below.

When making an order please quote ‘Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club’ as this will ensure that the Club Logo will be placed on the required ordered garments. If you wish to add your call -sign to the logo then please ask at the time of the order.

Cost will depend on garment and should cover the garment and logo, call-sign addition will be extra.

Order from:

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JUNK NIGHT REPORT This year the weather for our Junk Night was good apart from the odd shower, having said that it was a perfect evening after the extreme wet weather that we had had on the previous days leading up the night. The worry before this sort of event is will people turn up; glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. The numbers that came via the door this year were just slightly down on the 2010 numbers from 158 to 153. Glad to see that this year both Radcom and Practical Wireless both advertised our night which I think helps immensely. I did though a quick search through the RSGB Yearbook for 2011 and emailed all the club secretaries within a 150 mile radius so I really don’t know if it was successful or not.

Rose & Norrie of Tennamast were unable to make it this year but Bill, Scott and Betty of Jaycee continued to give us their support on the evening. The Thorntree Inn also kindly donated a raffle prize for the support that we give them over the year, so thanks to them and to every one else for their donations to our Raffle.

Before the raffle was drawn I presented to the Galashiels Radio Club with the small Trophy for being the leading Scottish Station in this year’s Practical Wireless QRP Contest. I had been asked by Tennamast if I could carry out the role of which I was very pleased to do. Well done to the Galashiels Club you well deserve it. The raffle then took place, drawn by Rose of Tennamast. The actual figure that For those of you interested in statistics then we raised on the night after expenses were numbers that have come through the door on removed was £660. This has now been added each junk night are as follows: to the club’s funds. We also raised £745 for the British Heart Foundation via the BHF Tin 1994 150 2004 165 and what Cephas Ralph had sold from a Silent Key’s family. The money will have been sent 1995 154 2005 138 to them by the time that you read this. 1996 162 2006 158 Lastly I would like to say a personal thanks to 1997 133 2007 147 everyone who helped put the Junk Night together particularly to Gary MM0FZV for help1998 151 2008 135 ing me with the door and if I have missed any 1999 154 2009 127 one then thanks to you also to Yvonne,, Janet and Lyn (Janet’s sister) who worked hard be2000 157 2010 158 hind the refreshments counter and lastly to everyone who handed Food or raffle prizes in. 2001 168 2011 153 Without this sort of help this type of event 2002 152 Average No. 152 would never happen. So again thanks. 2003 176 WELL DONE EVERYONE FOR A VERY SUCCESSFor a Friday night event we certainly cannot complain, so long may it continue. Looking around the hall this year, the number of people there looked very constant all evening and the normal thinning out at about 20:30 didn’t seem to happen as they all eagerly awaited the raffle being drawn, any way tremendous to see everyone. Again this year I received a few compliments about our Junk Night and a sample are “Tremendous Friendly Atmosphere”, and “Well run night congratulations to you all, keep it up”. Personally on hearing these it makes all the hard work really worthwhile.

FUL JUNK NIGHT AND FUND RAISING EVENT. Bob GM4UYZ


RSGB IOTA CONTEST CPSARC once again returned to the Island of Tiree to take part contesting with a top-notch station, this is very much in tune in the RSGB Islands on the Air Contest over the last weekend in with our ethos of encouraging newcomers. July. The first recipient of our ‘Sponsor a Newbie’ scheme is Paul Our participation in this contest has evolved from half a dozen Rice MM0VPR. guys and a couple of cars in 1998 to a team of 15 with two van loaded with equipment and a couple of trailer towers. The cost of getting all this equipment onto the island now comes to over £1000, this is funded by charging each team member £150 which covers all their transport costs and allows the team to build up the fantastic station we use for this and other contests. Over the years we have purchased FT1000-MP radios, Alpha 91 Amplifiers, antenna switches, band pass filters, rotators and our collection of mono-band antennas which go a long way to making our contest station so effective. The contest site is the home of our good friend Elaine Hutchinson who turns over her home and restaurant to be the accommodation and radio shack for the weekend, she regards cooking for 15 hungry men a holiday from her everyday restaurant schedule!

