Useful Information


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This page is dedicated to providing useful information relating to the activities and running of the Society. Also to be fond here will be records of any past lectures thought to be of use to members in the future. If any member has suggestions regarding other topics suitable for inclusion please let the Hon Sec know.

Click on the topics alphabetically arranged below to go straight to what you are looking for;

 
AA30 Antenna Analyser (Instructional Video & Presentation) - Keith Williams GW4OKT
 
Advance Licence Maths - Book written by Keith GW4OKT (pdf format)
 
Assets Owned by the Society
 
Asset Policy
 
C&DRS Tee Shirts
 
Constitution of the Society
 
Digital Mobile Radio - Graham Pemberton G7NEH & Paul Henry 2E0SQK
 
Digimodes - Useful information by Glynn GW4MVA
 
Direction Finding - An Introduction by Gordon Nicholas G8MMM
 
DXCC with a Dipole - Keith Williams GW4OKT
 
Elecraft K3 Transceiver (Video Tutorials)
 
General Video on Amateur Radio
 
Low Angle Radio and High Frequency Radar - The Ionosphere at Work - Courtesy of Brian Austin G0GSF
 
Making HF portable operation a reality - Les Austin G0NMD
 
Mast Erection & Doublet Antenna (Use of)
 
Membership Details
 
MDT Kit
 
Practicing CW – A Beginners Guide
 
QRP - Presentations on QRP kits - Keith GW4OKT and Phil G4FVZ
 
Radio Propagation: The key to communication - Courtesy of Brian Austin G0GSF
 
Remote Control & Operating for Amateur Radio - Steve Maskrey – G6FDK & M3DVA
 
RSGB Year Book
 
Visitors
 
ZS6BKW Antenna - Courtesy of Brian Austin G0GSF

 

Membership

Membership is open to anybody subject to being proposed and seconded by an existing full member. The current Full Member subscription effective 1st April 2017 is £30 per annum. A Membership Application Form can be downloaded by clicking here. When completed either bring the form to the next Society Meeting or send it to our Hon Sec. Contact the Hon Sec for more information.

Visitors

Visitors are very welcome to attend meetings of the Society subject to payment of a £2.0 fee. No fee will be charged on your first visit.

Constitution of the Society

By clicking on the link here you can download a copy of the Constitution of the Society in Adobe pdf format for which you will need Adobe Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader the latest version can be found here. The Constitution refers to an Appeals Procedure Document. This document describes the Society's disciplinary process. Copies of the current Disciplinary Procedure can be accessed by clicking here and the respective Appeals Process by clicking here.

Please note that in the event of doubt that the version of the Constitution currently held by the Secretary of the Society will take precedence.

CDRS Badged Sweatshirts / T-shirts.

The Society can offer members sweatshirts, T-shirts and polo shirts with our logo embroidered on. Prices are dependent on the brand of garment selected, not withstanding the VAT increase on 4th January 2010. If you are interested in ordering an item they can be obtained from Darts Chester Ltd, who hold the design to embroider the CDRS badge onto garments.

Advance Licence Maths - Keith Williams GW4OKT

Maths in layman's terms with worked examples to assist candidates studying for the Advanced Licence. Click Here.

Assets owned by the Society

The Society owns a variety of assets which are intended for use by the Society at its regular meetings and for loan to current Society Members. A list of assets currently owned by the Society can be downloaded by clicking here.

Members wishing to request the loan of equipment listed in the Asset List should in the first instance contact the Asset Manager who holds up to date information on where each item is currently held. Members should note that no equipment is stored at Burley Memorial Hall.

Asset Policy

Following the introduction of the Society's revised constitution at the 2010 AGM the Committee has approved an Asset Policy which is intended to regulate the procurement, use and disposal of our Assets. The policy can be read by clicking here.

The Asset Policy requires that the Committee appoint an Asset Manager whose job it is to ensure that the Asset Policy is observed. Following the appointment of Bill Silversides, M3SHK as Asset Manager in May 2010 a detailed set of Terms of Office for the post and rules for loan and care of assets was agreed by the Committee. They can be viewed by clicking here.

The Asset Manager has prepared a short summary of the process by which assets are transferred from one member to another and can be read by clicking here. Samples of the various documents which members will come across when either borrowing or transferring equipment can be viewed by clicking on the respective form below;

RSGB Year Book

As an affiliated member of the RSGB the Society receives a copy of the RSGB Year book each year. The latest copy for 2015 is held by Bruce M0CVP if you would like to borrow it.

General Video On Amateur Radio

An educational video about Amateur Radio created to encourage people to explore the hobby.

