The Time as Come !!
SARC is sad to announce that Steve Webster M1ERS.
Steve has been part of SARC for many years and has helped establish it as one of the premier clubs in the UK, he is also the founder of The GB7SF D Star Group and he has decided with much regret to leave SARC to concentrate all his efforts on building The GB7SF D Star club and we at SARC wish him well in this new and demanding venture That he as been working towards for some years. We would like to say a very big thank you to Steve for all his time and effort without which SARC would not have blossomed into the success it is today, notably Steve was instrumental in obtaining and making a huge success of the GX3RCM trailer which the club have donated to Steve as reward for all his efforts, he was also responsible for successful grant applications and the regional ‘’Club of The Year’’ trophy that SARC won last year.
It goes without saying that there will be a huge gap at SARC when Steve leaves which will be very hard to fill we wish him all the best in the future and know that he will make a success of building the GB7SF D Star club/ group, if you would like to be a part of this new venture just log on to his web page http://www.gb7sf.org.uk/ and contact him through that site. that steve as run for over 10 years now
Story of a Trailer
The GX3RCM Attended the Event
Science Week Convention on 14 March 2015 from 2 pm to 6 pm
at St John the Baptist Church Grainger Street Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5JG
(at junction with Westgate Road near Newcastle Central Station)
Come along and learn how we all communicate now.
•Chi Onwurah MP for Newcastle Central formerly of Ofcom Broadband Department Encouraging girls to engage in science and communication.
•Dr John Gould G3WKL President Radio Society of Great Britain Why does amateur radio continue to endure and attract in an age of Twitter, Facebook and Smart Phones?
•Break for tea and coffee
•D Star demonstration with Raspberry Pi and mobile phone • SDR • Echolink , and much more it will be a good day for all
Jim's Trailer (M0OND)
The story of Jim’s (M0OND) decision to have a purpose built trailer for portable use, it all began when I became interested in contesting on a Tuesday night. At the time SARC had a flourishing contest team led and managed by Mandy M0MDY, all members were encouraged to have a go if they wanted to, having got involved it soon became apparent that my QTH was no good for VHF/UHF I am too low down and restricted on the use of a mast and antennas by neighbouring houses/planning permission and finances something that affects most of us. I decided to go portable in my car which was ok but not ideal especially if it was dark and raining when packing up or setting up for that matter, I had some great contacts far more than I could get at home I remember the first time I went portable when everything was set up and ready to go I switched on my radio and was astounded at how many people there were out there it was like another world so I was hooked. Not being able to even think about a nice van or motor home because of finances I thought how nice it would be to have a purpose built trailer so having discussed it with other members they all encouraged me to go ahead but never having built a trailer before I was a bit daunted until Steve (M1ERS) said that he had built trailers before and he would help me build it.
So to cut a long story short I went into saving every penny mode for several months and finally we started, unfortunately the only place we could build it was in Steve’s front yard with no cover, so all the metal for the chassis was ordered and in between the rain, wind, ice, and snow we set to. Steve did all the measuring and welding for the chassis which was made easier for him because of my superb holding skills (just hold that while I tack weld this) was the cry heard on many occasions and so it went on for many weeks while the wooden framework w
ent together my holding skills were still of a very high standard of course.!! Well many, many, many cups of tea later we had the basic box trailer ready for towing and the inside just needed fitting out so it came back to my front garden and the inside and other finishing jobs were done (I think Steve gave a big sigh of relief ....well he was jumping up and down and laughing hysterically as I towed it away from his house so I guess he was pleased for me.??)
So all that’s left to do is have a look at the photos, the mast on the front of the trailer is permanent it is held by a clamp on the top and a swivel bracket on the bottom so all I have to do is undo the clamp swivel it down insert the other two tubes and fit it with an antenna and push it back into position tightening the clamp....job done. The ligh
ting is taken care of by a leisure battery and two twin tube 12v lights, the main power provided by a 2.3KVA generator and a 50Amp PSU of course you will be able to see the extension for plugging in 240volt items like my lap top and monitor, the heating is taken care of by either a little gas fire or an electric fan heater, the tea and food is taken care of by the gas cooker with my camping table strapped to the inside back door providing open air dining on a sunny day.!! I have on board antennas for HF(Windom) 6m(Beam) 2m(Beam) 70cms(Beam) so I can now potter off any time I feel like it and set it up knowing I am going to be warm, dry, and very comfortable.
