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March Newsletter
CHAIRMAN’S CHAT
 
A great shame about last month's meeting, but due to the very bad conditions with snow and ice we regrettably had to cancel the meeting. But, our mid-month meeting was the Quartzmite project presented by Colin G8TMV, very interesting Colin, and thanks.
glad to say the WX is warming up, just had a couple of hours in the garden this morning (Friday 23rd) not that I'm much of a gardener but must soon start to think about getting some summer plants in!!
  
AT THE G4DXWorkers QTH.

This past month I have found plenty of DX around (SSB of course!!) particularly down into Africa. ZS South Africa, TN Rep of Congo, TY Benin, TJ Cameroon, 3C0 Annobon, 7X Algeria and 3V8 Tunisia. Over to the west now, FG Guadeloupe, PJ5 Saba, PJ2 Curacao, LU Argentina and NP Puerto Rico plus a couple of VK's. 83 countries in the log for this year so far, and I'm 24th in the CDXC DX Marathon Challenge in the SSB section, so still holding my own but having finished 53rd last year with 136 countries worked I expect to drop down further and further as the year goes on!!!!
See you all on Wednesday,
73 es Gd dx Ron
 
 At the QTH of G8XLH
Apart from planning the club program for the rest of the year, I did manage to repair an Icom 720A which was deemed “worthless” and has now been repaired for the cost of a Zener Diode from my spare stock. I also managed to work on FT8 Saudi Arabia on 17M and received the E-QSL a few minutes later.
 
Next Meeting-28th March - Restoring Vintage Radios by Tony Thompson.
 
Tony is a local author, and has written a series of books on restoring vintage radios. Qualified in Radio, TV and colour TV servicing, he worked in the rental TV trade and educational television programme production before training as a Design and Technology teacher, after which he taught technology in all its forms for many years before retirement in the summer of 2001.
 
In between times, he gained a degree and ran his own retail TV, video and Hi-Fi shop and servicing business.  He had articles published in 'TELEVISION', 'RADIO BYGONES', 'EVERYDAY PRACTICAL ELECTRONICS' and other magazines and his book, Design & Technology: Electronic Products for GCSE
 
He also runs the Vintage Radio world Website:-
http://www.vintageradioworld.co.uk/
Via the website you can also receive a wide range of “Service Sheets” covering domestic Radios, Tape Recorder and Amplifiers for a small fee. Shown below are some of his current publications
  
Special Events Team Information (SETI)
 
1st April 2018 RAF 100 Anniversary- GB0LRS (Langtoft Radar Station)
 
We need help on Saturday 31st March from 1pm local time, setting up and preparing the 2 halls. One for display and public information and setting up the rear hall ready for the 2 operating stations.
Sunday April 1st. from 8.00 am setting up antennas, radio stations and displays etc. PUS operating, talking to the public and at the end of the day packing it all up. This event is being publicized so a good turnout of PADARC members would be welcomed.
 
The venue is:-
Market Deeping Scout Hall.
Wellington Way.
Market Deeping.
PE6 8DW.
 
Editor’s Note:-
If your Satnav takes you into a housing estate, you need the opposite side of Wellington Way where the Scout Hut backs onto the industrial units.
 
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.6863995,-0.3170295,3a,60y,68.99h,84.83t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sxZgCr9hJo1JBU1Mk9v9kiQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
 
Extra Meeting 2nd Wednesday of the month
 
The next extra meeting is natter night/on air night on the 11 April.
 
Club Program 2018
 
The last page of this newsletter is the complete club program for 2018 which cover events both at the Club QTH and External Special Events.
 
Info from John G4HPW
 
I had intended to point out this site some time ago.
 
It is an American radio history site with a huge collection of old radio magazines to look at.
 
If you scroll down you will find sections titled World Radio, each section dealing with a different country.
 
Links: (just examples)
 
http://www.americanradiohistory.com/
 
http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Wireless_World_Magazine.htm
 
http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Practical_Wireless_Magazine.htm
 
http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Short_Wave_UK.htm
 
From the shack of M5ATR
 
Following on from our last meeting where Colin G8TMV showed us his Quartzmite project, I ordered one of his surface mount kits and a microscope from eBay and I am going to give SMD construction a try.  Will keep you all posted.
 
http://www.tuckley.org/
 
http://www.tuckley.org/qmite/index.html

Reverse CAT
 
Many of you will be used to the idea of using the CAT or CIV to control a Transceiver from a computer. Several software Authors have looked at using the information from the Transceiver to control other products.
 
The first is to drive a remote SDR radio like “Hack Green” but using the real controls on your transceiver.
For more information visit the author’s website: https://catsyncsdr.wordpress.com/
See a YouTube video of CAT Sync under: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbSHfkjhx0c
The next is for users of the FT817 to drive a larger colour display rather than just the small LCD on the front of the rig, plus it includes extra information. Available as a Kit, Ready Built or just Software only.
 
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CatDisplay-ASSEMBLED-3-5-TFT-FT-817-FT-817ND/112839741864?hash=item1a45c5d1a8:g:FfIAAOSwQcJZ8b8X
 
EBay Seller ID c_day-nz
 
Finally for those who have the IC-7300 this allows the rig spectrum plot and waterfall to display on a computer. You can also point and click with the mouse to control the radio. No hardware needed just a USB lead.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvmbGY4uQWs

Club Website: -
www.padarc.co.uk
Facebook page: Peterborough and District Amateur Radio Club
 
Club Meetings: - 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the Month.
 
We do not charge a nightly fee on the 4th Wednesday of the month meetings, but encourage you to buy raffle tickets which helps towards our rent for the hall and guest speakers travel cost.
 
Annual membership is £10 pa and covers items like insurance and club equipment. Free membership is available for those under 18 and in full time education. Subs are due in April at the AGM.
 
Club Nets:-
HF – Monday 20:00 (local time) 1.980 MHz c/s G4EHW
 
VHF - Tuesday 20:00 (local Time) 145.400 c/s M1PRC (1st & 3rd of the month)
 
All welcome to join in. Reception reports most welcome.
 
Parking at club QTH
Unfortunately parking is quite tight at the club. We have tried to negotiate additional parking at the school but failed to make any progress. So do not park at the school even if the barrier is up, as you could be locked in until the following morning.
 
There is a public carpark (Glatton Drive) which is closer than the shops and has a walkway which brings you out close to the club QTH.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Southfields+Primary+School/@52.5536223,-0.2224968,116m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x4877f03fbe2bbcab:0 xbe9ebbf8e1297dec!8m2!3d52.5518784!4d-0.222791
 
An alternative plan (at your own risk) is to park against the hedge which runs from the community centre to the school gates. You can exit at the school gates end with a tight RH turn. However you will have to wait for the car in front to leave before you can.
 
73
Alan G8XLH
 

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