• [SDARC] Club Christmas Dinner 2021

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    Swindon & District Amateur Radio Club

    Club Christmas Dinner 2021

    Posted: 29 Sep 2021 02:49 AM PDT https://www.sdarc.net/2021/09/29/club-christmas-dinner-2-2/

    Yes, you may have become so embroiled with the drama at the forecourts or
    the pandemic that you failed to notice that Christmas is just around the corner!!!!

    Following successful visits to the Harvester in Blunsdon in recent years,
    we are again booked in there for our Christmas Dinner and Awards evening.

    This years date for your diary is Thursday 9th December. We are nominally booked for 19.30 for 19.45.

    You have a choice of a 2 course menu for £15.99 or a 3 course one for


    Menu (PDF)Download

    Please see the above file for menu choices which you will need to decide on
    at booking.

    Minimum deposit of £5 on initial booking or you can choose the pay the full amount.

    Limited places! FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!

    70MHz Radios for Loan to SDARC Members

    Posted: 17 Mar 2021 07:26 AM PDT https://www.sdarc.net/2021/03/17/70mhz-radios-for-loan-to-sdarc-members/

    Several 4m FM-only radios have been donated to the club by Paul G6UAJ.
    These have been tested and are ready to
    go. The intention is to offer them on long-term loan to club members to increase activity on the band. If you are
    interested in borrowing one, please contact Paul G6UAJ (G6UAJ@gmx.co.uk).

    There’s no time limit on the loan, but the radios remain the property of SDARC. The only conditions for borrowing
    are: the radio must be regularly used; not sold or loaned to anyone else;
    and please ask G6UAJ before making any
    hardware modifications.

    The radios

    They are Philips PRM8010, SEO version (12.5kHz, 68-88MHz). They have 9 channels, TX power is 25Watts. They are
    programmed with scanning of all the channels, and there is a scan
    add/delete button for removing nuisance
    channels from a scan. They have fully variable squelch. RX is quite
    sensitive, about 0.2uV.

    Here’s a picture of nice tidy one.

    Channel vs Frequency

    They run from 12 volts, cable supplied. Mic is supplied. There’s no
    internal speaker but the radio has a 3.5mm socket
    fitted, you will need to supply a speaker.

    The rear chassis has a space that will take a 15-way d-socket. There’s a nearby socket inside that has PTT, Volts, TX
    and RX audio etc.

    The mic socket is a standard RJ-45.

    The rotary volume control is also push (for power on/off), and pull &
    rotate, for squelch threshold adjust.Button 1 (’SEND’) button has no function programmed at present.Button 2 (‘AUX’) is Scan Add/Delete.Button 3 (‘SCAN’) is Scan.The channels and button functions are programmed with a PC. This programming is done using an RS232 to 5 volt TTL level shifter, PC software and a slow old PC to run it on. To find out more about setting
    this up for yourself, contact Darren G1ERM. If you just want the
    programming changed, that can be arranged, please ask G1ERM (usually
    monitoring 145.5, 433.5, 70.45, 51.51, 29.6 MHz).The radio hardware
    supports these other features that can be PC-programmed if
    required:Selective calling (sequential tones, typically five); CTCSS and reverse Tone Burst; TX time limiter; Priority channel; External alert

    RSGB 144Mhz FMAC Contest (January)

    Posted: 20 Jan 2021 06:37 AM PST https://www.sdarc.net/2021/01/20/rsgb-144mhz-fmac-contest-january/

    Congratulations to all the members of the Swindon & District Amateur Radio
    Club who took part in the RSGB 144Mhz FMAC Contest.

    The results have just been released and weve managed to achieve 2nd place
    for the first contest of this year, which is a fantastic result given that
    we are all limited to operating from home and cannot go out portable due to
    the current pandemic situation.

    Thanks to all the members who took part, entered logs, or just came on the
    air to give us points. Its very much appreciated and just goes to show you
    what you can do if you just have enough members joining in.

    Well done everyone!

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