The team this year consisted of Cambell MM0DXC, John MM0JXI (the only two original team members who have been every year since 1998), Bob GM4UYZ, Brian M0RNR, Bob GM4IKT, Gary MM0FZV, Geoff MM5AHO, Ellis, GM4GZW, Moe MM0MRM, Malcolm MM0YMG, Robin MM0VTV, Brian G3UJE, Adrian MM0GTU, Stevie MM0GZA and Paul MM0VPR. Sadly Keith MM0KTC and Jim G3VOU from Stockport weren’t well enough to come with us this year and shortly after we returned we learned that Jim had lost his fight with cancer and passed away on 24 August, he will be greatly missed for his tremendous skills on CW and as a friend to all of us. The ferry times do not allow us enough time to travel on the Saturday and construct the station in time for the 1pm start of

The task of getting the team and all the equipment onto the island starts many months beforehand when we start planning the expedition in January / February by discussing what equipment needs replaced or upgraded as funds allow. There were no major purchases this year, only small repairs. As we started to gather the team together we had the idea that as we were ’cash rich’ we could sponsor a newcomer who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the costs. The idea was to give a promising recently licenced individual the opportunity to experience

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The Club The Club is run in a very informal way, 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 some of the events we hold, we have raised over £14,795 since 1994.

the contest so we set out at midnight on the Thursday to get to Oban in time for the 5.45am sailing which gives us all of Friday to build the station. And some time to relax and catch up on some much needed sleep before the contest starts on the Saturday.

Our contest station has remained the same over the last few years, Yaesu FT1000MP radios, Alpha 91 amplifiers, band pass filters, GM4UYZ homebrew band decoders and a computer network to support Win-Test logging software and a DX cluster feed. Due to problems with our wireless network last year we changed to a CAT5 network and this proved very successful. The antennas are all mono-band, 80m Titanex vertical, 40m Mosley S403-3, 20m 4 element, 15m 5 element and 6 elements.

We had no major problems getting everything set up this year apart from a rusty winch needing some field maintenance (literally). Once all the equipment was set up and tested we were able to relax with a few beers and look forward to a fine meal courtesy of Elaine, then we drifted off to welcome sleep… Saturday morning broke, fine and dry and, fortified by breakfast and several cups of tea we readied for the contest. Our basic strategy is now to divide the run station time between SSB and CW, giving both a chance to accumulate large numbers of contacts, the mult station divides it’s time across the remaining bands working new island stations and populating the bandmaps to maximise it’s effort. The size of the team now limits the amount of radio time everyone can get but we’re keen to get as many people involved as possible. We made steady progress through the day, it was great to watch fine operators like Brian M0RNR and Brian G3UJE using their skills on the run station and also to find everyone else playing their part on the run and mult stations, newcomers like Adrian and Paul were really enjoying the experience and we hope they’ve caught the contest bug. Overnight the weather started to get very wet and windy, so we decided to lower the two towers on 40m and 20m to avoid any mishaps with the aerials. By the time the contest ended at 1pm on the Sunday the weather had eased off although it was still very wet underfoot. Moe MM0MRM had to leave on the Sunday ferry as he couldn’t get the time off, so he was driven down to the ferry terminal to board the 1.15pm sailing.

Supported by BT Community Champions

The contest ended with a frenetic blast of high speed SSB and CW operating from the two Brians and we finished with a total of


2512 contacts and 443 Mults giving a score of 7,146,033, a fantastic result for everyone involved. Once we had backed up the logs and shut down the computers everyone posed for the, now traditional team photo with our antenna farm in the background. Then it was time to dismantle everything and pack it all away in the vans again. Again, the ferry times mean we have to wait until the Monday morning for the next ferry so we have another evening to enjoy the hospitality of Tiree and another excellent meal from Elaine. Monday morning dawns and we all gather to say our goodbyes and then make our way to the ferry terminal to begin the journey home, the ferry gets into Oban at 4.30pm then it takes about 3 hours to drive back to Tranent via Callander for something to eat and then to unload the vehicles and pack everything away before finally getting to head home, looking forward to a nice soft bed! A trip like this doesn’t just happen, hours of careful preparation, antenna and tower maintenance, planning, booking ferries and hire vans all contribute to what is now a well rehearsed operation. Many people contribute but special mention must be made to Cambell MM0DXC and Bob GM4UYZ to take on the brunt of the preparation.

