1st November at the shack
Posted: 01 Nov 2016 10:30 AM PDT
Antony G4CUS reports that conditions on 20m today at the shack were
somewhat better and he had contacts with 2 Algerian, 1 Turkish, 1 Asiatic
Russian, 1 Cypriot, 1 Canadian in Newfoundland and 2 USA stations. He also
heard some strong VK (Australian) stations and 1 from Vietnam but in those
cases they QSYed off the frequency as it was not theirs.
Plenty of Europeans including 2 IQ special event stations both worth 10
points for the Italian Armed Forces Award.
Training weekend report
Posted: 01 Nov 2016 09:58 AM PDT
Brede Steam ARS & Hastings Electronic & Radio Club organised, and ran,
their first Foundation course over the weekend of the 29th & 30th October.
This was a trial for both clubs and it is hoped that it is a way of
increasing membership and encouraging youngsters into the hobby. The
weekend was successful, if not a lot of hard work, for the students and
trainers alike. Clubs thinking of going down this route need to give the
weekend plenty of thought as to its structure and balance. It is important
that clubs undertaking this type of training organise somewhere for the
training and practical assessment to take place, in our case the First
Brede Scout group provided the Scout Hut for the training and the BSARS
club provided the VHF and HF stations necessary for the practical
assessment at their shack. Breaking the training down into manageable bits
will help with concentration and fatigue, on all parties.
All the local Scout groups were asked if they wanted any of their members
to take part and interest was encouraging. It was soon realised that many
of the Scout groups are currently rehearsing for the local Gang Show and as
rehearsals are done at the weekend we were not going to get many students
for our first weekend. The students we had did very well and they are
looking forward to doing their Intermediate exams.
Thanks go to Phil G3MGQ, Steve M0SSR, Antony G4CUS and Martin M0MJU for
giving up their time at the weekend for this new adventure.
The two groups are now looking to run their next training weekend and if
you would like to take part then please contact the BSARS Exam Secretary on
the clubs email of