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.
I am writing this editorial with still a couple of weeks away from the deadline, to be honest I am trying to get on top of all my outstanding issues before the Tiree trip which, by the time you read this will be well and truly over and a part of history. I am also praying that the weather will have been kind to us as well on this trip same as it was for VHF Field Day this year. Ok then, what have we been doing this month? We had our normal club night although it was a week earlier than normal due to the VHF Field Day event, but regarding numbers attending it was very dismal to say the least so I really don’t know what needs to be done to encourage either new blood or get some of the “old” regulators back again. My dream is that everyone will turn up one club night, now that would be something… What have we done since the last newsletter? We have taken part in the RSGB VHF Field Day from the same site we have used for the last four years down near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway. As we have found, it is a fantastic site and worth the travel. Finally this month is the IOTA contest from TIREE but by the time the newsletter is published it will once again be history. No doubt there will be many
tales to tell. To the future, well the major event is our Junk Night on the 9th August. I am again looking for raffle and food donations so if you can help I really would appreciate it. Let’s hope it is once again a resounding success as it has been in previous years. Also we have Lighthouses Weekend on the 17th & 18th August once again down at Barns Ness so I hope you will all come along and take part and have what is a real fun weekend. This weekend is open to those who are eligible for the VIC GM4GGF Trophy competition so why not pop along and up your QSO count. I am starting my winter training sessions of Foundation, Intermediate and the Advanced Training and kicking off on the 31st August with a Foundation Course. If you know of anyone interested in any of these courses can you now start to get back in touch with me so I can get the Community Centre bookings confirmed? The Club June 20M activity night was reasonably supported although it would have been nice to see more take part. It is only a bit of fun. The night was a bit of a struggle with regard conditions but it was good fun never the less. Enjoy club night, and come along to Junk Night and Lighthouses Weekend. See you all then. Bob GM4UYZ
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 £15,832 since 1994.
CLUB SUMMER SOLSTICE ACTIVITY NIGHT 19th June 2013 The club’s activity night took place on the Wednesday evening between 19:00 and 22:00 BST and this year it was opened up to all bands to allow even VHF operators to take part. The aim for club members to get on the air and operate and have a bit of fun, we are radio amateurs you know!!!! There were six of us that were on, which was nice to see although I would have loved to see lots more. The band conditions were very poor indeed and it was quite a struggle but having said that it was a good challenge working what I did. I must admit I have a Digital Voice Keyer (DVK) built into my radio which helped enormously as it allowed me to continually call CQ. Thanks to everyone who did come on. The logs were both all SSB QSO’s Bob GM4UYZ: My report Found the three hours hard going but still thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I had a good QSO with an ON station for over 20 minutes. He was recently licensed so was keen to chat about everything. It was nice to offer advice and encouragement to a new operator. Band conditions on 20M a bit up and down with QSB. I tried calling CQ on CW but no takers. Looked at 10M, 15M, 40M and even 80M and nothing heard at all on these bands hence a 20M log. I am now looking forward to the Winter Solstice to see if conditions will be better.
OF POOR CONDITIONS BUT STUCK WITH IT ALL GOOD QSO'S BEST BEING BRAZIL I DID LOSE A QSO DUE TO QSB BUT IT WAS 10 MTRS ,ENJOYED THE EVENING EVENT LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE JUST HOPE THE BANDS IMPROVE Colwyn MM6YCJ: His report Spent a splendid evening up a small hill between Lauder and Stow. Short walk from the car; barely a mile. 31 QSOs, shortest 23km to Kelso on 2m and furthest 6038km in USA on 20m. Also Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece, Ukraine, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Switzerland, Ireland, Wales and England. Had enough battery power to work for the full 3 hours and entered the data directly onto laptop for the first time. Antennae were a 3 element yagi for the single 2m contact and two resonant inverted V dipoles; one on 40m (20 QSOs) and the other on 20m (10 QSOs). QRP on 5 watts for all QSOs. Sun was shining, Curlews & peewits calling on the walk in. Breeze died as the sun went down so didn’t get cold and midges appeared as I was packing up. Doesn’t come much better than that. Bit knackered this morning though!
