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.
The Angel of the North Amateur Radio Club (ANARC) is conducting a field day activity on Saturday 4th September 2021. The club will be establishing an outdoor HF station at the Newcastle West Denton facility, operating as MX0GGP, and will be on-air from 13:00 BST.
Date: Saturday 4 September 2021
Address: Newcastle Scouts Facility, The House on the Hill, West Denton, Hillhead Road, Newcastle, NE5 1NH
09:00 – 12:00
12:00 – 13:00
On air test calls and radio check. General CQ
13:00 – 20:00*
20:00 – 21:00
Station pack-up and refurb
All members and licenced amateur operators are welcome, and it is an opportunity for those newly licenced or with limited HF access to have a go using club station on the HF bands.
As we are potentially ending the lockdown, Indian variant permitting, lots is still going on in the amateur radio world here in Gateshead.
GB3TW in its new cover to keep the dust and water off in the steeple. Thanks to Dan for getting it back on the air and Warren for helping.
GB3HA now working again. Remote shutdown fitted by Graeme. Farmer very happy with rent in shape of 3 bottles if Chardonnay.
The RSGB Examinations and Syllabus Review Group (ESRG) has just updated the two Full licence mock exam papers. In addition, there are now worked answer pdfs for these papers so you can see the correct answer for each question and the reasoning behind it. These mock papers are provided by the ESRG as a training aid and aren’t the exact questions included in a Full licence exam. Foundation and Intermediate mock exam papers will have worked answers added in due course. You can find all the mock exam papers on the Society’s website:
Your licence conditions mean that your licence needs to be re-validated at least every five years. You can do this sooner. You need to make sure your name, address and contact details are all up to date on Ofcom’s licence portal.
The club had a day at Bowes Railway Museum. In 1826 it was at the height of technology as a steam powered rope wagonway. The Bowes Incline was at the top of a hill so in 2019 it’s a good place for radio too.