Friday, 19 August 2016

CTARC Lighthouse Weekend - 20/21 Aug '16

It’s that time of year again when CTARC prepares for the International Lightship and Lighthouse weekend. This year it seem a bit later in the month but actually it’s not. It is always the third FULL weekend in August. For us down in the Southern Hemisphere it’s a time of cold weather and storms which makes it even more challenging.

Once again we have arranged to man the Green Point lighthouse from the Saturday morning of 20 August until mid-day Sunday of 21 August. We have repeated this so often now that our Lighthouse team manages to do the set-up and take-down with military precision but we still need manpower from our members, especially around 10:00 on Saturday morning in order to get our beam antenna raised.

Even if you are not taking part in the Lighthouse weekend, it would be appreciated if club members could come and assist with the set up at Green Point on Saturday morning 20 August 10h00 and for take down on Sunday at 11h00. (Committee members will meet at the clubhouse at 08h30 on Saturday morning to load antennas and equipment).

We will be having our very popular and always well attended Sunset Bring n Braai on the Saturday evening so even if you are not planning to operate, please join us and bring the XYL along for this social event.

We need operators for the event so please pop in and grab a mike or key and make a few contacts with us, it’s always great fun.

See you there.

Rob ZS1SA


(CTARC Chairman)

Monday, 8 August 2016

CTARC Committee Meeting - 22 Aug '16

There will be a meeting for members of the CTARC committee, at 19h00 on Monday, 15 August 2016, at the CTARC Clubhouse.

Please note that this meeting is the third Monday in August (and not the fourth which it would usually be) because of the date of the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend which takes place on Saturday / Sunday 20 / 21 August 2016

Please diarise accordingly.

Friday, 5 August 2016

CTARC Ragchew August 2016

The August 2016 edition of the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre's bi-monthly newsletter "Ragchew" has been published. Grateful thanks to club secretary Anne for yet another fine edition!

You can download the August Newsletter as a PDF directly from [here].

Alternatively it can be found on our Newsletters Page


Sunday, 24 July 2016

CTARC Forthcoming Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend - 20/21 Aug '16

A pic from 2015 - Paul /ZS1S and
Hylton /ZR1HPC start setting up the
beam antenna's mast
The next meeting of the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre is the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 20 August and Sunday 21 August 2016. Our club will set up a radio station at the Green Point Lighthouse as it traditionally has done for a number of years.

It is a great opportunity to work local and DX lighthouse / lightship stations and radio amateurs. In the evening we usually have a braai as well, which is a great social occasion.

A heads-up to members that we will need a number of hands to help erect the antennas and set up the station on the Saturday morning, and again to dismantle it again on Sunday afternoon.

Committee members are reminded that we will have a meeting on Monday 15 August at 19h00 at the CTARC clubhouse.

Further details will be published and announced on the CTARC bulletins closer to the time.

CTARC - Support the 145.750 MHz Repeater - 23 Jul '16

If you use the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre's 2m repeater on 145.750 MHz, please consider helping to support this popular repeater.

Your money donations can be paid to the CTARC Repeater Fund, and not just the Western Cape Repeater Working Group (WCRWG). These funds help pay for repeater maintenance and for acquisition and installation of new equipment.


Our latest issue is the antenna on the 145.750 repeater at Kanonkop. The old antenna has been up on the tower for years and needs replacement, not just maintenance.
Please send your donations directly to our club account with the reference: "CTARC Repeater Fund" to the following bank account:

Account Name – Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre
Bank – Standard Bank
Branch – CLAREMONT
Type of account: Current Account
Branch Code – 025 109
Account Number – 072 561 580