Wednesday 30 October 2019

CTARC Noel Futter ZS1FW - Silent Key - 29 Oct '19

It is with deep regret that we announce that the key of CTARC member, Noel Futter ZS1FW, went silent on Tuesday 29 October 2019 at his home in Bergvliet.

Noel active CTARC member. He was a former Chairman of our club. Until recently he hosted the Monday Evening CTARC Nets and served on the CTARC Committee as Clubhouse Manager. He was also actively involved with setting up and running JOTA stations each year.

He was also a constructor of note, having built his own antenna mast, numerous antennas and various equipment in his shack.

Noel was an enthusiastic, generous and helpful radio amateur. He will be sadly missed from our meetings and on air.

Our condolences go to his wife Joan, his family and friends. .

Thursday 10 October 2019

CTARC Homebrew VHF/UHF Moxon Antenna - Oct '19

Here is a link to what looks like a most interesting VHF/UHF Moxon Satellite beam antenna, described by PY4ZBZ:

The web page is not in English, however the dimensions are construction are straightforward and should be easily interpreted.

OM Lem ZS1LEM  built the version with 5 UHF elements and 2 VHF elements.

The components include:
  • 3.2 mm aluminum welding rods are available from any welding supplier (Afrox etc).
  • A piece of PVC pipe;
  • A 3.2mm drill bit,
  • A piece of RG-58 coax, and
  • A coax plug.

It looks like an easy build.

Many thanks to OM Lem ZS1LEM for passing on the link, and obrigado to PY4ZBZ and PQ2HX for publishing the information online.

Photo copyright Hermes PQ2HX

Wednesday 9 October 2019

CTARC Swops - 9 Oct '19

Due to relocation of QTH, Ivan ZS1ZX is disposing of some of his HF and two-metre VHF equipment.

Included are:
  • Several military-spec Automatic Antenna Tuners [rated at approx. 100W each];
  • Several military Field Telephones;
  • Two military switchboard units;
  • A hybrid Yaesu HF Transceiver;
  • A solid-state Yaesu Transceiver;
    [The above two items have been recently tested];
  • A Yaesu FRG-7 HF Receiver in good working order;
  • A PSU rated at 10 amps;
  • A PSU rated at 6 - 8 amps;
  • An (approximately) 10-metre high lattice tower.


A whole lot more assorted and miscellaneous stuff – too numerous to make a list of!

All the items are for viewing and collection only at Ivan’s QTH in Somerset West.

Please contact him on 067-152-5101 to make an appointment to view and/or purchase

Wednesday 2 October 2019

CTARC Summits On The Air - 27 Oct '19

Please listen out for students from Reddam House, Durbanville, on Sunday, 27 October 2019. They plan to hike to the summit at Meerendal Wine Estate and activate a SOTA entity there.

The school has a growing Amateur Radio club that can often be heard working satellites and HF stations. The students have a number of hand-held transceivers and AMSAT antennas so they will be active on 2m and 70 cm.

Additionally, they will take along an HF transceiver so to those not in the Cape Town area, listen out for them on 20m and 40m. They are aiming to be set up and operating by 09h00 SAST (07h00 UTC), so after the CTARC Sunday morning bulletin check-in, listen out for them calling CQ SOTA.

Kindly please log any contacts made with them on the SOTA website database as you will be awarded with chaser points.

The summit reference is Dorstberg (ZS/WC-940). Perhaps you might also consider doing some SOTA activations on that day?.
How about a summit-to-summit QSO?

For more information, please contact Chris ZS1CDG ON Mobile: 079-787-1426.

CTARC January Meeting - 26 Oct '19

The CTARC's October monthly meeting will be held at the clubhouse at 14h00 on Saturday, 26 October 2019.

The meeting's main topic is a lecture/presentation titled "Noise Doesn't Annoy" and this will be given by Peter ZS1PC.

Further information will be published here and announced on our Sunday morning bulletins, closer to the time.

Note: This event has now taken place. A report-back will be posted shortly.

Tuesday 1 October 2019

CTARC Committee Meeting - 22 Oct. '19

CTARC Committee members are reminded of the forthcoming meeting at 19h00 on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 [and not the Monday, as previously announced], at the clubhouse. Please do make an effort to attend the meeting..

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

CTARC Ragchew - 1 Oct '19

The October 2019 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!

You can advertise ham-related articles for sale in Ragchew, including colour photos, details and prices. To do so, contact the editor here.

Download the PDF file [here];

Ragchew is also on our Newsletters Page