Ron GM0NTL: His report
This time of night is no good for real DX on my new digi mode JT9-1. Over the last week I Just saw your note as the activity period was wkd California then Western Australia x2 and about to start last night so had a play and my Tasmania , both wkd Long Path , with Japan log is attached. Hope I've filled it in OK! Hope plus loads of US states. All wkd using only 2 all is well with you and the boys up watts around breakfast time. So I decided to there. Busy planning a new 3-El Cubex Quad call it a night after being active for 1 hour for here with only European stations to work which is no longer my cup of tea, Bob GM4IKT: His report Brian G3UJE: His report
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For any future events, can I suggest that we Efforts from the activity night. 18 contacts, packed in at 9PM. Best DX was VP5 Turks and can work any 3 hours that suits the participants or the propagation that we prefer. SetCaicos at 6,700km on 15m. ting it as an evening activity could prove to be Duncan MM0GZZ: His report restrictive to even more people than myself. WELL THIS TIME I TRIED 10MTRS PSK31 KIND At least I made the effort :-).
Overall 110 QSO’s were made by those taking part. They were made on various bands and modes. The results are as follows: OPS
Total QSO’s 32419
That’s it then so our next one will be our Winter Solstice in December so hopefully many of you will take part in the event. As said previous it is a bit of fun, getting on the air and doing a bit of operating
20th ANNUAL MINI RALLY/JUNK NIGHT FRIDAY 9th AUGUST 2013 Bring along your own “junk” and sell it yourself. Tables on a First Come, First Served Basis Time: 1800 till 2100 (Note change to accommodate Community Centre new times)
Location: Cockenzie & Port Seton Community Centre (Main Hall) Disabled access available Entry: £2 ALL PERSONS Raffle @ 21:00, Food & Drink Available If any one would like to donate any prizes for the raffle or food towards the catering it will be more than appreciated.
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, callsign addition will be extra.
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VHF FIELD DAY REPORT This year’s VHF Field Day was over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of July starting at 14:00 UST on Saturday the 6th until 14:00 UST on Sunday the 7th and as has been normal for a good number of years now we leave on the Friday to travel to our site to the south of Castle Douglas to start the “build” of our contest station. We left at 12:00 and made our way down the A701 to Moffat where we met up with Geoff MM5AHO. The team was still three down Colin GM0RLZ and Ian GM0OQV and Gordon MM0GPZ who due to work commitments could not join us until later. Ian and Gordon arrived in the evening after getting lost!!!! No comments… Lastly Colin arrived on the Saturday. On arriving at the site we were in located at our normal position where the van was sited and the build of the 6M, 2M and 70cms aerial systems started with the 70cms successfully built on a mast, the towers for 6M and 2M located and the antennas were built. The tent, thanks to Stewart 2M0SMN and the
Scout Group he runs for the use of their tent, was set-up for the rest and food area. Once set up tea/supper was cooked by Geoff and the build of the station came to an abrupt stop and we all “laid” back and had a real enjoyable relaxing evening. On the Saturday after a hearty breakfast the station build restarted and completed. Issues we ended up with were with the 70cms preamp. A sticky relay when dropping from transmit to receive but worst case it didn’t work on receive so was removed. Testing time came so it was time for “Genevieve” our generator to be brought into action and glad to say it run faultlessly this year.
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How did we fair on each band with regard to the contest….
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Weather conditions for the event was fantastic, I just wish we could guarantee that every year… Radio conditions were good on 2M and 70cms with troposphere propagation. 4M and 6M was nothing to shout about with no real significant long distant QSO’s. We managed to contact Spain on 2M and the French Pyrenees on 70cms so thrilled to bits with that. We heard a few others with better serial numbers than ours. At one point per kilometer we have some advantage, and this year perhaps a weather advantage too. (Continued on page 5)
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If you are interested then there are many pictures on the Club’s website www.cpsarc.com of this year’s event so thanks for all those who sent them in. It makes a great reminder of a great weekend, albeit also a challenging one. After any contest we can see where we need to make improvements so these are in the plans for next year so hopefully we will achieve them.
HOW DID WE END – QSO and Points..... Well read the further article in the newsletter on this.... Apart from the trials and tribulations of getting the station on the air we had good and reasonable band conditions as mentioned before but most of all we had a great weekend. What really was apparent is how well we work as a team. A fantastic credit to everyone and something we should all be proud off. That’s it then the end of another venture so looking forward to our next…
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. Due to several amateurs across the world accidentally adding themselves to the CPSARC tables, we now approve all additions which might take a day or two.
This month I shall again look at a different element of what people enjoy about our hobby of amateur radio. Previous months I have looked at friendships from HAM radio and also using HAM radio in emergency situations. This month I shall look at HAM radio as a sport. When you think of sport it’s perhaps the tennis at Wimbledon, Olympic athletics, football or rugby that would spring to mind. But even our hobby of radio has a sporting element.
runs strongly today, with the Morse contest in February and the phone contest in March, both of which run over a 48 hour period. Therefore stamina is needed to get a good score, so stock up on caffeine and potentially win a certificate recognising you as best in category in your country.
