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RADIAL

Season’s Greetings

To All Our Members

Winter 2006 / 2007

Volume 50 No. 4

Quarterly Journal Of The Radio Amateur Invalid & Blind Club

Patron: THE LORD RIX Kt CBE DL, G2DQU


The RAIBC Stand at Donington Park September 2005

Front Cover Picture -

The radio shack and aerials of John Hoban G3EGC.

It’s centrally heated as well!! - See John’s letter inside.


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The RADIO AMATEUR INVALID and BLIND CLUB

Founded in 1954

Registered Charity Number: 802348

Affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain

This Month’s Contents

Editor’s Keystrokes, M0DZO 2

From Our Chairman’s Pen, M0AID 3

Alan’s Aerial Helpline, G2AJL 4

Membership Secretary’s Report, G0MWO 5

A Message From Your Committee 6

Radial Is Now Available By E-mail 8

Club Corner, Doug BRS54163 9

Tuning Around, Doug BRS54163 10

RAIBC Club Nets 12

A QRP Christmas, Jeff Davis N9AVG 13

Tommy Wigg G3SKF - Obituary 20

Meet Your Committee 23

You’ve Got To Have A Laugh 25

Members On E-Mail 26

Silent Key 27

An Appeal For Help, Judi M3NKW 28

A Night Of Pleasure And A Question, Angie M3PYM 29

Welcome New Members 30

Members Letters 31

Loan Equipment 34

General Notices & Spring 2007 Copy Deadline 36

Pullout Sections In Magazine Centre

Club Information Pages

2006 AGM Minutes

Radial Editor and RAIBC Webmaster

Amanda Hambidge M0DZO c/o 55 Flora Road, Hay Mills, Birmingham B25 8BH

e-mail webmaster@raibc.org.uk editor@raibc.org.uk or amanda@m0dzo.co.uk

www.raibc.org.uk


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Editor’s Keystrokes

Hi again,

Well another 3 months, indeed a year have flown by again

and I find myself writing this piece. A lot of changes have occurred

since the last Radial and these are detailed in the following pages.

I must admit I’ll be glad when 2006 is over, and all the seasonal

festivities as well and I can get down to getting my life a bit more

sorted out and stable, I’ll also be glad when the dark nights are gone.

The trouble is it is wishing one’s life away which is not a good idea.

I’ve not made much progress on the SDR radio kit I mentioned in

last issue, whenever I try and get down to it something else crops up

and intervenes, but I hope to have something about it in the next

issue. John Hoban G3EGC is also building one of these kits as well.

I’ve now set up the mailing group for the e-mailed PDF Radial, so it

will be a first try this issue, I’ve got my fingers crossed!

Later in the magazine you will find a piece from Angie M3PYM

which Alec sent me, it was lifted from the RAIBC E-mail group, so I’ll

have to keep my eye on that group for more useable material!

As an answer to Angie’s question about breaking into an HF / LF

net as opposed to a VHF / UHF net, I’ve always used the same

technique for both, ‘tail ending’ i.e. speaking as soon as the person

who was speaking last drops carrier, and waiting to be called in.

Ah well It’s time to shut up shop for this issue, all that remains is, in

the words of the Goons to wish you all ‘A Merry Christmas And

Custard!’ - And a happy and prosperous New Year to you All.

Amanda M0DZO / G7TUA

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FROM THE CHAIRMAN’S PEN

It feels a little strange sitting here writing my first item in Radial as

Chairman, and thinking about condensing my thoughts into 300

words or so. As many of you will know, I have no problem in

producing reams of text, but today this feels somehow different.

You will read later a letter from the Committee and the minutes from

the AGM, and perhaps wonder about the changes that have taken

place within the club. At this stage all I can really say, is that I’m

more excited about the future of the RAIBC than ever before.

Your new Committee is a good mixture of both youth and

experience, and we are busy taking a fresh look at everything the

club does, and attempting to lay sound foundations.

To me, this club has always been about building friendships and

improving the lives of us all through amateur radio. Whether we are

disabled members or supporters, it shouldn’t make any difference to

the pleasure we can derive from helping each other.

The key to this of course is ‘good communication’. If you as a

member feel the club is irrelevant or unapproachable, we may as well

not be here at all.

I am continually gratified when I hear amateurs on the bands talking

about RAIBC in affectionate terms, but disappointed when I learn of

amateurs with disabilities who have never heard of us or have failed

to get help. We must work hard to maintain the affection in which the

club is held and strive to keep it relevant as we move forward.

Without question, we need to raise the profile of RAIBC and start to

rebuild our network of members and supporters right across the

country.

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The club needs to be pro-active in providing the services any

disabled amateur needs, and must show real encouragement and

practical support to affiliated groups such as the Reading Rattle

cassette service.

We certainly don’t have all of the answers to make the RAIBC a

success, but the Committee does have a vision for it’s future and I

hope it will come up to expectation!

Have a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I look

forward to possibly working you on one of our nets one day soon!

Kelvin Marsh M0AID

RAIBC Chairman

Alan’s Aerial Help Line.

I am prepared to help fellow members to solve their aerial

problems, whether it is a simple dipole, or a nest of dipoles, G5RV’s,

Delta loops, end fed, Carolina windoms etc..

If you are experiencing difficulties i.e. TVI or RFI, I will endeavour to

solve your problems, aerials are my specialist subject, please send

me a letter detailing your problems and a stamped addressed

envelope to 452 Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9TZ

and I will respond to your letters with the best advice I can give.

There is an old adage ‘If you can’t hear them you can’t work them’.

I would be pleased if I can solve your problems, please let me know

if I have been successful in helping you to get the best out of your

particular aerial.

Alan J Lees G2AJL 1359.

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Membership Secretary’s Report

Winter 2006

Once again we approach the end of the year and my Christmas list

is written and I now await the results.

I am however quite sad for it has been decided that this copy of

Radial will be the last for all those members that are behind with their

subscriptions. I am very sorry to say that they will number well over

100 members. Of course we will welcome back all those that wish to

rejoin.

This is very depressing for me, if you look back over my previous

reports, they nearly all talk about subscriptions or rather the lack of.

When you realise that you are no longer receiving your copy of

Radial, it will wake you up.

So treat this piece as a wake up call: PAY UP or no more

RADIAL and you will no longer be eligible to keep your loaned

equipment.

Your subscription of £7 does in theory cover the costs of printing

Radial but unfortunately if so many do not pay then we sponsor

Radial from our hard earned takings from rallies.

Talking of rallies we are getting very short of help for collecting

items and for manning the stall.

The new committee is now settling in and with the aid of telephone

conferencing we have been able to hold a number of meetings very

successfully, with a much wider spread of committee membership

we are now able to hold meetings with a full attendance.

73 and a Happy Christmas & New Year.

Alec Gaffin G0MWO

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A Message From Your Committee

Dear Members

If you have been diligently reading through the magazine, you will

by now realise there have been some significant changes happening

with our club.

Those of you that attended the AGM will know that it was not the

easiest of meetings. There were some very searching questions and

a general dissatisfaction about how certain aspects of the club have

been handled.

The Committee explained that certain changes had already taken

place, and that with the backing of the members, there was still much

more for the Committee to do. The members graciously accepted this

explanation, and gave us the opportunity to sort matters out.

We are pleased to report that the important items on the AGM

agenda were passed unanimously. These included the election of a

new Vice Chairman, Keith Ruffell G7EDT, a new Equipment

Manager, Quentin Cruse GW3BV, and the change to the Constitution

allowing telephone conferencing.

You can read the Minutes of the AGM in this issue of Radial in the

centre pull-out section. The Committee took the decision to produce

condensed minutes this year, rather than the verbatim report of

previous years.

