Covid-19: SKARS Meetings cancelled until lockdown ends

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak we have cancelled club meetings until the restrictions on meetings ease. This will be reviewed as advice from the Government on lifting lockdown restrictions is received.

Remember we have a net on GB3GR each Weds at 8pm for 30 mins. All members and non-members are welcome to join in. For the period of Lockdown we also have a net on 3,720 kHz (+/-QRM) at 19:30 BST on the first and third Friday of each month.

2020 Committee

The current committee members (as voted at the AGM on 3 Jan 2020 and the EGM on 21 Feb 2020) are

Chair: Steve Marsh, M0NMA

Vice: Ivan Szabo, M6HET

Club Secretary: Brian Hiley, M0YBX

Club Treasurer: Steve Marsh, M0NMA

Event and Contest Coordinator: Andrew Kiddle, G4HVC

Member Representative: John Uttley, G6CQD

JoTA 2019

South Kesteven ARS had a fun-packed day at the recent JOTA event with around 50 Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from Grantham and District using the special event call sign GB1FS. Stewart Mason M0SDM, Andrew Kiddle G4HVC and Konrad Emery-Ford M0KVF logged 24 QSOs on 80m using the club FT-450D rig (last year’s prize from Waters & Stanton for winning the RSGB small club of the year ) and an OCFD.

Not a bad result, given many of them were long QSOs, not quick 59 contacts! The highlight had to be the contact with GB100GP who must have been very busy over the JOTA weekend. The team also demonstrated CW with an oscillator and helped to explain to the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers what the hobby was all about.

Cricket World Cup

SKARS are pleased to announce that it was the first club to have been allocated a CWC callsign – GB19TB (Trent Bridge) which will coincide with the Test Match there on 6 June. SKARS will activate the callsign from 10am to 10pm on HF, using SSB, CW and FT8 modes.

Trent Bridge ODI

Just look at that Quad Antenna!

2019 Committee

The current committee members were voted in at the EGM on 5 April 2019:

Chair: Steve Marsh, 2E0WCG
Vice Chair: Stewart Mason, M0SDM
Club Secretary: Brian Hiley, M0YBX
Club Treasurer: Steve Marsh, 2E0WCG
Exam Secretary, Alan Morris, G4ENS

2019 Calendar

The Calendar has now been updated with activities for the rest of 2019.

Meetings will be on 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month, between 7:30 and 9:30.

·         1st Friday meetings will be social events where members can have a general chat, use the club radio and bring their own kit / questions for others to help with or to tell us about.

·         3rd Friday meetings will be talks on a variety of topics and the calendar will cover the next 6 months. Doors open at 7:30 for talk to commence at 8pm.

18 January Zello and Network Radio Sean Burton 2E0ENN
15 February CW Brian Hiley M0YBX
15 March CB Radio Richard Shireby G0OJF
19 April Grounds and RF Earthing Stewart Mason M0SDM
17 May Recapping a Radiogram GB19TB preparation Richard Shireby G0OJF and Richard Chappell M7CHP
21 June First Aid Konrad Emery-Ford M0KVF
19 July CTCSS Richard Shireby G0OJF
20 September Building U/VHF Antennas Martin Yallop G4YNT
15 November Modelling Antennas (or Aug) Brian Hiley M0YBX
20 December Christmas Party Steve Marsh 2E0WCG

Activity Events
6 June Cricket World Cup GB19TB Brian Hiley M0YBX
Sept Field Day
Mid Oct JOTA Stewart Mason M0SDM