You do not have to compete as an individual, you can be part of a team and be a multioperator entry, you can even enter a category for more than one transmitter, our own club It may not have yet been allowed, or ever will, has been successful as a multi-operator, two into the Olympics. It’s possibly not the most transmitter competing station. The special exciting sport to watch and unlikely to be covCallsign of GM2T is used for that. Nice and ered by Sky Sports, although many do listen. short Callsign so you can rattle it off quickly Amateur radio contesting has the advantage and increase your rate of QSOs/hour. that you do not have to travel far as you can compete from your home. You do not have to be picked for your team or country as anyone can enter and you can compete and even win your country category. Radio contesting, or Radiosport, has been on the go since the 1920s. It really grew out of the competitive nature of our hobby, and usually means trying to contact as many other stations, in as many countries as possible, in a certain amount of allocated time and logging GM2T has a great sporting record. In the Isthose contacts. lands On The Air (IOTA) contest in 2010, working from the Island of Tiree, it actually achieved 3rd place overall in the World and always makes a big effort with the CQ World Wide (CQWW) contest in the autumn, where GM2T often wins its category for Scotland. GM2T is always keen to encourage new participants, so if you haven’t tried Radiosport and would like to do so, then contact the club and they’d be delighted to get you involved.
The first organised radio contest seems to have been in 1928 and was called the International Relay Party, this then became known as the ARRL International DX Contest, and still
Field day contests are also popular, the first one organised was in 1930. Basically a field day contest means you have to work portable, out in the field. This is always a challenge to (Continued on page 7)
to work IH9P in the CQWW contest, they have the advantage of still being close to Europe for good propagation, but befind a good site, set up a portable antenna and radio and work cause Pantelleria is officially Africa, every contact with Europe away to your heart’s content. Major challenges are often the counts as 3 points instead of 1 point for working someone on weather, those pesky midges and the odd stray cow which the same continent as you. Similarly in USA operators hop thinks your mast and beam make a great scratching post. over to some of the Caribbean Islands to do the same. (Continued from page 6)
Radiosport can also include direction finding and fox hunting, where someone hides and gives out intermittent signals, and whoever finds them first wins. It can include VHF contests where you have to contact operators and exchange maidenhead locator numbers, or as per the examples before a HF contest to work as many countries, on as many bands as you can. Followed by emailing your logbook into the organising society and waiting for that winning certificate in the post. So go online, check when there are radio contests on, turn on your radio and fire off 100 plus QSOs per hour to see if you can become a leader in your sport, but most of all enjoy the challenge of operating your radio in a competitive environment.
Not only can a contest, when you are a team, be a great social 73 event, but it’s also a fantastic way of improving your radio Jim Hume techniques, gives you a great understanding of propagation, due to stations becoming active all over the world, in places MM0DXH/GM2Y that are normally void of any HAM radio activity and this leads PS You can find contest dates listed on these websites to an increase in the amount of countries that you contact for http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/ http://www.rsgbcc.org/ your countries worked list. Operators also use the contests as an excuse to travel, Italian friends of mine pop over to African Italy on Pantelleria Island
I have just erected a vertical antenna for 2, 6 and 70 it must have been an omen as on the 16th of July I worked my first 6m QSO with OE6KDG he gave me 57 and he was 59, well the (magic band) as it is named has gone from strength to strength all great QSOs from Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, Spain, Estonia and Denmark so 61 QSOs from 20 DXCC at the moment running 50watts from a Yaesu 857d can’t be too bad, yes there is a lot of QSB and the overs are sometimes a bit quick but so is the band openings. Well I am thinking about a beam now to see how far I can really get. I did hear one station in the USA but he had a huge pile up so this is where the beam I think would be a help or is this just a rare occasion and never hear 6mtrs again me thinks.
