Snips – News For Scotland – 4th April

The news headlines:

  • Tonight@8 has moved its next broadcast to 12th April
  • Vote in RSGB Elections
  • Free Emergency Comms Training available 10/11 April

GB2RS Script – HERE .

CLUB NEWS & NETS

Thanks to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, Stirling and District Amateur Radio Society re-opens for outdoor activities and socially distanced operating from 11am today, and will have a net from noon on GB3FE. Monday and Thursday also see nets on GB3FE and 145.550MHz from 7pm. secretary@gm6nx.com

Don’t forget the new net on 4m being operated by the Mid-Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society every Thursday from 8 to 9pm using 70.425MHz. Details from www.mlars.co.uk

A listing of all known nets in Scotland, collated by RSGB Regional Rep Tony, MM0TMZ in association with Jack, GM4COX and the West of Scotland ARS and published at www.wosars.club/radio-nets.

TAGS: (Within GB2RS Script)

Tonight @ 8, NanoVNA, M0MCX, Emergency Communications Training, EMF regulations, Chelmsford Civic Society, SOS Radio Week, EA5RM, VK0PD, Antarctica, Casey Station, World Amateur Radio Day, DA21WARD, GB1004FTS, Wireless Institute of Australia, VI100AF, VK100AF,

RSGB Contest Committee Agree to Accept Portable Entries

“……………..As usual when we approach a significant change in the COVID restrictions in England, we’ve started to receive some queries around how this will impact portable contesting. We are continuing to apply the principle of simply requiring stations to strictly follow their local COVID restrictions and advisories. Therefore, from 29th March, as the ‘Stay at Home’ restriction is removed in England, we will once again accept portable entries from stations in England. Portable multi-operator entries must normally be from the same household/bubble as typical portable locations, camper vans, cars and tents are considered indoors and indoor mixing of households is still not allowed……………More – HERE .

Snips – News For Scotland – 14th March

The news headlines:

  • New Ofcom EMF guidance
  • Direct to Full – respond NOW
  • Blue Ham Event next weekend

GB2RS Script – HERE .

NEWS

“…………CQ magazine has introduced a contest category to enable a multi-operator team entry during the Covid-19 pandemic. This new category will be permanent, not just for the duration of the pandemic. Basically, the Multi-Distributed category allows up to six single operators, each in a different location within the same country, to form a team. Each station uses the same callsign but must operate on different bands. Scores are added together. Ofcom have confirmed that operating a club station in different locations using the same callsign simultaneously by club members is permissible. Only club members who hold a Full Licence in their own right may operate the club stations. Please read the rules at CQWPX.com. The next such contest is the CQ World Wide SSB contest on the 27th and 28th of March……………” 

Good news for Clubs and Contest Groups.

CLUB NEWS & NETS

The listing of all known nets in Scotland is collated by RSGB Regional Rep Tony Miles, MM0TMZ in association with Jack Hood, GM4COX and the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society. These are then published at wosars.club/radio-nets.

New this week:-

We start with details of a new net on 4m being operated by the Mid-Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society every Thursday from 8 to 9pm using 70.425MHz.

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Mid Lanark ARS – 4 Metre Net

For this week only Edinburgh & District Amateur Radio Club’s  Monday net on 15 March will be on 144.350 MHz USB from 8 pm This is a change to the normal 433.525MHz. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 07-740-946-192 for further information.

Slow Down To Bust A Contest Pileup

Slow down to bust a contest pileup – Observations By DAN KB6NU

In the Minnesota QSO Party last weekend, there was a big pileup trying to work a station in some remote county. The operator was working about 23 – 25 wpm, so I replied at that speed. I even sped up a little thinking that I might be able to slip my call in before the others.

Well, after several unsuccessful calls, and hearing the MN station reply to several slower stations, I decided to slow down myself. Bingo! I got a reply to my first call at the slower speed. My guess is that the slower speed made my call easier to copy and to stand out from the others. I don’t know if this tactic would work in a bigger contest, but I’m going to use this tactic again in a future QSO party.

Snips – News For Scotland – 27th December

The news headlines:

  • Thanks and seasonal greetings
  • Charity auction raises over £1000
  • New GB2RS News Manager appointed

GB2RS (inc 3rd Jan) Script – HERE .