Following the AGM, our Chairman Dave Jones G0HHP had to retire

from Committee duties for personal reasons following illness within

his family. We are very pleased to say that Dave is remaining as

Midland Representative for RAIBC. We also had to find

replacements for Vicki, Treasurer, Ann, Chairman's Secretary, and

Richard, Duplications Manager.

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These positions have now been filled from within the Committee,

and a full list of all the changes is available in the centre pullout and

on the club web site, www.raibc.org.uk.

On September 23rd we had our first telephone conference, where

Kelvin Marsh M0AID was elected from within the Committee as

acting Chairman until the 2007 AGM. Since then, we have had

three further Committee meetings via telephone conferencing, where

we are reviewing every aspect of the club and putting in place the

foundations for the future.

One of our main priorities was implementing stringent financial

protocols on all expenditure and income, and making sure every

Committee member / trustee is fully aware of every transaction,

leading to full accountability.

We feel strongly that every action MUST be fully justifiable to the

membership, and that full transparency of the club's activities is vital.

With Quentin operating a new requisition system for equipment

purchases, and Arthur Gordon MM0ZOP taking on the position of

Treasurer, we are attempting to bring the financial transactions of the

club up to standard.

You will read in the AGM Minutes, we were unable to bring

scrutinised accounts to the AGM for approval. This was mainly due to

the need to find another examiner, after our original choice felt that

charitable accounts were outside his area of expertise.

As this letter is being written, the accounts are being scrutinised by

a new independent examiner, who hopes to report back by the end of

November.

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Looking to the future, we have much work to do. It is vital we redraft

the Constitution to properly reflect the new protocols of 'best practice'

and set down a sensible agenda to keep standards high.

We will be giving proper notice in the Spring Radial of Committee

positions due for re-election, with nominees listed in the Summer

issue, in time for voting at the AGM.

We are starting to publicise the club within and outside of the radio

amateur fraternity, and it is again vital we start building a network of

supporters and helpers right across the country. Most importantly, we

need to start improving the connection between everyone in the club.

If you have ideas, let us know about them. If you have the

enthusiasm and passion for propelling the club forward, stand for

election to the Committee and help us make good things happen.

So there you have it, our aim is improved organisation, transparency,

and full accountability within the Committee and club.

We very much hope these changes will be supported by the

membership.

The RAIBC Committee

Radial Is Now Available By E-Mail

Did you know that you can now get Radial in PDF format?

Well you can, Just send an e-mail to the Editor, editor@raibc.org.uk

and you will be included on the Radial mailing list. Radial will arrive in

your inbox as an e-mail attachment on the day it goes to press and it

will help the club save money as well.

All you will need to read the PDF copy of Radial is a copy of Adobe

Acrobat Reader which is available on the RAIBC website, and most

likely to be already installed on many machines as standard.

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Club Corner

Hi everyone, I would like to take a few moments to take time out to

say, a great big thank you to G0HHP David for all the hard work and

and many hours that he has spent putting together Club Corner over

the years, many thanks David for all your hard work. He kindly asked

me if I would take the job on, its a very hard act to follow, but I’ll do

my very best.

I’d also like to thank Alec G0MWO for all the hard work he is doing,

and also our Editor, without her none of us would be able to read this

great little mag that we are so lucky to have.

My thanks also go to the rest of the Committee and all the people

who help our disabled and blind members I extend my good wishes

to you all. . .and I know everyone that has anything to do with this

club will agree with me.

Since I have been a member of RAIBC it has given me a different

view of the world of amateur radio, I have great pride in being a

member of RAIBC and what it stands for. I only wish that I could do

more to help people young and old into this great hobby and it is a

great hobby and long may the club continue.

So don’t forget let me know what you are doing, what stations you

are working etc. for without input there is no output!

Good luck in your dx’ing.

73 Doug 2075 BRS 54163

P.s. The other day I had to take a visit to my Doctors, I took along

some Radial mags and dropped them off in the waiting room. You

never know it might create some interest and get us some new

members!

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Tuning Around

Hi everyone, well here, we are again, I do hope every one has

enjoyed this lovely weather that we had.

Firstly I would like to say that I’m sorry, if I have upset any swl or

operator, by seeing me on the cover of the last edition of Radial.

You might say what has a horse got to do with amateur radio, my

reply is nothing, the reason being that the editor asked if anyone had

any interesting pictures for Radial to send them in.

And being a nation of animal lovers I thought that it might be of

interest to some. Once again my apologies if I have upset some of

you.

O.k. moving on, on a lighter note I would very much like to thank

Quentin GW3BV on the interesting report that he so kindly sent in,

many thanks Quentin. Unfortunately I’m just a poor swl hi! and I don’t

have any VHF equipment.

I wonder Quentin, did you get a Diploma for the German football

stations that you contacted, I wish you good luck in your dx’ing and

look forward to the next time, many thanks my friend.

The bands have not been so good for me this time around, I’ve

been suffering from a high level of noise on the frequencies, let’s

hope we do better in the coming months.

This is the report from where I live and some of the stations I have

managed to log this time.

20m: JW7VK, CU8F Azores Island lighthouse, HS0ZEE Thailand,

IK1DAQ, C5DXC The Gambia, YU1ARC, 406DX Montenegro,

WD8CCC, EC1EW, F3ZA,K2EK,VE7JE, EA5CWR, SP5PB/2

Lighthouse, DL0HDF Lighthouse, MM0MWC/P Lighthouse, Orkney

Islands, 403AB Montenegro, YB4IR Sumatra, Indonesia.

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I was talking to Alan Lees G2AJL on the twisted pair the other night

and he asked me if he could send in his report and activity on the

bands.

I told him I was interested in any report that I get from either swl’s or

operators. We had quite a long chat and a very interesting gentleman

he is, he has a very nice setup as you will read in his report, so here

goes.

160m, Mainly UK Stations.

80m, HB9BWM, Switzerland, 0X5ACW Greenland and continental

stations and G, GW, GM, El,

40m, CT9FF Madeira Island. S52QR Slovenia, UZ6HZH Russia,

UA9FAT. Russia.

20m, SV0FO, Macedonia, SV2BET, Greece, 7X2ED Algeria, 9A2LH,

Croatia, VE2FDT, Canada, T99A, Bosnia, CU3CD, Azores,VKSBW,

Australia, 0E3GRU, Australia, ET3SID, Ethiopia, UA2AO, Estonia,

Z21BP, Zimbawe, KC4ZL, USA.

15m, KL7GH, Alaska, PP5YC Brazil, KH6FA, Hawaii, LU5DUT,

Argentina, ZS5FG, Africa, EA3VM, Barcelona, VQ9AC, Chagos

Archipelago, V6QLQ/YB5,Sumatra, JR3BOT, Japan, ZV1EN, Greece,

VP1DK, British Honduras, ZB2IB, Gibraltar, C56/GL7UTA,

Gambia, H18XJD, Dominica, 5B4ES, Cyprus, T12LTA, Costa Rica,

9K2BE, Kuwait, HL12SF, Korea, 4Z4VG, Israel,TU4EI Abidjan,

6Y5DA, Jamaica, VU2KGB, India, 0A4AMH, Peru, P29KM, New

Guinea, A4XGC, Oman, ZP5ZGF, Paraguay, 5N8SIIE, Nigeria,

ZF2ML, Grand Cayman, ZL2AUS, New Zealand, PJ8AD,

Antilles,VP2MDG Monserrat, YB0ADW, Indonesia, XE1MPT, Mexico.

10m, 9H1O, Malta, F6GCM, France, 0N6GBO, Belgium, WB0VBH,

USA, S54BN, Estonia, EA3DT, Spain, 9H3FGA, Malta. 1K3BOS,

Italy.

