G0MWT, GX0MWT, GB5HF, GB5SM, GB100MWT & M2T
Skills Night - Jul-2016
Monday July 18th was the mid-summer Essex Skills Night, hosted by CARS at Danbury Village Hall. Skills Coordinator Pete M0PSX has arranged some interesting topics/demos... (details below)
Skills is a great opportunity chance to get "hands-on" with aerials, datamodes, construction, our famous Quiz and more.
Activities on the night included:-
- Pixie Construction: Dave M0HBV demonstrated how to construct a Pixie QRP transceiver on the night - and had quite a few interested followers...
Pixie QRP transceiver built on the night - Before and After
- Portable: Charlie M0PZT brought his revised portable setup which includes an Elecraft KX3, new Powerpole cables and a light-weight balun. He also had a selection of accessories available to buy on the night from his Ham Goodies range.
- Testing: Mike G4NVT brought his test equipment for testing antennas and handhelds, VSWR testing etc His versatile setup on his spectrum analyser was used to measure filters amongst other things
Mike G4NVT test session - and his homemade low pass filter
- CARS: Membership & Merchandise, manned by Ray 2E0GVE
- Quiz: The CARS quiz, hosted by Chris G0IPU had some nice questions drafted by Murray G6JYB, including this anagram you can find in your radio licence...
Chris G0IPU with another intriguing Quiz question
- Essex CW Club: Regulars at Skills Night, helping to promote and encourage the Morse mode
- Data modes: Essex Ham had their usual Getting Started handouts for newcomers to the hobby. In additon Peter M0PSX brought something different - a demo of broadcast radio playout software
Radio Playout software demo by Peter M0PSX
- Callsign badges: James 2E0JTW brought his new engraver so you could get a new callsign badge while you wait...
The template for a new callsign badge
Our thanks to all, including representatives from CARS, Essex RAYNET, Essex Repeater Group, Essex CW Club, Essex Ham etc., as well as those in the kitchen who kept the tea/coffee and nibbles flowing.
Next Event: Monday 15-Aug-2016
Venue: Danbury Village Hall, CM3 4NQ
Skills Night takes place at the Danbury Village Hall – Entrance is free, and the event is open to all. Tea/coffee is also available.
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