Other bands have been quiet round my way but I have worked China twice this month also VP2EAF on 20m, Brazil on 10m and 40m, and much the same on 15m,
Well we will see what August brings, Happy DXing best 73s MM0GZZ DUNCAN
VHF FIELD DAY 2013 – MM0CPS/P from IO84BT
Well that is another VHF Field Day over and I must admit it for me comes in as one of the best that I have been involved in. I have been taking part them since 1993 which I cannot believe is 20 years ago, oh how time flies. The company was fantastic with great team work and lots of fun and laughs to go along with it. We had a couple of technical hitches which considering the amount of equipment is really not bad going, having said that prefer none!! It certainly helps leaving home on the Friday dinnertime to arrive onsite around about 15:00 and starting the building of the site. This year the concentration was on getting all the antennas built for all the bands on the Friday evening which we achieved before we settled down to having a “beer or two”. The Saturday morning the concentration was on getting the shack up and operational, again it came together with ease. On the Sunday we had to drop the 6M tower and install the 4M beam then in the shack remove the 6M station and build the 4M station and again no problems.
Transmitter Yaesu FT847+LinearAmp2M Amplifier
If you are interested then there are many pictures on the Club’s website www.cpsarc.com of this year’s event so thanks for all those who sent them in. It makes a great reminder of a great weekend, albeit also a challenging one. For the technically minded this is what we put on each station: 6M: Transmitter IC756 Pro III + Acom1000 Linear Power
IC756 Pro III
8 Element G0KSC Yagi
4M: Transmitter FT847 + Linear Amp 4M Amplifier
8 Element G0KSC Yagi
Yaesu FT847 +Landweher Gasfet Preamplifier
8 x 7 Element DK7ZB Yagi's
70cms: Transmitter Kenwood TS2000 + Discovery 70cms Amplifier Power
2 x 23 Element DK7ZB Yagi's
So how did we do? Well the following are the square maps worked for each of the bands and finally what score was submitted for the contest. I must admit it looks really impressive this year. Well done everyone involved. 6M Squares Worked
4M Squares Worked
: RSGB VHF Field Day
Category Band(s) Class
: Multi Operator - Multi Transmitter (MM) : All bands (AB) : High Power (HP)
Operating time : 15h57 2M Squares Worked BAND QSO DUP LOC POINTS AVG PTS AVG DIS -------------------------------------------50 195 2 34 58756 301.3 303.6 70 89 0 21 25684 288.6 288.6 144 346 9 61 130545 377.3 386.5 432 96 2 30 33139 345.2 351.3 -------------------------------------------TOTAL 726 13 146 248124 341.8 347.6 ============================================ TOTAL SCORE : 248 124
70cms Squares Worked
Dupes are not included in QSO counts neither avg calculations
Operators : GM4UYZ MM0CCC MM0DXC MM0GZA MM0GPZ MM0VTV MM5AHO GM0OQV MM0INS GM0RLZ
BEST DX, LOCATOR and DISTANCE 50MHZ
I think Geoff MM5AHO summed up our weekend quite nicely by saying:
How we have fared over the years since we starting going to IO84BT?
Thanks to all who attended for a great weekend. Good weather (a real plus) Good Troposphere conditions (even better!) Good company (without which no fun) Good kit (which performed) Good site (as ever) Good contacts (even a lost Frenchman somewhere off the coast of Portugal?)
In 2010 we had to abandon the contest on the Sunday morning due to adverse weather conditions.
Thanks too, to readers here who called us and contributed points.
All QSO’s shown were what was submitted before adjudication. Red Boxes show the most ever QSO’s made for that Band and on what year. That’s it then the end of another venture so looking forward to our next…
1. Which waveform in the diagram shows the audio siga. b. c. d.
nal? Waveform 1. Waveform 2. Waveform 3. None of them
6. a. b. c. d.
A dummy load will radiate equally in all directions only radiate in one direction increase the e.r.p of an antenna not radiate very much at all
7. The reason radio waves get weaker further from the transmitting antenna is that
2. Which stage of the transmitter ensures the radio siga. b. c. d.
nal is of suitable power level to be transmitted? Modulator. RF power amplifier. Oscillator. Audio amplifier
3. The most likely place to find a tuning control in the a. b. c. d.
block diagram of a radio receiver shown, is in Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
4. Which plug, in the drawing, should be used to connect a. b. c. d.
coaxial feeder to the transmitter output? A B C D
a. the extra distance travelled absorbs energy from the wave
b. they spread out over a larger area c. most of the signal has been picked up by other aerials d. the ionosphere reflects the signals away from the receiver
8. The main mode of propagation for long distance cona. b. c. d.
tacts (DX) on the h.f. bands is by ionospheric reflection ground wave meteor scatter direct wave
9. Electro Magnetic compatibility is a. having all your equipment made by the same company b. the avoidance of interference between various equipc. d.
ments the cause of television interference (TVI) the result of using too much power
10. Which mode of transmission is the WORST for causing a. b. c. d. 5. a. b. c. d.
EMC problems? SSB Data modes FM CW
Which one of the following antennas has radials? Dipole. End fed. Ground plane. Yagi
“THE LEFT HANDED CAPACITOR TROPHY” How to win it Back in 2009, we ran a challenge as part of our 25 Years Club Anniversary. As part of this challenge, The “Left Handed Capacitor” Trophy in memory of Vic GM4GGF was awarded to the winner of the Foundation Licence holder with the "most Distant QSO". Martyn MM0XXW, then MM3XXW won this.
