Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society
    Affiliated to the RSGB
Callsigns used include: - G0MWT, GX0MWT, GB5SM, GB70GB, GB5RVA, GB100MWT & M2T
Awarded the Kenwood Trophy for Training 2007 and Club of the Year 2009 by the RSGB.
Awarded Lottery Grant by Awards for All, November 2008.

Latest Changes
23rd February 2015 March Talk and Science Week Events below, Foundation Course-31 Photos, Training Courses Updated, February Talk Report, Skills Night.   For previous meetings/events see Past Meetings / Past Events / Sandford Mill pages instead.

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  • Meeting Venue

  • March Meeting
    Tue 3-Mar-2015, 7.30-10pm
    Oaklands Museum, Moulsham Street
    "The GB3VHF Story"
    By Chris Whitmarsh G0FDZ

    Propagation beacons provide a vital service, but do you know what is in one? GB3VHF at Fairseat (formerly Wrotham) in Kent is a prime example and flagship for modern beacon technology. Transmitting on 144.430MHz, it can be heard over 1700km away, reminding us of how propagation can vary and that VHF isn't always line of sight...

    Beacon keeper Chris G0FDZ is no stranger to construction, from VHF up to millimetre wave bands. The talk will comprise of some beacon essentials, followed by some history of GB3VHF (which is one of the worlds oldest beacons) and then details of the current beacon and its relocation to Fairseat, finishing with details of the new GB3UHF 70cm beacon.

    CARS welcomes new amateurs and visitors, and by all means let your friends know as well. We will have our usual tea/coffee refreshments and our famous prize raffle!

    British Science Week
    Sat 14-Mar-2015, 10am-5pm
    Sandford Mill
    CARS will be at Sandford Mill on Saturday 14th March 10am-5pm as part of "British Science Week". We'll be in the 2MT Hut with the club's FT-847 along with our RF-Space SDR-IQ receiver offering some visual attractions for visitors.

    Demonstrations will include showing different signals on the frequency spectrum, decoding Morse Code visually plus there'll be a chance to play Charlie M0PZT's "Morse Mouse" game - this appeals to not only the youngsters but also those who may have let their CW speed lapse, it's a game of skill and there'll be a prize for the highest score of the day!

    Members are welcome to attend, assist and operate - This is an ideal opportunity to operate a "big" station in a clean RF environment. Those with Foundation/Intermediate callsigns will be able to run full-power using the GX0MWT club callsign and are especially welcome. Assistance with logging and operating will be available if needed. Visitors, of course, are welcome - We hope to see you there.
    CARS Coordinator: James 2E1GUA

    Solar Eclipse
    Fri 20-Mar-2015, 08:15-11:30am
    On Friday morning is a major Solar Eclipse (~85% obscuration in Essex). RSGB has a propagation experiment and CARS Members are invited to participate. An SDR-IQ Array is being planned for Danbury, but if you have your own SDR please set it up so we can compare the results. Data should be recorded over 08:15-11:30 GMT. Click the Link/Graphic for the full details - and make sure you practice beforehand as it will be years until we get the next one!
    CARS Coordinator: Murray G6JYB

    Science Sunday
    Sun 22-Mar-2015, 10am-5pm
    Museum of Power
    CARS will be at the Museum of Power for Science Sunday Sunday 22nd March as part of Science Week. Demonstrations and technical goodies will include include a tablet, SDR, tablet and items from Skills-Nights. We also plan to have radios set up for HF (CW+SSB) and VHF operation.
    Location: Hatfield Road (B1019), Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA - Map
    CARS Coordinator: James 2E1GUA

    Missed it?...

  • February Skills Night - Feb-15
  • February Meeting Report - Probing the Northern Lights, Feb-3
  • Dr Geoff Bowles Retirement - Feb-2
  • SOS Radio Weekend - Jan-24/25
  • January Meeting Report - Radio Amateur Awards, Jan-6
  • December Meeting Report
  • Geoff Mills G3EDM Silent Key
  • Presentation to Brian G3CVI

    CARS Meeting Place

    CARS meet on the First Tuesday in the month at the Oaklands Museum, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ.

    We meet on the First Floor. There is a lift for wheel chairs. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Please identify yourself when you sign in and purchase a Raffle Ticket or two for Club Funds.  Tea/Coffee/Chocolate is available on a DIY basis at 9pm break time.  There is normally no admission fee to CARS Meetings - Visitors are always welcome.  The Raffle is drawn after the refreshment interval.

    Meetings end at 10pm, as the gates will be locked at 10.15pm!

    CARS new Venue-Oaklands Museum
    Oaklands Museum, Chelmsford.

    Directions / Parking

  • Click here to find two maps for Oaklands Museum

    You can drive all the way up Moulsham Street from Parkway but NOT the other way.

    Another way is to enter Moulsham Street after going round the Miami Roundabout (by Tesco), then along New London Road 200 yards, turn right into Moulsham Street and after 100 yards turn right again into the Museum.

    NOTE: There is plenty of car parking space but do not park directly in front of the Museum - that is reserved for people unloading kit and Disabled car drivers. Also - take care as there are three severe Sleeping Policeman as well.

    CARS Membership

    Membership is annual based on our October AGM. To be/remain a Member of CARS, send a Cheque made out to Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society or C.A.R.S. for £15 for the 2014-2015 year. Please send the cheque to our new Membership Secretary, James Beatwell, 2E1GUA, at:-

    Mr James Beatwell, 2E1GUA
    36 Hunts Close
    Chelmsford, Essex. CM1 3HJ

    If you would like to receive your Membership Card by post, please enclose a Stamped Addressed Envelope - No SAE, No Membership Card! - or contact James at the next CARS Meeting.

    Note: Those aged under 16 or in full-time education receive FREE membership.

    Please see the Membership Form by clicking on the following link: Membership Form page

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    Contact Information

  • Postal Address

    Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society
    Colin Page G0TRM, Secretary
    1 The Leeway
    CM3 4PS

    To contact CARS Chairman on any topic

    Newsletter & Membership
    A Monthly Newsletter is provided to every paid-up member
    Contact Secretary
    Colin Page, G0TRM,
    E-Mail to CARS Secretary

    Newsletter Editor:
    Alan Elcoate, G0RTH
    E-Mail to CARS Newsletter Editor

    CARS Training Courses

    CARS offer a full range of Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Amateur Radio Licence Training Courses, Morse Classes and Skills Sessions:-

    Training Contacts

    CARS Training Manager:
    Clive Ward, G1EUC
    T: 01245-224577
    M: 07860-418835
    E-Mail to CARS Training Manager.

    Morse Training Manager:
    Andrew Kersey, G0IBN
    Tel: 01621-868347
    E-Mail to CARS Morse Training

    Direct QSL Address:-

    Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society
    c/o James Beatwell 2E1GUA
    36 Hunts Close, Writtle,
    Essex. CM1 3HJ

    NB: eQSL is now preferred

    GX0MWT QSL Card

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