CLUB NEWS

GMDX Group –  Member Neil G0JHC reports that fellow member Ian Brown GM4YSN has become SK following a long illness. Ian was a member and regular at the convention over the years, always a big signal from his impressive station in the Borders. (Gavin GM0GAV)

And also: the GMDX announces the January Activity Challenge 2021.The Challenge shall start at 0001z on 1st January 2021 and end at 2359 on 31st January 2021. The Challenge is open to all current members of GMDX. The challenge is to work as many different DXCCs during the time period. For further details checkout the GMDX Website.

Also Checkout the WoSARS RADIO NETS Page for ‘On-Air’ Nets taking place.

New Cochno Shack – Latest – December (2020)

July 2019 – Shack Looking SE Over Glasgow

MORE TO FOLLOW:

JAN (21) ONWARDS WORK SUSPENDED – CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

12/12/20: MM7STP, 2M0FYJ, GM4COX

A new course of slabs laid between #1 & #2 Shacks to the rear of #1 to accommodate generators.

Picture added to MEMBERS FORUM .

05/12/20: MM7STP, 2M0FYJ, GM4COX, GM4TOQ

A foundation built and a course of 2 x 2′ slabs laid in front of Old Shack (#2).

Pictures added to MEMBERS FORUM .

28/11/20: GM4TOQ, GM4COX

Access slabs laid (3 x 2’s). Using small JCB digger, more stumps removed and soil in front of shack levelled. 

Pictures added to MEMBERS FORUM .

21/11/20: GM4TOQ, MM7DCD, MM7STP, GM4COX + Scotty & Gregor

A further 4 Cubic Metres of concrete added to complete job. (Approx 10 Tonnes + 2 CuSq on the 14th – total of 15 Tonnes) And small quantity of extra concrete used to build ‘step-down’ from #1 to #2 Shack. 

Pictures added to MEMBERS FORUM .

14/11/20:  GM4TOQ, MM7DCD, MM0ZUN, MM7STP, GM7OAW, GM0EZP, GM4COX + Garry

Groundpost postioned and initial concrete mixed and poured, along with ‘rubble’ to stabilise and secure. 

Pictures added to MEMBERS FORUM .

07/11/20:  GM4TOQ, MM0ZUN, MM7STP + Garry

Hole dug for tower base.

26/09/20: MM0ZU, GM4TOQ, GM0EZP, MM7POL, GM4COX

To accommodate the 100′ tower base; rhododendrons cut back. Knowing the position of the tower; slabs laid outside Shack#1, to connect to access gate and base of tower.

Photos added to COCHNO Folder. (COX) 

19/09/20: MM0ZUN, GM4TOQ

  • Unloaded a pile of slabs next to the shack taken up by the tractor

  • Spent a few hours on making fence posts out of what we can reuse of the old fence ones.  Ground and cut then welded the remaining fence posts into a usable state, the bottom ends that had previously been in the ground had rusted away

  • Stock take of fencing bits that can be reused and worked out we need to buy approx 80m of bar for the rungs in the fence. Alan will check up on supplier

  • A lot of the fence along the top in place, still missing some of the bar for it though but have the posts and top rail in
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  • Cut down some bushes in the fence line and where the base of the tower will go. Need to remove roots from there, this can be done when we have the digger up for doing the hole for the tower base. Once the branches have dried a bit they can be burnt

19/07/20: GM4COX

Photos of progress added to MEMBERS FORUM .

18/07/20: MM7MCN, MM7POL, MM7AJI, GM4TOQ, GM0EZP, GM4COX

Continue to re-install wrought iron fence.

Continue rebuild/repair of Shack#1 frontage

Paint exterior of Shack#2

12/07/20: 2M0WWC, GM4COX

Paint exterior of Shack#1

01/06/20: GM4COX, GM4TOQ

Burn rhododendron foliage & branches that had been cut the previous year.  

Paint Shack#1 access frontage

19/03/20: GM4COX

MARCH ONWARDS – CORONAVIRUS STOPS PLAY

05/03/20: GM4COX

Shack#1 visit after winter ‘hibernation’. Shack dry. Photos taken and loaded into Cochno folder – MEMBERS FORUM .

17/11/19: GM4TOQ, GM8XGI, MM7AJE

Install new access door to Shack#1.

Drop height of Shack#2 for easier access.

26-27/10/19: GM4TOQ, GM4BGS, GM0EZP, MM1ESW, MM7AJI, MM7AJE………

CQWW SSB – GM4AGG taking part. See POST#160 (Members Forum) .