Alan adds: “All these stations were worked between 4th October

and 10th October at times between 13.00 to 16.50 local time, using a

Kenwood TS570DGE and a Yaesu FL2100Z HF Linear, 400 watts.

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The aerial is a G2DYM 2 trapped dipole, 133.6ft long, inverted vee

configuration, east, west, compass wise, 65 ft above ground level,

with a 30 ft x 18 ft counterpoise, consisting of 12 mm copper tubing,

drilled every 2 ft with a1/16th inch drill.

All this is connected to a 3/4 inch spigot, which is a foot above

ground, which I occasionally pour water down to keep the earthing

system moist.

Connected to the spigot, is some Cadmium Copper lightning bar, 1

and quarter wide, 1/4 of an inch thick, this is then bolted to the

outside wall and comes into the shack to a buss bar made out of the

same lightning conductor bar to which all my earthing leads from my

HF Rigs go to one central point.

Alan lives in Bournemouth and has an excellent take off point from

where he lives, and some excellent dx if I may say so.

So there you have it that’s me done for this issue, it’s so nice to hear

from other operators who take time out to contact me let me know

what they have been doing on the air and give me some information

to put into this column.

So don’t be shy, let me have your reports large or small, don’t forget

the cup for the operator with the highest number of stations heard or

worked.

73 Doug BRS54163, 2075

RAIBC Club Nets

As many of you know, the club runs nets for members on various

days of the week on 80, 40, and 2 metres.

Why not call in to one of these nets and give it a try? You never

know what you are missing.

Full net details are available on the club website or in the

information pullout in the centre of each Radial.

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A QRP Christmas

"A foot of new snow and it's still falling, this is getting bad," Tom

muttered to no one in particular. Just then Stella walked in with a sad

look on her face and Tom knew right away. "The kids aren't going to

make it, are they?" he asked. "No," she answered, "I just got off the

phone with them and the roads are all closed."

Great! Two days before Christmas, and the world had come to a

halt. Tom gave his wife a hug and said, "Well Mother, we might as

well get over it, nothing much we can do now but wait this thing out."

In the 50 plus years since the couple bought the house they had

weathered many winter storms, but this would be the first Christmas

without the kids and, now, the grandchildren. Nature could be cruel,

but at least they had plenty of food and firewood, and there was

ample gas for the generator in case the power went off.

"I think I'll go see if the repeater is still on the air," Tom said as he

headed to his ham shack over the garage. Being a radio amateur

had its advantages, and emergency communication was one of them.

He fired up the VHF set, and--sure enough--the local repeater was

alive and busy. Several folks in the community needed assistance,

and snowmobile deliveries were being organized accompanied by

hams to maintain communication.

As with many things, people take communication systems for

granted until they're suddenly unavailable. Two years earlier, with the

proliferation of cellular telephone technology, Middletown decided it

no longer needed Amateur Radio to assist during emergencies.

A few months later, the river overflowed its banks during a massive

rainstorm. Lightning wreaked havoc on the power grid and even

cellular telephones were overloaded or knocked out altogether.

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With one loud clap of thunder Amateur Radio was back in the

disaster communications business in Middletown. The Town Council

went so far as to give the Middletown Amateur Radio Club access to

a county building to serve as a communications headquarters and

monthly meeting spot.

Stella walked up the stairs to the radio shack with a hot cup of

coffee for Tom. She figured he'd be spending quite a lot of time on

the air during this snow emergency. She was wrong. Tom wasn't all

that fond of 2-meters, really. He'd always been a CW op. In fact, for

years he never even owned a microphone for his HF gear. To him,

ham radio was and would always be, CW.

His high school print shop teacher had convinced him to get his

ham license in 1939. A few years later, Uncle Sam took note of his

radiotelegraphy talents and made him a Navy radio operator aboard

the USS Missouri. He served from 1941 until the end of the War and

even was present aboard the Missouri for the formal Japanese

surrender.

Not long after the War, he married his high school sweetheart,

Stella, and started what would be a 40-year career at the telephone

company. They had three children and still lived in the very house

they'd bought brand new as a young couple in 1947.

Tom was a tinkerer, and he'd built several transmitters and even a

few receivers. But he was a serious brasspounder and could handle

30 to 40 WPM with ease. His station was always as clean as his

signal, and any piece of equipment he built was a work of art. It

wasn't good enough just to work and look good--it had to be perfect.

Other members of the local radio club poked fun because Tom had

a habit of making sure that even the screw slots on anything he built

were aligned in the same direction.

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He didn't buy his first commercially made gear until 1961 -- a

Hallicrafters SX-140 receiver with a matching HT-40 transmitter. That

was the only store-bought equipment in his shack until over a decade

later, when his best friend died suddenly. His friend's widow gave

Tom all the equipment in her husband's shack, including a complete

Collins S-Line.

That gear took a special place in Tom's heart and shack, not so

much because it was the "ultimate station," but because it had

belonged to his closest friend.

After retiring in 1986, Tom quit building equipment. He maintained

several skeds with on-air friends from around the world. Saturday

nights were his favorite, for it was then that he met with a large

number of old Navy radio ops on 7.030. He really enjoyed those rag

chews!

But, one-by-one, the gang started to dwindle as more and more of

his buddies became Silent Keys. It depressed him so that when his

main receiver quit working in 1993, he didn't bother to fix it. K9NZQ

was off the air for the first time since World War II.

Stella was worried enough about her husband's depression that she

told the kids about the problem. They chipped in and bought him a

brand new 2-meter FM radio for his birthday thinking that would

cheer him up. Tom listened to the local repeater every day, but he

rarely transmitted. It just wasn't the same.

She had hoped that having all the kids and grandchildren at the

house again this Christmas would perk Tom up and chase away the

lingering blues but now the weather had ruined that plan. "I think I'll

go out and make sure the generator still starts," he said as he

passed through the kitchen. "The power lines are beginning to ice

up."

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Once he was out the back door, Stella took the opportunity to

quickly and carefully wrap her gift to him. One of his friends had

suggested to her that she buy Tom a kit for Christmas.

Taking his suggestion, she ordered a small QRP CW transceiver kit

he'd recommended. She didn't know if he would like it, but with this

weather she was especially glad it had a arrived a few days earlier.

Like it or not, at least he would have something to open on Christmas

morning.

Day turned into evening and somehow the power stayed on. More

snow was falling outside. The TV was calling it some sort of record

snowfall for central Indiana. When Tom said he was going to bed and

it was only 6:30 PM, she decided it was time.

"Let's go ahead and open our presents now, and not wait two more

days" she said, handing him the gaily wrapped box. He didn't really

want to open presents, now but he didn't want to disappoint Stella,

knowing that she was still upset about the kids.

"All right, let me go get yours first," he agreed. In a few minutes

they were opening their presents. She seemed to really like the

bread making machine. He was more than a little surprised as he

opened the little QRP kit.

"There now," she allowed, "that will give you something to do for a

few days and it will keep you out of my kitchen." Tom knew he'd been

underfoot lately. "You're sending me to my room without pie?" he said

with a smile. "Go on with you. I'll bring pie up to you as soon as the

coffee quits brewing," she said as he headed back to the shack with

the little box in hand.

By the time she walked in the shack, pumpkin pie in one hand and

hot coffee in the other, Tom had unpacked the box, sorted the parts

and was halfway through the instructions. She was happy to see he

at least looked interested and left the room with her fingers crossed

that this might cheer him up.

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He didn't leave the shack until nearly midnight. By then, he had half

of the components soldered to the main board, and he had wound

several coils. "If the power doesn't go out," he muttered, "I could

have this thing running by Christmas!"

