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Photo of 15Dec15Dec TARGet Nite. This is our second regular monthly meeting. On this occasion we had 3 activities representing the evolution of radio from Morse Code, through home-brew construction, to modern-day SDR radio. 

John 2E0LFX demonstrated SDR on a lap top. Even with a car roof antenna and no ground plain we were able to pick up stations talking on 2m. 

Morse Code class. We took it in turns to send and receive using both a paddle and a straight key. All levels of operator are welcome. This worked really well and we’ll be developing this popular of the hobby.

Construction. Building and testing toroids under the supervision and instruction of Norman M0FZW. 

10Dec Advanced Exam. Six candidates from TARG attended a full days facilitated revision at the club in preparation for their afternoon exam. There is no indicative marking for the Advanced so it’s finger’s crossed for a couple of weeks. 

09Dec Train the Trainers Course

TARG were the hosts for 21 candidates from 7 different clubs for the one-day “Train the Trainers Course” led by 3 experienced RSGB tutors. A mixture of teaching styles were explained from using a flip chart to a self made internet quiz. Picture shows Huw, M0LHT, entertaining the audience with some hot tips on safe soldering (having done a lesson plan or course).

Photo of meal07Dec Christmas Meal

Being off club premises makes it easier to talk about non-radio subjects; this makes it ideal for our spouses and partners to join in and meet the people who are only known by name or reputation!

Tony G0JYI won the top prize in the raffle, a gift voucher, and the four runners up won a bottle of Prosecco. Thanks to Belinda, M6JNX, for organising the event.

 Photo of Ann with Radio01Dec Christmas Social

Thanks to everyone who came to the Club Christmas Social. No speaker – other than notices – so it gave people an opportunity to mingle and talk about their lives outside of radio.

As is traditional, there was a bumper raffle. This year there was a twist. A winning ticket allowed the person to pick one from many identical boxes; when all the boxes were won the winners opened their box to reveal a number relating to one of the prizes. Picture shows Ann, M6HLP, who won the hand held transceiver.

Notices covered the many activities that are planned as a follow up to the feed back received at the AGM last month.

Check out the Diary page and get your name down for the Coach Trip to the Kempton Rally, and join us at Hadleigh Park on 30th Dec. Right….. now to prepare for the Train the Trainers Course which is taking place on 9th Dec with candidates coming from Clubs in Essex and beyond. December will be busy. 

Photo of Club Night

Oh! What a (Target) Nite! 

17th Nov: About 30 members were involved in a range of different activities. 

Upstairs two members were taking their theory Foundation Paper having completed their practical assessments at the previous TARGet Nite. We are delighted to congratulate Rachel (left) and Jacky (right) on passing the exam. They will have their new M6 call-signs in time for Christmas. Also shown is Mark M0IEO (Senior Training Manager).

Downstairs projects included; Soldering, Using an Oscilloscope to demonstrate filtering of an oscillator, building an “balun” (bottom photo), small group discussions and all supported by a big supply of home made cakes. Also, next years Training Dates have been confirmed – see Training Page. 

Two New Dates announced:

  • 30th Dec. Field Day at Hadleigh Country Park (weather permitting). This time we’re going to try something different. Remote Operating. The antennas will be on top of the hill but the operator will be by the cafe – where the public are – for more interaction and demonstrate what amateur radio is all about.
  • Inside of coach31st Dec. TARG and CARS (Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society) are planning a joint coach trip to Kempton Radio Rally on Sun 15 April 18. But we need to know numbers a.s.a.p. to work out the size of the coach and the cost (est about £12-15 p.p)  Interested? Email Secretary@ThamesARG.org.uk by 31st Dec. (The full size coach will have a toilet; but the luxury mini-bus does not – however we do pass service stations along the way.

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