21/10/19: GM4COX

More update pictures added to Members Forum.

21/09/19: GM4COX

New padlocks fitted. Floor mats fitted. Lefthand door frame repaired. Vent fitted.

13/09/19: GM4COX

Operating Desk secured. Operating chair floor boarding fitted. On-going work on door frames (right & left).

08/09/19: GM4TOQ, GM4BGS, MM7AJI, MM7AJJ

HF Beam relocated from Alan’s QTH to farmyard. Lefthand door protection door padlock cut. On-going work on surrounding fence.

07/09/19: GM4COX

Shack floor tiles cleaned. Operating Desk – equipment shelf modified and both sanded down and painted. Front door (right hand side) frame repaired.

02/08/19: GM4COX

Comprehensive CHECKLIST of outstanding items Posted on Members Forum.

20/07/19: MM1ESW, GM4COX

Stuart – MM1ESW & myself were up at the Shack on Saturday (20th) specifically to carryout some more sealing on #1 and checkout #2. This I did and took the opportunity to take a few pictures and add to the relevant Folders in Photos.

16/07/19: MM0ZUN

“Hi

I was out at the shack this afternoon……………… started sorting out the contents of the old shack. I divided stuff up into components and equipment. The components are now packed up and labeled ready to go to the Electron Club for use by the SoLDER group and others. Just need to get them down from the shack at some point

I have photographed all the equipment (there may be some hiding that I couldn’t get at due to all the cable making things a bit crushed inside) All the smaller stuff is now in 2 crates while the larger stuff remains under the bench and next to the cooker

Kenny”

11/07/19: 2M1CKE, MM0ZUN, GM4TOQ, GM4COX

Floor tiles relayed in #1 and operating desk re-assembled.

#1 Roof some areas sealed. Other areas outstanding.

Tower ground post modified and aligned to swivel point. More modifications required.

A fuller Member’s Post (inc photos) – HERE .

24/06/19 – 05/07/19 : 2M1CKE, MM0ZUN, GM4COX

Painting of the inside of #1 completed (just some small touch-ups required)

Pat has made a start on painting the inside of #1.

( JUNE – OCT: GM4TOQ )

On-going modifications to tower & groundpost. (Pictures added to Members Forum)

22/06/19: GM4TOQ, GM4BGS, GM4COX, MM7MCM

A long but successful day yesterday. New ‘BIG’ tower (and ground-post)  uplifted from south of Inverness and delivered to Cochno. To be located to new Shack. Ground-post to be slightly modified. Hole dug for ground-post, positioned and concreted into place.

Thanks all: Alan – TOQ, Sam – BGS, Jack – COX and Archie – SWL (and of course a big thanks to the tractor driver who uplifted both the tower and ground-post and placed on pick-up. Saved us a lot of time).

A fuller Post to be made in our MEMBERS Forum along with pictures.

16/06/19: 

ABW 22/06/19 a team are heading north to uplift.

19/05/19:

Arrangements underway to uplift tower.

13/05/19:

Pictures added to Members Forum.

11/05/19:

Both Shacks Levelled.

Shack#1, inside and outside washed and cleaned.

Start made on surrounding fence.

And?

Wash outside Shack#2 (Old Shack) in preparation for painting #1 & #2. Paint colour to be decided. (This may depend on what is available – hi?)

Paint interior of #1. (emulsion)

Organise uplift of new tower.

09/05/19:

Members Forum Post updated and pictures added.

08/05/19:

Cleared old Shack#2 for preparation to be re-located on new site. Moved and sited into position. Items that had been removed most are returned for the moment.

Shack#1 emptied in preparation for refurbishment. Most items transferred to Shack#2 for the moment.

Ground around both shacks re-instated after tractor & dumper action. Looking good!

05/05/19:

New tower gifted to the Club. Decision to ‘scrap’ old one but re-use certain items. New tower has to be collected. To be organised.

05/05/19:

Posted by Kenny – MM0ZUN on our MEMBERS FORUM:

“I’ve added some photos from today of getting the shack roughly into its final location.

This wouldn’t have been possible to get done without Gary and some of his friends work.

Kenny”

MAY: GM4TOQ, GM4COX, MM0ZUN, GM4BGS (Peter), MM6WWS

Move Shack#1 (Newest Shack) and Tower for ease of access and refurbishment.

