Welcome to Thames Amateur Radio Group (TARG)

Link to YouTube

Watch this 5 min PowerPoint / You Tube Introduction to TARG….. 

  • Fri 18th Jan. 8pm. TARGet Nite: (See Diary page, Knots put back to July)
  • Fri 25th Jan. 8pm Net Via GB3DA. Preceded by CW on 144.250USB at 7.15pm.

Reminder that training dates have been released:
Foundation: 16/17 February | Intermediate: 27-28 April +4-5 May | Foundation: 20/21 July

Photo of Presentation

4th Jan: Once a year we have a non-Radio presentation. TARG were pleased to welcome Toni from Nat West Bank, who gave an enthralling presentation on Fraud and Scams backed up with PowerPoint, Leaflets, Videos and many anecdotal examples. The audience was fully engaged; more so than on some radio subjects!

The planned presentation on Knots has now been put back to July Meeting. 

Picture of Field Day30th Dec. Field Day at Two Tree Island

Brrrrrrr! It was cold, but worth it. Thick mist and a sea breeze didn’t dampen the enthusiasm. We had a line of 13 cars with a varying array of antennas and a total of 25 visitors to the event – including John G4LTH who took the opportunity to add a notch to “Worked All Britain” from the Island with a SotaBeam. Huw, M0LHT, was there from the crack of dawn joined throughout the day by fellow enthusiasts including Birthday Girl, Dorothy M0LMR. 

Some were there for the operating and others for specific tests – more in the newsletter – such as comparing a 80m antenna using just the mag-mount earth comparing to chassis earthing and then compared to two wire radials. A significant difference between them. 

More pictures and longer write-up on the News Page ….

Photos of Projects21Dec. TARGet Nite. At the last club meeting we asked if people still wanted a TARGet Nite only a few days before Christmas? Yes they did – and 21 people attended bringing with them a variety of projects. [See News Page]

Andrew M0ONH (top photo) brought a home-brew device with a RF sniffer which detects when you begin to transmit and then gives a countdown based on a traffic light system so that you don’t exceed the repeater time-out. Del 2E0EVZ sporting the hat and Ben G1JLG were trouble shooting a power supply. There was also a demo of a working Bitex – more on that next time and an antenna for use at our field day on 30th December [see Diary and Newsletter].

The Training Committee met and fixed dates for the next round of training with a new format which will include one-to-one mentoring. Eve 2E0EVN being the first to book a place. [See: Training ]

December Exam9th Dec. Congratulations to all four candidates who passed their Full Licence today. On the first our Full On-Line Examinations. Both candidates and Trainers were impressed with the ease of the new On-Line Exams now being provided by RSGB. Candidates were pleased that they got their result straight away and the work-load for Invigilators is greatly reduced.

Also praise for our condensed weekend course that helps candidates get into “exam mode”. 

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