The next morning he awoke at 7:30 AM, two hours later than usual.

Stella already had the bacon frying when he walked into the kitchen.

A quick look out the back window revealed yet another foot of fresh

snow had fallen last night. He was glad to see blue sky and sunshine

and hoped that meant the worst was over. After breakfast he was

back in the shack, soldering pen in hand.

Tom was genuinely impressed with the little kit. The instructions

were clear, and it looked to be of high-quality. He had already

convinced himself, though, that he would never make a contact on 40

meters with less than 3 W. Nonetheless, he was happy to have

something to keep his hands and mind busy. And it was a good thing

that he'd kept up that dipole so he could see if this radio actually

worked.

By 7 that evening, the kit was nearly finished. He was ready to

apply power and begin initial testing. Stella knew that her decision to

buy the little kit was a good one when he asked if she'd mind if he

ate supper in the shack. By 11 PM Christmas Eve, the kit was

finished. He plugged in the headphones, hooked up the antenna

connection, and applied power.

The noise level jumped, and he knew things were working when he

moved the VFO ever so slightly and instantly heard a QSO in

progress. "Now, that's a good sign," he said to himself. He pulled off

the headphones and headed upstairs to tell Stella the good news.

But she was fast asleep. It was midnight. No point in waking her up

now. He slipped back to the shack and put the headphones back on.

73 ES MERRY XMAS OM DE W5WBL he heard as one QSO

completed.

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Tom moved a little higher in the band until he heard a strong station

in QSO with a VE6 in Vancouver. He was more than a little

impressed with the sensitivity of the receiver. After listening to a few

more QSOs he continued moving up the band until suddenly, he

heard a familiar call sign.

CQ CQ CQ de XE3HHH XE3HHH XE3HHH K. Tom almost couldn't

believe it. Here was his old friend Miguel in Mexico calling CQ. He

listened as Miguel called several more times with no reply. Thinking it

silly to even try, Tom grabbed an old straight key and plugged it in. It

was the first time in years that he had even touched a key. "This will

never work" he thought as he tapped out XE3HHH XE3HHH

XE3HHH de K9NZQ K9NZQ HW CPI OM?

Tom's jaw dropped when almost instantly Miguel came back.

K9NZQ de XE3HHH FB OM I THOUGHT YOU DIED HI HI MERRY

CHRISTMAS AMIGO. The two chatted for nearly an hour until Miguel

had to go.

After the final 73, Tom sat back in his chair and rubbed his chin. He

couldn't help but smile when he thought of just how much fun this

day had been. Building the little kit and actually working an old friend

just seemed to make his day complete. He would have bet half his

retirement pension that there was no way to work Miguel with less

than 3 watts.

He knew some guys who worked QRP regularly, but he had always

assumed that actually making contacts was a pretty rough and risky

business. At least he never thought it would be that easy.

He was about to shut down the rig and go to bed when he heard a

loud CQ just off the frequency where he worked Miguel. It was

KL7DD. Tom reached for the key figuring he'd get in another quick

QSO--or at least make the attempt--then go to bed. KL7DD turned

out to be Joe in Point Barrow, Alaska.

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RAIBC Members Information Pages

Honorary Vice-Presidents

Brigadier ‘Johnny’ Clinch CBE, G3MJK. The ‘Pippins’, Dummer Road, Axford,

Basingstoke, Hants. RG25 2ED. Tel:/Fax:01256 389439

John Brown G3DVV Boulters Barn Cottage, Churchill Road,

Chipping Norton, Oxon OX7 5UT

C O M M I T T E E 2 0 0 6

Chairman Kelvin Marsh, M0AID Highgrove,

Creech Heathfield,

chairman@raibc.org.uk Taunton,

Somerset,

TA3 5EW

01823 412087

Vice Chairman &

Membership Liaison

Keith Ruffell

vicechairman@raibc.org

Treasurer

Arthur Gordon, MM0ZOP 16 Swordale Crescent

treasurer@raibc.org.uk Bonar Bridge,

Ardgay, IV24 3EH

01863 766 660

Membership Secretary Alec Gaffin, G0MWO 509 Kenton Road,

memsec@raibc.org.uk Kenton, Harrow.

HA3 0UL

RAIBC HelpLine Tel: 020 8204 2347

Equipment Manager Quentin Cruse GW3BV 01970 639180

equipman@raibc.org.uk 45 Brongwinau,

Comins Coch,

Aberystwyth,

Wales SY23 3BQ

Vision Impairment Liaison Kelvin Marsh, M0AID 01823 412087

egroupman@raibc.org.uk


C O M M I T T E E

2 0 0 6 - CONTINUED

Education Officer

Bob Holton, G0BST

educator@raibc.org.uk Tel: 01952 281034

Duplicating Manager

Peter Hunter, G0GSZ

dupman@raibc.org.uk

Rally Co-ordinator

Keith Ruffell

Northern Ireland Committee

Terry Barnes, GI3USS

Bill McVeigh MI0CTA

96 Crawfordsburn Rd,

Bangor,

Co. Down,

BT19 1BT

Tel: 02891 473948

CORRESPONDING MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE

EMC Problems

Les Hawkyard, G5HD

Accountant/Auditor

POSITION VACANT


Minutes of the 29th Annual General Meeting of the

RADIO AMATEUR INVALID AND BLIND CLUB

Held at the Leicester Amateur Radio Show, Donington Park

9th September 2006 at 15:00 hours

1. Present: David Jones Chairman G0HHP, Alec Gaffin Membership

Secretary G0MWO, Keith Ruffell G7EDT, Kelvin Marsh Vision

Impairment Liaison M0AID, Bob Holton Education Officer G0BST,

Amanda Hambidge Radial Editor M0DZO, Ann Walton Chairman’s

Secretary, Carlos Garthwaite G1UAI, John Evans G7CEC,

Dennis Shelford G8VRO, Quentin Cruse GW3BV, Edwin Smith

G1SKR, Jackie Marsh (as note-taker for Kelvin)

2. Apologies: Vicki Cowell Treasurer, Richard Neale-Gardner

Duplications Manager M1EYA, Arthur Gordon MM0ZOP

Scottish Representative, Bill McVeigh MI0CTA, Peter Hunter

G0GSZ, Roy Gerard G3LAZ, Arthur Evans M0BLM.

3. Minutes of the 28th A.G.M.: Corrections were made to names

and callsigns. Proposal to accept the minutes by Dennis Shelford,

seconded by Amanda Hambidge

4. Matters arising: The Treasurers absence was noted and

discussed further in ‘any other business’.

5. Chairman’s Report: The Chairman thanked everyone for

attending the meeting. Special thanks were given to the readers

who enable blind and partially sighted members to receive

Radial on disc. Work has been carried out to keep up to date with

the Charity Commission’s requirements for the accounts.

Accounts for 2005/06 have been submitted to the auditor, but not

yet approved by this Committee.


The Accountant’s fee will be in excess of £1000. The process has

been delayed due to the initial new auditor being unable to

continue.

6. Treasurer’s Report: No report was available at this time. Dave

expects figures for Loan Equipment to be included next year.

Loaned assets of the Club stand at approximately £50,000.

There was a vote of censure against the Treasurer.

Several members requested answers to questions regarding

equipment and treasurer information and were unsatisfied with the

lack of information forthcoming. Kelvin informed the members that

there had been some changes made to the equipment purchase

and issue which will be of significant benefit to the Club.

Kelvin also explained, due to clarification about the status of the

Committee as the Charities Trustees, a fresh approach to

transparency and accountability was taking place. With the

backing of the Membership, the Committee was seeking approval

to rapidly sort things out.

