TARG Club Night Nov 2012

Thanks to everyone who attended the Thames Amateur Radio Group Club Night on November. For those not able to make it, here’s a quick summary:

The meeting took place on Friday the 2nd of November 2012 at the Jubilee Hall, Waterside Farm on Canvey.

The evening kicked off with a short introduction by the Group’s chairman Mike M0MMB, followed by an overview of the club and introductions by Norman M0FZW.

The meeting was then opened up to the floor for suggestions, and discussion of the various modes that club members were interested in operating, or learning more about.

The assembled audience at Jubilee Hall on 2nd Nov 2012

The assembled audience at Jubilee Hall on 2nd Nov 2012

After a break, it was time for the evening’s main event, a talk on aircraft maintenance by Mike M0MMB.

Mike started his career at British Air Ferries in Southend. During his 23 years in aircraft engineering, Mike has covered a lot of ground fixing aircraft around the world, including two years as a “flying spanner” troubleshooting problems in places such as Russia.

Currently, Mike is working for British Airways at Heathrow on the Boeing 767 Failsafe Line. He explained what the role entails and showed us several behind-the-scenes photos of what goes on in the massive hangers at Heathrow,  the inside of aircraft wing fuels tanks and the inside of the powerful Rolls Royce engines.

Mike M0MMB, talking about aircraft maintenance

Mike M0MMB, talking about aircraft maintenance

Mike impressed upon us all how much care and attention is taken in making sure the British Airways fleet is safe, reminding us that in the world of aircraft maintenance, “there is no such thing as a second chance.”

Thanks very much to Mike for taking the time to give us a peek behind-the-scenes, for handing round a few items to let us get a feel for what holds aircraft together, and for demonstrating the expertise that aircraft engineers are armed with.

To wrap up the night, the raffle was drawn, and after everyone had collected their goodies, Tom 2E0TNC reminded members of a few key points of interest:

  • The TARG shack is available for use by the membership. Contact the committee to book some time!
  • The next meeting is on the 14th of December – the subject will be “Digital Modes”
  • The first TARG Net takes place on Sunday the 4th of November on GB3DA at 8pm
2m tape measure antenna, constructed by Norman M0FZW

2m tape measure antenna, constructed by Norman M0FZW

Thanks again to all who attended and for the lively debate and suggestions. Hope to catch you all on the Net and at our December meeting

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