Monday, 15 October 2018

CTARC Forthcoming October Meeting - 27 Oct '18

The VKOEK team assemble on the bridge
just prior to their departure from Cape Town
The CTARC will hold it's next monthly meeting on Saturday 27 October 2018 at 14h00 at the usual clubhouse venue in Rondebosch.

At this meeting, the main topic will be a video, kindly supplied by Paul ZS1S, of the VK0EK Heard Island DxPedition.

Members will recall that the DxPedition assembled at Cape Town harbour before setting off on their epic adventure in March of 2016.

It promises to be a good video and, who knows, some of our CTARC members may see themselves immortalised in deathless video! Certainly, the CTARC and a good number of local hams were there to assist, helping to establish Cape Town as a very useful staging post for future DxPeditions.

Don't forget the usual bring-'n-buy Swop Shop of amateur radio gear that takes place after the meeting

Sunday, 14 October 2018

CTARC Huge e-Book on Antennae - 14 Oct '18

Below is a link to a website with a PDF e-book that contains an enormous amount of info on antennas and associated theory and practise.

Access the website via the link below; you will find the link to the PDF file (a compact 855kB) halfway down the page.

Thanks to Lem ZS1LEM for letting us know about this:

Understanding Antennas For The Non-Technical Ham
 
A Book By Jim Abercrombie, N4JA
(Jim Abercrombie n4ja@prtcnet.com)

Illustrations by Frank Wamsley, K4EFW
Edited by Judy Haynes, KC4NOR
Copyright July 2005. Second Edition
Edited for the web, N4UJW

Editors Note: This is a book length web article provided by the author FREE for all hams.
It is to be used only for personal non-profit educational use.
It is HUGE!
Bookmark this page for future reading or see more options for saving at bottom of page!
The original book contained 60 pages and illustrations.
They are all here!
Many of the antennas described here are in project form on this web site.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Report-back on September Meeting - 10 Oct '18

On Saturday 22 September 2018, the CTARC held its monthly meeting at the clubhouse. At this well-attended gathering, we were welcomed as usual by our club's chairman, Rob ZS1SA, who gave the members feedback on matters discussed at the recent September Committee Meeting held the previous Monday. Noel ZS1FW gave us feedback on the antenna work parties held to maintain and refurbish our antennas, and Rob also showed us the Fox transmitter and a DF antenna typical of those to be used in our club's forthcoming fox hunt activities.

Then we were treated to an interesting talk and slide show by Mike ZS1CO. He had the opportunity to visit family in California recently, and combined that visit with the opportunity to meet some of the US hams the CTARC had welcomed when they arrived by ship in Cape Town after their 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX-pedition.

It was fascinating to see some of their equipment, fabulous antennas and facilities.

Following Mike's talk, Mike ZS1FP briefly showed us some ham bits and pieces he had found in his own excursions.

Then it was time for coffee, biscuits and eyeball QSO's, enlivened by recently advertised Swop Shop activities (ZS1TK's equipment featured heavily, as well as some rather nice green radios that were to be seen a little further beyond the clubhouse).

Thanks to all who took part, participated and attended the meeting. Our following monthly club meeting, held at the same venue on Saturday 27 October at 14h00 B: will include a screening of the official Heard Island DX-Pedition video, which should be well worth seeing.

Here are some photos of the meeting. We apologise for the fuzzy quality of some of them, which are obviously photos of photos projected on the wall!

The usual well-attended meeting

Noel ZS1FW gives feedback on the antenna work parties

Rob ZS1SA shows us the Fox tx

A shielded-loop DF antenna for 2m

Mike ZS1CO starts his talk with a recap of how he met the 3Y0Z team,
which provided the impetus for him to meet some of them in California later.

The 3Y0Z team and pennant at the Royal Cape Yacht Club function...

...the 3Y0Z pennant hangs on the CTARC wall now

The CV of Arnold Shatz is impressive





This rotatable az-el cluster of antennas is a "toolbox" for testing various signals

Digital activities are very much in evidence

Mike ZS1FP

Mike ZS1CO examines a surface mount resistor (...)

Pi (on left) and Tony ZS1TK (on right) at the CTARC station console



One of the green items that appeared at the Swop Shop after the meeting

...and yet another solidly built item

Monday, 8 October 2018

CTARC Forthcoming Committee Meeting - 22 Oct '18

CTARC Committee members are reminded of the forthcoming meeting at 19h00 on Monday 22 October 2018 at the clubhouse.

Please make an effort to attend as there are important matters to discuss regarding the CTARC Monthly Meeting for October that takes place on 27 Oct '18

(If you can't be there, please remember to send in your reports and apologies to Rob or Anne.).

Monday, 1 October 2018

CTARC Ragchew - 1 Oct '18

The October 2018 edition of the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre's bi-monthly newsletter "Ragchew" is now published.

Grateful thanks once again to our editor, Anne, for all her excellent work in putting together this month's edition, and to all those who contributed articles.

Remember please, Anne is always on the look-out for articles to publish in Ragchew!

Download the PDF file [here];

Ragchew is also on our Newsletters Page


Thursday, 20 September 2018

CTARC Forthcoming Monthly Meeting - 22 Sep '18

Mike ZS1CO
This Saturday, 22 September 2018, is the next meeting of the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre to be held at the usual clubhouse venue at 14h00.

As our club continues to grow in popularity and membership, seating is limited and those who arrive timeously will be assured of a chair!

The speaker will be Mike ZS1CO, on his recent trip to the USA and his visits to several 'Hams' in the 'States'.

EXCITING NEWS: 

Come and meet ‘The Fox’ on Saturday and learn all about the first ‘Fox Hunt’ event our club will be holding early in 2019…

SWOP SHOP:

There will be a 'bigger' than usual 'Bring 'n Buy' Swop Shop this month, organised by Tony ZS1TK, and there will be tables outside for your goods. The weather forecast is optimistic.

Remember that any goods brought along for sale but unsold must please be removed from the clubhouse afterwards because we have no room to store anything extra in our limited clubhouse space.

So come early and enjoy the afternoon!

NOTE: This meeting has now taken place. The report-back and photos are [here].

Monday, 3 September 2018

CTARC Forthcoming Committee Meeting - 17 Sept '18

CTARC Committee members are reminded of the forthcoming meeting at 19h00 on Monday 17 September 2018 at the clubhouse.

Please make an effort to attend as there are important matters to discuss regarding the CTARC Monthly Meeting for September that takes place on Saturday, 22 Sept '18

(If you can't be there, please remember to send in your reports and apologies to Rob or Anne.).

Saturday, 1 September 2018

CTARC Ragchew - 1 Sept '18

The September 2018 edition of the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre's bi-monthly newsletter "Ragchew" is now published.

Grateful thanks once again to our editor, Anne, for all her excellent work in putting together this month's edition, and to all those who contributed articles.

Remember please, Anne is always on the look-out for articles to publish in Ragchew!

Download the PDF file [here];

Ragchew is also on our Newsletters Page

Friday, 31 August 2018

More on JOTA - 19-21 Oct '18

We received the following letter from John ZS1AGH about the forthcoming Jamboree on the Air event, in which the CTARC usually participates. Access the map here.