Monday, 19 June 2017

CTARC New Hams Presentation - 24 Jun '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. Our first session will take place this coming Saturday 24th June beginning at 13h00, an hour ahead of the regularly scheduled meeting, at the CTARC clubhouse

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

Our first session, conducted by Rob / ZS1SA, will be on the subject of VHF Operating Protocol

The syllabus will be:

  • ·        How to correctly establish contact on VHF FM repeaters & simplex channels;
  • ·        Round-table radio net procedures;
  • ·        Allowing breaks between overs;
  • ·        Proper microphone technique;
  • ·        Correct station identification;
  • ·        Use of the Proword “Break”;
  • ·        Repeater and Simplex Frequencies;
  • ·        CTCSS.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

CTARC Repeater Mast Damage - 8 June '17

The massive storm on Wednesday 7 June 2017 didn't just destroy the CTARC's main beam antenna, it also blew over the radio mast on the Kanonkop high site as well, putting the 145.750 MHz and the 434.625 MHz repeaters out of action.

However, thanks to a heroic effort by Dave / ZS1SG, a temporary mast has been installed at that site and the 145.750 MHz repeater is back on air, although with slightly diminished performance, which is understandable considering the circumstances. The 434.625 MHz (70 cm) repeater remains out of action at present.

Therefore the Sunday morning bulletin WILL be transmitted on the 145.750 MHz repeater as per normal.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

CTARC Storm Damage - 8 June '17

The big storm on Wednesday has blown down the CTARC main beam antennas. The telescopic mast is OK. The multi-band vertical antenna has been bent but looks repairable. The vertical VHF antenna, having a small wind profile, looks fine. Considering the nature of the storm and all the foliage and branches brought down around the clubhouse, we are lucky to still have a roof! Fortunately the wind blew the beam away from the roof, with minimal damage to the nearby creche fence.

On Thursday, Noel / ZS1FW, Richard / ZS1RIC and Nick / ZS1ZD dismantled the beam antenna before affirmative shoppers could make off with the elements.

So it's back to square one (almost). We will have to decide what to do next... Considering what happened to some buildings in Cape Town on Wednesday, the CTARC got off relatively lightly

This is what greeted the work team on Thursday. Beam antenna down...

This basketball post was BENT by the force of the wind!

What happened to the CTARC's  beam antenna

The multi-band vertical antenna is bent but looks repairable

The break point where the support mast broke off

Another view of the break

Dissassembled elements lying on the ground.
Several got bent on impact with the turf.

Noel / ZS1FW, Richard /  ZS1RIC and Nick / ZS1ZD (behind camera)
arrived at short notice to dismantle the antennas

Elements stored temporarily in the clubhouse

Thursday, 1 June 2017

CTARC Award Nominations for July AGM - 1 June '17

CTARC members have recently been e-mailed the necessary nomination forms to nominate worthy recipients for our club awards, which will be handed out at the July AGM which takes place at the CTARC clubhouse on Saturday 22 July 2017.

A list of these awards appears in the June 2017 edition of Ragchew.

Please ensure that those nominations reach the CTARC Secretary no later than Thursday 15 June 2017.

The CTARC Committee needs time to decide who will get those awards, and (in some cases) engrave the winners name on said award.

Thanking you in advance!

CTARC Ragchew June 2017

The June 2017 edition of the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre's bi-monthly newsletter "Ragchew" is now published. Grateful thanks once again to Anne for another fine edition!

Download the PDF file [here].

Ragchew is also on our Newsletters page