Sunday 25 November 2018

CTARC Photos of End-of-Year Braai - 24 Nov '18

Here are the photos of the CTARC's End-of-Year Braai held on Saturday 24 November 2018.

The written report-back is [here].

Committee members start setting up shop at 11h00...
Left to right: Hylton ZS1HPC, Paul ZS1S, Tony ZS1TM,
Elsabe, Anne, John ZS1AGH

Hylton & John set up the naval pennant with a cryptic
yet convivial message

Left to right: Wolfgang ZS1WLH, Hans-Jurgen ZS1HJH, Paul ZS1S

By 12h00 the rest of the gang started to arrive

Left to right: John ZS1EQ, Danny ZS1BL and Alan ZS1DOG

Left to right: Alan ZS1LS, Andre ZS1AN, Paul ZS1S and Mietek SP3CMX

Left to right: Tack JE1CKA of the 3Y0I Bouvet Island Dx-pedition team,
and Lem ZS1LEM

Left to right: Mike ZS1CO, Barry ZS1FJ, Rob ZS1SA

Foreground left to right: Patric ZS1PDY and Davey ZR1FR

Paul ZS1S with Marcin SP5ES and Mietek SP3CMX,
both of the 3Y0I Bouvet Island Dx-pedition team

Noel ZS1FW and Tony ZS1TM delivered sterling service at the braai fires

OK, for those who can't read nautical flags, the message is:
"Splice The Mainbrace!"

Tom ZS1TA and Tony ZS1TK

Elsabe and Anne fed the multitudes with their delicious hamburgers

Fred ZS1FZ

Having cooked burgers for a chunk of the afternoon,
Noel certainly deserved his own one!

Grateful thanks to Elsabe and Anne for their magnificent catering work

Paul ZS1S's solar-powered amplified MW crystal set

Dennis ZS1AU arrived; all of us were glad to see him at the meeting
The trees provided cool shade and some shelter from the South-Easter...

...whereas others found a spot in the clubhouse

Tjerk ZS1J, Dennis ZS1AU and Andre ZS1AN discuss the forthcoming
DxPedition with members of  the Bouvet Island team

Elsabe and Dennis ZS1AU

It was a most pleasant afternoon, enjoyed by all

CTARC Report-Back on End-of-Year Braai - 24 Nov '18

On Saturday, 24 November 2018, the CTARC held its final event of the year, namely the End-of-Year Braai, as has become the tradition with our club.

At 11h00, committee members arrived to start setting up the gazebo, chairs, tables, braai grids and all the other paraphernalia required of the event. Although the weather was sunny and warm, a strong south-easterly wind had been predicted, and the sage decision to relocate the event to the leeward side of the clubhouse was taken. In addition to this there is a pleasant shady row of trees under which the chairs could be positioned for those wishing relief from the heat. This was to be the location of a number of discussions and meet-ups in the afternoon.

As in years past, Anne and Rob organised the catering and Anne, ably assisted by Elsabe, prepared and served up delicious burgers and liquid refreshments to all the visitors. Tony ZS1TM, Noel ZS1FW and Nick ZS1ZD manned the braai fires.

Paul ZS1S brought along his magnificent solar-powered amplified crystal set with its loop antenna, which provided free background music for the duration of the afternoon.

At around 12h00 the rest of the club members had arrived, the braai fires were going merrily and it promised to be a good afternoon. Our club chairman, Rob ZS1SA gave a brief welcoming speech, explaining that all awards (including the Len Wells Ham Spirit Award) will from now on be presented at the club's AGM in July each year.

With that, it was up to the assembled throng to meet and chat, queue (very briefly) for Anne and Elsabe's delicious hamburgers, slake parched throats with liquid refreshment and catch up on all the news.

We were very pleasantly surprised to be visited by an international team of three DX-ers who are going to Bouvet Island operating as callsign 3Y0I. They were able to take an afternoon off from their very busy training schedule in preparation for the mission ahead. We wish them and all their team the very best of luck on their entrepid endeavour.

Your humble correspondent had the opportunity to chat with Tom ZS1TA on his very interesting contact on two metres with St Helena Island recently. We're hoping he will write this up as an article for inclusion in a forthcoming Ragchew newsletter.

The braai continued into the afternoon and fortunately the wind didn't live up to its rather fierce predictions. At around 17h00 we began to wind down the event, pack away the furniture, clean up the litter, wish each other compliments of the forthcoming festive season, and wend our ways back to our respective homes.

This was the final formal CTARC event of 2018, although the Sunday morning bulletins and the Monday evening 2-metre nets will continue up to just before Christmas. Grateful thanks to all who assisted with the event, to all who brought gazebos, umbrellas, ice, cool-boxes, etc, and to all who attended. We wish all our club members good things for December and the festive season. Look after yourselves and your loved ones; stay safe.

We look forward to seeing you all again at our next meeting in on Saturday, January 26, 2019, details of which will be announced presently.

Photos of the End-of-Year event [here].

Saturday 10 November 2018

CTARC Forthcoming End-of-Year Meeting - 24 Nov '18

The CTARC’s End Of Year Function will take place on Saturday, 24 November 2018.

Time: 12h00

Venue: CTARC’s Clubhouse Grounds, Laidlaw Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town.

The braai fires will be lit at 12h00 to be ready by 13h00.

Complimentary beef burgers will be served to CTARC members and liquid refreshments will be on sale.

Spouses / partners are also most welcome to attend.

(You are welcome to bring your own meat to braai if you wish.)

The CTARC Committee has decided to move all awards presentations to the July AGM, therefore this year at the Year End Party there will be no speeches, no formalities; just a balmy afternoon under the trees ‘chewing the rag’ with like-minded folks and enjoying each other's company.

Do come along and enjoy the afternoon.

Anne Bareham
(CTARC Secretary and Editor)


Note: This event has now taken place. A report-back will be published presently.

Monday 5 November 2018

CTARC Committee Meeting - 19 Nov '18

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

Please make an effort to attend as there are important matters to discuss regarding the CTARC end-of-year party for November that takes place on Saturday, 24 November '18, as well as other matters.

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

Thursday 1 November 2018

CTARC Ragchew - 1 Nov '18

The November 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