My thanks to all who encouraged me mainly the members of SARC past and present and a big thank you to Steve M1ERS without whose help and know how it wouldn’t have been possible. Of course I can’t miss out Irene (Steve’s Wife) who put up with me emptying her supplies of tea and biscuits on a weekly basis.
Story By Jim M0OND
New fusion & DMR Repeaters in Sheffield
GB7SF Repeater Group in Sheffield Will be soon installing a New Repeater for the users with the new yaesu radio you will be able to us your old hand held’s as well, (Thanks to our sponsors’) we will also be Demonstrating the system with a Hand Held from the gx3rcm communication unit from events, the DMR repeater will give Amateurs the roaming facility when Mobile this is a Dream come true for the Amateur Radio futurity. things are looking good, GB7SN will be link to all groups DMR repeater on the Network to give a super covarage to all Amateurs
I would like to say one thing about DMR, as an amateur we have been trying to get good coverage over the country from our mobile for many years, with some roaming on Amateurs Repeater DMR will now give us this!! We need to install our Repeater in a sensible way, up and down the country, to build up our net work that will serve all, at the time of d- star Digital Communication are good and is still good. Yes we can link to the other repeater same as the Fusion Systems, but the DMR will do this with a seamless change over from one repeater to another, I would like to think that it’s time now to move with all the 3 Systems this is why the Group as Decided to install more Repeater in the group to give Sheffield a good coverage. The Group have been working very hard in the background and are willing to help in any way we can to improve out network like we did with dstar, irlp, and the echolink systems and move with the time, and work together to build the infrastructure for amateurs to enjoy
Although there are no DMR radios being manufactured currently by amateur vendors, we are all using commercial
radios, Motorola, Vertex, etc, however Yaesu is actively in the works producing a TDMA radio for the amateur market.
There are several models to choose from and even some that can support field programming like amateur radios. We
understand this is very different than traditional amateur radio, but our network accomplishes some very major points
that are at the core of amateur radio. Experimenting/Using/Designing New Technology and act as a catalyst for
education & learning and to promote the growth of Amateur Radio as a hobby. That’s what Amateur radio is about.
Welcome to SARC 2015
COME AND JOIN THE NEW SHEFFIELD AMATEUR RADIO CLUB.
New Year Membership of the new SARC starts on Monday 5th Jan 2015.
New and previous members are welcome to apply, this also includes CB radio users or anyone else interested in radio communications and want to have a go at Amateur Radio ,working stations all around the world..
Membership fees for SARC also include full membership of our club venue "Sheffield Transport and Sports Club" which will provide additional facilitiessuch as bar,TV, snooker & pool tables and on some nights free food would be also provided. The new membership fee is £50.00 per year, less than £1 per week with nothing to pay on the door for a great night out.
If you have not got a amateur radio licence we can train you and get you through the foundation examination, which is held at the club.
If you live in a flat or other property where aerials (Antennas) are a problem then you can use the Club Radio Shack which has state of the art ICOM, Yaesu and Kenwood Radio transceivers for HF,VHF and UHF which cover all the main amateur bands.
UK Amateur Licence Review
UK Amateur Licence Review
There is now just one week before the Consultation closes on 20 October and Ofcom have advised us that only about 300 people have responded so far.
Ofcom will be relying heavily on the volume and content of the responses as evidence of what the amateur radio community feels about the proposals and it is vital that everyone who has an opinion completes the online form.
Whilst we published some explanatory notes on the website soon after the document was released, it is apparent that many amateurs have not yet read the document which is far from straightforward in several places.
We are thus today publishing further guidance together with suggested responses to the key questions at www.rsgb.org/ocguidance.
Please make sure that you respond to Ofcom, or urge any other amateurs that you are in contact with, to do the same.
UK Amateur Licence Review links