The committee has decided, due to circumstance beyond our control to find a new meeting place to hold our club meetings.
As from the start of April this year we will be meeting at:
St Peters Church Hall, St Peters Road, off The Causeway Braintree.
This is behind the Public Gardens in Braintree
(For Sat Nat users use the post code CM7 9AR)
This also means we will have to change the day of the meeting, we will now meet on the SECOND and FOURTH TUESDAY of each month
The new venue will give us better comfort, including inside toilets, a clean kitchen, a warmer room and enough car parking space for all.
**** LOCAL REPEATERS****
GB3BZ 70cm repeater based at Beazley End near Braintree
Input 438.450 Output430.850
GB7HA 70cm DMR repeater based in Halstead.
Tx 439.575 Rx 430.575
Colour Code 3
15th to 16th Oct 2016
JOTA weekend was held at Castle Hedingham Scout Hut.
We used the call sign GB1HCV for this event and was operating
from Saturday morning until the Sunday morning.
This event had about 30 scouts and cubs camping over the Saturday night.
The bands were not great on the Saturday however we did manage to get 9 other JOTA stations on HF and 8 JOTA stations on 2m over the weekend.
Surprising contact made was Bob VP8LP from Stanley in the Falkland Islands who was happy to take traffic from the scouts and scout leaders.
Also made contact with Rocco VE3YJ from Guelph Canada.
DF Hunt 20th June
DF Hunt was won by Howard G6LXK and Mike G8DJO,
runners up were Colin M6NCU and Joe M6YEL
The fox was Melvin G0EMK and was found Hall Road Panfield.
Derek G3MMA receiving construction trophy for innovative 20/40m scratch built loop antenna.
Effective tested range 3000 miles
To round off its 40th Anniversary Year, on April 18th, the Braintree Club held an Icom evening. This was supported by ICOM UK, who also have just celebrated their 40th anniversary. Club members were invited to bring along their Icom radio equipment from the last 40 years. The members responded magnificently, with over 50 radios on display, all but one in working condition.
Models on display ranged from IC215 portable to IC400 hf base station and IC2e to IC E90 in the hand held range.. With a host of mobile and base VHF and UHF rigs including, IC 22, IC290, IC211, IC251, IC271 and IC471, the display was a joy to behold. The members spoke briefly about the history of their radios and there were even a couple of of original "new" original purchase receipts. ICOM UK sponsored the raffle with a selection of prizes,our grateful thanks to them for thier help and support. With a really good turnout of members and guests, it was a great way to draw this anniversary year to a close.
Don’t forget club net is held on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month (excluding Bank Holidays).
Over the last few nets we have been having an increase in the amount of members taken part.
The committee decided that it would benefit members if old copies of the club magazine were available from the web site. Each month a PDF file of the previous months magazine will be available for download. To read the file directly it will be necessary for the viewer to have Adode Reader or a similar PDF reader installed on their PC