Welcome to Thames Amateur Radio Group (TARG)

Photo of Field Day19May: Talking to  the Birds.

Following Mark’s Club Talk on 4th May about how to work amateur radio satellites; on 19th May TARG spent the day at Hadleigh Country Park putting the theory into practice. 

And, guess what? It worked! 

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Photo of Target Nite

18May: Variety at TARGet Nite

Every 3rd Friday we have our evening for hands-on projects.

There was programming DMR (photo), in another corner was faulting finding in a piece of electrical kit and upstairs the Morse Code course. 3D printing had a digital sundial comprising a plastic moulding that sun shines through to project the time onto the wall or table. 

Photo of Watt Tyler Park

12May: Preparation for GB2MFM

A few of us visited Watt Tyler Park with a 2m and 70cm rig to test repeater and simplex access so that we can update the GB2MFM website. 

We had a QSO on 2m with a station in Hastings on the South Coast some 70 miles away over the North Downs.

Clearly the elevated position of the Pill Box, operating from the roof of the Pill Box and having the antenna on a high mast makes all the difference. 

The event itself, in September, will have 2m, 70cm and DMR options making it the ideal mode of communications for contact in the South East of England. 

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Intermediate Course 06May201806May: From M6 to 2E0

The sun shone on these candidates. 100% pass rate for the Intermediate Course. 

For one candidate, it was their third attempt (but first attempt with TARG).

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Photo of CW boot camp30Apr: Congratulations to Chair of Essex CW, and TARG member, Dean G4WQI (left in photo) for coming FIRST in England in the “CQ World Wide DX CW Contest” on 15m. He came 3rd in Europe and 11th in the world!

You can meet Dean to ask his secret as he is our guest speaker at the TARG June meeting where he will be talking on the subject antennas – perhaps with a mention of CW thrown in.  

Photo of Training

29/30Apr: First weekend of our two weekend Intermediate Course. Some people prefer this style of training as their weekdays can be busy.

The first weekend is where we do the construction projects so that the second weekend can concentrate on the theory ready for the written exam on Sunday afternoon. On this course we have six candidates giving a student to tutor ratio of 1-2-1: Any questions, just ask!

Photo of Dorothy M0LMR27Apr: A big thank you to Dorothy M0LMR for hosting the TARG net this evening.

We are very keen that the Controller role be available to regular TARG members and that everyone, from any club, feel free to join in.

This is an excellent opportunity for M6s in particular to join-in to get practice on-air. (Pic courtesy of EssexHam).


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