New Cochno Shack – Latest – July (2020)

July 2019 – Shack Looking SE Over Glasgow

MORE TO FOLLOW:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contests For The Listener (SWL)

Contests for the listening amateur –  by PA3DTX

The NL (Netherlands) committee (NLC) of the VERON organizes a number of contests for listening amateurs throughout the year. These are accessible to every radio enthusiast. They are, of course, primarily intended for the active listening amateur, but radio amateur broadcasters may also simply participate, for example if circumstances do not allow them to transmit. You also do not necessarily have to be a member of the VERON to be allowed to participate. For example, it has been apparent for years that more than half of the participants come from abroad. But we would like to see a large Dutch participation.

Our listening contests have different levels of difficulty, although none is really difficult.

The “New Year Contest” is on the first Sunday of the year. In addition to beginners, more experienced contesters participate every year. The contest costs you a maximum of three hours and you can only make connections in speech. A trophy is available for the winner and every participant who has logged at least ten connections will receive a certificate of participation.

Then there is the series “Short Listening Period” contests (SLP).
These are held 8 times a year and are planned in such a way that they coincide with large contests for radio amateurs, so that sufficient pressure on the amateur bands is guaranteed. It is the intention that during an SLP weekend you log three hours of radio amateur connections that you choose yourself in speech. Choosing the most favorable hours makes the contest more suitable for the experienced contester. But also beginners are encouraged to participate, as they learn by doing. There are also prizes attached to the SLP and anyone who participated in at least 3 SLPs in one year will receive the SLP certificate.

In the second full weekend of December, the NLC organizes a 48-hour contest on the 10-meter band, the “28MHz SWL Contest”. This coincides with a large international contest on the 10 meter band. In this contest we have two participation categories: speech (SSB, FM) and morse (CW).
Prizes and certificates are also made available for this.

The complete information, such as regulations, results and information about a special logging program for listening contests can be found https://a03.veron.nl/contesten-voor-de-luisteramateur/?fbclid
Source: VERON.nl.   (Association for Experimental Radio Research in the Netherlands)

Snips – News For Scotland – 1st Decemeber

The news headlines:

  • Falklands get 60m
  • EMC Committee Chair vacancy
  • WSJT-X 2.1.1 released

GB2RS – Script – HERE .

CLUB NEWS:

Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club has its Christmas lunch this Sunday. Thursday sees a club night. For details, email info@GM4RIV.org

On Monday Edinburgh and District ARC has its net. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192.

On Tuesday Dundee Amateur Radio Club is taking part in the VHF contest. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU, on 0776 370 8933.

On Tuesday Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club is having an activity and training night. Contact Len, GM0ONX, via email to klarcinfo@gmail.com.

On Tuesday Moray Firth Amateur Radio Club meets at Linkwood View to watch the GB3SS video and have a fun quiz in the last meeting of 2019. For details, email mfars.secretary@gmail.com.

On Wednesday Glenrothes and DRC is meeting in Leven. Contact Tam, on 0775 352 6498.

On Wednesday Inverness and District Amateur Radio Society has its net from 8pm on 145.575MHz and GB7BI slot 1 475. Contact InvernessRadioSociety@gmail.com.

West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society has a Solder Group meeting on Wednesday. Friday sees a hands-on evening. For details, see wosars.club.

On Friday Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club is having a club night. More information from Bob, GM4UYZ, on 01875 811 723.

On Friday Mid-Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society is having a club night with tuition and radio operations. For details, see mlars.co.uk.

Snips – News For Scotland – 17th November

The news headlines:

  • RSGB Board co-opts assistance
  • Nominate for the CWops Award
  • Radio events at Bletchley Park

GB2RS Script – HERE .

CLUB NEWS:

Edinburgh and District Amateur Radio Club has its net on Monday. Next Saturday there’s a club meeting and social evening. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192.

On Tuesday Dundee Amateur Radio Club is having a club night and training session. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU, on 0776 370 8933.

On Tuesday Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club has an activity and training night. Contact Len Paget, GM0ONX, via email to klarcinfo@gmail.com.

On Tuesday Livingston and District Amateur Radio Society has an operating and training evening. Details from Cathie, 2M0DIB, on 01506 433 846.

West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society has a Solder Group meeting on Wednesday. Friday sees the construction competition with John, GM0KTO. For details, see wosars.club.

On Thursday Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society has a prize quiz night. Contact Fred Gordon, GM3ALZ, on 01975 651 365.

