The Angel of the North Amateur Radio Club restarted face-to-face meetings with a field day activity on Saturday 4 September. It was a wet morning at the Newcastle Scouts ‘The House on the Hill’ facility, but members braved the rain to put up a range of antennas to test on the HF bands. Paul M0PGX was able to demonstrate some satellite work using his home-made Yagi, while Roy M0TKF and the club’s youth team set up multiband vertical and inverted-V dipole antennas in the large field area.
Once the field station was set up and operating as MX0GGP, the very active bands due to RSGB FD and All Asia DX contests made for some exciting SSB operation on 80m – 10m. The opportunity to finally have a hands-on group activity allowed newly licensed operators to use the club IC-7300 equipment, with two members Piotr M7ISM And Carl 2E0VNG making their first HF contacts since obtaining their license, which was a highlight of the day.
The ANARC runs weekly meetings at the Newcastle club room, nets on the club Tynelink VHF/UHF repeaters, license training, and supports special events and local field activities including JOTA partnership with Newcastle Scouts. All are welcome to join club activities. Visit www.anarc.net for more info on meetings, net frequencies, and times.