So thanks to everyone for another fantastic expedition to Tiree, the island never fails to enchant us and the people never fail to amaze us with their hospitality and welcome. Looking forward to next year already! John MM0JXI


SLOW MORSE Thanks to the sterling work by M0RNR, our club has been added to the excellent Clublog system developed by Michael Wells G7VJR. www.clublog.org The system allows members to upload their logs in ADIF format and have them displayed in a table with all the other club members. Clublog also has great facilities for tracking your DXCC status etc so is well worth taking the time to register and get your log uploaded. To update your log with the next set of contacts (SSB, CW or Data) you can simply upload your whole log again and the system will take care of the duplicates. Alternatively you can export the bits you want from your own log and just upload that. The tables we’ll publish here will be the club, filtered by the current year, so everyone starts a new year at 0 contacts.

The following comes from Doug Parker GM0AIR who does the Morse transmissions. This comes out off a conversation that we had at our “Junk Night/Mini-Rally” in 2010.

most of our home computers. NOW 10 WPM DE GM0AIR –

They then ask for details to remotely access your computer under the guise of fixing the I didn’t know the facility existed but I certainproblem. In some cases they have asked for ly do now. I know there is interest from withbank details to charge for the service. Under in the club about learning CW so now is your no circumstances should you accept any cold opportunity.... calling service and allow them access to your My MCW Morse code sessions continue dur- computer or provide ANY personal details. ing the summer on 2 metres EVERY THURSThis is another scam that allows the perpeDAY evening on 145.425mhz (+/- QRM) from trator access to all the details on your com1930 - 2000 (LOCAL TIME). Thursday speeds puter and often they will plant a program are 12 - 14 - 16wpm. that allows them to access it in the future. Slower speeds of 8 - 10 - 12wpm on TUESDAY NOW 12 WPM DE GM0AIR – evenings same time, same frequency. There has been a similar scam throughout Full On-Line Texts and matching MP3 Format the country where the person making the Audio Recordings are available on request. telephone call has arranged for engineers to attend at the victims home where they have MEGS (Morse Enthusiasts Group Scotland) accessed the computer, again under the continues every Monday and Thursday night guise of repairing the problem. – on 3.530 MHz from 1900 LOCAL TIME. This is Now Amateur Radio Event News – The Glenan open opportunity for anyone who would rothes and District Amateur Radio Club like to join in. MEGS members AND nonmembers are always welcome. I try to keep meets tomorrow evening at 1930 in speeds to approximately 12wpm in order to Thornton. Also, the annual get together in allow as many ops to join in. At present, I am Port Seton takes place this Friday evening. This is my favourite event for sure. Come the net controller using the Callsign, along and join in the fun. Hope to see you GM0RSE/A. there de GM0AIR. AR Example of a Tuesday Night Session: THIS SESSION IS NOW OVER – REPORTS GOOD EVENING TO ALL LISTENERS DE PLEASE DE GM0AIR K GM0AIR TRANSMITTING F2A MODE SENDING SLOW MORSE PRACTICE ON TUESDAY 9 AU- ==================================== GUST –

Example of a Thursday Night Session:

NOW PLAIN TEXT AT 8 WPM –

TEST DE GM0AIR RUNNING F2A MODE FOR PRACTICE PURPOSES ON THURSDAY 11 AUGUST - NOW WARM UP WITH MIXED CHARACTERS AND MYSTERY WORDS AT 14WPM –

There follows a recent TELEPHONE SCAM ALERT issued on 3 August 2011 - It would appear that householders in NEF are receiving calls from someone purporting to be from Microsoft. The story given may vary but generally is regarding the computer being slow or having a fault which tends to be true of

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NOW PLAIN TEXT AT 12WPM WITH QRN AND QRM DE GM0AIR –

the same type of magnetic field that exists around a magnet. We say that an electric current induces a magnetic field.

