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This page contains items of the latest news for West Kent ARS members, with recently archived items listed on the left. Selecting these items will open up the page for the specific item. 

 

Training success - October 2017 
Five candidates sat and passed the Intermediate exam on the 28th of October 2017, having attended the three training days run by the West Kent ARS, and assisted by some South East Trainers group members.

Congratulations to all the candidates and thanks also to the team of trainers who helped with this recent training program, and for mentoring the candidates through to success.

 Candidates and trainers from the Oct 2017 course

 Candidates and trainers of the October 2017 Intermediate training course

 

West Kent ARS AGM 2017
The 2017 Annual General Meeting for the West Kent ARS was held on the 10th of April.

The formal elections were conducted and positions little changed, but for Dave G4OTV being elected as a club officer.

The elections resulted in the following;

Chairman    Mike M0RYK   

Vice chairman Dave G4OTV    

Secretary  Steven 2E0VKH                

Treasurer  Graham 2E0GCP         

Member Representatives  Chris M0NAY, Richard G8CDD and Steve G1YLB

 

144MHz Affiliated Societies Contest Results - 4th Dec 2016 
Four members of 
West Kent ARS took part in the latest 144MHz AFS contest, results from the combined scores place the club 19th out of the 61 clubs that participated.

The table below shows the individual stations along with the number of QSO's they had and their scores.

 

Foundation training success - October 2016
A Foundation course was run on the 22nd and 29th of October, comprising the highest number of candidates the club has previously enlisted onto a training course.

Following the course program that the cub has run many times in recent years, the candidates sat the exam on the second day and ten were successful in achieving an indicative pass, which was subsequently reconfirmed by the RSGB exams dept.

All of the successful candidates now have their M6 callsigns and many have begun to use the airwaves, both VHF FM and on the HF bands.

Congratulations to all ten of the exam candidates and thanks to all the club members who stepped in to help with this recent training program, and for mentoring the candidates through to success.

 

West Kent Practical Evenings
The long planned for practical evenings of the Society begun on the 20th May 2016, from now being held on the 1st and 3rd Friday evenings.

These evenings are informal and are to allow members to do amateur radio things like; construction, learning programming, Morse training, on-air operating, station building and many more hands-on topics to complement the usual club meeting on the 2nd Monday evenings each month.

Numbers for the practical evenings will need to be managed so their is enough space for everyone, and these are only open to current members of West Kent ARS.

For members that want more information or to book themselves onto the sessions, speak with a member of the Committee or email secretary@wkars.org.uk

 

144MHz May Contest 2016
We had a number of club members involved with this contest entry this year, with most of those attending the first practical evening involved in setting up the aerials on the Friday night in Matfield.

On Saturday the station was completed and we were able to use the club's 2m linear, which until the time of our shutting down had performed very well. Unfortunately when we opened up again on Sunday the linear had a blown EHT fuse, and our attempts to fix the fault failed so we had to finish the contest using just a straight 100w to the aerials.

The aerials used were the pair of 11ele Tonna's and one of the clubs masts. The radio was a Kenwood TS2000 which to begin with was driving the linear, though for the Sunday this was used with maximum drive to deliver 100w to the stacked aerials.

During the contest we successfully used the Tinycall voice keyer program that Richard G8CDD has produced, using the interface built by Keith G4JED between the laptop and station radio.

Conditions on the band and in the weekend weather were not great, the best dx was to DG8TG at 777km worked on Saturday evening by Chris M0NAY.

The log has been submitted to the contest website and the adjudicated score is awaited. However, this year our club station worked a total of 112 contacts across eight countries, which compares to 97 in 2015 and 72 in 2014, so we have made progress each year in the number of stations we work during our period of operating.

While we need to find a solution to the failed linear, it was also agreed by those operating that we would benefit from having a mast head pre-amp, which would help enormously with the received signals, especially when we were using the linear with stations clearly hearing us very well, and we struggled a bit at times.

In all a great event and a graphical map of the stations we worked can be found here.

Thanks to all the members who assisted by some way in the event, and for those that came along to give support and share in the excitement.

 

Alex G4FDC-SK
The club is very sad to report that Alex G4FDC is now a silent key, his funeral service having been held on the 23rd of October.

After attending the recent club meeting on Monday the 12th of October, it was reported that Alex passed away suddenly the following day.

Alex has been a long standing member of the West Kent ARS, with his membership going back some 45 years. He was always keen on contesting and helped over his years of membership to organise contest events for the club members, and he was planning an entry again in the Marconi contest form November, when he was taken from us.

Alex was keen on CW and was always encouraging others to take up this mode of communication. His passing is the second of the club stalwarts we have unexpectedly lost as silent keys in the recent weeks. 

  

50MHz Trophy Activity Weekend

Members participated in the 50MHz Trophy contest from the established operating field at Matfield, over the weekend of the 21st/22nd of June. Alongside the 6m tent a HF operating station was setup for club members that wanted to use the HF bands.

       
Fourteen members attended site over the weekend, most of whom helped with the setting up, taking down and operating in the contest, with a few using the HF station for contacts. The weather over the weekend was very hot and dry, with some members suffering a little from hay fever probably from the tall grass further down the field.



Catering was provided by Mark G8PHM and his XYL Gill, which was much appreciated by those who attended.

The photo on the right shows the two operating tents early on the Sunday morning, with mist still laying in the valley below. Unfortunately the band was only open on the Saturday evening when the best ODX was worked by Mark G8PHM.

The 50MHz station was located in the green army tent and the HF operating station in the dome tent.

Over the 24hrs in the 6m contest, a total of 129 stations were worked across 21 countries in 57 unique locator squares, with the best distance contact being 1,976km to LZ2HM in KN12QP square.