7. Acting Loan Equipment Manager’s Report: 136 members

currently have equipment from the club. After 4 years the

equipment has been written off, this policy will change and will

now be included in the assets of the Club. Details of equipment

currently in stock were given. The value of this stock is

£18,238.08. This will be shown in next year’s accounts along with

the value of radios out on loan.

8. Membership Secretary’s Report: 253 members not up-to-date

with their subscriptions will be removed from the list - those with

equipment are to be contacted for it’s return, as per the loan

agreement. Alec reminded members that subscriptions are £7 for

the year, many people still paying £5 or £6.


9. Vision Impairment Liaison’s Report : Thanks were given to the

many volunteers who read for the Club.Discs for licence courses,

Advanced mock exam paper and an 8 DVD set of an Intermediate

course are available to members. Both the IC7000 and Ic-703

manuals have been requested to be recorded and Kelvin will

progress this with his readers.

10. Education Officer’s Report: Bob will carry out home visits to

assist those people needing additional support to attain the RAE

and will work with people outside a 50 mile radius using a variety

of electronic means.

11. Radial Editor’s Report: The website has been improved. As

usual the editor is appealing for copy for the magazine. The

magazine is now available in PDF format and members wishing

to receive this need to contact Amanda - this saves money for the

Club in copying and postage.

12. Duplication Manager’s Report: Report submitted. Richard is

duplicating Radial for those who receive it on CD, but will be busy

with other duties until January 2007 and duplication of other items

will be carried out by other members.

13. Election of Committee Members: Quentin Cruse was

introduced to those present, with experience of Committee work,

living in Wales and having disabilities himself. Quentin was

elected as Equipment Manager.

The position of Vice Chairman became vacant due to the

resignation of Robin Hewes. Keith Ruffell was introduced to those

present and duly elected as Vice Chairman.

14. Video and Telephone Conferencing: An Amendment was

agreed to the Constitution to allow Committee meetings to also be

held via video and telephone conferencing. Kelvin will make the

arrangements with the Charity Commission for this to be ratified.


15. Membership Liaison Officer: It was agreed to appoint Arthur

Gordon to this post to co-ordinate assistance for members

moving into Sheltered or Residential Accommodation, to enable

them to continue their hobby of Amateur Radio. He is asked to

liaise with members who already have arrangements for doing

this.

16. Any Other Business: A request was made for Vicky to stand

down as Treasurer due to the lack of a report being available to

the members. Dave will action this.


RAIBC Net Controllers:

PETER HALLAM GI4GVS GI0IBC HF

KELVIN MARSH M0AID G4IBC HF

JOHN BROWN G3DVV G4IBC HF

ROGER BAXTER G0KME G4IBC HF

CARLOS GARTHWAITE G1UAI GB1IBC VHF

GORDON WIDDOP G0PTO GB1IBC VHF

STEPHEN CLAXTON G0TOT GB1IBC VHF

KELVIN MARSH MOAID ‘Early Birds’ HF

JOHN HAMMOND G0FLP G4IBC C.W. HF

ROBERT HUGHES-BURTON MWORHD GB1IBC VHF

QUENTIN CRUSE GW3BV GB1IBC VHF

R.A.I.B.C

CLUB NETS

There are regular club nets operated by members and supporters. The club callsigns are as

follows: (VHF) GB1IBC (HF) G4IBC and from Northern Ireland GI0IBC

MONDAY

(start)

10.00 FM 145.500 MHz G1UAI (GB1IBC)

(Home Counties)

(then QSY)

TUESDAY

10.00 SSB 7.050 MHz or 3.743Mhz GI4GVS/G3DVV (GI0IBC)

M0AID operates the‘Early Birds’ net at 09.30 until the main net at 10 00

10.30 (North Wales) FM 145.400 MHz MW0RHD/GW3BV (GB1IBC)

14.00 CW 7.025 MHz G0FLP (G4IBC)

WEDNESDAY

14.00 SSB 7.050 MHz or 3.743Mhz M0AID (G4IBC)

THURSDAY

10.30 (North Wales) FM 145.400 MHz MW0RHD/GW3BV (GB1IBC)

19. 30 (Manchester) FM 145.550 MHz G0PTO (GB1IBC)

20. 00 (Swanage) FM 145.350 MHz G0TOT (GB1IBC)

FRIDAY 19:30 SSB 3.743 MHZ M0AID (GB4IBC)

Nets Run From Northern Ireland

gi4gvs@qsl.net

SSB 3.743 MHz GI4GVS (GI0IBC)

FRIDAY 19.00 (During British Summer Time months)

SUNDAY 15.00 (During the winter months )

All times are local clock time. When propagation conditions are bad on 40 meters,

PLEASE CHECK 3.743 MHz

Please contact the Radial Editor with any information you may have

about VHF / UHF nets.


Did you know that the RAIBC has an E-mail group?

Well, we do. It is open to all members and supporters. We welcome you along, and

value your input.

To join the RAIBC Email group, send a blank message to:

raibc-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Full instructions for using the group will be sent by return.

If you would like to be added to the group manually,

send an email to

kelvin@qti.org.uk

RAIBC HELP-LINE

0 2 0 8 - 2 0 4 - 2 3 4 7

This Help-Line is run by our Membership Secretary,

Alec Gaffin, G0MWO.

Please be aware that the BT 1571 answering service is

in operation. If you do not get a reply DON’T hang-up.

The answer service will take over. (it could take 20 rings)

Leave a message and Alec WILL get back to you.


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Joe also was ex-Navy, so the two hit it off right away. What started

off to be a "quick" contact turned into a two-hour QSO. Joe only had

trouble hearing Tom a couple of times. The little QRP rig was holding

its own and making a believer out of Tom in the process.

Four contacts later, Tom was exhausted. About the time he shut

things down and headed for bed, Stella walked in. "Merry Christmas!"

she exclaimed. "What time did you get up? I didn't hear you get out

of bed?"

Tom wasn't sure how to tell her he had been up all night 'playing

radio' so he just replied, "early." "Well, I've got breakfast ready," she

said as she walked back down the stairs.

He was still thinking about the contacts he made last night when he

sat down at the kitchen table. "You know Mother," he said with a

smile, "this might have been one of the very best Christmas's we've

had in a long, long time.

After breakfast, let's call the kids, but then I need to be back in the

shack by noon because I told a guy that I would meet him on 40

meters to help him check out his new antenna..."

No doubt about it. K9NZQ was radio active once again.

Copyright © 1998 Jeff Davis, N9AVG All Rights Reserved

May Not Be Reproduced in Any Form Without Written Permission

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Tommy Wigg G3SKF

In 2004, at the age of 92 G3SKF decided

that it was time to call it a day, and after 12

years finally handed over moderation of

the Tuesday morning RAIBC net to John

Brown G3DVV. The net had been one of

the most important features of his weekly

schedule, but as long as his health

allowed, he still continued to listen in.

However, such occasions became

increasingly rare, and on 4th August 2006

he died peacefully in his home in the New

Forest.

Thomas Charles Maxwell Wigg was born on March 17th 1912 to

Harold Wigg, an x-ray pioneer, and Blanche Maxwell. He was

educated at University College School, London, and went on to read

engineering at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge from 1930 to 1933,

where he coxed the first eight to their oars and won the University

Coxwains’ Skulls. After leaving university he worked for a while for

Stewarts and Lloyds of South Africa in their Birmingham office, but

frustrated because he saw little chance of his work taking him out to

South Africa as he had hoped, in 1936 he decided to try his luck in

India.

Having contracted appendicitis on the boat sailing out, he soon

found himself in the British Military Hospital in Dalhousie, where he

then commenced working as a civilian for the Military Engineer

Services. An extended period of leave in England in 1939 resulted in

another eventful boat trip back to India: he heard George VI’s

declaration of war in the radio room of an Italian ship with eight

different nationalities, including a German!

