Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society
    Afflilated 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.

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Latest Changes
9th April 2014 Added details of the May Meeting.   Updated the Committee list. Added the March Skills evening and the April CARS Meeting Report and Photos at Oaklands Museum. and IMD on 26th April.   Added the Empress of Ireland event under "Past Events".  

Provided by Peter Sipple, M0PSX - Click below for a montage of CARS, TARG, Essex CW Club and topical events.

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To be/remain a Member of CARS, send a Cheque for £15 – Adult Membership (16s and under are FREE) to:- Mr Brian Thwaites, 118 Baddow Hall Crescent, Great Baddow, CHELMSFORD, CM2 7BU. If you would like a receipt, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope with a 2nd class stamp.

May we remind you that if you have NOT paid your Subscription for this year you may be deemed to NOT be a Member of CARS and NOT entitled to a Newsletter etc.   In the next few weeks we will be deleating Non Members from our Newsletter list.

CARS Operating.
Saturday 26th April 2014 .
At Sandford Mill Museum, CM2 6NY.
"International Marconi Day (IMD)".
by CARS Members.

CARS are commemorating the Birth of Marconi on 25th April, 1874 by Operating Amateur Radio from 10am to 5pm at Sandford Mill, Chelmsford.   CARS will be operating Morse and SSB Radio.   Members of the public are encouraged to send greetings messages.
CARS will be using GX0MWT on most HF Bands.

The general Public are invited, FREE to Park, FREE to enter and FREE to enjoy all the events laid on by Dr Bowles and his Staff.
Colin Page, G0TRM will have his now famous Vintage Morse Demonstation.
Light refreshements will also be available.

The weather is traditionally good so see you there!

CARS Meeting.
Tuesday, 6th May 2014 .
At Oaklands Museum, Moulsham Street, CM2 9AQ.
"RMS Princess of Ireland".
by CARS Vice President, John Bowen, G8DET.

CARS try and record each of the major events which happened 100 years ago and involve Marconi.   Unfortunately many of these events involve the rescuing of persons from drowning but also involve the death of many as well.
Without the Marconi Wireless the death tole would either be much greater or total.

John will start the evening by telling a short story of the SS Voltunno which caught fire mid Atlantic in October 1913.   Marconi Wireless alerted 10 ships but storm conditions meant rescue was not possible until next day when 500 of the 650 persons on board were saved.   CARS missed comemorating this event.

The RMS Empress of Ireland set sail from Quebec on 28th May 1914 with 1054 passengers and a crew of 420 and headed down the St Lawrence River.   In the early hours of the 29th May she was rammed and sank in 14 minutes.

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Empress of Ireland

The hero of the day was Mr Ronald Ferguson, who later became CARS President, G4VF for 25 years and was Director of Marconi International Marine Company (MIMCo) in Chelmsford.

465 persons were saved but unfortunaley 1,012 were lost.

John will tell the intreging story in preparation for CARS Operating from Sandford Mill on Thursday, 29th May 2014, exactly 100 years after this event.   Everyone is welcome to the presentation on Tuesday 6th May at Oakland Museum.

On Thursday, 29th May Members of CARS, Marconi Veterans and Radio Officers Assoc are welcome but unfortunately members of the general public are not invited for this event.
CARS will be using GB100MWT for the rest of this year.

After G8DET's presentation, Tony G4YTG will have a nice A5 Souvenir Booklet for sale for the staggering amount of 50p.

CARS will have its now famous Raffle and the opportunity to have a cup of tea/coffee and a social chat during the break period.

CARS Meeting.
Tuesday, 1st April 2014 .
At Oaklands Museum, Moulsham Street, CM2 9AQ.
"Maritime Radio".
by CARS President, Carl Thomson, G3PEM.

Although the CARS meeting fell on April Fool's Day a good number of CARS Members and visitors turned up to hear Carl present his evening of Maritime Radio.

It was nice to meet in the light as the clocks have now changed to BST.

The evening started with CARS Chairman, John Yates, G1UZD talking about what the club Members had worked as the 10 Metre and to some extent the 12 Metre Bands had been quite open during the previous month.

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April Meeting.
Photo by John G8DET with Carl's camera

The Meeting was passed to Carl who said that he had a lovely surprise to receive through the post - a Glass Certificate from Radiodays in Holland.   Carl was Chief Engineer years ago on Radio Caroline and this commemorated that event.

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Carl holding his Certificate.

Carl started off his talk by giving some of the history of the first ships and installation fitted with wireless.
This laid the foundation for the May presentation by John Bowen, G8DET on the rescue of persons from the Empress of Ireland in May 1914.

Carl told numerious very interesting stories of events whioch happened during his career with Marconi.

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Carl showing a photograph of a transmitter.

Illustrated by photographs of the 1950/1960's equipment displayed at the Sandford Mill Museum.   Carl went through many of the well known Transmitters and Receivers used at both sea and shore stations.

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Carl circulated a number of historic Marconi documents.

During Question Time someone tried to draw Carl to talk his experence Radio Caroline but he was not to be drawn.

Another superb CARS Evening in our new venue.

Tea/coffee was well served by David and Myra Davies - well done and thank you.

CARS had its now famous Raffle with lots of great prizes.

