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06Oct: This month we didn’t have one speaker – we had two! First up was Fred 2E0FRE who teaches Health and Safety for a living, with a follow up to questions raised at  the meeting earlier in the year when we did our fire drill.

He was followed by Bejoy 2EOKFB (photo), TARG tutor, who demonstrated a clever training aid he built having been inspired by his father who was a physics teacher. 

Don’t forget the TARG net (open to all licenced amateurs) on Fridays 8pm (GB3DA) when there is no club meeting. The controller will rotate between members with an optional practice at the 20th Oct TARGnet nite.

01Oct: Another round of candidates passed our Foundation Licence Course this weekend. All five candidates (including one who travelled from Macclesfield) got through the practical and exam to the delight of all concerned. This course was a special occasion for TARG as it included the 100th candidate since the club began training; that honour goes to Sureshkumar Vellaichamy (2nd from right). 

Photo of fixing malp

27th Sept: In response to our Health and Safety Audit we (well, Mark M0IEO and Norman M0FZW) installed a new brighter lamp (right) to help avoid a trip hazard in the car park. 

The club shack has an excellent location with loads of parking and easy access but it does get dark in the winter so the new light was installed just in time. 

17 Sept: Another great club field event at Hadleigh Country Park. Photo below shows the morning crew and more members visited in the afternoon. No tent this time as rain was forecast and we had to be prepared to pack away quickly but still set up five different antennas that attracted enquiries from passers by. As always a very useful exercise in operating portable especially for less experienced amateurs to try new techniques as more experienced hams were on hand for help and guidance. 

16 Sept: Yes, it’s a big picture so you can see the entries into the Light Bulb Challenge. Years ago, apparently, you needed a licence for an antenna so radio hams used a light bulb instead. Six different designs were entered in our summer project competition. There was a ladder line, artificial ground plain, long filament, sky dish, ordinary bulb, and a loud speaker shaped cone. CW was sent over 400m and the winner was John M0JRW (picture left) who just pipped Nigel M0ICH (second left) by one S-point. Educational and fun. 

Group Photo

01 Sept: In preparation for TARGs fourth field event of 2017 – see Diary Page – later this month Mark M0IEO gave a presentation on the planning that goes into such an event. He explained the issues around insurance, permission as well as the practicalities of what equipment to take and how to set it up. The evening concluded with refreshments, raffle and an auction. Notices drew attention to the updated Calendar found on the Diary page of this website. 

Future events in the news:

Train the Trainers

TARG is pleased to be hosting the RSGB “Train the Trainers” event on Saturday 9th Dec (9am-5pm). Training open to candidates from any club and is delivered free to RSGB members but we will be asking for a £5 donation per candidate towards hall hire, buffet lunch and refreshments. To book contact Nigel.m0ich@gmail.com. Click here for Link to RSGB website page

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