AA 30 Antenna Analyser

A presentation was given in October 2013 by Keith Williams GW4OKT describing the use of the Societies AA30 Antenna Analyser. Members who borrow the analyser should familiarise themselves with the equipment and in particular the electrostatic precautions required before its use. The Power Point presentation can be accessed by clicking here.

A short video demonstrating use of the AA30 Antenna Analyser can be seen by clicking the "Play" button below.

 

Mast Erection & Doublet Antenna

The short video below is aimed at informing members where the mast & antennas are securely stored and how to erect them. To protect yourself and other members from harm please view this video before attempting erection of the mast.

The Society has a doublet antenna which is used for our regular operating evenings and other events. Members who are involved in erecting the antenna should familiarise themselves with the Guide for the erection of the Doublet Antenna which can be accessed by clicking here.

Elecraft K3 Transceiver

Members of the Society are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the operation of our Elecraft K3 HF Transceiver before using it for the first time. To assist members with doing this from the comfort of their own shack you can click on the "Play" button below to view a video tutorial on how to operate the rig.

 

 

There is also a DVD of this video which is kept within the K3 carrying case which members can borrow at any time. Keith, GW4OKT has also produced a short video tutorial which can be viewed by clicking here.

For those contemplating construction of a K3 Transceiver themselves the following two part video made by the Society will be very useful.

Part 1

 

 

 

Part 2

 

 

 

Practicing CW – A Beginners Guide - Keith GW4OKT

On 6th September 2016 Keith gave a talk entitled "Modern Day CW QSO'ing - the Mysteries Unveiled!" A summary of the contents can be found by clicking here.

Radio Propagation: The key to communication - Courtesy of Brian Austin G0GSF

A lecture given in March 2013 in which Brian reviewed the theory of various propagation modes and then linked that theory to its practical implantation for Clandestine Communications during WW2. Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentation.

Remote Control & Operating for Amateur Radio - Steve Maskrey – G6FDK & M3DVA

A talk and practical demonstration given in February 2013 in which Steve demonstrated remote access and control of his rig at the home QTH and various other devices.The presentation contained links to some very useful sources of information. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.

Direction Finding - An Introduction by Gordon Nicholas G8MMM

Gordon kindly gave the Society a presentation on this subject at our meeting on 29th January 2013. The presentation contains links to some very useful sources of information. Thanks to Gordon for allowing us to link to his presentation material. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.

ZS6BKW Antenna - Courtesy of Brian Austin G0GSF

The PowerPoint slide presentation given by Brian at a lecture to the Society in February 2012 can be accessed by clicking here. A free PowerPoint viewer can be downloaded from Microsoft here.

Making HF portable operation a reality (Part 1) - Les Austin G0NMD

The PowerPoint slide presentation given by Les at a lecture to the Society in April 2012 can be accessed by clicking here. Please note this is a large file and may take a minute or so for the Power Point presentation to to become visible. Detailed notes supporting the lecture can be accessed by clicking here. A free PowerPoint viewer can be downloaded from Microsoft here.

DXCC with a Dipole - Keith Williams GW4OKT

In May 2013 Keith GW4OKT supported by David G3UFO gave a presentation on how they both obtained DXCC using a dipole antenna. Their PowerPoint presentation can be accessed by clicking here. Please note this is a large file and may take a minute or so for the Power Point presentation to to become visible.

Digital Mobile Radio - Graham Pemberton G7NEH & Paul Henry 2E0SQK

The lecture given by Graham G7NEH and Paul 2E0SQK on 27th October 2015 was backed up by a Power Point presentation which can be viewed by clicking here. The presentation contains a lot of useful links which were accurate as of November 2015.

QRP Kits - Keith GW4OKT and Phil G4FVZ

As a precursor to a new construction project for Society members Keith GW4OKT and Phil G4FVZ gave a presentation on just some of the currently available kits (Feb 2016). Their two PowerPoint presentations can be viewed by clicking here and here.

Low Angle Radio and High Frequency Radar - The Ionosphere at Work - Courtesy of Brian Austin G0GSF

An excellent talk given in October 2016 explained low angle propagation of radio waves as they affected both HF Amateur Bands and professional/military development of Radar. Brian's article previously published in Radio Bygones can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here.

MDT Kit

A 40m DSB transceiver that goes together fairly easily, has a good build manual and is a complete kit with quality components, and includes a case. It needs a minimum of lab test gear to get it in the air.  It has also been the subject of a favourable September 2016 CQ magazine review by Jack Purdham. The kit is produced by OZ Kits and costs about £43.

Digimodes - Glynn GW4MVA

An introductory lecture on Digimodes was presented in September 2017 by Glynn, GW4MVA. There are two slides produced by Glynn covering useful software and operating frequencies which can be accessed by clicking the respective links.

 

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