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CARS Meetings April - June 2013

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1st September 2013 Transfered April, May and June Meetings from the Home Page.  

April Meeting:-
Friday, 12th April at 7.30pm.
At our New Venue of Great Baddow Parish Hall,
CM2 7DW.
"Kits and Making Amateur Radio Kits"
by Mark Sanderson, M0IEO.

CARS are pleased to report that CARS Member and Region 12 RSGB Representitive Mark, M0IEO will inform us of Kits available to the Radio Amateur to make into working products for use in our hobby.

With the CARS construction competition coming up in August, it’s time to look at what is available in kit format, from simple receivers to the latest Elecraft 10W kit.

For those who are not quite so experienced in construction, there are kits from the likes of Ramsey, who produce some very good self-build receivers, they are good on their own, but fun to experiment with!

So why not have a look at Kit Build - get those irons hot and have a go - let’s give Carl,G3PEM something to look forward to in the Constructors Competition in August.

CARS will have its now famous Raffle run by Carl, G3PEM and James, 2E1GUA.

A good evening will be had in our New Venue.   See Venue photos below.

May Meeting:-
Friday, 3rd May - 7.30pm for 8pm.
At the QTH of TARG, Canvey Island SS8 9RA
Note - there will be NO CARS Meeting on Friday 10th May at Great Baddow.
"Quality Bring and Buy Sale"
Joint Meeting with TARG.

The first joint CARS / TARG event, the Tabletop Sale, was held on the evening on the 3rd of May 2013 at Jubilee Hall, Waterside Farm Sports Centre, Somnes Avenue on Canvey Island. The evening was very well attended by members of both clubs. Many members picked up a bargain or too, or won a prize in the joint raffle. Pete M0PSX has prepared a short video of the evening, which is on YouTube (Tabletop Sale YouTube Clip). He has also put together a short write-up with photos on his Essex Ham Website: Tabletop Sale May 2013 Write-up

TARG Jubilee Hall
Setting up the Tabletop sale on Canvey Island
TARG Jubilee Hall
TARG Chairman Mike M0MMB with our Chairman John G8DET

Past June Meeting:
Was on Friday, 14th June, 2013 at 7.30pm
At Great Baddow Parish Hall, CM2 7DW
"Used Royal Navy Equipment for Radio Amateurs"
Charles Riley of Yacht Radio in Wiltshire

"Modern Military Surplus... Or how to avoid buying 150 military mop heads...."

Yacht Radio Vertical antennaFor our June meeting, we have Charles Riley of Yacht Radio in Wiltshire coming to talk to us about Royal Navy equipment for the Radio Amateur.   Charles’s company buys up surplus stock from the Royal Navy Quartermasters’ stores and sells it on to radio amateurs - being ex-Navy, it will be extremely well made, would have been expensive when in production and will be engineered to last.

Are we about to enter another golden age when high quality radio equipment is once again available to the Radio Amateur? This talk aims to convey an understanding of what is beginning to appear on the surplus market with an emphasis on ex-Royal Navy equipment. It will give you a guide as to what is available, what to use it for, what is useful and what is not. It will also help you avoid making mistakes. The presenter Charles Riley (G4JQX) will be bringing along some examples of what is available, as well as some unusual items .... and yes, there will be a free mop head for anyone interested.

Charles started life as a sponsored Student Engineer at Pye Telecom in Cambridge and ended his first career as the Board Member of a large international company designing and delivering safety critical radio based transportation systems in Asia. A near fatal DVT problem as a result of too much international travel meant a second career in Marine Surveying followed which has also developed into an interest in Marine communications and technology, especially that used by the Royal Navy. Charles has been a Radio Amateur since 1979, first holding the call G8OHD, then G4JQX in 1980. He has had a number of Amateur Radio articles published and is currently obsessed by chasing Sporadic E contacts on 4m.

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