On Thursday Lomond Radio Club is having a club night. Details from Barrie, GM4HEL, via email to gm0kzx@googlemail.com.

On Thursday Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club is having a kit building session. Details from Clive, GM4FZH, via email to info@GM4RIV.org.

On Friday Ayr Amateur Radio Group has a club night. Contact Derek, MM0OVD, on 0744 793 1941.

On Friday Mid-Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society is having a club night with tuition and radio operations. For details see mlars.co.uk.

Snips – News For Scotland – 3rd November

The news headlines:

  • New edition of RadCom Plus released
  • Latest news on WRC-19
  • 5MHz Newsreader wanted

GB2RS Script – HERE 

CLUB NEWS:

On Tuesday Dundee Amateur Radio Club is taking part in the VHF UKAC contest. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU, on 0776 370 8933.

On Tuesday Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club has an activity and training night. Contact Len, GM0ONX, via email to klarcinfo@gmail.com.

On Tuesday Livingston and District Amateur Radio Society has an operating and training evening. Details from Cathie, 2M0DIB, on 01506 433 846.

On Wednesday Inverness and District Amateur Radio Society has its net from 8pm on 145.575MHz and GB7BI slot 1. Contact John, GM0OTI, via email to InvernessRadioSociety@gmail.com.

West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society has a Solder Group meeting on Wednesday and a hands-on evening on Friday. For details, see wosars.club.

On Thursday Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society has a junk sale. Contact Fred, GM3ALZ, on 01975 651 365.

On Thursday Lomond Radio Club is having a club night. Contact Barrie, GM4HEL, via email to gm0kzx@googlemail.com.

On Thursday Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club is having a talk on programming computers by Oli, MM0YOS. Details from Clive, GM4FZH, via email to info@GM4RIV.org.

On Friday Ayr Amateur Radio Group has a club night. Contact Derek, MM0OVD, on 0744 793 1941.

On Friday Mid-Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society is having a club night with tuition and radio operations. For details see mlars.co.uk.

From today to next Sunday Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club has activity days. More information from Bob, GM4UYZ, on 01875 811 723.

Snips – News For Scotland – 6th October

The news headlines:

  • Bampton School to contact ISS on Tuesday
  • Exams committees reorganised
  • Enter the Construction Competition!

GB2RS – Script

NEWS:

From this Sunday to next Sunday, Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club has activity days with the aim of getting on the air and working as many stations as you can in the allotted time period, plus at the same time having some fun. More information from Bob, GM4UYZ, on 01875 811 723.

CLUB NEWS:

Edinburgh and District Amateur Radio Club is operating portable in the 432MHz and microwave contests today. The club net is on Monday. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192.

On Tuesday Dundee Amateur Radio Club is having a club and training night. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU, on 0776 370 8933.

On Tuesday Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club is having a club night. Contact Len, GM0ONX, via email to klarcinfo@gmail.com.

On Wednesday Glenrothes and District Radio Club meets in Leven at 7pm. More details from Dougie, MM6KNR, via email to dougie@digitalmaker.co.uk.

On Wednesday Inverness and District Amateur Radio Society is having a club night from 7.15pm. Contact John, GM0OTI, via email to InvernessRadioSociety@gmail.com.

West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society has a Solder Group meeting on Wednesday and a hands-on evening on Friday—details are at wosars.club.

On Thursday Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society has its AGM. Contact Fred, GM3ALZ, on 01975 651 365.

On Thursday Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club is on the air. Contact Clive, GM4FZH, via email to info@GM4RIV.org.

On Friday Ayr Amateur Radio Group has a club night. Contact Derek, MM0OVD, on 0744 793 1941.

On Friday Mid-Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society is having a club night with tuition and radio operations. Details from Joseph, 2M0JHY, via email to mlarsclub@gmail.com.

On Saturday Moray Firth Amateur Radio Society has a surplus sale from noon. Details from Paul, GM8HWZ, on 0796 717 1189.

Snips – News For Scotland – 8th September

The news headlines:

  • British success in FoxO competition
  • New exam sample questions released
  • 5MHz Newsreader needed

GB2RS – NEWS SCRIPT

CLUBS:

From today to next Sunday, Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club has activity days. More information from Bob, GM4UYZ, on 01875 811 723.

On Sunday Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society has its SSB Field Day at Dunecht today. Thursday sees judging for the construction competition. Contact Fred, GM3ALZ, on 01975 651 365.