Treasurer Brian, G3CVI was in attendance to receive Membership fees for 2013/2014 of £15.
John G8DET brought along 7 boxes of Fan Fold paper which were well received and taken away.
Andrew Kersey, G0IBN brought along some Silent Key items which again were well received.

Thanks to David from the Museum services who looked after us all in a very professional manner.

CARS Skills Workshop – March 2014 March.

The third CARS Skills Nights took place on Monday the 17th of March 2014, with almost 40 people meeting up to try something new, get help with any technical questions, and have a chat.   As with previous Skills Nights, there was quite a mix of activities.   Soldering and construction has previously been a requested item, so Members of the CARS training team David M0HBV and Chris G0IPU manned a demonstration stations allowing people to have a go at soldering for the first time, as well as get an introduction to surface-mount construction.

Skills Workshop
Skills Worksop at Danbury Village Hall.
Photo courtesy of ????

Carl G3PEM was on hand to offer antenna advice on how to set up antennas for the home environment, something that's very important for new entrants to the hobby, and the Echolink station operated by Jim 2E0RMI was a popular attraction once again.   CARS member Bruce M0XBS, took the concept of a Skills Workshop literally, by bringing along tools to repair a damaged radial on the club's 2m training vertical, and Clive G1EUC’s short quiz sparked some debate, and a few laughs too.

Members of the Essex CW Club were in attendance, with the sound of Morse drifting quietly across the hall for much of the night adding to the atmosphere.

Skills Workshop
Skills Worksop at Danbury Village Hall.
Photo courtesy of ????

Many attendees took the opportunity to bring along various items of show-and-tell, including Peter G0DZB’s Elecraft KX3, several VHF and HF antennas (with 4 Slim Jim antennas in use) as well as microphones, books and CW kit.

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the evening’s activities, especially to David G3SVI, Myra M0MYR and Ann (Mrs 2E0RMI) for the excellent catering.   Great to see so many people get together to chat and share, in the best spirit of the amateur radio hobby.

The CARS Skills Workshops are monthly events designed to help amateurs of all licence levels to meet up, share knowledge, help each other and try something new.   Events are free, and open to all.
The next event takes place at 7pm on Monday the 21st of April 2014, at the Village Hall in Danbury.

If you're planning to attend a future event and have any suggestions for upcoming topics, please contact the event's organiser Pete M0PSX via the Skills website at

A collection of pictures from the March 2014 event can be found at

Report and photos sumitted with thanks by Peter Sipple, M0PSX.

Clickable Links for current items.

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CARS Operating from Sandford Mill, Science & Industry Museum, Sunday 29th October 2013
for Science and Discovery Day.
Click here to follow the Link

CARS RMS Titanic story.
Click here to follow the Link to the RMS Titanic story

CARS June Meeting commemorating the Birth of Louis Varney, GB5RVA.
Click here to follow the Link to the June Meeting page

CARS operating GB5RVA from Sandford Mill.
Click here to follow the Link to GB5RVA page

CARS Meeting Place

We are back to the First Tuesday in the Month but at a NEW Venue - The Oaklands Museum at the top of Moulsham Street.

It is a prestigious building with a modern extension and we are on the First Floor.   There is a lift for wheel chairs.

CARS new Venue-Oaklands Museum
Oaklands Museum, in Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford.

From October 2013 CARS will meet at : -
Oaklands Museum,
Moulsham Street,
CM2 9AQ.

Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start but the Meeting will end at 10pm as the gates will be locked at 10.15pm.

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,) go down New London Road 200 yards, turn right into Moulsham Street and after 100 yards turn right again into the Museum.

WARNING - there are three (Yes 3) very high Sleeping Policemen to prevent "Rat Runners" - they will tear the bottom of your car unless you go steadily over them.

There is plenty on car parking but it is not intended CARS to park directly infrom of the Museum - reserved for people unloading kit.

Tea/Coffee/Chocolate is available on a DIY basis at 9pm break time.   Cups are provided.

There is normally no admission fee to CARS Meetings.   Visitors are always welcome.     Please identify yourself to Brian, G3CVI when you sign in and purchase a Raffle Ticket or two for Club Funds.

The Raffle is drawn after the refreshment interval.

CARS Membership

To be/remain a Member of CARS, send a Cheque for £15 for 2013-2014 – Adult Membership (under 16s or in Full Time Education - FREE) to:- Mr Brian Thwaites, 118 Baddow Hall Crescent, Great Baddow, CHELMSFORD, CM2 7BU.   If you would like a receipt, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope with a 2nd class stamp.
Please see the Membership Form by clicking on the following link : - Membership Joining Form page

Thanks to Geoff, G7KLV for sending the postal Newsletters – could it go by E-Mail?   Please inform Brian, G3CVI by E-Mail of any changes to your call-sign, postal or E-Mail address, etc.   E-Mail him on     g3cvi-"AT"   Only by you sending Brian your E-Mail address, can we ensure WE get it right!

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Contact Information

Postal Address

Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society
South View Road

To contact CARS Chairman on any topic

Newsletter & Membership

A Monthly Newsletter is provided to every paid-up
Member, either by E-mail (PDF) or by Post

Contact Secretary
Martyn Medcalf, G1EFL,
Tel: 01245-469008

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

Training Contacts

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

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

Direct QSL Address:-

Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society
South View Road

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