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He reached India via Singapore, and soon entered military service.

After Cambridge he had served as a reserve officer in the RAF,

learning to fly a Tiger Moth out of Filton. However, at the age of 28

he was now considered too old to fly, and so resigned his

commission and joined the Royal Indian Engineers.

A succession of postings saw him ending up as Staff Officer Works,

planning and building the base for operations against the Japanese

in E. Command, work for which he was to receive an OBE.

Over Christmas 1945 he returned to England, this time in a

Sunderland flying boat, and promptly met an assistant pathologist

who was working with his father in Worcester. He and Sheila Mary

Newstead married in September 1946.

After he had been demobbed with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel,

he joined the United Africa Company, a subsidiary of Unilever,

working first in Nigeria and then in Ghana. It was there in 1954, when

Sheila and the young family had had to return to England, that he

discovered amateur radio as a way of keeping in touch.

9G1BV, as he was then, quickly became a dedicated ham, and the

passion continued after he returned to England in 1960 to settle in

Chislehurst, Kent. His first rigs he built himself, describing them as

home brew, and even at the age of 86 he was to surprise a couple of

young salesman with his technical knowledge when he moved up to

the world of modern high-tech.

His work had continued to take him abroad regularly, above all to

East Africa, and after retiring in 1973 he spent six months in Jamaica,

advising a company there. As a pensioner he kept himself busy with

a variety of voluntary activities, working for the local Housing

Advisory Centre, as governor of an old peoples’ home, and chairman

of the local Conservative Association.

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Later in Hyde in the New Forest, to where they moved when Sheila

retired in 1981, he continued his political work, chaired the local

branch of the Royal British Legion, and even delivered meals on

wheels until he was nearly 85! Radio increasingly became the central

feature of his routine.

Even more so after Sheila died in 1997 and his mobility became

more and more limited. It was one of his few means of contact with

the outside world, as with great determination he stayed on alone in

the home he loved so dearly, looked after by a battery of carers.

From 1992 he had run the Tuesday net. He was always terribly

disappointed when he couldn’t make it, and it was with great regret

that in the end he had to give it up. He is survived by three children,

Michael, Felicity and David, and six grand-children.

Tommy’s Tribander Aerial

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Meet Your Committee

Quentin Cruse GW3BV, Equipment Manager

I have always been interested in electronics and radio especially

since my father purchased a CB set when they became legal in

around 1984. The desire to tinker with electronics and for some

reason clocks was encouraged by my Grandfather. After I had been

ill for some time my interest in radio was rekindled and I started

listening to amateur radio stations and collecting call signs. I

eventually had enough of that and wanted to do some of the talking

myself!

Due to my disabilities it took a great deal of effort to prepare for the

RAE. I did so by sitting a correspondence course from Pete

Pennington G4EGQ. I sat the RAE, passed and became MW1SZC.

In late 2002 after much blood, sweat and tears I took the Morse test

and was given permission to have my late grandfathers call G3BV.

As soon as I became a class A I applied for loan equipment from the

RAIBC and was given a TS570D.

My main radio interests are digital modes, SOTA, the 5 megahertz

experiment and Qrp. My health severely limits what I am able to do

in any area of life but at least with radio I am always learning and can

dip in and out of the hobby as my health allows.

I was and still am over the moon with my loan radio and the

generosity of the RAIBC. Ever since I have been an avid supporter

and advocate of the club and was only too pleased to be asked to

take on the role of equipment manager.

I am keen to be of help to the members but also to raise the profile of

the RAIBC as much as possible. I am sure that if I or my parents

had been aware of the RAIBC when I was younger then I would have

enjoyed the help of the club many years earlier and no doubt been

licensed earlier as well.

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I want to make sure that wherever possible every radio amateur and

swl knows about the RAIBC. That way we can make sure that

everyone who needs our help gets it!

Arthur Gordon MM0ZOP, Treasurer, Welfare Liason Officer.

My name is Arthur Gordon. I have been elected as the treasurer of

the RAIBC. I am 77 years of age, and until I retired in 1990 I was a

community nurse. I also served in the RAF as a nurse on air

ambulance duties, and later in the operating theatre. I have only

been a radio amateur for about 4 years, and a member of the RAIBC

for 3 years.

I have also served on various hospital committees, and also as a

Community Councillor. I hope to bring these experiences to the

members in any way that I can. I have considerable knowledge of the

workings of, and regulations concerning, hospitals, nursing homes,

care homes and sheltered accommodation.

As well as treasurer I am also listed as Welfare Liason Officer, and

as such it will be my past experience in the Health Service which I

hope will be of help to members who are forced to give up their

homes for a more regulated abode.

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You’ve Got To Have A Laugh !

Hum it...

A weary traveller stops at the only restaurant he can find open so

late, that's close to the highway, and the restaurant has a piano bar.

The music was too inviting to resist, and the traveller decided to take

supper in the area next to the piano. About half-way through his

supper, to the traveller’s amazement, 4 little alien creatures come out

from behind the piano and nonchalantly walk out the door. The

traveller, wanting to be sure that the creatures were part of the piano

player's act, asked "Do you know 4 alien creatures just walked out

from behind the piano?" Came the reply, "No, but if you'll hum a few

bars I'll try to pick it up."

Cereal.

Did you hear about the bizzare murder that happened in Fort

Lauderdale overnight? The body was discovered in a bath tub of milk

and sliced bananas. The police suspect a cereal killer.

Hmm!

A blonde suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her, so she goes out

and buys a gun. She goes to his apartment unexpectedly and when

she opens the door she finds him in the arms of a redhead. Well, the

blonde is really angry. She opens her purse to take out the gun, and

as she does so, she is overcome with grief. She takes the gun and

puts it to her head. The boyfriend yells, "No, honey, don't do it." The

blonde replies, "Shut up, you're next!"

And On That Note!

That’s Shallot!

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MEMBERS ON E-MAIL

Peter ..............

Alec ................

Eric ................

Alan...............

Alec ..............

G0GSZ - - - - - - - - - - - peterg0gsz@ntlworld.com

G0MWO - - - - - - - - - - alec.gaffin@btopenworld.com

G0RAR - - - - - - - - - - - aub@ericg0rar.wanadoo.co.uk

GM4FLX - - - - - - - - - - alan.lovegreen@ic24.net

G5LW - - - - - - - - - - - - alecg5lw@juno.com

Jim................

John...............

Kelvin............

Peter..............

SWL - - - - - - - - - - - - - jimmar@eurobell.co.uk

G3DVV - - - - - - - - - - - john.brown@g3dvv.demon.co.uk

M0AID - - - - - - - - - - - kelvin@kjmarsh.freeserve.co.uk

GI4GVS - - - - - - - - - - gi4gvs@qsl.net

Robin ............ G3TDR - - - - - - - - - - - g3tdr@thersgb.org

Charles......... G0ECQ - - - - - - - - - - g0ecq@btinternet.com

Quentin......... GW3BV - - - - - - - - - - equipman@raibc.org.uk

Trevor............. M1CZX - - - - - - - - - - trevor@ruane.plus.com

Bob............... G0BST - - - - - - - - - - - bobandcicely@yahoo.co.uk

Dave ...........

Bob .............

Bill ...............

Ron ............

Keith ..........

Alan ...........

Bill ..............

Ken ............

Gordon ......

Eleanor ......

Martin.........

Pete............

Barry...........

Colin...........

Reb.............

