GB7WW Friday Night DMR Net – 18 Aug 23

The weekly net on GB7WW our local DMR repeater was well attended once again on Friday evening. The net which takes place from 7.30PM on Talk Group 9 and Repeater Slot 1 is becoming very popular with both Jon and Brian receiving enquiries about availability of DMR radios locally and also for Codeplug information so that new users can get on the air as soon as possible.

Both Jon and Brian will be at the Club on Tuesday ready to assist where we can, along with a laptop and programming leads for the Retevis RT3S and TYT MD-UV380 radios.

Flight Refuelling Rally “Wimborne Hamfest 2023”

Members were out and about again today this time visiting the well established Wimborne “Hamfest” run by the Flight Refuelling ARS.

We took the opportunity to offload as many of our Winter Rally Flyers as we could (thank you Karen M3KIR) followed by several circuits of the field and a visit to the Club House where both the RSGB and RAFARS had stands.

There were lots of interesting items and equipment for sale. Several DMR radios were snapped up by Jon G0IUE to increase the number of available gear to operate our local DMR Repeater GB7WW. If you are a paid up club member and wish to try out DMR and our new repeater please get in touch with a Committee Member (see link) or join us on a Tuesday evening at the Club and we will be happy to advise you on the new machine.

UKRAINE APPEAL by Nick UR6VQ – Really good to see the Ukraine Equipment stall at the rally and some of you will know club members have been donating surplus ham gear for shipping out to the Nick in Zaporizhzhia. Ham gear is being used there to support daily life where comms have failed due to loss of internet and cellular reception has been lost. Emergency services there are using ham equipment to maintain communications where everything else has failed. Nick and his fellow Hams are doing a great job and continues to need the help, kindness and generosity of Amateurs across the world to keep critical communication routes open in his City and surrounding towns and villages.

Here are some photos from today’s Hamfest – Till next time 73

Ben 2E0OMR/M

Raynet Display left, Malcolm Troy’s van on the Right

International 4m Net Controller -Glyn M6OVN and his 70mhz gear

Ham Radio Car Booters

Plenty of Parking in the sunshine

Rally Control Centre and Flight Refuelling ARS HQ

Rally De-Brief, new coax and more HF Fun – Tuesday 8th August

This week we had a rally de-brief and came up with some good suggestions and lessons learned which we’ll look to take forward to future rallies.

We set up two antennas on the field, a Buddipole for 40m and a Double Bazooka for 10m. Conditions were quite lively and many stations were worked.

Jacek M0PLS and John G0JYL installing the Buddipole.

The GB7WW repeater continues to work well and Brian announced that we will be starting a weekly net on the repeater on TG9 Slot 1; this is using GB7WW as a standalone box and locals are encouraged to join in. The net or activity period kicks off between 7.30pm and 8pm every Friday – all licensed amateurs welcome to call in. Brian Chamberlin kindly donated a further DMR handheld, a Retevis RT3S as well as the TYT MD760, for members to try out DMR and practice radio operating in a friendly environment – thanks so much Brian.

Jacek M0PLS tested the Club’s new reel of Messi and Paoloni coaxial cable and performance seemed to be excellent by the number of contacts made on 40m.

Really nice coax the Messi and Paoloni

Not too much else to report this week except to say have a great week and thanks for checking in. 73 till next time from the Chippenham Club Website Team.