Martin has used materials that anyone might have access to and a construction technique which didn’t require any specialised machining of parts.
We are looking forward to seeing the Antenna in operation, in the contest arena soon.
You may have read our item on VHF Field Day, well we have produced an excellent, video taken at the weekend of the field day. Showing our VHF / UHF setup and giving you an in site into the friendly world or VHF/UHF Amateur Radio Contesting in the UK.
Many of the members of Worksop Amateur Radio Society take part in the weekly VHF/UHF UKACs run by Amateur Radios Governing Body the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). These are both fun and competitive, and I have to say addictive.
But don’t take my word for it. Have a look at the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_isKCHitW_w and tell us what you think.
If you want to take part and are unsure how to start, why not join our friendly club !
So what are Field Days all about? The main drive behind the event is to encourage Amateur Radio Operators and Clubs to test their preparedness and ability to set-up emergency communications.
This work involves setting up a portable Amateur Radio Station, including the deployment of a number of antennas. Clubs may not use mains power, so generators, batteries, solar and wind power are used as they would have to be in an emergency.
There is a contest activity part of National Field Day where stations will try and make as many contacts as they can in a 24 hour period. During a Contact (or QSO ) certain information will be exchanged. Here in the UK we exchange a Call Sign, Serial Number and the Locator of where the Amateur Radio Station is located.
Why is there a contest element? Well, this tests the group’s ability to plan the event ensuring that it can operate over a 24 hour period, providing Amateur Radio Operators to cover the station’s operation. Secondly by operating over 24 hours this tests the technical set-up of an Amateur Radio Station that, very often, will involve different people supplying different parts and constructed somewhat hastily.
Also tested, but very much part of the fun, is the group’s ability to camp out and provide food and drink for everyone during the contest.
Personally for me this was a great fun weekend with the opportunity of combining camping, which I love, and Amateur Radio too.
The RSGB Contest Committee have announced that as part of the continuing initiative to consult with the contesting community over topics of mutual interest, the Contest Committee has published the 2015 White Paper. This document contains 36 proposals and suggestions for changes to the RSGB contest rules for 2016. The White Paper is available from the RSGB Contest Committee website at www.rsgbcc.org/whitepaper2015.pdf or by clicking on this link.
Please take a few minutes to read this, and then please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 7th August 2015.