Thursday, 1 December 2016

CTARC December Meeting - 24 Dec '16

If we were going to have a December meeting for the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre, it would be on the fourth Saturday of the month, which would make it Christmas Eve -  24th December.

But we are not. Our last meeting was the End-of-Year function/braai) on Saturday 26 November 2016, and our next meeting will be on Saturday 28 January.

So all that remains is to wish all our members a very Happy Christmas for 2016 and all good things for the new year of 2017!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

CTARC Report Back on November Meeting - 26 Nov '16

The Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre held its final meeting for the year on Saturday 26 November 2016. Committee members arrived at the club house and started setting up the braai fires, tables, chairs and canopies from 11h30, in time for the main crowd to start arriving from 12h00 onwards. The weather was good and the wind not too strong. We were very pleasantly surprised to see how well attended the function was - around 50 people at one stage.

Our chairman Rob / ZS1SA opened the meeting at 13h00 and welcomed the club's members, guests and families. He then introduced Dennis / ZS1AU, who had donned his famous tuxedo for the official announcement of the Len Wells Ham Spirit Award trophy.

Dennis took some care to communicate that the award is not limited to CTARC members alone. A degree of subterfuge had to be employed to enviegle the prospective recipient into attending the meeting without giving the game away!

Congratulations go to Ettienne / ZS1AX, who, with his wife Yolanda / ZS1CX, are this year's recipients of the Len Wells Ham Spirit Award. Dennis told us that there had been seven nominations (and he broke with tradition by naming them), but Ettienne was top of the list for his steadfast sticking to his beliefs throughout a dispute with officialdom, where he even had to appear before a disciplinary committee. In the end, having won his point, Ettienne offered magnanimously to serve on the SARL Committee, which he now does. Ettienne accepted the trophy plus the certificates for himself and Yolanda from Dennis.

Ettienne gave a short speech on receiving the award, and thanked our club for the steadfast support he received throughout his stressful ordeal earlier on in the year.

The official business done, we all settled down to an afternoon of great camaraderie, natter, chewing the rag and meeting up with our friends. We were sustained throughout this by delicious hamburgers, ably cooked by Tony / ZS1TM and served up by Anne, Elsabe and Sandi, who were kept busy for a large portion of the afternoon feeding and watering hungry and thirsty hams.

We were very pleased to see a number of new faces at our meeting - some are radio amateurs who have just qualified, others are interested people from around Cape Town. Three new members signed up at the meeting! Welcome!

Members who had placed their orders earlier were able to collect their fancy gold CTARC Name Badges, which look very classy indeed. So classy in fact, that we suspect another batch of badges will be produced before long.

CTARC A3-sized Year Calendars for 2017, laminated and in glorious technicolor, were also on sale. A few were left over and will be on sale again at our January meeting. These useful calendars list all CTARC Monthly Meetings, Events and Committee Meeting dates as well as the public holidays for the year. They also make interesting table mats!

Paul / ZS1S brought along a beautifully constructed MW receiver - solar powered and with a large square loop antenna. This unique rig kept us freely entertained with music throughout the afternoon.

Peter / ZS1PGC brought along his RigExpert antenna analyser and he and Paul were busy checking Paul's discone antenna later on.

The Bring-&-Buy Swop Shop was also in operation. Tony / ZS1TK, Ian / ZS1SX, and Karl / ZS1KC all brought various items along to swop or sell. Excited clusters of radio hams were to be seen crowding around certain car boots which were opened to reveal their treasures within. These Swop Shops will be a continuous feature of our monthly meetings henceforth, with the Mega-Flea Market on 5 March next year being a major event.

Very grateful thanks must go out to a number of people without who's sterling efforts the meeting would have not been so enjoyable:

Rob and Anne, for organising the hamburgers and liquid refreshments, and especially to AnneElsabe and Sandi, for serving up the food all afternoon long;

Tony / ZS1TM, for patiently and expertly cooking the hamburgers;

Noel / ZS1FW, providing the bags of ice that kept the beers and cool drinks cool throughout the afternoon;

Dennis / ZS1AU, for making it all the way here to deliver the Len Wells award (and for wearing that tux in the blazing heat!). Also Tony / ZS1TM, for providing transport for Dennis;

All others who assisted with setting up and cleaning up / packing away afterwards. The meeting ended at around 16h00. A most satisfying event indeed.

We look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting, which will be at the Clubhouse at 14h00 on Saturday 28 January 2017. More info on this meeting will be published in due course.

Photos will be added to this report, presently.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

CTARC Forthcoming End-of-Year Function - 26 Nov '16

Please make a note in your diaries now for Saturday 26 November 2016, which will be the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre's annual End-of-Year function.

This is always a great social event and provides a chance to meet up with friends and fellow radio hams, some of whom have not been seen for some time.

Please note that the event begins at 12h00 (not the usual 14h00). The braai fires will be lit by 13h00. Committee members and those assisting with the event please be at the clubhouse by 11h30 sharp. The event will last well into the afternoon, as before.

Hamburgers, beers and cool drinks will be on sale. The CTARC will provide the braai fires, as well as ice for the cool drinks. Please bring your own meat and other braai-ables for the braai, as well as your own drinks if you would prefer something other than beer or cooldrink.

Further details will be announced here and on the CTARC Sunday morning bulletins in due course.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

CTARC Committee Meeting - 21 Nov '16

There will be a meeting for members of the CTARC committee, at 19h00 on Monday, 21 November 2016, at the CTARC Clubhouse.

Please note that this will be the final CTARC committee meeting for 2016 as we have no scheduled meetings in December of this year.

Please diarise accordingly.

Friday, 4 November 2016

CTARC Swops - 4 Nov '16


SWR Meter
Make: OSKERBLOCK 200, rated at 200W
Price: R200-00

CW Straight Key
Price: R250-00

Spring & Base Block
for a Police Whip Antenna
Price: R150-00

Antenna Rotator
Type AR22
Price: R500-00

Please contact Richard / ZS1RIC on 079-979-7207

Please note that all "swops" announcements such as the one above are subject to the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre's Legal Disclaimer [here].