MKARS CLUB UPDATE – SEPT/OCT 2020 – Early Notification of AGM

Dear Club Member,

I thought I would once again write this update, and post it to our website, as some members do not ‘do’ the MKARS Facebook Group, and may also not keep track of what the Club is doing via our emails.

It’s again been a testing time for the Committee as we wanted to get going with some face-to-face Club meetings as the lockdown restrictions were lifted. However, the tightening of the regulations once again from the 2W September has meant that we had to put those plans ‘on hold’. We will therefore continue our Zoom talks (2nd and 4th Mondays of the month), Zoom coffee chat sessions (every Friday) and Club nets (Sundays and Wednesdays) programme as we run up to Xmas. We also have our special interest groups of CW and contesting still operating.

Our VHF/UHF/SHF contest team continues to make good progress in the UKAC’s and we have many of the new members beginning to make a significant contribution to our Club score. Simon M3OOV and John G6JPO have been steadily improving their scores on 6, 4 and 2m, Andy 2E0XMB, has made a superlative contribution to many of the VHF/UHF sessions and Tim G6GEI and Las M6BOY have been leading the way on 13cm. However, we still need new members to the team. Please join us!

Despite the difficulties of not being able to meet face to face, we have had a full Club programme for the next few months leading up to our AGM in October.

On Monday 14th September – we were delighted to welcome Paul Gibson, M0TZO, who gave us a Zoom talk on ‘Getting FT8 going on a Raspberry Pi’. Paul walked us through what it takes to get it going and gave a live demonstration. A recording of Paul’s talk is available for those that missed it.

On Monday 21st September at 19.30 we had a very suceessful  a CW interest group meeting on Zoom. We hope to run another one on the 12th October.

Monday 28th September at 19.30 we had Zoom Club talk from John Gould, G3WKL on ‘Mounting a DX Expedition’. John recounted his personal experience of joining a team going to an Indian Ocean Island and making 1000’s of QSOs in a two-week period.

Moving onto October, on Monday 19th October at 19.30 we have Tim, G6GEI, take us through the construction and use of the GM3SEK designed mains filter to help clean up the shack from interference. Many anecdotal reports indicate that this unit has a significant effect on reducing electrical interference particularly on the HF bands and has allowed the enjoyment of amateur radio once again.

Finally, as we run up to October, we have set the AGM for the Club as Monday 26th October at 19.30, and after much discussion, we have decided to run this via Zoom. We will be announcing details in due course. I hope you can all make it.

The Committee has reflected on what has been a difficult year to maintain momentum of the Club when we couldn’t physically meet or undertake group activities. Our outgoings have been modest compared to previous years, but on the other hand we have lost the opportunistic but significant income from running the MKARS rally. To reflect all of this, the Committee will be recommending a reduced membership fee of £15 for 2021. The Committee will also be announcing ‘Club Member of the year’ and ‘New Club Member of the Year’ Awards at the AGM.

If you would like to help in running the Club and take up a post on the Committee, please come forward. Now is the time to do this and we need your nominations. Please contact Will, G1YYU, or me in the next few weeks if you would like to discuss your interest and progress your nomination.

Take care, stay safe and 73’s,

Phil G4FVZ

Chair 2019/2020