• [MKARS] Latest News and Programme for January/February 2022

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    Milton Keynes ARS

    Latest News and Programme for January/February 2022

    Posted: 03 Jan 2022 02:36 AM PST https://www.mkars.org.uk/index.php/2022/01/03/latest-news-and-programme-for-january-february-2022/

    Dear MKARS members,

    Firstly, let me wish you all a very Happy New Year for 2022 and I hope you
    all enjoyed your seasonal break. I hope you are all keeping well. The HF
    bands have been kind to us over that time, with the SFI high, and some good
    DX to work without too much slog.

    At the same time, we have had some great news on the results of our 2021 Contesting efforts with MKARS having its best ever performance in the UKACs
    and we are now a ‘top three’ Club. Thanks must go to Tim, G6GEI for leading this activity for us and building the team and its capability, and the many MKARS members that who contribute to our weekly score.

    As we look forward to starting our programme, we seem to be in the midst of another major COVID surge with a new highly infectious variant. Thankfully
    with most of us double vaccinated and boosted and it being less virulent, hopefully this wave will be the final one and over quickly.

    At the AGM in October, we started to hold meetings at our new location in
    the TNMOC at Bletchley Park and so far, despite the trials and tribulations
    of COVID, have regularly held weekly meetings there, sometimes assisted by Zoom, and managed several social nights, sometimes supported by Pizza or
    Xmas fare. Looking ahead to January, we have to reflect on the current
    virus situation, and we will revert to Zoom for virtual meetings, but we
    will review this and hope to restart meetings at the TMNOC in February.

    We have also used the last few months to sort through the historical
    inventory of Club equipment, and reviewed what we think we will use in
    future and what has become surplus to our requirements. Some of the items
    held at the egg farm have already been sold, and some members who have held items on the Club’s behalf have also expressed interest in acquiring those items. We will start an exercise shortly to sell off these Club items.

    Turning to Club meetings, our Programme for January now looks like this:

    10th January : MKARS Committee meeting on Zoom.

    17th January : MKARS : Open house with Committee – What do you want from
    your Club in 2020 ? Zoom details to follow.

    24th January : Sell off of MKARS equipment that we no longer use. The
    process for this will be announced shortly.

    31st January : An introduction to Contesting – Joining the highly
    successful MKARS team – Tim, G6GEI. Zoom details to follow.

    7th February : MKARS Committee at TMNOC

    14th February : Bring and Buy Table Top Sale at TMNOC

    21st February : Skills Night -TBA

    28th February – Building radio kits – some tips and tricks – Phil G4FVZ

    7th March – MKARS Committee TMNOC

    That’s it for now. Stay safe and very best wishes once again for 2022. May your dreams of DX, become reality (3J0Y?)

    Phil G4FVZ

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