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OFCOM announce “Interference” consultation

OFCOM have announced a consulatation document regarding interference to readio users, their summary of which is:

“This document sets out Ofcom’s consultation on draft regulations for new wireless telegraphy legislation, intended to keep pace with technological advances to control interference.
Electrical and electronic apparatus are capable of emitting electromagnetic energy. In most cases, this is minimal and has no noticeable negative effects. However, in some cases the level of energy emitted from apparatus can cause interference to wireless communications.
Ofcom has powers to take enforcement action in instances where some types of electrical or electronic apparatus causes undue interference to wireless communications.
The proposed regulations are intended to be more resilient to technical developments.
The deadline for responses to this consultation is 16 February 2015.”

All radio amateurs are urged to read and respond to the consultation document before the deadline

The document can be found at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/undueinterference/

Club Meeting 05 September 2013

Another evening with no fixed format, but at least it was a club night, unlike last week ( when G0TAL & G7DWY turned up !).

We were visited by Richard, G6RFL, and an evening of discussion and debate ensued.

G7DWY brought a 4m low pass filter and directional coupler PCB which he bought for his ongoing amplifier project…

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… And a 23cms 2C39 amplifier he has acquired….

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Please feel free to come along to the next meeting!

Club Meeting 15/08/2013

This evenings meeting was just pencilled in as a ‘noggin and natter night, but we started with a bit more of a radio theme…..

Stuart, G0TAL has decided to get rid of some of his old radio equipment that is sat gathering dust in the attic, but before being listed on eBay, it needed testing to ensure it worked ok….

To this end Ian, G7DWY brought his Bird Thruline power meter and Doug, G4DZU provided an element to cover the HF bands.

The radio was then tested on transmit into a 50ohm dummy load, and the results were pretty good with the radio delivering its full rated output on the HF bands, but being a little down on VHF – it probably needs a little tuning.

We then connected it to the club aerial and verified reception on the HF bands.

The meeting continued, debating many diverse subjects, not all radio related, but all of interest.

As the meeting was finishing, I turned up the volume control on the club HF rig and had a tune around 17m (18Mhz). One call got a response from Tony VE3AXW in Brantford, near Toronto in Canada. Not bad for a non resonant dipole and 100w!

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Club Meeting 02-May-2013

Unfortunately Ian G4MLW had to postpone his talk on paperchasing. Hopefully this is to be rescheduled in the near future.

This week we had a number of items for all to inspect, comment on, dissect and generally rip apart.

John, G3TSA brought a SWR power meter from that bastion of radio “Zetagi” which has been rebuilt to be something approaching useable.

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Douglas G4DZU brought a directional coupler of a little more professional quality…

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Ian G7DWY brought a 4m low pass filter and a selection of kits from W6PQL…

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And Stuart, G0TAL brought his sparkling personality!

Come and pay us a visit some time…..

2012 UKAC – The results are in!

The 2012 V/UHF UK Activity Contests have been entertaining! Campaigned by Andy, G4XKC, usually out portable, and Ian, G7DWY at his home QTH, the results have been better than expected.

50Mhz

On 6m, I started the year in the “Open”, or high power section, with middling results. I realised that I could gain better points for the club by switching to the “Restricted” section and winding the power down to 100w. Scoring in all these contests is normalised, and your best eight scores count to your annual total. By entering in two sections, I didn’t get a full eight results, and thus did not maximise my placing, still I finished 9th of 28 in the open section, with only three results and 10th of 176 in the restricted.

Andy only entered the last six contests on 6m, and managed a very creditable 10th of 77 in the low power section.

Overall, the SVARS finished13th of 74 clubs who entered on 50Mhz.

70 Mhz

I was the only club member to contest the 70Mhz UKAC. This band only runs on the 5th Tuesday of the month, so there were only four contests in this series.

The G7DWY 4m station consists of an FT847, with the PA1O modifications, giving about 40w into a Vine 5 element dual band (6/4m) beam. This was all that was required to secure 3rd place (of 78) in the “restricted” section and (unofficial) leading “fixed station”  – an achievement I am very happy with.

That translated into the SVARS achieving 10th place of 37 clubs with members active on 4m.

144 Mhz

This is probably the most activated and closely “fought” of all the UKAC bands. Andy campaigned in the low power section, usually portable either from the car at Buckstones (IO93AO) or out hiking at Blackstone Edge (IO83XP). I had aerial woes at the end of 2011, so had a 6 ele for the first six months of the year, before building a new 12 ele. This took some getting used to, and saw a dip in performance overall until I adapted my technique!

Andy finished the year 14th of 112 in class, and I finished 13th of 272. This tally meant an overall placing of 19th of 92 clubs on 2m.

432 Mhz

I always seem to struggle on 70cms, a band I don’t “love”! QTH is more of a factor the higher in frequency you go, and I think I need a complete re-think towards my station on this band. Andy, on the other hand has gone from strength to strength – He even ventured onto the top of Pen-y-Ghent (IO84VD) for one session!!!

Andy ended the year a superb 5th of 75 in the Low Power section, and I managed a somewhat disappointing 26th of 181 in the Restricted category.

This gave the club a position of 10th of 64 entrants.

1296 Mhz

Neither Andy or I are active on 1296. I am considering an entry in 2013 from the QTH of a friend who has a pretty good station, though this will be occasional operating rather than a “campaign”.

The Overall Result

The results on all bands are summed for an “Overall UKAC” category for individuals and clubs. There are no sections as all the scores are normalised, and the final stats are –

Spen Valley ARS – 15th of 113 clubs entering

Andy, G4XKC – 46th of 532 entrants

Ian, G7DWY – 11th of 532 entrants

Final Posn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2013 campaign

I don’t know whether I will be making a full campaign in 2013 – it is a little tying and there are lots of other things, both radio and not vying for my time. I will be active in some of the contests and have considered moving into the “assisted” category, which allows higher power and the use of the DX cluster and chat forums, but does not allow the use of points toward the club score.

Contesting isn’t for everyone, but these VHF contests are friendly, and only as pressured as you make them. I believe it is always a requirement to say hello and thank you, and even have a couple of sentence “quick chat” exchange. Over the year I have made friends with many people, and now have a natter with Richard, G4HGI (Merseyside); Dennis, G3UVR, (Merseyside); Dave, GW4ZAR (Flintshire); Paul, GW8IZR (Anglesea); David, GI4SNA (Co. Antrim); Dick, GM4PPT (Kilmarnock); Andy, GM4JR (Dumfries) and Dave, G7RAU (Isle of Wight) along with many others.

If you would like to enter in a UKAC, drop me a line or read up on it at the RSGB contest committee site at http://www.rsgbcc.org/vhf/howto.html