Projects made over winter
Like every other year so far at the Humber Fortress DX Club, Winter bring lots of things that need to be sorted out, for in the summer we never seem to get time with all the events and contests we enter, or just down to enjoying the good weather .
Repairs and upgrade projects along with new stuff all need to be done over the cold winters months.
One of the Projects was to get the workshop up a standard that we could do almost any repair or build, and with this in mind we set about it.
Three work areas and one drilling area were established; each area serving it’s own purpose.
Design area which has a PC with internet access to unlimited information if required, along with lots of test equipment and a soldering station.
The Repair areas also have plenty of test equipment and a soldering station. and tools on hand.
The Construction area this an abundance of tools as well as hand drills for producing project boxes and PCBs.
With this now all in the place, one or two members have taken part in projects over this winter.
The workshop is such a big hit with members that you have to there early to ensure they get a bench.
Projects so far: Putting together a Forty-9er HAM Radio QRP CW Transmitter Receiver Kit.
An other Project which now can be talked about since that Christmas is over, was the top secret remote antenna switching unit Valerie M6OGK has made for her husband Kevin 2E0KVK. This been the most guarded secret for 3 months leading up to Christmas.
Valerie wanted to make Kevin a 2 way remote switch box as one of his presents.
Well to all our amazement she set about it and had the main PCB and switching relays all set out within hours, and soldered in place very neatly. A project box and another box for the desktop switching was bought, along with fancy blue led switches and gold electra-set lettering – the job was very good.
With a little help along the way, Syd M1COV & Andy G7LRR showing Valerie how to drill the holes for switch’s and socket mounting, the project was soon finished.
We have heard good feedback from Kevin whom was over the moon with his new switching unit, hand made by his wife.
Valerie seen here placing the connection socket in place on the desktop project box.
There is still other work to be done, one item is to relocate the 40m dipole to allow for it to be permanently hoisted.
Another task is to replace the tower winch cable which snapped over the winter and to fit an electric winch.