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Meeting (to be) held from 18:00-20:00 on 2014/08/21 in Zepler CLS Lecture Room


Amateur Radio

New UHF/VHF transceiver

  • Dave Newman has received reimbursement into his bank account.

Licence Exams

  • The Amateur Radio exam that never was on the 20th August
    • Should we have a general rule not do exams in August as invigilator / room availability is always a bit patchy.
    • Next exam dates: List of full exam dates here

Chilbolton Atmospheric Radio Observatory

  • Mentioned by Quintin - could probably get a free visit/tour as a uni club.
    • Maybe a good activity for 2014-15 newbies?


  • VHF Field day (05/07/2014 -> 06/07/2014) - results?

Spring End of academic year 2014 Newsletter Finalisation

  • Newsletter
    • [1] [2]
    • A few tweaks/finalisations required
      • Add VHF NFD, make it and end of academic year newsletter.
    • We need a list of people to whom to send it.

QSL Cards

  • QSL card design competition
    • Photos taken at VHF NFD
    • Please design/submit designs ASAP.
    • Closing date TBD (but probably once we have funding for them)
    • Funding - see joint agenda

  • Received QSL cards
    • Tyler has them
    • We need to figure out what to do with them - scan them? Put them in an album?

Shack in SUSU

  • Our old shack (office) is being turned into a meeting room, maybe
  • Plan to try to get a corner in it for use as a shack when there's no meeting (or remote control when there is a meeting)


  • Would require us spending time/money putting our antennas back on our mast - funding application next year
  • Ideas (sensible):
    • 23cm at bottom
    • SURGE FM broadcast above 23cm antenna (we'd help them get back on the air)
    • HF antenna of some sort
    • 70cm+2cm with dual-band rotator
    • triband 2m/70cm/other vertical antenna on top of dual-band rotator
  • Ideas (silly):
    • Large SUWS flag on top concealing a loop antenna
    • Ask SUSU TV if they're interested (short-range camera links)
    • SOWN WiFi by coordinates
  • Current status
    • We have: Rotator, triband vertical, poles
    • To build: 2m Yagi, 70cm Yagi, remote control computer
    • To fix: HF antenna
    • We might not have enough: coax
  • Space Flight Society ARE interested in helping us.
  • We should start talking to other societies, to see if they are interested.
  • We should tell someone in SUSU that we're doing this.

Joint Agenda


  • General discussion about matters SUSU
  • Finding a more suitable zone, e.g. Creative Industries
  • Funding round 1 has started. Deadline: 23:59 31st August


  • Plans for Freshers / new members
  • Room booking
    • Dave Newman has received an email confirming we have Thursday 18:00-20:00 booking from week before Freshers' week until the end of June 2015 for Zepler CLS room 59/1257. This has been forwarded to committee.
    • We should see if there is some way of checking this on-line or waiting until the first booked week and check the timetable outside the room, if they are still putting those up.
  • Updating committee list.
    • Is all the committee currently on the list at sown:Developers:MailingLists/Committee
    • At very least Murray needs to be added.
    • Maybe Phil can setup a committee [at], then we have control over it rather than having to ask ECS postmaster.
      • However, it would be worth maintaining both, in case people accidentally continue to use the one.
  • AOB


No SOWN agenda this week.