Soft iron can be easily magnetized by placing it inside a magnetic field. However, as soon as the iron is removed from the field, most of its magnetism fades away. A negligible amount of magnetism is, however, retained. This type of magnet is called a TEMPORARY MAGNET. The small amount of magnetism that does remain is called RESIDUAL MAGNETISM. Steel or hard iron, which is difficult to magnetize, retains the majority of its magnetism long after it has been removed from the magnetic field. This type of magnet is called a PERMANENT MAGNET. -

The direction of the magnetic field can be predicted by use of what we call the LEFT HAND RULE. According to the left hand rule, if you wrap your left hand around the wire that is carrying the current, with your thumb following the direction of current flow (thumb points positive), your fingers will show you what direction the magnetic field will turn. -

NOW 14WPM DE GM0AIR –

NOW 16WPM DE GM0AIR – Note that when the current flows from negative to positive, it induces a magnetic field in a specific direction, such that the North Pole is ALWAYS at right angles with the electrical current flow. AR –

It has been found that when a compass is placed in close proxTHIS MORSE SESSION IS NOW OVER–REPORTS PLEASE DE imity to a wire, an electrical current flows through the wire GM0AIR K which causes the compass needle will turn until it is at a right angle to the conductor. Since a compass needle lines up in the direction of a magnetic field, there must be a magnetic field around the wire, which is at right angles with the conductor. Scientists have discovered that wires which carry current have

FOX HUNT RULES Date

: 23 September 2011

Time : Meet at 6:30pm for a briefing prior to a 7:00pm start Place : The "Old Ship Inn" car park (bar entrance side), Port Seton Grid ref. Nt408 759 Ordnance Survey Landranger Map No.66 Entry fee : £2:00 per person, to be donated to the club funds Frequency : 145.275mhz, fm, vertical polarisation Callsign : announced before the start Hunt area : The fox will be located within the area on Ordnance Survey Landranger Map No.66 bounded by the Firth Of Forth to the North, the line joining grid ref. NT560728 and NT560855 to the East, the line joining grid ref. NT370728 and NT370738 to the west. A small map showing this area will be issued to all competitors at the start.

The final transmission will be at 8:45pm and will reveal the location of the fox and that of the post hunt meeting. (Normally the lounge bar in the Thorntree Inn) Access : The fox will be in a position which is accessible by car (4wd not necessary!) Tx ban : No transmissions, other than those of the fox, should be made on the hunt frequency at any time during the event Vacate : Once a team has found the fox they should leave the immediate area and should not transmit on any frequency while in the vicinity of the fox Equipment : Only one set of DF equipment is to be used per team at any one time.

Hunting : During the hunt please try to be considerate to other road users when choosing your stopping points any teams found to be breaking the road speed limits in any area will be disqualified immediately similarly, any teams found to Tx times : Transmissions by the fox will be 30 seconds every 5 be breaking any of the above rules will be disqualified minutes. The first transmission beginning at 7:00pm, following transmission times will be 7:05pm, 7:10pm.etc.