Edinburgh & District Amateur Radio Club operating portable in the 144MHz Trophy Contest today. Monday sees the club net and on Saturday there’s a club meeting and social evening. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192.

On Tuesday Kilmarnock & Loudoun Amateur Radio Club is having a club night. Contact Len, GM0ONX, via email to klarcinfo@gmail.com.

On Tuesday Moray Firth Amateur Radio Society is taking stock of club equipment at the Reserve Forces Centre, Elgin. Details from Paul, GM8HWZ, on 0796 717 1189.

On Wednesday Inverness & District Amateur Radio Society is having a club night. Contact John, GM0OTI, via email to InvernessRadioSociety@gmail.com.

On Wednesday Lothians Radio Society has a Presidential Address on 60 years of amateur radio. More info from Andy, MM0FMF, via email to secretary@lothiansradiosociety.com .

Also this coming Wednesday The West of Scotland has it’s usual Solder meeting for technical & licence training. And Friday see the Club meeting for a ‘Hands-On’  evening. For more information checkout wosars.club.

On Thursday Lomond Radio Club is having a club night. Details from Barrie, GM4HEL, via email to gm0kzx@googlemail.com.

On Thursday Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club is holding its AGM. Contact Clive, GM4FZH, via email to info@GM4RIV.org.

On Friday Mid Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society is having a club night with tuition and radio operations. Details from Joseph, 2M0JHY, via email to mlarsclub@gmail.com.

Snips – News For Scotland – 21st July

The news headlines:

  • Keeping the spectrum clean
  • G5RP nominations sought
  • Ian White, GM3SEK to speak at the RSGB Convention

NEWS FOR SCOTLAND

Today, the 21st, Edinburgh & District Amateur Radio Club is operating portable in the 70MHz trophy contest. On Monday there is a club net. Contact Norman, GM1CNH on 0774 094 6192.

On Tuesday Dundee Amateur Radio Club is having a club night with training. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU on 0776 370 8933.

On Wednesday Inverness & District Amateur Radio Society is having a club night with speaker. Contact John, GM0OTI, via email to InvernessRadioSociety@gmail.com.

On Wednesday Lothians Radio Society is holding the second summer pub night. Contact Mike, MM0MLB, via email to secretary@lothiansradiosociety.com.

On Wednesday West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society has a Solder Group meeting. On Friday there’s a club night. Details at wosars.club

On Thursday Lomond Radio Club is having a club night. Details from Barrie, GM4HEL, by email to gm0kzx@googlemail.com

On Thursday Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club is having a club night. More from Clive, GM4FZH, by email to info@GM4RIV.org

On Friday Mid Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society is having a club night, tuition and radio operations. Information from Joseph, 2M0JHY, by email to mlarsclub@gmail.com

On Saturday and Sunday, Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club is taking part in the RSGB IOTA Contest from the Island of Tiree. More information from Bob, GM4UYZ on 01875 811 723.

Snips – News For Scotland – 14th July

NEWS FOR SCOTLAND

Advance notice first. The Lomond Radio Club is running the Crianlarich Radio Rally on the 4th of August at Crianlarich Village Hall, Main Street, Crianlarich FK20 8QN. Doors open 10am and there will be traders, a Bring & Buy and an RSGB bookstall. Refreshments will be available. More details from Bill, by email to mm0elf@blueyonder.co.uk

On Monday Edinburgh & District Amateur Radio Club has a club net. On Saturday and next Sunday there’s portable operating in the 70MHz trophy contest. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192.

On Tuesday Dundee Amateur Radio Club is having a club night with training. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU, on 0776 370 8933.

On Wednesday West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society has a Solder Group meeting. Friday sees Stuart, MM1ESW describing some of the new projects he is working on. Details from Jack, GM4COX, via wosars.club

On Thursday Lomond Radio Club is having a club night. More information from Barrie, GM4HEL, by email to gm0kzx@googlemail.com

On Thursday Bob, MM0MMQ will be presenting a short slide show on DMR radio at the Stirling and District Amateur Radio Society. For more information please contact Jessica at secretary@gm6nx.com

On Thursday and Friday Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club is preparing and setting up for GB0DAM. On Saturday and next Sunday GB0DAM will be on the air from Dumfries. Details from Clive, GM4FZH, via email to info@GM4RIV.org.

On Friday Mid Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society is having a club night, tuition and radio operations. More from Joseph, 2M0JHY, by email to mlarsclub@gmail.com