Tuesday, 19 September 2017

CTARC Forthcoming October Meeting - 28 Oct '17

The CTARC will hold its October 2017 meeting on Saturday, 28 October 2017 at 14h00 at the clubhouse.

At this meeting, Paul / ZS1S will give a presentation on his recent visit with Fred / ZS1FZ, to the Hamfest at the port of Friedrichshafen in Germany. This is Europe's (and certainly Germany's) largest gathering of radio amateurs of the year and is a major international radio amateur event on the ham calendar.

At Friedrichshafen, all the major Ham Radio suppliers (and many smaller entrepreneurs too) are represented, and make use of the opportunity to showcase exciting and innovative new radio products and services. Many radio clubs, both local and international, are present too. In addition, an enormous swop-meet takes place where everything and anything ham-related is usually on sale.

It promises to be a very interesting talk indeed.

An hour beforehand, at 13h00, Noel / ZS1FW will present a New Hams orientation lecture on Ham Radio Terminology.

CTARC Forthcoming New Hams Presentation - 28 Oct '17

The CTARC committee has received several requests for presentations intended to assist new radio hams to get to grips with aspects of our hobby.

As we have been unable to arrange a New Hams Presentation speaker for our September meeting, our next New Hams session will take place on Saturday 28th October beginning at 13h00, an hour ahead of the regularly scheduled main meeting, at the CTARC clubhouse.

All new / recently qualified radio amateurs are warmly encouraged to attend.

This session, conducted by Noel / ZS1FW, will be on the subject of  Ham Radio Terminology.

CTARC Forthcoming Meeting - 23 Sep '17

IT'S YOUR TURN...... to 'SHOW and TELL'  

Our next monthly meeting of the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre will be at 14h00 at the clubhouse on Saturday 23 September 2017.

The meeting will be the popular "Show-and-Tell" format, where you can bring along various bits and pieces of ham equipment to demonstrate to all present. That can be any new or ongoing projects you may be involved with or even an older project. Homebrew projects are always greeted with enthusiasm. Hints and Kinks are also welcome and encouraged. Come along to the Clubhouse and bring the actual project to show, or just chat about the new ideas you may have and are trying out in the shack.

This is always a very well attended and supported meeting, lots of information gets bandied about, and a good old 'Ragchew' with the guys for the afternoon..

We will also resume the regular Swop Shop, where you can bring various ham items surplus to requirements for sale, swop or disposal. Come early to get a good spot for your project or Bring and Buy item (Please remember to take home afterwards any of your equipment you didn't manage to sell).

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 23rd!

CTARC Call of Len Wells Trophy Nominations - 19 Sep '17

Following a successful committee meeting at the CTARC clubhouse yesterday evening, once again the call is going out for nominations for the Len Wells Ham Spirit Trophy. This time around it will be the 50th Anniversary of the Trophy, and Dennis / ZS1AU would like to make something of an occasion of it.

The trophy is awarded to Radio Amateurs who are making a real difference to our hobby in a positive way and who by doing so display true Ham Spirit. While the award is handed out by Dennis at the CTARC's end of year meeting at the clubhouse on the fourth Saturday in November, nominees need not necessarily be members of the CTARC. This year, the CTARC's end of year meeting will be held on Saturday, 25th November 2017.

Nominations should be submitted by e-mail to Dennis / ZS1AU, together with a motivation for the nomination, to zs1au@telkomsa.net. Such nominations must please be submitted before the end of October 2017 as Dennis has to make his decision and the winners name has to be engraved.

Last year, the Trophy was awarded to Ettienne / ZS1AX, shown here below with Dennis.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

CTARC Silent Key: Geoff Tyler / ZR1GFT - Sep '17

It is with sadness and regret that we learned this week of the recent passing of Geoff Tyler / ZR1GFT.

Geoff was a retired electronics instructor at the Simonstown naval base and long-time friend of the late Bud / ZS1B. The two of them were instrumental in beginning our first International Light House weekend operations at the Green Point lighthouse 20 years ago.

Our thoughts go to Geoff’s xyl Val, family and friends.

A memorial service will be held, but details of this will be published later.