LIGHTHOUSES WEEKEND 20 & 21st AUGUST 2011

On both stations all it took was a couple of CQ’s and the pile ups started continuing until we left on the Sunday afternoon. It turned out to be another great weekend again with lots of This year it was a real relaxed atmosphere where operating laughs and no incidents. The weather this year was perfect all did keep going as far as possible but many stops were made weekend apart from a couple of “spits of rain” on Saturday for light refreshments and obviously to get fed as well. On evening. This year the decision was made to set-up the station Saturday the 40M and 20M stations kept really busy when on the Saturday morning and finish about 15:30 on the Sunday operating was taking place until 00:17BST on the Sunday..... but some prep work was required before this. Cheers Keith GM4FZM for all the operating that you did... On This year the story starts as normal very early on in the year the Sunday we moved to 40M and again both that and 20M where we send away to get our normal GB2LBN call sign. Then were very active throughout the day.…. On the Sunday we a few emails backwards and forwards with Lafarge to ensure stopped operating at 15:02 BST working DL2YMG on 40M. We that the use of the buildings are once again free to use. As ended up with 654 QSO’s not the best we have ever achieved well as Lafarge we are in contact with Coast Properties who if you compare it with 1400 in 2007 but then as mentioned hold the keys for the buildings to ensure that they are booked earlier it was run in a very relaxed fashion. as well. A week before Cambell picks up the keys whilst he is Full list of operators and visitors that came were Bob GM4IKT, working in North Berwick. This also gives us time to sort out Bob GM4UYZ, Robin MM0VTV, John MM0CCC, Paul MM0VPR, any discrepancies that need to be done. Cambell MM0DXC, Stevie MM0GZA, Gregory 2M0GRE, Keith On the Saturday morning we headed for the site and arrived GM0FZV, Cephas (soon to be MM6???), Nial MM6KLZ, Alex at 08:00 with Cambell MM0DXC, Steve MM0GZA, Bob GM4IKT GM3GKJ and his XYL Cecelia (Cambell’s sister) and lastly Carol and Cephas setting up aerials along with Paul MM0VPR who and Victor (Cambell’s brother). If I have missed anyone off the came a little bit later and with me setting up the two stations list I do apologise. Great to see some of the least experienced in the shack which were both connected using a wireless net- operators actually sitting down and managing to work the pilework and running the logging program Win-Test ups and computer logging as well, all at their own speed. Plenty of social breaks were taken as well as this is what the event was all about. Saturday night saw the normal “social – let the hair down” all well enjoyed before the last departed to bed about 01:30 on the Sunday morning, I think!!! It was once again a great social event, certainly enjoyed by everyone who attended. 654 QSO’s were made with the breakdown as follows: Many thanks to everyone who came and took part and contributed without this the event could never take place. Again I must Station 1 – FT1000MP & ALPHA Linear fed into a Cushcraft A3S thank Lafarge for allowing us to 10/15/20M Yagi at about 60 feet on a tower. operate from Station 2 – FT1000MP & ALPHA Linear fed into the 40M Disuch a fantastic pole. The 40M Dipole was hung from the top of the lighthouse site. down to the bothy chimney... Bob GM4UYZ This year everything went together like a dream and everyBand QSO’s thing was up and running with no issues at all. Arriving on site at 08:00 BST and the first QSO in the log on 20M was with 40 288 DM5RS/P at 10:10BST and 40M was on the air at 10:13 BST 20 366 working 9A6DTX. ALL 654


Test Your Knowledge 1.

Which one of the following antenna is NOT omnidirectional

6.

Information on the safe levels for human exposure to radio frequency fields can be obtained from the

a.

Vertically mounted dipole

a.

police

b.

位/4 ground plane antenna

b.

local authority

c.

Yagi antenna

c.

health protection agency

d.

5/8位 ground plane antenna

d.

radio licensing centre

2.

To use a dipole HF antenna on several frequency bands, it is usually necessary to use

a.

A dummy load

b.

A BALUN

c.

An Antenna Tuning Unit

d.

Twin open wire feeder

7. a.

prevent the work oxidising while it is heated

b.

clean the work before it is heated

c.

allow the solder to melt at a lower temperature

d.

reduce the amount of solder used

8. 3.

The greatest increase in the range of a VHF or UHF signal is likely to be achieved by

a.

Increasing the transmitter power

b.

Increasing the transmitted frequency

c.

Using a 5/8位 antenna instead of a Yagi

d.

Increasing the height of the antenna

1,200,000R

b.

120,000R

c.

23,000R

d.

2,300,000R

The ionosphere is the

a.

region close to a high power transmitting antenna

b.

layers of conductive gases just above the ground

c.

layers of conductive gases above 70Km in height

d.

region that reflects VHF and UHF waves back down

5.

