Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society

CARS Meetings: April - June 2021

April Meeting
Tue 6-Apr-2021, 7.30-9pm
Online by Zoom
"50 Years in the Hobby"
By Don Field G3XTT

For April, we welcomed Don Field G3XTT, Editor of Practical Wireless, who gave us a beautifully illustrated look back over his 50+ years in the hobby - a period of amazing experience and great changes.

Don is a keen HF DXer and contester, and is in the top DXCC rankings. He has also been involved with managing the IOTA Contest and served on various RSGB Committees. His travels have included much of Africa and other DXpeditions

His time in the hobby started as a SWL in 1966 but he began to hear amateurs on 160m and 80m.

This prompted him to get his licence in 1968 whilst still in the 6th Form. Indeed he was so keen that he took his Morse test before getting the C&G results.

Early Days: Lafayette Receiver and a Yaesu FT101

At university in 1970 contesting such as CQWW caught the interest, and he went on a DXpedition to activate Scottish counties. After university he first job went towards 4m and 2m kit

At home it was pretty basic but in the 1980s he got married, acquired a Jaybeam tribander and a windup mast for some real antenna gain.

As the 1990s arrived be moved from Cambridge to Reading and the first 286PC brought early computer logging and RTTY.

1990s - Computers arrive - TurboLog and RTTY on a 286 PC

Over time he started to venture around various African locations as part of the Voodoo Contest Group Local and hotels were often very helpful in assisting with erecting antennas for these 'weird' hams.

Don has also taken part in many DXpedition operations further afield including St Kilda, Market Reef, Iceland, Walvis Bay (near Namibia), Spratley Isles etc. Don once gave a talk about his time with Rodrigues Island 3B9C (near Mauritius) to CARS back in May 2005.

2012: Titanic Special Event GR100MGY (from Goldalming birthplace of Jack Philips)

2015: Greece SZ1A for CQWW - 2018: Cyprus Sovereign Base ZC4A

Nowadays Don uses an Icom 7610 (the big brother of the 7300), but he started with a Layfayette 340 receiver and eventually a FT101.

Our thanks to Don for a really great tour of amateur radio

May Meeting
Tue 4-May-2021, 7.30-9pm
Online by Zoom
"Further Adventures at VHF/UHF"
By Tim Kirby GW4VXE

Tim Kirby GW4VXE from Practical Wireless will give a talk on ‘Further adventures with your VHF/UHF station’.


  • Meeting ID: 822 0687 6272
  • Passcode: 942613

    June Meeting
    Tue 8-Jun-2021, 7.30-9pm
    Online by Zoom
    "A Guide to EMF"
    John Rogers M0JAV

    RSGB EMC Chair, John Rogers M0JAV, will explain all about EM-Field exposure and the assessments that amateurs will need to undertake.

    Background info:

    Note the date – this is the second Tuesday of the month. Tue Jun-1 will have a CARS net instead.


  • Meeting ID: 884 9468 5211
  • Passcode: 939011

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