Each operator on completing their operating period will use the OPOFF command.
Another challenge where the trophy could be once more presented, but this time on an annual basis was created in 2011. Cambell MM0DXC proposed we present it to the person who has been licensed for up to one year, and makes the All contacts made during that period by the operator will now greatest number of QSO’s during our Special Event Stations. be logged. The aim is to encourage newer operators to “operate” and help overcome any microphone hesitancy. After an event the log will be checked and the number of QSO’s made by each operator will be counted and recorded. Criteria: Those taking part must have obtained their Foundation Licence within the previous year, even though at the time of taking part may have obtained their Intermediate or even Advanced Licence. The year will run from the 1st May through to the 30th April. This covers the club’s September to April training program
After the completion of the year period each operator’s totals for each event will be totalled and the operator with the most QSO’s will be deemed the winner. The trophy will then be presented to the winner who can retain it for a year before returning it to the club. YEAR ONE – 2011
Entrants must be able to identify that they obtained their Foundation Licence at some time during the stipulated year dates.
2011 was the first year that the above was used to encourage “new blood” into taking part in the Special Events run in the Club’s Event’s Program. There were a possible 17 people who Entrants need not have been trained by the Club for all of the were eligible to take part but only 3 did. The winner of the three licences but must have at least obtained one of them via Trophy is Paul Rice MM0VPR/2M0CEX/MM6ANB who made a total of 598 QSO’s during the year. Congratulations Paul on the Club’s training program. winning the trophy for the year, you have now set the standard. Entrants must operate at the Special Events run by the club over the specific year period. Normal events that the club YEAR TWO – 2012 participates in each year are the Port Seton Gala Day (MM0CPS), Museum of Flight (GB2MOF), Lighthouse Weekend 2012 was the second year of running the above where there (GB2LBN) and also the Club’s Activity Night. There may be were 10 people eligible. The overall winner of the trophy this others depending on requests and these will also be included. year was Cephas MM0INS/2M0INS/MM6INS. The presentation Win-Test Logging software will be used to create our log of an event.
took place in the Thorntree Inn in early July. Congratulations Cephas in winning the award..
Each operator before starting to operate will use the OPON command and enter his call sign.
YEAR THREE – 2013 2013 is now underway with all the possible 13 entrants having been notified by email. Good luck to you all...
Cephas MM0INS being presented with the Left Handed Capacitor Trophy for 2012
The GM2T Antenna Farm on Tiree
2 August 2013
9 August 2013
Annual Mini Rally / Junk sale
11 August 2013
Perseids Meteor Shower
17/18 August 2013
Lighthouses Weekend GB2LBN
31 August 2013
31 August 2013
Foundation Course part 1
6 September 2013
7 September 2013
Foundation Course part 2
21 September 2013
27 September 2013
28 September 2013
28 September 2013
4 October 2013
For events listed below, please use these contacts HF Contests Cambell Stevenson firstname.lastname@example.org
5 October 2013
12 October 2013
18 October 2013
19 October 2013
VHF Contests John MacLean email@example.com
26/27 October 2013
CQWW SSB Contest
1 November 2013
2 November 2013
2nd Foundation Course part 1
Club Tables Bob Purves firstname.lastname@example.org
9 November 2013
2nd Foundation Course part 2
23 November 2013
Intermediate Course 2
30 November 2013
Intermediate Course 2
6 December 2013
7 December 2013
Intermediate Course 2
General correspondence, training and contest entries Bob Glasgow 7 Castle Terrace Port Seton East Lothian EH32 0EE Phone: 01875 811723 E-mail: email@example.com
Contest Reports Robin Farrer firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter, website, event calendar John Innes email@example.com www.cpsarc.com has forums everyone can use for technical discussion or for sale items
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1A, 2B, 3A, 4A, 5C, 6D, 7B, 8A, 9B, 10A Answers from August 2013 newsletter â€œTest Your Knowledgeâ€?.