APRIL: GM4TOQ, GM4BGS

Cleared the rhododendrons and cut the dead tree. (see new photos added to PHOTOS/COCHNO_Shack (Club Members only))

Dropped the Tower, removed the HF beam & VHF collinear.

Refurbished the HF beam (The VHF collinear appears to be in good shape)

Access has now been made to the Tower and Shack.

30/04/19 : And the ‘lads’ HAVE:

Well this Project is well underway thanks to the efforts of Alan – GM4TOQ, Alan’s son Garry & Mate, Sam – GM4BGS and Sam’s son Peter.

So where are we at?

Well as you know (or may not – see my thoughts in this POST#25 (Members only)) there is a pile of work to be done.

March 2019 – View From Shack Looking SE Over Glasgow

24/03/19 : GM4TOQ, GM4BGS, GM4COX, MM6BWS

Site visit with follow-on proposals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snips – News For Scotland – 25th October

The news headlines:

  • Back to GMT today
  • New Zealand loses 5MHz
  • New RSGB Convention talks on YouTube

GB2RS Script – HERE 

CLUB NEWS

This Sunday sees Stirling and District ARC competing in the CQWW DX SSB contest and may stream their activities on YouTube. Details from secretary@gm6nx.com.

The West of Scotland net in the Dumbarton area runs on Sundays from 8pm via the MB7IBH gateway on 144.9625MHz and via EchoLink to the same gateway address. A DMR net follows from 9pm. Details are on the West of Scotland Net Facebook page by MM3DDQ.

And a full list of current Club Nets can be found – HERE.

Snips – News For Scotland – 6th September

The news headlines:

            Latest RSGB Convention information

            Anyone lost a trailer mast?

            GB2RS Newsreader stands down after 40 years

GB2RS Script – HERE .

CLUB NEWS

We start with a vacancy for a 2m newsreader in the Perth area. Work commitments mean regular newsreader Paul, GM6MEN, will be unable to continue for the time being—until at least May 2021. One, or preferably two, volunteers are needed to take over. Volunteers must have a 2m FM station with good coverage of Perth and the surrounding area, hold a Full Licence and be a Member of the RSGB. If you are interested in joining the team, contact Steve Thomas, M1ACB, via gm.dept@rsgb.org.uk.

Now, before we turn to the events, a reminder to check with organisers before travelling, as events mentioned here may be affected by fluctuating pandemic precautions. Above all, please observe all national or local restrictions, including social distancing and wearing face coverings where required.

The Viking Amateur Radio Net runs daily from 0500 to 0600UTC on 3.770MHz. See the group’s Facebook page for more details.

Dundee Amateur Radio Club continues International Air Ambulance Week activities this week. Today sees the VHF 2m contest. Sundays also see an open net, via GB3AG, from 7.30pm. On Tuesday, there’s a club night with training. Saturday also sees the start of activities for International Air Ambulance Week. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU, on 0776 370 8933.

Mid-Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society has a net on Sundays from 10pm on 28.475MHz. On Wednesday it’s the DMR Scotland net on talk group 23550 from 8pm. Friday sees the club Zello chat from 7.30pm, which later moves to 2m. Details at mlars.co.uk.

West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society is watching the Tonight @ 8 presentation on Monday.  There’s a daily net on 145.425MHz at 1100hrs, Also 433.425MHz Wednesday’s @ 2000hrs, 145.425 Friday’s @ 2000hrs . See wosars.club for details, where you will also find a list of all known club nets and activities across the region, compiled by RSGB Region 1 Regional Representative Tony Miles, MM0TMZ.

Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club has a net on Sundays from 7.30pm on GB3DG, which usually moves to Zoom around 8pm. On Thursdays, the net is on GB3DG from 7pm. Members are also invited to join the daily RAYNET net on GB3DG at noon. For details see gm4riv.org.

Ayr Amateur Radio Group has daily nets on 7.035MHz ± QRM at 10.15am, QSYing to 7.065MHz for SSB, and 145.450MHz at 10.30am with CW on 144.295MHz at 7.30pm. On Sundays there a CW net on 144.295MHz from 7pm, and 145.450MHz FM at 7.30pm. Contact Derek, MM0OVD on 0744 793 1941.

Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club has a net on Sundays from 2pm around 3.720MHz SSB, moving to around 3.540MHz for a CW net after the SSB net ends. On Tuesday there’s a net on 145.475MHz FM from 7.30pm. Contact Len Paget, GM0ONX by email to Klarcinfo@gmail.com.

Glenrothes and District Radio Club has open nets on Monday to Saturday at 10am on 3.790MHz. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they are also on 145.425MHz at 7.20pm. Supplemental to the VHF nets there will be Morse training. Contact Tam on 07753 526 498.

Paisley Amateur Radio Club has a net from 8pm on 144.550MHz and Zello on Monday. Tuesday sees the club using DMR room 4415 at 8pm. On Thursday there’s a net on 144.550MHz and the Zello channel from 7.30pm.

On Monday, Edinburgh and District Amateur Radio club has its net, starting on 433.525MHz FM at 8pm. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192.

On Tuesday and Saturday, Livingston and District Amateur Radio Society will either have a net or a meeting, as advised by current guidelines. Details from Cathie, 2M0DIB, on 01506 433 846.

On Wednesday, Lothians Radio Society has a net on 144.350MHz SSB at 8pm. Details by email to secretary@lothiansradiosociety.com.

Inverness and District Amateur Radio Society has a net from 8pm on 145.575MHz and via GB7BI or GB7II slot 1 475 on Wednesday. For details, email InvernessRadioSociety@gmail.com.

The Lomond Club will be using MB7IBH on 144.9625MHz in the Dumbarton area from 7.30pm on Thursday, and they will be also connected on EchoLink using the same gateway. More from Barrie, GM4HEL by email to gm0kzx@googlemail.com.

Stirling and District Club is now open for Thursday evening and Sunday morning sessions. There is a net on GB3FE on Mondays from 7pm. There are live web presentations on the club’s YouTube page. For details, email secretary@gm6nx.com.

On Friday, Strathclyde Park Amateur Radio Club runs a net from 7.30pm on 145.400MHz, and also on the BATC channel from 8pm. Contact Bill, MM0SFB for information.

Snips – News For Scotland – 30th August

The news headlines:

    • Could you join the RSGB Board?
    • Latest Online RSGB Convention news
    • 20,000 downloads for GB2RS Podcast

GB2RS Script – HERE .

CLUB NEWS

During the COVID crisis a list of known club nets, and activities, is now being published on the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society (WoSARS) web site. They have a table listing times and frequencies and this can be found at
https://wosars.club/radio-nets/

With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, we are now including meeting details where advised. However, this information should be regarded as optimistic, it is strongly advised that you to check with organisers well before travelling. Above all, please observe any national or local restrictions, including social distancing.

And, as noted in last Sunday’s GB2RS the following:

CANCELLATION – GMDX Convention – Bannockburn – 17th October. (On CALENDAR)

CANCELLATION – Galashiels  Rally – 25th October. (On CALENDAR)

CANCELLATION GMRT – Scotland’s Microwave Round Table & Dinner – 7th November. (On CALENDAR )

Snips – News For Scotland – 23rd August

The news headlines:

            Nominate a new DXer for G5RP Trophy

            Latest Online RSGB Convention news

            Vacancies on important RSGB committees

GB2RS Script – HERE .

CLUB NEWS

During the COVID crisis a list of known club nets, and activities, is now being published on the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society (WoSARS) web site. They have a table listing times and frequencies and this can be found at
https://wosars.club/radio-nets/

With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, we are now including meeting details where advised. However, this information should be regarded as optimistic, it is strongly advised that you to check with organisers well before travelling. Above all, please observe any national or local restrictions, including social distancing.

Today Sunday 23rd:

The West of Scotland ARS (WoSARS)  – will operate a trial SSTV net after the RSGB News on on 144.500 FM around midday. Feel free to join in. (On CALENDAR)

Dundee ARC – has a net via GB3AG from 7pm. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU, on 07763 708 933. Restrictions permitting. Also this weekend 22/23rd August see International Lighthouses Weekend ILLW activities. (On CALENDAR)

And, as noted in last Sunday’s GB2RS the following:

CANCELLATION – GMDX Convention – Bannockburn – 17th October. (On CALENDAR)

CANCELLATION – Galashiels  Rally – 25th October. (On CALENDAR)

CANCELLATION GMRT – Scotland’s Microwave Round Table & Dinner – 7th November. (On CALENDAR )