G4HAZ - - - - - - - - - - - Kdavehope@aol.com

MW0RHD - - - - - - - - - bobmw0rhd@onetel.com

G6NB - - - - - - - - - - - - bill@g6nb.freeserve.co.uk

G3DSV - - - - - - - - - - - ron@g3dsv.me.uk

G0WQD - - - - - - - - - - keith@g8eap.demon.co.uk

G1AEU - - - - - - - - - - - alang1aeu@aol.com

G6DJE - - - - - - - - - - - wsmart159@aol.com

G3KNB - - - - - - - - - - - ken@g3knb.freeserve.co.uk

G4GUW - - - - - - - - - - gordon105@btinternet.com

GI0OHG - - - - - - - - - - gi0ohg1@aol.com

G0TVD - - - - - - - - - - g0tvd@g0tvd.org.uk.

M0PCA - - - - - - - - - - m0pca@btinternet.com

SWL - - - - - - - - - - - silverfox8442@aol.com

G4IER- - - - - - - - - - - colinear75@tiscali.co.uk

G6XCJ / G0CJM - - - - beavisjones@btinternet.com

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David............... M0CNP- - - - - - - - - - - david@m0cnp.fsnet.co.uk

Peter .............. 2E1CPQ - - - - - - - - - - 2e1cpq@pgoodwin7.wannadoo.co.uk

Dave ................G0HHP - - - - - - - - - - daveg0hhp@blueyonder.co.uk

Jim ................ M3WNZ - - - - - - - - - - jimm3wnz@hotmail.co.uk

Dick ................ GM3AKM - - - - - - - - - gm3akm@blueyonder.co.uk

George............ M0CBJ - - - - - - - - - - - george@preedy7362.fsnet.co.uk

Frank............... GM0CSZ - - - - - - - - - gm0csz.kn6wh@dsl.pipex.com

Alan................. G0MAS - - - - - - - - - - alan@g0mas.wanadoo.co.uk

Alan................. G2AJL - - - - - - - - - - g2ajl@tesco.net

John................ G3EGC - - - - - - - - - - jvhradio@tiscali.co.uk

Les.................

G1LES - - - - - - - - - - g1les@uwclub.net

Don’t forget if you are not on the list and want to be, send me an E-mail with your

details. I’ll include it in the next issue. If you have already sent me your email

address and it isn’t here please send it again, It must be floating around

Cyberspace!!

73 for now. Amanda, M0DZO

Silent Key

Some of the more senior members of the Reading Rattle cassette

group will remember Michael Larkin, one of our founder members

and a frequent contributor in past times.

He passed away peacefully in hospital in the morning of Tuesday

8th. Nov.

In spite of continuing poor health, and increasing deafness he was

very much forward looking and "on the ball". Knowing his own mind

and not afraid to express it !

His Funeral service was held at Golders Green Crematorium,

North London, (Chapel E) at 10.30 on November 15th.

Regards from Graham Bedwell. G3XYX..

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An Appeal for Help

I have just joined the RAIBC and was wondering if any Radial

readers could help me. One of the main reasons I joined the RAIBC

was because my Great Grandfather was an amateur, his name was

Tony Law and his call sign was G3KNE.

I would love to hear from any RAIBC members who have any

knowledge or memories of him. He was born in Kent in the late

Victorian period. He was blinded in the trenches in France in the First

World War.

I am not sure when he acquired his amateur radio licence, but he

achieved his morse certificate in 1958. He often stood in as a net

controller for the RAIBC and Cheshire Home nets, but radio wise this

is all I know of him.

He met me when I was 8 weeks old and became silent key shortly

afterwards. If anyone can tell me any more about him I would be very

grateful. I hope I have acquired his morse ability, so I am hoping to

commence morse classes in October - transport permitting.

I became an amateur in March of this year and fight for the mic with

the OM who is also an M3. Both of us wish to take the intermediate

tests, but unlike him I think I will stop at that.

Maybe I’ll meet some of you on the RAIBC club nets soon.

73 de Judi M3NKW 2168

Judi Dale, 37 Bussey Road, Norwich, NR6 6JF. Tel. 01603 469682

m3nkw@yahoo.co.uk

Judi I think you will find that your Great Grandfather would have

obtained his licence in 1958, there was no other licence then and you

needed the morse pass to get it. - Editor

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A night of pleasure and a question

Now if that subject line doesn't wake everyone up, nothing will!

I've not actually written about what I do with my TS2000 but after last night I

thought I would, particularly as I enjoy what Alan says about the RAIBC nets.

Well: so far I've listened much more than participated in QSOs though do join my

local club net once a month when I'm around. I love listening on repeaters, listening

to all the drivers saying where they are etc, makes me almost wish I had a driving

job! I also enjoy listening to contests sometimes, I hope to take part one day.

Over the last two or three weeks Steve has forced! me to leave the rig on

overnight. Sometimes on repeaters and once on the calling channel on 2 Metres.

On all these occasions I've awakened at some unearthly hour to hear someone

mobile putting out a call and each time they haven't been answered. Well, I ain't

gonna get up and talk to no-one in the middle of the night, the very idea! Actually I

might eventually but I'm sure I'll sound all slurred when half asleep.

Now to last night. Having been made aware that 80 metres is likely to be better at

night I twiddled the knobs around that band until I actually found someone clear

enough, and English - not that I've anything against foreigners but I only speak

English! I was very pleased as I was able to hear maybe three people talking,

Steve said he heard one of them say there were 18 in the group at that time getting

on towards midnight. He forced me to leave it on, the lovely chap that he is, and I

stood around listening for a while then decided that the QSO seemed likely to go

on for a while so climbed into bed. One of them was coming through very clearly

and I think he came from the west of England.

As time went on I heard one from Northern Ireland and much later Steve heard

one from Germany - I think I heard one who said he was in Russia too but I'd just

wakened, this was about 3:40. There was an M3 from Weston Supermare but I

didn't hear him, also a Frenchman who I didn't hear. I was amused by some tones

which sort of reminded me of someone trying to play music - no idea what that

was. Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed my broken sleep though can't remember what

they talked about particularly other than one said he has trouble sleeping. They

ranged over all sorts of topics. This was the best I'd ever heard 80 Metres.

This brings me finally to my question: at no time were either of us able to hear

new ones join in - they faded in and out somewhat or else we would be asleep etc.

So, what's the accepted, if there is one, procedure to break in. People were

certainly doing so.

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I remember reading on a website that breaking in on the HF bands is somewhat

different from say 2 Metres, in as much as from what I remember the site said you

would wait until after the QSO then call the person you want. But obviously this

was a big group where things must be somewhat different and I'm thinking that if

you just said 'break' or something like that, which I've heard on 2 metres, you might

not be heard because of the obvious difficulties with HF.

If I come across anything like this again I'd like to join in, so would Steve when he

gets his licence. I'm not one for staying up late but, well, for something like this it'd

be worth it. We both thoroughly enjoyed our somewhat interrupted sleep!

73 Angie (M3PYM)

Welcome New Members

We extend a warm welcome to our new members:

2165 SWL Peter Licence Reading Berkshire

2166 SWL Brian Everington Twickenham Middlesex

2167 SWL D. F. Cownden Walthamstow Essex

2168 M3NKW Judi Dale Norwich Norfolk

2169 SWL Elaine Swift Telford Shropshire

2170 M3LKX Christine Wynn Broughton Flintshire

2171 2M0EDY Edward Higgins Paisley Renfrewshire

2172 MM0PVR Elderslie A.R.S. Paisley Renfrewshire

2173 SWL John L. Jenkins Aberystwyth Cardiganshire

2174 G0SMY Louis Silvester Rustington W. Sussex

2175 2E0CJX Andrew Baker Birmingham W. Midlands

2176 M3RPE Richard Evendon Tonbridge Kent

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Members Letters

Dear Editor,

You will probably remember that I e-mailed you a few

weeks ago and amongst other things I was critical of your choice of

picture on the front cover of the Autumn Radial. I said that it was

amagnificent picture but questioned what it had to do with amateur

radio. In your reply you expressed your frustration in trying to find

suitable picture for the front cover.

