Monthly Archives: October 2014

Welwick Heritage Weekend. (2014)

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Well it’s the time of year when everyone starts mentioning Hull Fair weather rain and wind, not for the Humber Fortress DX ARC it means Welwick Weekend.

This year however we were blessed with two sunny days, despite a foggy start to the Sunday.

It all started on the Friday with Andy (G7LRR) and Linda (M6LGN) arriving first Syd (M1COV) already being there, closely followed by Charlie (2E0CIK) and Kevin (2E0KVK). Andy (G7LRR) kindly towed the shack in the form of Charlie’s (2E0CIK) caravan to the site, the aerial was erected with even ladders was invoked.

A quick trip back to the Fort Paull and the club, to collect the Radio and we were in business.

Friday evening and we headed for dinner at the Patrington Country Club with Syd and (M1COV) and his wife Ann. Andy (G7LRR) tackled the mixed grill which was enormous and did beat him. Pat (2EOKCW), who with precision timing arrived to help us eat dinner followed by a trip back to the village hall to sample some real ale.

The next morning saw the event in full swing, the field auction was attended and the club purchased a new stove thanks to Peter (M1DCE) for bidding on our behalf, so we now have for the club house a new pot belly stove for a very reasonable price.

Kevin (2E0KVK) started the radio operating followed by various operators through the day. Contacts were minimal due to other distractions, we were visited through the day by John (M0JBA) and Pete Rodmell (G3ZRS) and Andy . Other members attended but due to the new stealth caravan technology did not find us.

The evening saw attendance of the dance in the village hall with Syd, Charlie, Pat, Andy, Linda, Kevin,Geoff and Valerie (M6OGK) flying the flag. Not to mention sampling the Ale, Andy (G7LRR) was successful in the auction with some sweet but expensive chocolates (a tub of Roses other chocolates are available).

Sunday saw us up with the Larks thank to Andy knocking every one up @ 7am then with Andy (G7LRR) having to pick his way through the dense fog to get us to the Hornsea Rally.

The stall was a success but that is another story to be told.

All that remained was a return journey to back Welwick to strike camp.

All in all a very sociable weekend scattered with a bit of radio.

Thanks to Syd (M1COV) as always for organising this event and smoothing the way for us.

Write-up by

Charlie 2E0CIK

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Welwick Heritage weekend gets underway

The Members start to turn up for the weekends events down at the little village of Welwick.

Every year this little East coast village put on one the areas biggest shows, in the form of the Welwick Heritage weekend, this is an agricultural show.

The event has old steam engines and  static engines and lots more to offer the club will post some picture of the event as it unfolds.

Today Andy G7LRR and Wife Linda M6LGN with Charlie 2E0CIK and Kevin 2E0KVK setup camp for the weekend and got the HF station on the air.

You will see from the photos that we have all worked hard so far aerial is up at a good height for inter G working.

Charlie and Kevin are going all gourmet with kicking there lunch off with smoke salmon and Mussels and Andy is living it up on his bag of crisps

Enjoy the photos so far more to follow.

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Members Aerial work over the summer months

This summer has seen members put up and repair all sorts of Aerials

Andy G7LRR after his 5 band Delta Quad broke after 7 years of been up in the air has now gone back to a tri-band Yagi.

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The Hy-gain Explore 14 Tri-band yagi he got from Syd, M1COV , was taken to bits by Andy and Steve 2E0NSQ and cleanup and now look’s like new with new hardware and a coat of lacquer spayed on it.

Andy reports the Explorer 14 is working well but the Quad was better.

Jon M6HDX had fun with the guys at his QTH installing and tuning one of Bobs M0RWL trapped inverted L for 40m /80m/160m bands.

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Kevin 2E0KVK , Steve 2E0NSQ, Andy G7LRR, and Jon M6HDX, spent one Sunday morning installing the Aerial , Jon had the Bacon butties  flowing so we all was stuffed ,Steve really enjoyed his as you will see in the photo.

Jon reports the Inverted L is working very well on 160m and the other bands.

Marcin M0GLV has been very busy with making ATU for himself  and band pass filters for the Club, and now installing his long wire aerial, on some big poles in the garden.

He also reports having great fun of CW working allsorts of DX and Most bands.

Photos to come


Kevin 2E0OAH now at his new QTH has his Cobweb and Inverted L up and running,

Good to hear Kevin back on the Air.

Photos to come


Charlie 2E0CIK has been busy fine tuning his station and getting back on the air nice to see him back on the radio and now on HF as well done Charlie, only been 4 years mate, thanks for the photos


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All in all the members have been busy in some sharp or form over the summer, we have had some great events and contest  on as well within the Club.

Well done every one.

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Remote T Match by Marcin M0GLV /SP4BHD

T match the start

First when designing any sort of tuning unit you need to source parts, this can be easy if you just spend lots of money on the project, this I feel spoils the fun and challenge a little.

I asked around the Radio club if anyone could help with parts, as it happen Andy G7LRR who has been collecting variable caps for years had a nice per of EX BBC transmitting Capacitors rated at 65pf 350pf @ 10kv each.

Being able to get hold of old electrical enclosure to mount the Components was just the sort of thing I needed.

Next was making a roller inductor which from all odds and ends  in my workshop, a nice fibre glass former and heavy-duty wire was found , the Rollers I made on my  lathe ,  great job  and it works really well.

Then all the components were then mounted in the  enclosure to make the T match .

I  found that on the load capacitor had to remove some of the plates in order to reduce  the lower value to around 10pf his helps when using a long wire.

Next job was how to make this work remotely from the comfort of my radio shack.

After weeks of reading and planning I came across this article in Radcom March 2014 by Andy Talbot G4JNT using servo motors on the Tune and Load capacitors and an old motor wind screen motor on the roller inductor. also with a little help from Hirek M0HDD/SP6ML

The design involved using 2 x ne555 timers to servo motors .

I made the control unit and am very pleased with how it works .

Since then the unit is installed and has worked with very good results.

This project was not really hard to make but took a long time in planning and many hours in the workshop to build.

Please enjoy my  short video of the tuner working and the pictures of the tuner and control unit


Marcin  M0GLV /SP4BHD

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