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 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|