When putting up a new antenna you should not reach from the ladder because

A resistor with colour bands Brown-Red-Green has a value of

a.

9. 4.

The purpose of resin in cored solder is to

If an external power amplifier is marked as having a 6dB gain, an efficiency of 50% and a DC input power of 1KW the likely output power will be around

a.

500W

b.

750W

c.

1KW

d.

4KW

10. The purpose of a buffer amplifier stage is often to

a.

The ladder may not withstand the extra weight

a.

Protect the driver stage from over modulation

b.

You may drop the ladder

b.

c.

You may touch the antenna

Supply the major part of amplification of the modulated signal

d.

You may lose your balance and fall

c.

Provide ample PD to drive the power amplifier stage

d.

Isolate the oscillator stage from subsequent stages


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Contacts General correspondence, training and contest entries Bob Glasgow 7 Castle Terrace Port Seton East Lothian EH32 0EE Phone: 01875 811723 E-mail: gm4uyz@cpsarc.com HF Contests Cambell Stevenson mm0dxc@aol.com VHF Contests John MacLean mm0ccc@cpsarc.com Club Tables Bob Purves gm4ikt@cpsarc.com Contest Reports Robin Farrer mm0vtv@cpsarc.com Newsletter, website, event calendar John Innes newsletter@cpsarc.com

2 September 2011

Club Night

23 September 2011

2nd 144MHz DF Hunt

24 September 2011

Foundation License Course (fees to be paid by 27 August)

1 October 2011

Foundation License Course (pt2)

7 October 2011

Club Night

9 October 2011

Advanced License Exam (at RSGB Convention)

15 October 2011

Intermediate License Course begins (fees to be paid by 30 September)

21 October 2011

Morse Night (see article in this newsletter)

29/30 October 2011

CQWW SSB Contest GM2T

4 November 2011

Club Night

18 November 2011

Talk by Len Paget GM0ONX ‘Planning Permission’

27 November 2011

Intermediate License Exam

2 December 2011

Club Night

3 December 2011

Advanced License Course starts (fees to be paid by 25 December)

5 December 2011

Advanced License Exam (for self studiers)

10 December 2011

Club Christmas Night Out

31 January 2012

Advanced License exam

11 February 2012

Foundation License Course (fees to be paid by 18 January)

18 February 2012

Foundation License Course (pt2)

3 March 2012

Intermediate License Course begins (fees to be paid by 4 December)

7 April 2012

Intermediate License Exam

CLUBLOG TABLE Here’s the latest Clublog table, fantastic to see Keith MM0KTC making full use of his monster antenna coming straight into the table at #2

Rank

Callsign

160

80

60

40

30

1 GM4IKT

0

0

0

7

2 MM0KTC

0

0

0

3 GM2T

0

50

4 MM0XXW+2

0

5 M0RNR

0

6 MM5AHO

20

17

15

12

10

6

4

2

70

DXCCs

Slots

0 124

17

90

0

32

0

0

0

0

157

270

17

0

86

32

31

3

11

2

0

0

0

118

182

0

59

0

82

0

68

0

32

0

0

0

0

94

291

1

0

36

18

58

20

36

2

12

2

0

0

0

71

185

9

0

41

0

52

0

19

0

1

0

0

0

0

70

122

0

18

5

27

1

26

0

0

0

5

23

0

0

0

61

105

7 GB2MOF

0

0

0

13

0

52

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

52

65

8 MM0CPS

0

3

0

26

0

17

0

5

0

0

17

7 11

5

50

91

9 GM4UYZ

0

4

0

2

0

34

0

22

0

0

0

0

0

0

43

62

10 GB2LBN

0

0

0

15

0

40

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

42

55

11 MM0WZB

0

1

0

12

0

25

4

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

32

44

1c, 2c, 3d, 4c, 5d, 6a, 7a, 8a, 9a, 10d Answers from September 2011 newsletter “Test Your Knowledge”.


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