Having criticised you, I thought I should try to help!

I have been looking through my amateur radio photos to see if I

could find something suitable with a vertical format and I have come

across the enclosed.

It is a picture of my shack which is a 10 feet by 8 feet wooden shed

in my back garden. it is fully insulated and panelled inside with mains

power and telephone lines installed and even central heating! This

has been possible because the boiler is close by in the adjacent

garage.

The beam you see is a Jaybeam Minimax for 20, 15 and 10 metres

and it is mounted on a home made telescopic mast - fully extended

in the picture. The whole mast is turned by the rotator which is visible

at the bottom. Also visible is a Slim Jim for 2 metres and just near to

that, if you look carefully, you can just make out the open wire feeder

going up to the G5RV which is not visible.

I would be so pleased to help if you think that you can use the

picture on the front cover of Radial. There is no doubt that it has

something to do with amateur radio!

John Hoban G3EGC

Thanks for the picture John, as you can see I’ve used it already, a

centrally heated shed eh, what a luxury! - Editor

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Dear Editor,

I always enjoy turning back the clock to the 1930’s and 1940’s when

I was the proud owner of an Eddystone All World 2, a 2 valve battery

operated receiver with plug in coils, with an outstanding performance

on world - wide amateur and broadcast bands.

I sometimes carried it on the back of my bicycle with aerial wire and

battery for listening in a country field far away from local QRM.

I wish I had it today, unfortunately it was lost during the war years.

As far as I know today there is nothing on the market today to equal

it in performance and price.

Richard Williams

Thank you for those memories Richard, I actually saw one of these

sets on the Eddystone User Group stand at a vintage

communications fair, when I asked about it I was told that a member

of the Eddystone User Group had spotted it in a skip in Birmingham

and rescued it and restored it back to its former glory, a lucky find

indeed.

I wish I had a time machine to go back and get some of these

collectable sets and put on Ebay!!

I’ve got a restoration project I’ve just started, a 1931 Mullard Orgola

3 valve receiver, it may end up as an article for a later Radial !

- Editor

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Dear Editor,

It gives me great pleasure to become a supporter of

RAIBC. My Great Grandfather, Tony Law G3KNE was a blind

operator and used to act as stand in controller for RAIBC nets.

He became a silent key in 1970, just a few weeks after I was born

so we didn’t have the oportunity to work each other, and probably as

a consequence of not seeing him operate I have come to the world of

radio later than I might have done.

I now have an even greater appreciation of his achievements, (he

was blinded in the First World War) he not only became an amateur,

but was also a qualified physiotherapist, as well as having a love of

carpentry.

If there is such a thing as a ‘shack in the sky’ I hope he is watching

over my forays into radio.

Judi Dale M3NKW 2168

Hi Judi, it’s nice I think when someone in a family takes up a hobby

of another family member, I was the first person in our family with a

licence, then my Dad got his licence. I know he was ‘dead chuffed’

when I passed my Morse in 2000 and took the call M0DZO which

echoed his call of G0DZO and I’m sure your Great Grandfather

would be too! Thank you for joining us as a supporter we need all

the new blood we can get! - Editor

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LOAN EQUIPMENT

APPLYING FOR LOAN EQUIPMENT

& TERMS & CONDITIONS

The RAIBC is here to assist disabled amateurs and listeners to

enjoy their hobby to the full. One way in which we do this is to lend

equipment to members. This equipment is loaned only to full, that is

disabled members of the RAIBC.

If you are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Attendance

Allowance, a War Pension or are registered Blind/Partially Sighted

you will automatically be considered disabled and eligible to apply to

the committee for loan equipment.

If you do not fit these criteria you may still apply. However you will

be required to explain why you consider yourself disabled and need

our assistance. We will require supporting evidence such as a

doctor’s letter.

We are able to supply receivers or transceivers that have been

modified if necessary to facilitate ease of use. You will of course

need to explain how your disability affects you and what

modifications may help.

We are unable to supply aerials, rotators, masts or linear

amplifiers.

Any equipment supplied remains the property of the RAIBC at all

times. Equipment is supplied to members on the understanding that

they remain members of the RAIBC.

The equipment on loan to members must be fully insured as set out

in the “Terms and Limitations” of the loan equipment form signed and

witnessed by you. Advice on insurance can be given upon request

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If you are successful in your application you will need to sign a

terms and conditions form. This must be witnessed by another

individual, preferably an amateur, who will become your sponsor and

jointly responsible for the equipment.

If you wish to apply please contact me, Quentin Cruse the

Equipment Manager. I can give you more details and an application

form to fill in. When the paperwork is returned I will present your

application to the RAIBC committee for consideration.

A decision will be made as soon as possible and you will be notified

by telephone, email or letter. Please bear in mind that no one is

guaranteed equipment. The committee’s decision will be final.

Feel free to contact me by telephone between 10am and 8pm

Monday to Friday and email or post whenever you like. I will be

unable to reply to emails, letters and telephone calls at weekends.

Please bear in mind that I am disabled and also have a family. This

means I can empathise well with your needs but also means that I

am not always available or able to talk for long. I will however do my

best to communicate with you at a time convenient for us both. I

look forward to hearing from you.

Quentin Cruse GW3BV

45 Brongwinau

Comins Coch

Aberystwyth

Ceredigion

SY23 3BQ

Tel: 01970 639180

Email: equipman@raibc.org.uk

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GENERAL NOTICES

For FULL and UP-TO-DATE information on *COVENANTS* and

*THE S. A. M SCHEME*

Please contact the Membership Secretary or Treasurer

PLEASE NOTE: Members are reminded that RAIBC keeps its

RECORDS on a computer database.

*MORSE TUTORS/MORSE TAPES*

These items are available on loan to members trying to master Morse Code, If you

are interested in this service please contact Kelvin M0AID

(full details inside front page)

*LOAN EQUIPMENT INSURANCE*

Members currently having equipment on loan from the RAIBC are asked to note

that insurance of this equipment is their responsibility. Such can be effected either

by inclusion In a current house (contents) insurance or through Amateur Radio

Insurance Services’, who provide specialised insurance at reasonable terms to

members of the RSGB or affiliated Clubs and Societies!

RAIBC Members are eligible. If quotes from your own insurance company seem

excessive, or they seem unwilling to provide the required cover, you can apply for

full details of the specialised Schemes available to:

Amateur Radio Insurance Services Ltd., FREEPOST, 10 Philpot Lane London.

EC3B 3PA.- Tel: 020 7338 01111.or Fax: 020 7338 0112

©2006 RAIBC

Copyright of all material published In RADIAL is held by the Radial Editor on behalf

of the author who remains the owner. For permission to reproduce any material In

Radial please contact the Editor.

Views and opinions expressed in Radial are those of the contributor, and not

necessarily of the Editor, Committee or any member of R.A.I.B.C. The Editor of

Radial cannot be held responsible for Inaccuracies of any kind.

Any photographs sent for publication will not be returned unless accompanied by a

stamped self-addressed envelope

Copy for NEXT RADIAL

Please note. Items for consideration and inclusion in the next Radial

(Spring 2007 ) must be with the Editor by no later than 14 th February 2007

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My Latest Restoration Project The Chassis

From A Mullard Orgola 3 Valve Radio Circa 1931

Hopefully By The Time The Next Radial Appears

Work Will Be Well Underway

Amanda M0DZO

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