The MKARS committee has had their monthly meeting, and there are a few things that I wanted to bring you up to date on.
Firstly, all our nets continue (Sunday 20.00 GB3MK and Wednesday 20.00 on 10m: 28.4Mhz) as does our Coffee Chat session via Zoom every Friday at 10.30. We get regular attendees, some who only listen in, but all are welcome.
We had two fantastic talks last month – SMD construction and APRS. The format of Club meetings on Zoom seems to work well. We had about 20 members connected for each of the talks, and more members viewed the recordings, which we will hold for 7 days after the event.
We have an equally exciting programme for June and there are again talks that should not be missed.
This Monday (8th June) we have Ray Burlingame-Goff , G4FON/DG4FON giving us a talk on learning CW and improving your speed. The is a real coup for the club, as Ray has lectured to the RSGB convention, and is the developer of the highly regarded Koch trainer that is used around the world.
Rays talk is called ‘Cracking the code letter by letter’ – the Zoom joining instruction are simply to click on the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83423808772?pwd=b2Y0UUN6aDFyZEUxM3d1VUdqVjRKZz09
Rays talk will start at 19.30 sharp and I will be logged on from 19.00 in case there is any problem with connecting. Zoom visitors from ex memebers of the Club who have moved away from the area from other Clubs are welcome, together with memebers of other Clubs local to us.
To follow this up, we are trying to hold a CW get together for learners over Zoom for Monday 22nd June. We’ll also have a reprise of our CW improvers group and how things have progressed during lockdown.
For Monday 29th June we have a Club talk planned on ‘Buying your first HF rig’ over Zoom given by myself. There will be more on the talks and the CW session in the next few days.
Now turning to other Club news discussed by the committee.
We have reluctantly decided that the MKARS rally will not be held this year. We will keep this under review as some smaller event in the late autumn may be possible.
Finally, we have also decided that given the present circumstances, we will not continue to look for a Club shack building until the Irish Centre is fully running again, and we can search and visit sites to inspect and then purchase the building. The earliest we envisage we can get back on the case is likely to be October, just about the time of the next AGM.
Please keep safe and well, thank you for supporting the Club at this difficult time (albeit our membership continues to grow!) and most importantly, enjoy your amateur radio!