Wednesday, 18 April 2018

CTARC Heads-up for JOTA/JOTI - Oct '18

Here is an early announcement for the forthcoming Jamboree On The Air / Jamboree On The Internet, which is set to take place on the weekend period of Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October 2018.

JOTA is a long-established opportunity for radio amateurs to assist the Scouts / Guides / Wolf Cub / Brownie groups within your community to make international radio contact with similar groups worldwide.

You can download the JOTA/JOTI Participants Guide as a PDF file [here].

More information is on the JOTA website [here].

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

CTARC Committee Meeting - 23 April 2018

CTARC Committee Members are reminded of the committee meeting that will take place on Monday 23 April 2018, at 19h00 at the CTARC Clubhouse.

This will be an important meeting because there are a number of club issues that need to be addressed.

Please diarise and attempt to be there!

Monday, 16 April 2018

CTARC Forthcoming April Meeting - 28 Apr '18

Alan / ZS1LS
Photo credit: SARL
As the CTARC meeting for March was the annual mega flea market held on 3rd March 2018, the next monthly meeting will only be held at 14h00 on Saturday, 28 April 2018. The venue, as per usual, will be the CTARC clubhouse.

At this meeting, Alan / ZS1LS will provide us with a fascinating talk on operating a remote-controlled ham station, and on the software being used. Don't miss this meeting!

There will also be the usual ham equipment swop-shop after the meeting.

Further details will be announced on this blog, on the Sunday morning bulletins on the 145.750 MHz repeater, and in our bi-monthly newsletter Ragchew.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Summits on the Air - 10 Apr '18

Here's a PDF file on SOTA (Summits On The Air) ham activity, with which Chris / ZS1CDG is getting involved. The Cape Peninsula has a good number of hills and mountains on top of which one may operate. In some cases these koppies have yet to be activated on SOTA, and your call sign could be the first!.

Download the PDF file here.

Thanks to Chris for the contribution.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

CTARC Solar Noon Calculator - 4 April '18

John / ZS1AGH kindly sent us this useful link:

It is an online calculator for Solar Noon at your QTH.

Solar Noon is when the sun is at its highest and the shadow cast is at its shortest; the shadow should then be pointing directly North - South. Useful for aligning antennas accurately, if you don't have a GPS.

First obtain the Latitude and Longitude coordinates of your antenna's location (which you can acquire from Google Maps - just click on the exact point with your mouse and a label will appear with the selected location's decimal coordinates).

Then go to the Solar Noon web page [here]

Then plug in the Latitude and Longitude coordinates into the fields provided. Remember to set your time zone (as GMT +2 hours for local time).

Then the web page prints out a year's table with the exact Solar Noon times for each of the 365 days.

Below is an example of the process done for the CTARC clubhouse's (approximate) location:

Sunday, 1 April 2018

CTARC Ragchew - April 2018

The April 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