The February RSGB club update has now been uploaded to the members’ area. As an affiliated club, all members of SKARS are able to receive the update. If you need access to the members area, please ask the chairman to grant you access (or reset your password).
We are always trying to keep our activities fresh and attractive to our members and potential new ones. Our new Social night at The Royal Queen in Belton Lane, Grantham, is on Tuesday 12 November at 7:30 – No need to bring your radios as it is just a social gathering, so it is also spouse-friendly (should they wish to attend!). If you want to know more about the club, just come along and say hello!
Under 18s are welcome – the pub just asks that they remain with an adult after 9pm.
Location map: https://maps.google.com/?cid=5781847479981282853
Richard Powley (M0IGM) passed away on November the 3rd at the Grantham Hospital Hospice. Richard had been unwell for some time.
Richard first came to SKARS after he answered a call for volunteers to help at one of our JOTA stations and became an active member, a regular on the club net and participated in other club activities and meetings, always keen to offer his advice and assistance to new operators.
In May this year Richard spent an entertaining couple of hours talking and accepting messages over the radio from the members of a local scout group after we went to give a talk and demonstration, going out of his way to assist.
Richard spent much of his life in Germany and after coming back to the hobby operated for a while operated as M/DJ0MDW.
The committee and members of SKARS send their condolences to his wife Joy and his family and friends.
South Kesteven ARS have once again proved they are an award winning society
RSGB Region 13 winners for three years running
National Finalists for three years running, 3rd in 2015, 2nd in 2016 and now finally grabbing the first place for their hard work and efforts in 2017
Collecting the award on behalf of SKARS was Stewart Mason (Event coordinator) and his son Noah at the National Hamfest on 29th September 2018. The club received a voucher for £500 and is looking to buy a transceiver from Waters & Stanton the sponsors of the competition.
Congratulations and thanks to all SKARS members and the committee for their hard work.
Abdel Mesbah M0NPT came along to SKARS on the 6th July 2018 to give a talk and demonstration on operating through Amateur radio satellites.
As well as a powerpoint presentation Abdel was able to demonstrate the operating of an SSB linear transponder on FO-29 during two passes that evening. Using a Yaesu FT-847 and a handheld homebrew antenna made a number of successful QSOs. (Video and photos by Stewart Mason M0SDM)
As part of the British Inland Waterways on the air weekend BIWOTA, SKARS will be operating a special event station from the Grantham Canal Society http://www.granthamcanal.org/ on Sunday 26th August 2018
In light of the General Data Protection Regulations that come in to force 25 May 2018 SKARS has performed an audit and assessment of data it holds and uses.
On May 4 2018 Sean Burton 2E0ENN gave a talk and demonstration of the various Digital voice modes available to amateurs including DMR, DSTAR and Fusion (C4FM) and how they be connected via internet linking. Several types of personal hotspot brought along, explained and demonstrated. Sean made several QSOs via the system, one to club member Sid G4RIO who was out mobile at the time.
At the club meeting Friday 4th May 2018, there will be a presentation on Digital and Internet Linked Amateur Radio with Sean Burton 2E0ENN
On the 6th April 2018 SKARS will be holding a session on Basic First Aid Training at the club meeting, everyone welcome (normal £2 cover charge to pay hall costs)