Monday, 19 February 2018

CTARC Forthcoming March Meeting - 3 March '18

A scene from last year's Mega Flea Market
The CTARC's March meeting will be, as is always the case, our Mega Flea Market, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in March. In this case, that will be the 3rd of March, 2018.

This is probably the largest flea market / "Swop Meet" of amateur radio equipment in the Western Cape. It is always well attended and the ideal opportunity to sell off surplus equipment. For the buyer, there are usually lots of bargains to be had. But... caveat emptor - let the buyer beware!

You don't have to be a member of the CTARC to attend, to buy or to sell items at this event, although our friendly club always is glad to welcome new members into our fold. The event is also a social highlight on the amateur radio calendar and a great chance to meet up with friends and to chew the rag face-to-face.

Sellers are requested to bring their own tables and/or to sell items out of their car boot. Tables are in very short supply at the clubhouse, and the CTARC needs their own to display items which will be on sale at reasonable prices.

Sellers will be charged a ticket fee of R10-00 per vehicle. The good news is that this ticket will enter you in the lucky draw to win a prize! (Non-sellers may also buy a ticket and enter the raffle, too).

Scrumptious boerie rolls and liquid refreshments will be on sale throughout the day.

The setup time and simultaneous start of the Flea Market will be 12h00. While the CTARC committee members will meet before 12h00 to set up the event, we really would prefer everyone else to respect the starting time. The event usually lasts until about 16h30 - 17h00.

Sellers are requested to remove unsold items from the venue when they leave. The CTARC cannot take responsibility for any items left behind (and we have no space in our clubhouse, anyway!).

Further details will be published as required here, announced in Ragchew, at the February meeting, and on our Sunday Morning Bulletins.

CTARC Forthcoming February Meeting - 24 Feb '18

The Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre will hold its February 2018 meeting on Saturday 24 February 2018 at the clubhouse, starting at 14h00.

At this meeting, Charles / ZS1CJO will give a talk on Electronic Logging, E-QSL and LOTW (Logbook of The World).

Charles is our club's E-QSL manager and has extensive experience in computers and software apps, and this promises to be a most interesting meeting.

Afterwards there will be the opportunity to conduct eyeball QSO's, to chat with friends, to boast of your latest DX contact and to catch up on the skinner over a cup of coffee.

We look forward to seeing you there!

CTARC Come And Get Your Badges! - Feb '18

The following CTARC gold badges were ordered, paid for, manufactured and delivered. They're still hanging - lonely and unloved - on the grey metal cabinet at the CTARC radio shack in the clubhouse.

If you are the rightful owner of one of these handsome badges depicted on the right, do please remember to collect it from the clubhouse and wear it with pride!


Sunday, 18 February 2018

CTARC Committee Meeting - 19 February 2018

CTARC Committee Members are reminded of the committee meeting that will take place on Monday 19 February 2018, at 19h00 at the CTARC Clubhouse.

Please be there!

CTARC Photos of 3Y0Z Function at RCYC - 18 Feb '18

The written report-back on the 3Y0Z farewell function is [here].

Collecting the team at the hotel beforehand.
Traffic to the VA Waterfront was quite congested in places

The team were greeted by this sign at the entrance

Matt / ZS1MJJ and Kieth / VE7KW

Michael / PA5M, Robert / ZS1FF and Allan / ZS1LS

Gregg / W6IZT, Michael / PA5M, Dennis / ZS1AU and Robert / ZS1FF

Dennis / ZS1AU and Michael / ZR1MDJ

Kieth / VE7KW, Alejo and Oleg / ZS1OIN

Raoul / ZS1C, Hannelie, Craig / K9CT and Glenn / W0GJ

Barry / ZS1FJ, Jerry / WB9Z and Ralph / K0IR

Johan / ZS1A, Lynn, Sylvia and Andre / ZS1AN

Deon / ZS1ZL, Raoul / ZS1C, Hal / W8HC, George / N4GRN
and Jim / N9TK

Hawk / SM5AQD, Just / LA9DL, John / ZS1ZC and Erling / LA6VM

Arnie / N6HC and Danny / ZS1BL

XYLs Glynis and Anne (CTARC Secretary and Newsletter Editor)

Alejo Contreras (left) and Arnie / N6HC swop anecdotes

Paul / ZS1S delivers the welcoming speech

The signed DxPedition Sheet

The RCYC restaurant catering was up to its usual
high standard

Paul / ZS1S, Glynnis / ZR1GW, Anne and Rob / ZS1SA
line up at the buffet table

In the background, behind the yacht masts, several ocean-going vessels
lie at berth. Who knows what might be possible for a future DxPedition...?

The team poses for one last group photo

Team members sign the pennant

Bob / K4UEE puts his signature on the 3Y0Z pennant

The pennant, with all the signatures

Erling / LA6VM chats with SARL President, Nico / ZS6QL,
who flew down specially from Gauteng to attend the function.

Every good seafaring story ends with an anchor!
This large one (scrounged by ZS1ZD from a kindly passing yachtsman)
will soon embellish the QTH of Paul / ZS1S
in some decorative capacity...