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Friday 10th September

Extraordinary General Meeting being held then after business has been attended to a talk on the Flowerpot Antenna.

CLUB NIGHT !

This Friday 9th July

7.30–9pm

Greystone Community Centre

Antrim

This month our Chairman, Robert – Mi0GDO, is giving a talk on what it is to be a blind radio operator.

Nice to be meeting up in the real world again.

Bring your own tea/coffee.

CLUB NIGHT !

We are back.

Get your thinking hats on, as we as a club need your ideas.

What do you want to do at the club?

Come along on June 11th 7.30pm–9pm and talk about it

Greystone Community Centre.

We have an attendance limit of 15 at present (Council property-council rules)

No tea at the moment but feel free to bring your own.

CORONA VIRUS

Now that things are opening up again and people are getting vaccinated we can, finally have a CLUB NIGHT !

Each Friday and Saturday night the club net will be active on 2 metres FM from 7:30pm onwards.

We will try to operate on 145.475 mhz if the channel is free.

Please standby the calling channel, when QSY details will be given, periodically. Otherwise scan the frequency.

Announcement

We are pleased to report that ADARS is now affiliated to the FISTS Club: for the promotion of Morse Code. Our membership number is 19290.

ADARS looks forward to working with FISTS and trusts that our members will enjoy the new challenges that CW offers.

Interested in learning CW?  If so contact us for details.

Looking for a new challenge?

The joy and simplicity of CW!

In pursuing amateur radio as a hobby we sometimes need a challenge to keep the hobby fresh. In my own experience this has been true. Sometimes new challenges need to be demanding if they are going to be fulfilling, otherwise they are not worth doing. My new challenge was learning CW.

Why CW? Well there is the romantic notion of getting back to basics, the traditional mode associated with the wireless. I grew up near to Gilnahirk Listening Station and had always had a fascination about the place, I was mesmerised by the thought of operators listening to CW day in day out. Since I progressed through the three licensing exams I was looking for something new and I found myself taking up CW.

All ARCs should try to promote CW and in Antrim and District ARC I found help from MI0GDO; we exchanged practice sessions on 2 metres. Progress is slow and it was not until I found CW Academy on the CW Ops web site that I became more serious about taking up this challenge.

For those interested in CW I would recommend googling CW Academy, they run three levels of courses, each running for 8 weeks and they offer each of these courses three times over the course of a year. Since January I have completed level 1 and level 2 and I commenced level 3 in January 2019, and now nearing completion.

These courses provide a structure and a discipline which I find necessary to keep me on track. They begin gently and pick up the pace over the duration of the course. More importantly the course ensures that you don’t pick up bad habits, or if you have already will offer correction. You are assigned to an advisor who will guide you through the programme.

One of the best things about their study techniques is that you do see progress being made, provided you practice. So what’s involved? There are two Skype sessions per week with your advisor. You are allocated tasks to complete and your progress is assessed. In addition you are encouraged to go on frequency and make QSOs.

The skill taught is to recognise letters by sound, rather than my counting the dits and dahs, which is discouraged. Of course when speeds go beyond 20 wpm you can’t count dits and dahs! You also learn the sound of words and even short phrases, such as “Tnx fer call” or “My name is” etc. The purpose is to build up your vocabulary.

It is surprising driving the car and playing a CD of simulated QSOs what you pick up, despite concentrating on your driving. It’s a bit like listening to the car radio. You don’t concentrate on every word said, but you still get the meaning of what was said.

A word of caution!! Learning CW is hard work, it’s not done quickly but you do notice slow but steady progress. You need to practice practice and yet more practice and for this you need discipline and determination. So are you up for a real challenge? There is something quite rewarding about listening to CW and in this solar minimum you don’t need high power to make DX, a good reason to consider learning this mode.

If you are interested in knowing more about learning CW we would love to hear from you.

Mi0WWB

SPECIAL EVENT STATION GB0GLS = GILNAHIRK LISTENING STATION SAT 6TH MAY STARTS @ 10AM

Remembering our radio history heritage at Gilnahirk

The first activation of new special event station GB0GLS will take place from the site of the former Gilnahirk Listening Station, Gilhahirk Road, Belfast on Saturday 6 May 2017 commencing at 10am.

This event is being supported by Antrim and District ARC and Mid Ulster ARC and full details about the activation and a brief history of Gilnahirk Listening Station is available from https://www.qrz.com/db/GB0GLS